Chronicles of a Burundian Lover

This Burundian Life

Relationships, explained

Dear future kids, I grew up in a Burundian home where the subject of relationships and many other topics were nonexistent. As a result, I might have trouble explaining different things to you, but this is me trying my best in case I take after my parents. I will use...

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Ushaka kuba umugabo?

I am 100% Burundian, shaped like a typical Burundian girl: slim above the waist but thick af below... So back in 2012, I was a student at a local University (I live in Alberta, Canada). Everything was good until I met this Burundian guy through a mutual friend. We...

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My Rwandan prince charming

His mind was so mind blowing I wanted to study him. We were so different. He’s this religious guy and I barely go to church (literally). He doesn’t drink and I’m Burundian (need I say more?). We had completely different opinions about almost everything: topics such as...

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Dear Ashley (Part 3)

Part 3: the End. (Click here to read Part 1) (Click here to read Part 2) Hello Ash! This one will be quite short. I am very grateful to God; this really was such wonderful therapy. I should have done it earlier. See, it wasn’t just about letting my hurt and anger out...

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Rukundo…

Uva he? Impinga n'imihingo nagenze, Ntaho nakubonye. Usa gute? Abeza bose, Bamwe twumva ngo bitwa Maziyateke, Ntawe nabonye musa. Rukundo, Ko ivy'ubu vyose umuntu avyiga, Hari n'abiga kwigisha, Mbere n'abiga kwiga. Ariko, Nabuze aho bigisha ivyawe. Rukundo, Nganira...

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Dear Ashley (Part 2)

Part 2: From Heartbreak to Heartbreak (Click here to read Part 1) Hello Ash! Now that I’ve already introduced you to everyone, I guess I can talk to you straight up. It took me a while to have the courage to start this letter, and I honestly still don’t know where I...

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Dear Ashley

(Part 1) Before I write to you, I have to introduce you to the world I am about to share this letter with. I chose to call you Ashley, because I knew you would read it and know exactly that it is meant for you, and also know who it is from... Once upon a time, I had a...

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Commitment phobia

A man. By the end of this year, all of my close (male) friends will be married. Even the friend nobody thought would ever get married. Well, there's this one friend whom everybody suspects is gay, but he is always talking about girls, his future wife and blablabla, so...

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First date

A man.... I tie my shoe laces quickly before I run for the bus coming my direction. I had just received your text telling me you were already at the location of our meeting. "Damn, she’s going to think I am always late" I think to myself but I let it not bother me....

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The truth about the friend zone

This isn’t the first time I write about “the zone”. The last time, I was rambling about how I learnt “to deal with rejection”. Got the hint? Yes, it’s me. I know I said I would never write about “heart” stuff again, but only idiots don’t change their minds, right?...

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Married to Umurundi

When we are preparing for marriage, there are a lot of things that people tell us, they give us sound advice; we Google the 5 ways to have a happy marriage, the 10 steps to make a happy home, etc. but none of these things adequately prepare us to being married to...

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Hey handsome

I read your letter and I thought it was worth my first blog. First of all, I want to thank your mum for raising such an awesome son. Then I would like to take a minute and expose you my concerns too. I too need a man I can become friends with first, a man who will...

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