Deconstructing failure


  • Leah Watetu


undoing, community, reimagine, interrogate, decolonization


As ubiquitous as failure is in our day to day lives, and the inevitability that each of us will confront it occasionally during our lifetime, we rarely ever stop to theorize and recontextualize what it truly means within our collective consciousness. Through a Postcolonial feminist perspective, I aim to challenge the ways in which we have been tempered to conceptualize what failure means to us, and why having a solid grasp of its ontological meaning and its presences in our lives will summon us to redefine our perceptions of the world, each other and ourselves. We can have a more intricate understanding of how the structures around us deliberately minimize the multidimensionality of the human condition to keep us subservient by having us lose touch with everything that makes us whole. I seek to provoke a discussion that seeks to re-evaluate what failure means in our current age, and how reclaiming it as an invaluable aspect of our humanity acts as a form of decolonization.

Author Biography

Leah Watetu


My name is Leah Watetu Karuga, and I am a 23 year old International Student from Nairobi, Kenya. I am currently in my 5th year at UBC Okanagan, finishing my International Relations. I take comfort in escapism, imagination and the reality of dreams, so books, movies, writing and music are my safest place as well as where I draw my inspirations from. I also indulge in the simple joys of life such as cooking, nature walks, exploring restaurants, desserts, traveling, laughing with friends, exercise and the likes. Feminism and decolonial studies has been a major passion of mine for as long as I could remember. Over the past few years, familiarizing myself with the works of bell hooks, Toni Morrison, Billy-Ray Belcourt and the likes has been instrumental for me in illustrating a tapestry of how my personhood and the body I exist in as a black woman have constructed the ways in which I navigate the world, and I am honored to share some of my perspectives in this journal.

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