Unapologetically myself-radical self love.

As a 10 year old, I was sorry for everything, “Moraa you left the kitchen door open!” “Sorry,” Moraa, why are clothes not folded yet?”” Sorry, “Did you get milk from Nyagothie’s that I pay for?”” Sorry..sorry.. Sorry….” A litany of apologies for Clumsy, messy, forgetful self, who spilled evidence of such all over the…

How my period journey became less painful

It was a normal high school day, and I was chatting away with my friends in between class breaks when I suddenly felt an uncomfortable abdominal pain. There was not much I could do so I ignored the pain throughout the day even though it was persistent. As usual, after school we all went to…

Contraception is key

Sexual and reproductive health rights are one of my biggest passions. I believe that everyone has a right to enjoy safe and consensual sexual intercourse without the fear of unintentionally becoming pregnant, before being ready for it. This is evidently more fundamental to women; for they bear the responsibility not only to carry the baby…

Maybe One Day: Dream of My Future

“Thanks for coming” It was as if the voices came from miles away. My eyes darted from left to right as I looked for a boda boda that would take me to town. I spent the previous night drinking, dancing, and laughing with friends I hadn’t seen in a while. It had been a long time…

DREAMS OF MY FUTURE ‘Finding who I am’

Being a woman is like being on an adventure—you get to experience and explore life as it rocks you into different directions. However, all these directions are driven by one word: CHOICE. Whatever direction we take, we have made a choice. One of the areas where making a choice is the most important is our…

Be kind: How certain words can affect your mental health

Weak, attention seeker, crazy, nuts, cry baby, anti-social, moody, selfish, psycho, lazy, angry, bitter, bipolar, disturbed, schizo—have you ever said or had these words said to you? These are some of the hurtful words used when referring to someone experiencing a mental health condition. October is World Mental Health Awareness month, which aims to educate…

Contraception during the Covid-19 epidemic

When international news began to be flooded with reports of a rising number of coronavirus infections at the beginning of this year, the virus seemed to me like a distant threat that was unlikely to reach Africa. In retrospect, I realize that was very naïve! South Africa recorded its first case of COVID-19 on March…