The One Here

By Rogers Wanambwa

You think he’ll break your heart.
Like all the rest have done.
He thinks you only want him as a friend,
After all, that’s what you always tell him.
And so you both dilly dally around each other,
Getting hurt by others instead,
And running back to each other for comfort.

DREAMLAND

By Nicole Kurebwaseka and Rogers Wanambwa



As I kiss goodbye to the troubles of the day
I pray for a great night like a little baby
Flashbacks of how I could have changed the narrative of my life
Regrets, Doubts, Assurance
Happy thoughts of what could have been
The priceless moments
As I try to live my life like its golden
Thoughts stolen by the night
As I say, ‘dream of me’ to my beloved

One sheep…two sheep…three sheep
The popular song to clear your mind
With a foreign melody
The beauty of other people’s lives in my ears

Hello Dreamland
A sanctuary
Filled with fairytales
Super powers
Your everyday state of mind
The night hag
A taste of the Devil’s sweetness


I wish it was as easy to grasp
This alluding companion of mine
And so I twist and turn
Through most of the night
We play hide and seek
One sheep…two sheep…three sheep
That rhyme of old
Why all the ghosts decide to come out
And play now, I’ll never now


But finally,
After what seems like ages
I catch up to him
Now I can blissfully smile
Even though I won’t remember
Remember most of it
I’m ecstatic about this place
Finally I’m in Dreamland.

Nicole is an amazing writer whose work resides here.





Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics by Nanjala Nyabola

By Rogers Wanambwa

Social media has become a major factor in our lives. From a daily tweet about one’s life to more complex and serious conversations about the future and present state of our nations, we find our talking space on social media.


But this was not always so and Nanjala Nyabola, a Kenyan political analyst delves into how social media is defining the political space, especially in an African context and whether what happens on these digital spaces really reflect on the ground (in real life) in this book, “Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics.”


“Social media has allowed people to publicly grieve for the ongoing military sieges in Syria, Yemen and other countries, with images of starving children arguably shaming the international community into intervening,” the books says about how people use social media to express their feelings about the goings-on in other lands.


But more so when it comes to freedom of speech, the book adds that, “Digital technology is allowing relative freedom of speech in societies where such freedoms are resisted.

Furthermore, it is allowing people to be angry – vocally, visibly and virulently – in a way which traditional media is unable to capture or articulate. Some of the most powerful moments of the last ten years – from the Black Lives Matter movement, to the cataloguing of deaths of migrants and refugees on the high seas of the Mediterranean and the South China Sea – start on these platforms.”


A good read when you want to know the correlation between what’s happening on social media and what’s really going on on the ground and in the political arena, especially since we are just a few months away from a national election ourselves.

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