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Let’s Make A [Small] Fire

My doorbell rings. I open the door to find a tall, good-looking boy standing there. He stands cockily with his legs apart – his weight resting firmly and equally on both long limbs. He’s got big, wonderful eyes that I recognise. His hands are thrust into his pockets casually, like he was settling in to wait for a while until the door is opened. From his ears a weird cordless and colourless contraption glows blue. That’s how they listen to music nowadays. And send voice messages. And monitor their steps. At his feet is a leather duffel bag, an ominous sign that he’s planning to stay longer than a night.

 

“Did I catch you in the middle of a sentence?” he asks with a wry, powdery smile.

 

“No, in the middle of life.”

 

I step aside to allow him in.

 

We hug and he strolls in loosely, in the same way he lives his life; with every disregard for distance and destination. I can smell him; something like dried pine leaves soaked in a musky fragrance. And gasoline. Maybe he’s planning to burn down my house. He tosses his duffel bag by the sofa  and settles at the counter of the open kitchen where my laptop is humming. It’s going to 6pm.

 

The last time we had spoken, a week ago, I had shouted into the phone at him – “This is not some fuckin’ game-show you pause to powder your nose and wax your dreadlocks in, this is life…LIFE, GODDAMN IT!” I had been cranky because I couldn’t find my socks. But unlike me, who hangs onto things, he now seems to have forgotten all that. He’s like his mother. Well not quite, because he drinks whisky, which he finds in a glass next to my laptop and asks, “May I?”, to which I say, “No, I will pour you another one.”

 

“Oh, are you afraid you might catch something from me?” he laughs. “Something worse than these genes I caught from you.”

 

“Yes,  herpes,” I say. “You smell of herpes!” He laughs as I pour a finger of Glenmorangie in a fresh glass. When he laughs his shoulders shake. His shoulders always shake when he laughs. I like that. He’s a beautiful boy, full of soul and life and with much disregard for anything but his selfish pursuits. I envy it and despise it in equal measures.

 

“I’m sorry I wasn’t born yet when herpes was a thing to catch 25-years ago,” he says as I set his drink before him. “What does it smell like?”

 

“Gasoline,” I say.

 

He dramatically raises his drink at me in a toast. “Well, to gasoline.”

 

“To gasoline.”

 

We sip silently.

 

“I sent some of my portfolio to the gentleman you referred me to,” he starts after we have shared a few niceties.

 

“Which one? I have referred you to many gentlemen.”

 

“The guy from Top-Deck.”

 

“Hmm. And?”

 

“He hasn’t gotten back to me.”

 

“Have you called him?” I ask.

 

“No.”

 

“Emailed him?”

 

“Er, no. I thought I would give him time.”

 

I blow dust from the keyboard. I need to get those soft brushes to clean up this keyboard.

 

“How much time do you intend to give him?”

 

He shrugs and looks around the house. There is a big abstract oil painting of him on the wall, right next to a big sculpture of his sister’s profile. The sculpture was done by some Kisii guy I met on a flight to Kisumu. His sister was horrified when she saw the finished product, “My head isn’t that big!” she complained. I said, “No, of course not, darling, in case you haven’t noticed this is art, abstract art. It can get hyperbolic.” Well, she didn’t like the sculpture. Or the hyperbole. She didn’t like abstract art that blows up her head. She said, “It sends the wrong message to people who haven’t met me!” I said with a big grin, “I don’t invite people who haven’t met you to this house.” She said her nose was also too “flared,” and it diminished her good qualities by drawing attention to her massive head. Her brother got it, though. He gets abstractions. He’s an artist, a multimedia illustrator. I promised to burn the sculpture in the backyard. That was 6-years ago. It’s my house – I decide whose head I make big.

 

“I thought maybe you’d call him up for me and ask him what’s up,” the boy is saying.

 

I sip my whisky and say evenly, “ Listen, you are 23-years old now. This right here now is called life, and it’s happening. Unfortunately nobody pays fees to be taught life. You just learn. And now you need to learn to take charge of shit. All I can do now is to give you a scent and it’s your job to use your nose to follow the scent. Remember the quote; ‘Stay foolish, stay hungry’?”

 

“Who said that?” he asks.

 

“Steve Jobs?”

 

“Never heard of him,” he says, ironically, looking at his phone, this odd contraption the size of lipgloss. “And anyway, I thought you said hunger is a good thing?” He has that mischievous laughter in his eyes.

 

“Hunger is great when you are staying under your own roof, not when you are eating all the food in my fridge and using my toilet paper,” I say.

 

“Did I catch you at a bad time?” he chuckles, “You seem high strung.”

 

“I’m trying to write. Two days now…”

 

“Oh these short stories that you write that give you such misery!” he says. “Sawa, let me go up and settle in.” He picks up his whisky, “Does the WiFi upstairs work now?”

 

“Unfortunately, yeah.”

 

He jumps up and grabs his bag. “This is some good whisky, what is it called?”

 

“It doesn’t matter,” I mumble. “You wouldn’t afford it…much less pronounce it right!”

 

I can hear his laughter as he stomps up the staircase. A door closes shut. Then silence. I sit there in the void, the dead space that his voice and his presence just vacated. His lingering smell of gasoline. Even though dusk is almost an hour away, the room seems darker, like something else has occupied it as well, that thing that Paulo Coelho describes as a ghost town of passions, enthusiasms, loneliness and failure. He also forgot beauty. Because darkness can also be beautiful. I know many beautiful things can come out of darkness. Like children.

 

My point is in 20-years time I intend to have written hundreds of novellas. Digital novellas. Urban lore. That phase starts in a week or so.

 

I started this blog seven years ago, in 2010, at 32-years of age. Other than write to have fun, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. (Still don’t.) Now I’m clocking 40 in two weeks’ time. (Indeed time is like a smoker’s cloud.)  In essence, this blog has pretty much seen me through the whole of my 30’s. I’ve had two children. I’ve changed my barber and then changed my mechanic. I’ve travelled to many wonderful places as a result. (As a result of writing, not changing my barber and my mechanic. The highlight of my travels? Meeting a hooker in Pattaya, Thailand, who called me Chocolate Man.) I’ve done (half) marathons. Met some amazing people from this space and people who stopped being amazing. (Life.) My life changed drastically at some point, and then went back to normal. I eat granola now.

 

But you have also changed.

 

Back then we used to call this place High School. Then we grew up. Some outgrew this space and moved on to other things and some discovered it after the redesign and joined with abandon. Then I came to the fork in the road which begged the question; where do I go now? What do I do now? What does Kalonje mean?

 

But those were the wrong questions to ask. The right question was; how can this continue making sense literarily, monetarily and, most importantly, creatively?

 

So I gathered some millennials (and their dangling headphones) in a room and together we came up with a platform where I can tell different kinds of stories. We called it, FIREPLACE, where traditionally, grandmothers told stories with the soundtrack of distant howling of hyenas in the far hills sooted with darkness. Now we have the internet and nobody has to sit around a crackling fire. Not literally. The idea of this FIREPLACE remains a meeting place where we gather to beat contemporary stories about ourselves. I don’t see myself growing old importing charcoal. Or wood. Thus FIREPLACE.

 

When I explain this concept to people they get lost. They ask; “So, what, like you are starting a new blog?”

 

“Not it’s not a blog. It’s a section on the blog that leads you into a website that hosts my novellas.”

 

“Why a novella, I didn’t know you write erotica?”

 

“Novellas aren’t erotica, they are long short stories, anything between 17,500 to 40,000 words. A novel is 40,000 words plus.”

 

“Oh, right. So why don’t you then just have the section and not let it lead us into the website?”

 

“Because it’s a different, uhm, project. A different phase, or journey.”

 

“Oh, right. Is it free?”

 

“The good news is that getting in is free but reading the novella isn’t.”

 

They sigh.

 

“How is that good news?”

 

“The blog is still free.”

 

“So what you are saying is that this is the premier side so it’s chargeable?”

 

And that’s the thing. There is no premier side. The blog will still run every Tuesday and FIREPLACE will host my novellas, which I plan to write every quarter. None is premier. Think of FIREPLACE and the blog as airport lounges that serve pretty much the same thing  only one serves alcohol and the other doesn’t. One is run by an SDA guy and the other isn’t. If you don’t like the sight of people drinking booze then you can check into the other one where people order green tea and macaroons. There is a bit of a sin tax involved in one.

 

“But I don’t like digital books. I like real physical books.”

 

“No, shit.”

 

“I like to smell my books. I want to make a big bookshelf where I can keep all the books I buy, because they are sentimental and people who come to my house can stand there holding a glass of chardonnay as they admire my collection and secretly marvel at how well cultured I am.”

 

“After four novellas I will put them together and publish a book of short stories that you can smell,” I say. “But you will have to wait a year to smell it.”

 

“But why do I have to wait a year for a physical book? It’s unfair!”

 

So this website is free to enter. Log in. Look around if you want. Don’t touch anything. If you break something consider it sold. Nothing will happen in there this week, but next week on Tuesday I will upload the book, er, small book. You will be able to buy it for a song. Then you can read it. It’s a short read.

 

The good thing is that there will be no first commenters. The universe eats its own children, eventually.

 

Here is the link www.fireplace.bikozulu.co.ke But you can also find it up there on the menu button.

 

153 Responses
  • ANONYMOUS GUY
    26.09.2017

    Fellow Kenyans. I’m first




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    • liz
      26.09.2017

      a celebration is in order. don’t you think?




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      • Roland
        26.09.2017

        If you are going to be collecting login details from people and collecting money, tell those millennials to boost the security of the website with an ssl certificate. If they don’t know what that is, fire them and hire me. As for that boy of yours, I bet he has pot in that room of his. He sounds shady like that. He also sounds like he needs to be taught about condoms. Herpes might be a thing of the past in this future world of your, but I’m sure babies will still be conceived the same way. Wait, I take that back. I’m not so sure about that. If they can get rid of herpes, hmmm




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        • Rose
          26.09.2017

          May be he is not doing anything that can lead to babies or herpes… just may be.




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        • MamaIvanna
          27.09.2017

          Yes Biko, sort out the security at Fireplace. The internet is full of malicious people.




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        • Kitui
          28.09.2017

          One step at a time Chocolate man.




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        • Kagz
          03.10.2017

          But it seems like Usher has made herpes cool….. sick world I tell you!




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        • Joe
          08.10.2017

          And then is it just me or is every other username taken already? Makes me wonder if that’s really the case or the site is messing with me….




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    • Kenyan Lawyer
      26.09.2017

      I hope it has paid some of your bills.




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      • Lydia
        26.09.2017

        Hahahahaha!




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      • Riri
        26.09.2017

        Hahahahahahahahahhahahahaaaaaa




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      • Wa Mso
        26.09.2017

        I laughed my ribs off at this…and can’t stop!!!




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      • Nduta
        26.09.2017

        Oops




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    • Mukiri
      26.09.2017

      That shit is old now. Grow up.




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      • Wango
        26.09.2017

        Let people be… some have waited 10 years to comment first. Imagine they gave it a shot before even Biko had a forehead or two children…




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    • CGate
      26.09.2017

      Love the idea of a little corner of writing heaven where you can stretch your mind and give us longer glimpses into life and characters hitherto unmet. Kudos!




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    • Ghost reader
      26.09.2017

      May the universe swallow you whole




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    • sharl
      26.09.2017

      You’re the one the universe needs to eat.




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    • Jetoloxd
      26.09.2017

      We’ll leave you here & bolt the door behind us when we go to fireplace.




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    • Diana Kamwibua
      26.09.2017

      The universe starts with the idiots. Idiot




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    • C. Alan
      26.09.2017

      Ha ha. It is like the burp you get after a solid meal; annoying but harmless.




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    • EK
      26.09.2017

      you are the kind of people we are hoping to escape from at the fireplace. Nkt!




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    • Self-appointed Fireplace commissionaire
      28.09.2017

      You are not invited to the promised land.Joshua has said.




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  • wabushes
    26.09.2017

    Great!




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  • Samuel Gitonga
    26.09.2017

    Cannot wait for the FIREPLACE. So Excited.




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    • Hadassah
      26.09.2017

      Me too. can’t wait




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  • Mukiri
    26.09.2017

    Wow, what a transition. I believe life is a journey, like a staircase where you climb up towards your final destiny. I hope the novella inspires us, and still stays humorous. Great read Biko.




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  • Gabrielle
    26.09.2017

    So that’s where Chocolate man was found??ha ha…great read Biko




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  • Eric
    26.09.2017

    “The good thing is that there will be no first commenters. The universe eats its own children, eventually.”

    And that is the end of that!




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  • A-Kay 47
    26.09.2017

    Dear Biko,
    May I take that beautiful blonde boy out, maybe teach him a few life lessons? I’ll be gentle.

    P.s I’m only two years older than him 🙂




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  • Johnny
    26.09.2017

    Eagerly looking forward to the novella thingy. I won’t mind to spend an extra dime on it.




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  • Kemboi
    26.09.2017

    The good thing is that there will be no first commenters. The universe eats its own children, eventually.




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  • Naomi K
    26.09.2017

    To say that this news excites me is an understatement! I can’t wait to read your novellas biko. If it means selling my piece of land to afford the novella I’ll do it. And when the book is out, I will buy it too so that my guests can think I’m cultured. Also, to show your work off biko. I’ll be like,
    “…and this one here is by one of my favorite writers, biko. I know him personally.”
    ” Wow, the great Steve Biko?”
    ” No! The great bikozulu! I know him personally.”
    “You have met bikozulu?”
    “Well… I meet him every Tuesday on his blog and every quarter by the fireplace” Heheee…
    Oh, just remembered I do not own no piece of land. I’ll still read your novellas nevertheless.




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    • Kui
      26.09.2017

      You are hilarious Naomi




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    • Riri
      26.09.2017

      Hahaha, crazy Naomi.
      Oh, just remembered I do not own no piece of land. Yet.




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  • Wesh - Peter Wesh
    26.09.2017

    I also don’t like hyperbole in art. My friend got a painting of him done and it looks like the ghastly alternative of him. I told him that and now he doesn’t hand it in the living room anymore.

    So, we are moving Biko? Ama you want us millennial to read both the blog and stuff in the fireplace? And why aren’t the not-millennial people allowed at the fireplace? Who is out leader at the fireplace? Like the guy who calls all shots? But I think the change is great.




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    • Lydia
      26.09.2017

      Wait, what? The not-millenial are not allowed at the fireplace???




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  • JFkins...
    26.09.2017

    Awesome read Biko. ”ANONYMOUS GUY” We don’t care.




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  • sharl
    26.09.2017

    Here’s to taking on new challenges. Cheering you on Biko.




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  • Forest
    26.09.2017

    I’ve also dreamed of having ‘a big bookshelf where I can keep all the books I buy, because they are sentimental and people who come to my house can stand there holding a glass of chardonnay as they admire my collection and secretly marvel at how well cultured I am.’ Excited about Fireplace.




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  • Mark
    26.09.2017

    “After four novellas I will put them together and publish a book of short stories that you can smell,” I say. “But you will have to wait a year to smell it.”

    This is the equivalent of this exchange.

    Person: Let me tell you something…
    Me: Okay.
    Person: Nevermind.
    Me: May the Lord smite thee.

    https://thispostisabout.wordpress.com




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  • Lydia
    26.09.2017

    I think that good looking boy likes messing with you.




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  • Mitani
    26.09.2017

    This is growth and it’s wonderful.




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  • Brilliant one Mr Choccywoccydoodah!
    I read the Pattaya piece, and cringed all the way. I’m a woman but not that bold to watch ladies of the night light cigarettes with their ermm..lady parts.
    How will we pay to read the novellas? By credit card, M-pesa or paypal? Let us know, especially we Kenyans of the daya-spora!




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    • Wesh - Peter Wesh
      26.09.2017

      People of dayaspora should be allowed to pay with credit cards. Even people of the city. Although I think he will let us people of the city also pay him with mzinga bottles. I am also somehow sure if I drop a bag of warus at his offices he will let me read one piece in return.




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      • Kinns
        26.09.2017

        Hehee, a bag of warus…




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      • Lily
        26.09.2017

        I like the waru idea Wesh




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      • Hadassah
        26.09.2017

        hahahahaha warus tena? you are hilarious




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      • pwahahaha Peter Wesh, you are cut from a very special cloth!




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      • Awino
        26.09.2017

        yaas! joDayaspora concur on being allowed to pay via credit card!




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      • Wakweika Felix
        28.09.2017

        lol Wesh!




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  • Wairia
    26.09.2017

    I will be there, I will follow this train wherever it goes……




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  • Jenny
    26.09.2017

    So in Fireplace you will be leaving us hanging? Who is gasoline to you? What’s his name? After a shower does he smell better?




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  • Jetoloxd
    26.09.2017

    So its kinda like a massage table and a pink curtain but you just come through a door and you just itch to know whats on the other side of the curtain. And its a blend of breath and whisper that informs you its for happy endings but corprate doesn’t cover that but who doesn’t like happy endings

    We are all trying to understand chocoman here!




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  • Ombok Osuga
    26.09.2017

    Ok…Fireplace. Will you also allow guest writers in that section..? Asking for a friend.




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  • Muki
    26.09.2017

    Haiya- nice idea Biko… But how do you plan to keep things interesting and not commercial ?

    Some people write and it starts to get commercial and it goes sideways …real fast…




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    • carol kamau
      27.09.2017

      I believe we should allow him the chance to write then give feedback. 🙂
      L




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  • Faith Kabora
    26.09.2017

    Well I think it’s awesome. Life is all about growing in insights, in maturity and all that accompanies it. I can’t wait to read the novellas




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  • @clif_the_tall
    26.09.2017

    Nice one. The idea of fireplace sounds dope. This is indeed growth and we must water it.




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    • Waithera wa Mbugua
      26.09.2017

      Cliff you fit better in this picture, is it hyperbole?




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  • Gicigo
    26.09.2017

    Done checking out the fireplace!
    The intro says it is “A place I will be tell my own short urban stories.”
    Kindly correct that before the grammar nazis see it.




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  • Dottie
    26.09.2017

    Without further ado am already registered at the new fireplace Biko! now waiting for the Novellas to arrive:-)




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  • Malaika
    26.09.2017

    Pray do tell you have a till number…
    And who is that tall lanky boy, taking whisky at 23! And yes, you are given a scent, its upto your nose to follow it, till it strikes that big meaty bone. Life!




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  • Sheilla Mbugua
    26.09.2017

    I love this concept! Good on ya Biko!




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  • Mushie
    26.09.2017

    The universe eats its own children, eventually…Haha
    I am excited about the FirePlace……Wuhuu




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  • Crazybookie
    26.09.2017

    There are no first to comment humans on the new platform. See God . *Happy Dance*




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  • GAKII
    26.09.2017

    It’s about time!

    And also, your tombstone should read:
    HERE RESTS THE CHOCOLATE MAN




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  • Joy
    26.09.2017

    Your comment*am trying to sign up for fireplace…. But apparently my email is not valid…. How the heck is my email not valid…




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  • A
    26.09.2017

    Niko na swali, will the 40’s series end with you hitting 40 au? I hope not.




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    • Fridah
      26.09.2017

      I hope so




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      • Fridah
        26.09.2017

        With his story as the icing on the cake




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  • Isz
    26.09.2017

    Kim grew up, does he like boys or girls…? That was some point of concern some time back….




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  • Jen
    26.09.2017

    “…No it’s not a blog. It’s a section on the blog that leads you into a website that hosts my novellas…” You had me with that phrase! You know you are amazing right? As a writer. I am happy with this new phase! Congratulations




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  • Lydia
    26.09.2017

    All I thought of is that Biko got a son at 14 years.It must be the tea I had this morning.




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  • Avanzilani
    26.09.2017

    I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow this, I do not want to ever outgrow this.




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  • Mkash
    26.09.2017

    Lakini Biko, why leave me hanging? Who is the boy who went upstairs?




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    • Wacera
      26.09.2017

      Must be his brother in law. Aki Biko was very nice to him. Haha!!




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    • Maybe the boy is a grown up Kim..but Biko shouldn’t prophesy that his son will be guzzling whiskey surely?




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  • Kaymnat
    26.09.2017

    Can’t wait for the novellas… I also want to put them on a shelf and smell them




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  • Tichie K
    26.09.2017

    Cheers Biko. wishing you the very best. I hope the 40’s Series won’t end after your Birthday, It’s been an inspiration reading about how people tackle this thing called life.




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  • Patrick Thuo
    26.09.2017

    Mark Manson taught me to mind what I give a fuck about and thus I have kept of the “first comment stuff” I guess it is all in the spirirt of competition but the essence of competition is recognition. Recognition we try to allocate but how do you recognize anonymity.

    That Idea of fireplace Is one I love. We can sit on the on the floor. With legs crossed cuddling a long glass in between them. It doesn’t matter it is ginger smoothie or it is a hundred year old whisky. Everybody sticks to their drink and drinks from the ‘Wisdom of our host’. From the 40 year old grandfather of the house Biko has become.

    And we live happliy ever after. Without having to deal with ‘First to comment’. No again in this life. Or the other.




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    • Patrick Thuo
      26.09.2017

      Please tell me the subscription will work for both the blog and the fireplace. I like the sound of notifications I get. I might not be 4o yet but God knows I am an old soul. Something 150 years old soul. And amnesiac tendencies develop as a result.

      I love sarcasm. And the dosage in this post is enough to keep me going. At least for the next 24 hours




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  • Munyambu
    26.09.2017

    Oh chocolate man..Registered already! I can’t wait for next week. You’ve reminded me of that Pattaya piece, and I still cringed..




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  • Michael
    26.09.2017

    I have so many questions now.
    Like wtf happened to the beautiful boy who came into your house and went upstairs? Is he your son? Did you cheat on your wife with that hooker in Thailand and it shattered your marriage and the kids hate you but they still come around to check on you? Or is he someone else? Or something?




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    • Anne
      26.09.2017

      Lol…Must be his baby bro. The way he describes him, his too damn handsome. Too bad am way older. Maybe I can be his sugar mama. wink wink*




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      • Michael
        27.09.2017

        I am not too young for you to be my…….




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  • Susan
    26.09.2017

    Another milestone, congratulations Biko!
    And why do I always look for Wesh – Peter Wesh’s comment before I comment!




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  • Joyous Begisen
    26.09.2017

    Something about those made in October. Already booked my spot at Fireplace. Journeying with you till I have to pay for cheap botox. Bring some good whisky to Fireplace too 🙂




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  • Sanaipei
    26.09.2017

    That must be Kim, all grown up and a typical young man in his 20s. I can’t wait for the novellas and I really hope we’ll have an option to pay via M-pesa. It’s the Kenyan way.




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  • Purity
    26.09.2017

    hehehe, phewks! no first commentors. Go chocolate man. We support you all the way as long as you keep us entertained.




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  • David
    26.09.2017

    The Lord bless the works of your hands.




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  • Ndindafah
    26.09.2017

    Guess I’ll wait for a year. I like books I can smell.




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  • Esthr
    26.09.2017

    Yipppeee I love novellas…can’t wait. But i hope it wont cost an arm and leg, please have mercy.




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  • Fridah
    26.09.2017

    A huge part if not the whole of this year ive been battling this thing called weight. I am overweight and its depressing.you know what else is depressing those apps and facebook posts that lead you to a website where you have to pay for the content. Some even cost a whooping 15000/- And now the FIREPLACE . This guy who is volunteering to teach the boy about life make me your first client.The boy will wait maybe ,9 years to be 23




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    • Fridah
      26.09.2017

      And while at it tell me the meaning of kalonje




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    • carol kamau
      27.09.2017

      Think we should give it a chance




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  • Riri
    26.09.2017

    Am soooo excited about the fireplace and thanks heavens the Universe eats its own, it was long overdue.

    The first section got me laughing so badly, African men will always be African men. I heard my dad speak in you.
    “It’s my house – I decide whose head I make big”.
    “It doesn’t matter, you wouldn’t afford it…much less pronounce it right!”




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  • Merci Jowi
    26.09.2017

    Finally Biko! I am one of those people who have been around since high school. I also remember being one of the early people to ask for a short stories book from you. Dreams are valid…. I will buy the first short story to read on my screen and a book once out to squint on when my watery old eyes can no longer handle the screen. God speed.




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  • Lily
    26.09.2017

    Looking forward to the Fireplace Biko




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  • Wa Mso
    26.09.2017

    This is progress Bw. Biko. Life is exciting if there’s something great to look forward to. I pray the gang here can gather at your fireplace… Let’s support our own. Pamoja and may the new project reward a thousandfold.




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  • Elvira
    26.09.2017

    Looking forward to more mioto.




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  • monicah
    26.09.2017

    Another great read biko.




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  • Clement ndege
    26.09.2017

    So, what’s the price of a song? Just asking.




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    • Grace Yaa
      27.09.2017

      Hi Clemmooo.. (I hope this is the right Clemmo haha)




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  • Linda
    26.09.2017

    Interesting article




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  • Joe Deveraux
    26.09.2017

    Long live the Idols may they never be your rivals. Bikozulu is like Jesus, Joe wrote the Bible.




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  • Claire
    26.09.2017

    This is deep ,

    Listen, you are 23-years old now. This right here now is called life, and it’s happening. Unfortunately nobody pays fees to be taught life. You just learn. And now you need to learn to take charge of shit. All I can do now is to give you a scent and it’s your job to use your nose to follow the scent. Remember the quote; ‘Stay foolish, stay hungry’?”

    About fireplace, you are doing great Biko. Can’t wait for the novellas.
    Felt like you were just about to give some good advice to the 23 year old boy ….the story of Millenials should continue.




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  • Napi Rangai
    26.09.2017

    The idea of a novella is brilliant. I hope biko won’t demand pesa ya kutoa




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  • Angie
    26.09.2017

    Really Biko………Really!!!!!

    ************Shrug*********

    Ok sawa……let me just sign up coz id never like to miss a story. Fireplace it is.




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  • Joan
    26.09.2017

    Super excited! #TheFireplace when I grow I want to be just like you!




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  • Kadonye
    26.09.2017

    I’m just excited to pay you for all the joy all these years. And excited for this new chapter too! (even if I much prefer your human interest pieces/ life observations to the creative fiction).




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  • Nyambura
    26.09.2017

    Great read. Can’t wait for the Fireplace.
    And Biko something else, I offer cleaning services maybe I can offer some for your office and get to know Fred.




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  • Phil
    26.09.2017

    Sisi, folks of bookshelves and sentimental value of books (minus what people think about us) will await the print version and be first on queue to purchase it. Kudos on embracing change. It’s a challenge I look forward to see you surmount.




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  • Dove
    26.09.2017

    Nice, can’t wait for next Tuesday.
    Congrats for the growth attained Biko!

    Am hoping you’ll close the 40 series with your story too.




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  • abdullah omar
    26.09.2017

    nothing beats FIREPLACE to grow up a child




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  • Just Shiru
    26.09.2017

    Runs to register….. Fireplace keep us warm with some Biko love oopss words…..




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  • A girl has no name
    26.09.2017

    I wouldn’t mind a bit of erotica to (excite my lady parts) together with the Novellas…Biko. I bet i’m not the only one…..




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  • Susan Yiapan
    26.09.2017

    Good job chocolate man! Signed up Fireplace Pap! Itching to read this…….




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  • Jeff H
    26.09.2017

    Concurrence obtained, A Girl with no name…Disclaimer I have no lady parts though




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  • Mama Dylan
    26.09.2017

    I can’t wait!




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  • Kami
    26.09.2017

    Finally!!! I can stop holding my breath…




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  • Brand Lubian
    26.09.2017

    Fire iron & chopped logs at arms length let the poking begin and rattle the sparks for the red glow has began and the warmth shall be consumed




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  • Josse Mwella
    26.09.2017

    Biko you have grown horns! And there is nothing as beautiful as growing horns in this century. Kudos!




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  • Julia
    26.09.2017

    Thank you Biko, from the very deepest part of my heart for making my Tuesday’s… for giving me reasons to look forward to Monday’s sister(she, Monday, can be mean sometimes..) I love the idea of novellas, your humour keeps us coming back for more… congrats chocolate man… cheers to your handsome son? hope he can afford to buy whisky soon?… I wouldn’t mind a date.




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  • Moraa
    27.09.2017

    We will buy those Novellas Chocomaster…..Just bring it on already…..




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  • kimani
    27.09.2017

    Great idea but please make it secure. since we shall be buying my guess is we shall be inputting confidential data there and you don’t want some naughty geek sniffing around our stuff do you?




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  • Feminist
    27.09.2017

    i like the fireplace logo.




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  • Marlyne Alina
    27.09.2017

    We can finally move out and leave grandgangs eating mangoes under the shade on the 1st-to-comment-veranda.




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  • Grace Yaa
    27.09.2017

    Congratulations Biko! Can’t wait to be among the millenials that have to wait one year to read your book!




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  • tesh
    27.09.2017

    a milestone indeed congrats Bw. Biko




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  • Wanjuhi
    27.09.2017

    Cant wait




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  • Abdullah omar
    27.09.2017

    on second come down to kipungani and under a mango tree squeeze out your juicy thoughts
    less stultifying than that Fireplace.and there is a story in Kipungani if u nose around




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  • Alvin
    28.09.2017

    Great move to mark your joining of the 4th floor. Kudos!
    Meet you at the fireplace.




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  • Ythera
    28.09.2017

    I initially thought you were introducing us to a child you didn’t know you had while sowing your wild oats. He he he.




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  • Debora Mbaluka
    28.09.2017

    So what the relation of the story of the boy to that of the fire place? I’m really lost and i was getting to enjoy to see what would happen with the boy?




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  • Lucy
    28.09.2017

    I like this new direction… fireplace. Don’t sell it for a song, what is the price of a soul?




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  • Libby Day's Stan
    28.09.2017

    Did you move houses? Anyway, can’t wait for Fireplace and finally, a book. A live walking thing with pages we can touch.




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  • Joseph
    28.09.2017

    Ha ha ha ha! So the Moniker “Chocolate man” came from a prostitute in Thailand! Pray tell, what other memories did she leave you with?




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  • Susan
    28.09.2017

    Congratulations. I like the name, and the intro. Looking forward to the novellas but it also got me thinking of how we should make the most of the hearth- as this generation of fable-telling granmas still exists 🙂 Thanks




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  • KYM
    28.09.2017

    Cheers!! Chocolate man




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  • Lismbeti
    28.09.2017

    Congrats on this new move Biko! Very innovative. Writing a book has been a dream you have mentioned a couple of times and you are now a few steps to achieving it. Been here since High School and after all this time, I am confident I will love Fireplace. Also, ’40’s People’ has been a very inspiring category that you have pursued recently. It brought out some of your strongest writing. One could sense that you were leading up to something big in your life – seeking out kindred were you? It sure does seem like life begins at 40. As a 30-something, I am inspired. Onwards and Upwards!




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  • Rosa
    28.09.2017

    I like the sound of your son, not his smell…not too fond of gasoline. But then again considering you had him at 17 (according) to your math, he probably ‘sees’ you as his big bro!




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  • Marlyne Alina
    30.09.2017

    Could I be the last Gang member then we now welcome “Grand-gangs”?
    Congratulations Abiko.




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  • Amos
    01.10.2017

    Waiting to have a book to smell… nice read bruh.




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  • Wanja
    01.10.2017

    I feel like I will be deep sea diving for treasure, considering I have been in absentia for almost two years.
    Congratulations for the fireplace, can’t wait to warm up.




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  • Edna
    01.10.2017

    Good stuff Biko, looking forward to Fireplace. I can’t keep calm.




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  • Jey Mwangi
    03.10.2017

    Wow, I’ve always been eager to read your column every Saturday..now this fireplace sounds great. Can’t wait!!




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  • Juster
    04.10.2017

    Biko having challenges trying to access fireplace. The link provided for activating the account is not accessible. Help




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  • Kadzo
    27.10.2017

    I don’t comment much but I am one of those people who love the smell of new books… I am looking forward to reading your novellas

    Godspeed!




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