Thoughts

IBEA Building (1919) – Nairobi’s Pink building

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Apr,2016

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I took a photo of the IBEA Building along Moi Avenue today. Built in 1919, this former centre of the Imperial British East Africa holds more history than the unlikely pink paint on its outer walls can ever conceal. This…

Kipande House – Embracing History and Modernity

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Apr,2016

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Today, while held up in traffic, I took a photo of Kipande House and realised how little I knew about it. When was it built? Why has it been preserved in original state while surrounding buildings had been torn down…

The estate taxi driver challenges Uber

11
Feb,2016

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According to a taxi driver I spoke to, taxi technology services Uber and EasyTaxi will not break the ‘estate taxi’ service. He confidently said there are many reasons he is not shaken by Ubernomics: 1) Uber cannot beat the relationships…

Nyambura – what’s in a name?

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Dec,2015

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They call her Nyambura in her rural home of Kiambũrũrũ; a village in Kiambu County that has preserved memories of the colonial reserves and labour camps. Everyone else outside Kiambũrũrũ village calls her Wangari. Yes, like the late Prof. Wangari…

When kids try to arm-twist parents

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Jul,2015

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How do you handle kids when they try to arm-twist you by sulking or throwing a tantrum? My wonderful kids have tried various stunts on me over the years 😉 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43ZYdE3Lgtw

Agĩkũyũ dowry process

22
Jun,2015

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The Agĩkũyũ (the Kikuyu) are the most populous community in Kenya. They live mainly around the snow-capped Mt. Kĩrĩnyaga (Mt. Kenya) in what was known as the Central Province, as one of the 42 tribes. The myth of the origin…

i’mpossible : raising a limitless generation

10
Jun,2015

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I will ask that you first watch the video of the ‘handicapped’ gymnast then we talk…     Never limit your child Allow your child to flourish Support even their seemingly impossible dreams

Fireside Tales for my descendants

3
May,2015

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Many men would love to skip their appointment with Midlife Crisis – if they can. They’d rather deal with it through a ‘Bucket List’ and speedily tick-off on some ‘To Do’ items before resigning into old age, golf, wisdom impartation…

#DigitalMigration in Kenya needs more #Boardroom and less #CourtRoom

21
Jan,2015

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With all the undesirable activity surrounding the Digital Migration process in Kenya, I have been hesitant to comment. However, as a former Chairman of the Assembly of Broadcasting Operators in EACO, it has escalated to a call of duty. I…

Embrace Digital Migration, Kenya’s President advises

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Oct,2014

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During the East Africa Business Summit held on 16th October in Kigali, Rwanda; President Kenyatta asked Broadcasters in Kenya to embrace Digital Migration and stop claiming they are not ready. On the following day, the Cabinet Secretary in charge of…