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MUSINGS

OF INDISCIPLINE AND SECURITY
JOY ODERA


Westgate’, as the terror visited upon Kenya on 21st September 2013 has quickly slipped into common quotation, terrified me to the core because I have always had faith in the ability of our security forces to protect us from such evil. Moreover, this dastardly act hit very close to home as many a Saturday mornings, at about 11am to be exact, my family and I were usually at Westgate Mall meeting friends over a cup of coffee. [..]

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GIVE
GEORGE MUIRURI


Mutush

“What is a Jack?” is probably the question on your mind. Besides, if you do not understand this lighter version of colloquial Swahili, popularly known as
“Sheng”, then you are definitely lost. Do not worry... The verb form of the word ‘jack’, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, means “to move from a lower to a higher place or position,” with some of the synonyms being: Boost; hike; and, hoist. We are more familiar with the noun, though, which is a mechanical tool, that all should have in their vehicles. Nothing. [..]

CARING DEEDS
JOY ODERA


Mutush

The festive season is considered a time of celebration and a time of giving. We celebrate with food and drink, give and receive gifts and every now and then pray to God. In this spirit, we perhaps take a moment to reflect on our past, present and future. This introspection usually focuses on the personal, unachieved goals of the past and resolutions for the future. It is usually an application that is egocentric in nature. [..]


CROWD MANIPULATION AND PROPAGANDA
JOY ODERA


After Kofi Annan had brought us to our senses and guided us to some semblance of sanity following the election debacle of 2007/08, I vowed that I would never again vote for someone because my grandfather and his grandfather were distant in-laws. I was never again going to vote for someone or because our daughters shared the same desk in kindergarten...[..]

CONFUSION
JOY ODERA


In his familiar sparkling white shirt, white shorts, white knee-length socks and red tie, Yusuf leads a crowd of mostly women and children, in all stages of dress, racing along Kenyatta Avenue in an easterly direction shouting, “Wanakuja! They are coming! Run! They are coming!”[..]

THE CANDIDATES
The consultancy firm had conducted the due diligence and narrowed down our selection to two candidates, John and Paul. They were due to face the interview panel that morning, for the position of General Manager, New Plant.[..]

Doc?
JOY ODERA


Dominic was Papa’s younger brother, but everyone called him ‘Doc’. Initially I thought the Doc was derived from his name, the first two letters and the last. But with age, I came to learn that the ‘Doc’ was in reference to Doctor, a title that my uncle carried with conceit, and why not?.[..]

A ‘MITUSH’ NATION
JOY ODERA

Mutush


I was driving along Ngong Road in Nairobi in my recently acquired ‘new’ car on my way to Toi Market near Adams Arcade to buy a ‘new’ skirt suit for an upcoming evaluation exercise with my boss. My ‘Najivunia kuwa Mkenya’ spirit reflected on the passing on of our national .[..]

OF EXPATS
JOY ODERA

america


Our brothers and sisters often leave the continent in a desperate search of greener pastures mostly in the West but recently also in the East! The long queues outside foreign embassies and high commissions, despite the .[..]

 

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WATCH THAT PEDESTRIAN!
JOY ODERA

Traffic


Stationary in the evening traffic jam along Jogo Road in Mombasa one day, I was reminiscing about the sand and sea at the South Coast where I had just spent the day, when a loud bang on.[..]


HUSTLING
JOY ODERA

I’ve just re-read ‘I do not come to you by chance’, by a young Nigerian writer, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani. It reads like an exposé on dotcom crime, the Nigerian e-mail scams.[..]

JOY ODERAA
AUNT KEZIA

anuit

IMy beloved Aunt Kezia unlike myself with a PhD in Anthropology from a top-notch university in the UK, has never set foot in a classroom. “She did not see chalk and a blackboard”,.[..]

JOY ODERA
REAL FREEDOM


In my heady days at university, I was one of those impassioned activists easily excited by the mere mention of the word FREEDOM in a sentence and quickly bought into anything with the word ‘Free’. I signed petitions. I marched, picketed,.[..]

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In our issue on Branding- Issue #16, we presented an image of Adolf Hitler alongside other current and historical individuals. This was an error on our part. By placing him alongside positive change makers we were seen to have condoned his many dastardly acts. This was not our intention. We apologize profusely for this lapse in judgement. History is and will always be clear on the evil that Adolf Hitler perpetuated. The Editor