A Culinary Prelude

Elizabeth Nafula

CHARACTERS

SAMBU
ZAITUN
DACHI
TANA
LENKU

SCENE – Lights up in the afternoon at Sambu’s apartment. There is a round table at the centre surrounded by four chairs and a stool. To the right is a room with a label Q. Next to the entrance is a bookshelf. SAMBU is sitting on a chair reading a newspaper with his legs crossed. ZAITUN pulls a chair next to SAMBU and pulls out the newspaper from SAMBU.

SAMBU: Hey, you what’s the matter?

ZAITUN: You can’t spend the afternoon reading a newspaper dated 1990, go out and work like others.

SAMBU: No wonder you can’t keep your home clean.

SAMBU (lifts the table)What were you sweeping yet we have all these?

ZAITUN: I hope you are not telling me that!

ZAITUN points a broom at SAMBU.

SAMBU: This house is pathetic, you better improve.

ZAITUN: I see you want to start a fight.

SAMBU moves next to ZAITUN and pulls the edge of her dress.

SAMBU: This is not the right dress for a woman, wrap up with a shawl or I’ll cut it into two.

ZAITUN: Who bought you the shirt you have put on?

SAMBU: You bought me this trouser and shirt, but this is not the time. 

SAMBU pulls the broom from ZAITUN.

ZAITUN: We need to talk.

SAMBU: Continue needing, I will listen if you do what I said.

ZAITUN: Why these responses? It seems you are hungry.

SAMBU: Do not serve me dressed like that.

ZAITUN enters room Q, and puts on a long green dress. She exits room Q carrying a bowl to the entrance. 

ZAITUN:Take your legs off the table.

ZAITUN pulls SAMBU’S leg.

SAMBU: You can put the bowls on the floor. 

ZAITUN puts the bowls on the mat and serves one plate. 

ZAITUN (covers her nose): Wash these feet, I can’t sit next to you.

SAMBU: Did I tell you to serve me?

ZAITUN: You’ll eat what I serve.

SAMBU: What if I don’t? I don’t want to see you in that dress.

ZAITUN:Don’t you have eyes?

SAMBU: I can see your inside from here.

ZAITUN:Isn’t it long enough for you? I am not going anywhere today.

SAMBU pushes the bowl.

SAMBU: I will not eat this, it’s too cold. The chicken can feast on it.

ZAITUN exits.

SAMBU: This food is full of flies; I better go to the eatery. 

ZAITUN enters in a long dress and a shawl around her waist.

ZaITUN: I don’t like such dresses.

SAMBU:That’s how you should always dress, whether at home or out there.

ZAITUN: Let me serve you more food.

SAMBU: I’ll listen to you first.

ZAITUN: I’m joining university.

SAMBU looks through ZAITUN’s eyes.

ZAITUN: I have been offered admission at Witwatersrand University.

SAMBU gazes at ZAITUN.

ZAITUN: It’s you I’m speaking to. 

SAMBU: When did you apply there?

ZAITUN: That’s not necessary. Here is my admission letter.

SAMBU: You won’t leave this house.

ZAITUN:Isn’t it good news?

SAMBU:All decisions made must be discussed with me.

ZAITUN: Don’t bark at me as if I asked you to fund me.

SAMBU: It’s obvious you don’t have money. 

ZAITUN: I chose to inform you, but I made a mistake.

SAMBU: I will not say what I will do if you go against my word. 

ZaITUN (chuckles): Do you think that you can stop me from joining the university? You have a doctorate in Fishery, why don’t you support me to get a certificate?

SAMBU: I don’t expect you to speak after me. I’m not surprised that you forgot your roles.

ZAITUN: I know my roles; I have done them without failure.

SAMBU repeats after ZAITUN

SAMBU: I have done them without failure, have you served me?

ZAITUN(points at the bowl):Did you expect me to force it into your mouth?

SAMBU moves toward ZAITUN, chest heaving up and down.

ZAITUN: Don’t come here.

SAMBU: Says a woman who pleaded with me to take her to my home.

SAMBU pushes ZAITUN and exits.

ZAITUN: I know what’s good for me. (In a monologue.)

I know it’s wrong, but I can’t leave that chance. I have waited for five years before I got approval for admission. 

SAMBU enters, and ZAITUN stands next to the table.

SAMBU: Why are you standing there, and there is a heap in my bed? You came here for domestic duties, nothing more.

ZAITUN: Are you calling me a domestic worker? I did well in my studies, don’t think I will be waiting for your help all the time.

SAMBU: That’s a good tag for you, domestic worker indeed. Why do you want to go to school yet you knew how to write your name recently? You should think about raising children, not studying.

ZAITUN (cleans the table and puts the bowl on the table.): Let me do this for the last time.

ZAITUN pushes the bowl. It falls off the table.

SAMBU: You don’t care because you didn’t buy them?

ZAITUN: I don’t know who dropped it, I guess it was the wind. 

SAMBU (In disbelief ): Did you say that? I wonder why you want to join the university.

DACHI enters and draws the curtains. She takes off her shoes and walks to the table. ZAITUN smiles at her.

SAMBU: Why is the red devil in my house?

DACHI: I need some water.

ZAITUN enters room Q. DACHI pulls the stool and sits. ZAITUN enters with a bottle of wine.

SAMBU: Where were you hiding this? She asked for water, not wine.

DACHI: Serve me my favourite dish; I can’t take this wine without some stew.

SAMBU: There is no food for a woman with yellow hair and red skin.

DACHI: Mr grey hair, well done for your observation. 

ZAITUN: It’s ready, I will serve you in a minute.

SAMBU: Where did you find this woman who speaks through the nose?

SAMBU stares at DACHI’S dress.

SAMBU: Her dress looks similar to the one you had earlier on. She must have introduced you to their culture.

ZAITUN exits. SAMBU takes the bowl and pushes it under the table.

SAMBU: Let’s see who’ll get the bowl from this place.

DACHI: In my country, we don’t eat such food, Zaitun knows well what I like. 

(ZAITUN enters. DACHI blinks at her as she sets the table.) How much does the mat cost? My friend never fails me with expensive stuff. 

DACHI takes out a pack of biscuits from her handbag and throws it at SAMBU’S face. 

SAMBU (punches the pack): Did you travel to all the countries and choose to come to disturb us?

DACHI: Listen man. (struggles to pronounce his name.) Samu, do you think without us your life would be as good as it is? 

DACHI walks to the table, and pulls the bowl. SAMBU pulls her leg.

SAMBU: What do you want to do with my food? That’s not what brought me here. I would like to know when we are going shopping. 

ZAITUN takes the bowl.

ZAITUN: This is not yours. I have prepared you something special. 

DACHI hands a folded paper to ZAITUN. It drops on SAMBU’S feet. SAMBU picks it up and opens it. 

SAMBU: Where did you meet this woman?

SAMBU cuts the paper and blows it to ZAITUN’S face. 

DACHI: Tomorrow is  the 15th, so do not fail to attend the women’s conference. I have requested for leave already.

ZAITUN: I won’t miss that special meeting.

DACHI: Where is the food? I am leaving.

ZAITUN: Mmmh, tell me about tomorrow.

DACHI: I hope you set aside the three dresses I selected from the boutique. That hair… make it today evening, and remember to apply purple lipstick.

TANA enters.

SAMBU: Did you plan?

TANA (smiles at ZAITUN): How is everything here?

SAMBU: You are not allowed to speak in my house.

ZAITUN: All is well, I got a good announcement.

TANA: I’m glad to be welcomed with good news. Who is this?

TANA points at SAMBU

DACHI: This is the man of the home. 

TANA: Why is he not happy with us?

SAMBU: The three of you should leave, this is not a showroom.

DACHI (laughs at SAMBU): Have you been to a showroom?

SAMBU: You ganged up to harm me, right?

SAMBU picks up a stick.

DACHI (With a smirk in her face): What do you want to use the stick for?

SAMBU hits DACHI’S arms.

DACHI: In my community, it’s wrong for a man to hit a woman.

ZAITUN signals DACHI and TANA to sit.

TANA:  (pulls a chair, and makes herself comfortable):Tell me about the announcement.

ZAITUN: I’m joining Witwatersrand University.

TANA (jumps in excitement):Why didn’t you tell me before? So, when are we taking you for admission?

SAMBU (thinks in desperation): I am left alone, they came here and want to take her away from me. She no longer listens to me. I provide everything for her, no need to go to school.

TANA and DACHI pat each other’s backs. 

SAMBU: They do not care, they planned it and pretend that they don’t know. 

TANA: Women don’t need to be given everything, it’s our turn to go out, study, and find work.

SAMBU: Zaitun will not join the university, she has roles to play.

DACHI: You are too late, I have her admission letter. Tana and I will drive her to the university.

DACHI takes out a white envelope and walks past SAMBU.

DACHI : Read what’s written over here.

DACHI points at the label. SAMBU takes the envelope forcefully from DACHI and hits ZAITUN’S face. TANA and DACHI carry the bowl and exit.

SAMBU (In a shaky voice.): You organised with your women to come and fight me in my house? Do you want to take charge of everything? 

ZAITUN: I will be leaving for school, plan yourself on how you will do the domestic work. I have bought everything I need for school, paid fees and the hostel.

TANA and DACHI enter.

DACHI: You heard her right, we will take her there. She will be back after completing her course. 

SAMBU: These women shouldn’t mislead you, they do not know you better than I do. I will report the matter to my parents tomorrow.

TANA: Can’t you handle this like a head? Why do you want to involve your parents? This is your home, Zaitun is your wife, why can’t you put your thoughts together and see what’s best for you?

SAMBU: That’s not why she came here, she has to go by my decisions. Her work is to care for me. 

ZAITUN: I will go to school as written in the letter. You can hire someone to care for you.

SAMBU: You have no power to plan what I should do in my house.

ZAITUN: This is our house, not yours. We both have rights, why do you want to deny me my right to education?

SAMBU: That’s your parents’ responsibility. I didn’t hear them talk about it before.

ZAITUN: Don’t complicate things, my parents are out of this.

SAMBU: Which course are you pursuing?ZAITUN: You don’t have to know everything, I am leaving on Monday.

TANA: Tswana men do not behave like you, why can’t you let her study?

SAMBU: Go back to Tswana, why do you want to force me to be like them?

TANA: You can’t match them, sir. You are too lenient on the culture and things that ancestors did long ago. I have power over my life. 

DACHI (In agreement with TANA’s argument): Similarly, I won’t allow someone to dictate my life. I am working hard to make myself better.

SAMBU: Stop that and leave for your homes, enough  dirty talk. 

ZAITUN: Take your plates and wait for me to serve.

ZAITUN exits. TANA and DACHI pick up plates from the tray.ZAITUN enters with a stainless steel food dish, a serving spoon and water in a jug.

DACHI: Where did you buy these plates?

TANA: Can I get a fork and knife? Serve me first if Dachi is not interested. 

ZAITUN opens the food dish. SAMBU glances at ZAITUN.

SAMBU: I know what to do.

SAMBU collects the plates and drops them onto the floor. ZAITUN folds her fist ready to fight

ZAITUN: Do you know how much they go for? You insist that you are the man here, and all that’s here, you do not know how much they cost. Will you sit in here year in and year out claiming you are the man? Were it not for your brother, this house could be empty.

TANA: What did his brother do?

SAMBU: (With a sharp look): Keep out of my family affairs. 

DACHI: But this guy has a doctorate, why can’t he find himself a job? We understand why you don’t want her to go to university.

TANA: I can’t keep up with this, I would have left long ago.

DACHI: I wonder which family man doesn’t provide. 

SAMBU turns to the food dish and scoops a fish. He cuts it into two and drops it on the table. ZAITUN pulls the collar of his shirt.

ZAITUN: This was my visitor’s food, why didn’t you eat yours?

SAMBU: You fed me on yesterday’s remnants and bought your friends’ fish?

TANA: The dish should be next to me.

DACHI takes the dish and picks a fish. SAMBU hits DACHI’S hand. 

DACHI: I won’t leave it here, you will not get a free meal today. 

TANA walks to the table, the dish empty. 

TANA: How many fish did you serve?

DACHI: It’s tasty, you can have a bite. (SAMBU stretches out his hand.) I meant Tana, not you.

ZAITUN: I’m tired of this, let me relax first.

SAMBU (Yawns): Prepare me food, I also want fish, not the remnants you cooked before yesterday.

LENKU enters. DACHI licks the flowing soup in her palms. LENKU sits.

SAMBU: You came at the right time. (Yelling) They nearly beat me up.

LENKU: Who are these women?

SAMBU: The shaggy one calls herself my wife, the two are criminals.

LENKU: How did you know that they were criminals?

SAMBU: Look at their faces, do they look good?

LENKU: Do you describe people based on their looks?

DACHI: Welcome sir, are you hungry?

LENKU buttons his coat.

LENKU: I’m full from eating a whole goat.

TANA: Could I accompany you after this talk? Dachi and I are hungry.

DACHI: Did I say that? He better take SAM with him. 

LENKU: That’s not what brought me here.

ZAITUN: I can warm some food.

SAMBU: This is what I’m talking about, she kept food for visitors and yet she didn’t serve me. 

LENKU: What’s going on here, what happened to the food?

SAMBU: Sir, they deny me food. 

LENKU: There are three women here. Who are you talking about?

SAMBU: The six ears and six hands with thirty fingers. 

LENKU (breaks into laughter): What do you mean? I don’t understand your language. 

SAMBU: These three, the two are leading her to go to school and leave me here alone. She served them fish and me remnants . 

LENKU: I’ve heard you, how may I help you?

ZAITUN: Tell Zaitun to prepare me lunch and the two not to involve themselves in my family. Tell her that I am the head of this home. They threw the fish on the floor.

LENKU: I’m an officer from the gender office, and I don’t wish to take more time.

SAMBU: Won’t you help me address the challenge I’m going through?

LENKU:I wish I could, but not today. I will come over next time and have a lengthy discussion about it.

SAMBU: If you won’t address my concern, I won’t allow you to talk to us.

ZAITUN: Do not expose your weakness to people. Kindly proceed.

LENKU: This man is so stu…

SAMBU (threatens getting up): Let me not find you sitting there.

LENKU (gets up): 

I can speak while standing. I’m Mr. Lenku, an officer from the gender office in Tswana.

SAMBU: Which gender are you talking about? 

LENKU: I’m here to talk about both genders.

SAMBU: You talk positively about women, and forget that you are a man.

TANA (gets impatient): You promised us something, the goat base will close early today. I’m longing for the roast mutton.

DACHI: A cold drink would be better than that Tana.

TANA: I thought that you weren’t interested, why do you want to accompany us? I will chew the muttonand have a drink.

ZAITUN: I won’t stay back, I will join Tana. Dachi will look after Sambu.

SAMBU: You heard them Mr. Lenku, do not leave before addressing this issue. 

LENKU: You have put up with that, I would send them away before it gets to this point. 

SAMBU: Help me do that, sir. The three have joined hands and can’t listen to me. I was served yesterday’s remnants while they fed on fish.

ZAITUN: If you hadn’t said that, what would happen?

LENKU: I will not handle this, let me speak about what brought me here. 

SAMBU: You’ll respect my house or I will kick you out.

LENKU: You should have said that before I got in. I have to say that men and women are the same, and have equal rights.

SAMBU (resists): That’s not the point here, I don’t want to listen to you.

ZAITUN: Let him say what he wants to, don’t interrupt him.

SAMBU: You can’t talk about women’s rights in my house. 

LENKU: You have to listen to me, I’m not defending either side. 

SAMBU: I will not sit here and listen to you defend this woman, withdraw the statement and state it right.

ZAITUN: Go on, we are listening.

LENKU: In my country, there is no difference between a man and a woman. Women have to be empowered. They don’t have to stay back and look after children and do house chores. They should be allowed to grow in their careers and even provide for the family. In this region, I have discovered that most women tend to homes and look after children waiting for men to provide. 

SAMBU: I know where you are headed to, Zaitun invited you to tell me all that.

SAMBU: I don’t care whether you have discovered it or not. I’m not kept by a woman please, this topic shouldn’t be discussed further.

LENKU: This is a general talk, I’m not taking sides with anyone or telling you what to do. I have visited all the homes in this region, and I have been welcomed. 

SAMBU: Okay, I am not ready to listen to your tales then. 

TANA: I agree, let us meet at the mutton joint, we know what you want to tell us.

ZAITUN: I would like to know more about men’s and women’s roles. I equally have questions that you should address.

SAMBU: I know what she will ask.

DACHI: I’ve taken note of everything you said, I will share with my neighbours once I travel home. 

SAMBU: Why is it that all women are interested in your talk? 

LENKU: I haven’t said much yet, they might come to a point where they will not agree with what I will say. Women are not that difficult to handle.

SAMBU (up on his feet): Not just difficult, but very. They look down upon men who are not educated like them. 

TANA: Why are you making remarks that you aren’t sure about? Have you interactedwith all women? 

TANA: There are thousands of women who are doing well career-wise but aren’t recognised.

SAMBU: Once they gain recognition, that will be the end. 

TANA: You are scared of nothing. Most women respect men and won’t use their careers to identify themselves. They listen attentively and if they don’t agree with your assertion, they will give reasons why they don’t. 

SAMBU (clapping): Well done Tana, for once you have said something sensible. However, I’m not interested in this talk. 

TANA walks to the fruit tray and peels an apple.

DACHI: We, the educated, cannot be mishandled.

SAMBU: (LENKU moves his eyes around the room): Sir, did you hear what she said?

DACHI: I’m successful in my career, and I have never objected to what my husband says. I have my opinions which not everyone will agree with but they have to be respected. 

SAMBU: What opinions are they?

DACHI: You know what I mean, wait for Lenku’s questioning time. 

SAMBU: You have given them time to defend themselves, can I respond too?

LENKU: You will speak last and comment on their arguments. Zaitun, you can speak now.

ZAITUN (Gets emotional): I’m not in a position to express myself, maybe sometime later. 

DACHI and TANA support her arms.

SAMBU: Dachi and Tana have expressed themselves, why is it difficult for her? You want me to speak next so that I won’t comment on what she says.

LENKU: It’s your turn to express your concerns. 

SAMBU: Not all women have spoken, I heard you say women speak first, what has changed? I will speak after her.

ZAITUN: I did well in my academics, but couldn’t join university. I was the best student in my class.

SAMBU: Best student in what? Fighting for food?

ZAITUN: I have been away from home for three years. I recently applied to join the university and was offered a chance at Witwatersrand University. However, he is against the idea.

LENKU: Who is against that?

ZAITUN: The one sitting next to you.

SAMBU: I knew that you invited this man here. Good job educated woman, have you answered the question? I can read the question again. Do you think working, unfortunately you don’t work and educated women are difficult to handle? You can’t even remember a simple question.

SAMBU: Who asked you to say what you did before?

LENKU: It isn’t your turn to speak, why are you too quick? Let her make her point.

ZAITUN: I’m to join the university on Monday, and everything is in place. Tana and Dachi will accompany me to school. I have to pursue that course. I don’t have a reason to forfeit that chance. I’m ready to support him as soon as I graduate. 

LENKU: Why do you think that going to school will better your life? Which course do you want to pursue? Have you discussed it with your husband?

ZAITUN: For the love of cookery, I will pursue culinary arts.

SAMBU: I will not allow you to pursue culinary.

DACHI: When will the discussion end? The mutton is getting cold.

TANA: Stop talking about the mutton, who introduced it first?

ZAITUN: I have informed him about the admission offer today.

LENKU: That’s not our subject of discussion, we can talk about the mutton when we arrive at the market. 

ZAITUN: I have not asked for money from him, I only wanted to let him know that I will be away for two years. I don’t know why it’s difficult for him to allow me to study. Educated women are not difficult, men think that we will never listen to them once we are empowered.

SAMBU: It’s now my turn, all women listen and take note. I have the pleasure to address these heads around me. It’s a good idea, but I will not allow her to go as she wishes. Women who are empowered feel they own everything and can answer back at you.

SAMBU: I have experienced it before, one of my closest friends is a victim of that. Why should I fall into that trap too?

LENKU: What happened to your friend?

SAMBU: I will not discuss it here, it is not healthy talk. 

LENKU: Why did you mention him if you aren’t ready to give more details? 

SAMBU: You know what women do to men, address that generally.

LENKU: I will not talk about something that you aren’t sure of. 

SAMBU: You took more time listening to the women.

LENKU: They gave clear details.

SAMBU: I will give a hint of what happened then you will talk about it according to your understanding.

SAMBU: He educated the woman until she earned her doctorate like him and thereafter moved out with her children. 

LENKU: There is something behind her leaving, find out from him before I respond to you. 

SAMBU: Her attitude changed after he educated her.

LENKU: You don’t have to defend your friend, I will make you understand what happened.

SAMBU: I have not said what I wanted to, give me more time. I will not allow her to step out of that gate.

LENKU: She has a valid reason, allow her to go.

SAMBU: Did you ask for our concern and agree that she has to go? This is my house, I have provided everything for her. Education won’t help her.

LeNKU: Let her say more about what she wants.

TANA: Sir, give me money. I will go to the mutton joint, and you will find me there. You have lengthened this talk yet you know Zaitun will go to the university. 

ZAITUN: I have not utilised my cooking skills. I have been here for three years cooking for him, but my skills can earn me some income. I have watched him struggle and I am ready to support him.

ZAITUN: I didn’t wish to reveal that were it not for his brother’s support, I wouldn’t recognize him but he has provoked me to.

TANA: You have said it ma`am, if he doesn’t allow you, pack and leave. 

LENKU: Don’t be too quick to give unnecessary comments.

SAMBU: Since when have I been dependent on my brothers?

DACHI: Why did you get angry when she served us fish?

LENKU: Let’s stick to our agenda. Why do you think that her request will not be of value to you? What did you pursue? 

SAMBU: Sir, you deviated from your topic of discussion. 

LENKU: You asked me to address this, didn’t you?

SAMBU: I’m a doctorate holder in Fishery. What do you think I should do? I learnt from my father that women should look after the family. 

LENKU: That’s the traditional woman, and it can’t apply to the modern woman. It’s not a woman’s role to do all chores at home. If one is educated, let her work and advance their careers. 

LENKU: It’s an assumption that they don’t listen to men once they rise above them. It might be true or not, but not all are what you think. You have to find a book called ‘The Plight of Women’ and read it, and you’ll understand women better. 

SAMBU: What if she begins disrespecting me?

LENKU: Don’t look at it negatively, what if she decides to walk away from you? Listen to her first, she wants to study to utilise her skills which will later on be income-generating. 

SAMBU: They usually raise their voices as they want to gain recognition. 

LENKU: These stories have been there, and people learn from them but not all that is said is true. 

TANA: In my country, there are no restrictions on career progression. Both men and women are free to pursue what they wish for. No woman wants to study to undermine men, get that from me today.

DACHI: This is the first time I’ve come across a community where people believe that women have specific roles at home. I have grown up in a country where women are doing better career-wise than men. I am practising a career in law, my country sent me here on assignment and soon I will gain admission to the bar. 

LENKU: Zaitun is passionate about culinary arts, allow her to explore her career, and support her and you’ll have the experience of whether career women are difficult to handle. 

LENKU: The decision lies with you, I won’t decide on your behalf. If you don’t work, it doesn’t mean that she should also sit here.

ZAITUN (walks toward SAMBU): 

I will not disrespect you, I will listen to you always as I have done before. 

SAMBU (pauses to look at ZAITUN): Don’t fool me in front of your friends.

DACHI: It is her turn to study, please allow her.

LENKU: This discussion is done, I will not talk more than I’ve said today. Sambu and Zaitun, you have to sit down and weigh your options.

SAMBU: That is a hard decision for me, she will not join the university.

TANA: Do not worry about others’ focus on what you have. Zaitun will work hard for both of you.

SAMBU: I don’t know what to say, I don’t want to force myself to allow you to study. I feel you have to stay behind with me.

LENKU: That is not difficult to decide, make up your mind so that she doesn’t feel neglected.

SAMBU: I can’t neglect Zaitun, I will think about it and ensure that my decision also makes her happy.

DACHI: The only response that can make her happy is giving her the go-ahead to study.

SAMBU: I want to allow her, but I’m not ready to say it. Give me a few days, and I will respond.

LENKU: Do not hurry, we are not asking you to let her go today.

SAMBU: Something is pushing me, I’ve heard you well Lenku, and I will let her join the university. She’s a good cook and is passionate about cooking.

LENKU: What have you decided?

SAMBU: She will join Witwatersrand University.

ZAITUN : (Jumps in excitement): We are moving to a new location tomorrow. I was waiting for you to allow me to join the university before I made the announcement.

LENKU: I’m getting late, have a good time.

LENKU exits.

SAMBU: Why didn’t you tell me before?

TANA: We haven’t gone to the mutton joint yet. 

TANA and DACHI exit. SAMBU and ZAITUN sit at the table.

 

CURTAIN

Elizabeth Nafula is a Kenyan writer, teacher, and researcher in Media and Communications. She divides her time between scripting and reading quality fiction. She has been shortlisted and long-listed in several competitions including the African Writers Awards drama category in 2021, Yours2read 2022, and CITAM drama 2022 among others. Her short stories have also been published in Kepressng Anthology. Currently, she’s picked up an interest in Filming and Children’s Literature.

 

*Image by Medsile on Iwaria

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