“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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African mother and daughter in a swimming pool

‘Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry.’ Alvin Prince. I remember growing up, my mom always used to let me have conversations with her colleagues whenever we met, especially if it was based on something I strongly…

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Three African girls walking in school uniforms

It’s a little over a year since the first covid-19 case was reported in our country. Within 13 months, a lot has changed. These unprecedented times have not only made life uncertain and challenging for adults, children have also been adversely affected.  While asking kiddos to frequently wash their hands, wear masks and social distance…

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Two African Kids

My 16year old cousin who is currently in form 2, reached out to me two weeks ago asking for some advice as he was feeling overwhelmed with school. So, I hopped on a call with him that went on for about an hour. He shared with me something that most of us who went through…

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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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Kids are going to be home for the next seven weeks, and we know what that means! TV! (And lots of it) However, with the ongoing pandemic, unlike last year, most of us parents won’t be home during the day, thus begging the question: How do we ensure our kids are not exposed to harmful…

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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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