My thoughts and opinion on cultural and societal issues affecting the way we live, and how we view the world.

In the old days (in almost all cultures), youngsters sat around a fire to listen to tales told by elders. The main function of these tales was to instil knowledge, inspire young people to strive to greater heights, entertain, connect, sometimes threaten or drive a point home in an unforgettable way e.g. the story of the boy who cried wolf.

The tales/stories were, and still are, used to pass down cultural knowledge on how people see the world and connect them intimately.  However, some of the knowledge passed has in recent times come under scrutiny because it’s either outdated or doesn’t make sense anymore. 

The aim of Things I hear is to tell stories that not only question some cultural practices, but raise awareness of societal issues that might not be obvious to all and that might cause more harm than good.  Our stories are told through the experiences of real people (creative non-fiction), or fictional characters with real issues to enhance self-awareness and development.

As well as dismantle outdated cultural practices, the stories aim to debunk myths around mental health issues and tell stories that can aid in recovery of individuals with challenging mental health issues.

Things I hear stories will strengthen society’s decidefulness and resolve, to make the much needed change in the world.  A story might strike a cord with someone and help strengthen their family, or teach patience and self-control – think of the story of why eagles snatch chicks instead of ducklings.

This is the one-stop hub where people read a story and can relate to it, be inspired to be a much-needed change in the world, engage and encourage dialogue and most importantly be entertained. Things I hear also catalogues, humourously, the trials and tribulations of life as Kenyans in Britain (KenBrits) and/or Afrobrits.

Disclaimer: Most of the stories are fictional.  All the issues are real.  Any semblance to real life is not intentional.