Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas 2.0!

Making Christmas merry
A new viral video on YouTube portrays the story of the Nativity as told through social media. It tells the story of Mary, Joseph and the birth of baby Jesus in a new way.

The video gives you answers to important questions such as "If Joseph had a Twitter feed, what would it say?".

The video is very nicely done and in case you aren’t one of the nearly 7 million people who have already viewed this video, I have embedded it below for your convenience and viewing.

Yes, the times they are changing! How has Christmas changed for you over the past few years?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Blackberry is not working

Are you craving for an Apple?
Kenya has been having a special relation with the United Kingdom since colonial times. We share part of our history, a bit of friendship and some political, economic, commercial & cultural interests. Well, and sometimes I wish the Brits could colonize us again. Not for everything British, but at least for a few nice things. I don't want to learn anything about their bad cooking, but I love their dry sense of humor for instance.

This “fruity” video from The One Ronnie starring Ronnie Corbett and Harry Enfield is just hilarious. These guys jokingly take on the tech industry's obsession with fruits like Blackberry, Orange and Apple, and throw in a few brilliant Microsoft comments as well.

Check it out below:



Oh, I just love that last one about the eggsbox 3,60. And you, do you enjoy such British humor?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dress code: red and black

Dress code: red and black
December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Yes, another International Day!

A gathering in Nairobi will include a silent public procession, starting at Koinange Street, and ending at the Sarakasi Dome, in Ngara. Events will include testimonies by sex workers as well as edutainment in the form of theatre, music, dance, and spoken word. The events are free and the dress code for this day will be red (sex worker rights) and black (Africa). I am giving you Jessica Alba's suggestion for the dress code in the picture.

The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers aims to raise awareness of the violence and abuse perpetrated on sex workers.

Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania will be marking this day for the first time this year.

When asked to comment on her reasons for organizing this event in Nairobi, Dorothy Ogutu, a sex worker activist, said:
As the saying goes, sex work is the oldest profession, and yet it is the one industry that records the highest rate of violence and brutality. By marking this day, we are calling for an end to violence in a working community that has experienced and continues to experience so much of it. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere, is injustice everywhere.”
True, I couldn't have expressed it in any better way! Could you?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I don't care about Bono, but I like his wife

No need for bra or panties with Kenya Kids Tees
(photo courtesy of Edun)
I don't care about Bono and what he is supposedly doing for Africa. His One campaign received almost £9.6million in donations in 2008 but handed over only £118,000 to good causes. But I love Ali Hewson, Bono's wife. Ali is fashion's conscience: she set up Edun, one of the world's leading ethical fashion brands. Yes, fashion can be ethical.

Coral dress by Edun
Ethical fashion? Yep, this dismal term has been kicking around for some time, but since Edun sold a 49 percent stake to the fashion conglomerate LVMH last May, it has definitively gone mainstream. "It's given us more muscle," says Ali.

Ali Hewson describes Edun's fashion as follows: "In general, the Edun aesthetic is feminine, sexy with a rock'n roll edge – clothes that take you from day to night, the office to the club."

Edun's clothes are produced with communities in Kenya, Tunisia, Lesotho, Tanzania and Uganda.

Edun also supports Bidii School in Kibera in Nairobi. The artwork on Edun's Kenya Kids Tees (see picture above) was created by kids from the Bidii School. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales of these really striking shirts go to back to the school.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

#KCPE2010 : Kenyan topic trending on Twitter globally

Virginia Wira (right) and Elizabeth Auma
preparing for KCPE in 2009
(Photo by Liz Muthoni, Daily Nation)
Earlier this year, our Miss Twitter Kenya contest already showed the popularity of Twitter with Kenyans. And today, a Kenyan topic was trending on Twitter. #KCPE2010 was actually listed in the top 3 of Trending Topics on Twitter globally for a few hours today.

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations kicked off countrywide today and Kenyans on Twitter were attempting to make guesses on the questions that have been designed to mould our "leaders of tomorrow".

(Note for non-Kenyans: The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) is a certificate awarded to students after completing primary education in Kenya. KCPE results are extremely important in Kenya, as it determines the secondary school the student will be accepted into.)

Most of the #KCPE2010 tweets are really quite hilarious! Here's a very incomplete sample:
@letiank: #KCPE2010 If I dropped a Vitz in the grass how would I find it? a) Use a magnet b) Cut grass c) Forget it you'll catch another one
@alfredmutua: #kcpe2010 My nephew asked me which of the following is not a planet a) Jupiter b) Pluto c) Neptune d) @JimmyKibaki's head
@Njemah: #KCPE2010 Discuss the role of football in the recent vuvuzela concerts held in South Africa
@gitts: #kcpe2010 Excuse I wasn't copying just RT-ing my neighbour's answer!
@gummybear254: #kcpe2010 Science: Calculate the tension between Karooocy and Wambui
@gummybear254: #kcpe2010 What does Yash Pal Ghai's daughter call him? (2mks) ----> Ghai Fafa
@gummybear254: #kcpe2010 What do you get when you're hit by a Vitz? A mosquito bite.
@gummybear254: #kcpe2010 Name 2 types of chicken-----> Kenchic, Akuku Danger
@muraguri: #kcpe2010 #ghc Sketch the map to your house. Not applicable if you stay on Thika Rd!!
@nyawizzy: #kcpe2010 CRE: Who is a traitor? A. Judas; B. Kalonzo; C. Kalembe; D. All of the above.
And we had a nice Twitpic by @smusyoka on how to curb cheating during KCPE examinations:

#KCPE2010 How to curb cheating *deadandburied*

The Trending Topic was started by @ki_bet through this tweet, and we thank him for making our day! Also have a look at this funny report from the Artful Dodger.

What's your favorite tweet from #KCPE2010? Please leave your comments!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Boobs without nipples are 'pointless'

KONDAKIS: bringing dead wood back to life.
My girl loves KONDAKIS. That means I also have to love KONDAKIS. Kenya-based KONDAKIS creates amazing clothing and jewellery created from recycled parachutes and wood.

The KONDAKIS Parachute Collection is made from original old parachutes. The collection includes dresses, jackets, tops, skirts, bags and underwear and all the styles come in the colours snow, desert, bush, lava and metal.

The KONDAKIS Dead Wood Collection integrates the roughness of wood in bangles and necklaces by leaving some of the bark on and also by cutting the pieces in such a way that the different wood colors come to the surface and create a contrast.

KONDAKIS parachutes: catch me if I fall!
Earlier this year, the Kondakis website showed a naked breast on the front page of the website and some other pages as well. Immediately after I tweeted about it, all pictures with nude boobies were removed from the site. And now the pictures are back! But not completely: parts of the boobies are back, but the nipples are missing! Yes, the nipples are gone. I find boobs without nipples so... well, pointless!

Let's now have a look at one of the original pictures on the website and how KONDAKIS killed the beauty of that picture:

With nipple
Without nipple
Find the one and only difference between the two pictures.

Now where has the nipple gone? Damn Photoshop!

Now, why would they have removed the nipples? Is this a breast cancer awareness campaign? Or are they afraid of showing nipples because they are erogenous zones and can be erotic?

I am now advocating for the right to bare breasts. Why is it inappropriate for women to go topless in public? Our grannies were topless most of the time, so what is the problem really?

Swazi politicians are already part of my campaign since they have been defending the right of women in traditional dress to expose their breasts. And you, will you also join me in the campaign for the right to bare breasts? Leave your comments below, but please keep them 'to the point'!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Let's play with condoms

Kid in Mbita having fun with condoms
Turning condoms into toys
You can have sex with a condom, that's usually fun. But children in Mbita on Lake Victoria have discovered an interesting new purpose for condoms: use them as toys! Wow, Kenyans are innovators!

Now, what else could you do with a condom? Well, some random guy who loves bad jokes launched some 'projects' on this. Here's a pack of five cool things (called the 'Condom Hack Pack') you can do with a condom, including the Condom Lifesaver, the Condom Cat Toy, the Cellular Condom Protector, the Condom Shotgun and Condom Floaters:



And you, what do you do with your condoms?

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Witch Doctor

When a Kenyan man discovers he is HIV positive, he turns to a traditional healer for help. But what advice will the witch doctor dispense? This light-hearted film has an important message about the relationship between modern medicine and folk treatments.



Have you ever gone to a witch doctor? I regularly see one. He is from Tanzania and he is always so much fun. I just go for the fun of it, I don't believe in it at all. I have even taken friends from abroad to the same doctor, and we always have a good laugh afterwards. It is relatively cheap and excellent entertainment!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Good Fortune - a film about Silva and Jackson

Good Fortune explores how massive, international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development organizations, the film presents a unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the eyes of the people it is intended to benefit.

On the outskirts of Nairobi, Silva’s home and business in Africa’s largest squatter community are being demolished as part of a United Nations slum-upgrading project. In the rural countryside, Jackson’s farm is being flooded by an American investor who hopes to alleviate poverty by creating a multi-million dollar rice farm.

Interweaving meditative portraits of its characters, Good Fortune examines the real-world impact of international aid. With a broad scope and intimate style, the film portrays gripping stories of human perseverance and suggests that the answers for Africa lie in the resilience of its people.

Called “gripping and infuriating” by FilmCritic.com, the film raises tough questions about how international development has undermined efforts to bring Kenya and other African nations out of extreme poverty. A lack of community involvement, government corruption and naiveté compound to undermine projects forged with the best intentions.

Here's the trailer:



Would you like to see the complete film? Well, the next screenings are on October 21st, 2010 in Mexico and in Belgium...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Free SMS from Gmail to Safaricom

Staying in touch with your girls is important
Did you know that you can now send free SMS to your friends on Safaricom directly from your Gmail account? Try Gmail SMS and start texting your friends from your computer.

You can send SMS messages to your contacts’ mobile phones using Gmail Chat. If your contact replies, the text message response will appear as a reply in Chat. These conversations are stored in your Chat history just like regular chats.

Sending and receiving a message from Gmail to any phone is free. When replying with an SMS from phone to Gmail, you will be charged a regular SMS rate by your mobile provider. Gmail SMS is currently available in Kenya with Safaricom.

Here's how to use Gmail SMS:

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  1. Log into your Gmail account. In the Send SMS box above Chat, enter the phone number you want to send a SMS to.
  2. In the dialog box, enter Contact name of the SMS recipient and check that country and phone number are correct. Then, click Save.
  3. Type your message in the chat window and hit Enter.
  4. Your message will be sent to the phone number you entered.
Try it out! It seems to work fine.

SMALL UPDATE: In some cases, e.g. when you are logging in to your Gmail account from abroad, the Gmail SMS feature is not automatically activated (and you can't see the Send SMS box in Gmail). Here's a solution. Try going to Google Labs, select Gmail Labs and enable "SMS in Chat gadget" and "Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat". That should do the trick, like it did for @kenyanpundit.
@marvintumbo also confirmed he received a Gmail SMS from a friend in Sweden. Unfortunately, the friend is a dude and not the blonde Swedish hottie I had hoped for.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Swazi Minister fired for screwing King Mswati's wife

Ndumiso Mamba hiding in the bed
Queen Nothando Dube
King Mswati III of Swaziland has fired his Minister of Justice, Ndumiso Mamba, after he was caught having an affair with one of the King’s most beautiful wives, 22-year-old Nothando Dube, who is a former Miss Teen Swaziland.

Photographs of a startled Ndumiso Mamba hiding in the base of a bed of Royal Villas Hotel emerged online.

According to reports, Queen Nothando Dube over the past few weeks dressed up like a soldier to get past security guards to sneak out of the palace and meet her lover.
Ndumiso Mamba was caught!

It is expected that Queen Nothando Dube will spend the rest of her life under 24-hour surveillance.

King Mswati III, who has at least 23 children and is Africa’s last absolute monarch, famously selects a new wife at a reed dance where up to 100,000 women are paraded in front of him. Our own Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has only one wife and her name is Lucy.

And, as Thekimutai was telling me on Twitter: if this was Kenya.... Kalonzo na Roocy. Ai!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Nairobi Secrets

The red hot Sexy Siren Doll
Are you interested in the rapidly evolving Kenyan e-commerce scene? Then you may find this post interesting... NairobiSecrets is a new Nairobi based online retail lingerie shop which was launched this week.

The site uses Kenyan models Racheal, Boyo, Sonia and Vera. Models are selected for their interesting, outgoing, sexy and goofy personalities, as well as their academic and cultural backgrounds... Of course, other assets and a model’s face also help.

The site is organized in categories such as Sexy Lingerie, Sexy Swimwear, Sexy Gowns and Robes, and Sexy Indoor Wear (I am ignoring the category Floral). And then you have the sub-categories. Under Sexy Gowns and Robes for example, you will find Lingerie Gowns, and Baby Dolls and Chemises. Don't ask me what a Baby Doll is, but the red hot Sexy Siren Doll - which you can see on the picture - is one of them. It has just a trace of lace and a side slit, and comes with adjustable straps and a matching panty.

For online payments, the site accepts all major credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal. And taking advantage of the proliferation of mobile money transfer services in Kenya, the site also accepts payments through ZAP and M-PESA.

Delivery is only available in Nairobi. A standard delivery service is offered within the Nairobi Metropolis for a standard KSh 300/- and free for purchases over Ksh 6,000/-. All shipping is done through courier service to ensure safety and privacy.

They also have an interesting Facebook page, where they answer any question you may have. Trini Totcy had a burning question, and it was promptly answered:
Trini Totcy may i ask ignorantly plz.the c-string how does it go like,cn it be worn when in a skirt? how about that?? how does it hold?? tell me more abt the c-string n hw to do it.Thank you
nairobisecrets.com You are welcome Trini. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Here's how it stays: C-String has a flexible internal frame that hugs and holds it to your body. At the front it looks like a normal sexy underwear and to the rear it has a thong-style strip.
This is the first time its being sold in Kenya but its common in the US, UK and Germany. To those we gave samples to, we got raving reviews.
Instead of having to deal with annoying underwear lines, this C-String provides coverage without the panty straps.
nairobisecrets.com The toughest effort to hide panty lines comes when one tries on an evening dress. This is a test the C-String excels at. With the CString nothing is visible, and the dress can do justice to your body curves.
Out and about: the C-String can be worn under all your favourite clothes: dresses, skirts, jeans...
Trini Totcy I see,..thanks a lot for the info. I do appreciate. Great stuff u got, all the best!
nairobisecrets.com You are welcome Trini
Yes, okay, I think I have learned something. Have you?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pumzi: Kenya's first sci-fi movie

Pumzi, a Kenyan sci-fi movie
What? A Kenyan science fiction film? Yes! The film is named Pumzi and started as a joke, but resulted in a very interesting synopsis:
Nature is extinct. The outside is dead. Asha lives and works as a museum curator in one of the indoor communities set up by the Maitu Council. When she receives a box in the mail containing soil, she plants an old seed in it and the seed starts to germinate instantly. Asha appeals to the Council to grant her permission to investigate the possibility of life on the outside but the Council denies her exit visa. Asha breaks out of the inside community to go into the dead and derelict outside to plant the growing seedling and possibly find life on the outside.
Kudzani Moswela, hiding her assets
The lead character Asha is played by the beautiful actress Kudzani Moswela.
Kudzani Moswela

The film's writer and director Wanuri Kahiu, who has an interesting blogsees her high-tech filmmaking as a continuation of an ancient, tribal storytelling tradition. Her movie From a Whisper received a total of twelve nominations and earned five awards at the 5th African Movie Academy Awards in 2009.

The movie raises interesting questions, such as "Who owns water?"

Here's the stunning trailer:

Obama's remarks at the MDG Summit

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
______________________________________________________________________________
September 22, 2010
Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery
Millennium Development Goals Summit

United Nations Headquarters
New York, New York

Wordle of Obama's MDG speech

Obama at the MDG Summit at UN Headquarters 
Good afternoon. Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen.

In the Charter of this United Nations, our countries pledged to work for “the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples.” In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we recognized the inherent dignity and rights of every individual, including the right to a decent standard of living. And a decade ago, at the dawn of a new millennium, we set concrete goals to free our fellow men, women and children from the injustice of extreme poverty.

These are the standards we set. Today, we must ask—are we living up to our mutual responsibilities?

I suspect that some in wealthier countries may ask—with our economies struggling, so many people out of work, and so many families barely getting by, why a summit on development? The answer is simple. In our global economy, progress in even the poorest countries can advance the prosperity and security of people far beyond their borders, including my fellow Americans.

When a child dies from a preventable disease, it shocks our conscience. When a girl is deprived of an education or her mother is denied equal rights, it undermines the prosperity of their nation. When a young entrepreneur can’t start a new business, it stymies the creation of new jobs and markets—in his country and in ours. When millions of fathers cannot provide for their families, it feeds the despair that can fuel instability and violent extremism. When a disease goes unchecked, it can endanger the health of millions around the world.

So let’s put to rest the old myth that development is mere charity that does not serve our interests. And let’s reject the cynicism that says certain countries are condemned to perpetual poverty. For the past half century has witnessed more gains in human development than at any time in history. A disease that had ravaged the generations, smallpox, was eradicated. Health care has reached the far corners of the world, saving the lives of millions. From Latin America to Africa to Asia, developing nations have transformed into leaders in the global economy.

Nor can anyone deny the progress that has been made toward achieving certain Millennium Development Goals. The doors of education have been opened to tens of millions of children, boys and girls. New cases of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis are down; access to clean drinking water is up. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people have been lifted from extreme poverty.

Yet we must also face the fact that progress towards other goals has not come nearly fast enough. Not for the hundreds of thousands of women who lose their lives every year simply giving birth. Not for the millions of children who die from the agony of malnutrition. Not for the nearly one billion people who endure the misery of chronic hunger.

This is the reality we must face—that if the international community just keeps doing the same things the same way, we will miss many development goals. That is the truth. With ten years down and just five years before our development targets come do, we must do better.

Now, I know that helping communities and countries realize a better future isn’t easy. I’ve seen it in my own life. I saw it in my mother, as she worked to lift up the rural poor, from Indonesia to Pakistan. And I saw it on the streets of Chicago, were I worked as a community organizer trying to build up underdeveloped neighborhoods. It’s hard. But I know progress is possible.

As President, I have made it clear that the United States will do our part. My national security strategy recognizes development as not only a moral imperative, but a strategic and economic imperative. Secretary of State Clinton is leading a review to strengthen and better coordinate our diplomacy and development efforts. We’ve reengaged with multilateral development institutions. And we’re rebuilding the United States Agency for International Development as the world’s premier development agency. In short, we’re making sure that the United States will be a global leader in international development in the 21st century.

We also recognize that the old ways will not suffice. That is why in Ghana last year I called for a new approach to development that unleashes transformational change and allows more people to take control of their own destiny. After all, no country wants to be dependent on another. No proud leader in this room wants to ask for aid. And no family wants to be beholden to the assistance of others.

To pursue this vision, my administration conducted a comprehensive review of America’s development programs. We listened to leaders in government, NGOs and
civil society, the private sector and philanthropy, Congress and our many international partners.

Today, I am announcing our new U.S. Global Development Policy—the first of its kind by an American administration. It’s rooted in America’s enduring commitment to the dignity and potential of every human being. And it outlines our new approach and the new thinking that will guide our overall development efforts, including the plan that I promised last year and that my administration has delivered to pursue the Millennium Development Goals.

Put simply, the United States is changing the way we do business.

First, we’re changing how we define development. For too long, we’ve measured our efforts by the dollars we spent and the food and medicines we delivered. But aid alone is not development. Development is helping nations to actually develop—moving from poverty to prosperity. And we need more than just aid to unleash that change. We need to harness all the tools at our disposal—from our diplomacy to our trade and investment policies.

Second, we’re changing how we view the ultimate goal of development. Our focus on assistance has saved lives in the short term, but it hasn’t always improved those societies over the long term. Consider the millions of people who have relied on food assistance for decades. That’s not development, that’s dependence, and it’s a cycle we need to break. Instead of just managing poverty, we have to offer nations and peoples a path out of poverty.

Let me be clear, the United States of America has been, and will remain, the global leader in providing assistance. We will not abandon those who depend on us for life-saving help. We keep our promises, and honor our commitments.

In fact, my administration has increased assistance to the least developed countries. We’re working with partners to finally eradicate polio. Building on the good efforts of my predecessor, we continue to increase funds to fight HIV/AIDS to record levels—and that includes strengthening our commitment to the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria. And we will lead in times of crisis, as we have done since the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan.

But the purpose of development—and what’s needed most right now—is creating the conditions where assistance is no longer needed. So we will seek partners who want to build their own capacity to provide for their people. We will seek development that is sustainable.

Building in part on the lessons of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, which has helped countries like El Salvador build rural roads and raise the incomes of its people, we will invest in the capacity of countries that are proving their commitment to development.

Remembering the lesson of the Green Revolution, we’re expanding scientific collaboration with other countries and investing in game-changing science and technologies to help spark historic leaps in development.

For example, instead of just treating HIV/AIDS, we’ve invested in pioneering research to finally develop a way to help millions of women actually prevent themselves from being infected in the first place.

Instead of simply handing out food, our food security initiative is helping countries like Guatemala, Rwanda and Bangladesh develop their agriculture, improve crop yields and help farmers get their products to market.

Instead of simply delivering medicine, our Global Health Initiative is helping countries like Mali and Nepal build stronger health systems and deliver better care. And with financial and technical assistance, we’ll help developing countries embrace the clean energy technologies they need to adapt to climate change and pursue low-carbon growth.

In other words, we’re making it clear that we will partner with countries that are willing to take the lead. Because the days when your development was dictated in foreign capitals must come to an end.

This brings me to the third pillar of our new approach. To unleash transformational change, we’re putting a new emphasis on the most powerful force the world has ever known for eradicating poverty and creating opportunity. It’s the force that turned South Korea from a recipient of aid to a donor of aid. It’s the force that has raised living standards from Brazil to India. And it’s the force that has allowed emerging African countries like Ethiopia, Malawi and Mozambique to defy the odds and make real progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals, even as some of their neighbors—like Cote d’Ivoire—have lagged behind.

The force I’m speaking of is broad-based economic growth. Now, every nation will pursue its own path to prosperity. But decades of experience tell us that there are certain ingredients upon which sustainable growth and lasting development depends.

We know that countries are more likely to prosper when they encourage entrepreneurship; when they invest in their infrastructure; and when they expand trade and welcome investment. So we will partner with countries like Sierra Leone to create business environments that attract investment, not scare it away. We’ll work to break down barriers to regional trade and urge nations to open their markets to developing countries. And we’ll keep pushing for a Doha round that is ambitious and balanced—one that works not just for major emerging economies, but for all economies.

We know that countries are more likely to prosper when governments are accountable to their people. So we are leading a global effort to combat corruption—which in many places is the single greatest barrier to prosperity, and which is a profound violation of human rights. That’s why we now require oil, gas and mining companies that raise capital in the United States to disclose all payments they make to foreign governments. And it’s why I urged the G-20 to put corruption on its agenda and make it harder for corrupt officials to steal from their people and stifle their development.

The United States will focus our development efforts on countries like Tanzania that promote good governance and democracy; the rule of law and equal administration of justice; transparent institutions, with strong civil societies; and respect for human rights. Because over the long run, democracy and economic growth go hand in hand.

We will reach out to countries making the transition from authoritarianism to democracy, and from war to peace. The people of Liberia show that even after years of war, great progress can be achieved. And as others show the courage to put war behind them—including, we hope, in Sudan—the United States will stand with those who seek to build and sustain peace.

And we know that countries are more likely to prosper when they tap the talents of all their people. That’s why we’re investing in the health, education and rights of women, and working to empower the next generation of women entrepreneurs and leaders. Because when mothers and daughters have access to opportunity, economies grow and governance improves. And it’s why we’re partnering with young people, who in many developing countries are more than half the population. We’re expanding educational exchanges, like the one that brought my father to America from Kenya, and we’re helping young entrepreneurs succeed in a global economy.

As the final pillar of our new approach, we’ll insist on more responsibility—from ourselves and others. We’ll insist on mutual accountability.

For our part, we’ll work with Congress to better match our investments with the priorities of our partner countries. Guided by the evidence, we’ll invest in programs that work and end those that don’t. Because we need to be big-hearted and hard-headed.

To my fellow donor nations—let’s honor our respective commitments. Let’s resolve to put an end to hollow promises that are not kept. Let’s commit to the same transparency that we expect of others. And let’s move beyond the old, narrow debate over how much money we’re spending and let’s instead focus on results—whether we’re actually making improvements in people’s lives.

To developing countries, this must be your moment of responsibility as well. We want you to prosper and succeed—it’s in your interest, and it’s in our interest. We want to help you realize your aspirations. But there is no substitute for your leadership. Only you and your people can make the tough choices that will unleash the dynamism of your country. Only you can make the sustainable investments that improve the health and well-being of your people. Only you can deliver your nations to a more just and prosperous future.

Finally, let me say this. No one nation can do everything everywhere and still do it well. To meet our goals, we must be more selective and focus our efforts where we have the best partners and where we can have the greatest impact. And just as this work cannot be done by any one government, it cannot be the work of governments alone. Indeed, foundations, the private sector and NGOs are making historic commitments that have redefined what’s possible.

This gives us the opportunity to forge a new division of labor for development in the 21st century. It’s a division of labor where—instead of so much duplication and inefficiency—governments, multilaterals and NGOs all work together. We each do the piece we do best, as we are doing in support of Ghana’s food security plan, which will help more farmers get more goods to market and earn more money to support their families.

That’s the progress that’s possible. Together, we can collaborate in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. Together, we can realize the future that none of us can achieve alone. Together, we can deliver historic leaps in development. We can do this. But only if we move forward with the seriousness and sense of common purpose that this moment demands.

Development that offers a path out of poverty for that child who deserves better. Development that builds the capacity of countries to deliver the health care and education that their people need. Development that unleashes broader prosperity and builds the next generation of entrepreneurs and emerging economies. Development rooted in shared responsibility, mutual accountability and, most of all, concrete results that pull communities and countries from poverty to prosperity.

These are the elements of America’s new approach. This is the work we can do together. And this can be our plan—not simply for meeting our Millennium Development Goals, but for exceeding them, and then sustaining them for generations to come.

Thank you very much.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kenya: the most advanced tech environment in the world

Sarah Lacy
Mocality is Africa's largest business directory in the making. Mocality has been streamlined for both web and mobile and can be viewed on almost all phones. Over 60,000 businesses have been listed already and plenty of traffic is now heading their way. Mocality is now available in Nairobi and is coming soon to other local cities.

As a business owner, you get free SMS, a contact list, a free mobile website and a free mobile business card.

But the good news is that you can actually become a Mocality agent and earn money! Their current payment structure is as follows:
a. For adding a business: Ksh 5/- (read: top-up card)
b. When your business gets verified: Ksh 25/- (read: soda)
c. When you verify another business: Ksh 30/- (read: matatu fare)
d. When you add a photo of the business to a listing or verification: Ksh 50/- (read: tea and mandazi)

Sarah Lacy - who is currently obsessed with Kenya and by extension in love with Rafiki Kenya - and Paul Carr recently interviewed Mocality's CEO Stefan Magdalinski for TechCrunchTV about the Kenyan and African tech scene. Among other things Stef says "Kenya is in a lot of ways the most advanced mobile phone and tech environment I have come across in the world". Do you agree? Is Kenya the place to be in terms of tech and mobile? Here's the interview:



And in other good news: Sarah is planning a trip to Kenya! I would be happy to be her guide of course.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Kenya Census: There are 20 camels in Nairobi

Camels having sex. One hump or two humps?
The results of Kenya's 2009 census were finally released this week. There were 38,610,097 people in Kenya, according to the official 2009 population census figures. We are now more than 39 million and counting, since two Kenyan children are born every minute.

Interestingly, the census also revealed there are 20 camels in Nairobi. What are these camels doing in Nairobi? My best guess is that there may be a few at Mamba Village or at Splash Waterworld; as well as some 'roaming' ones which can be hired for birthday and other parties.

Camels can be used for multiple purposes
There are about 3 million camels in Kenya, which shows the importance of the animal to Kenyans. In Nairobi's Eistleigh estate, business is brisk in camel meat and milk. Vital Camel Milk in Nanyuki is the world's first dairy plant which processes camel milk and value added products as health food. Regular camel milk consumption contributes to an optimum diabetes management. Camel milk has positive effects in controlling high blood pressure and helps in the management of arteriosclerosis and osteoporosis. Camel milk contains potent anti-bacterial and anti-viral factors. Recovery from infectious desease (e.g. tuberculosis) is significantly faster in patients consuming camel milk regularly.

Camels are also being used as solar-powered mobile health clinicsmobile libraries and mobile schools. In those parts of Kenya worst affected by persistent droughts, the next generation of pastoralists is growing up with a greater understanding of the camel's role. Efforts to introduce school children to camel-keeping are going well. With camels on the curriculum, and kept within the school grounds, pupils learn camel care and how best to hygienically collect, process and market the milk. And yes, nowadays you can even go on a camel safari.

A textbook cameltoe
And have you ever heard about the term cameltoe?

Cameltoe is a slang term that refers to the outline of a human female's labia majora seen through tight clothes.

Rihanna's cameltoe
The causes of cameltoe are not always obvious. Cameltoe commonly occurs as a result of wearing tight fitting clothes, such as jeans, shorts, hotpants, or swim wear. Due to a combination of anatomical factors, the snugness of the fabric in the region surrounding the cleft of venus may result in the area of the crotch taking on the appearance of the forefoot of a camel or other even-toed ungulate. However, some fashion analysts have also identified clothing design as a cause, rather than its size. Cameltoe may thus be exacerbated by jeans or other garments with a tight central seam that serves to divide the labia majora.

And last but not least, here's the presentation of the census results, including all the figures on camels:
Kenyan Population and Housing Census

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Martha Karua is Margaret Thatcher in a black skin

Aly Khan Satchu hosted Martha Karua this morning at Mind Speak at Westgate. Unfortunately, due to my terrible hangover after last night's TGIF escapades, I had to miss it (whose idea is it by the way to always put the best events at 9.30 AM?). But fortunately, there was the Twitter hashtag #Mindspeak, which has now enabled me to catch up with the proceedings.

One of the most remarkable things is that Martha Karua confirmed the person she admires most is Margaret Thatcher. I generally don't support conservative ideas, but I like Thatcher's foreword to the 1979 Conservative manifesto where she wrote of "a feeling of helplessness, that a once great nation has somehow fallen behind." Sounds familiar for Kenya, doesn't it?

Let's see what some of my favorite tweeps had to say about the Mindspeak event with Martha Karua:
@swmaina: Martha Karua is simply Margaret Thatcher in a black skin... #MindSpeak
@alykhansatchu: #Mindspeak I am here to tell you I am running for the Top Seat and I am going to get it. #Kenya @Martha_W_Karua
@alykhansatchu: #Mindspeak @Martha_W_Karua Everybody says they want Change but they then want to bend the Change
If Martha Karua became President of Kenya, Kenyan editor Kwendo Opanga would want her to be a Margaret Thatcher indeed - with a compassionate and affectionate, fond and kind side to her public persona.

Margaret Thatcher was a household name worldwide. Kenyan humorist Wahome Mutahi, popularly known as Whispers, promptly nicknamed his wife Thatcher. Many men followed suit.

Margaret Thatcher remains identified with her remarks to the reporter Douglas Keay, for Woman's Own magazine, 23 September 1987:
"I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand "I have a problem, it is the Government's job to cope with it!" or "I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!" "I am homeless, the Government must house me!" and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and there are families and no government can do anything except through people and people look to themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then also to help look after our neighbour and life is a reciprocal business and people have got the entitlements too much in mind without the obligations..."
These words resonate very well with me. I think Kenya 2.0 is a country which we are going to build ourselves, where we are going to take action and responsibility, where we are all going to work ever harder than we are today, and this without too much over-reliance on our Government, on donors or investors. The Government's role then is just to create a friendly, secure and enabling environment for all of us to participate in developing and strengthening our Kenya 2.0. What do you think, could Martha Karua guide us in this?

So, how big is the love between Martha Karua and Margaret Thatcher? Well, there are a few ways to find out. One of them is My Love Calculator, which gives a score on love compatibility based on first name and date of birth.


Martha Karua and Margaret Thatcher score 48%. Margaret Thatcher is relatively light-headed compared to Martha Karua who is so well organized and takes life, work and relationships very seriously. Martha Karua is usually quiet and reserved. Margaret Thatcher on the other hand likes to socialize and is compassionate to others' problems. For these differences Margaret Thatcher might see Martha Karua as a little shallow and Martha Karua might consider Margaret Thatcher as weak. Martha Karua's critical nature is also bound to irritate Margaret Thatcher. The main problem in this match is that Martha Karua thinks from the head, whilst Margaret Thatcher thinks from the heart. The match can work only if the two are really willing to apply some effort.

Another free love calculator uses a numerological based algorithm to calculate the love factor between two names. The numerological based algorithm on what the Love Calculator is based has been developed using a number of well established numerological systems to calculate love and compatability. The overall score which is calculated as a love factor between two names is expressed by the Love Calculator in a percentage format with 100% being the most highly compatible match. The Love Calculator result which is calculated takes into account the score based on a number of factors such as love, compatability and personality. Amazingly, the results are similar to the previous one, just a notch higher:


So in one case, Martha Karua and Margaret Thatcher almost reached the 50% mark; and in the other case, they actually passed it. What do you think? Can this relationship work?

Friday, August 20, 2010

TGIF: Thank God It's Friday!

Friday night fever
It's Friday, and I am going out tonight!

The Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" was a very controversial music video when it was first released. Why? The video features a first-person point of view of someone going clubbing, indulging in large amounts of drugs and alcohol, getting into fist fights with men, abusing women and picking up a lap dancer and having sex with her as well. At the end of the video the camera pans over to... Well, I won't tell anything more, just watch it for yourself, but I can't see anything wrong with this video. The video gets me in the right mood for a night out of bar-hopping between Skylux Lounge, Club Gallileo, Black Diamond (yes Naomi!), Havana, Bacchus, Gypsies, Lido's, F3 Pango, Madhouse, Modern Green, Chillers, Apple Bees and of course Rafikiz.



The National Organization for Women (NOW) criticized the song and its music video. NOW stated that the lyrics are a "...dangerous and offensive message advocating violence against women." NOW also believed that the lyrics are in reference to administering heroin (smack) to another person. Well, I don't think so. The song was also featured in Charlie's Angels, and it's a good song for working out. What's your opinion?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Donkeymentary: Through the Eyes of a Donkey in Lamu

Donkeys are interesting animals
Ever heard about a donkeymentary? Well, below is a preview of a Donkeymentary. It is basically a documentary with donkeys. Through the Eyes of a Donkey is a new film about Lamu, a small island just off the Kenyan coast, with about 24,000 people, some 6,000 donkeys, and just 2 cars. Lamu is one of the world's only surviving centers of authentic Swahili culture, and "the donkey capital of Africa." The documentary tells the stories of the residents of this enchanting town and their dependance on the donkey. It is a place where there are donkey traffic jams, where the largest humanitarian organization is a donkey sanctuary, where donkeys are the key to earning a living, and where a young boy's fondest dream is to one day have a donkey of his own…



The full Donkeymentary Through the Eyes of a Donkey should be released later this year.

Got interested in donkeymentaries? Here's another one. Have a close look. What are these two women looking at?



Donkey Wants A Piece - Watch more Funny Videos

Women!?! They are all the same...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Kenyans approve new constitution - time for Kenya 2.0

Kenyans are now embracing Kenya 2.0
Kenyans have today approved a new constitution in a landmark referendum vote. Thank you, fellow Kenyans! And welcome to Kenya 2.0! This new constitution - which is probably one of the best in Africa, if not the best - is redefining Kenya and is indeed a very historic moment signalling a new dawn for East Africa's most vibrant economy. The wind of change has blown through our country, and we should all be ready to contribute to the building of a great nation, creating an example for Africa, and becoming an important and respected player in the world. This time for Africa, our time for change has come. We have been hungry for change for decades and now we are ready to believe again. I have traveled across Kenya and have made many trips abroad, and I have seen what Kenya is and I strongly believe in what this country can be. That is the Kenya I see and the Kenya I hope all of us can see. It is up to all of us to realize this vision of development and prosperity for this great nation, with respect for peace, for our environment, for justice and for human rights. Today is probably the most crucial turning point in Kenyan history since independence in 1963, so let's all be proud that we have the privilege of being part of it.

The change we seek will of course still require some kind of struggle, a lot of effort, and sometimes even sacrifices we may not always feel comfortable with. But this is a battle in our own hearts, souls and minds about what kind of country we want, and how hard we are willing to work for it. It will not necessarily be easy, and change will still take time; there may be setbacks and false starts and sometimes we'll make mistakes.

But today we have nothing but hope for Kenya, because we know there are people all across this great nation who are ready for this change and willing to take up the challenges; there are people all across the country who are very committed to making this work. Today we are happy, because the young people of this country have been given a unique chance to break from the past and to build a Kenya which will be a better place for all of us and for many generations to come.

Kenya 2.0 is our new Kenya. Kenya 2.0 is a Kenya that embraces new technologies for a fairer society and for better lifes; it is a nation where all Kenyans are enabled to contribute to development on a equal basis. Kenya 2.0 is a Kenya that is free from dictators, corruption, fraud, tribalism and violence. It is a Kenya where innovations can thrive, where ideas are nourished. It is is a Kenya which is attractive to investors from within Africa and from overseas.

Welcome to Kenya 2.0!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Distracted by a sexy billboard

Nivea takes care of your body
We've seen them everywhere in Nairobi - scantily clad women on huge roadside billboards. Last month, I almost caused an accident while driving because I was distracted by this Nivea billboard.

I know those ads are put up to get attention, but if there would have been a major road accident, who should be held responsible? Me for being distracted, Nivea for creating a disturbing ad, or Nairobi City Council for not banning such ads? In South Africa for example, Cape Town authorities for example have refused to allow sexy billboards.

Distracted driving is dangerous. Is it fair to ask men not to look? Apparently, they can't help themselves - it's how they're wired. If we can have laws against driving while using a cellphone (and even have fines for pedestrians crossing the road while talking on their mobile phones), why can't we also ban these billboards? Maybe because these advertisers are a good source of income for Nairobi City Council?

We already have too many traffic jams in Nairobi, don't we? These billboards are not good for a smooth flow of traffic. In Metro Manila in the Philippines, the sexy billboards allegedly slow down traffic.

Angel Locsin welcomes traffic to Manila (Picture by Allan Tomimbang)
This blog by Allan Tomimbang - a billboard salesman - is dedicated to sexy billboards in Metro Manila, the Billboard Capital of South East Asia. There are loads and loads of big billboards in Metro Manila. They are not only big, they also have a lot of provocative images. Allan does not advocate sexy billboards. His blog simply chronicles all the sexy billboards in Metro Manila (and the rest of the Philippines) so that readers can take the necessary action to cause the advertisers to exercise propriety and exhibit prudence in deciding what to put up on a billboard.

British motorists have admitted that they have been so distracted by sexy billboards that they have dangerously veered from their lane. One in five men have said that they have diverted their eyes to look at scantily clad women on a billboard. However, only one in 10 women were affected by the sight of a scantily clad man on a billboard.

And you, what do you think? Have you ever been distracted by those billboards? Are they a road hazard? Or are they a nice way to keep you entertained while waiting in the Nairobi traffic jams? Oh yes, and if you happen to know the model on the Nivea billboard, please let me have her contacts.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Ghana, the Pride of Africa

We love Ghana!
This Time for Africa. Tonight the whole of Africa will be united in support of Ghana!

We love Ghana because it is a model for good governance and successful democratic elections in Africa. We are proud of Ghana because it has twice the per capita output of the poorer countries in West Africa. We are supporting Ghana because Ghana is ranked the second least failed state in Africa after Mauritius. We like Ghana because its media is one of the most free in Africa. We look up to Ghanaians because they hosted US President Barack Obama in 2009. We respect former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan, who is from Ghana.

But we also love Ghana because of their excellent performance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The whole of Africa will also rally behind the Black Stars, Ghana's national football team, when they are playing against Uruguay. Ghana is the third African team in history to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

Oh yes, they did beat the USA! Horace Campbell analyzed the importance of the win to Africa in his Pan-African Postcard on Pambazuka:
Some Ghana fans
"With Africans around the world rallying in support of the Black Stars and unified in their celebrations of the win, the team gave us a glimpse of a 21st century continent that is ‘united, strong and peaceful’."
"Not only did the Black Stars demonstrate the reality that they were able to play as a team, they exposed the optimism for and the possibility of a united, strong, and peaceful Africa in the 21st century – which is the essence of the African transformation. Africans across the continent mentally broke down their colonial boundaries and rallied, with hope and optimism, around the Ghanaian team as though one united African team. In this encounter of performance and conflict, Ghana with a very young team matched the best qualities of a society with massive resources. Although the US team was drawn from a reservoir of a new multiculturalism, these US players could not match the Africans in ‘in athleticism, stamina and never-say-die spirit.’"
"This was neither the Africa of colonial times nor the Africa synonymous with ‘failed states.’ It is the Africa of a much forgotten but glorious past. It is the true Africa that only we Africans knew existed and persisted, even as torrential tribulations attempted to diminish the sounds of men and women beating drums, the harmonious ululations of our mothers, the contagious laughter of children, and the breeze sighing through a conserved nature."
Tonight, we will probably depend a lot on Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan...
Ghana, please remember the whole of Africa is supporting you tonight, tomorrow, in the finals, and forever!

LET'S DO A LITTLE CONTEST AS WELL. Predict the outcome of the match Uruguay - Ghana by putting a comment to this post. The first person who enters the correct end result of the match wins Ksh 1,000/-. Only entries from before the actual start of the match will be taken into account.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Philip Onyancha on the bench with Jeff Koinange - and @nanciellah's endless legs

@nanciellah posted a very funny TweetPhoto about the self-confessed serial killer Philip Onyancha on the bench with K24's Chief Reporter Jeff Koinange, and she was so kind to give me permission to share the fun with you on Kenya's most entertaining blog.

Jeff Koinange and Philip Onyancha

Since @nanciellah has been so kind to me, let me also be friendly with her, and post her lovely Twitter avatar picture here. If you like her picture, you may also love her funny and interesting tweets, so please follow her now on Twitter. If you're interested in fashion, she also has a great blog called The Fashion Notebook.

@nanciellah

She claims to be a simple girl and an aspiring fashion stylist, designer and editor in love with fashion, the trends and all the good things it brings... Your comments please!?!?!

Friday, June 25, 2010

All naked and nude, stripped to the bone, X-rayted

Whenever I am featuring beautiful girls like Janet Mbugua, Diondra Bridges, @Queen_Lucky or Anne Kiguta on this fabulous blog, I get heaps of requests to show more of these girls by actually showing less.

Showing less? Well, this is not a porn site, so I have something else for you. Today we are going all naked and nude. Today our girls are baring it all. They are stripped to the bone. The “EIZO: Pin-up Calendar 2010” is really particular. This pin-up calendar offers you more than the usual integral nude: X-rayted girls literally! Eizo is a brand of medical supplies and their campaign is just awesome. The German advertising agency Butter put together the sexy calendar to promote Eizo's high-precision displays for medical imaging. Quite original. EIZO explains: “Whereas craftsmen are showered with pin-up-calendars at the end of every year, this kind of present is less popular among medics. EIZO breaks this taboo. This pin-up calendar shows absolutely every detail.

How do you rate this calendar? Is it over the top? Is this actually sexy? Or is it cold? Does it offer less opportunities for Photoshopping boring pin-ups? Would you like to feature on such a calendar for Kenya?

One reader on Ads of the World commented: "Someone at EZIO should suggest the model have a spinal check-up as her lumbar spine is hypomobile and it appears there is some anterior spur formation between L5-S1. She would be appreciative in being able to handle things before they become symptomatic." What's your take on this?