About me

I’ve been a photographer, a columnist on different publications (both locally and globally), a teacher, youth advocate and also a founder of Kenya’s vibrant youth magazine (The Youthing Magazine.) But I began as a writer, and still I am.

Welcome to my little corner on the internet, it’s my pleasure to have you here. My name is Ian, some friends call me Lolly – I used to sell lollipops whenever we went for highschool funkies (trips) and that’s how I earned the name ‘Lolly’ but that’s a story for another day.

I’ve spent most of my life living in Nairobi, Kenya. Though I was born in Mombasa and spent some of my childhood in Kisumu. I love coffee, books, cats, music and travelling (though not necessarily in that order!)

I fell in love with writing in 2009, grade six. I remember my mom coming back from work with an exercise book that I had requested for my maths homework. She forgot and bought a lined book, instead of maths.

So, I turned the book into a journal. I’d write stories about anything and everything. At times, I’d emulate newspaper writers and write my own version of the stories. I still have the book, by the way.

My blogging journey began in 2015. I started with wordpress, flew to blogspot then I decided, you know what, I want my own domain name.

And so, this baby was born. On this blog you’ll bump onto love and relationship stories, a sprinkle of humour here and there, a little bit of my deep thoughts and some love & life tips.

So far, the blog has bagged Xtreem Awards ’20 blog of the year, Infinity Blog Awards ’21 best blog and Mental Health Blog Awards ’21 blogger of the year nomination badges.

I love coffee, cats, books, music and travelling. I’m pretty sure I already told you that up there, but I figured it was worth repeating. You know, just in case you weren’t paying attention or something.

P.s. I’m currently accepting invitations for new adventures.

Also, I am accepting gigs. Down here is my portfolio.


PORTFOLIO

PUBLISHED

Standard Media (Kenya)
• https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/entertainment/lifestyle/2001302638/why-men-should-only-go-for-ladies-that-they-can-afford

• https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/amp/article/2001303272/this-is-why-you-shouldn-t-date-while-in-campus

• https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/amp/article/2001304722/struggles-of-a-campus-lady

• https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001302931/the-five-common-characters-in-campus

• https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/amp/article/2001302545/the-cold-war-between-sponsors-and-boyfriends-in-campus

FEATURED

Communal News (USA)
• https://communalnews.com/the-kenyan-luxurious-transport-means/

• https://communalnews.com/millennials-marriage-is-paramount/

• https://communalnews.com/stop-cyberbullying/

The Afrika Vuka (Africa)
• https://afrikavuka.org/youths-in-nairobi-oppose-the-proposed-coal-plant-project-in-lamu/

Green Building Africa (South Africa)
• https://www.greenbuildingafrica.co.za/youths-protest-against-new-coal-plant-in-kenya/

350 Africa (Africa/America)
• https://350africa.org/youths-in-nairobi-oppose-the-proposed-coal-plant-project-in-lamu-advocates-for-green-energy/

The Youthing Magazine (Kenya)
• https://theyouthingmagazine.co.ke/2020/08/25/is-the-pandemic-drowning-campus-relationships/

• https://theyouthingmagazine.co.ke/2020/08/22/its-okay-for-men-to-show-emotions/

• https://theyouthingmagazine.co.ke/2020/08/19/if-they-want-you-to-change-they-dont-love-you-for-who-you-are/

• https://theyouthingmagazine.co.ke/2020/06/10/never-be-so-sure/

• https://theyouthingmagazine.co.ke/2020/05/26/50-50-on-bills-but-the-woman-should-cook/

• https://theyouthingmagazine.co.ke/2020/05/21/unpredictable-course-of-life/

VOLUNTEERED


• YMCA at the National Programs office and social media
• 350 Africa

Trained on Media and Information Literacy by UNESCO and ACEPIS
• https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-trains-kenyan-youth-leaders-media-and-information-literacy

E-BOOK

Teacher By Day: Murderer By Night (wattpad)
• https://my.w.tt/lASNacfhF9