Saturday, 30 June 2012

Everyday is a new experience

I passed through this awesome picture from Krystyn Chong on Google plus.
The same reminded me of an anonymous saying of life:

Life is made of millions of moments, but we live only one of these moments at a time. As we begin to change those moments, we begin to change our lives.”

The same also triggered fond memories of my University Lecturer Nancy Gakahu  who wrote a note on how an indivual’s own effort and charater can do alot.

Personality is the outward expression of oneself. It may or may not be the same as a person's character, depending on how genuine that person is. Personality can be acted.
Character is the real you. It is what you really are when nobody is around. It combines moral values, beliefs, basic attitudes and habit patterns.

These are good to reflect upon.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Unveiling the new Kenyan model

First, I can’t even recall how I came to know her. Yes, it was through Twitter (a place where I have grown to love because of what I get to learn from different people- but, that’s for another day).
Through engagement, I came to know her as Nancy Amunga.

The Western Kenya diva with roots in Vihiga County makes heads turn because of her natural beauty, but her talents as one who is outgoing, loves travelling but has a keen eye on inspiring many youth in the society.

Since then, she has been working and making money in the local modeling industry photo shoots/campaigns, and promotional events. (Souls of Charity Initiative- a group of enthusiastic youth mostly composed of young models, actors, musicians and artists, who are philanthropic enough to dig from their pockets to raise funds and donations to help those who are less fortunate in the society. Out Days Adventures Tours - the African Kenya Jungle Safari Makers)

Nancy is not only exceptionally beautifully looking but also very ambitious and smart.

She says her constant focus is simply to continue to work hard towards the realization of his dreams.

“Don't give up on your faith because love comes to those who believe it, that’s the way it is.”

Here is our conversation:

Where were you born?
I was born in Nairobi, Pumwani maternity

Where do you currently reside?
In Nairobi Eastlands area, Makadara constituency

When did you start pageantry and modeling? I knew I had that talent but I was afraid of going for it until I met Miss Confidence who gave me the encouragement.

Who has been your biggest influence in your career?
My biggest inspiration has been Ruth Mueni the reigningmiss Confidence Kenya, I am involved in most of her projects and believe me the girl has got real confidence despite her physical challenge, and thanks to Beki Promotions who discovered my talent.

What are your greatest accomplishments?
Doing what I like doing most, that is giving back to the society, I am the secretary of a young member group called Souls of Charity, I am involved in Miss confidence project called "Building a special girl's confidence" which is meant to distribute sanitary towels to the girls at the same time encourage them mentally.

What would you tell young girls interested in following your footsteps?
As a girl/woman know that you are the latest creature to be created in the world and love yourself no matter what. And don’t follow somebody else's path because you might miss yours which is brighter, don’t try living a lifestyle that you can’t afford as Caroline Mutoko puts it "what you can’t afford live without, if you must have it work for it"

What are future plans in dance, modeling and/or pageantry?
I do modeling especially photo shoots and I want to be a motivation to every girl out there, and continue giving back to the society and help our young brothers and sisters from all over.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

We have a chance to raise up as Kenyans

It is time to turn the page. A new generation of leaders must now rise in Kenya and take the mantle of leadership and deliver economic prosperity and social justice for all of Kenya’s populace.

The country has forgotten that the passing of the new constitution was a rejection of ethnic patronage and impunity and an endorsement of the rule of law, a restoration of our confidence in state rather than tribal loyalty.
This is because we are still one nation enlivened by rich cultural diversity: a wide range of age groups, culture, and physical abilities, religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Recent events at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, serves only as a serve as a window of opportunity for   us as a nation, to re-think and evaluate our aspirations since the promulgation of the constitution.
The events remind us that, just like in business, of the most important parts of a leader’s behaviour are to demonstrate equivalence between thought, words and action.

We the Kenyan people now live in a new dawn; the right choice we hope gave us the right path to move, to lead Kenya to a new future as one of the most important choices ever made by us.
We set a new course not only for our current and future generations, but also for an exciting new phase of our sustainable growth.

Many thought the process to a new constitution was going to be a jungle that promises bliss but delivers heartache, with many thinking of retribution, security reasons and despair instead of hope.
We have a responsibility of generating ideas to steer our nation to great heights. Therefore, let us all be leaders in service to our nation.

Trust and respect are only earned over time, yet can be lost in a careless instant. Integrity and ethics have never been more important issues for leaders.
Our crop of leaders who yearn to serve us come 2013 general elections need to understand that, leaders who do not walk the talk, who do not act as they wish their followers to act, can find that they no longer have any followers.

This a major reason why we have our fellow Kenyans being tried far away from home, a reason why we have the National Commission for Integration (NCIC) and Commission alongside the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) within us to remind us that, we need to shun tribalism and pull together as a nation.

Our political leaders should get it clear, that the empowered Kenyan is not looking at the “what” they would want us to have because to them, this has been a pipe dream to them. What they would want to listen to, get inspired and become a call to a common goal of achieving the country’s hopes and aspirations is the “how” by bringing forth good policies that will make them feel appreciated as Kenyans and not Kenyans ready to vote because the same leaders are competing against each other.

Philosophers from the age of Plato to the modern day, in an insightful manner they note that, on a utopian society where all men live happily under the just rule of a philosophical elite, whilst at the other is Machiavelli who concentrates looks at the question simply from the point of view a ruler who wishes to remain in power.
 Politics as Plato saw it was a means of acquiring and maintaining wealth, power and privilege. More or less the same, he defined his belief in moral values as the corner stone of political life, values that could provide a standard to judge the value of any political activity. The moral values of a society would be overseen by the leaders who had the best interests of all their citizens at heart.

In Kenya for example, we have a phenomenon that has exact similarity to racism - but it happens among Africans. It’s called negative ethnicity or "tribalism". Cause: cultural ignorance and failure of diverse cultures to mix learn about each other and integrate.

This is all manifested during elections; democracy has heightened ethnicity and weakened the state. Politicians have strong ethnic identities that undermine electoral competition and obstruct accountable and responsible governance.

We have our own challenges; above all, we need to invest in the skills and education of the people.
Barrack Obama the president of the United States once said, “The idea here is simple: instead of rewarding failure, we only reward success. Instead of funding the status quo, we only invest in reform – reform that raises student achievement, inspires students to excel in math and science, and turns around failing schools that steal the future of the young. In this country, the success of our children cannot depend more on where they live than their potential.”

We have the power and will to do this because of the resilience and undying spirit to reap the fruits of real change.