Celebrating East African Writing!
Life goes on.
It doesn’t hit you hard until you find yourself in a situation where the rest of the world seems focused on current events while you are lost in loss or pain. Like Writer and Teacher Clifford Oluoch mourning a dear student while you all obsessed about election results.
For a moment it did seem like all our activities were suspended. ‘I will not start my business until after the elections.’ ‘I will not start proceedings to buy our home until after elections.’ ;I will not do this, or that, or the other, until I know if there will be peace’.
And then a whole bunch of seemingly educated fools got online and started tribal wars – hanging out stupidity and hatred on the internet for the entire world to see. And all this while children were born, people died – of cancer, malaria and car accidents, the living buried their dead, and continued to worry about what to eat tomorrow.
And we got back online and talked about Obama’s Middle East tour like it was our business. Then we got into a twitter war with Nigerians. Well, we might have done a decent job of a soccer match – no, wait, the national soccer team did that for us.
More babies were born, more people died, those who worried about power seats did their petitions in court, but if you have that loan you still have to pay it, and if your aging mum needs that surgery you are going to have to figure that out.
Life goes on. As writers, our life must always include reading, a lot of reading and a lot of writing.
So we asked you to write about your life in the wake of elections. We also asked you tell us about a book you recently read that has had an impact on your thinking, your writing – your life. It has come down to two contenders.
Please take some time to read through the stories and comment on them. It might be helpful if you can add some comments about what living and reading has meant to you in the past three months.
The winning story will be announced later this week.