Confession: I visited a mganga

Confession. I went to visit the local Mganga. I have always wondered about these dudes (and dudettes) who have been rumored to have such extreme powers, that even some of the high and mighty in our societies sometimes nyapa nyapa like rats in the night to visit them. Not to mention those whispers of major

Meet The Storyteller – Episode 1

Meet The Storyteller: Episode 1 Storyteller: Lavanya Prasad From: Bangalore – India    ***** So, whats your story? I am a dreamer who sees everything as stories in this world. Stories are an intricate part of me. I’ve been telling stories since I learnt to speak, that’s what I heard from my maternal grandfather, the

Butiama Chronicles – The Grand Finale

#ButiamaChronicles The Grand Finale Let me tell you of my very first stage experience. I had been cast to play Aunt Kezia in the play Aminata by Francis Imbuga. Looking back, it was kind of a complex role. A conservative woman, Aunt Kezia could not wrap her head around the fact that a man, her

Butiama Chronicles – Week Two

#ButiamaChronicles Week Two The thing which has put me out of my comfort zone the most has to be the storytelling sessions this week because, as anyone who knows me well will know, I’m not normally too happy about getting up in front of an audience and speaking. However, the storytelling sessions have been so

Butiama Chronicles Week One

I have had four sessions so far, one performance and three workshops. The Swahili spoken in Tanzania, and which is what the students are being taught, is quite different from our regular Kenyan Swahili tongue. Although I am a pretty decent Swahili speaker, this will kept me on my feet.  Kuja? No, Njoo! Sunday 10th