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27 February 2017 » Conversations

On July 27, 2010 my Facebook update reads: “anyone know a coffee/tea addict in campus? Holla!” Four minutes later, half a dozen comments fly in. One of them smacks me. It’s a claim that my University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) is an addict. His name is Dr. Jon Masso, the current DVC-Academic at Daystar University, a private university in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. “He carries his thermo cap everywhere. Seriously, it’s an addiction. ..Avoid too much coffee dear,” Faith writes. “He still...

04 March 2016 » Conversations

I wrote about Jane on this blog not too long ago. Now she’s found her voice and is writing! Her first post below. childofpromise2016 I borrowed the title above from Liberian president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s memoir depicting the remarkable life of Africa’s first woman president. In the thought provoking memoir,she bares it all revealing snippets of her childhood, experiences with abuse, her meteoric rise to power against all odds. By penning down this stirring read, Sirleaf seeks to fan the...

06 October 2015 » Conversations

Egypt is the place with one of the 7 wonders of the world. I tell you, the Great Pyramids are a wonder. Try as you might, you won’t comprehend how they were constructed, and that was over 5,000 years ago! I loved my stay (but the demonstrations at Tahrir square which made me not to visit the Egyptian Museum, spoilt my plan..) Moving on swiftly! Things to know before you travel to Cairo 1. Know where you are going–and get an English speaking cab guy otherwise you will get so lost. 2. You...

06 October 2015 » Conversations

Egypt is the place with one of the 7 wonders of the world. I tell you, the Great Pyramids are a wonder. Try as you might, you won’t comprehend how they were constructed, and that was over 5,000 years ago! I loved my stay (but the demonstrations at Tahrir square which made me not to visit the Egyptian Museum, spoilt my plan..) Moving on swiftly! Things to know before you travel to Cairo 1. Know where you are going–and get an English speaking cab guy otherwise you will get so lost. 2. You...

30 July 2015 » Conversations

I think Dan Awendo had a way of telling it better than I’ve heard it before. As he talked, I was caught up between listening and making notes. My attempts below: If God is not at the centre of why you’re pursuing wealth, you’re doing it wrong. You need to have your objectives very very clearly. Presentation in three parts: 1. God’s original plan 2. Sources of wealth 3. Life plan – our time here is counted 1. God’s original plan In Genesis 1:28, God gives man dominion over everything. These...

30 July 2015 » Conversations

I think Dan Awendo had a way of telling it better than I’ve heard it before. As he talked, I was caught up between listening and making notes. My attempts below: If God is not at the centre of why you’re pursuing wealth, you’re doing it wrong. You need to have your objectives very very clearly. Presentation in three parts: 1. God’s original plan 2. Sources of wealth 3. Life plan – our time here is counted 1. God’s original plan In Genesis 1:28, God gives man dominion over everything. These...

17 June 2015 » Conversations

On my first visit to Lamu; I was picked at Manda Airport and tossed over the ocean in a boat. My first ever; I wore both excitement and fear, which I strapped tightly with an orange life jacket. That evening I absentmindedly stared at couples seated next to glowing restaurant lanterns listening to the soft ocean breeze, and I thought about the woman I loved. I remember spending my last day – a Saturday – riveted to the allure of the oldest National Museum in Kenya which soaks in history as far...

17 June 2015 » Conversations

On my first visit to Lamu; I was picked at Manda Airport and tossed over the ocean in a boat. My first ever; I wore both excitement and fear, which I strapped tightly with an orange life jacket. That evening I absentmindedly stared at couples seated between glowing restaurant lanterns listening to the soft ocean breeze, and I thought about the woman I loved. I remember spending my last day – a Saturday – riveted to the allure of the oldest National Museum in Kenya which soaks in history dating...

11 June 2015 » Conversations

I want to dance with the lady in red. I want to see how she twists, turns. . .And feel the rhythm when she moves. Maybe this alone will cure my two left feet. I want to sit quietly when she speaks. Watch her earrings nod, and her hands sway this way and that. Hear her voice rise and fall. She must have something important to say. Ha, I want to be playful! . . . and serious :)  I want to smile so effortlessly, and warm the world with my eyes. When we finally dance, nothing else will matter...

11 June 2015 » Conversations

I want to dance with the lady in red. I want to see how she twists, turns. . .And feel the rhythm when she moves. Maybe this alone will cure my two left feet. I want to sit quietly when she speaks. Watch her earrings nod, and her hands sway this way and that. Hear her voice rise and fall. She must have something important to say. Ha, I want to be playful! . . . and serious :)  I want to smile so effortlessly, and warm the world with my eyes. When we finally dance, nothing else will matter...

08 June 2015 » Conversations

So I got me a phoneskin for the last man standing: A brave, generous and humorous soul, with a genuine smile. That’s what it reminds me of each day. Although my mum doesn’t like to see it – cause she’s still grieving – everyone else thinks it’s pretty cool. Nifties makes this kind of cool. Check them out sometime.

08 June 2015 » Conversations

So I got me a phoneskin for the last man standing: A brave, generous and humorous soul, with a genuine smile. That’s what it reminds me of each day. Although my mum doesn’t like to see it – cause she’s still grieving – everyone else thinks it’s pretty cool. Nifties makes this kind of cool. Check them out sometime.

17 March 2015 » Conversations

I’m at the tail end of the 100 Day Challenge. In fact I’m both at the tail and the end because this is my 100/100th post. So this morning, I was watching my Left Brain and Right Brain trying to have a decent conversation about the experience. They called in some media guy, they called me too, but we both declined to join them instead pulling chairs, to listen to them talk: Left Brain [L.B]: So tell me, how did the 100 day challenge begin? Right Brain [R.B]: [Clears throat] It all started with...

17 March 2015 » Conversations

I’m at the tail end of the 100 Day Challenge. In fact I’m both at the tail and the end because this is my 100/100th post. So this morning, I was watching my Left Brain and Right Brain trying to have a decent conversation about the experience. They called in some media guy, they called me too, but we both declined to join them instead pulling chairs, to listen to them talk: Left Brain [L.B]: So tell me, how did it all begin? Right Brain [R.B]: [Clears throat] It all started with the questions...

17 March 2015 » Conversations

I attended a talk by Dr. Victor Koh from Singapore, the other day. Dr. Koh is an advisor to the Government of Kenya on Vision 2030. I remember before he spoke, the facilitator asked: ‘How many people have been stuck sat in traffic this week?’ Every one raised their hands. Then he asked: ‘How many people have running water in their houses 24-7, 365 days a year?’ Only two people in the whole auditorium raised their hands! That’s how it is :/ So what’s all the fuss about Singapore? 1963, as Kenya...

17 March 2015 » Conversations

I attended a talk by Dr. Victor Koh from Singapore, the other day. Dr. Koh is an advisor to the Government of Kenya on Vision 2030. I remember before he spoke, the facilitator asked: ‘How many people have been stuck sat in traffic this week?’ Every one raised their hands. Then he asked: ‘How many people have running water in their houses 24-7, 365 days a year?’ Only two people in the whole auditorium raised their hands! That’s how it is :/ So what’s all the fuss? 1963, as Kenya gained...

17 March 2015 » Conversations

 . . . will I give a chance to the young, or will I scrape for opportunities with them? ___ Will my wife, happily grow old with me, or will ours be a nightmare, an unending horror movie? Shall I be friends with my in-laws, Or an outlaw? ___ Present to do school assignments with my sons, daughters; guide during the raging torrents of adolescence, or will I be too busy pursuing wealth? ___ Will I be a decisive leader, or a weakly hungry to please, tainted, immoral head? ___ Give to charity and...

17 March 2015 » Conversations

 . . . will I give a chance to the young, or will I scrape for opportunities with them? ___ Will my wife, happily grow old with me, or will ours be a nightmare, an unending horror movie? Shall I be friends with my in-laws, Or an outlaw? ___ Present to do school assignments with my sons, daughters; guide during the raging torrents of adolescents, or will I be too busy pursuing wealth? ___ Will I be a decisive leader, or a weakly hungry to please, tainted, immoral head? ___ Give to charity and...

15 March 2015 » Conversations

1. Cut out the noise! A good photo does not include background details that require cropping out. The photographer captures only what is necessary. At Photography school, I’m learning that it’s better to take 20 usable photos than 100 meaningless ones – a great photo begins by restricting only what you require, to the frame. So is life: you only say what’s necessary as clearly and precisely as you can. 2. Contain it, and breathe . . . Work unfortunately expands to fill all available time. When...

15 March 2015 » Conversations

1. Cut out the noise! A good photo does not include background details that require cropping out. The photographer captures only what is necessary. At Photography school, I’m learning that it’s better to take 20 usable photos than 100 meaningless ones – a great photo begins by restricting only what you require, to the frame. So is life: you only say what’s necessary as clearly and precisely as you can. 2. Contain it, and breathe . . . Work unfortunately expands to fill all available time. When...

15 March 2015 » Conversations

My ears will instinctively switch to airplane mode whenever a bus preacher jumps on board. Photo credit | thenet.ng I will get offended before he opens his mouth, and although I’ll try not to fumble with my phone, staring outside the window the whole time is not sustainable either. Some take too long, others are too dramatic, and yet others offer misleading doctrine. But there are those who show up, keep it short and leave. They don’t even collect offering. It’s these ones who leave me with a...

15 March 2015 » Conversations

My ears will instinctively switch to airplane mode whenever a bus preacher jumps on board. Photo credit | thenet.ng I will get offended before he opens his mouth, and although I’ll try not to fumble with my phone, staring outside the window the whole time is not sustainable either. Some take too long, others are too dramatic, and yet others offer misleading doctrine. But there are those who show up, keep it short and leave. They don’t even collect offering. It’s these ones who leave me with a...

15 March 2015 » Conversations

Straight after campus, I shot off to the horn of Africa region where I lived and worked for one and a half years. Being without family and close friends was tough. I watched some relationships crumble, others slowly fade. My job was great, but loneliness would strike on slow days and refuse to leave. I remember staring at my phone, wishing someone, anyone could call me! On the outside I must have looked like I was having THE best time of my life. I did sometimes, but others I crumbled inside –...

13 March 2015 » Conversations

. . . she’s delicately seated a few tables away, sipping from divine awesomeness. My camera and I are mesmerized at her feline ways – the lenses zoomed to 1000%. We’re clicking. Wondering, maybe we could clique . . . I get back to the table, my index finger sore at all the snapping; when she reaches out and passes her share of dessert. To me. This girl I’d never met. . Like a gentleman I accept the [love] offering with a gracious bow – my heart wildly drumming. How can everyone not hear it?

09 March 2015 » Conversations

Let’s go drink! “Why are you hiding?” I ask a 9 year old girl “It’s that man.” “Which one?” “You see the one who just walked in?” “Ehe . .” “He always goes to the bar with my father. He is the one who teaches my father to drink. I don’t like him . . .I even saw them drinking at a friend’s house.” Source – Study.com “I hope my dad will never introduce my little brother to beer.” Don’t call me “How’s it working on this end of the earth?” “It’s tough working away from my family. There are days...

08 March 2015 » Conversations

Behind the curtains Event organizing is a gamble: Organizers do their best to estimate how many people will show up, prospective attendees do their best to stay silent and wait to see who else will be attending. A standstill of sorts, until the due date is dangerously close. Days to the event you’re worried if it will flop or if it will happen at all. By then no organizer wants to make any extravagant plans. But I let all this stress be handled by the very skilled Trezer, Neema and Ndanu, and...

05 March 2015 » Conversations

1. I probably have the yellowest socks on earth. Can’t people accept just me as I am? Deal with it :) Apparently perfect for camping because I can be spotted by choppers when in distress – my brother’s very useful advice 2. So the other day my supervisor asks if I’m planning to marry in the next FY because he’s already drafting a budget and wonders whether to factor my wife’s insurance or not. C’mon not you too boss . . 3. Life is going faster than the white lines on a highway driving, we know...

19 February 2015 » Conversations

8 am, Sunday: a phone call comes in, I’m drowsy with every intention to sleep in/ go to church/then nap again; but it’s a call laced with an opportunity to bond with my boy and we havn’t touched base for a while, I find it too tempting to resist. 12:01pm We’ve driven about 250 kilometres from my bed. 2pm We’re inside a rugby pitch. Several Nyeri High school alumni have organized a match with the current school team. I’m no alumni here. . I’m snapping away. The setting: think of it as Blankets...

19 February 2015 » Conversations

Photography and I always had this complicated relationship; meeting in common places, then stares and drooling but none of us making a move really, just some plain courtesies, and a hope that she’s thinking what I’m thinking . . . But honestly, I didn’t care much for my unit in campus. It was scheduled on a Friday afternoon – a time when my attention was totally sold to colorful weekend scents; I found the DSLR we used too old, complex and irrelevant . . .  the dark room too dark and the...

11 February 2015 » Conversations

Start here: Part 1 and then Part 2 __ Wasn’t I pretty enough?  – a pretty misleading question, because break-ups happen when a guy has no idea what he’s looking for, or the lady, or issues with both, or a lot of other things . . . But I’m no guru, so I let that rest. Thing is I met up with Eva – after the aftermath [is that even proper grammar?] Naturally a poetic soul, because whenever her world is floating in a mushy bubble, words march out so expressively, even in the most mundane of...

10 February 2015 » Conversations

See part 1 here: On a random cloudy day, she stumbles into a four-piece-mahogany-imitation-dining-table that she had badly wanted to buy. Some banter with the uniformed sales guy, before noticing how attentive he was, and she starts thinking hmm. . . he’s sort of good looking, maybe two years older, and darn, he’s smart! What he’s even doing in a furniture shop??? She’s not so keen and lets it slide. But when she finds out he owns the shop, she hopes they will exchange numbers somehow; not...

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07 February 2015 » Conversations

Eva – classy, seductive, fun; with a quiet confidence that unnerves the men she dates. Unusually smart: she’ll talk about world history, throw in Aristotle, Alexander the Great and punctuate it with the Pyramids of Egypt with astounding eloquence, whenever such topics swivel over. But she’s no nerd, she says, and doesn’t even remotely resemble one. Underneath her pillow is a 50 shades of Grey novel – the latest sequel.  She has read through 11 Minutes as well. These two, among other steamy...

07 February 2015 » Conversations

She’s a smooth poetess, he’s a writer, a suave charmer. He dreamt of their words dancing around each other someday, smiling, hitting notes to make a beautiful orchestra. Photo credit | Img Kid On some days, it was he – head over heels. On others it was she. Their love, swinging on a thermostat – like the sun and moon. Gazing at different times. The two lovers. . .

04 February 2015 » Conversations

I struggle reading long posts. You must be really good to make me stay till the end, like Zulu; or with content that rivets me so much that I’m nodding every few lines, like this man > Wamboye who writes on Christian dating, relationships and marriage. Once in a while I stray to The New Yorker and find a story like A cheater’s guide to love, and I stay right on it. Devoid of the foul language, it’s hilarious, a bit relateable but mostly, like all the blogs I mentioned, it speaks about love....

31 January 2015 » Conversations

The wanderer I was excited to be a daddy! Then when my daughter was just a few months old, my brother came in one day and raped her. It was so brutal, she died just a few hours later. That cut through me like a knife, and together with my in-laws, we started hunting him down. We were all looking for him, but when we didn’t find him, they came for me. They said that I was the one hiding him, and could hear nothing of my appeals, nothing about my pain. It got so bad they took my wife from my, and...

29 January 2015 » Conversations

19 January 2015 » Conversations

1. Wait for the ‘greet your neighbor’ proclamation. Do it with enthusiasm! Make the people you shake hands with feel like you’ve known each other all your lives. 2. The moment you hear a call for guests to rise and say hello to the church. Grab microphone with both hands, give such an emotional account about how your life can’t resume to normal because of some misfortune. Make sure it’s emotional enough to elicit some ooohs, and aaaahs from congregants. 3. Ensure you have some kind of proof,...

19 January 2015 » Conversations

1 am The night-time entertainer arrives. Depending on how busy her schedule is, or traffic; this tiny-whiny mouse even shows up at 2 a.m. She squeezes in through the tiniest of spaces, just for a night at our room. 2:15 am – 4am Torch lights. Running battles. Hide and Seek. Red eyes. Torch beams. But my room mate considers her family, so even when he gets a solid chance to squash the damn thing, he politely opens the door and escorts her out instead. 4:02 am She is back again. Unless she is...

07 January 2015 » Conversations

Conversations about me settling down are picking quite a storm. It’s gotten to a point where my boy in Uganda has volunteered to assist. And I am hopeful. Good thing is, he’s constantly updating me on progress: Am [still] searching for a woman for you/ am using Google search engine/ that’s for high end independent mamazzz. . Then another message: Dude, am optimizing the festive season. . . with family, my village watunguyaz/ I have just spotted a nice shawtie in my home village for you . . ....

07 January 2015 » Conversations

Hot tea in hand, we stared at a row of maize stalks as if we could make them grow. My colleague and I. About a month prior we’d taken part in a Conservation Farming demo, and here we were, looking quite disturbed at how tall, and how short some were; yet we had provided matching conditions for each right from day 0. Me to her: “Do you think God also endows us with almost equal skills and giftings then wonders someday why some have so adequately exploited theirs, and others have fallen short –...

31 December 2014 » Conversations

She fell ill as we watched.   One day she was OK, then her moods became erratic, her energy levels took a plunge and her vision dimmed. Only her trips to the hospital became frequent. One day she showed up with ill fitting, ill looking spectacles; but she was yet to find a prop for her moods, and a reliable boost for her energy. It was not until she collapsed someday, that they diagnosed a type of Diabetes. It had also been the the reason for sweating her mattress out at night. So some drugs...

27 December 2014 » Conversations

At 4 am, on November 22, 17 teachers boarded a Nairobi bound bus itching to spend this Christmas with their families whom they hadn’t seen in months. Only they had no idea that they would never see them again, because 4 hours later, they were murdered in cold blood.  I have been to some of the remotest parts of Kenya, and shared the distress that soldiers, medical professionals and teachers go through in serving communities in far flung areas. My pains at having no access to mobile phone signal...

23 December 2014 » Conversations

I found out where creativity lives >> Kitengela Glass. It knocked my winds out. Tucked inside ranges on the periphery of Nairobi National Park, bordering Masai Lodge, Kitengela Glass is a haven of rustic and glass art. Since my visit on Friday, I have been so drunk of creativity, it’s taken me this long to get off the hangover. Here, they “transform recycled glass and scraps of other materials into beautiful artworks, jewellery and homeware.” You just have to go see it for yourself. ....

19 December 2014 » Conversations

A lot changes in one year – and 26 has been such a year for me. Am looking back. . . Photo credit | Vnutz . . . as I sink both feet into 27. The lows Life is fleeting Tough gong, super alpha male, my grandpa takes a bow, hours after I have put him to sleep. I don’t see that coming, even though he does, and mentions. I figured it all later on . . Lamu attacks – I head to Lamu in no time to assist in an emergency humanitarian response. The impact is massive. The in-betweens I fall in and out...

18 December 2014 » Conversations

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” ― Elbert Hubbard. When I took my annual leave shortly before Jamhuri day, part of the plan was to spend some quality time with my blog so we could get to know each other a little more. . . She had dared me to catch up on my 100 day challenge, and I had no doubt that I could. But the allure of doing everything else has been too tempting; I have watched our dreams get a little blurry – with the demands escalating from writing two...

10 December 2014 » Conversations

I feel things whenever I listen to Elani.  A week after attending Share the Love concert, I was ready to be christened an official Elani groupie die hard fan. The ceremony would be conducted at an undisclosed location – the only issue was when. So last Friday, an opportunity to do CSR against a backdrop of the unblemished live melodies of Elani arose. I sold all my worldly possessions and turned myself in, ready to be Muthoni’s and Wambui’s slave for life. Eh, this thing is serious. I rove you...

09 December 2014 » Conversations

A volunteer – Single, beautiful, outgoing. Her boss, guarded, insecure. Single. Probably doesn’t like how Terry laughs, talks, but especially that she hangs out with the boys.. The Letter One sunny day, she writes up a recommendation for Terry, and casts it to the four winds. Photo credit | WalkerMorris It’s 3 years now. The words she wrote haven’t stopped haunting Terry. Letter II – Terry [to me] Hey . . . it seems that whatever was in this letter has then also gone to company xxx and has...

02 December 2014 » Conversations

Dear Barber, Havn’t done this since we had that talk years ago. I cheated on you. Due to pressures of time and distance, I had to get it cut at a shop nearby to avoid the suspicion that I had joined a cult or something like that. Am sorry. But not entirely. See I landed in the hands of a female barber and I sort of liked her gentle ways. She nudged me here, gently pushed me there, and apologized each time she thought the machine has stroked me the wrong way. Oh with my head clasped in her hands...

01 December 2014 » Conversations

The recent violent stripping of women is a case of a low-moral-turpitude-disease that sadly, no legislation can heal. It manifests itself through carnival appetites of lust toward vulnerable females deemed indecent and makes men do things that would disturb those of the Biblical Sodom who – young and old – shouted: “Where are the man who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them” [Gen 19:5]. In Nairobi they shout: where are the women in short skirts? Show us so...

24 November 2014 » Conversations

Said the event begins at 3. . Good. No wait we said 2pm. Oh look it’s 2 already. Am part of the organizers and am late. Darn..  . Now am cussing (just a bit). A message drops in, Trezer, says something.  . yeah she’s running late too. Now am cussing (a lot). Well, not cussing cussing. . .   Finally Nairobi traffic drops me into the CBD. I spot Maich. Maureen is already at Cold Stone too. Thankfully, she’s no trouble spotting. Some group is singing patriotic songs at a corner of the new Cold...

20 November 2014 » Conversations

It’s amazing when you find parallels like these. . . Two people in history with the freedom to do everything else, save for one thing. Then one day, It comes too close. .   It matters how we handle our freedom. . .

18 November 2014 » Conversations

Life sucks when a sack at work happens. First there is a subtle brush of excitement that you can breath at last! Then annoyance, anger, fear and all other gray energies that pull over shortly after. With heavy bills quickly in tow, it’s not before long before you start hoping for something, anything at all. So you pray and promise to be faithful handling whatever comes. Then it comes. . . First there is a subtle brush of excitement that you can breath at last! Then annoyance, boredom and all...

11 November 2014 » Conversations

Due to some recent happenings, I sat with myself and thought and thought . . . Fortunately, some inspiration drove by. It was in the form of some coooool site. But wait before we get there. . . Am strongly convicted that: The important thing is not merely attendance of more church services or any more motivational forums, but acting upon what you hear. When you find that one thing you’re gifted at, and give it your best, sonny the world is yours.   That said, here’s the site that colors your...

04 November 2014 » Conversations

      Photo credit | Madga (my apologies!:)           On the real though, a writer should write to please himself :) _____ You might want to check Hug like a Champion, it’s fair to say it inspired me today.  Model: Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi    

01 November 2014 » Conversations

This is part of a fictional story travelling across blogs. Part 1 here. ____ Delicately sashaying across the office, Tash could sense their drools. When she did eventually find her desk, she let the burgundy-coloured-purse drop, and turned this way to survey the aftermath. . . The pairs of eyes following her submerged for a moment, and even though a bit disappointed that the guy from purchasing hadn’t arrived yet, she bent slightly to plug in her machine – her final dance of seduction. Oh, I...

31 October 2014 » Conversations

Jammed with traffic here. The sun is hitting my window at a confrontational angle I turn the other way. . Outside the window is a bus.. from my almer mater. Nostalgic memories already. It’s certainly the 5 o’clock one to Athi River. As expected on a Friday evening, it’s just a handful students inside. They’re probably international students; or some chaps with hot weekend dates – so hot they have to ride back. Who knows, there could be a few who havnt seen course notes this semester but have to...

29 October 2014 » Conversations

A black suit, a red bow tie… I sat listening to a most fluid speech last Thursday, and though I left pretty enraged by a pessi-African view of my skin color and what it had done to my mind, and my mind to my skin, my spirit is lifted today; because a light has gazed upon me. What was so remarkably striking in the speech by Prof. PLO Lumumba themed around the Biblical Nehemiah and Pan-Africanism cannot be diluted. I start with the few one-liners before I slide to the jugular. Any credits to the...

27 October 2014 » Conversations

Photo credit | Forbes Post starts from here. All eyes turn when Mr. Vimal Shah steps in. As he begins, I can’t help but notice how energetic he is considering he has been up and about since 5am. As a fresh graduate, the alumnus from USIU shares that he wrote a business plan, with the goals that he was keen on implementing. According to him, a goal gives focus and enables you to maximize opportunities coming your way. Challenges in starting out His greatest problems when starting out were access...

25 October 2014 » Conversations

In Nairobi, an event scheduled to start at 5.30 PM, starts at 6 PM or later. So I arrive at the earlier version…. At 6 PM only to find it’s started already. I’m both impressed and feeling sheepish for being late.  Nonetheless, I warm up to a drink before camouflaging with the rest of the audience.  As I sit there sipping my sugarless coffee, wondering what in the world made me not put sugar, I greet and introduce myself to a chap sitting next to me. Some small talk, we exchange contacts, and...

22 October 2014 » Conversations

I stumbled upon Young Rich on a lazy day. Showing was a feature about bodaboda operators who had made a fluid entry into real estate. It glued me. Since then I have re-watched it many times over, sharing it with co-workers, friends. . . because it challenges me! In it is a perfect model for chamas today. One little problem showed up when the link crossed borders though. As it’s almost purely in Swahili, I’ve had to transcribe the whole 35 minutes of it :/ and insert subtitles in the hope that...

22 October 2014 » Conversations

I stumbled upon Young Rich on a lazy day. Showing was a feature about bodaboda operators who had made a fluid entry into real estate. It glued me. Since then I have re-watched it many times over, sharing it with co-workers, friends. . . because it challenges me! In it is a perfect model for chamas today. One little problem showed up when the link crossed borders. As it’s almost purely in Swahili, I’ve had to transcribe the whole 35 minutes of it :/ and insert subtitles in the hope that someone...

20 October 2014 » Conversations

What must have gone through her mind the moment she heard about her husband’s demise was: ‘Oh my, I was just kidding. . .” Because the two often held mock debates teasing each other about who would go first, before laughing it off. Now that my grandpa lost this duel, he owes her one when they meet again. His life was full of color, and after living it boldly for 100 years, he leaves some few valuable lessons for men today: Lessons – A man: 1. Is opinionated – before he gave up drinking, stories...

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