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Dear Mama, The morning I left had many uncertainties but one certain thing is that I was coming back to you. I left with a heavy heart and was worried that the plane would not take off due to the weight. From up there you are a beauty. Through the turbulence, nausea, and heartbreak you still spoke to me silently. Remember you are my son and parents have something for their sons. It has been months. I have been meaning…

Area Nine Lilongwe, my Cloud Nine, does not represent Malawi whatsoever but that is not to say it lacks a character of its own. From the M1- Mchinji junction, commonly known as Pa City Mall or Pa Crossroads, we drove through what is supposed to be a checkpoint opposite Civil Stadium and the atmosphere changed. All through it had been open plains, postharvest maize fields, red brick houses and few fences. There were boys, barely fifteen, selling deep fried Mbewa…

The Scheduled KQ flight touched down at Kamuzu International Airport at 1300 hours. I gained the first one hour of my life as we had left Jomo Kenyatta Airport at 1200 hours, flown for two hours but still arrived in Lilongwe Airport at 1300 hours. I realized that time was not the wisest feature in existence. Njeri sat beside me on the side of the window. She was quiet. We tried breaking the silence by alternating efforts to spark a…