A Man To Go With My Furniture.

I have done everything that society asks of me, but get and keep a man. I have done well in school. Gone ahead and clinched good grades. When I was attacked by the severe case of adolescence, which bestowed me with boobs, hips, periods and heap-loads of acne, society sat me down, handed me a packet of Always and said: […]

The Stories We Tell Ourselves.

Once upon a time…we begin. Or how does your story begin? Better still, how will it end? You know who you are. But who do you tell the world you are? My mother has a myriad of friends. Friends of all ages. Her most recent best bud has been Heidi. My daughter has been asking for her ever since we […]

“Sasa Mwanamke, Utafanya Nini?”

I like men who underestimate the power and strength of a woman. What am I saying…I don’t like them. I LOVE them! I engaged such a man recently. We were talking about politics and somehow we ended up talking about women in relation to men. How we ended up there, I don’t really know. We started with discussing how politicians […]

Modern Day Polygamy: Pick A Number

First it was Linda Muthama. And then Cecilia Mwangi, former Miss Kenya, followed hot on her heels. Celebrities (I use this term loosely) trying to ‘justify’ their place in society; the place of a second wife. Cecilia admits that Linda’s coming out on her polygamous arrangement emboldened her to do the same. They are vilified unjustly and they urge the […]

A letter to the ‘Unproblematic’ Woman

Dear ‘Unproblematic’ Woman, What’s new? So Shebesh endured a slap from Kidero the other day, remember? Ok, it was the other other day. You must be asking why I’m revisiting the incident now when so much time has elapsed, so much has been said about it, various reactions have been expressed, status updates posted, meme’s created…you are thinking; we’ve gone […]

For the sake of the children

I know a woman. She is in her fifties. Life has taken its toll on her for she looks nothing like the vibrant, beautiful girl she used to be. She loved life. She was adventurous and playful –  was even somewhat of a bully in school. She was the life of the party, leader of the ‘gang’. She was a […]

Moustache & Mascara

This person sat next to me in a bus headed to the city. I was seated next to the window, like I always prefer to, and they occupied the seat next to me to my right hand side. As the vehicle snaked its way through the afternoon traffic, I became aware of an extra pair of eyes staring out of […]

Star-Crossed Lovers: A Kenyan Story

A story unfolds of a young Kenyan man in his twenties. Let’s call him Romeo. He had the hots for one woman – we shall stick to the script and call her Juliet (Every Romeo deserves a Juliet, right?). They loved each other – a good thing. But Juliet was married – a bad thing. Theirs was what qualified to […]