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Today’s blog is by a good friend of mine, Pastor David Ewagata. We hosted him and his wife, Rose, in August this year on our relationships forum, Boy Meets Girl. He is full of wisdom from God. This blog was initially posted on his Facebook timeline and reposted here with his permission. Ewagata has been married for over 16 years and is…More

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I have been in a cell before. The walls are tall. The concrete is cold and so is the ambience. The public vehicle I was in together with 13 other passengers had no seat belts. We were all arrested, handcuffed and thrown into a gloomy and drab cell in the basement of the Nairobi City Kilimani law courts. For the…More

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Relationships are sweet when you receive affection. They’re sweeter when you give affection. They’re sweetest when it’s mutual. Hey, I just came up with that! You can quote me if you want. If you’re obsessed about receiving attention in a relationship, your need (read greed) will never be satisfied. Relationships thrive best when we give. Give your money, give your…More

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This weekend, I was faced with the hard decision of bribing a police officer or paying a hefty fine that would require surgical removal of my kidneys for auction. I seem to have a high affinity towards police officers. Last year, I missed my Spanish DELE exam because the matatu I was in was stopped by traffic officers. I was…More

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(This is a part 3 sequel to the Civil War trilogy. To read part one, click here. To read part two, click here) Men have fears. Men have tears. Mine were all too real. From pages of papers to stages of theatres, the call of peace cries out. Did they know what they did? Did they know that when those…More

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(This post is a sequel to part 1 of Civil War. If you haven’t read part one, you can read it  by clicking here) Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win. Stephen King was right. Sometimes they do more than win. They gloat and they taunt you. They laugh in your…More

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January 2008. The atmosphere was thick with dread. It had come to this; war with our brothers. Endless queues and inked fingers in polling stations for what? Civil war. The frustration in the country drew much deeper from a long time bottled hatred than the confounding 2007 election. Demons were loose. These people didn’t even know how to handle weapons…More

When I began my origami business in 2011, I dared to approach established people to seek opportunities to work with them. I once approached the CEO of a design company and asked him if he would be interested in the paper art. He agreed and asked me to see him the following week. I was held up because of a…More

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For Part 1 Click here For Part 2 Click here Dolly Gitonga. Spirited woman. The best lecturer I’ve met so far. Nothing would stop her from teaching an enjoyable English class. Not even if it spelt JET. And therein lay the problem. JET shared ENGLISH 1106 in classroom A in the Spring of 2009. JET was ostentatious and working against Dolly’s mettle.…More

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For Part 1 Click here Turi and I date a meeting history as far back as 2007. Our paths crossed and we never realized it. She attended Kianda Girls. I attended Sunshine Secondary School. Kianda was a day school with neat lawns and trimmed fences. Sunshine was a boarding school with dusty grounds and cracked pavements. Two worlds. Two leagues apart.…More

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Real men risk rejection. What do you do when you have thrown all the signs possible to show the girl of your dreams that you like her? You wait, that is what you do. You man up and wait till you’re bored to tears waiting for her to say yes. You could throw more signs her way and risk them…More

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Brother Vincent Cincotta 1947-2009 He never liked it when I called him that; old. Not that I had grown to be that free with the man, but I did call him old once. No wait, twice. And he did retaliate. Make no mistake, I respected Brother Vincent, or as he preferred us to address him; Hermano Vicente. It’s Spanish for Brother…More