I recently told a friend that I really don’t see myself as a mother. I am aware that I have three little boys to kiss, cuddle and spank; but I don’t readily identify myself or feel comfortable being called Mama Nani (Someone’s mother) unless it’s by my sons’ playmates.
Don’t get me wrong, I love being their Mama but I fight a daily battle of remembering that I am more than just that. I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, a family member and friend to many. I have ambitions, dreams and career/business goals that I’d like to achieve. I also have passions and desires that go far beyond my role as a mother.
As we celebrate mothers this month, this issue of seeks to get to know different women (who are mothers) and understand who they are beyond motherhood.
Before we get into what’s in this issue I’d like to thank everyone who voted for us for the 2017 BAKE Awards. Your continued support and cheerleading is invaluable and appreciated.
I would also like to announce that we shall be taking a break from publishing the monthly issue of the online magazine. This is to enable us sort out some admin and back-end matters. Not to worry though, we’ll be back shortly, hopefully bigger and better. Our online weekly articles will continue, so remember to subscribe to our website to receive updates via email.
On our cover this month is Janet Mgeni Muchura who candidly answers our COVER GIRL’S 21 QUESTIONS on P4. Then Wagio Mokaya talks to Onea on Hair on the resurgence of the Kamatana HAIRSTYLE on P5.
In line with the issue’s title “Our Mamas Stories” we join Karimi Kagwe as she sits with her mother Mrs. Margaret Mbae to reminisce about her childhood in RAISE on P12-13. I get to FEATURE my mother Grace N. Kihara on how she came to be a pioneer Graphic Designer in Kenya on P14-18.
In CREATE we join Wagio Mokaya as she learns how to tie & dye at the feet of Cucu Janet on P42-44. The team at Mambo Pambo let us know what they have for us to WEAR during the coming Kenyan winter on P26-31. In INDUSTRY this month we talk to Agnes Maganjo proprietor of Leo Salon & Barber on P22-25.
Evie Dondi explores the trend where Grey is the new Black in KNOW HAIR on P32-33. On P6-9, I get to ask Jacinta Mueni-Kaikai a few questions about leaving employment after many years in LIFE.
In MOVE/EAT, Nina Odongo schools us on Osteoporois and how we can mitigate it by adopting a healthy lifestyle on P19-21.
Our TOPICAL segment this months is by Al Kags. He explains the reasons behind the idea of his book Living Memories and gives us some interesting information on Gathoni Wa Koinange who is set to turn 117 this year on P46-47.
We’re excited to host our Ugandan natural Sisters in ENJOY on P34-37 as they tell us about their recent annual Naturalista event dubbed Kinks & Kurls Expo Uganda that saw our very own, Sheila Ndinda feature as their guest speaker. All the way from Aussie, we welcome Tabitha Tongoi of the famed Craving Yellow blog as she shares with us how she put together her recent event Craving Too on P38-41.
Finally, we REVIEW a product that got high praise in our Monday #HairpolitanAsks segment. Check it out on P10-11.