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Furious Taban writes to editor recanting his story

I have had differences of opinion with Okot p’Bitek and Ngugi wa Thiong’o but they have been on literary stand points….

Who appointed Taban prefect of literature?

Why do Kenyan newspapers allow this ingrate called Prof Taban Lo Liyong to shower his literary offals on the Kenyan literati year in, year out? …

Taban: Ngugi does not deserve Nobel

Controversial scholar visits Kenya and makes even more startling statements…

Lo Liyong wrong on journalism

Reading Omusolo Moses’ (Saturday Nation, June 1) article, I decided to revisit the story about Taban Lo Liyong and noted with sadness that Lo Liyong thinks journalism is a hurdle to would-be…

Decolonizing Ngungi wa Thiong’o’s mentality

For forty-six years, since he renounced English, and Christianity, and discarded his baptismal “colonial” James, he has been globetrotting like a superstar—some say like a prophet of doom.

Winnie Mayar

Posted: September 19, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in Featured Articles, People, Socio-Cultural, Videos

A little piece of advice for the South Sudanese parents in the Western World. More here if you like it….

Is your wife safe with her doctor?

Posted: September 2, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary, Featured Articles, Health, Socio-Cultural

Of course, this is a valid question but rather than just craning our neck on the ‘poor’ doctors, we should logically extend the same question to family lawyers, security guards, cooks, auntie/nannies, CEOs, Bosses, and God know where the list ends.

And not just ‘is your wife safe with’ so and so, but also ‘is your husband safe’ with so and so.

At least insofar as the implied message is concerned, it is the rogue doctors/lawyers/CEO/Bosses that are the problem, not the wife/husband, which is a rather far-fetched argument in some cases.

There is no absolute proof that they might not be willing victims of the ‘sin’ or even, dare I say, the initiators in the hope of defraying the cost or just a safe mpango wa kando.

Why bedrooms turn icy in January

Posted: January 7, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in Socio-Cultural

“”“Being a ‘man’ depends on where you work and how much you earn. With money, you can hire a security firm to protect your wife at night and employ men older than your father who will stand up when you walk into a room and call you ‘sir’. You can sleep with someone’s wife, but the hapless husband won’t do anything because you have more money than him. You, therefore, cannot come home broke in the middle of the month and expect your wife to shower you with kisses — if at all you can rise to the occasion without money!” sneers the old man….But Berverlyne Amolo, a married mother of three, says women only want to feel protected and taken care of. “A man carrying a spear and shield to protect me and my children from wild animals isn’t what I need today. The only protection I need is against poverty. So my man’s shield had better be his bank balance and his spear, an income,” says Beverlyne.””

Mist in the Dream

Posted: January 6, 2013 by Deng Dekuek in Commentary, Deng Dekuek, Junub Sudan, Poems., Socio-Cultural

Mist in the Dream

        By Deng Dekuek

In a muffle mist
a bitter wind blows.
Yokes of fate
on clouded paths of confusion.
A lone voice falls
on itself in echoes.

A grey war, as
words weep piteously.
But the dream is muted
as a shimmering mist swirls.
Draping itself on the people
a yoke of fate.
I – I am but a humble scribe
walking into the mist.

© 2013 Deng Dekuek.

By Nunu Ajak, Juba City, South Sudan.

Jim Rohn once said that “You must take personal responsibility for your life. You can’t change the circumstances, the seasons or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

One of the most persuasive myths in our societies and cultures is that we are entitled to great life—that someone somehow somewhere is responsible for filling our lives with continual happiness, exciting career options and gratifying personal relationships simply because we exist. But the real truth is that there is only one person responsible for the quality of the life you live or dream to achieve.

That person is “You!”

In fact, most of us have been conditioned to passionately believe and blame something outside of ourselves for the part of our lives we don’t like. However, we do forget that we have unconditioned facts that we can’t distort or just wish away. We blame our parents, our bosses, our friends, the media, our spouses, the economy, our lack of financial resources—anyone or anything we can pin the blame on. We never want to look at where the problem is: ourselves.

We as the South Sudanese youth have a culture that entails our values and morals. Though unwritten, it nevertheless outlines each and every person’s personal responsibility in life.

Just wondering, how can we the feminine gender, for instance, finds happiness in other people? Ever since our people fled our homeland during the civil war, our cultural values and norms have been worryingly deteriorating. Take for example; long ago, during the time of our mothers and fathers, it was very rare to find any girl engaging in prostitution. Nowadays however, prostitution is the new inn in town. It is becoming so common and normal as attending our local traditional dances. But how can we indulge in prostitution just in the name of having fun and playing around with men? Does that make sense at all? Please people; let’s call a spade by its true name, not a big spoon. True, if you go to Rome, do as Romans do but that does not give you an automatic gate-pass to pick all the negative things about Rome.

For sure, what would you call that if our young girls—the seeds of our nation—are taking these primitive habits to the new Republic of South Sudan? What would you call it if these very same young, promising girls pick every old man as a “sugar daddy” in the name of digging money out of him? What would it be if spending a night in the streets waiting for every Tom, Dick and Harry to pick you up for the best service from him in the name of getting carnal satisfaction?

Let’s stop spoiling our hard-earned, irreplaceable reputations in the name of “we don’t care.” We must care because behind every’s “I don’t care” frenzy lurks a big deal of emotions threatening to burst and proclaim the real, long-suppressed truth within each and every one of us.

Let’s try our best to avoid regrets in life because the “I wish I knew” moments only confirm and illustrate how poor we do plan our stuffs. Let’s not be those who wait for people’s comments and expectations in our lives. Look for something worthy to live for. It’s really bad to be known for immoral behaviors because it portrays a bad picture for yourselves, and particularly for those special ones in your life who do care for you and cherish your future. You would feel like a failure and your loved ones would feel let down!

Let’s stop doing things that will personally lag us behind in particular, and those that would preclude the healthy socio-economic growth and development of our nation. Each and every one of us has an indispensable role to play in nation building. This nation can’t positively progress and prosper unless we take up 100% responsibilities for ourselves as patriotic citizens of our country. Let’s make and declare excellence part of our lives. Surely, not only should we be aiming at the sky but also for greater, bigger heights bordering the limits of possibilities.

It is high time you stop looking outside yourself for the answers as to why you haven’t created the life and results you craved for, for it is only you who create the quality of life you lead and the results you produce.

Only you, no one else!

To achieve major successes in life, to achieve those things that are most important to you, you must assume 100% responsibility for your life. Nothing else will do! Nothing else will work! You and only you matter!!

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At Israel school, anyone can learn to be a prophet

Posted: December 30, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël in Socio-Cultural

Instead of long beards and robes, they wear track suits and T-shirts. Their tablets are electronic, not hewn of stone, and they hold smartphones, not staffs. They may not look the part, but this ragtag group of Israelis is training to become the next generation of prophets. For just 200 shekels, about $53, and in only 40 short classes, the Cain and Abel School for Prophets says it will certify anyone as a modern-day Jewish soothsayer. The school, which launched classes this month, has baffled critics, many of whom have dismissed it as a blasphemy or a fraud.