Street Families in Nakuru

IMG Courtesy Today is Christmas' Eve. We are rushing home to get together with our families. It's a very chilly night. Kenyatta Avenue, the only main street in Nakuru, is abuzz with activity. Amongst the hustle and bustle of the traffic jams and people probably doing their last minute shopping, there are mothers-with-kids huddled together … Continue reading Street Families in Nakuru

Hail the African Pots

By any other name, Covid -19 with the many deaths, would still be as bad. But here we are…Alive! Being all indoors soaking in places we didn’t really spend time on, can really be a tad too much though. Not many folks spend time in their houses, locked in just for leisure… so Staying Home, may … Continue reading Hail the African Pots

In The Beauty of African Art -pots and vases

When I hear people talk of art, what really comes to my mind is the African kind of art. You know...carvings of wood, models of clay, unique murals and paintings. My mind shifts from the Kenyan Akamba wood carvings to the Timbuktu buildings of Ghana. I awe in the beauty of a people so full … Continue reading In The Beauty of African Art -pots and vases

First, we live

I'ts the 17th of May. It's past 12am as I write this. It's the dead of the night and all I hear is a distant dog barking. Barking at nobody in particualr, maybe it's the loneliness of the night, maybe it misses the excited noises of kids, I reckon maybe. It's a cold night. I … Continue reading First, we live


I look at him walking up and down. A little restless. He's got a lot on his mind lately. I try to ask him to share with me, maybe I can help by just listening. Nop, he makes me believe its his problems. He has his way of fighting his own demons. I wonder what … Continue reading Adulting

She Eventually Moves Out…

Photography by: Suad-Kamardeen So tic toc and my little black queen is 4. And sure, the government dictates, she has to move out. Out of my comforting warmth and into a new environment. OUT! Out with big books, a pen and Robben Island's Yes-Sir uniforms. Yep, she has to start school. Damn the school system. … Continue reading She Eventually Moves Out…

Happy Birthday

For the life of it all, And the breath I now have, I have never known Such a soul as kind as yours. For the very soul in me, And the babies I now have, We've never known, such an auntie That you now are The most modest of beings And the most loving of … Continue reading Happy Birthday

Africa’s Gay Agenda & It’s Societal Hypocrisy

By Caroline Gatonye In the wee hours of the night, young revelers in Nairobi streets can be seen hopping from one night club to another. Holding hands, kissing, throwing beer bottles and laughing. A short distance away, men in make-up coil away from the frenzy; their queerness showing...and when you stop to look, they hurriedly … Continue reading Africa’s Gay Agenda & It’s Societal Hypocrisy

Voices of the Black Woman

Mellenin Voices is a digital magazine that show cases stories of Black women all over Africa. Women who go out of their way to change the world. A new voice A new horn calling We are the melanin queens making way Set way, come hear our stories We are changing the African stories.


It’s only in the land of black, Where I can hold my pen and scribble, Scribble and write And then be prepared to die Die an accident death, Or by that stray bullet meant to kill a running thief Only in the land of black Am I prepared to die, Die for what I write … Continue reading Blackened