It is morning and Baba Boi looks distressed about something. He is typing something on his smartphone.  “Aaaaargh! Kwani hii password ni gani? si nakumbuka vile niliweka last time,” said Baba Boi. “Kwa nini saizi inanisumbua.”  “Baba Boi, ata wewe huwa unapoteza password yako kila saa,” said Mama Boi. “Na hata hujakaa na hii simu kwa mda mrefu.” She…

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It’s a typical Saturday morning. Mama Boi is cleaning around the living room. She is expecting to host her nephews and niece for the day. “Knock, Knock, Knock,” someone is knocking on the door. “Hodi.” It’s Mama Janet – elder sister to Baba Boi. “Karibuni sana Mama Janet.” Welcomed Mama Boi. “Asante sana Mama Boi,” Said…

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Boi and his siblings, Sydo and Keni are back home from school. They have just closed for their mid-term break and are about to start binge-watching on Akili Kids! TV.“Mum! Mum!, leo kwa shule headmaster alituambia tumefunga shule for mid-term holiday”“Eeeeeh!, hiyo ni poa sana!” Exclaimed Mama Boi.“So mmefunga for how long?” She asked. “Teacher kwa…

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Baba Boi comes home from work feeling a bit grumpy. He sits at his usual spot in the living room and and he is not in the mood to watch Akili Fam! with akina Boi. That’s quite strange. Hadi watoto wameshangaa…  There’s an uncomfortable silence which is quickly interupted by a question… “Ni nini mbaya?”  Mama Boi asked.…

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“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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A few days ago my eldest son came home all sweaty. The smell was so foul, for a minute there I wondered if he had rolled in a sewer before heading home. But no, it’s just that at his age, 13 now, he’s sweating a lot more and showering a lot less. So, I did…

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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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