Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Indulgence Erotica Open Mic

March 12, 2018

My poetry/spoken word journey has brought me to a place where I am now hosting a monthly erotica open mic event called ‘Indulgence’.

 

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The very first one was held at a friend’s apartment in Kileleshwa, Nairobi. When we shared this first poster, we got numerous enquiries mainly because people seem to misunderstand what erotica is. This has still not changed much though we are getting there. One of the challenges we are having is that people still assume that erotica is purely pornographic. The literature or artistic side of it is mostly forgotten. Numerous open mics have been held in Nairobi but none has been specifically highlighting the works of erotica writers and performers. This being a first in Kenya, there is always something new to explain, learn or explore.

While in Malindi over the Christmas holidays in 2017, I was introduced to the erotic paintings and sculptures of Master Armando Tanzini whose soul and art lives at the White Elephant Sea and Art Lodge. Therein I found my next venue. The second Indulgence Erotica Open Mic was held there in January 2018. I also found Fabbri, a genius musician from Rome, Italy. The most interesting part about organizing this event was looking for the Malindi-based artists to perform within the very short time I was there. One of the things I learnt was there is talent everywhere you look, it’s just that the artists are not being nurtured and motivated. The local artists I found there are an incredible lot and all they are lacking is opportunities (or someone to create these).

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It was also in Malindi where the need for a bikini show was birthed. MMmaamamia! Wasn’t it amazing. And because getting a fashion designer to showcase their outfits was getting elusive by the day, we improvised and did a little self-styling of our own. One of the body sizes that is forgotten is petite, so we made them happen. Who said petite girls should not model too?!

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Then came the third edition of the event that was held in February this year. Held at a fellow artists own garden in Westlands, Nairobi, we saw lots of couples attend this ‘love edition’. It was also a grand show owing to the amazing performers we had. These included Boneless with his Kamba house music, Fiffi Moto and her bellydance  and chakacha moves and her partners’ wicked Ndombolo, the superb Murray Shelmerdine,  Flautist Jeppy, Music teacher Yovan, Imma Reid, Mama Mkenya, Smitta Smitten, Lusi Mbira, Peter, Poet Roger, Singer Swiga *standing up for the Slay Queens) among others. This time, we made sure there was a curvy model doing a bikini show too. Why not?

I guess what I have realized about Indulgence is that it has a life of its own. Just like my writing, I do not intend to control how it goes. I just go with the flow. I go where it leads me.

For the fourth edition (March 2018), we are taking it to Igiza Lounge at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi.  This is the first time, we are having the event on a Thursday night (22nd March from 8 p.m. til late) and at a very accessible place. Karibu tule maneno matamu…

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Like the FB page for updates on this particular event: http://bit.ly/2Gl1iQN

Check out the video link to Indulgence 3 ‘Love is’ edition: http://bit.ly/2IoD214

 

 

 

 

 

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Women’s day poem

March 9, 2017

Inspired by the International Women’s Day, here’s the 2017 piece. #beboldforchange

eudiah kamonjo by Lusi Mbira

We see you, sisters

By Eudiah Kamonjo

 

We see you everyday mama

Juggling nanny jobs, hard-core chores and all kinds of biasharas

To put all of us through school-alone

Coz he walked out on you, walked out on all of us

And you refused to be inherited or to remarry or be number two

Talking in monologues and sprinkling paradoxes

You thought we’d never understand, but we did

And we salute you, mama!

Coz U R rock steady, steady rocking all life long

You did it mama, for us.

 

We used to see you quite often Sister

Quiet sobs, black eye, bruised ego

Coz he’d come home drunk and irritable and rough-you up seriously

Silently you’d limp your way to the market;

Feigning accidents or juju to anyone who would dare ask

This,  until your art, squeezed out the truth about the silent darkness

Finally you bolded-up,  packed-up your stuff and mtoto kwa mgongo

Shot a goodbye to this fella, though you had no mulla

You knew you’d pick up the pieces, Sister!

You said: Hit the road Jerk, and don’t you come back no more no more no more no more.

 

 

We see you everynoon Grandma

Back-bent dangerously, endlessly toiling in the harsh unforgiving heat

So your dear Grandkids can get at least that one ngwace, that one meal a day

One with the dawn to ensure they were ready and on time for school

That which you and yours (long gone by now)

Weren’t privileged to attend

You are wonder woman Grandma

 

We saw you everynight, Dada

Talking those dark hideous streets by the horn, deep in the night

Flaunting, teasing, insulting, inviting with your moonlight-kissed, thousand-ways spanked thighs, your luscious news,  your bubbly butt

Ready to satisfy today’s Mafisis for some dollars,

Just to get yourself through university

You could do better, but you choose this way of the night

You knew this wouldn’t last forever, nothing ever does under the sun.

 

We see you every month Auntie

Mountain climbing, boxing, running

Then tossing and turning and wondering

How much more Zumba and Rhumba and Jaba-chewing

You’d have to do to get your body back to the way

It used to be before the babies

Just coz of all that crap you are reading online

Telling you that’s why he ain’t interested no more

But you know what Auntie, relax!

Your big booty in all its black glory is just FINE!

Love it and be confident in who you are

Coz you are fine.  wewe uko sawa

 

We see you brothers

Those concerned with the success of our African sisters

Those doing everything in their Alpha-giving, heart-stopping, women-loving power

To kill all of these madness skirting around our African Queens,

Our very own core.

 

We see you, all of humanity

Getting together in colour,

Shield and armour,

Pen and paper, Music and Dance, Schools and Homes

Kitchens and Bedrooms, Offices and parties

Guiding our children, all of us

In thoughts, action , in words

To a world that’s fair for all

A world where we all stand a chance

At dignity, equality, honesty, joy and pleasure.

 

 

Grim research

February 24, 2017

bomb

The morning after the bombings,

I realized that my bag held three books,

All on the lives of serial killers, grim research for a writing project.

Sure, but I admit I nearly laughed out loud thinking about rescuers who would find me,

How they’d look in my bag and think,’Whoa, maybe this one was for the best!’

-#WordWarrior Cristin O’Keefe in ‘All I’d leave behind’

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MOTIVATION; notes from Rino Solberg’s motivational talk

January 16, 2013

Rino Solberg is a successful businessman, motivational speaker and author. He is based in Norway but was recently in Kenya where he gave a talk at the office….

On Motivation: People are not lazy, just not motivated enough. Motivation comes from within-it is the inner drive. When you only have a short-term goal/thinking, your motivation is also short-term driven.

M-Motivate: When you get up every morning to go to work, what is your motive? The difference between a goal and a motive is that a goal must be dated and a motive can be a lifetime need eg. eradicate poverty in Africa. Check your motives. Are they strong enough? If not, find the one’s that are, specify them, decide and plan.

O-Optimist: An optimist always looks at the brighter side of life. A pessimist sees a problem in everything that happens (even in opportunities) while an optimist sees an opportunity in every problem.

T-Time: We all have the same time in life. Your success/well-being depends on what you do with your time. 50% of your time is spent at work, therefore, you will not be as effective if you do not plan your day before you sleep.

ON PLANNING:

1. Before you go to bed, write down a minimum of six things you will do the next day.

2. Prioritize the worst thing first

3. Start on No.1 finish it, go to two etc.

4. Transfer the tasks you couldn’t finish to the next day…and add NEW priorities.

-Remember to take control (hence have a clear conscience) and avoid worry/stress.

-Of all the things you worry about 40% will never happen

-Do everything correctly the first time!

ON COMMUNICATION: -Anything that can be misunderstood, will be.

-Perception is all there is. People will react the way they perceive it.

-The way you ask a question is the way you get your answer.

I-Integrity: It’s a rare community (especially in Africa) yet so important.

V-Value: If you are easy to replace, you can never be paid a lot. Increase your value by being unique, skills or education to get more.

The principle: Remember always first do what you are paid to do… and some extra.

A: Attitude: Which is better Positive mental Attitude (PMA) or negative Mental Attitude (NMA)? None, its just the results ie. What you put in is what you get.

PMA is the ability to think positive when you have a reason to be negative.

-Encourage yourself in front of the mirror everyday>with positive mantras about how great you are.

-Conquer the world by saying, ‘It could have been worse’.

T: Take action/responsibility. Avoid blame games.

I: Initiative: Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do!

O: Our Iife: Remember that, even if you are employed, you are working for yourself.

-Keep good habits. Avoid bad habits like procrastinating.

N: Now: Do it NOW! ~Create you legacy now.


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