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What’s In It For You?

One of my favourite quotes is ‘Everything Has a Price’ by Paulo Coelho. Paulo Coelho is an intelligent Brazilian Lyricist, in his early 70s, and his Book, The Alchemist is proof of why we should take his quotes seriously. We will talk about him some other day. Let’s focus on his quote for now. When is the last time someone did something nice for you? You know, like, bought you a gift, took you out for lunch, sent you some money, called  to check up on you, remembered your birthday and the like. The common quality in all these acts is that there is an investment incurred either in terms of time or resources. We are not living in the best of economic times. Time and Resources have become quite scarce in this global economic depression. Therefore, everyone is looking for ways to spend every penny and/or every minute wisely. By wisely, I simply mean spending it in a way that the investment accrues some returns. For instance, this person that came to your mind as you read the above paragraph, how many other people would they have done the same niceties to but did not? I mean, why did they not remember […]

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KENYA’S BEST ADS OF ALL TIME

Kenya is a nation blessed with a great deal of Media Freedom. Media Freedom. Is this even a thing? Ask our Ugandan friends about media freedom whenever you meet one. They pay taxes for Tweets and Facebook posts. Brands have taken advantage of this media freedom to sell their value to existing and potential customers by running series of Television Advertisements. I sought to ask around what the best TV Ad campaigns have been. You know, the ones that you just sing along like a 6 – year old every time they come on. The ones that don’t make you want to change the channel when they keep coming on in between your favourite soap opera or soccer game. The ones you would say, ” Give me two ” without knowing what they are selling and what it can do for you. Here are the top 5 best TV Ad campaigns of all time Kenyan history. Niko Na Safaricom – Safaricom Niko Na Safaricom is a campaign launched by Safaricom in 2010. Its Lyrics portray a brand that simply empowers its customers, makes them stronger by uniting them and proudly inspiring them to do more, together, simply because they are […]

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COMMONLY MISSPELT WORDS

Hii Lugha ilikuja na Meli! (This language came from overseas). If you’ve lived in Kenya, you must have heard this phrase, or better yet, said it. It is an excuse we give whenever our English Airtime runs out. Ranking highly on my checklist for my perfect woman (We’ll talk about the checklist some other day), is her understanding of the language. Forgive me, but a lady who cannot get her spellings right is a huge turn off for me. Feminists, let’s not do the thing where you ask why it only applies to women. It just does. Astonishingly, mastery of the English language is not directly proportional to one’s level of education. I have heard professors introduce themselves by saying, “My names are Prof. …” So, what are some of the biggest Misses in English. My name is… My name is Kennedy Kiiru Macharia. Those are three names. However, I said my name is, not my names are. The Kenyan curriculum does not emphasize this enough but regardless of how many names you have, whenever you introduce yourself, never ever say it in plural. If you are a victim of this, let’s give it a try. Type your name into […]

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WHAT’S THIS BLOG ABOUT?

My name is Khan. Sorry. That’s a movie. My name is Ken. I am a young man from Subukia, Nakuru County. We, folks from Subukia like to pride our small town as the heart of the Great Rift Valley. We are also the home to one of the sacred shrines in the world which was one of the destinations former Pope The Late John Pope II visited in his historic visit to Kenya in 1995. You wouldn’t know that because well, you were either one, or two, or unborn. Anytime you are in Subukia, I can take you on a little trip to the National Shine up the Rift Valley escarpment for you to witness the marvel of mother nature where sacred water oozes out from a rock. Yes. No inlet. Just a rock letting out pure, ice – cold refreshing water believed to cure diseases and bless faithful Catholic souls. Some people say it’s a hoax. Well, that’s a story for another day. I have often been described as highly disparaging and judgemental. I think these folks are right. I happen to have an opinion, sometimes highly controversial, on almost anything. Sports. Politics. Music. The economy. Donald Trump. Alcohol. […]

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