The Diary of a PenPen Resident

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#Day5: Rotten English.

By Wr. Dismas Okombo The first assignment Edith gave us was to translate a passage in English to our mother tongue. We hunched over our notepads; some with mild hesitations, some with bold enthusiasm. After about fifteen minutes of searching for approximate words, each read their translations. Banyankole, Kinyarwanda, Tumbuka, Luo, Swahili, and Kamba. “How …

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#Day4:  Twinomugisha’s Mandazis

By Wr. Dismas Okombo I have just locked the door, headed past the crib and drawn back the green curtains. Outside, the evening is calm and chilly; the trees are still. The drizzles after lunch had held the false promise of a storm. But now, as I look through the windowpane, whatever tempest was to …

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#Day2:  The Task of an Afrikan Narrator

By Wr. Dismas Okombo Yesternight when I saw Twinomugisha shuffle the cards as if the deck was an extension of her arms, I outrightly realized I was to suffer thorough thrashing at poker. ‘You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away.’ Definitely this was the …

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#Day1- Around the Table of joy

By Wr. Dismas Okombo, on 1st March 2020 In the early evening, there were patches of light showers. And now, in the still warmth of my room, I endeavor to search for the right words to capture the magnificent smiles, the heartily laughs and beautiful, yet sometimes surprising, cross-cultural stories that have warmed my heart …

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