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What transforming Africa is all about and a Happy anniversary :)

Today marks three years since I started this diary, I wouldn’t have remembered had wordpress not put up that notification! So happy anniversary to! I know I haven’t been updating my mundane ramblings about what’s going on in my simple life, but as with each new year I will make resolutions to write more and break them after one month lol.
I came this article from one of the best leadership specialists we have about transformation of our continent, and I felt compelled to share, here it is:
Africa will not be transformed by technology or transitional government; neither will religion bring release or relief to the nation unless every man and woman rises to live, think and be more than any law could ask. Not by armies and politics, but by intelligence and integrity will the nation become a God fearing, vibrant socio-economic enterprise.
This Africa cannot be forced to be. This Africa must come from the heart. It must be built, not by free slaves, but by the minds of men who are free. Not by people with education, but by people with spirit and dedication. Not by competition, but by competence. Not by compromise, but in collaboration. Not by men with power, but by men with vision. Not by minerals, but by wisdom to manage wealth. By dignity, industry and self-respect will its foundations be laid.
To transform Africa is to start enterprise, to create wealth and to produce value. To transform Africa is to accept responsibility for change. It is to innovate, not live in the past, and not live in fear of the state or the tax rate. To transform Africa is to feel the pride of a nation, to be a blessing and not a burden of creation.  To have an attitude of gratitude and the discipline to work.
This is the Africa I live to see, work for and, if need be, die for. This Africa is free to be all that God made it to be. Where people do not earn a right to live, but have the character to work. Not where democracy reigns, but where people rule themselves in the fear of God. Not where people make plans to receive, but work hard to get and to give. Not where food is always needed, but where enough is always planted.
This is the Africa God has given me, the Africa that was meant to be. Not where a man is free and women seek liberty, but where both men and women accept responsibility.  This is my Africa; a land where sons and daughters, born to the family, live to be citizens and do not need to flee. Where all men are saved from the sin of self-pity and the fear of poverty. This Africa I want to see. This Africa is a blessing to me. This Africa I am proud to be.
Allan Bukusi

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Asakatho Kisii

The whole of August I had these many topics to write on but every time I sat to type them I couldn’t get past sixty words, the story in my head just refused to come out… Then just to make sure I posted something for the month I wanted to do another playlist, then I remembered ghafla guy told me not to write about playlists again… I listen, see?

Having been born, bred, raised, schooled near or in Nairobi, the word here is near, note that… One starts to have a bias on the other parts of the Country that exist, as opinion about a place will be formed through hearsay or what you read. Truth be told the furthest I had ever been going to West of Kenya was Kisii. So when I got an assignment to go to Suba Kuria I did not mind where that was I just wanted to asakatho Kisii (Luo for I have gone past Kisii).

I got to learn that the word asakatho (thank you Omondi Awinda for translating that for me :-)) means past, like if you go past Nyayo stadium, you say “asakatho Nyayo stadium”, to mean “I am past Nyayo stadium” so back to my story, the longest I had been on a vehicle was six hours during that Kisii trip, but this time round it was eleven hours and thirty minutes. When we got to Migori town we stopped for some butt rest, I saw some guy insult some mechanics the insult is un-typable here and stones began flying, these were huge stones mind you, we had to scamper and watch the show from a distance, what a welcome that was…  Here are some random pictures I took on my trip as I asakatho Kisii.

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PS: I will try to put up better posts when I get my act together, stories that flow lol

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Two months without Gee :-(

Source: Internet

It started with a trip to the Orange shop to see about her, I was told she was transferred to Westlands. I followed her there and was told she had gone to be with another dealer. I was told to wait for two weeks before I could be able to see her again. I was devastated, two weeks? Really? But when you want someone/thing you have to be patient, good things come to those who wait, no? Maybe; I do not know, you tell me!!

There I was after two weeks, I went back to see on her.  I was told she was still away and that, they would call me when she gets back. From there it became a game of; come this week by Friday, to next Friday, to after ten days, to finally a month, then two!

I used to get texts and emails about her, that they had sent spare parts from the source. I was told it took ten to fifteen days for them to get to here from there and a week for them to be put on her. As you might have started interpreting I am talking about my laptop, Gee. She is an acer aspire, she got a little cover problem below the touchpad that could have been sorted out easily under the warranty. But as acer after sales service would have it, from the various dealers I have been to, are unreasonably slow here in Kenya. I am still not sure if I will find her problem sorted, if not I will just take her like the “unconditional love” pill and have her back with all her flaws…

After thought

If you are planning on buying an acer machine be ready to experience bad after sales service in Kenya. The dealers usually tell you before taking it in that it will stay for more than two weeks, which might turn to two months in my case. What is your after sales experience for something you once bought? Good? Bad? Do tell…


Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Acer, Just Random, Relationships


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