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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah & Half of A Yellow Sun

Last Easter, I had the pleasure of reading one of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s books for the first time. I didn’t stop at only one of her novels, though. Rather, I jumped in with both feet and read Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah back to back. I hadn’t planned to do this particularly—I don’t generally read fiction—but my mother who knows what a fan of Ms. Adichie’s I am, passed on these books to me on Easter weekend after she was done with them herself. With lots of time on my hands, I couldn’t resist! Before I begin telling you about either book, allow me … Continue reading

What’s Dating Like in East Africa?

Hmmm…Riiight. Like I can even attempt to answer that question with any sort of authority despite my years of experience with East African men. Although a friend recently called me the East African Carrie Bradshaw during a late night Facebook chat (you can imagine the kind of stories we were swapping ;-)), I’ll have to decline the title because it’s simply not true. Nonetheless, I have recently realized that I have been on at least one date with men from each of the five East African countries. In fact, I’ve even had relationships with East African men from four of … Continue reading

A Hidden Bible Prayer to Unleash God’s Blessings?

As I was reminded while reading 40 Days and 40 nights, Lent, the period of the Christian year leading up to Easter, is upon us! With nearly a third of the world believing in a God and practicing some form of Christianity, I trust that many of you, my readers, are observing Lent this year. To keep in line with the spiritual nature of the season, today I will permit myself to discuss something a little more religious than usual. How about we discuss the bestselling book The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson? But first a quote from the Bible. … Continue reading

The Secret & The Law of Attraction

It’s been 9 years, give or take, since the release of The Secret—the popular film and book. Produced by Rhonda Byrne, an Australian television writer and producer, The Secret was hugely successful with DVD sales reaching higher than 2 million within the first year of its release and book sales reaching higher than 4 million within 6 months of publication. In 2007, this success earned Rhonda Byrne a spot on Time Magazine’s Time 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Here in East Africa, the phenomenon that was The Secret was not lost on us. Bookstores … Continue reading

Eat to Live Results

At the age of 24, I weighed a startling 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and had been clinically obese most of my life. I set out to lose 36 kilograms (79 pounds) so that for the first time (when not ill) I could be within the healthy weight range for my height. I achieved and surpassed my goal. None of that would have been possible without The Eat to Live Diet. Here is my story: I had been clinically obese for the better part of my life. At the age of 24, I decided that lugging around so much weight no longer served … Continue reading

The Top 3 Paulo Coelho Books According to Me

Today, let’s talk about books and reading! I love to read. When I am in not-so-good a mood (like today), I often resolve my stress by treating myself to a brand new book. Although I love learning new things and being carried away by a well-written story, I also love the sensory pleasures that come with reading a brand new book. I love the glossy covers and selecting a book from an array of interestingly crafted titles. I love the smell of the pages of a never-before-read book. I think I might just treat myself to the pleasure of a … Continue reading

Traveling Prepared with Rough Guides

Hi, everyone. How are you today? I hope all is well in your respective corners of the world. For me, all is good, though I need to rave about a book, or should I say a series of books, that never fails to come in handy especially when I’m traveling. Allow me to start at the beginning. Planning a Budget Trip to Kenya’s Coast Three years ago, I wanted to take my then-boyfriend traveling formom his birthday. He was turning 27 and, believe it or not, had never seen the ocean. He was Ugandan, born and raised, and had never been outside Uganda. … Continue reading