November 2013, Najjera, Kampala. It must have been approaching midnight when something startled me from my sleep. I woke up and heard the noise, my heart thudding. When you’re a single woman living in a two-bedroomed house in a sparsely populated area with low fences then yes, your heart is going to thud when you … More I watched a man die
Books are not expensive. We are cheap. We are cheap people who know a lot about price but very little about value. We are cheap people who will not blink twice at spending Ksh 500 a week on data bundles but complain endlessly about buying one book a month at Ksh 1500. We are cheap … More Books are not for cheap people
I keep having this conversation in different places, with different people. New person: So where are you from? Me: Nairobi New person: No, I mean, where are you from originally? Me: Nairobi. I was born in Nairobi. New person: (Eyes narrow, looks frustrated.) Ok where is your father from then? Me: Yawwnnnnnnnnnnn. Ha ha, the … More Where are you from … exactly?
A lawyer’s response to the church and to atheists Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury, recently said in a talk at Oxford University, that “anything in the intellectual life that giv… Source: SHOULD ATHEISTS IN KENYA BE LEGALLY RECOGNIZED?
It is appointed that once in a man’s life he shall find himself in the state of unemployment. First, there is the shock among immediate family and friends when it becomes known that you have entered the state of ‘joblessness’, especially when you, not your employer, are the one who decides to terminate the employer-employee … More On being jobless
I bet some of you don’t even know what Simba Mbili curry powder is. Well, it’s the one and only brand of curry powder you’ll find in most shops in Kenya. I haven’t employed Stedman to do my research or anything, but just the other day I was shopping with hubby and noticed that when … More The Monopoly of Simba Mbili Curry Powder
When it comes to Christian celebrations, I like Easter best of all. Unlike Christmas, which has become a circus of lights, shopping, sales, giveaways, eating, drinking and unfortunate black men sweating in woolly Santa- Claus suits, no amount of worldliness can cover up the fact that we are celebrating the death and resurrection of our … More Not another circus
A Review by Stella Riunga The Help is Kathryn Stockett’s first novel. So impressive a début was it that just two years after it was published (2009) it had been turned into a film by DreamWorks Studios. I watched it, and was impressed by how true to the book the film was. And let me … More The Help- Kathryn Stockett
A review by Stella Riunga Reading genocide memorials is not easy. It takes a lot to come eyeball-to-eyeball with the full extent of the depravity of man. I’ve read books on the Rwanda Genocide, on the LRA and the devastation they brought about in Northern Uganda and on the Holocaust, and they invariably lead … More Night- Elie Wiesel
A review by Stella Riunga