Lessons of patience, persistence… from a tree; the Chinese Tree…
I have been working on a project for a while now – and just very recently I thought about giving up. I had considered the epileptic electricity in Nigeria, funding, the culture of “come today come tomorrow” and a couple of other countless reasons I had concluded wouldn’t help me achieve my goal. I would later take a pair of Panadol extra to reduce my headache. I had made up my mind to quit and continue later. (a ‘later’ that may never come)
I was really struggling with that decision. I was confused, tired, and fed up. The only excitement I had left was that from a National Interactive Youth conference I attended last saturday in the south eastern city of owerri put together by Nigerian Greatness coach, Jephter Akaehie. I had my mind properly refreshed by that experience. I had an awesome time coupled with…
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FIND OUT WHO TRULY IS YOUR ROLE MODEL… DO THE SIMPLE
MATHS BELOW TO FIND YOUR HERO.
It’s CRAZY how accurate this is!
1) Pick your favourite number between 1-9
2) Multiply by 3 then
3) Add 3
4) Then again Multiply by 3 (I’ll wait while you get the calculator…)
5) You’ll get a 2 or 3 digit number….
6) Add the digits together
With that number, see who your ROLE MODEL is from the list below:
2. Oprah Winfrey
3. Werner Pieterse
4. Michael Jackson
5. Bill Gates
7. Emilio Kibaki
8. Winnie Mandela
10. Steve Jobs
11. Nelson Mandela
I know, I know…. I just have that effect on people.
P.S. Stop picking different numbers!! I AM YOUR favorite. JUST DEAL WITH
Kuna mambo ambayo yanachukiza na kuleta raha kwa wakati mmoja, yaani, yanafurahisha watu wa kundi moja na vile vile kuwachukiza wengineo. Kwa mfano, mlo wa panya na konokono ni vitoweo vya kudhaminiwa na wanaoishi magharibi mwa Afrika mfano wa nchi ya Nigeria no mlo wa nyoka ni kitoweo wanachokienzi wachina lakini jaribu kufungua mkahawa wa kuuza vitoweo hivyo humu nchini Kenya. Hutapata wateja n’go! Pengine wachache ambao wangependa kuonja tu na pia itachukua muda mrefu kupata wafuasi wa kiwango cha kuwezesha biashara yako kunoga, au sivyo?
Kisa kama hicho cha panya, konokono na nyoka kimetupata kama wakenya. Utakubaliana nami, msomaji, kuwa filamu za mapenzi maarufu kama Soap Opera ambazo zimeshambulia vyumba vyetu vya mapumziko kupitia televisheni zetu kwa kuwa karibu runinga zote zinavyonyesha kila siku. Kinachasikitisha ni kuwa hata na malalamishi zinazochipuka kila mara, hakuna afueni tunapata na badala yake soap opera zinazidi kuongezwa kwa mipangilio wa programu.
Wanawake wengi ndio mashabiki wa vipindi hivi ingawa kuna wanaume kadhaa pia wanaotumbuizwa nazo. Hii imewafanya wanawake hao kujitetea kua wanaume hupenda sana kandanda na si vyema kuwa wao wanashurutishwa kuachana na soap opera na wanaume wenzao hawataki kuacha au kupunguza kuona michezo hayo ya kandanda ya ligi. Hata hivyo mimi binafsi si mfuasi wa mpira sasa nisipate kuangaliwa kijicho mithili ya viazi vilivyooza kwa kutoa maoni yangu hapa!
Ili kuwe na usawa wa kijinsia kama vile katiba inasema, basi vipindi vireje katika mpangilio wa hapo awali. Kuwe na mchanganyiko wa vipindi kutoka fani tofauti tofauti kama fiction, drama, vipindi vya humu nchini (na viwe vya dakika kama arobaini si vipindi fupi ambazo tunashuhudia siku hizi) na kadhalika bora tu tusizidi kuwekwa mateka na hizi soap opera.
Najua kuna msemo, kama huweziwashinda; ungana nao. Wenye runinga hizi ni wafanyibiashara na wangependa kuwa na watazamaji wengi na soap opera imekuwa kama sumaku kuwavuta watazamaji lakini wakae wakijua mbio za sakafuni si mbio za nyika ambozo watakimbia kushinda medali. Watu huboeka na kitu na tunavyojua wakenya hufurahishwa na kitu kwa muda mfupi kwa hivyo, waanze kushughulikia watazamaji wengine pia mapema.
Mikakati ya kuleta televisheni ya dijital ziko tayari na hiyo italeta afueni kwa kuwa natumai itakuwa rahisi kugawanyisha vipindi katika runinga tofauti kwa mfano, vipidi vya soaps vitagawiwa runinga yao n.k. afueni ilioje!
Stesheni za radio hazijasazwa. Hekaya zinazohusisha ngono ni tele si haba. Najua wenye kusimamia vipindi hizo wanasema “kama hupendezwi funga masikio” lakini haitawauma matumbo wakiweka vipindi hizo wakati ufaao kama usiku wakati watoto (na mimi) wamelala fofofo.
Ni hayo… au kiasi. Ingawa mie si mtaalamu wa lugha hii ya Kiswahili, nimefurahia kukitumia katika andiko hili. Pengine nitalitafsiri kwa lugha ya kimombo siku nyingine, kama bado hizi soap opera zitozidi kuwa kero!
The other day I was putting my feet up to unwind after an arduous week which I had to play mom when some dude knocked on our door. He had a lot of baggage and I thought to myself why he was at our door since I wasn’t informed of an exterminator coming (he had a knapsack associated with meds and a bottle drawn cockroaches, so yeah am not a psychic, just observant).
The door was opened, as usual. He introduced himself to my bro.
He inquired if we had a container of some sort so as he could share the “mende (cockroach) murderer” with us. We got him one and he did just so. He also asked if we “have” those pesky rodents, you know, the rats and mice. Of course we have a mouse… for the comp though. hehehe
But, wait a sec…
There’s a rivulet that flows behind our house in this hood an you know what? No you don’t, so I’ll tell you. There are rats that are “squatters” on the banks of that stream. You know where they get their snacks? You are right, from the neighboring digs, including ours!! But most of us have put up measures to cub their menace and bar them from reaping where they didn’t sow (read keep out our homes!) by “serving” them rat and rat. Digressing…
Back to that dude (He didn’t give his name to me so I’ll keep calling him “dude”).
The dude had a powerful portion for that job too. How relieving! He shared that too. That night I served the rodents their “last supper” and boy oh boy it turned out to be so! For the roaches, their time will come since they aren’t here, yet. I exterminated them a while back.
The dude later told me he is working organization ‘Young Kenyans’ and they are doing the job voluntarily and one could contribute whatever amount they could. Unfortunately he found me on the broke side of life but since his “concoctions” were effective, how could I not chip in something to aid a fella, don’t ask how much, please 😉 . That’s why I’ve also blogged about them to extend my gratitude and maybe to come to ‘your’ rescue from those pesky insects and rodents. Good thing, he left their card:
| YOUNG KENYANS
Deltanet pest control & fumigation
True Kenyans gives the support to Youth initiative
That’s it or almost. Rodent-free day to you mon ami.