The clash of identities: Reconciling my Christianity with my Afrikanist and feminist identities

I was brought up by Christian parents. We always prayed before meals and went to church every Sunday – we still do. There was never a need to debate about it, it just was. I also attended academic institutions that nurtured my belief in Christ. In fact, for a long time Christian practices were all I…

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Why changing my name was and still is important

I changed my preferred name from Shanice to Chebet on the 6th of July, 2014. I know because I wrote all about it the next day on my former blog (which will never see the light of day again😂). In the blog article I cite Hugh Masekela’s ALA speech, this post and a Spoken Word event…

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Kuntai’s story: The reason we are adding the K to Shanchena

The manuscript (which I still editted before the speech): Olkurruk The story starts with the assistant manager of Olkurruk Mara lodge enjoying her dinner;  – when a University of Nairobi History and Governance student on his way to Olmotonyi says, “Hey” (Shanice) Chebet Naserian Kuntai About two years later the labour pains started. She named the…

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Purple Hibiscus Aunts

Ah! Purple Hibiscus aunts, you mamas are my unsung sheroes and for your sake I will break down purple Hibiscus aunt because I don’t think you even notice that you are it. Purple Hibiscus aunt, a term I came up with after I read Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda. Now, moment of silence to celebrate and…

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Sssh!

Sssh!  No one wants you raw No one wants you all messed up and confused No one wants you broken No one wants you speaking They need you proper They need you quiet and happy They need you sure of yourself They need you passionate and optimistic and unbroken When you are all raw and…

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African Infused

“Culture isn’t static even what your grand parents practise is very different from what their great great grandparents did. Now the upside of this is that you get to choose which elements to pick and which to let go of.” In this season of my life culture has been one of my greatest struggles. Questions…

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Luxe Ubuntu

I am interning at Yswara ( dream come true) and i am so in love with this Luxe Ubuntu philosophy! Really cool… http://www.yswara.com/la-maison-yswara/heritage-craftmanship/ I am also loving these African designers that my boss introduced me to today…Really really cool! Happiness! Gallery – http://nakedapestyle.co.za/gallery.html Adele Dejak – African Jewelry and Accessories – http://www.adeledejak.com/ LOLITA LORENZO ACCESSORIES…

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