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06 October 2016 » White African

MAISHA BOTTLED WATER ON NON RETURNABLE BOTTLES. To lead a helathier life in this society that is on-the-go  maisha bottled water comes in handy in a smart and healthy choice Ketepa Maisha bottled water is commited to provide a path back to water as a healthier beverage of choice.Water supports water public system which is important to Ketepa as it cares for the natural resources with water which has a long and deeply held tradition of effectively and responsibly protecting and managing natural...

06 October 2016 » White African

KETEPA WINS TOP ASK AWARDS AT THE ASK MOMBASA INTERNATIONAL TRADE SHOW 2016 Kenya Tea Packers Limited (KETEPA) won top Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) awards in the just concluded Mombasa International Trade Fair (MIS). KETEPA won the ‘Best Stand that Interprets the show theme’ award after the adjudicators vetted KETEPA and agreed that its business activities were in synch with the show’s theme – enhancing technology in agriculture and industry for food security and national growth. The...

22 June 2016 » White African

Working as a Team. KETEPA is home to some of the most fascinating, inspirational,ground breaking people in the FMCG industry, passionately working with all of us to grow our business and nurture KETEPA brands. Here are a few reasons why team building is important in the workplace: 1. Facilitates better communication – Activities that create discussion enable open communication among employees, and between employees and management. This can improve office relationships and in turn, the quality...

18 May 2016 » White African

Water an essential component to getting your body ready As we gear up for the Mater Heart Run 2016, top on the list is maintaining your fitness amidst your busy schedule, is drinking plenty of water. We share 3 benefits of water that will help you maintain your health and fitness as you prepare for the Mater Heart Run. Water Helps you to tolerate pain Having bottled water is essential as you gear up for the marathon. For moms, this becomes a challenge to remember to carry that bottle of water...

17 May 2016 » White African

How to Drink Water to Stay Fit and Healthy You have heard it said time and again that to maintain your health, you ought to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Most people know that they need to take water to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Water is beneficial to your body as it keeps you hydrated and keeps your most important organs running. One of these organs is the kidney, drinking lots of water helps the kidney to flush out toxins in your body, in addition, another important body organ that...

04 April 2016 » White African

The post SAVOUR SIPS OF KENYAN TEA IN QATAR SOON! appeared first on Kenya Tea Packers Limited (KETEPA) - Tea, Black Tea, Green Tea, Safari Pure, Ketepa Pride, Tea bags,, Loose Tea, Kenyan Tea.

03 March 2016 » White African

Benefits of Green Tea Green Tea has been cultivated for centuries, beginning in India and China. Today, tea is the most widely-consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. Hundreds of millions of people drink tea, and studies suggest that green tea  in particular has many health benefits. There are 3 main varieties of tea; green, black, and oolong. The difference is in how the teas are processed. In this blog, we will try to explore some benefits of Green tea. It is made from...

15 December 2015 » White African

Northern Kenya has always felt like it’s a different country, most Kenyans don’t seem to get north of Isiolo and it really is a forgotten place. This was made clear two years ago when we were on our Turkana Eclipse expedition and a man told us, “when you get to Kenya, tell them…” This week finds us up in Northern Kenya again with our education solution from BRCK, called the Kio Kit (video). We figured that if we were going to get some real value out of seeing how people use it, let’s go to...

23 November 2015 » White African

There have been a lot of negative rumors and one-sided stories across Kenyan social media of late about the business changes at Angani, a Nairobi-based Cloud services company, and the subsequent platform outages that occurred. It’s an unfortunate state, as people I’ve known and respected for many years have not tried to get the “other side of the story”. A few have reached out, and after doing so have chosen to remain silent rather than go against the current meta-narrative that is being...

29 October 2015 » White African

‘Mashujaa’ Mint Tea Punch This is a simple recipe for making quick tea in the morning or any other time of day. Treat the entire family with this simple and healthy tea punch. Ingredients: Serves Four · 3 cups boiling water · 12 sprigs fresh mint · 4-5 Ketepa Pride / Safari Pure tea bags (Buy now) · 1/4 cup white sugar · 1 cup orange juice · 1/4 cup lemon juice · 5 cups cold water · 3 orange & lemon slices for garnish (optional) Procedure Place the tea bags and mint sprigs into a large...

07 October 2015 » White African

KETEPA participated in the country’s largest international trade fair in Nairobi,  a convergence point for players in the agriculture and agribusiness sector. The NITF  provides the players a platform to show case their role in agribusiness through demonstrations and personal interaction with 400,000 people who visit the NITF annually. Through a well laid out display of company operations and market activities, KETEPA was able to showcase its endearing commitment to enhancing technology in...

27 September 2015 » White African

I’m out test-riding this Kibo 150cc motorcycle today (it’s designed and assembled here in Kenya) asking boda boda riders what they think of it. Since 2010 there has been a massive influx of motorcycles into Kenya due to the reduction in duty on bikes under 200cc, and until 2013 there was an extra exemption on import duties for motorcycles completely assembled in-country. Tens of thousands of young men have taken to the courier and two-wheel taxi professions due to this. The staple of the...

26 September 2015 » White African

Kenya Tea Packers Ltd (KETEPA) was the official water and hydration sponsor of this year’s Mater heart run held in Kisumu County on 26th September 2015. The company offered over 5000 bottles of Maisha Pure drinking water for the participants in this year’s mater heart run in Kisumu. While commending the Mater Heart Run project’s effort to help children with heart ailments get necessary treatment, Mr. Collins Cheruiyot, KETEPA’s Managing Director said community support is a priority and KETEPA...

06 August 2015 » White African

A photo posted by Ciril Jazbec (@ciriljazbec) on Jul 25, 2015 at 10:30am PDT National Geographic photographer Ciril Jazbec was in town capturing the tech entrepreneur feel of Nairobi and surrounds. I’m about a week late on my post, but thought I’d round up some of the news from the crazy week that ended with the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi. With US President Barrack Obama in town, bringing some of the biggest names in tech and business with him, it was bound to be a...

05 August 2015 » White African

I end up talking a lot about our tech community here in Kenya and I’ve had a front seat to what it looks like from the iHub. In my mind, I think about it like the cable conduit below, where you have multiple different parts that seem to look, feel and act independently, but together form a whole. One grouping is starups, another is investors, another is large tech companies, and yet another is researchers. There are bloggers, digital creatives, visiting techies, SME leaders who’ve learned...

07 March 2015 » White African

Celebrating the Community – iHub’s 5 Year Tech Bash 43 companies in the Kenyan tech scene have come together to put on an event for 3,000+ people in the tech community, the #5yrTechBash at the Arboretum. The iHub is turning 5 and it’s a testament to the people and companies who make up this space that we’re thriving and have a chance to celebrate. It’s a community event by all of us, for all of us! Community as our Legacy There has been a long history of the tech community in Kenya coming...

05 January 2015 » White African

Github created a list of the open source software products based in Africa

01 January 2015 » White African

The Tony Elumelu Foundation has set an ambitious goal, “…to create 1 million jobs and $10 billion in annual revenue in Africa.” They are choosing 1,000 entrepreneurs from across Africa to be a part of the new TEEP program, and they plan to do 1,000 more each year for 10 years – that’s 10,000 entrepreneurs total. Not a small number. If you do the math, this works out to $10,000 per entrepreneur, so it can’t be about funding as much as it is about learning. Applications open today (Jan 1, 2015...

31 December 2014 » White African

Which tech companies were funded in Kenya in 2014? I thought I’d compile a list of the ones I know of. Send me any that I might have missed. Early stage capital Angani – Public cloud computing provider BRCK – Rugged, wireless WiFi device CardPlanet – Mobile money payment system aimed at business and NGOs Chura – Transfer of airtime between SIMs iProcure – Software for optimizing rural supply chains OkHi – Physical addressing system for logistics solutions Sendy – Motorcycle delivery service...

31 December 2014 » White African

52 Weeks of 2014 from WhiteAfrican on Vimeo. A slideshow of 52 of my favorite shots from 2014. More on Instagram at @White_African

31 December 2014 » White African

I’m (finally) playing around with updating my blog theme and layout for easier posting of images and asides. Standby today as this goes through some iterations.

31 December 2014 » White African

Click to view slideshow. I just wrote a post on the BRCK blog upon returning from our 9,000km jaunt from Nairobi to Johannesburg and back. What I didn’t cover there is that most of the fun in these trips is mixed in with the people you go with, and the list of characters who were a part of this trip was amazing. The expedition team at Makuzi, Malawi

11 December 2014 » White African

Before we left Nairobi, 2 weeks ago, I though that a 500km day on a motorcycle was a long time. Now I just ask, “well, what will we do in the afternoon then?” BRCK truck top Our setup of BRCK plus Amp plus Car antenna We left Harare, where the Arensen’s had hosted us for two nights in their lovely home, for a bit of a long day. We were gambling that we could make it through the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border AND then the Mozambique-Malawi border in good enough time to get to a campsite by the...

08 December 2014 » White African

We made it into Harare, Zimbabwe last night after a long 17-hours traveling. Due to the rainstorm in South Africa we were forced to sleep 230km from the Beit Bridge border crossing, well shy of the 30km we had planned. The wind was blowing and gusting so hard we were forced to ride at odd angles. Eventually we were forced to call it and went to find a place to sleep by 11:30pm. A 4am wake-up and we were traveling and at the border by 7:30am the next morning. Beit Bridge Border Beit Bridge...

06 December 2014 » White African

Netia McCray of Mbadika I met Netia McCray at Maker Fair Africa yesterday. She’s an MIT grad who’s working on a project called Mbadika (it means “idea” in the North Angolan language of Kimbundu), which is about teaching kids the basics of electronic prototyping. She does this using some very inexpensive solar-charging kits, designed to be put together and understood in an educational workshop, or on their own. Mbadika is a new program, so they’re just getting off the ground themselves,...

06 December 2014 » White African

Custom Denim Car in South Africa One of the most ambitions items at Maker Faire Africa this year in Johannesburg, South Africa is Samuel Ngobeni’s “art car”. He’s a designer from Germinston, who has spent the last three years building his ANIMAL car, from the ground up, that means the frame and all. It’s a work in progress, though starting in 2011, it’s not quite done yet. The first thing you’ll notice about it is that it’s completely covered in denim. When I asked him why, he said, “...

30 November 2014 » White African

TL;DR – We’re chilling by Victoria Falls today, a 5-hour drive took us 11-hours yesterday, and someone stole our med kit, a vest and 300m Nikon lens in Livingstone today. Reg and Philip giving a BRCK demo at Bongohive Friday was amazing. We had gotten in the night before to Lusaka, and this meant we got to spend the whole day with the BongoHive team and the rest of the tech community here. They were some of the most hospitable people, and we gave demos/talks on the BRCK, as well as Mark...

28 November 2014 » White African

Catching up on a few updates at once here, you can read about Day 2 of our trip here. It’s 6am in Lusaka, Zambia as I write this. The last two days have been a blur as we covered over 1,700 kilometers from Dodoma to Lusaka in what can only be considered as marathon sessions from sunup to just after sundown. Fortunately, both Tanzania and Zambia have some of the best roads we’ve seen, and the motorcycles and car all behaved well with only one slow puncture the whole way. We took small...

24 November 2014 » White African

(Cross posted from the BRCK blog) I’m writing this blog post using my Mac, connected to a BRCK which is connected to a satellite internet connection using an Inmarsat iSavi device, somewhere about 100km from Arusha towards Dodoma. Inmarsat gave us this test device, a small unit, made for global travelers, so we could test out what worked and give them feedback on their tools. It also helps us figure out what connecting to the internet looks like when you’re beyond the edge of the mobile phone...

22 November 2014 » White African

Two days from now we begin a BRCK overland expedition to South Africa. Like any of our trips, it is meant to be fun and adventurous, while at the same time giving us the opportunity to stress test our product beyond the norm. In the vein of our past expeditions to Turkana and the Nile, this one is on the edge. We’re taking 3 motorcycles and a Land Rover from Nairobi to Johannesburg in time for Maker Faire Africa on Dec 3-6. As usual, we’ll have a couple guests, or “shotgun riders” as we...

18 October 2014 » White African

Perhaps one of the longest projects to come to fruition for me has been Gearbox. Over three years ago, a couple of us started talking about the need for a makerspace in Nairobi, which turned up a notch to something more like a rapid protoyping and light manufacturing facility. We see Gearbox as the on-ramp for more industrial manufacturing to happen in Kenya. We were thinking of two types of users. First, somewhere that the rapidly growing community around robotics and electronics at the...

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