In Summary
  • As someone who has written your story a couple of times before, I know you grew up in a slum in Kisumu.

  • Let nobody lie to you that you are not doing well for your age.

  • There are a few loose ends you need to tie up, and this is where your smile might disappear.

Dear Comrade Babu Owino. It was nice speaking to you over the phone on Saturday after your ordeal with the government. When you called, I expected to hear a groggy voice after a week of psychological torture.

“Aye Comrade!” you said. I was surprised to hear a bubbly voice on the other end, cracking jokes and asking me how I have been all these years. It occurred to me that as an acquaintance, I needed to do more than write a news story about you. So I have decided to write you a letter.

I like you, Babu. I like your vim, courage and drive. You are a bit of a “drama queen”, with your silly little antics but all the same, I think I am right when I say you’ve got your heart in the right place.

Many people don’t know how far you’ve come. As someone who has written your story a couple of times before, I know you grew up in a slum in Kisumu. To make ends meet, your beloved mother used to sell chang’aa and engage in menial jobs just to put food on the table.

POLICE CELLS

From what you have told me in the past, you had a rough childhood and started spending nights in police cells when you were still in primary school; when police would crackdown on chang’aa brewers.

I also know what people say about you. However, I am not in a position to comment authoritatively on the rumours because I do not know all the facts. So I will speak from what I know for sure.

Let nobody lie to you that you are not doing well for your age. There are not many 29-year-olds that are in your position. The truth is, you are a young achiever and you have done very well for yourself so far. I would even say you have proven yourself already. On top of that, you have a few things going on for you. You are educated, young, brilliant, dripping with youthful energy and you have a lovely young family.

However, there are a few loose ends you need to tie up, and this is where your smile might disappear. Babu, you need to stop. You are fast hurtling down the path of self-destruction and self-sabotage.

SHOCKED

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