THE RETURN

  By Kemboi Victor, Eldoret, Kenya When Benjamin Mugeni woke up, he was perturbed. For so many hours he had been sleeping and he could not reckon where he was. He thought he was going through his normal hangovers but one blink of an eye told him he was not in his usual bed. And […]

BEAUTIFUL CHARADES

By Beverly Masita, Nakuru, Kenya                                   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 one of the pretty girls near the bar, chit-chatting and pointing out matches with cute asses was my thing. See? Very fine line. […]

ZENTA’S TATTOO – FINAL PART

By Patrick Ngugi, Kabete, Kenya Part Three 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 hands to cover his eyes but was unable. The hands were too heavy. Then, as full consciousness oozed into his body, […]

ZENTA’S TATTOO [PART TWO]

By Patrick Ngugi, Kabete Kenya Part Two I look at the butterfly-shaped tattoo on my right forearm and smile. It is beautiful, but it’s not the beauty that makes me smile, despite the fact I have been seriously ill for almost two years, totally confined to bed. But the butterfly reminds me of a time, […]

ZENTA’S TATTOO

By Patrick Ngugi, Kabete, Kenya [Part one] He looks so handsome today, Melvina thought amid the shimmering film of tears that threatened to run down her cheeks. She loved him so much that she could not even start imagining him being away for a day; leave alone the fortnight that he would disappear from her […]

WHAT THE PHONE THIEF GOT

By Josephine Kinuthia, Kikuyu, Kenya Sly Kimwaki lay on his bed, quietly listening to country music, which he loved. He was taking a break after a hard day’s work in town. It had been one of those fast-paced days. A soft knock on the door made him slowly get up. He was expecting his girlfriend, […]

TEARS OF REGRET

By Victor Kemboi, Eldoret, Kenya I saw her alighting from a Mercedes C200 and I concluded she was one of those town lawyers. She was smartly dressed in a blue skirt suit and she covered her head with a shawl. I did not even identify her because she was also in some sunglasses that covered […]

  ONE-OFF SIN

By Beverly Masita, Nakuru, Kenya 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 blogs, and watching people have a go at life. I had had mine. One hour early wasn’t usual for me. I just sat […]

YULE MJAMAA – [THAT GUY]

By Lilian Wairimu, Kikuyu, Kenya There she was, staring out of the matatu window. Her mind racing and trying to process so much. Why is there so much traffic jam? That woman looks happy; I need to get home, maybe not so soon. She was glad that there is traffic. The need to be free […]

CROSSROADS TO DESTINY

By Josephine Kinuthia, Kikuyu, Kenya Time: 1970 Place: Palace Hotel Nairobi As I hurried to the fifth floor to counter-check the preparations being made I felt a tingle of excitement. As usual our hotel was a beehive. Bookings pouring in and everybody was busy and happy. More bookings meant more profits. Things were looking up. […]