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.