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AN UNPROFESSIONAL INSIGHT TO SPENDING A WORKING DAY

In this mundane world we live in, there are those extraordinarily horrendous days that leave one perplexed, bamboozled and confounded.
Take this hypothetical case of bad day that has probably happened to you at one point or another
- Wake up on the wrong side of the bed, in the wrong house.... in the wrong constituency.
-Get to work right off time in undersized formal gear and you are welcomed with acrid stares, putrid glances and vitriol-laden comments from your superior.

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Pictures taken within 24hrs of #Mandela's passing

The organisers of this trip could not have predicted the timing. We were scheduled on 6th December 2013 to take a bus tour of important sites in Johannesburg. Twelve hours before the start of the trip, Nelson Mandela was pronounced dead and so it was with the thoughts of the great man that we undertook visits to various spots littered with the memory of his legacy.

Constitutional Hill: Standing in front of the famous Madiba quote "Fighting against domination, it is an ideal I hope to live for an achieve, but if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

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The menu in jail was dependent on your colour per directive of Minister of Prisons, whites had meat always, indians sometimes, blacks never.

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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF CHELSEA’S STAMFORD BRIDGE

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Quote: The reason women don't follow football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.
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Let me start by saying that I am no fan of Chelsea Football Club. My allegiance lies with the team that produced the best eleven ever in European football history. Upfront – Mark Viduka and Robbie Keane/ Midfield – Olivier Dacourt, Harry Kewell, Alan Smith, Lee Bowyer/ Defence – Lucas Radebe, Rio Ferdinand (chocolate coloured git) , Ian Harte, Gary Kelly – all coached by the legend David O'leary.

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VISITING SCOTLAND: MY THOUGHTS AND PICTURES Featured

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Quote: "The Scottish sun, shocked by having its usual cloudy underpinnings stripped away, shone feverishly, embarrassed by its nakedness." Stuart Haddon


On my first visit to Scotland, I am amazed that there is a man on the flight who is actually wearing a kilt. I thought such clothing was the preserve of historic movies and cultural occasions kind of like the way I would don a Maasai outfit for an African cultural dinner at the workplace.


We land at Edinburgh airport and it is a one hour drive to my wife's cousin's home in St. Andrews. The drive exposes us to the green countryside that stretches from the road to the distant mountains. We subsequently learn that this is a University town with very conservative values; buildings are not allowed to go past a certain height, franchises such as McDonalds are not allowed to set up shop as their food is considered unhealthy and bars cannot sell alcohol past a certain hour.

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INTRIGUES OF A KENYAN/SOUTH AFRICAN LOBOLA NEGOTIATION Featured

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Quote: "We are not selling our sister. If your brother wants a donkey to be beating, we can avail one to him. In fact, it will be much cheaper" Samuel Akhona.


I have no braggable command of cultural practices, neither that of my own nor that of others. It is the tragedy of being born and being sworn to the life of the big city.


When we hosted an African Professional Women's event in June, one speaker Monica Rubombora told the women to sleep their way to the top. She meant that they should get sufficient rest to be productive enough to climb the corporate ladder. Sleep is everything, if I was in a position to decree any law, it would be to make waking up any minute earlier than 10 am on a weekend illegal. I would be guilty of four counts on this particular Saturday by rising at the crack of the damn dawn to head to Secunda for my cousins lobola (bride price) negotiations.


We arrive mid-morning and convene at the Shoprite parking lot. My cousin picks this late moment to hand me his coat (I am dressed casually) and announce that I will be the lead negotiator.

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WESTGATE MALL: WISH THE WORLD FELT LIKE THIS,SO ANGRY WILLING TO DIE

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"An injury to one is an injury to all" David C. Coates

When news began filtering in of a terrorist attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall, my attention had been arrested like that of a cat sighting a long tail. I could not help but wait to get to the nearest TV to get the full picture. When I finally tuned into the news, I saw images of blood-dripping innocent people crawling, some to safety, most to a miserable death.


But that wasn't Kenya. It was a suicide bombing of a church in Pakistan. Nkt! I waited for this news story to pass and for the reel to focus on Nairobi so that I could get a glimpse of what was going on in my country of birth. As I did it, dawned on me the minimal interest I offer to the numerous stories like those in Pakistan and yet I expect someone in Islamabad to immediately stop and turn their attention to Nairobi on the day of this tragedy.

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BEING TREATED LIKE THE VILLAGERS I MISTREATED

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"If you're really a mean person you're going to come back as a fly and eat poop."
― Kurt Cobain
I grew up in the capital city, a slightly spoilt brat. I say slightly because we were not by any stretch of the imagination doing as well as most of my primary school friends. I say brat because of the way I treated my relatives from the rural area. Whenever these villagers visited, I could swear a certain aromatic waft would let you know they have arrived. The smell was palpable from gate to door.

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VISITING UK: EFFICIENCY WEARS A FROWN Featured

 

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. - Hilary Cooper

As I write this I have just landed at London Heathrow. The customs officials are very polite but you would be forgiven for thinking that they have just returned from God's funeral or that the employment policy carries a severe fine for any semblance of a smile.

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Kidero & Vavi : Woman maketh or breaketh the man Featured

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"A guy is a boy by birth, a man by age, but a gentleman by choice. " - Unknown.

In the past couple of months, two prominent African leaders have been in the news for the wrong reasons.

South Africa's trade unionist leader Nzwelinzima Vavi was accused of raping a junior staffer. He denied the charge but admitted to having had a sexual relationship with this married subordinate. The saga led to his suspension from the position of General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

Then in Kenya, the man elected to control 60% of the country's devolved economy by way of holding the position of Governor of the capital city was caught on camera slapping a female legislator.

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