Aspiring writer? Keep telling yourself that if it helps you sleep at night

I’d known her all my life and I knew that she couldn’t write to save her own life. Not if someone held a gun to her head. Mind you, it wasn’t for lack of words. Nelly simply had too much nervous energy to let two words fuse into a phrase. She even talked with a stutter. Continue reading

Editorials, op-eds and getting suspended for writing them

Fancy starting your year by getting suspended by your boss! That’s what happened to Dennis Galava, the Managing Editor for special projects at the Daily Nation. The reason: an editorial published in the Saturday Nation on 2 January 2016: See it here (believe me it’s worth the read). Continue reading

Man-eating snakes or shape-changing men, you decide

I remember it like it was yesterday.  The town of Buea, headquarters of Cameroon’s Southwest region, was abuzz with excited horror.  Tongues were wagging non-stop, stories passing from ear to ear in rapid pidgin. In one of the high-class hotels in the town’s university quarter, a man – thought to be a senior government official – had turned into a python and swallowed a young, female university student. Continue reading