Usitense! With Akili Kids! Watoto Wako Sawa

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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Keeping up with Boi: Bob the Builder

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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5 Things You Didn’t know About Wangari Maathai!

Wangari Maathai

Apart from her work championing for environmental conservation which earned her the Nobel Peace Prize, what else do you know about the remarkable icon that is Wangari Maathai?   Well, here are some facts I bet you didn’t know! She was an academic! Wangari Maathai was a Senior Lecturer in Anatomy at The University of Nairobi.…

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Keeping Up with Boi: Mum Amechoka!

Individual cutting groceries

(Boi walks towards the kitchen to catch up with his mum after binging on his favourite shows from the Teke Teke Haiya Block. Do you remember Boi mentioning them?)  Mum, umeshindaje? Boi asked.  Nimeshinda poa, Boi. Why do you look concerned? I replied.  “You seem tired, especially because Keni was up all-night crying, and I could hear you ‘bembeleza’ her and now you’re washing the dishes. What time do you rest mama?”  Boi asked while holding my hands.  …

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Nywele Ngumu, Nywele Steelwool….

young African girl

‘Na hii nywele yako sasa tutaifanyia nini?’ my mum asked as she helped me pack in preparation for the new school year. It would be my first time to join a boarding school and her biggest concern was my hair! According to her it was too kinky and would be a challenge to maintain.  She…

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Keeping Up With Boi: Aima Reader, Math Pawa and SciBase

Child playing with dad on a swing silhouette

Previously on Boi and his lovely parents at home: There’s a knock on the door. Mzee wa Boma amewasili.  Daddy!   Boi ran towards the door and hugged his dad!  “Mkurugenzi!  I watched your friend Dora the Explorer on Akili Kids! on my way home. She’s a smart one and can speak Spanish too! Any new word you’ve learned from Dora?” Boi’s dad asked as…

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Keeping Up With Boi: Teke Teke Haiya!

Time flies! I was watching Boi play with his friends at the time when that thought crossed my mind. It was only yesterday I was changing his diapers and now, he can kick a ball high up in the air! “Ni saa ya kurudi kwa nyumba” I shouted from the balcony. “Really Mami, ata saa…

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Effective Goal Setting For Kiddos

Mom and Daughter

Most of my Saturdays are spent baby-sitting my nephew, and if you have spent time with kids, then you know they are the ones in charge of the remote! This particular day, we were watching Ubongo Kids on Akili Kids! and one of the characters, Baraka, had a goal to be a better basket-ball player. But for…

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Celebrating Children and The Right to Play

dancing with dad

A few days ago, I was at the kiosk near our home, getting some groceries from our resident Mama Mboga, when she suddenly looked at her watch and yelled at them to go back home and study. After which she turned towards me and commented, “These children just like to play all the time. If it was up to me, I would have them studying all day every day.”

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