Saturday, December 27, 2008

What's wrong with (most) Kenyan men?

We all know that (most) Kenyan men have never been experts at treating their ladies in the right ways. And after Obama's win, it appears that the situation has only gotten worse, since most Kenyan men are mistakingly assuming their genes are so popular that there is no need for any additional efforts from their sides. Today's article in the Saturday Nation entitled "What your spouse wants" and this post from Vint Falken encouraged me to develop the following draft curriculum for a training which I would like to offer in 2009:

Two-day practical training seminar for Kenyan men - proposed programme
Note: Due to the complexity of the content, each seminar will accept a maximum of eight participants. The seminar will last for two days, and topics covered include:

Day one:
  • Toilet rolls - do they grow on the holders? Round table discussion.
  • Differences between a laundry basket and the floor. Practicing with different types of laundry baskets.
  • Dishes and cutlery - do they levitate/fly to the kitchen sink by themselves? Debate among a panel of experts.
  • Losing the remote control. Help line and support groups.
  • Learning how to find things. Starting with looking in the right place instead of turning the house upside down while screaming - open forum.
  • Beauty does not equal booty. An introduction to common English spelling mistakes.
  • Sex: we can't all be perfect, but we can at least avoid the worst moves of all times. An update from the Kenyan blogosphere.
  • How to do away with unrealistic expectations? Case study: coming home stinking of Tusker and expecting your partner to cuddle and act all-loving.
Day two:
  • Empty milk cartons: do they belong in the fridge or in the bin? Group discussion and role play.
  • Are Kenyan women too choosy or are their standards realistic? Group reflection exercise.
  • HealthWatch: Bringing her flowers is not harmful to your health. PowerPoint presentation.
  • Real men ask for directions when lost. Real life testimonial from a man who did.
  • Is it genetically impossible to stay quiet as she tries to find parking in Nairobi's CBD? Driving simulation.
  • Living with adults: Differences between your mother, your partner and your "she's just a friend". Online class and role play.
  • How to be the ideal shopping companion? Relaxation exercises, meditation and breathing techniques and info-session on the latest credit cards.
  • It is not uncool to show that you care: remembering important dates and calling when you're going to be late. Bring your calendar, Blackberry or iPhone to class.
  • Taking control in a relationship. She may be a control freak, but really, she wants you to be THE MAN, so step up already.
  • Getting over it. Learning how to live with being wrong all the time.
  • How to put the toilet seat down. Practical demonstration.
I am looking forward to your esteemed opinions in order to improve on this draft curriculum. I am also still looking for several resource persons to facilitate some of the sessions, so let me know if you are an expert in any of the above or other topics I may have missed. Dates and venues will be confirmed later. Group bookings and special deals will be made available.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Palin beats Obama...

... in Google's 2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist. Having collected billions of search queries from across the world, Google's 'zeitgeist' year-end report gives insight into the minds of Internet users. Globally, Obama was beaten by Palin, who topped the worldwide list of fastest rising queries. Obama ended sixth in the list of top climbers.

Fastest Rising (Global):
  1. sarah palin
  2. beijing 2008
  3. facebook login
  4. tuenti
  5. heath ledger
  6. obama
  7. nasza klasa
  8. wer kennt wen
  9. euro 2008
  10. jonas brothers

See what Kenya is searching for

With Google Insights for Search, you can compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, and time frames. It is a very cool tool, and below is what I got as top 10 rising searches in Kenya for the period October 2008 - December 2008:

1. dv lottery +700%
2. cnn.com +200%
3. barack obama +190%
4. obama +180%
5. cnn +100%
6. prison break +80%
7. www.facebook.com +70%
8. public service commission +60%
9. premier league +50%
10. orange +50%

It seems like you all wanted to get a Diversity Visa (top rising search)? I also found "prison break" on number 6, and "public service commission" on number 8 quite interesting...
Note that Google Insights for Search aims to provide insights into broad search patterns. Several approximations are used to compute these results. Try it out and let me know what you can get out of it!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Safaricom and Western Union: From hate to love relationship?

Vodafone announced a partnership today with Western Union to allow international money transfers via mobile phones, as the wireless carrier seeks to tap into the increasing flow of cross-border remittances, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The pilot programme allows residents of Reading in the UK to send money to family members and friends in Kenya, where Vodafone is the 40% owner of Safaricom. If that programme is successful, the companies will expand it to other countries.

The service enables customers to send cross-border remittances from select locations directly to Safaricom mobile subscribers in Kenya generally in minutes. The initiative uses Western Union´s trusted global "hub" for processing cross-border remittances. It builds on the success of M-PESA, a mobile money transfer service in Kenya offered by Vodafone and Safaricom, which has attracted over 4 million customers since its launch in March 2007.

The pilot will take place through a select number of Western Union agents based in Reading. Consumers can send funds to any Safaricom mobile subscriber in Kenya in a matter of minutes. Receivers can use their funds in a variety of ways, including visiting one of 4,000 M-PESA agents in Kenya to withdraw their cash, or forwarding it on to another mobile phone in Kenya.

"The successful take-up of M-PESA in Kenya has clearly demonstrated the demand for easily accessible, secure cash payment services in emerging markets," said Nick Hughes, Vodafone’s Head of International Mobile Payments. "Our partnership with Western Union allows M-PESA subscribers to receive international remittances and builds on the demand we have already seen domestically in Kenya."

"This program aligns a global leader in money-transfer services, the world´s largest mobile operator group, and arguably one of the most impressive success stories in mobile money," said Matt Dill, Senior Vice President, Western Union Digital Ventures. "In offering M-PESA users the opportunity to receive funds from abroad for the first time, these three companies are changing the way money moves around the globe."

Michael Joseph, CEO of Safaricom, said, "This is another great step for M-PESA and will benefit many Kenyans all over the world. International remittances form a significant part of the total income for some Kenyans and the partnership with Western Union will provide Kenyans with an opportunity to receive small values of cash from abroad in a fast, safe and affordable way."

There are many benefits of using mobile phones for micro-transactions in a country like Kenya, where few people have bank accounts and over 10 million people have mobile phones. Furthermore, increased global migration has led to a significant increase in the flow of funds from expatriate migrant workers who send money home. Last year, for example, Kenya received approximately US$ 1.3 billion in international remittances.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

BubbleWrap Kenya

It looks like every day a new e-commerce site is born in Kenya. In some of my earlier posts, I already looked at Books First, Quick Flicks Store, and Crystallwear
And now I just discovered a fourth one: BubbleWrap Kenya. They focus mainly on gifts. The site is easily searchable or alternatively you can browse the categories, which go from books to wedding and couple gifts. 

Busy girls may like the thought of a 1 hour of spa re-balancing massage. But they may find a sensitive friend who could offer them much more for less than the KSh 5,000 advertised for this massage. Handy men may like the 4 Drawer Topchest with 142pc Tool Kit. But their wifes may not like the KSh 64,995/- price tag. Cooking queens may love the Stylish italian stainless steel cutlery. But their husbands may frown upon the KSh 61,800/- cost.

BubbleWrap guarantees that you will receive your gift within 2 weeks unless it is a customized gift then it is 2 months... They accept payment by Mpesa, cheque, Visa and Mastercard. Bubble Wrap aims to deliver within 14 days using Fargo Courier. The cost of delivery will be added to your bill.

In conclusion: Interesting website, but I really hope they can come up with some more attractive prices (most items appear more expensive than in the conventional shops), or otherwise they should just wrap up this bubble.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Get lifted by Novida: a new life for 25 bob

'Novida' is Portuguese for 'new life'. And you can now get that new life in Nairobi for only 25 bob!

A new non-alcoholic, malt-based, fruit-flavoured soft drink named 'Novida' was launched this week in Nairobi by Coca-Cola. I had the opportunity to taste it yesterday, as some beautiful girls in sexy miniskirts were distributing some cans for free on some highways and major roundabouts. My friend initially thought this was a new scantily dressed basketball team on their way to Kasarani, but no, this was the Novida promotion team. Novida comes in three flavours: pineapple, apple and tropical. A 300 ml bottle retails at KSh 25/- and a 250 ml slim can at KSh 45/-. It is not every day that you get a free present worth KSh 45/- from an attractive girl in Nairobi, so I decided I would give it a try. I got the pineapple flavoured version, produced on the 24th of October 2008 and expiring on the 3rd of July 2009. The ingredients are: carbonated water, sugar, acidulants: citric and malic acid, malt extract, stabilizers, flavourants, preservatives: potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. Basically very much the same as the ingredients I listed in my message on Alvaro. It is only the quillaja extract which is missing in Novida, and that may be the reason why the foam on Novida is not lasting as long as the foam on Alvaro. As far as the taste is concerned, I found my Novida Pineapple to be quite refreshing and very similar to Alvaro Pineapple, maybe just a touch sweeter.

Strangely enough, the can indicates "canned by Coca-Cola caners of Southern Africa (PTY) Ltd., 96 Mullet Street, Wadeville 1407, South Africa under authority of Schweppes Holdings Ltd." I mean, firstly, do we really have to import this from South Africa or could this be done locally as well? And secondly, shouldn't it read 'Coca-Cola canners' instead of 'Coca-Cola caners'? 'Caning' is something completely different from 'canning', and I hope there is a ban on caning in South Africa just like in Kenya. This could become quite a disturbing typo for Coca-Cola...

No matter how many new Alvaro- or Novida-type drinks may still be launched, I think I will always still prefer water, Kenyan quality coffee, and fresh natural juices, basically because these new drinks are just flavours and not the real natural thing as I already described in my earlier post on Alvaro. Have you already tasted Alvaro and Novida? What is your opinion?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

LIFE iconic images from Kenya

Google has just put online the entire collection of photos from the legendary but now defunct LIFE magazine including some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. Millions of images have been scanned and made available on Google Image Search. Only a small percentage (3%) of these images have ever been published. The rest (97%) have been sitting in dusty archives in the form of negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings and prints. The photos are available for free for personal and research purposes.

The good news for Kenyans and friends of Kenya is that the LIFE database contains some interesting historic images about Kenya as well. Let me give you some examples:

Natives loading the ships.
Location: Mombasa, Kenya
Date taken: July 1947
Photographer: Eliot Elisofon

Labor leader Thomas J. Mboya in front of his house.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Date taken: September 1959
Photographer: Eliot Elisofon

Kenyan Olympic team returning from Mexico with track star Naftali Temu being carried on shoulders.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Date taken: November 1968
Photographer: George Silk

Mirella Ricciardi (R), internationally known photographer and author of the book "Vanishing Africa", preparing to photograph a Masai tribeswoman wearing traditional decorative beadwork.
Location: Kenya
Date taken: April 1971
Photographer: Carlo Bavagnoli

Sunday, November 16, 2008

She had a dream

Ayub Ogada re-discovered

Obama's win and an unexpected day off encouraged me to browse through my old music collection and look for some Luo music. And I am very glad I did, since I have now re-discovered Ayub Ogada's album En Mana Kuoyo (meaning "just sand"). Ogada's music is based on repetitious patterns plucked on the nyatiti, a stringed instrument reminiscent of the lyre, combined with his soft voice.

Ayub Ogada is a Luo and a traveller in body and mind. At the tender age of six, Ayub accompanied his father and mother when they took their musical act on tour, performing a duet playing Luo songs on the US college circuit. Ayub later went back to Kenya where he went into a Catholic school run by nuns and then an English boarding school. His education and his outstanding ability with percussion landed him a position with the French Cultural Centre in Nairobi, composing modern and traditional music for various productions. Such events proved formative. The wide-eyed youth with his images of America would nurture a respect for his own tradition but a hunger to develop it and nourish his own creativity. Like many of Kenya's youth, Ayub picked up on the flotsam of the global music tide: soul, jazz, Latin. Kenya's attractiveness to citizens of neighboring countries like Congo and Tanzania added spice to local flavours such as benga, a Luo-derived, guitar-based rhythm popular in the 70s and the 80s (in Luo, 'benga' means soft and beautiful). In 1979, Ayub co-founded the African Heritage Band, potently combining tradtional rhythms with vintage and modern instrumentation. Six years, two albums and a tour of Europe later, bolstered by a series of lucrative movie roles (he played a tacit but impressive Mau Mau heavy in the film 'Kitchen Toto'), Ayub decided to check whether the world really was his oyster. Ayub arrived in the UK in 1986 and was quickly snapped up by London's African music scene. For a time Ayub played in the promising but occasionally volatile rumba band Taxi Pata Pata, along with guitarist Zak Sikobe, who he grazed knees with back in Kenya. In 1993, Ayub recorded the album En Mana Kuoyo on Peter Gabriel's Real World label. His music has also been heard on the soundtrack of the 2000 release of 'I Dreamed of Africa' and the 2005 film 'The Constant Gardener'. He has also collaborated with Susheela Raman on several tracks on her 'Salt Rain' album, such as 'O Rama'. His piece, 'Kothbiro' appears in the soundtrack of the Méxican Film 'The Blue Room' based on the novel of George Simenon. Ayub Ogada's music was used in the soundtrack for Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman's BBC series Long Way Round. In addition, Ayub Ogada has collaborated with the Afro Celt Sound System on their first and fourth releases. In 2005, Ayub performed at the Live 8 concert, Eden Project as the opening act performing on a large replica of an historic Egyptian lyre. Ayub Ogada moved back to Kenya in 2007.

On the CD I just re-discovered, En Mana Kuoyo, Ayub sings gentle, almost hypnotic, and yet ultimately relaxed melodies concerning home, cattle herding, his instrument, the weather, and injustice. The music is spacious and at the same time stimulating. A brilliant CD, and I am looking forward to hearing more from him.

So as Kenyans wait for a tourism boost after Obama's election victory , we may as well expect some increased interest in Kenya's interesting culture and music, and I hope Ayub Ogada will now be (re-) discovered by many more people.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Something original, unique and not commonly seen

I just discovered my third Kenyan e-commerce site, after my posts on the first Kenyan Amazon and DVD's @ 200 bob . This time something even more interesting and exciting. Do you want to treat yourself or a loved one to something original, unique and not commonly seen? Then Crystallwear may be just what you have been looking for.
Crystallwear produces jewellery using the highest quality beads and accessories. Think way beyond the common touristy Maasai beads, Crystallwear is really a class on its own. All products are hand-woven and thoroughly checked. Each piece holds a personal touch. I checked out some of their items in real life, and I must admit they are simply amazing! Even the names of the jewels are interesting, including Penelope, Emma and Rosalie. On the website you will find these stunning beauties in very attractive surroundings of driftwood and sea shells and sands.
There is the possibility to purchase items from the website, although it is not yet possible to finalise your purchase and payment online, but they are promising to work on this soon. In the meantime, you can pay by bank transfer. They will deliver to the address you want.

Monday, November 10, 2008

'Palin thought Africa was a country'

Apparently, Sarah Palin didn't know that Africa is actually a continent, she thought Africa was a country, according to a Fox News report . Can you believe it? So if Africa were a country, what would Kenya be? A province? A town? The capital of Africa?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Obama: First President of the World

The 44th Presidential Elections in the US have been followed with great interest and passion not only in Kenya but in all corners around the globe. Never before in the history of mankind has an election attracted such widespread attention. Barack Obama will not only be the first US president of color, but also the first Internet-president and maybe the closest we ever got to a "World President". Polls in more than 40 countries have shown an overwhelming support for Obama across the world. The world had already adopted Obama as ‘her candidate’ during the campaigning period. And despite the deeply rooted financial crisis and the crazy war policies, the United States of America is still seen as a country of hope and opportunity: the American dream is still alive, maybe even more than ever before.

I really liked Obama's Acceptance Speech, and I have the feeling that many people did. My favorite quote from his speech as a Kenyan and as world citizen is “This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change.” Kenyans, are we listening?

Tomorrow public holiday in Kenya, not in the US

President Mwai Kibaki has declared tomorrow, Thursday, November 6, 2008, a public holiday, in celebration of our Obama's victory. This is a great opportunity for another long week-end if you take a day off on Friday! 

President Kibaki said: “This is a momentous day not only in the history of the United States of America, but also for us in Kenya. The victory of Senator Obama is our own victory because of his roots here in Kenya. As a country, we are full of pride for his success."

In the meantime, in the US, people continue working. Even Election Day itself was a normal working day. A colleague was just telling me that all our partying increases poverty. Have we moved from a working nation, to a walking nation, and now to a partying nation? What do you think?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Omena with cranberry sauce

Now that we all know for sure that Obama has won the US presidential elections and Kenyans are celebrating in a jolly mood (which we wish we could have had after our own elections), let's take some time to look at some of the emerging key Obama issues:

Is Obama circumcised or not? Kenyans would love to know! His father was from a non circumcising tribe, but there are also some indications that he could have been circumcised, as shown in this interesting post by Eric Wolff.

And what about Obama's penis size? Quite important, since apparently many women voted for Obama in the opinion that he is sexy and more gifted than McCain - probably taking into account the fact that Obama has some Kenyan blood in him... Wonkette brought the world this photo of Barack Obama on holiday in Hawaii. His imaginary penis is quite okay in length, but it appears worryingly thin and may lack experience.

Some reports indicate that the traditional Thanksgiving dish of turkey with cranberry sauce is being replaced by omena with cranberry sauce. McDonald's and Burger King are introducing omena fish burgers, KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is even changing its name to KFO (Kentucky Fried Omena). People from the lake region, prepare yourselves, there is going to be a huge international market for omena!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Kuleya mimba si kazi

I like kanga's. Not only because it is a unifying piece of cloth as they are being worn throughout Kenya as skirts, shawls, baby carriers, etc., but also because they often have these interesting Swahili sayings printed on them. Some classic ones include the following:
  • Kuleya mimba si kazi: Kazi ni kuleya mwana.
  • Mtaka yote hukosa yote.
  • Njia mwongo fupi.
Although kanga's have been in existence since the middle of the 19th century, and Swahili sayings have been added to the design since the beginning of the 20th century, I feel that some of these messages seem even more relevant in our Kenya of today than ever before. Take for example:
  • Acha kukuna makovu ya mende. (in the amnesty or justice debate)
  • Adui mpende. (decaying political parties, new alliances being formed)
  • Shemeji zima taa. (because the electricity bills are too high to leave the lights on anyway)
And others are - unfortunately, after so many years - still not very relevant in Kenya:
  • Akili ni mali.
  • Amani, Upendo, Umoja.
  • Baada ya dhiki, faraja.
And you, do you have a favorite Kanga saying? Or a funny one you have come across?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Camping with Butterflies and Snakes

Nature Kenya is organizing a camping trip from 5th to 10th November 2008 to Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
Arabuko-Sokoke forest (41,600 hectares) is the largest single block of natural coastal forest remaining in East Africa. Diverse populations of animals are present, which include 250 recorded species of butterfly. The trip will include activities such as bird and nature walks, visits to local communities and trips to Gede and Bio-Ken Snake Farm, housing the largest collection of snakes in East Africa.

Cost: KSh 4,500 per person, including transport from Nairobi, food, camping fee and park fee. Non-members will pay an additional KSh 1,000 for temporary membership. Payment to be made at the Nature Kenya offices at the National Museum in Nairobi (phone numbers: 0722/888178, 0722/336456, 020/3749957/6090.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Blankets & Wine

Muthoni Music will host an afro-based music festival called Blankets & Wine on November 2nd 2008 at Tayiana Stables. Blankets & Wine promises to be a premier afro-based music festival that will showcase three premier East African musicians engaged in the various emerging genres of afro-fusion music. Blankets & Wine is a picnic-style music festival and thus audiences are encouraged to drive down to Tayiana with a Masaai shuka /blanket / kikoy / picnic chair, some wine and their preferred company, and proceed to share in this musical and lifestyle event. Maasai shukas, wine and food (barbeque and cold meats) will be available at the event at a small fee. Blankets & Wine is an experience of music and lifestyle like no other in Nairobi designed to promote the consumption of afro-based music and art and its corresponding lifestyle. Blankets & Wine tickets are available at Tayiana Stables, Nu Metro media stores, Dormans outlets and on reservation (they will deliver). Kindly call Muthoni on 0721/801333 or Stella on 0725/721623 to book/buy tickets. Each ticket costs KSh 1,000. You are cordially invited to the first ever Blankets & Wine. Karibuni!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

DVD's @ 200 bob

I reported earlier about the first Kenyan Amazon. Well, it looks like we have a second one now, at least for DVD's: Quick Flicks StoreThey claim to be Kenya's premier online DVD store and are selling DVD's from KSh 200. You can browse their online catalogue and place an order. The DVD's are then delivered by courier (at KSh 100) to your doorstep within Nairobi and its environs in 1-2 days. You pay cash on delivery (currently the only payment option).

Anyone tried this service? Could it be trusted (they only give a mobile phone number as contact on their site...)?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Kelele

Kelele is an annual African bloggers’ conference held in a different African city each year and run by an organising committee in that city. Kelele will be held for the first time in August 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya. Kelele is the Kiswahili word for noise. Kelele will be a gathering of African bloggers in the tradition of historical African societies where everyone has a voice. Where society has room for debate and discussion. The theme of Kelele ’09 Nairobi is Beat Your Drum – connecting the traditional Africa method of getting your message across vast distances – the talking drums – to the 21st century and the tools we use today to get our message across, blogs and the Internet.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Lamu Cultural Festival

Mark your calendars: 28-30 November 2008


Lamu Old Town is a unique and rare historical living heritage with more than 700 years of continuous settlement. In 2001, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Since then the Lamu Cultural Promotion Centre, a community based group, has been organizing an annual cultural festival to promote and preserve the unique Swahili heritage of the Lamu Archipelago.
The trade winds of the Indian Ocean have been bringing visitors from the world to the East African coast for over a thousand years. The local people of Lamu have a long established tradition of welcoming travelers. In the same spirit, the Lamu Cultural Promotion Group bids you a warm ‘Karibu’ to this year’s Lamu Cultural Festival to experience hospitality that has remained unchanged over the centuries.

The three day festival showcases traditional dances, displays of handicraft and competitions on water and land (Swahili poetry, donkey races, dhow races), and musical performances from both local and visiting artists sharing a united heritage. This year’s programme will feature the Arab-Andalusian group ‘Musica Antigua – Eduardo Paniagua’ from Spain as well as popular Taarab musicians from Zanzibar. The Spanish group, led by the award winning conductor, Eduardo Paniagua, specializes in interpreting medieval Arabic Andalusian music and play the lute, the hurdy-gurdy, the tromba marina, flute, organ and the darbuga (drum). There will also be displays of traditional handicraft, henna painting, Swahili food and a Swahili bridal ceremony. Lamu Fort will host an informative exhibition on the history and origin of ‘Swahili Doors’. National Museums of Kenya and the Research Institute of Swahili Studies of Eastern Africa will be organizing a workshop on the Lamu politician/poet (1760 – 1830) Zahidi Mngumi, which will culminate with the presentation of copies of manuscripts to Lamu Museum from the State Museums of Berlin and Hamburg. Lamu Museum will be offering guided visit to Takwa Ruins on Manda Island on Sunday morning. Following the introduction of film shows at last year’s Festival, a series of films are scheduled once again in Mkunguni square on Sunday evening.
Lamu offers accommodation to suit all pockets. Transport by road to Lamu is safe. Public transport from Mombasa leaves daily at 7, 10 and 11am (Tawakal Bus, Tel. Mombasa 041 222975). The journey from Mombasa to Mokowe on the mainland takes six hours, followed by a half an hour boat ride to Lamu Island. 

Other attractions include:
  • Lamu Museum, exhibiting Swahili culture and the mainland’s non-Swahili groups
  • Lamu Fort, dating back to 1821, having been built by the Sultan of Oman shortly after Lamu’s victory over Pate and Mombasa in the battle of Shela
  • German Post Office Museum
  • Swahili House Museum
  • Takwa National Monument on Manda Island (a settlement dating back to AD 1500, with ruins of a Great Mosque and a pillar tomb)
  • Ruins of Shanga, an 8th century Swahili settlement, on Pate Island, containing remains of the coral walls of 160 houses, two palaces, three mosques and hundreds of tombs
  • The early Swahili settlement of Pate, once a power in the region
  • Numerous sites and monuments that showcase Swahili civilization at its height in the 15th century
  • Donkey sanctuary for the old beasts of burden
  • The dhow making village of Matondoni
Through the Festival, the people of Lamu continue to share their heritage, both tangible and intangible with the wider world, promoting dialogue and understanding among pepoles and culture while at the same time playing an important role in promoting sustainable cultural tourism.

A wonderful opportunity to experience the beauty and traditions of this mystical, exotic and serene archipelago!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Two long week-ends are coming your way!

Please be reminded that we are approaching two long week-ends (10-12 October 2008, and 18-20 October)? Well, I think we should take advantage of the long week-ends to enjoy our country and promote domestic tourism. 

Too expensive? Maybe not. The Africa Point Travel Club for instance is offering a 3 nights, 2 days Lake Elementaita Getaway (destination: Elementaita Flamingo Camp and Cottages) at KSh 5,950 per person, inclusive of all meals and transport from Nairobi. 

So, have you made any plans for the long week-ends? Should we thank Kenyatta and Moi for the long week-ends? Can we have a Kibaki Day and Raila Day as well please?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fuel prices in Kenya

Tired of the high fuel prices? Tired of driving around to find the cheapest petrol station? Fuel prices change frequently and may vary within only a few blocks. It is therefore important to be able find the service station with the lowest priced fuel. Find the lowest fuel price in your area by using the table below. Help me help you by expanding the table and keeping the database up to date. You can do so by posting a reaction to this post, and I will then update the database.


Petrol station
Diesel
Super
Date updated
Diani
Diani Mart
94.90
103.00
05/10/2008
UfS
95.50
103.50
05/10/2008
Eldoret
Caltex
92.90
94.50
10/11/2008
Kisumu
Caltex
103.00
105.00
22/09/2008
HASS Petroleum
100.00
103.90
22/09/2008
Kobil
102.00
103.00
22/09/2008
Sai Petroleum Kisumu-Nairobi Rd
99.90
102.90
22/09/2008
Somken Kakamega Rd
100.50
103.90
22/09/2008
Total
102.00
104.00
22/09/2008
Mombasa
Caltex Mombasa Rd
99.90
102.90
05/10/2008
Engen Mombasa-Malindi Hwy
98.50
102.00
22/09/2008
Petrocity
100.00
104.50
22/09/2008
Total Likoni-Ukunda Rd
93.90
102.90
05/10/2008
Triton
99.00
103.00
22/09/2008
Nairobi – CBD
Kobil Koinange StBanda St
96.70
98.70
12/11/2008
Oil Libya
95.90
98.90
24/10/2008
Shell Kenyatta Ave
102.90
104.90
24/09/2008
Shell University Way
97.90
99.90
08/10/2008
Total Koinange StMarket St
88.80
93.80
12/11/2008
Nairobi Gigiri
Kenol Limuru RdUN Ave
88.80
92.90
06/11/2008
Kobil Limuru Rd – Java Coffee House
88.80
92.90
06/11/2008
Shell Limuru Rd – Village Market
88.90
93.90
06/11/2008
Nairobi – Kilimani
Shell Valley Rd – Panafric
102.90
104.90
23/09/2008
Total Valley RdArgwings Kodhek Rd
102.90
104.90
23/09/2008
NairobiLangata Rd
Caltex – left side when going to town
101.90
107.90
20/09/2008
Kenol – left side when going to town
99.30
104.00
20/09/2008
Kobil – opp Uchumi Langata Hyper
100.80
104.80
20/09/2008
Shell – left side when going to town
99.90
103.90
20/09/2008
Shell – left side when coming from town
100.90
104.90
20/09/2008
Shell – Wilson Airport entrance
100.90
104.90
20/09/2008
Nairobi – Madaraka
Caltex Mbagathi Way
99.90
103.90
23/09/2008
Shell Mbagathi Way
99.90
103.90
23/09/2008
NairobiMombasa Rd
Caltex – after Park View Towers
101.90
104.90
20/09/2008
Caltex – left side when going to town
102.00
108.80
20/09/2008
Oil Libya – left side when going to town
99.90
102.90
05/10/2008
Shell – before Park View Towers
101.90
104.90
20/09/2008
Shell – left side just after Lusaka Road
102.90
104.90
01/10/2008
Total – just before Panari Hse
102.90
107.90
20/09/2008
Total – left side when going to town
97.90
99.90
21/10/2008
Nairobi Muthaiga
Total Limuru Rd – Muthaiga Mini Market
88.80
93.00
14/11/2008
Nairobi – Ngara
Caltex Ring Rd
94.99
97.40
24/10/2008
Fuel Max Murang’a Rd
97.90
99.90
23/09/2008
Kobil Ring Rd
94.80
96.80
24/10/2008
National Oil Murang’a Rd
96.99
97.99
15/10/2008
Oil Libya Murang’a Rd
99.90
101.90
22/09/2008
Shell Murang’a RdLimuru Rd
99.90
102.90
26/09/2008
Shell Ring Rd
94.90
96.90
24/10/2008
NairobiNgong Rd
Caltex
102.90
104.90
21/09/2008
Caltex Dagoretti Corner
102.90
107.00
21/09/2008
Kenol
102.90
104.90
21/09/2008
Oil Libya
102.90
104.90
21/09/2008
Total Adam’s Arcade
102.90
108.90
21/09/2008
Total Prestige Plaza
102.90
108.90
21/09/2008
Nairobi – Pangani
Caltex Murang’a Rd
95.40
97.90
24/10/2008
Marine Petrol Station (MPS) Murang’a Rd
94.90
95.90
24/10/2008
Nairobi Parklands
Engen Parklands Rd
88.60
92.90
12/11/2008
Kobil Ojijo Rd
97.80
99.80
08/10/2008
Kobil Limuru Rd
87.80
92.90
12/11/2008
Caltex Limuru Rd
96.40
98.40
04/11/2008
Oil Libya Limuru Rd
88.80
93.80
04/11/2008
Shell Forest Rd
97.90
99.90
31/10/2008
NairobiSpring Valley
Caltex
88.80
93.80
10/11/2008
NairobiWaiyaki Way
Caltex



Centoil Kabete
98.50
102.00
30/09/2008
Engen Kangemi
99.50
103.50
30/09/2008
Kenol Kabete
97.99
104.00
30/09/2008
Oil Libya
101.90
103.90
30/09/2008
Petro
100.90
103.90
30/09/2008
Shell opposite Safaricom Hse
99.90
104.90
30/09/2008
Total Kangemi
101.90
104.90
30/09/2008
Triton Kabete
100.90
103.90
30/09/2008
Nairobi – Westlands
Oil Libya Lower Kabete Rd
102.90
104.90
05/10/2008
Oil Libya Peponi Rd
95.50
98.50
01/11/2008
Shell Lower Kabete Rd
102.90
104.90
05/10/2008
Tiwi
Kenol
94.90
102.50
05/10/2008