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My Kwambie Inspiration!

30th May 2019

In gratitude to the Wacha niKwambie blog nomination for “Best Lifestyle Blog” in the annual blog BAKE Awards in Kenya, is a commemorative series dubbed, “ My Kwambie Inspiration!” which will feature the people, events, situations that have inspired Kwambie along life’s journey and by extension in different focus areas that the blog has had over the years.
Everyone has those special people that have inspired them to be a better person in this life journey.

The story of Daddy’s Sunday newspaper
I blame my father for cultivating in me the love for topical and lifestyle issues. As a little girl he would send me to the newspaper vendor on Sunday morning – who had a stand right at the gate of the Kenyatta National Hospital. When I reached home, he would ask, “Lissie, what have you read in the newspaper that is interesting for me?” I would quickly look at the headlines then rush to the children’s section before I reached our humble abode at KMTC at the time so that I could give him the report. To date, I am a mainstream publications news addict always soaking in current affairs and what makes human beings tick.

The story of the gift of family
Family is the gift that you get from the Almighty to navigate this journey called, Life. The people that you can bare your all to. I thank God for my family.

The story of the blunt pencil
One early morning as I set out for nursery school my paternal grandfather, Ombega Ongáu, who had come to visit from Bomachoge, Kisii offered to sharpen my pencil and he told me some words that have refused to erase from my mind, “Vava, Kwamboka, mimi sikuenda shule, lakini wewe soma, ufike pahali sikufika.” “Dear one, Kwamboka, I never went to school. You go to school, work hard and go where I never went to.”

I got back the sharpened pencil but somehow that memory has never been erased from my mind. Knowledge and education is power as it sharpens even the dullest of minds.

The story of a favourite high school teacher
Perhaps it is because our names were similar.
Perhaps it is because writers are sometimes loathed or misunderstood or loved in equal measure. Temperamental sometimes these people called writers are.
Perhaps it is because I got lost in the story of how words connected to form good grammar, poetry and prose in her classes.
Perhaps it is how she brought to life Ihuoma from Elechi Amadi’s The Concubine and how as a pubescent acne prone teenager I desired to be just as beautiful as her.

I salute you “mwalimu wangu wa nguvu” in my blog today. I never had a chance to say “thank you ” to you in person..

Please pardon me my dear ‘mwalimu wa nguvu’ if this blog post has any spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors, they truly irked you so back in the day.

Thank you for being such an awesome English teacher to the Zedians. Your words, communication, writing style and speech live on through us.

The story of the famous writer
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
She is my number one writer crush. African, woman, brilliant, the bold and beautiful. She has really set the bar high for African writers of my generation. I have read most of her books, with Americannah – the story of the successful blogger being a personal inspiration.

Keep on soaring my sister from another African country. “Wacha niKwambie” my hope in life is to have coffee with you, pick your mind, interview you in my blog, have a photo shoot with you one sweet day. You are one of those women I hope to meet before this life comes to an end. You, together with Michelle Obama, Oprah,Cece Winans, Julie Gichuru and Toni Braxton. Yours is one of the social media pages that I follow relentlessly.

My people, my friends
Through shared life experiences they inspire me to be a better person everyday. They laugh and cry with me in equal measure. These are a few of the precious people who have walked with me especially this past year. They are my friends. Someone once said, ” You don’t get to choose family but you get to choose your friends.”
So thank you all to my friends for all the friendship you have shared with me in my life’s journey. My life is all the more colourful because of you, I travel lighter because of you. I hope I add to you as you add to me. I love you all.
Some one once said that we are a sum total of the people we interact with, I could not agree more.
“My Kwambie Inspiration!”
© Kwambie Nyambane,
May 2019