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#OdeToYouth: Lesson 7 – Have a healthy respect for booze, it has the power to ruin you

“Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whisky, and a dog to eat the rare steak.” These words by famous TV show Late Night host, Johnny Carson often ring true to me. I do enjoy my whisky. In fact, I daresay that I frequently take Penicillin’s inventor, Alexander Fleming’s advice: “A good gulp of hot…

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#OdeToYouth: Lesson 2 – Learn how to sweep a floor

My last day of high school was a Thursday. My mother, one of several accomplished hoteliers and caterers in our family, had arranged that I would start apprenticeship at the Tropical African Dream Hotel in Malindi. Apprentices at the hotel were essentially being given practical training for them to become hotel managers. One had to…

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A grand old man passes away, leaving life-long lessons behind.

When I met Mungai Gatoro in 2009, I was awed by his simple eloquence – regardless of what language he was speaking. He spoke Gikuyu, Kimeru, Kiembu, Kiswahili, English and French flawlessly. It was interesting to watch him outside his homestead speaking with different people in the different local tongues spoken in Kiamuthambi near Kerugoya-Kutus. He…

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I trudge alone.

I trudge alone, Though it doesn’t seem so, From the day I left her house of warmth Amidst tears and fervent protestations I was shoved out into this cold bitter path In which i trudge alone. Onward i am forced Towards the cul-de-sac that i hope That i hope is warm as her house of…

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Proposals to build on: How about we crowd-implement mega public projects?

In my blogpost from two days ago, I made some proposals for a concerted effort to make the northern frontier of Kenya more secure – from Lokichoggio and Sibiloi in the Northwest to Pokot and Marsabit slightly further south to Garissa, Wajir and Mandera. A specific proposal that I made is that we should build…

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