Editorial: Normalized Abnormalities

Editorial: Normalized Abnormalities

In an incisive reflection in this issue of Ukombozi Review, Ngūgī wa Thiong’o and Paa-Kwesi Heto make reference to practices of normalized abnormality. This, they explain, ‘refers to narratives of falsehood so ingrained in a society that individuals hardly see...
It Shall Come to Pass

It Shall Come to Pass

“It shall come to pass” is a phrase, a memorable one, found in the Bible in the book of Acts. (2:17-38, King James Version) It reads: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, God says, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: And your sons and your daughters...
For every action, there is a reaction

For every action, there is a reaction

Rubber bungs ama zile bladaa za kuunda feya. When you pull them with your hands they’ll certainly recoil and hit you on your fingers. For every action there’s a reaction.  Nine months after the election, unmet expectations borne out of lofty promises have given way to...
A new dawn is on the horizon

A new dawn is on the horizon

A new year has arrived It’s the year 2023 Ukombozi Review rolls on in the year Sauntering ahead, unfettered by circumstances Still keen on connecting progressive people’s struggles Much more in Kenya, but also some Pan – African struggles Some of these struggles are...
In the Fog of the Seasons’ End

In the Fog of the Seasons’ End

Alex La Guma, the South African novelist who was exiled for long in Cuba wrote the novel, In the Fog of the Seasons’ End, which the title of this editorial is drawn from. The use of this title reflects the end of the 2022 electoral cycle in Kenya. This electoral...