Ego needs pores to breathe; His is an airtight helium balloon, Which you inflated. Soon he’ll be flying to greater heights, And you’ll be saying, ‘wait for me’ ...
It was drizzling, which is why I had opened the door. The scent of evening rain smelt like wet logs. I imagined I was somewhere in a forest, in a cabin, with a blazing fire keeping me warm and a woolen blanket keeping me safe.
ADVENTURE WAITS DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, BUT ‘TO SURVIVE IT, YOU NEED TO BE MAD AS THE HATTER, WHICH LUCKILY I AM.’
Dear daughter, When you were born, I recall trying to ensure that your toys did not prescribe to any gender. I recall always being asked, while shopping for items, ‘is it for a boy or a girl’, and I would sometimes say, it’s just for my baby. Yet, I could not resist those groovy cute … Continue reading Day of the Girl Child: Letter to My Daughter
If, we could draw my heart, It would look like the rugs my grandma made, With leftover pieces of fabric, Stitched together. Some dotted, some stripped, Tie and dye, pastel and luminous. The torn pieces created the beautiful mat. Even if the stitches could not be hidden, And each piece had a story to tell, … Continue reading Heart of Rags
That subtle breeze cast the fumes on me like a shared secret. I involuntarily inhaled as though I was supposed to.
Vava first experienced coffee outside her home. Her parents received a coffee maker as a wedding present but nobody really used it. Kenyans do not have a coffee-drinking culture. Surprising or not, up to 90 per cent of Kenya’s coffee is exported. The little consumed locally is done mainly by the foreigners living in the … Continue reading Coffee Stories With Vava: How it Gets To Your Cup – Part Two
I’m sorry, For the time I hurt you to be true to myself, For the time you hurt me to be true to yourself, And I did not understand, What you had reciprocated. I’m sorry, For the time I said I had forgiven you, But my hot tears burnt like the embers of hell, Which … Continue reading Dear World, I’m Sorry!
Storytelling the coffee journeys is how Vava enriches the taste of her coffee alongside the lives of the Kenyan farmers she has an intimate relationship with. She is a social entrepreneur, who exports globally but invests locally. It is a synergy that not only ensures the quality of coffee is top-notch, but that there is … Continue reading The Coffee Stories – Meet Brew Mistress Vava – Part One
Street Culture does not seem to have a very clear definition when each attaches it to their experience, of what they would perceive to be a city or town of Street Culture. In general, this would mean that there is expression of culture by youth through their creativity. We could also simplify it and say … Continue reading Does Nairobi Have Street Culture?