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January 2020

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Are You Sure?

You have just finished your KCSE exams. Four years of your life have been evaluated in just three weeks. You find yourself quite broke but you are comforted by the fact that you can now wake up after the sun has risen. Hmm, I should get me a job or something before I join campus, you think to yourself. You phone that uncle of yours that always kept telling you to look for him as soon as you were done with your exams. He owns an Insurance firm and he can get you something to keep you busy in exchange for a small stipend. He is happy to hear from you. You ask about your cousins and your aunt. They are all fine. Then he proceeds to break your heart. ‘The economy is not doing very well, as you can see on the news. But you do this, join campus and let me know when you go for long holiday ama when you need to go for attachment, sawa?’ You join campus. Time flies and it’s now time for your first long holiday. You ring your uncle, again. ‘The economy has not improved, in fact, it has become worse. Do […]

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Brake Fluid

The first time he ever hit her, he was blind drunk, and she was six months pregnant. The slap landed on her left cheek like a flash of lightning, followed by a thunderous buzzing in her head. Her face turned red. Her left eye turned black. Her jaw moved and her tongue was caught in between it. Her blood became hot. She felt the baby turn, as if in protest. And why? Because she had questioned where he had been all night, who he had been with and how much money he had spent drinking. He refused to answer and sprawled himself on their bed, with his muddy shoes still on. Njeri spent the night sobbing on the living room floor, wondering what the hell she had gotten herself into. See, Njeri is a good conservative girl. The kind that would prefer to spend Saturday nights baking mandazis for her man, with only his oversized T-Shirt on. Ngugi, on the other hand, is kind of a dick. The kind that would rather hop from club to brothel every weekend than stay home and be with his pregnant wife. The kind that would rather splash half his salary entertaining his fake […]

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