EVENTS 

Why you need to attend Africa Nouveau Festival this weekend

This weekend the Africa Nouveau festival takes place at the Ngong’ Racecourse Waterfront. This is definitely one of the biggest contemporary art festivals in the country – if not the biggest. Creatives drawn from all over the continent will have three days to showcase the best of African creativity in music, visual art, digital art, fashion, film making and so much more. The festival is “purposefully designed by creators of nu African culture for the creators and curators of the culture and their fans, with a deliberate focus on alternative…

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FOOTBALL THOUGHTS 

Can Arsenal turn things around in 2018?

.My initial intention was to write and publish this article last week but couldn’t find time to do it. Or rather, procrastination got the better of me. Then Swansea happened last night and all the Arsenal fan were brought back to earth. Myself included. Being an Arsenal fan has always been an emotional roller-coaster. You move from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other in the flash of an eye. Take yesterday’s game for example. One minute, we were celebrating Ozil’s vision and Monreal’s unexpected goal scoring run.…

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MUSIC REVIEWS 

Review: @AmbasaMandela’s Ona Sasa EP (by @lamusicjunkie)

Feel free to quote me on this : the most unforgettable albums are ones where artists pour their entire souls into it. They freely let you see their struggles, their demons, their beliefs, their lifelong mission – basically what goes on in their beautiful minds. It’s like having a deep intimate conversation with them, whenever you choose. That is how Ona Sasa is for me. Thank my lucky stars, I got Mandela’s EP right after the December 15th launch at Alliance Francaise. Kenyan music legends H_art The Band, Fadhilee Itulya and…

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CREATIVE WRITING PROSE 

Six in the morning

“Why are you looking at me like that?” That was the first thing on Wambui’s mind as she woke to find Otis, short for Otieno, staring at her. He stared deep into her eyes not knowing what he was looking for. A twinkle, a spark, an invitation to come in. Her eyes seemed to draw him deeper into her galaxy. An adventurer ready to set sail to a far off undiscovered planet. She was the sun and he was a moth drawn to her light. Forgotten was the thought that his proximity to her heat might kill…

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CREATIVE WRITING Dear Abi 

#DearAbi This Is How A Heart is Broken

Dear Abi, Hope you’ve been well and started the year on a positive note. I’ve struggled to pen this missive over the past few days, attributing that to either the complexity of the subject or the difficulty I currently face trying to write of late – known in some quarters as writer’s block. Self-expression through words , written or spoken, has always come easy to me but with each passing day it’s been hard for me to pen down my thoughts. Still, I try. Someone recently asked me if I’ve…

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EVENTS REVIEWS 

Kenya’s Gangsta Story Retold #TEFBadassery

The world is full of unbelievable gangsta stories from the likes of Al Capone, Frank Lucas, John Gotti and many more. These are men who’ve risen up the ranks in the world of crime and earned themselves notoriety across the globe. Stories of gangstas, both true and fiction, have made it on to the major screen with award winning movies such us The Godfather, American Gangster and Goodfellas. We’ve grown to know all these men and women from across the seas but little is known of those who’ve made a…

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EVENTS REVIEWS 

Kenyan stories brought to life on stage #TooEarlyForBirds

Kenya’s history is filled with lots of stories of amazing individuals who left a mark, however little or big, on the course of the country. Most of these stories will not be told in history classes or mainstream media thus the creative community is stepping up to the plate and taking the lead in expressing these stories not just in a factual but a creative way as well. One of these story telling platforms is the “Too Early for Birds” show whose third volume takes place this weekend at the…

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CREATIVE WRITING VERSE 

I: Solitude

We strive to devoid our lives of silence to avoid listening to our own thoughts ignorant to the fact that one can never be at peace without peace within. It is written “Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to JUDGE. If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself. And if you do not know yourself, you will begin to fear the void. But…

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