Champagne Violin

Photography: Alvin Connect

 

Hey wonderful people

 

I know I’ve neglected this part, for a long time. But I do have a lot to catch you up on.

All things violin have been amazing.

I got to be on television! I was featured on Living With Ess which is a lifestyle show by Sharon Mundia aka this is Ess! I was so excited considering I’ve been a fan FOREVER!

There was also the wonderful opportunity to play at the book launch for Amina Rabar, who is a host on the Trend and 98,4 Capital FM.


Photo by Justin Mongare

It’s been an amazing violin year so far.

I’m also super excited to announce, that I FINALLY STARTED MY YOUTUBE CHANEL.

It has been a year filled with back and forths, and if I am being all the way honest, there has been so much DOUBT. I have been so afraid of the feedback and of being perfect that I just forgot i was doing this  because I love the violin and that is it.

I’m super excited for this and I hope you all are too!

eginning.

I have attached the link to the video below,please do watch, share and subscribe too. I’m so excited and mostly nervous to be going on this journey.

 

Here is the link to the chanel.

 

Sending you all the love in the world this Easter.

 

K

 

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In My Library

Hey book worms,

I was reading an article that said lovers of literature should not be referred to as worms, but as book dragons.

In which case,

Hello Book Dragons!

In 2018 I was able to read 38 books. Which wasn’t so bad for me. This year my goals are a bit different but still the same.

1. Read a few books from the Man Booker Selection and other Literature prizes.

I usually read Caine Prize for African Writing scripts but I am hoping to expand into more literature awards in the new year.

2. Discover more authors of color.

I’ve focused a lot of African Literature but a field I haven’t discovered fully is the world of African American Authors. This year I am looking forward to encountering more of their works.

3.Explore more Authors and Selections from Latin America.

This is one area I can say I haven’t explored yet honestly. I’ve focused so much on African Literature I almost sidelined everyone else. This year I’m hoping to discover more Latin American Authors and indulge!

4. Read more African authors.

I noticed I read a lot of authors I know, and I don’t usually experiment much. This year, I want to experience authors from Rwanda and Egypt and Zambia..all the countries I haven’t explored.

My goodreads target is set at one book ( I know) but in reality I want to get at least 39-40 books down.

What are your reading goals looking like for the new year?

Sending you love.

Xoxo

K

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Champagne Violin


Photography: Alvin Connect

Hey loves,

So I’ve never actually shared how much music changed my life and made it so much more amazing. I’m a more holistic person courtesy of the lessons I’ve learnt from playing the violin as well as through playing in various ensembles.

I’ve linked an interview I did at the bottom of this post. Hope this gives you more insight on my musical and violin journey.

https://yourstoryafrica.org/2017/06/12/the-violin-has-opened-up-my-world-champagne-kimberley/?fbclid=IwAR1Hfw6LsrAAt8Scds-_G7TJPKFccwylZTRfWhGiUpt7L-6KNeFse7k5j9k

Sending you all love!

Xs and Os

K

 
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Lifestyle

PHOTOGRAPHY: ALVIN CONNECT

Faith.

We usually hear this word when we’re having a bit of a bad day. “Have some faith things will get better!” People say.

But what is faith?

Depends on who you ask, honestly

Faith (n)-complete trust or confidence in someone or something.But the other definition according to the Bible,

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Which leads to the question, who or what do you trust completely and believe in?

As believers, we are called to have faith in all areas of our lives. So many days it can look like we are not making any progress or like our deeds are going unnoticed. Maybe it is having faith that God will provide a need, or even answer a prayer. Whatever it is, we are all expectant.
Faith in God believes that you believe in God, and in His son Jesus Christ. That you have declared it with your lips and believed in your heart.
Most important, you have to begin to operate in faith. This means you have to change the way you walk,act. Because you are now not hopeful of what God is going to do, but expectant. Your heart posture changes.

I am learning to trust in the ultimate plan for God in my life. Not that it’s an easy walk. Or an easy journey. But God continues to reassure me through His word.

Continuing to trust in His faithfulness and His plan.

Continuing to carry on.He has a plan for me. He created me in His image. He will guide my steps.

Continuing to walk by faith. I will allow myself to continue to live by His will.

Sending you love.

Have a lot of faith today!

XO

K

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In My Library

 Wrap Up.

 





Hey wonderful people!

I have to apologize for being extremely lazy in this section of my blog especially! But now I must catch you up!

February is done. We thank God. Is it just me or is the year just running all of a sudden? And January felt like a whole year!😂 then suddenly the year just feels like it’s running! As in!?

Well, let’s just get right to it. There have been some new authors I have run into. And I have to say I am glad I found them. Toni Adeyemi tops the list for me! Also had a Kenyan author, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o whose work I have read before has mostly been fictional. So it was interesting to encounter something non fictional from him.

 

Children of the Blood and Bone-Toni Adeyemi.

Pages: 531

Genre: Fantasy, Fantasy Fiction.

I wanted to lead with this book, because it blew my mind. Honestly. And it’s one of those books I’m saying GO BUY! Order it online. Get your hands on it. It completely blew my mind.

It follows the magical world of Maji in the Kingdom of Orisha. Zelie is a maji who has been chosen for a daunting task, and has an unusual companion. This book gave me an urge to understand more about magic in african culture and explore the area of African Fantasy books. The play of characters in this book and the theme. It was a good read and one I would recommend. Get it.


Karen Blixen-Out Of Africa

Pages: 366

Genre: Memoir

I honestly thought this book was completely overrated. And I thought it was difficult to read. She describes her life through highlighting some significant events during her time here. I don’t see why a whole movie was made about it.
It for me was just another cliche book misrepresenting Africa. Written with some sort of snobbish standpoint ( which I have encountered most expat authors in precolonial africa wrote from). Other than that, I thought the book to be quite dull.


Decolonizing The Mind.-Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Pages: 114

Genre: Non- fiction

In this controversial work, Ngugi explores the possibilities of us being neo-colonized through the adoption of foreigners language as a primary means of communication. He argues that to reverse this, we need to begin to reverse this by returning to native languages. The work was split into four essays and though I do understand his point of view, I don’t necessarily agree with it.


The Hundred Wells of Salaga- Ayesha Harruna Attah

Pages: 234

Genre: Fiction

This Cassava Republic is absolutely worth picking up. It had me sneaking in reads late in the night. It’s a convergence of two women’s worlds, Amimah and and Wurche. I really enjoyed the complexity of the characters and their contrast. Also set against the backdrop of slavery in West Africa. I thought it was worth picking up.



There will be a follow up of this with some more of the books I’ve read so far!

How is your reading life going this year?

Sending you love.

K.

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