An Evening in the Shade of a Baobab Tree | Jioni Moja kwenye Kivuli cha Mbuyu

I had the very good fortune of hearing the literary legend Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o speak at the Brattle Theatre last night. Having already seen the late Chinua Achebe in lecture at my alma mater eight years ago, Ngũgĩ had long been next on my list. I began reading his works when I was about eight years … Continue reading An Evening in the Shade of a Baobab Tree | Jioni Moja kwenye Kivuli cha Mbuyu

Dance and other disasters | Ngoma na balaa nyingine

Last week I started taking a Senegalese sabar dance class, and today I almost quit. Let me first pause and laugh at the absurdity of that for a moment. Someone once said to me a long time ago, I don’t quite recall who it was, “Sylvia, you give up too easily.” Do I?? Maybe. If … Continue reading Dance and other disasters | Ngoma na balaa nyingine