Category Archives: Kenya

Of Flaming Exhausts and Flashing Headlights

(Based on my article published by the Daily Nation, Kenya, on April 13th 1966) “Dammit – I’ve forgotten the tow-rope – and I need Nos. 6 and 7 box spanners.” Bruce drew his dirty fingernails through his tousled hair in exasperation. He was sitting … Continue reading

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Letters from Elsewhere: Charles Omari Ondiek

Originally posted on An' de walls came tumblin' down:
Today’s guest speaks to me from Africa and is brought by Jane Bwye. SPEAKING FOR MYSELF Thank you for having me, Miriam, and letting me come alive from the pages of…

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The Merry Matatu Marathon

When we rant and rave about “the Authorities”, and bemoan the plight of Africa’s wildlife, we often forget what it used to be like. Here’s a press cutting I’ve dug out from over thirty years ago, from Kenya’s now defunct Langata … Continue reading

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Memories of Kenya Railways

When we first came to Kenya by boat in 1946, I suppose we must have travelled to Nairobi by train. I can’t remember, because I was only five years old. My first recollection of matters to do with railways was … Continue reading

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Life in Africa – Then and Now

It is still Black History Month, and I’ve been casting my mind back over my years in Kenya, digging out old photographs of colonial days. I know that’s not a popular word nowadays, but I couldn’t help being a “colonial.” And we … Continue reading

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In Love With Africa

  There’s something about Africa – especially Africa south of the Sahara – which gets to you. You only have to live there once for a short time, to get the bug. Perhaps it’s the extraordinary light, translucent, clear, pristine, … Continue reading

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Shillingi, and Kenya’s Black History

This year in the UK we are celebrating Black History in this month of February, 2016. Its purpose is to make people aware of the so-called Dark Continent which is often forgotten, cast aside as of no importance in our rapidly moving society, … Continue reading

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