9 million people; 9 million stories. 9 million stories about life, work, relationships, challenges, successes, human nature; love, hate, jealousy, friendship, corruption, justice… set against the backdrop of an urban landscape.
So here goes for Urban Fiction:
1. The Principal’s Tragedy by Chrispus Kimaru
2. Murder She Wrought by Linda Musita
3. In the Beginning by Nyambura Kiarie
He stood out from among the other young men, with his hair parted in the middle in that silly way educated men liked to comb their hair. When he smiled, she was surprised at how white his teeth were; he surely had to be using the muguchwa tree everyday! He was tall, well a little taller than her, and she was tall. Her mother always made the joke that men would surely be intimidated by her because of her height. It was not a good thing if a man was intimidated by a woman, mother would say quickly.
I’ve always loved words, loved to write, spin words on their axis and see where they orbit, and then watch in wonder. Don’t get me wrong, I do not consider myself a poet. But I do have poetic aspirations.
I aspire to use words to tell stories, my stories, the story of humanity, of life and hope, and joy, and on the farthest swing of the pendulum; the end of the cycle of life, despair, hurt, sadness, and in between everything else that makes us who we are.