“Mummmm! Keni anakata kunipea remote!” Boi cried “Keni, ebu peana remote. Sisi tunataka kuwatch Peep and The Big Wide World.” Mama Boi commanded. This is a normal Sunday at Boi’s Home. One of the kids is always crying for the remote and Mama Boi intervenes. “Peep and The Big Wide World ikiisha, si tufanye general cleaning.…

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(It’s 4 pm and the pupils at Roho Safi Primary School are playing in the field.) “Wewe Brayo! Leta hiyo sweater yako ama hutacheza na sisi!” Boi said in a gruff voice. “Boi! Wacha hizo…si last time nilikupea lunch box yangu? Wacha tu nicheze na nyinyi woiye…” Brayo pleaded. “Sisi ni ma-first body! Leta sweater yako kama unataka…

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“Leo tunaenda kuona lion!” Sydo ran across the house super excited about their trip to the animal orphanage. His parents had promised to take him and his siblings during the school holiday.   “Weweee…unapigia watu kelele!” his dad shouted as he poured tea into the thermos flask. “Ebu kwanza peleka chai kwa meza tukule breakfast. Akina Boi washamaliza…

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(It’s another ordinary Saturday morning at Boi’s home where Baba Boi kama kawaida, forgot to pass by Center’s supermarket to get breakfast, and now someone has to wake up to go buy…) “Sydo, Keni…” Mama Boi gently woke the kids up. “Eee…mum,” Sydo sleepily responded. “Please amkeni muende mkanunue breakfast haraka haraka nipike,” Mama Boi…

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“Ngo! Ngo! Ngo!” There’s a knock on the door. “Wacha niende nikafungue mlango, mummy!”, Keni shouted as she ran towards the door hoping that it was Boi. “BOI! Boi amekuja! Wametoka mid-term! Yess!!!”, Keni jumped at Boi and gave him a heartfelt hug. “Kumbe daddy alikuja kukuchukua kutoka shule, nimekumiss!”, Keni said as she held…

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Around 6 am, disturbingly audible lamentations of her subconscious could be heard outside the bedroom… “Daddy! Mum is snoring again.”, Boi whispered. They were both standing outside the bedroom trying hard not to laugh. “Mum is tired. She made us thirty chapos last night, you know. And your sister, Keni, was up till late watching…

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“Hii ni yangu! Wachana nayo! Wachana nayo! Aki wewe Sydo! Nitakusema kwa mummy!” Keni cried out as she held on tightly to her kiddie tablet.  “Ata mimi nataka kucheza nayo,” Sydo insisted. “Nyinyi wawili, kwani hamwezi share toys pamoja? We have to share!”Mama Boi said with a stern face. While this was happening, Baba Boi…

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Animated African mom and kids

“Mama Boi! Kupotea nayo? Ata kutuma text pale WhatsApp surely!”, Mama Majembe jokingly asked as she sipped a hot cup of chamomile tea.  “Aki sikupenda kwangu. Lately, I have been so busy taking care of my family and managing my kiosk. Imekuwa kidogo hectic! Nonetheless, I am grateful for both,” Mama Boi replied with a sigh.  Mama Boi and her two friends, Mama Biko and Mama Majembe have been buddies since high school. They all got…

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Animated dad, friend and son

“Wakurugenzi! Tumepatana tena?”, Baba Boi greeted his friends as he pulled a chair and sat next to them. “Leo game ni moto sana!”, one of his friends commented.  “I see. Muturi is almost winning the game?”, Baba Boi speculated. “I think it’s something in his tea…what else can explain his lucky streak?”, Jimmy teased. Every…

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Animated Female Farming

“Mamaaaa! I can’t find my blue socks with white stripes!” Boi called out.   I laughed at my silly thoughts as I walked towards my son’s room.   “Wewe…Sindio hizi socks… Ukona mchezo sana Boi!” I said.   “Tihihihi, thanks, mama!”   “No worries Boi, actually, would you mind helping me clean up the compound? I was thinking of planting tomatoes today and make us some…

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