Of unmet deadlines and Yvonne’s brilliant evening book launch

Author and 2003 Caine Prize winner Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. PHOTO/EMMA NZIOKA

What you need to know:

  • Curiously, what got me thinking about deadlines is the beginning, Wednesday this week, of what is called the Lenten period, in the mainstream conventional churches.
  • The 40-or-so days preceding Easter are supposed to be a spell of intense prayer, bible study, repentance, fasting and good works, all aimed at renewing the soul and strengthening its relationship with its Creator.

I should love deadlines. It is true that deadlines (called makataa in Kiswahili) invariably set us on edge, making our lives an endless race from pillar to post, racking us with stress and often turning us into thorough neurotics.

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