Remorse

Posted: November 12, 2014 in Poetry
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Is it the detox by the caffeine?

Or the spirits trapped in my brains

Can’t remember last cutting paper this deep

Guess I can’t recall last I really did feel

How was it that you didn’t swing the first fist ?

And now it’s in me guilt feasts

Not even sure why this really stings.

Eulogy of the living

Posted: October 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

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See, my mother tells me I started drawing when I was 2 years old, but my memories of self-expression are most vivid when I was 8 and 9 when my childhood friends were – Wanja, poultry, imaginary, and dolls. Yes I was a weird kid.I recall my love for singing games and my fascination with graffiti. We all loved art – Zab, Asiko, Edward and I. And we would all sit together on the dining table, holding something that would scribble against paper (or white walls). Asiko, drawing paddling ducks, Edward sketching cartoons, I would have sworn he was the next Gaddo, and Zab, well Zab I was sure he was the next Mr. Bean.

I remember my orientation into the hip hop culture, (which I stupidly interpreted as a strong disinclination to good slow rhythm and blues, or any genre that didn’t say guns or f*ck. . .

At 10, I was a closet lover for performing arts as long as I dismissed any murmuring confidence to possess any dexterity. But somehow my self-doubt was defeated by that deep-deep hanker for theater and dance. Well, I played two roles as a back stage act and crowdcast when Uvundo won the best play. Our director always told us that we are all leads. So I was simply happy, I really did feel part of the we who had really made it. Fast forward to high school I had to bootleg the script for our inter-house drama festivals, and that where it came  – my Lupita Nyong’o moment. Best Play, and best performing artist in the inter-house drama festivals.

My aloofness for sciences worried everyone but me. During Math or Chemistry, I’d doodle, clown, and disturb my deskmate, zone out, black-out (and yes mostly in that order). I never saw the significance of calculus, barometers, and pipers. How would I, when I had the finest Art and Design Class, Year 2002?  At one point John Kiarie, (aka KJ) was our Art Teacher, who made us the most coveted class, so much that bored-paraffin-spike-resilient students actually stalked him.

Somehow i made it to Campus, I would have flopped if it wasn’t for these sweethearts Floice Ondik and Esther Chege, who would wake me up at 5am to crush course KSCE exams. And while the rest of State House was busy choosing their dream Campuses, I was very busy, busy swimming.

And as I mark-timed afore Campus days, I spent many days in Angaza Theatre Arts, life was seemingly becoming richer in faith and on stage. These firming foundations would keep on in Daystar where I fell in love, with lovers of journalism and journalism.

Along the way I have met many remarkable people and tagged lessons worthy of note . This is no rehearsal, I say. So as I move forward I reaffirm my beliefs, murder the doubts (and maybe) tone-down the vanity.  I have loved and truly been loved, I have loved and hurt instead, in return, I have hurt and been loved right back, such is life. I turn on this switch celebrating life, laughter, friendship – my life and those of others, who were, still are or those who are no more. I marvel at these many extensions and diversity of thy paths that I have sometimes guessed, chanced, failed or achieved.

I am a daughter, friend, and a sister

I am a Libra.

I cry, I laugh, and I smile –I learn, so I must be a child.

Who am I? A story teller

A feminist – I defy,

Above all, I am Wakasa, and proud mama of Summer.

NOW

Posted: June 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Take a moment to think that

Somewhat the bliss you beget

May also be the joy you effect?

The blessings your way

And the hearts you break

Besides on the reflections of regrets

I am just eagle-eyed of the next steps

Just how to do it best

And forgive and ask for the same

And my poetry in the night

Becomes conscience by day

And this inspiration so long delayed

The souls I love

I wonder what they paint of me as they slumber

I miss them, summer times, my Summer

Recollect

Then the thought seizes

Good memories are not just departed recalls

But more of which can be made, regenerated

As we marvel on this cycle’s next steps

You ask when I can I ever be my best

It’s now, I say, for as long as it ever takes…

 

SW

6/1/2014

3.30AM

 

 

On March 16, she lost her husband. Then she lost everything. The deceased family shaved her off her husband’s house and 2-acre piece of land. The recent spates of events that followed 23-year old Lucy Nyambura after the mysterious death of 30-year old Gabriel Ng’ang’a arouses the debate of property inheritance. (Read full story)

The story of Nyamabura’s predicament, published by The Standard Media 25 March 2014 is not a uniquely Kenyan case. Women’s right to inherit land and other property is brutally limited in many parts of Africa. At a man’s death, his property is either inherited by his adult sons or reclaimed by his family.

Discriminatory customary laws and cultural attitudes and practices are used to justify the disinheritance of widows and beseeched to outweigh constitutional provisions to inherit.

Inheritance in Kenya is guided by the Law of Succession Act Cap 160 of the Laws of Kenya.

Under this Act, a person may either die testate or intestate. “A person dies testate when he has made a valid will on how his property should be distributed on his death. A person dies intestate when he has not made a will on how his property will be distributed on his death or his will has been invalidated,” explains John Chigiti, Senior partner in the firm of Chigiti & Chigiti Advocates.

In the case of intestacy (when no will is stated), the Law of Succession Act sets out how the deceased´s property should devolve. A surviving spouse is entitled to the personal and household effects of the deceased, and a life interest in the whole residue of the net intestate estate; however, if the surviving spouse is a widow, and she re-marries, then her life interest is terminated. The surviving spouse has power to give all or any part of the capital of the net intestate estate to any surviving children of the deceased.

Realizing Women’s Right to Land, a new publication by UNWOMEN warns that denial of inheritance rights to women is detrimental in the long run. Denial of inheritance rights to women results descent of millions of women and their families into extreme poverty and is a major cause and consequence of violence against women in Africa.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are living in interesting times as the world wakes up to a revolution and a new kind of thinking. Green growth has come to be a standard way for both developing and developed countries alike to use resources better and in more efficient ways.

As we clasp onto green economies, there is a need to develop new and innovative financial solutions to facilitate the growth of green technology. Many global reports now conclude that having the right kind of science, technologies and innovations is at the heart of sustainable development.

Africa, for example, has for long missed out on technologies and innovations chances that have seen other regions massively reaping gains. And in the face of this, we need to see much more commitment by our parliamentarians in investing in research institutions and efforts towards innovation and entrepreneurship.

The private sector and national government must work together to achieve technologically-proven solutions (products, processes, technologies) that help make better use of natural resources.

In order to change this, we need a serious reform of our priorities to those that would fast pace our economic issues. What better way than promoting policies that would boost business science, research and agricultural productivity?

Indeed good times are ahead, as $450 million being pledged between investors, green businesses, governments and other parties at the now concluding the 2013 Global South-South Development Expo. Many other promises were made, Kenya to build organic fertilizer factories and clean energy projects, solar power plants in Uganda and green businesses for women in Egypt. The UAE also pledged to host the first global conference on UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in March 2014 in Dubai.

I am part of a proud team, spread across the world, that aided GSSD 2013 online popularity. GSSD has even trended on Twitter in Kenya using the hashtag #GSSD 13

Cheering us on,

“Still going strong. We’ve been trending in Kenya…again!” said Davide Piga, the UNEP knowledge specialist and coordinator of the Team.

“Meaning that the message of the value and growing scope of South-South cooperation reached the next generation of development practitioners, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, thinkers and leaders”.  (UNEP)

So the challenge is now up to all of us to keep the conversation going beyond the expo, keep the stakeholders accountable to stay true to the promises and pledges made.

Green growth o'clock

By Sarah Wakasa 

28 October -NAIROBI – Did you know that development that is not based on green growth may lead to prosperity, but only in the short term, and will soon be undermined by insecurity and vulnerability?

Green growth is emerging as a guiding framework for delivering development goals for the upcoming decade which is believed to bring major opportunities to improving livelihoods and reducing poverty. (OECD 2013)…

….published on the UNEP website . Read more…

Numerous challenges stand in the way of Africa’s ambition, one might lax, stuck amidst this tangles of economic and social fails that have crippled progress.

Why do we fail, wandering aimlessly unable to feed our children and yet countries with a fraction of the resources we boast of manage to become first class nations amidst of the worst of economic crises?

More than 218 million people live in extreme poverty. Poverty has made the continent writhe in other opportunities fiends like climate change yet its economies rely on climate-dependent sectors such as water-fed agriculture, and its capacities to cope and adapt are generally limited.

What’s worse when breaks like HIV/AIDS, corruption, conflict and wars keep stagnating this fight against poverty.

So has money set us apart? Yes the lack of it at least. – Undoubtedly, poverty has put an unbearable strain on Africa.

However, while noting Africa’s maladies it would be dispiriting not to mention the improvement in telecom innovation has broadly improved quality of life across sub-Saharan Africa. There has been an increase in African countries that have embraced technology as a driver of development, e.g. Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Rwanda’s rapid ICT growth.  Despite sub-Saharan Africa’s impressive economic performance over the past decade, which has resulted in marginal poverty reduction, her way to economic liberation is still beset with thorny issues that need a massive and quick clean up!

Africa has remained aloof, missing out on technologies and innovations opportunities that have seen other regions massively reaping gains.

And in the face of this, we still do not see much allegiance by parliamentarians in investing in research institutions and efforts towards innovation and entrepreneurship.

The latest world University ranking proves this as only three universities in Africa, all in South Africa, made it to the top 400 in the 2012/2013 Reuters/Times Higher Education.

Countries are making a kill from technology and innovation, yet what we see in our backyards are continuous ranting about political supremacy rather than issue-based politics, a distraction to the public and an amusement backed by our media.

Africa, a great consumer of technological knowledge from other region’s innovations still falters behind, lacking aggressive policies and commitment to build its own capacities.

In order to change this, we need a serious reform of our priorities to fit in reforms that would fast pace our economic issues.

What better way than promoting policies that would boost business science, research agricultural productivity, for example?

Our governments need to encourage its own initiatives aiming at transforming Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) knowledge structures. Initiatives like tech hubs need to be supported by governments and the private sector.

We need to buzz up these young African talents and the works to increase the competitive impact they so aim.

We need to need to tap into the private sector; continual handouts will not liberate us. Our leadership needs to cultivate an environment where entrepreneurs can foster their small and medium–size sized companies.

Access to capital needs to be improved to help firms establish strategic partnerships within and beyond the region.

Most of us have now earned ourselves 50 years of independence, yet we are trapped in the continuance reliance of on NGOs and hand-outs. Crippled with widespread corruption that is costly and that has derailed development and augmented socio-economic disparities.

Our problems may seem complex but one sure thing is that innovation and entrepreneurship are the best comebacks to set us a competitive edge, globally. And true to this cheeky quote, whoever said money can’t buy happiness, just doesn’t know where to shop.