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The African Mobile Renaissance

Kenya has been christened the ‘Silicon Valley’ of mobile phones, led by the success of money transfer service MPESA and the high growth rate of start-up companies developing mobile phone apps, the innovation wheel keeps turning with monthly mobile app competitions being held at numerous technology hubs in the country. Coupled by the ability to ...

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Why I Work for a Start Up

From the onset, I never decided to work for a start-up company, certain conditions channelled my efforts to a start-up company. I may not exhaustively answer the question why, but analyse the subliminal decisions that led me here. One common challenge faced by most start-ups is is cash, cash is king in the start-up business. ...

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Distant Relatives

Often a times I get accosted by strangers in the street who warmly inquire about my well being and then proceed to chat me up with stories of the ancestral land. Don’t get it wrong I’m no celebrity, it seems my skin pigment (excess melanin as @French_Freddy puts it) is getting me random friends from ...

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Of Terror Attacks and Mind Attacks

Sometime last year on a random night, a friend and I strolled to the affluent Kenyatta University Conference Centre for an indulging evening. Straight into the doorway we met a mutual comic friend, he was welcoming American students to the university. A few words here and there and we were all fired up conversing about ...

The Story of Money

My childhood was permeated by strange thoughts of what  money really is, the concept of value eluded my simple mind. Other than 5 shilling coin being enough to carter for my samosa cravings I couldn’t get past the notion of value on a piece of metal. Questions such as who creates money? where does it ...

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Do you Speak Mandombe?

Let’s travel back to 1978 in Mbanza-Nguyu,Congo during the peaceful period of the war ravaged country. One man named Wabeladio Payi invented a way of writing which he called ‘Mandombe’ meaning for the black man in Lingala. The first striking feature of this alphabet is that all letters are derived from the shape of 5 ...

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Getting Off The Comfort Zone

100 m from where I live there is, for lack of a better word a shanty estate. A strip of informal structures lined up on the bank of an over polluted river stream. For the past six years that I’ve lived in the neighborhood, not in a single day have I set foot in shanty ...

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