And we continue to Kenya

“In this room I was born. And I knew I was in the wrong place” Spaces, Arkaye Kierulf  It hit me yesterday that I have been, for a long time, uncomfortable with my identity as a Kikuyu man and what comes with it. Because that identity has been translated to me as an abuser, as…

Creating hope (or, when rage becomes the norm)

“You will begin to forgive when you understand the many ways in which the world has killed those who try to survive it.” Where it hurts “We’re not evolving emotional filters fast enough to deal with the efficiency with which bad news now reaches us” Teju cole It’s easy to lose hope these days. Especially…

Staying Soft

“In effect, this means that speaking one’s truth becomes an action of laying one bare. An action of putting the self on the line. Putting the self in the line of possible violence.” On truths Something about vulnerability and safe spaces keeps coming back to me. What kind of thinking is produced by and within…

Some Dance to Forget

Last week I found myself in of a conversation where a friend talked about how artists failed the country post the 2002 election (not that everything was perfect before that though). Gidi gidi maji maji had just released their song unbwogable and it had captured the emotion of a nation fighting to put an ugly…

Repersoning

“The burden of identity is upon the identified” – Chuma Nwokolo “I say ‘I am a God’ and you go around saying ‘who the hell does that guy think he is?’ I just told you – I am a god” – Kanye West “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into…

That’s So Gay!

“Oh,” the man said. “Oh, yeah— starry-eyed coon with way, way too much money, who thinks there ain’t nothin’ more important than the lives of some crazy black faggots.” He grunted. Though he was surprised, Eric laughed. “If you are one— a black faggot, I mean— that can seem pretty important to you, actually.” Black…

The Africas And the Complexity of Our Media Problems

I don’t like this expression ‘First World problems.’ It is false and it is condescending. – Teju Cole An article in Al Jazeera talks about how the Western media is always getting the story wrong. It is, more importantly, asking why we instinctively turn to Western Media outlets – as if the rest of the media…