To Wangari Maathai - Thank You

On the morning of 24th September 2011, the world woke up one morning to the sad and tragic news that Professor Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist, human rights activist and Nobel Peace prize winner passed away the previous night at about 10 PM in Nairobi hospital.

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Honoring My Twenty Years of Age

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. Maybe it is a women's thing that we care much about age, and maybe it is a youth thing, and maybe neither.

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There is no Party Like a Matatu Party

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

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A Visit to the Land of Pyramids

Pyramids are not only found in Egypt, we have them in Kenya as well.

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Burn it All

I pat my hair dry and comb it into what I consider to be the most respectable form that I’m ever going to achieve with my unruly hair. However it looks, at least it smells good – of patchouli and citrus fruit – and my shower gel, infused with vanilla, offsets it nicely.

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Cash Cow

There doesn’t yet exist an animal that will grow, excrete or secrete money. We can always hope that this will one day be developed, but modest, well looked-after animals are already capable of providing the raw materials for products of great value, both nutritional and monetary, and yet  in Africa we don’t break open the cow-shaped piggy bank that dairy farming and, in particular, cheese production offers us.

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Groundnuts Are in Season

An African in London has almost inevitably gone through many processes of migration, evolution, adaptation and adjustment, fighting against this or that tradition, longing for one place or another, and rejecting some or other throwback to the home land.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Humans have a singular gift for being acutely aware of so many worldly issues whilst ignoring much of what is going on around them.

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A Rocky Journey in the Heart of Malawi

“’Prehistoric art of world-class standards, from the stone age and iron age, etched in granite rocks and now a World Heritage Site’. Sounds good, no?” Lawrence nodded his head at me.

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The Treasure of Nkombo Island in Lake Kivu

Not many people know that Rwanda has an island. But it does. Nkombo Island, which sits squarely in Lake Kivu.

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The Rwandan Way of Saying I do

Solène, 25, is one those Rwandan girls who have drunk  so many cups of fresh cattle milk- inshushyu that her skin has the natural glow of the water that trickles from a rock. A nurse at Plateau Clinic has confirmed her worst nightmare – that she is pregnant.

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Swimming for Crocodiles in Mwanza

Cold drink in one hand, blazing sun intoxicating the other, the sweet, soothing rocking of the water under me, and all I could think of was diving in. The grey-blue tranquility surrounding me for miles looked so inviting and delectably cool that I knew as soon as we switched the engine of the boat off, I was going to jump straight into Lake Victoria.

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My Love Story with Words

Once upon a time, lived a girl, in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. She had her primary contact with books when her father used to buy children books for her and her siblings.

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Fishing Stories from Jinja

From the horizon, I see the sun taking time to rise; it is an orangey subdued lighting offering its warmth to the waters of Lake Victoria while chasing away the morning mist.

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Dancing with Rocks in Tanzania

It was one of my favourite late afternoon pleasures of a lazy weekend, and it was a rare moment of solitude and observational possibilities that I treasured. Though I was too fussy to put my feet in the water, I would more often than not purchase an ice cream from the man with the pedal cart.

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International Love Looks Like This

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 gently shinning and sliding towards the western mountains.

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Face to Face with Lake Kivu's Biodiversity

The panorama offered by Gisenyi bay beach is a scenic expanse of blue water that ends on the Congolese hillside.  Gisenyi town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rwanda. In the middle of the Lake Kivu stands a pole. From far, it looks like a giant tree that grew from the deepest lake bed. But it is the methane gas extraction plant.

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A Flow of Solidarity

My name is Krona and I am the currency of Sweden. I have been around since 1873 and I am still going strong. Every month, I am collected from Swedish citizens through tax.

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My name is Rose, I am the single daughter of...

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The bright green squeak and crack as the lea...

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Arriving at customs on the Rwandan border I ...

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My name is Krona and I am the currency of Sw...

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It was one of my favourite late afternoon pl...

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Cold drink in one hand, blazing sun intoxica...

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