Stories

FULLMOON BOULEVARD MOTEL

By Patrick Ngugi The dark grey clouds that had hung precariously over the sky most of the afternoon finally made way for a clear and somehow chilly twilight that was…

SEVEN DAYS OF LOVE

By Lewis Wamwanda and Ezekiel Immo Monday I met a lady Collided with me at the bus stop Her apologies was a love song in my mind   Tuesday I roamed…

SIKUKUU Vs AUNT WAITHERERO

By Mundia Ngumi Let me first acknowledge our peers who because of various unavoidable circumstances were unable to celebrate the holidays. Here are some of the happenings that occurred when…

BELLA’S SURPRISE

By Kemboi Victor I have been sitting at Barizi Gardens for over an hour waiting for my friend Sam to arrive from the other side of Eldoret town, where he had…

WHATEVER IT TAKES

By Rehema Malemba Robert is again on his lonely way home from Ubunifu Primary School. The sun is at its setting end, colouring the western horizon orange. Long shadows of…

CORRINE MY FRIEND [PART 5]

THE TRAP BY Jeddy Gibbs Ohanga We discussed the issue like two grown-ups and agreed on the way forward. His idea made sense and I agreed to it. Meanwhile I…

DANCE ON HIS GRAVE

BY Anita Wairimu We laid him here three years ago. I come here fortnightly to make sure everything is in order. To ensure that the love of my life is…

The Pain In Her Voice [Part Two]

Get Part One HERE By Kemboi Victor Everyone seemed to have made a great discovery about me. Reverend Nyakundi could not believe that I could lay my hands on my…

MABEL WACU, MY LOVE

By Patrick Ngugi Mabel was late. Very late. It was getting to 10.30 pm and this worried me tremendously because the stretch from the matatu stage to the house was…

LET YOU GO!

By Anita W. I thought that it’ll be easy, I thought it’ll cost me nothing, Little did I know it’ll rob me peace, The only thing that kept me going,…

SECRETS FROM MY LOVE

By Kemboi Victor I first saw her from the waiting room being cleared by the secretary at the reception. She looked thin, tired, emaciated, stressed, unkempt and desperate. She was…

MARRIED AN IMP

By Anita W. We stood by and watched jealously, As you were about to marry, For you we were happy, Yet we were feeling somehow empty, In our renowned singles’…

Confessions

By Kemboi Victor The rain stopped and cold braced the atmosphere ushering in discomfort. Kiruhi, the watchman on duty, entered the gatehouse and picked his raincoat from the hanger on…

WHY FATHER… WHY!!? [PART TWO]

By Rehema Malemba I haven’t talked of my grandmother’s previous life, or have I? We were living with her in the city and she was enjoying herself and I’m sure…

Mind Games

  By Nimo Kuria I checked in late… Not that I didn’t know my boarding time, there had been a mix up. Two friends of mine had suddenly decided to…

  ONE-OFF SIN

By Beverly Masita You could say I was deep in thought as I sipped my coffee on New Year’s Eve. I was here early, drowning in coffee and music, reading…

HOME WRECKER

I saw how you used to stare at him, How you used to smile at him, Saw how you allured him to your bed, How you saw him secede his…

BEAUTIFUL CHARADES

By Beverly Masita Sitting in the corner and looking at people have a go at champagne and dance maybe wasn’t my kind of thing. Grabbing a glass and standing with…

KABLA SIJAOA

Kabla sijaoa, nitataka kuwa na hakika kuwa anafaa kweli. Nitataka kudadisi hulka zake kwa upana. Nimpitue, halafu nimweke sawa. Nimkunje, kisha nimkunjue. Nimvae, kisha nimvue. Nimwangushe, kisha nimwinue. Nimtege, halafu…

MELANIN

By Marxie Douglas Dark, sparkling and still dark.. Lovely with amazing tone.. Tickling the soul this shade.. Does it terrify?   It alludes to sexiness.. Envy among the colours.. It…

MOURN HIM WELL

Akoko nyar nam, Mourn your husband well Mourn him, daughter of the Lake Mourn Oduka as if the world is ending tomorrow He was the spear that pierced the sleeping…

The Skeleton in the Closet

By Cecy Gaitho “The Forbes list of top 40 under 40 is out, and for the first time in history, a Kenyan is on the lead!” I cannot tell if…

A SUDDEN STRANGER

Yesterday, when we went to sleep, You were so quiet, so distant, You felt like a stranger lying next to me, You were like someone else, dressed up in you,…

ZOE’S REVENGE

By Jedidah Ohanga The day was quite chilly, and Zoe felt very lonely. So lonely that she didn’t care whose company would make her feel warm. She took her phone…

FROM MOTHERLAND

From motherland where sirens are war planes and tankers trains The ambulances, battle bullets and blasting bombs And medics, the vulgar murderous militias or the selfless slaying soldiers All in…

A FRESH BOUQUET OF FLOWERS

By Lilian Wairimu As William took a stroll along the beautifully paved street, taking in the scenery around him, the clear blue sky, the random singing from a bird, he…

ZENTA’S TATTOO [Part 3]

By Patrick Ngugi He opened his eyes, and this time the lights scorched his eyes. He let out a sharp scream and shut them tightly. He tried to lift his…

A DIFFERENT DAWN

BY SEEB DURAZI [U.K] The dim, smoky flame from the paraffin lamp flickered slightly in the salty night breeze wafting in through the open window.  It was a warm night,…

BITTER SWEET VICISSITUDE

By Baya Osborn Change or vicissitude Awfully reassuring in its tidy reliance Something imminently bad must transpire Is it the enacting pain of Xenophobia? Is it Nairobi and Lusaka? Or…

If Tomorrow Fails to Come

Dear God, If Thou decides to take thy soul tonight, So that I won’t see tomorrow, My son, whom am so fond, Oh God of all Might, Let him not…

Grave Matter

  By Patrick Ngugi Hackson Mukora didn’t think it funny although a crooked grin spread across his face as if he was enjoying the macabre joke that was sending his…

INAMA IS REAL

By Mundia Ngumi It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon in the outskirts of the city. I’m slowly sipping my favourite drink, at my favourite joint, with my mind disengaged, wondering about…

SO FAR YET SO CLOSE

By Anita W. At times I wonder, How do things happen? Why do they happen anyway? It all leaves me bewildered, And can make one go insane.   Life is…

THERE YOU STAND ALL MAJESTIC

With a gleam in your eye There you stand all majestic With a determined stance Glowing…?   Majestic I once stood The gleam in my eye all but dull Majestic…

TALKING TO LITTLE COUSIN ABOUT SEX

By Beverly Masita Hi, it’s me. Just like most people, dear ‘Rona found me at the confines of home. You know- where your mother threatens to behead you because you…

HOPE

By Ridwan Bello, Kaduna, Nigeria At the very beginning While no one cares to See, or cares to know How homo-sapiens We will become we Never give up hope.  …

Birds of Ng’ethe

By Nimo Kuria So this morning in Wakanda … having coffee… I’ve known her for awhile; the woman does well. Financially. But it’s from what I hear not what I…

THE ESCAPADES OF KIVAVA KIKONZE

By John Masunga The petrol station attendant showed him a corner near the drainage and generously dosed him with the water cannon. It was not a fire extinguishing drill. It…

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Writers! Are you a parent, do you know parents, or do you have parents? Then maybe, just maybe, you’ll be interested in getting paid to write about parenting. The following is a…

SECRETS FROM MY LOVE [Part Two]

Get Part One HERE BY Kemboi Victor “Some girls are funny sweetheart.” I continued. “Their eyes do not go beyond their noses. Their minds refuse to think when they see…

THE POEM IN MY LIP

By Evelyn Ongogo The poem in my lip won’t fade with age Her melody ‘s like an arrow that dares the sun’s eyeball Waters of blue hue runs in the…

DESIDERATUM

By  Evelyne Ongogo I won’t keep words that harm Nor sneers that hurt I won’t carry a tool of despise Nor attend a school of spite I haven’t a space…

THE LAST RAIN DANCE

By Mwaniki wa Muriuki Dance with me, in the rains Our sweats swept in its dousing heats Dance with me, when the heavens torrents downpours Our slippery grips sliding and…

THE STORM

By Cecy Gaitho In the sky so high, The night dark with unforetold fears, The lightning occasionally sending its warning, That the storm is nigh, Little children clasp at their…

DO NOT CRY

Do not cry my darling For I waited for too long Do not cry Because you thought too long Was not really so long But my heart remained open Do…

KIKOTO’S MOUTH

By Evelyn Ongogo Okoth Kikoto has a mouth His mouth is just like any other mouth But his mouth is dangerous! It is venomous! The village calls him the Mouthy…

COLD BLOODED JUSTICE

By Patrick Ngugi I buried my face in my handcuffed palms, too ashamed to lookup and scan the courtroom, as I did not want my gaze to meet my family…