On that day, we had been hungry for a few days. We were seven kids, born to one mother in close successions. All of us had downtrodden faces with stomachs that were flatter than a piece of paper lying on the floor. Hunger was a close friend whom we had known very well as a family.

It was a daily occurrence like the dew on the grass. Our stomachs had been forced into...
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A small fracture can ruin a leg.

A small defect can sink a ship.

A small crack can break a metal.

... and a small character problem can ruin a man. We often think that disasters are made up of random isolated acts that usually invade like an armed bandit. We sometimes see people who have fallen, failed or made terrible mistakes as just a coincidence. My friend, let me break the news to you, nothing is...
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The nation is currently embroiled in a discussion about a man’s grade. Yes, a whole Nation of over 40 million Kenyans has solemnly taken a vow to ignore any national issue that urgently requires our contribution. Instead, we have decided to bask in the triviality of a man’s grade.

Yes, grown bearded men with children scattered across the universe have absolutely nothing else to discuss except Joho’s results. Lactating mothers, have abandoned their...
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A majority of us are predictable. In our speech, what we do, how we walk, talk and even how we think. Well, predictability can be a good attribute because it projects an image of stability. Yet being predictable can be counter productive.

Lend me your ears, fellow earthlings. If you are predictable, it means that you will do the same things the same way and yet miraculously pray for a different result. When you...
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When he was born in Nanyuki in 1974, Macharia Raphael had a normal childhood. Yet a few years after his presence on the planet, in class two to be specific, a whirlwind of uncertainty disrupted his young life.

An attempted Coup d'état in Kenya forced his family to move to Karatina to avoid the heavy combat that was going on in Nanyuki. Living with his grandmother in Karatina, the challenges were numerous than the...
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When I gave my life to Christ on 28th February 2007, I had lived such a wild life that I doubted if I could ever experience the true transformation that the bible promised. But that day, when I accepted Christ as my Lord and saviour, it was such a powerful transformation that I literally felt like a new being.

Weights of baggage were lifted off my back. I felt younger. My heart that was heavy suddenly...
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It’s been almost two years since I started writing. To say that the journey has been bumpy and exciting would be an understatement. I’ve gone through the days when my adrenaline levels were high above the roof. Yet I’ve also had moments when I struggled to believe that I was meant to write.

There are days when the comments sections of my articles generated such bile that I wanted to close my eyes...
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I had mulled over the idea of running for the leadership of the student body for a while before I finally threw myself into the ring. I was in a dilemma because of several factors.

While I noticed student needs that needed to be filled through the student government, I didn't know if I really wanted to throw myself in the pool of politics. I was the incumbent chairperson of the Christian Fellowship...
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It’s Monday morning. The alarm rings at 5 am but you snooze it repeatedly. You do it so subconsciously but it's an art that you have mastered excellently well that it doesn’t interrupt your shallow sleep.

Regret In all honesty, you don’t want to wake up. The heaviness and the warmth of your duvet's embrace refuse to let go. Then you finally muster the strength to wake up at 6:45 am. Your eyes are heavy...
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I vividly remember the post-election violence of 2007/2008 like it happened yesterday. The memories are etched in my mind like a gum stuck on a wooden surface. I had invested my emotions and energies towards the process. ezekiel-mutua In college, I was a firebrand proponent for the orange democratic movement (ODM). I distributed T-shirts. I openly debated pro-ODM policies. I was a die-hard supporter. I even volunteered to distribute cash for those who...
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