I just found out that laundry is billed before hand in Nigeria. For several reasons…it discourages the heaping of clothes at the dry cleaners and ensures that owners pay up. Even then, the rows of dry-cleaned, starched, ironed, folded clothes … Continue reading
Sunday 23rd February….The winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the first Pan African prize for Literature will be announced on this day. Huge anticipation for the three finalists shortlisted – Yewande Omotoso for Bom Boy, Karen Jennings for Finding … Continue reading
This article made headlines in the Business Day newspaper this week: http://businessdayonline.com/2014/02/proof-of-identity-hindering-nigerias-n1-1trn-mobile-money-business/ MPesa is a clearly a product that’s a market leader. These are the things that make you miss home and proud to be a Kenyan. We’ve done well in … Continue reading
I attend a small church that seats about 1000 people every Sunday. The Olive Tree Parish is a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). We settled on it for the distance from home and the fact that … Continue reading
Two links that were posted via mail / social media today. Same script, different locations? http://www.thisisafrica.me/opinion/detail/20171/top-6-kenyan-middle-class-anxieties http://mzagams.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/hi-honey-im-home-a-rant-about-nigerias-middle-class/ I will have something to say about middle class issues and politics later on this blog.
A child who has never travelled will think his mother is the best cook on earth. African Proverb. It has taken me two weeks to find a packet of maize meal flour to make ugali. Not semolina, not maize rice … Continue reading
For every suburb in Nairobi, there is a corresponding informal settlement or ‘slum’ as we know them. Kawangware for Lavington, Kibera for Langata, Githogoro and Mji wa Huruma (not the home for the elderly) for Runda, Sinai and Shimo la … Continue reading