to be

There is inside you
all of the potential to be whatever
you want to be
all of the energy to do whatever
you want to do.

Imagine yourself as you would like to be,
doing what you want to do,
and each day, take one step
towards your dream.

And though at times it may seem too
difficult to continue,
hold on to your dream.

One morning you will awake to find
that you are the person
you dreamed of
doing what you wanted to do
simply because you had the courage
to believe in your potential
and to hold on to your dream.


that august house

Kibaki: “Hizo mawezere wezere wezere wezere ….”
Karua: I beg your pardon?!
Kibaki: Bloody bure! I was just singing to myself
Mwakwere: Are you from Coast?
Marende: Order! Order! Any member can sing if he is feeling sufficiently philanthropic!
Kalonzo: It’s like I was telling my constituents the other day. A country is like an eighteen wheeled lorry painted green with “Rough Riders: Ride Or Die” painted on the rear windscreen with a colobus monkey, a banana and a rabbi in the front seat …
Charity: And?
Kalonzo: I forget at this point the point I was trying to make. But it was very important!
Mutula: Not as important as my proposal. I propose all roads be expanded as follows: One lane for the president, one for the prime minister, one for cabinet members, one for the police and fire brigade, one for left handed people, one for right handed people, one for people under 6 feet, one for people over six feet, one for people who watch Tyra and one for people who watch Oprah. I also propose t…

the challenges of modernity, indigenous habits in a changing world

Strictly speaking, until recently the word “habitat” never struck a chord in me; it never rung a bell. When it came to understanding the concept of human habitat, I was the goat to whom the guitar was being played. I imagined of habitat as a weird and remote place where headless animals bump into each other and where legless animals crawl and where the fabled Lochness monster once lived in harmony with the mammoths and the dinosaurs, or something like that. But sometime back, I realized that my misconception of habitat was not a personal problem, many others perceived of habitat as a noun, a place, a region or an indigenous forest full of predators and preys and the other uncanny characters in the animal world.

It dawned on me, late, that “habitat” is a verb, a doing word. It is the way we live, what we eat and drink, how we cook and eat, or “not cook” what we eat. Habitat went beyond housing and people, it came to life and meant much more. Habitat is all that surrounds us and how we …

the atheist and the rainbow

He is an quite an intelligent guy my atheist friend, however, when he sent me an e-mail with a superfluity of quotes and sagacious anecdotes on faith, I knew that he was up to something deeper. There's something in every atheist, itching to believe, and something in every believer, itching to doubt. That is what my atheist friend, let’s call him Patrick, told me.

When I first told him of my faith in Christianity, I told him that I was not a regular churchgoer but nevertheless a staunch believer. He quizzically looked at me and asked me how that was possible. “How do you become a sailor without going to the sea?” he asked, ostensibly to ridicule my philosophy of online or telekinetic Christianity as he called it. I did not have a better answer than to slip open my confused mouth and smile and look upwards as if to leave it all to some unseen source for clarification. Apart from his heathen flip side that set us slightly apart, Patrick is not a “bad” person, whatever that means. Oka…

We Are Who WeChoose To Be

If there be any one of us who
truly understands and knows his
deepest and true nature,
blessed is he among men, and
women. As soon as we are pulled
into this world, literally, and slapped at birth, we start
carving an identity for ourselves.
The softies cry at birth after
the slap, the hard-cores smile.
That is when we start making
milkshakes from the milk that life has to offer. As babies, at
birth, we kick and struggle to
get out of the same place we
so much will struggle to get
back in, at least in part. While
some of us are “lucky” to go back, some never do. Others
claim they like the “reverse” of nature better. The genteel and
cultured christen such with mild
sobriquets: lesbian and gay. The
truthful and judgemental of us
call them homosexuals. Asked if a
gay couple can procreate, Harvey Milk says, “We can’ t. But who knows? We keep
trying”. We are who we choose to be. Kwani jana kuliendaje? We do
not indulge in drinking for the
pleasure of it, as much as for
the approval and fit…

The Intrigues of aFailing State : TheKenya We Want.

The events in the country,
whose history is enduring, in the
past few months have shocked
many, if not scared them. That
a country whose governance
systems were repudiated by friends and foe alike in the 60’ s is still grappling with the bitter
aftertaste of ignoring such wise
counsel is pitiable. Tribalism,
corruption, unethical leadership
and regression are just but the
basic of problems that Kenya is struggling to deal with. Worse
still, curbing primary challenges
of humanity such as hunger,
ignorance and poverty remains a
threat to the very fibres of her
society. Providing education, food, water and medical services
for all remains all but achievable
in the near future if the
current ineptness of the
systems endures. Last January, the spotlight was
on Kenya, but for the wrong
reasons. That was when the
country smelt of death and
smoke. The hope that springs
eternal in all of us enabled us to go through that period and
resiliently rise from the ashes
like the proverbial phoenix. La…