Category: Reflections

Reflections

The New Normal

By Damali of Kyanjja Where I come from, normal entails a girl growing up, being hit on by an ordinary guy with a job, and then marrying that same guy for no other reason except that he can provide for the family. Normal meant having children because that was common sense ? after all, why else do people get married? […]

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Poetry, Reflections, Tale Africa

Unknown…

By Philani Tyson Nombika, South Africa: So roses are red and violets are blue. Orange sunsets make you feel like you have seen eternity. Kissed the horizon and dinned on stars My feet and heart seem to whisper symphonies to each other. Music echoes more life My earphones have figured how the world sounds. My mother’s knees know wordless prayers. […]

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The Maiden and The Bear (9)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: It is the day before the lobola negotiations, the calm before the storm. I’ve been sleeping at Ntombi’s since Wednesday, partly because I want to fully support my friend and also to run away from my family. We were woken up by Ntombi’s mother in the wee hours of the morning so that we could […]

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“Education is Free in Jail”

By Spliph, South Africa: There is a picture doing the rounds on social media, of a young woman holding a placard with the words: Education is free in jail. Should I become a criminal in order to get educated? Student organizations have sparked a national crisis, perhaps even of the same scale of protests under apartheid. There have been subtle […]

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Dear Life

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: Dear Life I have tried I don't think there is anyone on this earth That has cried as much as I have So many tears in the name of love I tried so hard, to give I gave too much for I have nothing left The feeling of having you in me used to give […]

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RCA In-House, Reflections

Gym be not proud – the downside of exercise!

By Spliph, South Africa: I still harbour, though secretly, the perception that most male aerobics instructors are …feminine (PC). The way they move and their tight clothing reinforces my notion every day at gym. My pot belly might not show it, but I am a big fan of aerobic exercise and it's a great way to keep active. However, the […]

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Paper and Ink: Femme Aimee (69)

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: 'You are amazing.' 'Yeah . right.' So amazing that I wa 'You are amazing.' 'Yeah, right.' So amazing that I wasn't worth being more than a fling two years ago, I thought to myself. 'Don't you believe me?' he asked. I sighed, 'You hurt me a lot in the past. I can't get past all that […]

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Bulletin Dilution, Confessions of a Social Pariah, Reflections

Blesser!

By Spliph, South Africa: My detractors will passionately comment that I have no place discussing such a thing. I however am of a different view. Being a blesser is fundamentally based on the propensity to fulfill a standing stereotypical stigma. Quid Pro Quo. Granted other reasons to being such a provider filter from years of promiscuity and ill timed genital […]

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Bulletin Dilution, RCA In-House, Reflections

Naked. Ashamedly Unashamed. Me. Us.

By Cynthia Ayeza, Uganda: In a world that has long appropriated, supported and defended a vulgar masculinity, we should not be surprised when women resort to using the only means possible to attempt to defend their own humanity. Let not the world be surprised when women strip naked to appeal to you to listen. Were there other ways to appeal to […]

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