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On Resting By Oneself

The idea that is bad to rest by oneself betrays a misunderstanding of the different kinds of rest. There is more to rest than play, or the passive consumption of entertaining content. There is a kind of rest that entails fulfilling the moral obligation to develop...

Why The Arts Cannot Be Taught In An Academic Setting

  I was in second year of university when I picked up an elective on screenwriting. I quickly realized that I wasn’t learning anything useful or practical. I didn’t continue with it in the second semester, but opted rather to sign up for a course with the...

On Umemulo

I’ve been thinking a bit about the wonderful Zulu custom of “Umemulo”. It is a rite of passage for young women, signifying the transition from girlhood to young adulthood. After “umemulo”, a young woman is ready to be married. The rituals...

Every Man Is Lame In His Own Way

The line is from the stageplay “Lwanda Magere” by Okoiti Omtatah. He’s an award-winning Kenyan playwright. After reading this play, I understood why. Be forewarned that there may be spoilers in the article to follow. I read the play in one session....