You will never find me standing in the middle of the room. I’m that guy who stalks the borders of a room. I belong in the darkened embrace of the shadows. The problem with standing in the middle of the room is that you become part of the narrative and there the power to tell the story of that room is perpetually stripped off you.

And so I’m the guy who relishes watching that narrative unspool from those borders of the room. Then capture it in words; the best seat in the room is where there are no seats.

I love music, food, travel, children (even those that don’t belong to me), clothes, cars, gadgets, whiskey and watching someone hula-hoop. There is something defeatist about that thing, like a dog trying to bite its own tail. But more than loving all the aforementioned, I love to write about these things.

However, am I an authority on any of these things? Hardly. But I have an opinion. And I prefer to share it. Let’s agree that you have your own and it might not be compatible with mine, but let’s agree that we can at least be civilised about it. I think the universe demands that of us.

My name is Jackson Biko. I’m a writer with the Business Daily, True Love magazine and The Saturday Nation. I also edit Msafiri Magazine, Safaricom Foundation’s Msingi Magazine and a scattering of other writing jobs that keep writers like me afloat.

Welcome to my world, to my room, but it’s not really mine when you occupy the middle of it, is it?

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54 Responses
  • Maria

    Hello Biko,

    I enjoyed reading your article about the prostate exam… Very refreshing! I really enjoy that style of writing where the reader is allowed to explore the jungle that is the writer’s mind, as most minds are. I have a blog as well, not half as exciting as yours:

  • Nduku Isaboke

    Simply awesome; especially because you do not realize the ripple effect of your words on the lives of those who read them.

    • Eudiah

      Thought provocking articles

  • Belinda

    Ghost reader but not anymore You make life bearable for 9-5 people like me

  • samuel dzombo

    how do you manage to write for all these newspapers and magazines

  • Victor Ambuyo

    Thanks Biko for making life have a different perspective from what it usually has.

  • kennedy

    Hey Biko

    Kindly kindly write about itchy groins and Butt cracks

    • Mercy Kangsy

      Hahaha…really now?

  • Ayuma

    Thanks chocolate Man for adding alil spice to life with your witticism. Am in “Love” with the blog, I always read each and every article though not a frequent commenter. Since I “discovered” you my appetite for reading has ever grown and am never without a book (hard or soft copy) thanks to you. Did I also mention that I relish this “new house”? . Long live “Baba Tamms”

  • Mark

    One day at the end of my University Internships at an advertising firm, I was asked if I know Biko Zulu, I was a little confused, but the conversation that followed was about how to be more creative and that started my journey into writing.

  • Kegesa Danvas

    Highly nurtured writing talent at work.
    I love this.

  • Tukiko

    I love how you have clearly defined (top-notch) the online writing scene of East Africa. I doubt anyone can mention a creative writing blog without mentioning Biko… I am waiting for your books.. to share as many hard copies as i do the soft copy links.. The world world must read Biko.

  • michino

    “I forget, sometimes I forget and when I don’t forget, I don’t I remember”. That’s how I thought my father was. But he had a super memory with minute ram slow to process quick to listen and slow to talk but what he does it’s permanent. But that is not one of things that I remember about my father. How do feel and do when your father is a teacher in same primary school you are, teaches same class. That’s is cool. What about when he is on duty in morning.
    But wait when you late for school
    Being learned in a remote school was a running experience. Gong goong gooong goooo….ng. Damn it. That’s word did not exist then and I then if it existed, I would have said ten to the power of six times. Those in shags can understand the is like modern Marlaw nightmare, pipii. Do the rims cars still exist? If seen one around recently, inform me urgently for a tour. That is national heritage and Matiang`i ……..backspace. Ahem.
    “Good morning SIR, mwacha mila ni mtumwa. It’s our concern that most prestigious manual alarm o`clock is at the verge of extinct. Time is precious and this artefact is not preserved some of us may become extinct”. Or how should say it. The gong still rings in my since I used bang it. A privilege for the `biggest worm catchers’. The thing I hated most was waking up. But who cared! My father.
    Kindly come back. It is or do I say was 7.50 am, 10 mins to time, you guessed it right. Mind you who was on duty?
    To the point. I was late for school. Still, the worst happened to me.
    “You boy! Always, tell, your, mum, to, wake, you, very, up, in, the morning.”(Read in kikuyu and pause after every word). I was beaten in front of everyone and ghost available at the time in the school parade. To deepen the incision, I was beaten on the feet. Imagine how I was walking and try it. Did I tell you how cold it was in the morning, story for another day, and I was in School where wearing shoe was against the school code for boys (internal memo-pun in)
    I don’t know if father, sorry teacher told my mother but I did not tell my mother. For sure I was never late for school; self-automated waking system forever charged by massage on the foot.
    Screech and ‘peepeep’. In Nairobi, that’s how you know it`s 7.50 AM in morning and everyone is running to arrive to work early whereas they at Belleview. Am already late, got to go.
    Do he still remember that day?
    Happy father’s time!!!
    NB-that”s how i imagined my father would be,if i was lucky to be brought by both parents.

  • Maina

    Hi Biko,

    Sorry for calling you Biko. I feel I know you well enough to use your first name. Keep up the good refreshing writing.


  • Xerxes

    Biko Zulu your writings are just awesome.

  • Brian Njenga

    Hi Biko,
    I enjoy reading your articles;very captivating.
    I’m a struggling writer in need of a way forward to get a target audience like yourself.
    I have a blog,
    Kindly share some insights.

  • Diana Karungari

    always a good read

  • Nkiru

    Great work.
    Your writing always gets me into good spirits
    I love how your stories turn and twist but always remain captivating.

  • Mercy Kangsy

    Bikozulu is my safe haven!! I’ve grown in many ways since I started reading posts on here.

  • Sash

    As a creative person, i always gravitate to people who understand my logic. That’s how i ended up being hooked to Biko’s blogs; They’re witty, educative, touching, smart and are not predictable like a soap opera…
    Keep up the good work Mr. Man.

  • Njeri

    I have fallen head over heels with your writing and the blog. You are remarkable. I have found a home in your work. Thank you.

  • Nick Mwanzia

    There must be so much wit in that “forehead”

  • Zenah

    Your style of writing is very..raw… open…words spilling over..\I love it.
    Check out my new blog..I share random thoughts .

  • Gift

    Hie, I purchased Drunk at the fireplace via mpesa, no response on how to get the book… What’s the way forward?

  • George Kimaru Junior

    Hujambo Biko
    I may not have a big say here, given I’m through with highschool the other day. But its my wish to be like you. Not with no hair-glasses-and-south-african-ish-name look ofcourse. (Ujana ni moshi.Let me keep this tuft on my head till its time comes). Back to it, I’m at crossroads and would like your experienced hands to steer me to port. Happy Easter Sir. Maybe I’ll have a coffee with you in 2030…

  • James Irungu

    Av Been a ghost reader but this question today have to be passed out. “How the hell do you write for all those materials and still find time to be here?.

  • Nossim

    Just discovered your blog and am trying to read everything at a go. Am just asking myself where I’ve been all this while.
    Thank you for the inspiring stories and more specifically the one on mental illness.Thank you for bringing it existance to light.people hardly understand it.

  • Leah Mbutiti

    Posts soo informative,a great writer too!

  • Leah Mbutiti

    Posts soo informative,a great writer too!

  • Nine

    Are you posting today, or what? Anxiously waiting! Please don’t disappoint me

  • Nine

    Are you posting today? Anxiously waiting! Please don’t disappoint me

  • Tabby Billionaire

    Woow! stories here are eye catching and guess what? i have fallen in love with them, cant miss to read any day

  • Kimberly

    Biko (I feel like I know you enough to call u so…i mean i look for you in true love, business daily…lol!)…thank you for allowing us in your room. I always an “aha!” Or “mmmh?” Or “sob” moment when I read your articles. Please don’t ever kick us out of your room!!

  • Kaka Jacks

    Great talent right there ! More pepper please..

  • Mama Kay Kay

    I love your creative writing style… I love when people are able to take me on a mind journey through words…

    Lakini, where’s the subscribe button? Sioni…. Mimi ni yule Mkenya

  • Khalfish

    In my search for great blogs in Kenya your blog came up in a number of sites as the best blog in Kenya.
    So far, I have read two articles of yours, but by the time I was a few paragraphs into your first article on your drunk cousin, I concurred with all those saying you are the best.

    Your stories unfold with continuous suspense that keeps dragging someone in from one story to another effortlessly. I know it would suffice just to say “You are awesome or you are a great writer”, but for me your caliber of writing deserve more than awesome. And it is good you are helping people get the skills. God bless you!

  • Biko this is wonderful stuff.very simple yet sofisticated in approach. I have read a few of your work.Awesome.

  • Hi Biko this is wonderful stuff .I have read a few of your work and they are amazing.

  • girl on night shift......

    its 2.56 am i still have four hours to go to finish my shift… and for some reason i just remembered the first story i read from you. Just bits of it , it was about a lady who was a doctor or something of the sort then she met this guy at a shop, his name was Todosia (not so sure though ),had one kid , then went for their anniversary some years later, and there was a part where Kiambu women were mentioned , that they pee loudly……
    what was the name of that story? need to read it again….

    for now let me kill time and fight sleep on drunk…

  • Otieno Boby

    Am a great fun of yours. Why didn’t I meet you earlier?

  • Maureen Moraa


    My name is Maureen Moraa and I have an exciting story under tech that you can write about. How best can I reach you?

  • Sharon Wawie

    I am deeply honored to read your pieces. Being a young writer myself, I understand this road is not easy but I am deeply inspired by your depths.
    Can’t wait for more

  • Orina

    Awesome stories

  • Aketch

    Great pieces, such creativity! I was referred to this blog and now I’m thinking, why didn’t I know of it sooner.

  • Hez

    Great stuff

  • Samuel Kogi

    Great! Sub’d



  • Evans

    You brighten my Tuesdays Biko

  • Mwash

    Dear Biko,
    your writting has a life of its own. I have always loved and admired people who can make words laugh, cry, dance, come alive… A good read for me is the soothing love making session for my eyes and my mind, where as I read the writer’s story, I leave my very own busy world and am allowed to live in that of the narrators and am when its so good be unknowingly enticed to create my own mind movie and live or watch it unravel.
    Thank you for sparking my mind with reading orgasm with your very good writting art.

  • Karendi

    Excellent read

  • Wamuyu

    Mr.Biko you have rekindled my love for reading which i thought i had left in high school ooo so very many years ago. You are an amazing writer.

  • quechi

    i have alwys hated reading the type that will stare at a person reading a novel or a book…just how??????its wrong??
    huh and i meet this articles they have simple english ,well put scarcasm ..there just an easy so hooked up to steve biko ..
    so can i say i love reading ??????or aint to that level yet of novel

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