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TOM MBOYA


When I strayed during my High School days, I would pass by the late Tom Mboya’s house and many times, the lights in his study were mostly on up to about 3 AM, they say he was self educated and he studied into the wee hours of the morning. Early the following morning you would see him on the papers at some functions. This man worked hard, things did not just come easy to him.

When I attended University in Northern California, I was told a story of how, when John F. Kennedy was campaigning for president, and there with him was a young African leader. Kennedy introduced him ” ~ I have here today with me one of Africa’s rising stars, and I want him to stand up for two minutes, greet you, and tell you what he would like me to do for his country when I become president.”

Tom Mboya stood up and said “~ Senator Kennedy, my country is poor and we only have a handful of college graduates, when you become president, our prayer is that you help us train our future leaders by granting them admissions into American Universities, giving them scholarships, and because we cannot even afford the air tickets, providing us chartered airplanes to bring them to US…”

Tom Mboya was such an eloquent speaker; his words were etched in the minds of those who heard him that day, when he was assassinated, I saw something I have never seen in US- special edition newspapers in midday ” Africa’s shinning star assassinated in the streets of Nairobi”

As a result of the late Tom Mboya’s efforts, in 2008/09, the African country that had most people in US was Kenya.

We love and recognize one of Kenya’s greatest sons and specifically for his great acts. He may have gotten into cross-hairs with another great son of Kenya and a consistent nationalist Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, but we recognize each one of them for their most unselfish contributions.

Tom Mboya will continue to inspire us with his work for centuries to come. I hope the unveiling of his statute will embody those virtues and continue to inspire us as Tom Mboya always did.

BY: Peter Mwaniki -US

For the Good


How amazing that undoubtedly we are on on earth for the good of others!

We farm not for ourselves but for the communities.

Businesses are set to serve the gaps of other people

We want better governance for the good of the nation’s citizens

We toil so hard for our families; wife and kids

I do appreciate and respect all of you for making this earth a better place for me!

I will put my best foot forward to serve all I come across with enthusiasm and vigour!

Making New Life – the creators experience


Watching this BBC video as shared by Rajesh Kumar Gupta, one cannot fail to be inspired to create new life. His approach is simple, his goal noble and his enthusiasm really charming.

Theo Jansen of Holland started with what he could find and now has improved his design into lovely new life.

Read more and watch more of Theo’s improvements here

Turn badwill into goodwill


 

“They might be planning the worst for you but it can turn up to be your promotion”

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, th…e donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

MORAL :
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from God.

An Adaption from Psychic Dilemna on George Marsha’s FB wall

Built by Hurt


How does it feel when a loved one makes you sad?

How do you feel when you are the one that makes your love sad?

I know how it hurts when a friend does the despicable. I have been the friend that sometimes inflicts the pain. No ice cream as sweet can dilute the sour taste. Not their ask of pardon deletes the hurt. So what then after being hurt? Workmates may cause us to suffer inside. They unknowingly or maliciously take up our projects. Make changes to our work without consulting or due cause. They often take credit of your good work. Sideline you when your proposal wins the job. Give you roles that seem to work in your disadvantage as they are full of contentious issues. A boss may be out to make you have no peace.

A spouse may do silly things and bring disgrace to you. They may never want to own up but continuously cover up. Friends many times will leave you hanging. They rejoice when you fall. They are okay with you only if they are on top. They may never pay for the coffee or even try to. They always have a favour to ask but never available when you have one. They may never forgive you for one mistake yet they expect you to note they are human when they err. This is the part that Jesus as a friend makes so much sense.

There are two critical decisions to make when in pain.

1. To dwell in denial and blame

2. To shake off; forgive and move on with or without them

When we do continue the blame game and continuously try to replay the scene, we only hurt the more. If we replay and try re-set the scene then we could hit depression. Our minds are in constant motion so if we replay a moment too long then we suffer the risk to hit a snag. Like a disc player trying to play a corrupt section of the disc, the only sound will be screeches. We know too well that can cause damage to the greater part of the disc and the laser head too.

So I choose to mend my errors to friends, family and my love. I will not seek the answers to why and how. I will not replay the hurt inflicted on me or I caused to them. I will sincerely apologise, restitute where possible and double my energy to grow into a new dispensation of that relationship.

Yes, things might never be the same but then in motion there is more gain than being stagnant in pain. I will forgive, I will pray good tidings to them and usher God through Christ to solve the mystery of hard relationships.

Change is in the Air


I remember watching Grace Omamo in 1997 elections media round-up, speaking about the change that was about to sweep Kenya. Being just a teen then I did not see it perhaps given to the fact that I was of limited height. An ardent reformer then (I hope still is) she went all round prophesying and calling Kenyans to embrace the change or become insignificant.

She became so vocal among other revolutionary minds the likes of Muite, Kibaki, Raila, Mutula Kilonzo et al. All her civil education in 1997 cannot be compared to her passion in the re-run to 2002 elections. Vividly I remember her narration as LSK boss “…..Kenya is changing for the better ooo Yes I can see Kenya’s liberation….I can see it, I can feel it and Yes I can touch it!…” She was caught up with emotion and her strong conviction could not be missed as this clip was replayed in news over and over.

I was young then and naive to how fast the said change would occur. Like a river changing its course it is never visible until the underlying rocks lay bare and further from the new route. the World, Africa and indeed Kenya is changing.

Watching the IEBC interview of one learned fellow Jotham Arwa made me love the man. He has been relevant to the new dispensation and has adapted with the change. So much so that his opinions of ethnicity, Chapter six of the constitution, Kregler report and vision is mantled in his wake both in the past and present. He is an accomplished lecturer, advocate, policy consultant, sober and level headed.

He came humble, fresh and different. His resume had his wife’s name and included his children; now that is new! He was so calm that many of the panelists treated him with extreme caution. I would love to exude such at any presentation or screening. And it was evident is widely read. With such a man, Kenya is truly going to change.

I salute the appointment of Duncan Okello immediate former CEO SID-East Africa as Head of Staff in the Judiciary. We have seen his contribution to Kenya and the region from his days in Youth Agenda, Institute of Economic Affairs and his last posting. He embodies the spirit Kenya needs and kudos to our CJ and his team for headhunting such a brain. Many heads will roll but for sure head-turners like these proven men will surely direct us to the future we pray and work for.

In the same wake Zambia’s new president made good of his promise and has turned the civil service upside down. With many having been shown the door. Most of the remaining ones have to reapply and the new appointees have a tall order to perform. We pray good tidings to our sister Zambia.

Who knows, this could be replicated in Kenya when the new government is ushered in. So all of us need to embrace the change. I like what Bishop Oginde of Christ is the Answer Ministries presented in his sermon just before the Chief Justice (CJ) was confirmed 29th of May 2011. He quoted 1 Timothy 3:1-7 which details the qualities of a Secular leader( remember Bishop pieces from chess) as expected by Israel in comparison to what is expected of Church Elders. They are not easy to have but can be cultured, to have a chance in the future let us start now. One thing stood out though; that it starts with the desire to lead. As young people lets desire to lead as this is a noble thing. And we have our work cut out. With the current change lets behave nobly now and restitute our past. Be sure during interviews like what is evident at past and ongoing screenings you will be investigated. All will be put bare for what you did with your youth!

Tribute:Steve Jobs


There are many men out there but few get charged up to the level of  causing change in  their communities that in turn re-align the world.

Another loss of a man who defied odds.

Many ignored him for his ideas. When Apple was on the brinks of failure no one had hope in his visionary guide. He did believe in what he did so much so that he effortlessly injected his passion to his team and any time he would speak anyone listening knew why they should buy Apple.

From the onset he decreed and did declare that Apple was the best buy. Media covered another “geek” story but then he challenged the world to try the products. And as we know everyone got an Ipod or wanted one Even Obama used his to show how real he was and sure he got the vote. Media covered his Ipod playlist and we know how that got many other leaders hooked unto Apple. Even Raila Odinga got an Ipad, we saw it the other day as he scrolled on it at the Kenyatta University Meet two months ago. I- tunes became an “in thing”. Then came the Iphone that skeptics said could not stand a chance against leading smartphones. But today that has changed an even in tablets the Ipad success was a first.

According to Reuters He did achieve more than we think. And he braved cancer to the last.

Apple is what it is for the man that Steve Jobs was. Yes we mourn the loss but we laud & celebrate the efforts that have given birth to our inseparable companions that Ipods, Iphones, Macbook(air)& Ipads have become. Bravo Steve!

For those of us who still have ground to cover…..Amandla! Aweku…..Aluta Continua!

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