A wise person once claimed, better late than never. Those are my exact sentiments when I chanced upon this book, accidentally I dare say. In this case, the elapsed time from the time of publishing (sometime around 2010 I believe), only served to whet my appetite over and above, plus the clinging sense of pride and patriotism in this Kenyan author that followed thereafter was thoroughly gratifying.
Coursing through the book’s 7 chapters, I got to appreciate the wide and diverse spectrum that Njeri wrote from. It is akin to to journey of transition from a naive childhood to maturing into the heavily digital age of twitter. Women Behaving Badly and Digital Hearts captures this transition perfectly with the former being the perception of the city girls from a rural girl’s perspective and the latter flexing knowledge about the virtual online world. I must say Digital Hearts almost makes you want to log off social media…for a day. If it doesn’t make you want to call your family and friends and take a nature trail you might want to check out if your soul is still intact;
Njeri Wangari’s Mines and Mind Fields; My Spoken Words is a true testament to the lyrical genius that she is from start to finish of the book. It contains over 40 poems that explore themes on Relationships and Love, Self Identity, Politics, Society’s Culture and tradition in urban African setting. In Mother Tongue, she goes further to portray how the white man tried to dismember the local dialects posing adverse effects to not only the languages, but the existing cultures too;