On Childhood and Racism…

There is more to learn - Dominic Jacques-Bernard

Yasmin Gunaratnam’s recent piece in the Independent on “How should we prepare our children for racism” reminded me of what it was like growing up black in the 1980s England. I don’t recall my parents sitting me down for “the talk” about racism. I know that my parents were aware of what it meant to be an immigrant and the challenges of raising children in a new and often hostile environment. I can … [Read more...]

Testing…1.2.3: Is this thing on?


It has been a long while since I considered myself a blogger.  So long in fact that even the claim to being a ‘sometimes blogger’ has started to wear thin.  So, forgive me if I am a little rusty.  A lot has happened in the time between my regular blogging and now. To name a few big changes: I got married, co-founded an ICT4D social enterprise and more recently I have returned to study. These … [Read more...]

First Political Memory

Botha's 1984 visit to UK protested

The Young Foundation is inviting people to share their first political memory. The First Political Memory Project aims to: reconnect people’s everyday lives with politics through collecting and sharing stories of when people first became aware of the bigger world around them. I grew up in a very political household so trying to identify my first memory is complicated. When I look … [Read more...]

Wake-up call from Zuqka Magazine

Zuqka Magazine Cover

Sometimes, you can just hop in the back of someone's cab and tell them what they're supposed to do. Other times, you have to let him look out at the ocean for a while. - Jacob, Lost Season 6 Zuqka's feature on MamaJunkYard is the literal equivalent of hopping into my cab and telling me I need to get back to blogging. This is what Kamau Mutunga wrote: Her relationship status is “not on … [Read more...]

You Talking To Me?

I love to talk. I talk a lot. I have been called a chatter-box by more than one family member. Anyone who went to school in Kenya is familiar with the noisemakers list; a list of the names of any student who dared to speak in class while the teacher was out of the room. The classroom prefects and/or monitors were in charge of updating this list, which they would submit to the teacher upon his … [Read more...]