Month: April 2014

Series, The Recruits

The Recruits: Insomnia

By Tafadzwa Razemba, Zimbabwe: Sleep eluded him. No matter how much he tried to focus on quieting his mind and all the anxious thoughts that ran rampant, he was just unable to fall asleep that night. As if sleep would cleanse him of the inexplicable shame he felt or rid him of the guilt that he ever presently felt. Taku […]

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Reflections

To Love and Be Loved

By Rachael Arinaitwe Mwine, Uganda: If I had to do it all over again, I would. Yes, it has only been six months and according to the marriage 'cycle' I am still in my honey moon period. That's not to say my husband and I haven't had any fights or disagreements, on the contrary we have, it's all part of […]

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Looking Back, Series

Looking Back: Setting Out

By Nick Twinamatsiko, Uganda: The moment of birth must be as painful for the baby as it is for the mother. Everybody talks about labor pains – and I suppose they are as severe as they are said to be – but the experience of being thrust out of the cozy womb, snugly inhabited for 9 months, through an excruciatingly […]

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Paper and Ink, Series

Paper and Ink: Femme Aimee (19)

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: I guess its official now; this is the worst holiday ever, the Easter I got my heart broken. It started like all cliché movies, with a girl's stupidity. See, I thought if I wanted something, it meant we wanted something. It must have been the lies that what I wanted mattered, that I was important, that […]

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Looking Back, Series

Looking Back: Zakamwita’s Silence

By Nick Twinamatsiko, Uganda: Whenever the hour hand of the clock struck 1 pm, we sang the cherished farewell song, and started on the way home. The school, which was adjacent to the local Anglican Church, was at the common foot of the village hills, and there were tracks going up each of the hills, as well as a feeder […]

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Inspirational, Tale Africa

Scared to take the first step

By Moleboheng Mahasa, South Africa: Every few days on Facebook I come across this statement “Don't grow up, it's a trap”. I am not sure who originally coined that phrase, but it is clearly a statement that many people can relate to, and therefore feel the need to circulate it on their Status Updates. Growing up can feel like a […]

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Reflections

Give us a Break, Dear Kenya!

By Mpuga Rukidi, Uganda: A number of things have happened that have prompted yours truly to pen this piece. And they are not simple. Just a few weeks ago, or is it days ago, the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, full of charm and aura, was pictured flying or, at least about to fly, a plane. The dashboard and the smile […]

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Reflections

Married with Dreams

By Rudzani Tshidavhu, South Africa: Marriage vows typically go something like this: I, (name), take you (name), to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part. To sum it […]

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