keep calm


In our culture, there’s a saying ‘maúndú twa naigua’ roughly translated into things we’ve heard/things we hear.

In the olden days, youngsters sat around a fire in late evenings to listen to tales told by elders. These tales’ main function was to instil knowledge, inspire young people to strive to greater heights, to entertain, sometimes to threaten or drive a point home in an unforgettable way e.g. the story of the boy who cried wolf.

Other times these tales were, and still are, used to pass down cultural knowledge on how we see the world. Although the brain is designed to protect people, some of the information the brain has access to has been installed (like an app) by the people before you e.g. the fear of spiders. No one is born afraid of anything but over time tales of scary man eating spiders are told to youngsters who decide they would fear spiders. Similarly no one is born hating others due to physical features but somehow,someone passes that information that certain people are to be hated, discriminated, dominated, abused – I could go on.

In my childhood, my mother told us stories, we did not necessarily sit round a fire, we sometimes sat on sofas in the living room and she told stories. These stories were meant to strengthen our decidedness, to make us stronger as a family, to teach us patience and self-control e.g. the story explaining why eagles snatch chicks instead of ducklings.

I created things I hear as a platform where people of the world can come and read a story and relate to it, be inspired to be a much-needed change in the world, to engage and encourage dialogue and most importantly to be entertained. Things I hear also catalogues, humourously, the trials and tribulations of being a KenBrit.

Although all the stories have a message to inspire change in behaviour or practice, they are all fictional. Any semblance to real life is not intentional.