He was a man of the people whose fame outweighed Chief Nanga’s (only a few people will get this). He wasn't just famous, he had a golden heart which endeared him to people from all walks of life. *Kip (not his real name) was a man crafted for every stratum of life. He comfortably sat on the high tables of this nation but he still freely mingled with cart pushers in town who knew him...

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My mother was an angry lioness most of the time but her fury rose to uncontainable levels when it came to romance. “If you have sex, you will either get a baby, HIV/AIDS or both,” she drilled that line as often as she could. Even though it was directed at my older siblings, being in the same house, I somehow picked the cue. I was afraid of women I didn't...

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I was 20 years old when I wrote a 10-year strategic plan for my life. It followed a major life decision I made a year before. On February 2007, I woke up with the urge to go to church. Unsure where to go, I walked from Ksouth and found myself at KAG Buru Buru. That’s the day I got born again. That decision woke something dead in my soul. I had lived a rough life...

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All broken relationships carry with them an overflowing cup of pain. When the curtains close in a relationship, depending on how invested one was, pain that can only be likened to hot molten lava trapped in one’s bones may arrive. This pure distilled unadulterated pain will camp in a heart that never imagined a breakup.

It took me a while to realize how a breakup had been...

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It was Monday, 17th December 2018 when an impulsive decision to visit a psychiatrist altered my life in ways I hadn’t imagined.

While on my way from Hurlingham at 3:30 PM after chasing some gigs, in a 46 Matatu to Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD), my gut feeling nudged me to pass by doctor’s plaza at the Nairobi Hospital.

My sleep patterns had...

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For the longest time of my young life, I had always been an emotionally solid brother. I had never experienced any extreme emotional turmoil in my life except for the few tensions within the family especially when the matriarch was administering discipline.

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I was the kind of dude who was fast at dusting up and getting back on his feet even when life threw me a curveball. I...
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Growing up, like many children, I wanted to be many things including a geologist, a historian, a literature writer, a lawyer and a journalist. But two choices in that sea of confusion were consistent in my list and stood out like a sore thumb: A lawyer and a journalist.

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The winds blew me towards a career that I had loathed passionately. While I chose commerce in...
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I partly grew up in Dandora before we were abruptly 'deported' back to the village when my father married a second wife. However much it was viewed as a low-class estate, I built many fond memories in that place. Life was easy.

We did not carry the weight of expectations on our shoulders except to behave well, take a shower and stay clean. We would walk and head off to Ngomongo, a faraway...
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It was June 2017, the exact date is escaping my mind. I was standing behind some mabati shanties where they sell mitumba clothes off Achieng Oneko road in Kisumu. I had just devoured a whole tilapia fish and ugali for 200 bob and I was feeling like a true son of the soil.

  I chucked my huge techno C 8 phone and skimmed through my contact list. I had told my parents about...
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