While I was in Ong’eche (Monkeys in Luo) primary school, I had a close friend who stood out in class and in the entire school. He was among the few pupils who had shoes. They were always polished and clean.

His legs were clean while ours were full of marks because of exposure to thorns, mud and the occasional caning we would get. The rest of us fell into the category of ‘grass...
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Many of us desire to change. We crave a different life; a better life. We want to be moving upwardly in our careers. We want a home we can call our own where no landlord knocks on the door every end month.

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We really desire to drive a car or a better car. We want to feel happier and have a list of options at the palm of our...
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After weighing this issue in my heart for a very long time now, I have seen it appropriate to speak out. I have to admit that being Luo is a trying responsibility. Being son/daughter of Ramogi is a trying if not a difficult task.

I don’t claim any expertise in this field, neither can I claim to be the spokesman of my community. As an authentic son of the soil, a man who...
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If there is something that hits equally as hard as Mike Tyson’s punches, that's going to be age. Growing old sucks. Your body begins to change. You start to prefer lemon water over sugary drinks. Your taste buds begin to act up. Sleep patterns changes.

You immediately realise that you can no longer pass blame, or go missing from the scene though growing up is a painful choice one has to make. You certainly can't sit back and relax waiting...
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Nairobi, Kenya, Jun 28 - When Ariel detergent brand came back to Kenya after a short hiatus, the market, especially the top positions, was saturated with other brands. Yet they had set their eyes on the ultimate leadership position. Seven years later, they are the leading brand in the detergent market.

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According to research, Ariel detergent is the current market leader claiming about 30% of the market share. Just how...
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On that day, we had been hungry for a few days. We were seven kids, born to one mother in close successions. All of us had downtrodden faces with stomachs that were flatter than a piece of paper lying on the floor. Hunger was a close friend whom we had known very well as a family.

Francisca Aketch in her home.

  It was a daily occurrence like the dew on the...
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A small fracture can ruin a leg.

A small defect can sink a ship.

A small crack can break a metal.

... and a small character problem can ruin a man. We often think that disasters are made up of random isolated acts that usually invade like an armed bandit. We sometimes see people who have fallen, failed or made terrible mistakes as just a coincidence. My friend, let me break the news to you, nothing is...
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A majority of us are predictable. In our speech, what we do, how we walk, talk and even how we think. Well, predictability can be a good attribute because it projects an image of stability. Yet being predictable can be counter productive.

Lend me your ears, fellow earthlings. If you are predictable, it means that you will do the same things the same way and yet miraculously pray for a different result. When you...
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When he was born in Nanyuki in 1974, Macharia Raphael had a normal childhood. Yet a few years after his presence on the planet, in class two to be specific, a whirlwind of uncertainty disrupted his young life.

An attempted Coup d'état in Kenya forced his family to move to Karatina to avoid the heavy combat that was going on in Nanyuki. Living with his grandmother in Karatina, the challenges were numerous than the...
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