6 reasons I am glad I got locs

The school holiday of June 2014 holiday was the longest time I had spent with my hair as it grows: no cornrows, no braid extensions, no weaves just my hair in two strand twists or in a fro. At that time my mummy had issues with it because where I saw two strand twists, she…

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40 Movie Recommendations from my sisters and I

My sisters and I recorded another youtube video. This time sharing our favourite movies of all time. Here’s the list for future reference. Enjoy!Horror/Fiction/Thriller/Mystery Gerald’s Game The escape room Star Wars Animal World Velvet Buzzsaw The Perfection Get Out   Comedy/Cartoon Hangover Girls Trip Angus Thongs Perfect snogging Koffee & Kareem Late night Smurfs Taylor…

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70 series recommendations from my sisters and I

My three sisters and I shared some of our favourite series on this youtube videos: Part 1 and Part 2. Below is the list of series shared for future reference. Watch the video to know which ones were whose favourites and what we had to say about them. PART 1 (40) Horror/Fiction/Thriller Vampre Diaries Stranger…

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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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A letter to my LGBTQIA+ friends and acquaintances

Hello friend, This letter has been in my heart for some time now. I have always felt disappointed by the way I have failed to show up for you as an ally in a world where your sexuality (sexual orientation and/or gender identity) is a literal crime. I am changing that. The first aim of…

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May ‘20

Writing May’s monthly gratitude list was difficult. My anger loathed the process of finding joy through thanksgiving. However, I encouraged myself to lean on Alex Elle’s prompt to accommodate dualities by “looking at the the things that hurt, heal and challenge us with a different/dual lens” and come up with at least 10 highlights from…

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12 lessons from Aunty Ayado that helped me thrive while in Jo’burg

Today is the special birthday of a very special woman in my life! Without her I would not miss Johannesburg as much as I do. In celebration, I would like to share some precious life lessons she taught me. These lessons were mostly learnt from watching the way she lived her life as well as…

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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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Realising my parents are just people

This post is a reflection prompted by Foster’s question on this For Harriet Instagram post: How old were you when you realised your parents were just people? I can’t point to a specific time. I think it was more of a slow realisation, accelerated by adulting. Pre-adulting, my parents were demi-gods in my eyes. They were always right. They…

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