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.