“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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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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