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Okasungora is my construction site. Ivy Nyayieka’s writing out there attempts to look like a beautiful glass house,but here we love it even on the days it looks and feels unbeautiful. We have found that unbeautiful births the most beautiful.

I come here, and I map my lostness, and it makes me happy, and then I leave, and I am unhappy. And when I return here, my gods seat, wait, wonder when I plan to come and never leave. Shh… I left my toothbrush and underwear; that’s a start. It scares me, but I am teaching myself to do the things that scare me. I did not teach me when I was younger, and doing the things that scare you is one of those things you have to teach you.

Ps. Ivy Nyayieka’s writing out there:

  1. Articles on Business Daily: (Kindly search “Ivy Nyayieka” at the Business Daily site: https://www.businessdailyafrica.com )
  2. Articles for the adili women project: https://okasungorasaidwithswag.wordpress.com/adili/
  3. Articles on Huffpost: http://m.huffpost.com/us/author/ivy-nyayieka
  4. Articles in the Sunday Nation: https://mobile.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/Free-Mind-Sessions-emancipation-from-mental-slavery/1950774-4336778-r2miduz/index.html
  5. Articles on Yummy Magazine: https://www.yummy.co.ke/author/ivynyayieka/
  6. Articles on Nomad Magazine: http://nomadmagazine.co/author/ivynyayieka/
  7. Social Media and Exhibitionism: The Life I Deserve versus The Life I Actually Live: http://jobsy.co.ke/2017/12/04/social-media-and-exhibitionism-the-life-i-deserve-vs-the-life-i-actually-live/ 
  8. “Finding Africa in Pittsburgh” in the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2016/09/17/Finding-Africa-in-Pittsburgh/stories/201608270004
  9. “Matatu Women: Going it Alone in Nairobi” on Commonwealth Writers forum: http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/matatu-women/
  10. “‘Homegoing’: A poetic exploration of an 18th-century Ghanaian woman’s descendants”  in the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette: http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/books/2016/06/19/Homegoing-A-poetic-exploration-of-an-18th-century-Ghanaian-woman-s-descendants/stories/201606190114
  11. Fiction and nonfiction pieces in the Yale Daily News Magazine: http://yaledailynews.com/blog/author/ivynyayieka/
  12. “Oh Africa” in the YDN Weekend: http://yaledailynews.com/weekend/2014/09/26/oh-africa/
  13. “Navigating Nairobi when It is Raining” in Hapa Kenya: http://www.hapakenya.com/2013/11/13/navigating-nairobi-when-it-is-raining/
  14. Some of my editorials in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
  15. “Flower Girl” in This Kenyan Girl as a guest blogger: http://penandpurplerain.com/2015/08/16/flower-girl/
  16. “ALA 2017 Conference highlight: Song, play, and African children in literature” for the Yale Macmillan Center: http://macmillan.yale.edu/news/ala-2017-conference-highlight-song-play-and-african-children-literature

Some consulting work:

  1. Talking Up a Norm: how storytelling is busting taboos & keeping girls safe in Kenya: https://medium.com/@welltoldstoryke/talking-up-a-norm-how-storytelling-is-busting-taboos-keeping-girls-safe-in-kenya-e91b579c73a8
  2. “I’m not poor!” Mindset is everything for young Kenyans on an uncertain journey to success: https://medium.com/@welltoldstoryke/mindset-is-everything-for-young-kenyans-on-an-uncertain-journey-to-success-517bd6fb032a
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