Monday Rant!

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Whoa!

A week has passed and what? The last post I had was on Monday? C’mon Joliea! What the hell is going on? You can’t keep doing these disappearing acts!!! Oh well, cant blame ya much.

This week on Monday Rant! there are a few things I’d like to point out.

1. The Death of David Kato: We all have heard of this human rights defender in Uganda who was known for fighting for the rights of LGBTI Ugandans. It is so unfortunate that someone went ahead and killed him in broad daylight. Now I don’t want to go into details of how it happened and why it happened, but I do know that the greater human rights defenders‘ community is both angered and saddened by his sudden loss. Its a shame that we shall never know the real motive of why he was killed.

David Kato

2. Small Roads in Kilimani: I work in the Kilimani area. For the last few years I have been around this place, one thing I shall forever keep ranting about is the state of the roads! Gosh! The roads are terrible to say the least. I dont drive. So the roads, are, well, not such a concern for me as is THE PATHWAYS!! damn! Where the eff is Kanjo? Why arent they repairing the roads properly? And whenever they do, they ALWAYS forget to fix the pathways. Case in point is that newly made section of James Gichuru Rd near The Junction. I mean, seriously? Are they that daft? Cant they see the kind of human traffic around that area and make necessary measures to ensure they are catered for? Not all of us are priviledged to be behind a steering wheel people!

3. Last but not least, ITS END MONTH PEOPLE! WUHUU! We were paid and damn was I broke! Ubaya ya January ni ati madeni tu ndio si hulipa. So if I owe you, mteja wa nambari uliopiga, ataonekana tena February! If you owe me, FYI, I am really good pals with those thugiz who did the CCK ad! And no, they were’nt just acting!

I am trying to be in a good mood. So my rant will end there. Ofcourse this does not mean I shant continue ranting, follow me on Twatter and see 🙂

*Over & Out*

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Siasa Duni Eh?

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We hear it everyday. We are told about how its part of our lives and will never go away. We hate on it most of the times and declare that we shall never be associated with it. Yet time and again we still find ourselves discussing it here and there, about how much we hate it, how much we wish something could be done to fix it, how the people in it are the worst criminals in the land and still go scot free…all manner of things.

But I always ask myself one question, are we to blame? Are we the ones causing this and there definitely is something we can do about it? Can we be the ones making the change we want to see? Well, for how long are we going to ask ourselves these querries? For how long are we going to keep saying we hate it yet discussing it all the time? For how long are we going to sit back and watch as we do a whole lot of nothing?

I keep wondering how we keep voting in the same ol same ol people who have done little or nothing to improve our situation as kenyans. Every election time they come with goodies and hoodwinking contraptions and we fall head over heels for them all over again, knowing all too well that come two months right after we consumate our marriage, then they go back to their mistresses and leave us in desolation. It is beyond my comprehension.

It is my hope that for once, this time round we will actually uphold the saying “once bitten, twice shy” and pick out a new crop of leaders who, we hope and pray, will actually be the partners we married.

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PPK Post This Week!

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FINALLY!

Here is a post for this week! Damn! I’ve been so so busy of late even thinking about writing something is not happening. Anyway, enough whining. Here is a PPK post for this week. Enjoy!!

This Mask written by Njeri Athena

I wish I felt beautiful all the time

I wish I could trust you with my life

I wish I could live, dance, just be, without a care

But to be human is to be self-conscious

So I pretend I am all these… and wonder if anyone sees through the mask.

 

Life is about appearances. It’s about the phone you have, the people you hang around, the person you’re dating, the car you’re driving, where you live… but life begins when we stop making it about them, and start making it about you. Are you doing things for them, or for you? Do you want to look a certain way for you, or is it for them?

Sometimes we feel comfortable hiding our true selves from everyone else. The problem is that we can’t hide from ourselves. We know what we’re going through. We know what haunts us.

And when we make mistakes, we want to take the easy way out. We want to pretend it’s not there; act like everything’s okay, even when we can’t sleep at night because, well, everything is not okay. So very few of us actually face their demons, which means that we end up with way too much baggage than we can bear.

We want to get rich and successful, by all means we know, except hard work. We want to be the popular ones; we try so hard to fit in that somewhere along the way we lose ourselves. The worst thing that can happen to anyone is losing their identity.

We can’t be perfect – no one is. We all make mistakes, and sometimes the consequences are grave. But often time what determines our strength is our ability to admit our mistakes, face up to them, live with the consequences.

Sometimes it is hard to just smile and pretend. Sometimes we forget we can run, but we can’t hide.

Last week, our princess Gabrielle Akinyi Wanjohi is introduced by Samantha the Blackberry Princess to a women’s support and exchange group loosely called “The Nightbirds”, ( she calls it Sam’s Society) which comprises sex workers and vanillas, straight and queer. Who are these people? What are they up to? The Nightbirds – Part One is followed up by The Nightbirds – Part Twonow already available.

The latest trend in terms of technology is the Android Operating System. Chiira Maina helps us to better understand this operating system, which is an Open Source Software initially developed by Android Inc. (later bought by Google) and which runs best on mobile devices. What you need to know about the Android OS.

In our Society & Identity page this week, Brenda Angwenyi makes her debut on The Princess Project with a question. Just how much truth can we handle? The truth does not really matter sometimes because it changes people’s perceptions, intentionally or not. You tell the truth and you risk cutting the ties you have with people around you, even when they promise that it will not affect what you have with them. Truth Is… Do you want to Know?

On Punk’s Twilight Zone, Ivory punk introduces us to Walter de la Mare (1873-1956), whose poem Bones summarizes her quite hilarious medical relationship with her ENT specialist, who is better than a preachy dull, bespectacled geek of a doctor.

Another debut article by Nyambura Kiarie takes us through Health Management by introducing us to her new columnChronic City. What happens to your life and the life of your loved ones when you wake up one day and find yourself caught in a storm of change that you did not envision nor choose? Chronic City explores conversations about your health, what happens when you lose it, and moving on with life after a diagnosis of chronic illness.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver stands out from any other novel about “deepest darkest Africa” that you may find in the bookshops.  It is the story of the Price family -their stay in the Belgian Congo, and how Africa changes their lives. Gideon Chumo and Stella Riunga give us a book review that will make you want to read and re-read the novel.

If you find an African woman who is not attached to chemical relaxers, please note that you are looking at a rare find. It’s time contemporary black women learn the truth about the Smooth Criminal. Just be prepared for what you are going to hear from Imani Opar on our Beauty & Fitness page.

We aren’t done schooling you. We have another debut from Claudette Oduor with her new column on The Princess Project titled Paper Mache. Claudette begins by taking you on a trip To Nairobi from Timbuktu.

What do you think of the TJRC, tribunals, commissions, and whatever other vehicles deviced to earth the truth. The present near standstill of the thoroughly discredited TJRC (“Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission”) allows us to look back. Such commissions have a become a bit of a fad in the international human rights business in the last decades – and a business and flourishing profession it is. “Injustice, untruth and non-conciliation” by Alexander Eichener on the PPK’s Legal Pad.

You do not want to miss any of these articles, so take your time, read them and then tell us what you think about it all.

Do have yourselves a lovely weekend!

 

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Monday Rant!

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Not really planned to do something here but really, I am exhausted. My body is all acheish and I can’t tell why!

Then today I paid a friggin Ksh.40 more than my normal fare to work so am even more pissed off from morning. Compliant MOA seriously you people robbed us in broad daylight!!

Did I mention how exhausted and body acheish I feel??? SMDH!!!

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But am grateful for one thing,

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"Happy Birthday Barbs"!!!

(Courtesy of my wonderful colleagues!!! 😀 <3)

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Happy New Year!!!

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Its a new year!! And I want to post this one out today before the day ends and its 2nd, a significant day to me.

When I thought of doing a post I wondered where my writing mojo had disappeared to, because I’ve been so MIA on my blogging of late. But not to worry, I shall be able to do more this year. Cant promise anything though.

Resolutions.

Who does New Year resolutions anymore? I know I don’t. I just think that they are overrated. They are way overrated. What I personally do is stick to my plans. Those goals that you make waay back and try as hard as possible to stick through them. I could list them down here but I will pass on that.

My advice? Keep to your goals. And if you do want to make resolutions or have already made them, don’t fret when you’re not able to follow through. These things happen.

Live life, love freely, love all. Be careful and always keep your head up.

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