In The Stillness I Wept

“One minute I am floating, and the next minute it feels like I have been hit by a bus.” These are the words I told my therapist the first time I visited her a few months ago. I was hurt and hopeless, and although I hoped that the pain would go away, I had learnt […]

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Free At Last

When my wife died I did not cry, I allowed droplets of sweat to soak my pyjama top. I didn’t cry because I was confused and in denial. She had made my life a living hell and seemed to be immortal. There was a time that Roselyn and I were inseparable, she was the apple […]

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Thank You, Next.

Have you ever taken a moment to sit down and give thanks? Do you think it’s by your own will and might that you’re still here breathing? Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed? Well, take a deep breath and just say, ‘Thank You’. Since the beginning of last year, there has been a series of lockdowns, […]

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The Tale of Adaptation

There are always two sides to every story and one’s blessing can also be someone else’s burden. The same can be said about the lockdowns that governments around the world have imposed to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. The COVID-19 pandemic enabled families to get to know each other since they spent a lot […]

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Never Ready To Say Goodbye

Baba (father) has been sitting on the rocking chair for close to an hour and I am sure he is lost in his thoughts with Simon Chimbetu’s song Samatenga on repeat. He hasn’t touched his coffee and l bet it has turned into a cold coco-cola beverage. My father’s life will never be the same […]

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Family

By Sarah Jaravaza I am a people person, and I love talking to and meeting new people. I enjoy quality time spent with the individuals in my life. I am the only daughter in my nuclear family, and I have two younger brothers whom I adore. One of my earliest memories as a child was […]

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Death – Musings

By Felly Oyuga They say life and death go together. I have always been fascinated by the dead, but not by the process of dying. That part scares me. The last breath. What does it feel like? Do you know you are dying? Are you scared? I expect I will close my eyes on this […]

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Fat? Really?

By Stella Damasus “I am pregnant.” These three words are life-changing for everyone involved. It could be good or not so good news but will definitely change lives instantly. All of a sudden, there are thoughts of a new being, new furniture, new room, extra security and safety measures, hospital visits, meal plans, changes in […]

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Women Who Kill #3: Born to Suffer

By Felly Oyuga Life had become unbearable. It was not always this way though. 16 months ago, Cherie thought she was blissfully married. They lived in a decent three bedroom house with her three children and her husband, Saul. Their three children, Anna 13, Anita 9 and the little Jonah 5, all went to a […]

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Friends Of The Dead

By Felly Oyuga During my father’s funeral, the chief insisted on giving a short speech, but after he had had something to eat. So after eating, the chief came back to the gathering, tummy full and started his speech. He said that he was in school with my father. My aunt then asked, ‘’which school? […]

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