Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Shocking: Kenyan teens are having sex!

Kenyan teens are having sex. And apparently they have no clue on how to go about it.

A report by the Nairobi-based Centre for the Study of Adolescents (CSA) reports that 40 percent of girls and 50 percent of boys reported having had sex before their 19th birthday, a significant minority reported having sex with more than one partner in the previous six months. --->>> Those are the reported figures, so what are the real figures?

The report also confirms that the youth are having sex but they lack vital information on sexual and reproductive health.

Sexual education in schools is watered down. What we have is information that barely cratches the surface, and in the end the young people are left with many gaps to be filled. They are curious and what they do is fill the gaps through talking to friends and this leads to experimentation with wrong information. --->>> Do we need sex education in our schools, or should our teens just experiment, or both? I had both, and I am still doing fine.

A separate study by CSA in 2008 recorded an estimated 5.5 million girls between ages of 15 to 19 years give birth annually in Kenya --->>> Do we even have so many girls in that age group in Kenya? Must be something wrong with the figures here?
The report further indicated this same group has more than one million unsafe abortions each year. --->>> Please, can we all become gay? Problem solved.
Forty-seven percent of the teens surveyed either had a child, were pregnant, or had undergone an abortion by age 20. --->>> 47 percent? Shocking!

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Kenya's Next Top Model - 2012 season

Kenya's Next Top Model is a reality television show in which a number of people compete for the title of Kenya's Next Top Model and a chance to start their career in the modeling industry.

Here's the line-up for the 2012 season:

It looks like this may become a disappointing season. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Nyama choma - with compliments from Nakumatt

The standard blow-out feast for most Kenyans is a huge pile of nyama choma (roast meat). And sometimes you just get a craving for some nice nyama choma, but you don't have the right equipment readily available, so you have to become innovative:

Innovation courtesy of Nakumatt. Note that the trolley was not destroyed in this case.

Would this work with an Uchumi trolley as well? Please share your experiences!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Our ladies are oh so special !

Ladies, you don't need a man that drives an X6, M3, Land Rover, Mercedes or Hummer to feel special...

This is simply Africa where anything is possible!

Thank you very much for your attention.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Start your business in Narok instead of Nairobi

The Doing Business in Kenya 2010 report was launched yesterday, just on the heels of the annual Doing Business 2010 report. Globally, Kenya ranked 95 out of 183 economies. One of the reasons it takes longer to start a business in Kenyan localities is the many steps required: 3 more than the Sub-Saharan Africa regional average and 3 times as many as in Senegal.

Narok, Malaba and Thika lead the overall ranking on the four indicators measured in the report (starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, and enforcing contracts). Isiolo, Nairobi and Kilifi lag behind other localities (see Table). Nairobi has the fastest time and lowest cost for starting a business, at 34 days and 36.5 percent of income per capita. But it lags behind other localities in the time needed to register property or enforce a contract through the courts.

The process to obtain construction-related permits and clearances is easiest in Narok, Nyeri and Malaba, but more cumbersome in Isiolo, Thika and Mombasa. Obtaining all permits to build a warehouse and hook it up to utilities takes less than 70 days in Narok, making it the 15th fastest location worldwide, the same as Denmark.

Registering property is fastest in Mombasa, where it takes 23 days (figure 1). In Isiolo, a special transfer tax levied by the County Council makes registering property almost as expensive as in the Syrian Arab Republic, the world’s most expensive place to register property.

Resolving a commercial dispute is speedy in Malaba, because the courts in Bungoma, where these are heard, are strict on adjournments. As a result, the 11 months needed to enforce a contract in Malaba are less than the OECD average (15.5 months).

Doing Business in Kenya 2010, the first subnational report on Kenya, suggests Kenya could improve its ranking by 17 positions simply by adopting best practices already in place in the 11 Kenyan localities covered in the report:
"If a hypothetical city, 'Kenyana', were to adopt the best practices already in place in Kenya, its ranking would improve in all four areas of regulation that are the focus of this study, putting 'Kenyana' in 78th place among the 183 economies measured in the global Doing Business report. That is 17 positions better than Kenya’s current global rank (represented by Nairobi)."
Here is the full 77-page report - which includes very valuable lists of all procedures to go through when starting a business in Kenya - plus the press release and a Powerpoint presentation. Just download, you won't regret it, it is good information.

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