Author Archive: Shingaibelike

It’s not me, it’s you- UNLEARNING

This is not really a piece, or a letter. Maybe it is just a reflection. In the last two days I have had three conversations with guys randomly from my past. It has rattled the everyday pattern of life. I have felt angry and sad and ashamed for feeling both. I don’t know if you …

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The Art of Unlearning

Today I want to broach a topic which has also been part of this season of my life. Learning to unlearn. We live in an age where learning is the only path to success. Books, and exams are shoved down our little throats from the moment we know how to write our names. Knowledge is …

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We Will Rule! – Mwanga Interview

Hey fam! Today we have slightly different type of post…. A music band takeover if you will? It was an honour interviewing the minds behind this beautiful ministry, so without further a due please welcome… Teren teren… Mwanga Band!!! Who are you? Mwanga is an independent worship team based in Nairobi, Kenya. Led by Charles …

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The Spirit of Ubuntu; *Spoken Word* An African Philosophy

Ubuntu allows us to understand that under the African Sun,
We have the ability to enjoy one culture just as much as another
To dance to Afro-beats, having never been to Western Africa,
To enjoy braai and chakalaka from Southern Africa,
Just as much as chapatti and nyama-choma from East Africa
To know that even with over 2,000 different languages and tribes,
Whether you are,
Kikuyu or Zulu,
Fulani or Swahili,

Tswana or Kamba,

We all have an underlying bond, so strong that our differences in culture only add to our shared identity

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Colorism is NOT a real thing? #Redefiningbeauty

Recently I got an amazing opportunity to talk about colorism with some incredibly smart folks on a local talk show. I got this opportunity because I wrote a short story on Potentash.com. The short story was part of a series of four I have written titled ‘Life like a Lady.’ This particular short story happened to …

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Red Roses Letter 8: To the Friendzoner and the Friendzonee

Dear friend who fell for me and the friend I fell for, This letter is to two different people.  I could write to you two separately but I feel like too many of the themes overlap. I am also writing to the two of you at the same time because I feel in order to …

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Red Roses Letter 7; To my Abuser

Dear Kurushimi(Agony), Thinking of you makes me sick to my stomach. Five years down the line and your name still leaves a revolting taste in my mouth. See I’m not angry cause you hurt me no…I hate you cause you made me hurt myself. Loving you was the worst form of self-infliction I went through. …

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Dear Drug Dealer who broke my Heart

Let me be real, Much like our situationship, I’ll keep this short and sweet. So I have two things to say. Thank you and f**k you. I’ll start with the latter. F**k you for playing me when I gave you a love so unconditional that even a nun would say, “You should probably ask for …

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Red Roses Letter 5; To the Gentleman I lost

To The Gentleman I lost: Hello, Before I begin my letter, let me first state that no man I have loved till date has made me feel the way you made me feel when we were dating. No one treats me with so much respect and values me as much as you did. And for …

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Red Roses, Letter 4; Dear Guy I chased

Dear Guy I chased/ She’t*, I have a scar named after you. It’s on my right leg, right under my knee. It’s quite a long scar, about 3 cm, and it’s taking its time healing. I got it trying to walk quickly after you one night in the City. But you were too far away …

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