My son: God is a she.

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My son and I are in the car going to school: “Daddy, we shouldn’t lie because God and Jesus are up there watching us,”…

Marketing Ability: Crystal Asige

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Every morning, after going through the news and social media, I spend some time on Youtube monitoring the channels that I subscribe to. As…

Loneliness at the top is a real thing – CEOs and Leaders struggle in deathly silence.

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Recently, I saw a Facebook post by Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko and I sympathised with him. I generally have not had very high thoughts…

She works: How do we recognise and value domestic work?

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In recent years, as I have continued to grow older, I have endeavoured to eat healthier consistently. The journey started when I attended a…

My hopes and fears of the Uhuru-Raila meeting

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I read today that Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga today had a meeting, in which they agreed to work towards healing the deep rifts…

When I was the only man in a gender discussion…

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This week I am in Mexico City, Mexico. I am attending a learning exchange meeting between organisations from Mexico, Senegal, Kenya and a few…

#ApostADay: Taking up the Challenge and leading ladies.

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At work, I have some ladies who I often refer to as “my ladies”. In the early days of the Open Institute’s life, we…

The challenges of being non-partisan and the pursuit of objectivity

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Throughout this electioneering period I have remained generally silent. I have allowed this blog to go quiet and I have generally kept my views…

“Let people cope,” says Al Kags on suicide.

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The first time I ever heard of suicide, was when I was maybe nine years old. My grandmother’s best friend was found in her…

Why I oppose the Coal Plant in Lamu (and everywhere else in the world)

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Over the last few days, I have come out and spoken strongly and publicly against the Coal plant in Lamu. I have enjoined myself…

Instead of Universal Basic Incomes, Lets try Universal Basic Outcomes.

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Economists globally (but especially in the west) are increasingly having a debate about a potentially world changing idea, dubbed Universal Basic Incomes. In a…

Why we bring the kids to work…

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Our office is called the Kaya. It houses the Open Institute and Thellesi Co. Once a week during the holidays we have a bring…

Why I will vote in August

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On January 18th, I spoke about why I felt that it was so much harder for me to get to the polling booth this…

To vote or not… that is not the question.

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Chances are reasonably high that I will vote in Kenya’s general election this year. In all other elections at which I cast my ballot,…

New Blog Alert! Joe Otin on Advertising

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2017 is definitely going to be a good year. My friend Joe Otin, an accomplished hand  (and brain) in the Kenyan advertising and market…

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An unusually happy post about Safaricom

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These holidays in my shags (Malindi), I decided that I was going to get a more significant internet connection that the modem. I enjoy…

An unusually happy post about Safaricom

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These holidays in my shags (Malindi), I decided that I was going to get a more significant internet connection that the modem. I enjoy…

Naivasha Tragedy: We are full of shit.

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40 people lost their lives in one place, at almost the same time – for most of them, minutes apart. Their lives literally went…

Driving from Nairobi to Nakuru (150km) can take 5 hours. Here’s how.

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It has taken me 5 hours to travel from Nairobi to Nakuru – a distance of 150km. According to google maps, observing all traffic…

Will the real Jeff Koinange come back?

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I have beef with Jeff Koinange. It has taken me time to pen this because I wanted it to be a considered commentary on…

Do we have the same dream?

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I watch a lot of American TV and Movies. In fact I watch them enough to recognise their influence on my language – I…

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Last year, I attended the very successful Africa Open Data Conference and there I said some things that I was later told are unpopular…

Are there guidelines on the protocol to honor Kenya’s flag?

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I am very passionate about two of our national symbols – The Flag of Kenya and the Kenya National Anthem. So passionate am I…

#OdeToYouth Lesson 15: Start saving today! Seriously, you’ll thank me later.

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Wandia Gichuru, Managing Director, Vivo Activewear By Wandia Gichuru / Adapted from her Nation Interview with Thomas Rajula (June 30, 2015) I was 21 when…

Wow. That is all.

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                  I am amazed by this video.

#OdeToYouth Lesson 14: Be Present in your life today, don’t let go of your youth too fast

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In the course of my journey, in which I reflect on my adult life, these past 18 years or so, I open up my…

#OdeToYouth Lesson 13: Take time to do something – while you have it

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It has been a while since I last posted something on this series that I started months ago. The delay is a combination of things…

#OdeToYouth Special: Why I choose to boycott University of Nairobi graduates

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Last week, I posted a notice on my Facebook page, stating that in the companies and organisations that I have influence in, we shall be…

Life Story & Inspiration: Lorna Kui Irungu

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#OdeToYouth Lesson 12: Ignore the drama, focus on the gold

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My inspiration today comes from the story of Kenyan Gold Medalist Jemimah Sumgong, who during the London Marathon, fell and banged her head, got…

#OdeToYouth Lesson 11: Be the great person you are supposed to be – NOW.

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I often enjoy listening to the BBC World Service in traffic as a means of engaging my mind. I started listening to the World…

Why the reality of philanthropy confounds me.

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Note from me: I usually write about work stuff on the websites of the organisations that I represent – and that is because necessarily…

Mourning tourism – especially in my hometown Malindi

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Lately, my mind has been pre-occupied with tourism in Kenya and its very worrying trends. Much of my childhood was spent in Malindi at…

Lesson 10: Goals are guidelines not laws written on tablet

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When I was in my late teens, I read somewhere that I should set my life goals. In that book, which I now cannot…

#OdeToYouth Lesson 9: Think differently about money

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Guest blogger, my friend from Passionately Kenyan just sent me the blog that I could never have written better. Lesson 10 of the #OdeToYouth series.…

Bring SDGs Home

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6 Lessons we have learnt at the Open Institute

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#OdeToYouth 8: Your 20’s “TurnUp” turns up in your 30’s

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At some point when I was in my twenties, I did very many jobs – at one time, I had five jobs: I was working…

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

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“Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whisky, and a dog to eat the rare steak.” These words by famous TV show…

OdeToYouth Lesson 6: Run your own race, Keep you eyes on your ball

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Its Christmas. And what a year it has been. A couple of months ago, I made a commitment to write 30 blogposts about what…

#OdeToYouth Lesson 5: Forgive your parents and yourself

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When I was in my early 20s, I was very angry person. It didn’t take much to get me to fly off the handle…

OdeToYouth: Lesson 4: Travel as often as you can

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I have had the good fortune to travel to many parts of the world – for a few days in some cases and a…

#OdeToYouth – Lesson 3: (Guest blogger) – No success without Sacrifice.

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My friend, who writes the #PassionatelyKenyan blog is also an ex-youth like me – she is my age. She is a C-level executive for a large…

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

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My last day of high school was a Thursday. My mother, one of several accomplished hoteliers and caterers in our family, had arranged that…

#OdetoYouth: Lesson 1 – Learn hard, Make a brave choice

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I left Malindi, where I grew up for a major part of my life on January 6th 2000. I knew that moving to the…

Ode to youth: 30 days of reflections from an ex-youth.

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Over the past couple of weeks, I have spent a bit of time with young(er) people who have come to “sit at my feet”…

How many ICU Beds do we have in Kenya?

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Over the last couple days, (well, mostly yesterday) I took up the effort of trying to find out just how many ICU Beds we…

Of bored youth and the rise of pedestrianism

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Today I had the good fortune of spending some quality time with a young lady who I work with closely. In the discussion that…

I trudge alone.

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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…

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

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In my blogpost from two days ago, I made some proposals for a concerted effort to make the northern frontier of Kenya more secure…

Garissa #147. Proposals to build on.

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147 people lost their lives in Garissa two days ago. I do not feel capable of speaking to that incredible loss. What is there…

Larry Madowo on Digital Migration (Oops!) – a hoi polloi response.

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Larry Madowo has spoken on digital migration and as a Kenyan (who is a big Larry Madowo fan), I am perplexed. For one, I…

Masaibu: couples at the supermarket – heaven and hell depending on who you ask.

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Have you ever watched couples in the supermarket? The chap usually looks (and feels, I assure you) like he would calmly stroll over to…

7 Jobs that will soon be extinct – and 1 industry that has radically changed.

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There was a time when to make a phone call, you needed to find your way to a building (home, office etc) to find…

Flow-etry: I need a prayer

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I need a prayer. I. need. A prayer. A prayer for divine consolation, insulation – at least a diversion to rid my brain of these…

Finding my fingers

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When the public trusts the police, the war against crime will be won.

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(photo: mpasho.co.ke) This week I woke up to a tweet that a person had been robbed of Kshs. 75,000 worth of household items –…

Make the anti-terror bill better and we will support it.

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One cannot envy President Uhuru Kenyatta and the security apparatus that he supervises on our behalf. They have been dealt a very tough hand…

Female bodyguards and other random thoughts on #MashujaaDay

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Kenyans today celebrate Mashujaa day – Heroes day – when they remember the heroes who fought for our independence, the heroes who sacrificed a…

Rare kudos to government, and a warning: don’t mess this up

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Note: I submitted this article to the Nation last week but it was not acknowledged, so I shall publish it here now. It is…

4 years later we still hold our Constitution: the speech I wish president Kenyatta made today

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Four years ago today, Kenya promulgated a new constitution. This milestone enshrined in law such important ideals as respect for all persons and their rights, equality…

I went to see JFK and thought about honour

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Today, I went to the Arlington Cemetery and visited with John F Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States and paid my respects.…

How sustainable is OGP?

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Having been involved in promoting the Open Government Partnership over the past couple of years in Africa, I have had a couple of experiences that have…

Kazi Ya Mkono: The little celebrated secret to success

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I was just about to leave the office when I decided to take a cursory final look at my social media – one for…

Experiences from the Washington Fellowship

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Here are some posts of my experiences as a young African leader participating in the Washington Fellowship. It has been a very rewarding few…

All of me… This is how to get rid of rodents and roaches in your house.

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All you have to do is play this three times… Post by Dj Ganyani. Of course, you might also move out..!

Marketing Ability: The Ability Movement

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A couple of weeks ago, after having listened to Stephanie Mach, I blogged that one of the key things that must be done to reposition…

Condolences to Juliana Kanyomozi

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I have just learnt with a lot of sadness of the passing of Juliana Kanyomozi’s son from the Fenon Records page and also from…

Short Story: How Al lost his virginity

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He expected it to feel like something… well, different. It was his first time, she was sitting next to him laughing that wise, knowing…

John with his pumpkin

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His eyes opened at 4.30 in the morning, as they had for all of the 45 summers that had passed, just about an hour…

Marketing Ability: It’s time we repackaged the cause of the disabled

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A few days ago, I had the opportunity to hang out with Arizona State Representative, Stephanie Mach, in a session where she talked about…

Essential Question: Can Open Government Really Change the World?

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I have just started the six-week academic sessions of the Washington Fellowship at the Arizona State University. During this time, I shall spend my…

Winning Customer care speaks your language

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This is a twitter exchange between a concerned customer and Safaricom’s customer care – in Sheng, a Kenyan mixture of English and Swahili. The…

News: I have been selected to be a Washington Fellow in 2014!!

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When I relaunched this blog a week ago, I intimated that something good has happened in my life recently and its only fair that…

Living Memories: a story from Lokitaung, Kenya

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Today, I want to share with you one story. From Lokitaung. There used to be a prison there during the colonial era. After independence…

Will the Kenyan Jack Bauer get cracking – and keep me out of it?

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Today, I was accosted at my gate by some government officials, who said that they were from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social…

Me. Refreshed. Again.

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  Every so often, I can’t help myself – I feel the need to change the look of this site. I suppose it happens…

Open Data Day Kenya a major success!

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  Open Data Day Kenya was a huge success. I am so proud of the Open Institute Community team (Led by Simeon Oriko –…

Stepping up my game: getting skills for the 21st Century

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In a bid for self-improvement, I am now adding a new skill to my reserve of basic skills: video editing. As the world continues…

Of Africans in Suits and Ties

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Tonight when I couldn’t sleep, I happened upon a Guinness documentary on Youtube that is worth watching. The video was about the group of…

Open Data Day #KE is here!

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I am so excited. The International Open Data day is coming up on February 22, 2014 and in Kenya, we are holding it simultaneously  in three…

Meeting IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde

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This week I meet Ms. Christine Lagarde, MD, IMF. This week, the 11th Managing Director of the IMF, Ms. Christine Lagarde is in Nairobi,…

My 2013 challenge: find all matatu routes in Nairobi

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So I have set myself a challenge before the end of this year. I would like to document all matatu routes in the greater…

I object: Government cannot regulate politics at parties.

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Today, I saw this permit that is required when one wants to host a party during this festive season. I think its a good…

Farewell Nelson

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Today Africa – nay, the world – lost a great man. I never met Nelson Mandela but I feel as though I knew him…

Announcing Open2063: A civil Society network

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Today, I was excited to be part of the launch of the Open2063 initiative, which is a network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that…

#KCPETRENDS: Tracking Performance in Primary Schools

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At the Open Institute we are keen to add value to the public discussions on current issues by providing data at the very least.…

Kenya Airways: Perfecting the cattle class feel

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My latest trip to Seoul, Korea was an enchanting one, filled with some very new experiences for me and I will write about those…

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Recently, my colleague Bev, asked me a number of strategic questions relating to Africa – What are my dreams for Africa, What do I…

Oh, man!

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I am very raw and wounded and sad from all the deaths at Westgate and outside of there.

My Statement on Westgate Tragedy

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My fellow Kenyans, Yesterday, we were jolted to find that yet again, we were under attack from a band of terrorists, who attacked and…

New VAT Law bring savings into my home!

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The VAT Act became law in Kenya and was implemented in the past two weeks. With it, came an increase in a number of…

Bureaucratic Nonesense

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It would seem the frustrations by members of the public relating to government processes are common across the world. I was amused to read…

Can we “soup up” the National Anthem?

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This article was published this past Sunday in the Daily Nation (Kenya). Last week I attended the admission into the roll of advocates of…

SAMSUNG RETRO

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I am worried.

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I am worried. What is worse, is that my worries are non-specific, nagging and lurking at the back of my mind constantly as I…

Lean in – a book for every woman & (surprisingly) man

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When a guy hears of a book that is discussing the role of women, well, the average man is inclined to run for cover…

Let’s Get Serious With Posta Kenya

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Remember when? For better or worse, we have a new government and almost certainly, we shall see new leadership for many of the parastatals.…

Kenya Power is not hearing Wanjiku

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We want good quality power at low cost now. For many Kenyans, Kenya Power (formerly KPLC), is a source of head-banging-against-the wall frustration. All…

Sitawa Namwalie’s Etiquette for a Tribalised Nation* for Kenyans

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My Friend, Sitawa Namwalie, has the uncanny ability to say things that are uncomfortable sometimes in the Kenyan context – and yet, usually, they…

Elections are over. Moving on, nervously.

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This blog has been silent this past few weeks. And in that time, I have been more than a little listless, I couldn’t get…

Lessons from KODI: Completing the Job

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My friend, Alex Howard from O’Reilly Radar, asked me a question in September last year that I have wrestled with since: “What are the lessons…

‘The Failure of Satire in Campaign-period Kenya’

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My friend Stephen Derwent Partington asked me to post this on my blog (Squatting has taken on a new meaning I think – you…

This man Sonko… a new kind of leader?

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This man Sonko. That he has had three blog posts on this blog, (this being the third after this one and this one), must…

Sonko is an idiot. Maybe not.

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Last year, I wrote an angry blog post, where I wondered who Sonko represents. Young people, I wondered? Not me, I averred. Until last night,…

Check your Voter Registration Status – usisleki!

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Tech2Shags goes live in Malindi!

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A few weeks ago, I wondered on this blog why it is that the Kenyan ICT industry, advanced as it is, is based in…

Getting Open Data to the people – An example: GotToVote!

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I am really excited. Just yesterday, I was speaking at a conference organised by Development Initiatives in Nairobi, where Civil Society Oorganisations were thinking…

Why I am likely to vote for Peter Kenneth

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Its early days yet. The elections in Kenya are still about 100 days away – and I havent even registered as a voter (that…

Poor, Poor Silvio!

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Contrition Personified. Silvio, looking very sorry for his deeds. Silvio Berlusconi is back in Malindi, after being sentenced to four years in Prison. He is…

Reflections After Demo Africa: Getting Innovation out of Nairobi

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Today, it was suggested that I am loosing my business touch – with regards to Kenya’s development – and that I was getting perhaps…

WE PROTEST: #KOT Against Mps Bonus

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Today, Kenyans on Twitter (#KOT) staged a protest in Nairobi, which was against the Members of Parliament awarding themselves a Kshs. 10 million per…

Make it okay to fail, and maybe development will fail forward

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Blog post #2 from the Open Africa Summit, Zanzibar Until today, I had never met Rakesh Rajani, the great man who leads Twaweza. I…

Interest of Gov’t same as Interests of the people?

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Blog Post #1 from the Open Africa Summit, Zanzibar I write this on the flight back to Nairobi from Zanzibar’s Melia Hotel (the subject…

I support the Peremende Movement

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About 2 weeks ago, I met a doctor, one of those that are on strike in Kenya, over dinner and I asked him why…

Finally off Blackberry, I vote android

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I have been a steadfast blackberry user for the past 7 years – making it a mainstream tool everywhere I have worked in that…

Why not? Why can’t Kenya vote via SMS?

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In my last post, I promised to share my musings on the Kenyan elections. I did muse a little on this subject at the…

NDI Conference: Open Data and Elections

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This past week I was invited by the National Democratic Institute team in Kenya to speak at a conference they organised in Nairobo to…

Thoughts from a television series – When will Africa be there?

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Every once in a while, I binge on whole seasons of TV series – sometimes to my own detriment. Lately, I’m binging on medical…

Al Kags named New Generation Leader for Africa 2012

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I am humbled and honoured to be named a New Generation Leader for Africa 2012, by the Africa Leadership Network. According to Fred Swaniker,…

Random thoughts from dowry negotiations

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Today I attended a wonderful ceremony – a Gikuyu traditional dowry negotiation. In this age, such things as dowry have been given bad connotations…

Dreams of our sons & daughters, dare we imagine?

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend half an hour with a 85 year old man who moved to Washington…

Caroline Mutoko, new chair of Tourism Development Corporation: My hopes

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This week, my friend Caroline Mutoko was appointed to the Chair of the Kenya Tourism Development Corporation, a little known state corporation that is…

Talking about Business Intelligence @ICPAK

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Today I had the privilege of speaking to Certified Public Accountants at the Annual Conference of ICPAK in Mombasa. The topic that I was…

Kenya Open Data Initiative one year on

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I have just returned to Kenya from a week-long trip to Washington DC, where I attended the International Open Government Data Conference (See the liveblog)…

Are Social media sites the future really?

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Lately, I have been asked to contribute thought to managers on the subject of social media. Is it an annoying distraction propagated by a…

Long live the Diamond Queen, Elizabeth II

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Elizabeth II is celebrating 60 years of her reign of the United Kingdom and its 15 territories. I have no real idea how this…

#OpenMD Week & Reflections on Generation Y

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I am sitting in at Ataturk Airport in Turkey on an eight-hour overlay. I am headed to Chisinau, Moldova (Its a small Eastern European…

All is well. I’m back on this blog

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It really has been a long time since I last blogged. So as I start again, lets get you caught up on whats been…

Go well, Hon. Michuki

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Whether one liked him or not, Hon. John N. Michuki had one admirable reputation. He worked hard, was clear about his own beliefs and…

28Feb: Sing for Unity!

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On 28th of February, I will stop what I am doing at 1pm, and together with many other Kenyans, sing the national anthem. For…

Tribalism is a middle class disease – deal with it at that level.

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A close friend of mine this morning sent me this message, which I post here verbatim: “Jana I was at a house party celebrating…

Open Data Jan 2012: Media User Community Engagement

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Kenyan media owners and open governance advocates resolved this week to urgently establish a national task force to promote data-driven journalism. The industry-led task force…

Internet wins: Now what?

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After what is billed the loudest internet protest in history, the highly controversial SOPA and PIPA bills, that were due to be voted on…

Shocking revelation of Google Scalping Mocality!

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I am saddened that my first post of 2012 is a dismayed one, but I am so surprised and dismayed that I must post…

Moses Kemibaro New Director of Sales @InMobi

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Popular blogger and techpreneur, Moses Kemibaro is now the Director of Sales at InMobi Africa, the mobile ads company, joining Isis Nyong’o. Moses shocked…

Sonko: who does hi represent? How? Aargh!

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Reckless Bloggers, online commenters beware!

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I have today become aware of a case that has been filed in court by Paul Muite and others against a political activist, Moses…

The Power of Open: my reflections

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Nathaniel Heller, MD Global Integrity Commons I said yesterday that, I am likely to have more to say as part of the discussion started…

Open Africa: Kenya achieves another milestone

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This week, as the world went through its annual routine of holding the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, a very significant global…

Fire. Again. With Political Melodrama (yawn.)

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I’m sorry, I am completely unable to feel distraught or more than passively chagrined by the unfortunate events at Sinai slum in Nairobi. I…

The value of Open Data

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Today, I have been thinking a great deal about Open Data and the value that would – or should (or maybe must) be assigned…

East Africa’s First Real Soap Coming soon

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I intensely dislike Soap Operas – revise that: I hate soap operas. I do not understand why tele-novellas are popular in this region. In…

Why hasn’t the vice-president moved into his house?

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Should we consider whether the project was ill-concieved?   Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka is an unfortunate man at many levels. Not only has he…

Stop! Let’s take a moment to think about education

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Boy, it has been an eventful decade since “the second liberation”, hasn’t it? President Mwai Kibaki is coming on to the sunset of his…

Open Data. Open up to a new world (random reflections)

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I have recently been reawakened to the fact that the world is changing – at far more profound ways that I was aware of…

A new season, lessons of the recent past

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It has been a while since I last blogged. While I was away, I have done important things: First, I went back into the…

“Call me Willy,” he says.

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Today the new Chief Justice, Dr. Willy Mutunga, only one week old at the helm of the Judiciary signed up on Twitter and Facebook,…

Pivot25

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PIVOT25: East Africa’s Biggest Mobile Tech Event from Pivot25 Conference on Vimeo.

Samuel Wanjiru… & Boys.

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I yesterday posted a disturbed email to a listserve called ConcernedKenyanWriters and an interesting discussion ensued that helped me to clarify my position on…

Think with me

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Its been a while since I blogged. During this period of silence I have been pondering a whole bunch of critical questions. These include:-…

Oh, God of all creation. Kenya we Pray.

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This song, I hear it and my blood rises to a flame, and I hear my national anthem and I pray.

UN Security Council with the Kenyan people

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"No, Mr. Musyoka. But thank you for coming." The Vice President and his team have wasted millions of Kenya shillings to go to the…

Safaricom Innovation Board kicked off – and then disbanded.

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See update at the bottom. Yesterday, was an eventful day at Safaricom. It was the day when the Safaricom Academy was launched – a…

I sang the National Anthem and felt real.

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At the beginning of this past week, on Feb 28, we paused at 1pm and sang all three verses of the National Anthem. I…

Social Media & Personal Relationships

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I discovered today that a close friend of mine removed me off of their twitter and facebook accounts – essentially blocked me. After the…

Crowd sings the national anthem

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28th February: Sing & Unite for Kenya

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In the face of ethnic polarisation, a highly politicised atmosphere and the daily search for daily bread, it is sometimes easy for all of…

28th February: Sing & Unite for Kenya

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In the face of ethnic polarisation, a highly politicised atmosphere and the daily search for daily bread, it is sometimes easy for all of…

Nokia-Microsoft Partnership: from the pan to the fire?

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The Two Steves: Nokia & Microsoft CEO Last week, Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop sent a note to its employees around the world that they…

Me @ TEDxNairobi

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The most basic responsibility of a patriot is to vote, when the time comes. But the growth and prosperity of a nation require more…

Isis Nyongo new MD, Inmobi Africa

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I have just learnt that my friend Isis Nyong’o (@inyongo), formerly the Google Business Development Manager has been appointed VP & Managing Director of…

EGYPT RIGHT NOW

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In Solidarity with Egyptians, and with the blogger, Sandmokey (of the Suspended sandmonkey.org – who on twitter can be followed on @sandmonkey), I am…

Nokia, the World’s most sustainable tech company (Kenya’s too!!)

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Nokia, was yesterday pronounced the 4th most sustainable company in the world in the 7th Annual rankings by Corporate Knights, a Toronto based media…

3 reasons why Customer is King. Always.

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  (Republished from the Evolution Africa blog. Evolution Africa is a consultancy formed by a passionate, committed and talented group of highly successful professionals whose…

How not to automate taxation processes

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(This article was published today in the Daily Nation.) I don’t particularly like the tax man, but reports that the Kenya Revenue Authority has…

Kenyan prostitute stimulates, excites me, makes my morning

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The highlight of my day today, was to discover a new blog, the diary of a Kenyan prostitute at http://www.nairobinights.co.cc which is a fantastic…

We stay with the Hague! Sign the petition!

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I have today signed the petition for Kenya to stay with the Hague Process and I want to be one of 1 Million Kenyans…

Mr. Bean, the devil

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This is the video by Mr. Bean that started me out on my religious journey. The particular reference to christians startled me adequately to…

Pay attention to the Mobile Web

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Recently, White African posted on his blog that we should pay attention to the Mobile Web in 2011 in a way that I need…

technorati

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Digital Knowledge

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I have just noticed this blog post by Bankelele about research released by TNS Digital about digital Content – usage of the internet, what…

China & Me: We start here

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This year, I have resolved to learn how to speak and write in Mandarin, China’s official languange. I have also resolved to try my…

China & me: the beginning

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This year, I have resolved to learn how to speak and write in Mandarin, China’s official languange. I have also resolved to try my…

So proud of Amani

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PARLIAMENTARY IMPUNITY: Where is the fury?

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It gets worse by the day! First, MPs banded together in Parliament and passed a (nonesensical) resolution for Kenya to withdraw from the International…

Kenyan Pundit new Google Policy manager for Africa

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The new Google Policy Manager for Africa The best news I saw while on holiday at the close of 2009 is that Ory Okolloh,…

Electric Cars: is Kenya ready?

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Forget the major issues of availability of electricity and so on. Kenya, along with the rest of sub-saharan Africa, is among the countries that…

VP invests in bandaid for IDPs this christmas

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Kenya’s venerable Vice President, Kalonzo Musyoka today donated over Kshs. 7M worth of foodstuff to IDPs in Nakuru and Mai Mahiu as a christmas…

Mummy time

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I woke up very early this morning – at 4am because I couldn’t sleep. My mind was so awake and so many varied thoughts…

The Business of Philanthropy

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Regardless of each person’s views on the subject of helping less fortunate people do better, it has been found to be as sensitive a…

END OF AN ERA! WE HAVE MOVED

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Al Kags no longer lives here. He has moved to his own permanent house at www.alkags.com. This blog has been set to self distruct…

when i grow up….

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CALL OUT: QCS Poetry – Indigo Smoothies

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This is a call out for entries into the sixth part of The Quarterly Colour Series of Poetry, Indigo Smoothies. The Quarterly Colour Series…

Black and Proud: why?

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After watching the rerun of the 2007 BET awards on TV, a special friend of mine and I got into a discussion on the…

I am romantic! I am!

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i am very romantic… i can show you – check this out. I come over to your place in my jalopy to pick you…

Is right or wrong standard or relative?

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One of my close friends recently became saved – and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of his life. He had been coming towards this…

Essentially, Woman

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Great artists become great because they were nurtured in some way by some woman or women somewhere, in the same way that great people…

Nairobi is on 24 hours, thanks to Nakumatt

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I can now officially confirm that Nairobi is well on its way to being a 24 hour city – Nakumatt by Nakumatt. it started…

Momentary fit of defiance… or is it?

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I know. You are looking at the post below and you are wondering where trhe defiance in me came from. I don’t know. You…

Why should I apologise

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Why should I apologise/ am i I not a soul like you?/ do I not like you cough in the midst of the dust…

Welcome to the blogosphere, Njeri

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My lawyer, Njeri Mucheru Oyatta, recently started blogging – this month, as it happens and she has written some riveting mind boggling chapters that…

Why Kibaki has won the elections already

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President Mwai Kibaki this Sunday officially announced his candidature in the upcoming general elections in characteristic style – matter of fact, simple announcement that…

Come on, lets dance… oh, lets.

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I wrote this 5 years ago today. So, I am posting it on my front page for a few minutes, to celebrate that I…

Why I am against affirmative action for 50 Kenyan women MPs

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Kenya is contemplating having affirmative action for 50 women to join parliament and Martha Karua has even suggested that this be constitutionalised. This is…

CALL OUT: QCS Poetry – Brown Steps

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After collating all the data, I am happy to let you know that the immediate past Quarterly Colour Series ebook, Green Piece, was read…

Life Changing moments

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Do you have a story about a situation about your life that profoundly affected you and your life? Perhaps it is a story of…

The sensetional unworld

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It is interesting how the world goes round. One day you are down, the other you are on top of the world. One day,…

Africa, rejoice! Peupe is here.

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Finally, my company, Multiple Choices has released the first blog application that has ever been built in East Africa. The team, headed by the…

The Quarterly Colour Series IV – Green Piece

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It has taken a long time to release this ebook. Finally, a few weeks late, I present Green Piece, the fourth ebook of the…

I’m feeling bright and so does my blog

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It has been one hell of a week. miles and miles of roller coaster rides and I have been successful. I spent some time…

Why youth doesn’t have my vote, yet.

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While I feel able to claim to be a supporter of the youth for leadership campaign, I cannot honestly bring myself to say at…

Finally, Omo tells a simple story.

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After a few years of fumbling about, Omo has finally got its act together and found a believable story. The brand, whose name I…

outsourcing

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this a discussion on outsourcing

Quarterly Colour Series: GREEN PIECE CALL OUT

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This is a call out for entries into the fourth part of The Quarterly Colour Series of Poetry, Green Piece. The Quarterly Colour Series of poetry…

Don’t Call me an “African” Writer

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I yesterday had the priviledge of attending a discussion forum organised by Kwani? during the Caine Prize for African Writing Workshop that is ongoing.…

Shoot To Kill, I vote.

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When an individual is able to congratulate himself on the attainment of enlightenment- or when such an individual reaches his Nirvana on a subject,…

Security: Shoot to Kill

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I have recently become a proponent of the Shoot to Kill as the policy to control crime in Kenya. This was after I had…

The People’s Parliament – Bunge La Wananchi

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In 1978 when Mzee Kenyatta died, the cost of a 2kg packet of maize flour was Kshs. 2.80. On December 27, 2002 maize flour…

Broken

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He woke up in the middle of the night and realised what this nagging weight has been in the deep darkness of his spirit…

Red Streaks

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Please find attached the latest addition to The Quarterly Colour Series Published by Al Kags, called Red Streaks. The Theme for Red Streaks is…

WSF: great talk, no walk

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A follow up article by Al Kags. A little more than a week ago, I asked a question – or a series of questions…

Kibaki will probably win this elections

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By Udi Kagwe It is difficult for anyone to deny that Kenya is at a good place today. Certainly much better than in years…

She loves me, She loves me not

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she loves me, she loves me not, so go the questions in my head tying my emotions to a knot driving me right round…

The Races: The start of a series

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Kenyans are for the next two years in for a veritable treat as far as entertainment is concerned. For eons, competition has been the…

Hillary for President

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If it was up to me to set the agenda for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Campaign and it was up to me to write a…

Multi-party Democracy: Public Attitudes, Civic Awareness and Participation

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The Steadman Group recently carried out a survey on the public’s attitudes of Multi-party democracy issues, Civic Awareness and the public’s participation in Democracy.…

Church Must Get a Grip – The Hominids Stay.

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The Heads of the evangelical churches in Kenya, led by the Bishop Boniface Adoyo, who is the leader of the Christ is The Answer…

The New Year

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Well, now the new year is here and a good yearit looks to be. For me it has started with a trial that has…

World Social Forum Comes to Africa – so what?

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by Al Kags The 7th Edition of the World Social Forum is going to be held in Africa for the very first time –…

Response from Nairobi Stock Exchange on the site

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I saw an annoyed post on Rants, Raves and Reviews (coldtusker.blogspot.com) about the Nairobi Stock Exchange Web site. I got to seak to Chris…

The King is Dead: long live soul

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At 73, James Brown, the undisputed King of Soul passed on today in an Atlanta hospital of congestive heart failure, the result of pneumonia.…

Celtel kicks Safaricom’s ass – Dec 22

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In an interesting twist of events, Celtel yesterday made a huge marketing tactical coup over Safaricom. Whether that onslaught is only a battle won…

‘Tis the season to be jolly – bila ubaguzi

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The Celtel – Safaricom rivalry is well known and accepted in Kenya.  Indications are however that we are yet to see anything of this…

Why Kibaki is likely to win 2007

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Make no mistake: Emilio Mwai Kibaki is well inside the race for the presidency in 2007 and much as many would rather he went…

Been away: I wonder where…

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I have been unable to write for the past few weeks partly because my keyboard has hardly been working – literally rather. And on…

WAPI: To one his own

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Mzee Kiko | Septuagenerian’s view Exactly eighty-nine years after Matthew Murrey’s rack locomotive, called The Salamanca started work for the Narrow Guage Midleton railway…

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Red Streaks

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This is a call out for entries into the third part of The Quarterly Colour Series of Poetry, Red Streaks. The Quarterly Colour Series…

Levert, go well.

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I was shocked to read today that Gerald Levert, left, passed away about 9 days ago. I wonder how I missed the news but…

Old Dog learns a new trick

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Mzee Kiko | A Septuagenerian view I am seated outside my house on the Ngong’ Hills over looking to one side the planes that…

I belong, by Toutatis

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It did not hit me until I was well into the Uhuru Park walk way how nice I felt. It was dusk and the…

Kenya cabinet reactions: initial reaction

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By Udi Waithaka President Mwai Kibaki has today reappointed Prof. George Saitoti and Hon Kiraitu Murungi back into their original dockets – Education and…

Umuhimu wa maji

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Looking through my past emails, i found this one. Gikuyus will find it funny. Riu ona nii ndaririkana murata wakwa witaguo Mbogo turi std.…

Our cyle, our lives

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A pregnant woman and a child were this week killed at the Dadaab refugee camps in northern Kenya, in a spate of flash floods…

And once again South Africa leads…!

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Going to South Africa is normally a fairly daunting experience for most Africans.  Not much about it is “standard” African issue: not the cities,…

Write round about town

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There is a homeless woman in Woodlands, UK who started a blog chronicling her life. The unnamed woman who prefers to maintain the identity…

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN

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Men and woman are different. They think differently, they do everything differently. They think differently. I found this article that demonstrate it. The Difference…

So has anyone ever heard of Endomol?

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Yeah me neither. Initially, it sounded to me like a new drug being introduced in East Africa. Well I actually did some research and…

The Voice of the young

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Many of us have been 25 once. Many of us hustled and scrounged to get by at that age. Some of us, had an entrepreneural…

FYI: Update Like Clockwork

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This is just to let you know that this blog will be updated twice a week every week – that’s every Wednesday and Saturday…

Woman or Human?

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A couple of days ago, I was seated with some business executives who were saying that women executives are wired differently from men executives,…

Re: Tribute to Alistair Cooke

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Alistair Cooke was a great man who influenced my young life and my writing a lot a few years back. Today, i have thought…

Saddam’s verdict: a no-win event for the world

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Let us not kid ourselves. That Saddam Hussein has been sentensed to death only represents to the families of the 148 shias in Dujail,…

The Question of Hawkers and Others

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An interesting discussion is developing on Mambo 101 on the question with in depth articles on the question of hawkers and other “riff raff”…

The Question urbanisation

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As part of the discussion on hawkers & others By Udi Waithaka  The question of urbanisation is an interesting one especially in the case…

The Reality in Zimbabwe

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By Eddie Lambo  Kenya went through this in the eighties. South Africa went through this during apartheid. Virtually every country in Africa has gove…

New Blog in town on serious issues

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check out mambo101.wordpress.com, a new serious entrant to the blogosphere… there’s a prediction on the US presidential elections of 2008. This promises to be…

New Blog in town on serious issues

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check out mambo101.wordpress.com, a new serious entrant to the blogosphere… there’s a prediction on the US presidential elections of 2008. This promises to be…

The Question of Hawkers & Others

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The question of hawkers in Nairobi (and other parts of Africa) is a touchy one for most Kenyans. The running battles that they constantly have…

Hillary & Obama: the guys to watch in 2008

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By Al Kags The views herein are based mostly on instinct but they feel so real that they just may be true. In 2008,…

MSK WARRIOR AWARDS LAUNCHED

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The Marketing Society of Kenya’s warror awards have been lauched. The well attended lauch was done last night at the Haveli’s restaurant at capital…

Chai Tamu – mapenzi na maisha mazuri

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Haya, Imekuwa ni Kawaida sasa kwa Al Kags kuchapisha vitabu pepe, kama “Quarterly Colour Series of Poetry”, ambazo in safu za kizungu. Hii leo…

eti nini?

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Mwanadada fulani eti kaniuliza kama najua kuandika kiswahili, kisha akapata mshangao nilipomjibu kihakika. Mwenyewe anaishi Bongo, kwao haswa ni huko Tz lakini makubwa ni…

Discovering a proud son of Mumbi on a mission

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One of my aunts one of whose major distinctions in life was to start my Gikuyu education at a very late age in life…

New Look

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She told me that she hated the old look. I knew i didn’t like any of the themes  that were  available on wordpress –…

Blue Smudges

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The second edition of the Quarterly Colour Series that is compiled and published by Al Kags is out. This one is bigger featuring more…

I accept. Farewell Sensei

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A great man died on Monday 9th October 2002. He had devoted his adult life solving big problems facing Africa. His life was spent…

7 year old hero – and i’m related to her!!

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7 year old saves mom 05:24 PM Mountain Standard Time on Monday, October 9, 2006 By Claudia Rivero / 3TV reporter With her mom…

Are Chics fed on Chicken feed?

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I was yesterday informed by two girls who go toboarding school that the reason girls in secondary boarding schools get fat is that chicken…

Where do the men go?

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It is a big deal when the wwomen are beaten (read:battered) by their spouses. Some men are battered by their spouses and girlfriends. Where…

To each his own, devil and angel, alike.

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A couple of days ago, I was able to experience in one evening, the disparity of people’s lives. I was able to mingle with…

Issues by kenyanexpressions

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Issues by Maik Maik of Kenyanexpressions (http://kenyanexpressions.blogspot.com), has published an ebook called Issues. Really good poetry too. Click on the link above to download.

Ufarisi

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I’ve just noticed a new blog that came up today. Its a tough life that the owner is living. I’ve been there… broke, homeless,…

AFRICA LETS WORSHIP!

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Saturday September 30, 2006 2:26 am. Singers from over 70 churches in Kenya are presiding over a concert that is attended by well over…

Piracy is an old song, best dumped

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To Listen to this article:Download mp3 I read Sunny Bindra’s column this Sunday in the Sunday Nation and I was hit by the –…

Book review: Where we have hope

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Chinja Maitiro – Change the way things are in ZIMBABWE. I would love to be able to record my activities and experiences as I…

Ziara yangu Uhuru Park

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Baada ya kutumia baadhi ya masaa ya asubuhi yangu katika eneo la kupumzikia la Uhuru, yaani Uhuru park, imenijia akilini kwamba maneno ya wakongwe…

Coup ’82: Where were you on that day?

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August 1 1982, Nairobi Kenya. It was the day that changed a lot of Kenya’s history to what it is, today. It was the…

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Call Out for Writers

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Do you have a passion for Africa? Are you passionate about brands and branding? Can you write captivating articles?  Brandscape, a  brand strategy think…

Grey Spots

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I have just published the first of the quarterly “Colour” ebooks, called Gray Spots. Do download it and enjoy it as much as you…

I’m tired.

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Its 5:16am on Tuesday 5th September 2006 and I look at the clock and realise that the night has just whizzed by. I have…

Get of you behind, Africa, and compete

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The argument of compensation is a misguided farce August 28, 2006                      By Al Kags As I do every Sunday, I read Prof. Ali…

This is what frustration… or foolishness sounds like

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I saw this message on Mashada – http://www.mashada.com/forums/index/show_topic/22/110559/index.php – and I thought about it for long before I could respond. What do you think?…

I’m proud to be Kenyan, and I’ll say it out loud, thank you.

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When Rodgers Rop turned to Christopher Cheboich, Francis Kiprop and Mbarak Hussein, to hurry up and catch up and take the memorable photo finish…

She’s dancing in the wind

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It was time. She was alone. She has lived well. Her dress is long and white Her dreadlocks are long and tied. The light…

bear your soul… and so i did

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bear your soul ”my dear friend, bear your soul bleed the blood root of your pain you have nothing but to gain a heart…

Guy, Remember the Fifth of November

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Digital Essay Nairobi, Kenya “Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot, I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason…

kiswahili cha tukuzwa kweli?

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Nimekua nikiwaza kwamba hii lugha yetu pengine imedidimia kiasi kwamba hakuna atakae ijibu blogi hii. Aghalabu ni kwamba kiswahili sanifu hakizungumzwi tena humu nchini…

Amenipa juju! Do you know Auntie Dote?

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Amenipa Juju! Ah, who would have thought that I would have to face these issues, today? After all these years of being decidedly single…

7 Principles of an Eagle

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Author Dr. Myles Monroe  Eagles fly alone at a high altitude and not with sparrows or mix with other smaller birds. Birds of a…

Get moving on ICT, Kenya

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By Al Kags The World Economic Forum in conjunction with the INSEAD institute every year compiles a ranking of countries that measures “the degree…

Wanted: Kenyan Publishing Agent

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Preferably white, old, part of old boy’s clubs in the UK (an Ol’ chappy) and the US (an Ol’ Boy), male (duh!?) and ready…

The Kenyan Tenses

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For a long time, I have said away from the netter’s scene. There was a time when like clockwork, everyday I would deposit some…