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I Call Him James Bond

If anyone had told me that I would one day be seated across a table from James Bond at a fancy restaurant with three full pages of the menu dedicated to French and South African wines, I would have scoffed at them and walked off. Yet he had called me out of the blue to propose a business venture. My real estate holdings needed a pick-me-up after six dry months in a black hole of obscurity and the usual weekend company, Lisa, had run off with another group of friends for a weekend getaway I wasn’t feeling up to. Saying his name without leaving behind a trail of curiosity about my manner has always been a challenge. I had a flared red hot...

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An Accountant’s Journal

A reed will dance in the water from the rhythm of a gyrating stream a stone’s throw from the settlement whose stories remain untold. The drums whose music forces the dance are two wrinkled arms with rough ugly hands holding down the head of a struggling child recently shocked into awaking. Nothing makes sense in his head as it fills up with darkness while the rest of his body yields to the water taking its place therein. He cannot see the lifeless form of his older sibling floating farther away from the scene. He knows those hands. They fed him earlier in the evening. They have smeared oil all over his naked body. They have carried him while he sleeps....

A reed will dance in the water...

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Dance of Death

A reed will dance in the water from the rhythm of a gyrating stream a stone’s throw from the settlement whose stories remain untold. The drums whose music forces the dance are two wrinkled arms with rough ugly hands holding down the head of a struggling child recently shocked into awaking. Nothing makes sense in his head as it fills up with darkness while the rest of his body yields to the water taking its place therein. He cannot see the lifeless form of his older sibling floating farther away from the scene. He knows those hands. They fed him earlier in the evening. They have smeared oil all over his naked body. They have carried him while he sleeps....

A reed will dance in the water...

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Empty Nest

I’m seated on my couch pretending to watch the current episode of Scandal. My cellphone is on the floor. It’s ringing. I don’t know why it won’t stop ringing. I can’t tell who would be calling me at this hour or why they have been trying to reach me for the past hour. The clock says it’s half past midnight. The carpet spread from one end of the living room to the next makes the house warm; and a little dusty when the sun’s heat loosens the dust from the unpaved path outside the gate. It also helps with the unwanted phone calls because having my cellphone ring on the floor reduces the startling vibrations and constant buzzing. The bottle of...

I’m seated on my couch prete...

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My Obituary

Today, we shall lay to rest a man who wrote fifteen novels, bore three sons and a daughter, and waited to see tens of grandchildren. After 95 years, we finally mark the sweet leap to yonder of my mentor, the man who build a global media company from scratch, and shook the literary stage with a simple quake of his pen.   Death is a function of nature that must activate itself at some point. We have no sadness or pain or regret in allowing the African Bull safe passage into that controversial realm – the other life. But we’re joyous to look back and see what I call the Kingdom of Sweat, the palace of pain, and the era of making...

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Surviving

Tonight, I will lie on my floor, curled up in fetal position and crying. There will be music playing so that my neighbours do not hear the loud sobbing. I will, for a few moments, feel ready to die. The welling up of all those unnamed feelings and unuttered words which I have been storing up all this time will gush forth forceful and unrelenting. I will wish, in the deepest darkness of this episode, that I could undo the past year of my life. I will rewind and write over the tapes of all the good things you did and said with bad intentions. I will walk through all the memories awash with alarm bells which I attempted to...

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The Man Behind Uganda’s Creative Scene- Wabwire’s Story

I am standing at the far corner of the room, trying to record each speaker’s speech with my phone. We are at K-Lab in Kigali, holding a brief introduction meeting with CMS Africa Summit speakers for the event slated to begin the following day. Jagero, the founder, introduces each speaker, and allows them about 5 […]

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Exciting News; We Have Been Featured in The Media 5 Times Now!

Should I start by listing my favorite quotes? 😁 But fam, the work we are doing here (I’m saying ‘we’ because I write and you faithfully read!😊) has been recognized and featured, 5 DIFFERENT TIMES! In five different media outlets. I am so proud of us! So. Proud. We’ve always known we are on the right […]

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#QuickTen With Founder of JoomSchool International, AK SHEHU!

Ak Shehu is a lecturer, an ICT trainer, an author, Educational Consultant and International Speaker.  I am.. Abdulkadir Shehu but popularly called AK SHEHU. I am a Nigerian, a Muslim who was born and brought up in Nigeria but currently living in Malaysia. I am happily married with two lovely kids. It is often difficult […]

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Life After Campus; Reality VS Perception- Victor Kegengo’s Story

‘We all have big dreams of life after school. I thought it would be easy, and looked forward to a well-paying white collar job. A big surprise awaited me.’- Victor Kegengo, a graduate of Business Management. ….. In 2014, just a few months to completing his Degree course at Masinde Muliro University, Victor Kegengo did […]

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