Sometimes I get reactions. Why are you so negative about Africa if you say you love this continent? Ok, if you just take the observations in this (very young) Blog, you would agree: this guy is very frustrated and negative. Unfortunately people who think this, are wrong. The things I am writing here, are daily life events. By telling these stories, I hope people wherever in the world, would get a better understanding of how life is in other places in the world. What people have to deal with. The critics are right if they say that sometimes I am a bit negative. Ok, journalism is about the choice what to write down, I agree, so I could write down positive stories. About solidarity of the average African people for example, their art to survive and keep smiling in any situation. But journalism is also about writing down as honestly as possible what you observe. Having your facts right and check and double check. This Blog doesn’t pretent to be a journalistic report on ‘life in Africa’, but it is a personal account about my observations, emotions, findings. Sometimes this might be negative, sometimes I am extremely angry, happy or disappointed. It will reflect my emotiosn of that very moment and place. I hope I will give others a better insight in ‘African’ society whatever that may be. An insight that you won’t always find in reports of press agencies and in a cool analysis of the political situation. Why would I not write them down? If you love your wife, you have to be honest to her. I love Africa and try to be honest about this beautifull continent. If I wouldn’t bother, I wouldn’t give a damn about what I wrote down.
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Shelly Githonga is a Kenyan writer. Last year, her screenplay was selected from the catalog of the Kenyan Scriptwriters Guilt, to be produced. Days before the movies premieres, we talk to her. Who is the writer and what moves her to write about a serious subject as mental health?
If my luck is bad
And his aim is straight
I will leave my life
On the killing field
You can see me die
On the nightly news
As you settle down
To your evening mealâ€¦.