Bachelorhood
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The patient

So what is this nonsense about you going to where you grew up for Christmas and catching malaria, eh? Your entire life, you have never caught malaria. Then you spend a week in Nyanza and all of a sudden the whole medical profession cannot have peace? There is no way your home could have given you malaria, not after 28 years. Kwani which mosquitoes have been biting you your whole life? Ai. Chokeee! What kind of upside-down science are they teaching in universities these days? Or is your name no longer Magunga?

Poetry
JKIA, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Addis Ababa
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Addis

So when I came back, everyone decided I was foreign – and not just because my accent was thick and faltering over the sir that…

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Catarina

We get to the field and watch the boys a little. Because we like games, we quickly pick up the rules. We start shouting tips from the side of the field. We have favourites. Scola’s brother, of course, and others. After a few weeks, someone gets tired of us stealing the ball and shouting so much and asks us if we want to play, since we know so much about it. We’re in!

Nairobi Living
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Nairobi Living

So here’s the hardest thing about living in Nairobi. And I know I said it was the dating, in my last story. But I think…