36 episodes

Selam and hello! Up/Root is a podcast about identity, culture and global living. We are redefining what it means to be "uprooted" by sharing stories of joy, resilience and justice --and celebrating the roots that allow us to rise up.

Up/Root the Podcast Lilly Bekele-Piper

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 37 Ratings

Selam and hello! Up/Root is a podcast about identity, culture and global living. We are redefining what it means to be "uprooted" by sharing stories of joy, resilience and justice --and celebrating the roots that allow us to rise up.

    Live! The Havoc of Choice with Wanjiru Koinange: Part 2

    Live! The Havoc of Choice with Wanjiru Koinange: Part 2

    Would you choose to leave your home and your family if it meant preserving your self-worth? Is choice a commodity of the privileged?Has Kenya mourned together well? Has Kenya healed? We didn't ask any easy questions as the wonderful women from my book club help me interview brilliant author Wanjiru (Shiro) Koinange about her debut novel 'The Havoc of Choice.' In this season four premiere, Wanjiru discusses the choices of her characters and her country during the post-election violence of 2007 in Kenya. It was thrilling to discuss this complex and provocative book with Shiro!

    Shiro is also co-founder, with Angela Wachuka (@sisterkilljoy), of Book Bunk - a social impact firm that is restoring some of Nairobi’s iconic public libraries. Together they created Bunk Books, a publishing company "focused on the production of contemporary stories" in the continent. You can find more of Shiro's portfolio at https://www.wanjirukoinange.com and follow her on Twitter and IG: @ShiroKoinange. The Havoc of Choice is available in Kenya at TextBook Centre, Prestige Books, Rufu Books and on Amazon. Up/Root was produced by Bilha Luseka (@missluseka). The Up/Root jingle is written and performed by my amazing daughter, Selah Piper. You can learn more about Lilly and Up/Root at https://linktr.ee/uprootthepodcast.

    • 44 min
    Live! The Havoc of Choice with Wanjiru Koinange: Part 1

    Live! The Havoc of Choice with Wanjiru Koinange: Part 1

    Would you choose to leave your home and your family if it meant preserving your self-worth? Is choice a commodity of the privileged?Has Kenya mourned together well? Has Kenya healed? We didn't ask any easy questions as the wonderful women from my book club help me interview brilliant author Wanjiru (Shiro) Koinange about her debut novel 'The Havoc of Choice.' In this season four premiere, Wanjiru discusses the choices of her characters and her country during the post-election violence of 2007 in Kenya. It was thrilling to discuss this complex and provocative book with Shiro!

    Shiro is also co-founder, with Angela Wachuka (@sisterkilljoy), of Book Bunk - a social impact firm that is restoring some of Nairobi’s iconic public libraries. Together they created Bunk Books, a publishing company "focused on the production of contemporary stories" in the continent. You can find more of Shiro's portfolio at https://www.wanjirukoinange.com and follow her on Twitter and IG: @ShiroKoinange. The Havoc of Choice is available in Kenya at TextBook Centre, Prestige Books, Rufu Books and on Amazon. Up/Root was produced by Bilha Luseka (@missluseka). The Up/Root jingle is written and performed by my amazing daughter, Selah Piper. You can learn more about Lilly and Up/Root at https://linktr.ee/uprootthepodcast.

    • 39 min
    All I want for Christmas is...joy to the world!

    All I want for Christmas is...joy to the world!

    Joy. Joy is a choice. Today artists extraordinaire June Gachui and Pete Odera join me to SING, talk, share what this year has been for them and how they have chosen joy in their work and personal lives. Many of you know June Gachui (@junegachui) for her many roles on stage as a speaker, singer, actress and host but she is also an intellectual property lawyer who is passionate about the law and artistic expression. June graces us with her voice, humor and shares what 2020 has taught her about herself. Pastor Pete Odera (@peteodera) joins us and shares three decades of wisdom from being a pastor, singer, producer, writer and mentor. As Pastor of Waterbrook Church and widely appreciated as godfather of Kenyan gospel music, Pete has walked valleys and reached mountain tops and shares why melancholy - and joy - are valuable. THANK YOU, friends, for listening to Up/Root this year. I am so grateful for you and would love to hear from you - send me a message at @uprootandlill on IG and Twitter or email: uprootthepodcast@gmail.com. The last three episodes would not have been possible without the creative commitment of my seasonal producer, Mwari Muthaura. Thank you, dada! Up/Root is edited by Bukachi Akatsa (bukachiakatsa@gmail.com)and the show jingle is written and performed by my daughter Selah Piper.

    • 57 min
    All I Want for Christmas is....human rights!

    All I Want for Christmas is....human rights!

    Njeri Mwangi and I spend this episode talking, laughing and shedding a few tears as we talk about the importance of human rights. Njeri co-stars with her husband, activist Boniface Mwangi, and family in the documentary film Softie (https://www.softiethefilm.com/) which tells their story and invites us to see ourselves in the love, struggle and fears they experience as human rights defenders, parents and everyday citizens. Njeri is the co-founder of PAWA254 (https://pawa254.org/)and in this episode lets us into the hard questions and passions of her life as an activist committed to an equitable, democratic Kenya. You can watch Softie (@softiethefilm) at https://www.softiethefilm.com/watch and learn more about human rights from: Amnesty International (amnesty.org/@AmnestyKenya, National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (defenderscoalition.org/@DefendersKE) and follow the adventures of the Throttle Queens on Twitter (@throttle_queens). Up/Root is edited by Bukachi Akatsa (bukachiakatsa@gmail.com)and the show jingle is written and performed by my daughter Selah Piper.

    • 1 hr
    All I want for Christmas is...peace of mind!

    All I want for Christmas is...peace of mind!

    Welcome back to Up/Root! As the holidays approach - there are few things that I actually want - and none of them can be bought. Peace of mind is a gift that 2020 has tried to take from all of us and today my friend Julie Githiri-Goko (@julie_githirigoko)will give us practical advice on how to manage our stress, support our kids and enjoy the festive season. Julie is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and psychosexual therapist and has been practicing for over 15 years. She specializes in couples, individuals and adolescents who are experiencing relational conflict, anxiety, sexual trauma or depression. Up/Root is edited by Bukachi Akatsa (bukachiakatsa@gmail.com) and the jingle is written and performed by my daughter Selah Piper.

    • 46 min
    Black SISTERHOOD Matters

    Black SISTERHOOD Matters

    This episode is a tribute to all the aunties, sisters, cousins, godmothers and women out there who make our lives so rich with laughter and wisdom! On today's show, sisters Annie and Shazz Nderitu, who are two of five siblings, share with us how they survived the Westgate terror attack, how they celebrate and support one another and why sisterhood is such an important part of their identity and lives. Shazz tells us how family inspires her work as a comedian and Annie lets us in on who the family favorite really is; their warmth and generous spirits will inspire you! You can find their original Engage talk that details their experience in the Westgate attack in full at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AYEPhDgkhs. Annie and Shazz are both available on IG; Annie, a psychotherapist is at @wellnessnowwithannie and Shazz, comedian, entertainer, writer and model is at: @queendom.blog. Our outdoor set was adorned with beautiful artwork, mini-jiko and plants courtesy of Provisions Kenya whose store is full of all things local, organic and creative. You can find them at: https://www.provisions.co.ke/ and on IG (@provisionskenya). This episode was recorded outside, hence the sounds of nature and edited by Bukachi Akatsa of BTSU studios(bstu.av@gmail.com). The Up/Root jingle is performed and written by my daughter, Selah.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

ILoveRainyDays ,

Transcendent

I started this podcast with “Black JOY Matters” and was so moved in the first five minutes that I immediately subscribed. The host’s beautifully-crafted questions elicited such sensitively-worded responses for her guest that he moment actually felt transcendent as I listened. This is now in my regular rotation. Love it!

Arconna ,

Provoking and Insightful!

I'm glad I stumbled upon this show. The interviews with students, education professionals, activists, doctors, and more are both informative (and super important) and powerful. This is a show that is absolutely inspirational without feeling empty. I found myself learning and feeling a bit uplifted as someone trying to understand experiences that aren't my own. There's a bit of hope here, and phew is hope hard to find these days. I just...loved it.

Their recent episode featuring interviews with upcoming/recent high school graduates is a masterclass in great content, especially since culturally we don't always try to understand where young people are coming from. So hearing them talk about what it's like to graduate in the time of coronavirus made me so happy that students like them might one day be students in my college classes.

Point is: listen to this show. It's so good.

ralk! ,

Relevant, inspiring and practical

A must listen! Beautiful, inspiring perspectives on legacy, passion, purpose and the power of finding “your little thing”.

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