Rwanda's Struggle for a Better Future

Rwanda's Struggle for a Better Future

Written By: DJ Bwakali | Published: August-18-2015 | Category: Life
Tagged Under: sustainability

‘The international community failed Rwanda and that must leave us always with a sense of bitter regret.’ These were the words of t...

The Smiles and Twinkles of Githurai, Nairobi

The Smiles and Twinkles of Githurai, Nairobi

Written By: Njeri Gitonga | Published: November-13-2015 | Category: Life
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Seated at my usual spot on the bus, I look up from my book to find the bus conductor staring at me with a semi agitated look. I no...

By Bleaching My Skin, I Bleached my Dignity

By Bleaching My Skin, I Bleached my Dignity

Written By: Caroline Numuhire | Published: August-14-2015 | Category: Life
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When she wakes up, she first makes up; before doing anything else even before praising her God or cursing her parents for giving h...

My First Time

My First Time

Written By: DJ Bwakali | Published: August-18-2015 | Category: Life
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The day had finally arrived. The moment was upon me when my first time would soon be behind me. It was evening, probably six thir...

There’s no party like a matatu party

There’s no party like a matatu party

Written By: Claire Baker | Published: October-08-2015 | Category: Life
Tagged Under: miji

“I can’t hear you!!” I shouted desperately into my mobile phone, “Lawrence? Can you hear me?” Thou...

Honoring my 20 years of Age

Honoring my 20 years of Age

Written By: Abir Farhat | Published: August-17-2015 | Category: Life
Tagged Under: mama

In few months I will leave forever the sacred age of 20. I am therefore living the last months in this very special number, 20. Ma...

Gone With the Water

Gone With the Water

Written By: DJ Bwakali | Published: August-20-2015 | Category: Life
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The cock crowed and Mama Nanzala woke up. She reached below the bed and retrieved her brown aluminum suitcase. Although it was sti...

"Cultural Man"

"Cultural Man"

Written By: Peace Muchiri | Published: October-16-2015 | Category: Life
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It was the first day. There he sat; hands clasped with his chin resting on the tips of his forefingers and his gaze oozing preoccu...

Rwanda's Bitter-Sweet Marriages

Rwanda's Bitter-Sweet Marriages

Written By: Caroline Numuhire | Published: August-18-2015 | Category: Life
Tagged Under: love affair, Rwanda

Solène, 25, is one those Rwandan girls who have drunk  so many cups of fresh cattle milk- inshushyu that her skin has the natural ...

A Morning Conversation with Mr Rich

A Morning Conversation with Mr Rich

Written By: Caroline Numuhire | Published: March-24-2016 | Category: Life
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I didn’t choose to be poor. If I had to click, I would have selected to be born by a woman with Aishwarya Rai’s beauty...

Meet Amina from Lamu Island

Meet Amina from Lamu Island

Written By: Environmental Africa | Published: May-08-2016 | Category: Life
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“This is Ksh 800 while this leather one is 1,200.” She says of some awesome brown African shoes to a white woman who l...

Baringo Mentoring in the Dawn of Drought

Baringo Mentoring in the Dawn of Drought

Written By: Sarah Kutahi | Published: March-03-2017 | Category: Life
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Baringo, whirlwinds dominated the bare fields. I had to keep covering my eyes with the back of a sweaty hand. The strange thing is...

The Centre for Hope or Mockery Disguised

The Centre for Hope or Mockery Disguised

Written By: Sarah Kutahi | Published: July-17-2016 | Category: Life
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In the middle of the disorder of an informal settlement, accompanied by musty scents from the never ending sewer in the labyrinth ...

In the Musical Footsteps of Dandora

In the Musical Footsteps of Dandora

Written By: DJ Bwakali | Published: September-13-2015 | Category: Life
Tagged Under: Bwak's Corner

It had been twenty years since I had been to this part of Nairobi. The once smooth road was full of craters that we had to dri...

A Rwandan Single Mother's Bitter-sweet Journey

A Rwandan Single Mother's Bitter-sweet Journey

Written By: Caroline Numuhire | Published: August-16-2015 | Category: Life
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Love, what a feeling! Olive had known it when she met Patrick. She was happier and felt to have a great weight off her mind. She c...

Negotiating Life's Corners

Negotiating Life's Corners

Written By: Super User | Published: August-17-2015 | Category: Life
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We face hurdles in life that make us want to quit, make us cry and wish we were no more but the fact is we are still alive and tha...

The Impotency of One Thousand Shillings

The Impotency of One Thousand Shillings

Written By: Zawadi K | Published: October-02-2015 | Category: Life
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You know things are thick and the struggle is real when the highest denomination of our Kenyan currency can only buy one meal ...

From Lamu to Mozambique

From Lamu to Mozambique

Written By: DJ Bwakali | Published: August-17-2015 | Category: Life
Tagged Under: village, marine ecosystem

I couldn't believe it when I heard the news. I had been selected to be a crew member of a big boat that was leaving for Msumbiji, ...

Burundi's Fish Triumph Over Guns

Burundi's Fish Triumph Over Guns

Written By: DJ Bwakali | Published: August-14-2015 | Category: Life
Tagged Under: Lakes

Don. His name wasn’t typically Burundian. His father named him after Don King the renowned American boxing promoter. When Don King...

Burning Cancer Alive

Burning Cancer Alive

Written By: Peace Muchiri | Published: November-28-2015 | Category: Life
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Not so many years ago, a friend of mine died of ovarian cancer. I’m not old. Neither was she. She was in her early twenties....

When I Fled from Terror

When I Fled from Terror

Written By: DJ Bwakali | Published: August-18-2015 | Category: Life
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My thigh was shaking as I pressed the accelerator. Truth be told, I was very, very scared. Next to me in the co-driver seat of T...

Drowning in Crime, Saved by a Child

Drowning in Crime, Saved by a Child

Written By: Ivy Amase | Published: October-24-2015 | Category: Life
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As Ken Mwangi ‘Mwas’ walks towards the Indian businessman he is about to rob, he feels no fear and has no second thoug...

The Magical Black Bag

The Magical Black Bag

Written By: Ivy Amase | Published: October-12-2015 | Category: Life
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As he walks up to me, black bag on his left shoulder, I breathe a sigh of relief. Our reunion is not as uncomfortable as I thought...

A Typical Day of a Modern Professional Rwandan Woman

A Typical Day of a Modern Professional Rwandan Woman

Written By: Caroline Numuhire | Published: August-03-2016 | Category: Life
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The City of Kigali wakes up and invades the dirty and paved streets. It’s a city that is walking towards the Vision 2020 and its f...

Christmas in Kilifi

Christmas in Kilifi

Written By: DJ Bwakali | Published: September-06-2015 | Category: Life
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The coastal town of Kilifi was just waking up but I was still in dreamland. My young face was a peaceful picture of sleep. My twel...

Top French Auction House Joins the Growing African Art Market

Top French Auction House Joins the Growing African Art Market

Written By: Environmental Africa | Published: October-22-2016 | Category: Life
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PIASA, one of France’s most distinguished auction houses, will hold its third sale of Contemporary African Art, “Origins and Traje...

The Dreams and Fears of a Woman from Rukira, Rwanda

The Dreams and Fears of a Woman from Rukira, Rwanda

Written By: Environmental Africa | Published: August-17-2015 | Category: Life
Tagged Under: mama, sustainability

I am a woman. A Rwandan woman. I was born in the eighties so I am young enough to be called a youth but old enough to counsel yout...

Despite IT Boom, over 90% of Africa Has No Internet Access

Despite IT Boom, over 90% of Africa Has No Internet Access

Written By: Super User | Published: January-03-2017 | Category: Life
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Internet access: Vital to providing wider access to education and health awareness in rural communities in Mozambique M...

International Loves

International Loves

Written By: Caroline Numuhire | Published: May-04-2016 | Category: Life
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It was a calm afternoon with a cool breeze blowing away the hair of women. It was around 3pm in Kigali and the sun was still gentl...

A Second Look at Mozambique's Maritine Contracts

A Second Look at Mozambique's Maritine Contracts

Written By: Super User | Published: June-30-2016 | Category: Life
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  In 2014 a think-tank chaired by Kofi Annan had estimated that Africa lost $20bn a year on fishing and logging, w...

Young, Restless and Loved Unconditionally

Young, Restless and Loved Unconditionally

Written By: Sarah Kutahi | Published: August-06-2016 | Category: Life
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The high fashion supermodel that always caught the attention of both men and women for her high Janet Jackson cheek-bones and the ...

Embracing Mentorship in Kenya's Baringo County

Embracing Mentorship in Kenya's Baringo County

Written By: Sarah Kutahi | Published: July-22-2016 | Category: Life
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I was at it again with Mumo of course. This time round in Baringo, on a mission to mentor high school students on a vast number of...

Will I Ever be Someone Important

Will I Ever be Someone Important

Written By: Lucie Kampinka | Published: August-17-2015 | Category: Life
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Born of a mason father and a mother who is a roasted corn seller; Fils is an 8 years old boy. His parents rent a house of two room...

Where You Can't Carry Your Shopping with Two Handles

Where You Can't Carry Your Shopping with Two Handles

Written By: Claire Baker | Published: September-22-2015 | Category: Life
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Arriving at customs on the Rwandan border I as always felt a slight trepidation handing over my dog-eared passport with an inn...

The African Dream

The African Dream

Written By: Caroline Numuhire | Published: August-07-2016 | Category: Life
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Ohh respectful Africa, my mother, my love, my land, my blood, my dust, my vein, my paint, my shape, my home, my comfort, my peace....

Without a Visa but With Hope

Without a Visa but With Hope

Written By: Caroline Numuhire | Published: August-19-2015 | Category: Life
Tagged Under: Africa's Countries

The warm Mediterranean waters slapped my feet as the cool sea breeze soothed my weary soul. Just being there on the humid shores ...