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The ghosts of Lawi

-1- OLD SOULS I always knew it would be a girl for a first born I would name her Audrey Meaning strength and influence and grace To have a daughter and be her friend, the way my...

Depth over distance

Some of the best stories ever written begin with so there is this girl, right and this one is one of those She moved into our neighborhood when I was in Class 7 She was my...

Bad Manners

It has been over two decades since I saw Zahra I cannot even remember her face now because my memory is a dot If we met on the street, and we most likely have, we’d pass each...

I have agreed

There will always come a time in the life of a Luo man when he must go to another man’s home to ask for that man’s daughter in marriage It really does not matter how woke one...

For Akello

Like Kisumu rain, I can hear them coming from far Starts with a hum, then the noise intensifies It gets louder and louder as they approach And even long after they are gone, I can...

Lillyanne wa Pau

I have been seeing audition calls for Twaweza Live Kisumu Tour on Facebook, that event that musical Safaricom is touring across the country And I am still jealous Because a few...

Pulling out

I sat cross-legged on the floor under the dangling naked light bulb; three tests arranged in front of me like obedient children at school assembly We’d had an argument about how...

Going to cook

Everyone else seemed cool with the idea except me I could not understand it No I refused to understand it Up until the morning of the ceremony, I had not even packed yet It was...

Arkangel

When you were younger you wanted nine kids You had even named them all You were going to have five boys and four girls, and they all had very grand names One of your sons was...

Who are you to tell?

When you sit next to a rapist, something inside your body screams in fear, but you’re not sure if you should be scared in the first place Sure, you’re a woman, and his...

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