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 "Black people use racism as an excuse for their failures in a lot of things."

   Racism makes us feel like victims and remember that victims never rise. The reason we don't succeed after every war is because of our inability to move forward....

* We don't forgive,

*We keep focusing on the enemy instead of picking up the pieces and building afresh.

I think the reason the Afrikaaner nation was able to build themselves into a formidable nation was to forget the past and found ways to empower themselves. The Afrikaaners were

* oppressed,

* confined to concentration camps by the English.

The Indians where brought here because the black man was too lazy to work in the sugar cane fields. They lived in desperate, poor lights, no running water, no proper housing. Yet both nations rose and sent their kids to school.

* they were murdered in thousands, * their women were raped and

* their babies starved to death in camps.

* But they rose, because they moved beyond the hatred of their enemies. Instead of toyi-toying, they:

* built their own schools,

* taught and trained their kids to:

* work hard and farm the land.

* they taught their kids real values of respect (ubuntu). The problem with us Black People, is that we see ourselves as victims. We feel sorry for ourselves and, therefore, feel that we deserve...

* Free things.

* Free houses,

* Free money. We don't teach our kids the value of hard work. Our greatest enemy as a black nation today is blaming everybody and hating ourselves. We hate ourselves so much that:

* we destroy the things that belong to us.

* we destroy our schools,

* we destroy libraries

* we destroy hospitals that were all given to us by white money! Check this out:

*1.* Of all the Black women raped yesterday, most of them were raped by Black men.

*2* . Of all the Black people that were robbed yesterday, most of them were done by Black men.

*3.* Of all the Black owned houses that were broken into yesterday, most done by Black men.

*4.* Of all young Black men that were shot and killed or stabbed to death yesterday, most were killed by our Black men.

*5.* Of all the Black owned cars that were hijacked yesterday, most were carried out by Black men.

*6.* Of all the ATM cards that were swapped, mostly by Black men.

*7.* Of all the Black owned cars that were involved in smash and grabs yesterday, most involved Black men.

This is self hate and it is destroying us, Black people. Let's face our real demons (US) as a Black nation and rise to the occasion. We have destroyed the culture of learning within our communities and replaced it with entertainment.


We have over 20 years of freedom, WHAT HAVE WE DONE FOR OURSELVES?





Chak achaka nyathina*

(Just Start my son)  

Just after I received my fee structure from Moi University for my PhD totalling 850,000 in 2012 I met my dad, Charles at cooperative bank in Homa Bay.

I explained to him that I had the admission letter and he smiled. I told him however, _"Baba there is a problem, they need 850,000"_ He held my hands then slowly but reassuringly said, _"my son just start_" To ensure his point went home he got into his account and gave me 14000 in an account that had 20,000. I was touched. I added 16000.

I paid 30,000 to the account and my journey to PhD began. Today having reached the dream I remembered the words of my father.

In everything you do always remember *Just Start.* Just begin no matter how difficult it seems to be. It appeared to be difficult but as time lapsed I realised dad was right. At some point after my defence I gave up.

I still had a solid 300000 to pay, they won't give me chance for final defence. Then came a very unlikely help.

I had supported a gentleman to undertake a project evaluation two times in the year. I received his call cautiously asking me to meet him. He was carrying a brown envelop in his hand. He began: _"Benson you will forgive me if you find my action inappropriate.

For two consecutive times you have given me a job without asking a cent. This is very unusual with many people.

I did not know how to approach you but am deep with gratitude. Please accept my small gift."_ I quickly peered into the envelope and saw they were two bundles likely in hundreds. He confirmed that it was 200,000. I told him, _"I have helped so many people, many known to me, some were my school mates who never returned a cent. God bless you. Please don't give it to me.

Pay it straight to the university account."_ I couldn't believe it. The words of my father Nyathina chak achaka (my son Just Start) rung on my head with familiarity. Don't worry how it will end, chak achaka (just start). If you are building a house, chak achaka.

If you are planning to buy land, chak achaka. If you want to continue with your education, chak achaka. If you want pay dowry, chak achaka. Nothing is powerful as this word my people.

We just need to begin. I have revised this philosophy. Whenever someone is doing something I always encourage them, tem atema (Just Try). When things get thick I always say, wuoth awuotha (Just Walk). When things are intimidating, cha achaka. Let's keep trying my brothers. Don't give up in life just because it looks insurmountable.

Do not be defeated before you begin. Whatever looks like a mountain soon becomes an anthil only if you begin.

Not long ago someone asked me, "Bennie to now this dormitory you want us to build in Mbita will we manage?" My answer, "wachak achaka" I believe in the power of starting. No one loses a race until they respond to the start gun and begin. The secret lies in beginning. Overtime God has seen me through a number of projects because of this philosophy.

I have land parcels that I acquired by simply paying 5,000. Overtime these have become thousands. Many a time I can't even tell how I managed the big sum that is their value. I persuade you this morning never to allow yourself to be threatened by the size of your problems. Begin in a small way doing something about it. If it is lack of money do a small thing to get something for yourself.

If it is marital issues look for a small way to solve it. In whatever you face, chak achaka. Even those with big debts can do something about it, chak achaka and it will shrink each day.

I am not a millionaire but one time I wanted to have a feeling of being one. I drew a plan of how to hold a million in my account at least for few days.

After few months of chako I discovered it was possible. A year and half later of savings I got my first ever million. Even though I scattered it later into investment and expenses, it felt so good. Wachakuru achaka my people.

Let's ignore naysayers and doom predictors that opine low earners cant invest can't invest. Wachakuru achaka nyithindwa

Adapted from Dr Okinyi Nyawade edited by John Gora

Academics, Opportunity Cost Pride and (Un/Under) Employment

Opportunity Cost

A graduate driving taxi and a first-class honors graduate (Actuarial Science) sweeping the streets. A bright young learner from primary school, due to the state of their family income, chooses to take up a `jua kali ‘ job (a person, businessman, or entrepreneur that can undoubtedly fix or practically do anything upon request. )

Such is the scenario in many countries largely in the third world countries and these are just a few whose stories came to light. They represent many more in similar situations that shall never make the headlines. This is nothing to joke about. Something is not right somewhere. But let’s examine it further.


Sweeping the streets needs no Ph.D., which means, this man is underemployed. Underemployment comes in three ugly faces.

⁃ A highly skilled/educated man in a job that doesn’t need those skills because of over-qualification.

⁃ The second way is where the right skills are only used partially, as in a part-time job. The employee is underused. A majority fall within these two.

⁃ The third is mostly a problem in government offices and is tied to the second one where too many employees for a job that requires less. For most of the working hours, the employees are idle. It’s a case of inefficiency and poor resource use and leads to burnout syndrome. What is the truth?

Pride and Un/Underemployment

But before you pity a graduate doing odd jobs, there’s a case for opportunity cost. Considering utility in terms of money, pleasure, and convenience, a graduate may choose a different path, including the ‘odd job,’ instead of his career. For example, thinking about money, an Engineer may figure out that it pays more to run a restaurant or supply vegetables than stay in the office. Why not?

This is true for many people but a majority are trapped in their pride, or inflexibility with current obligations like family. My take; this is not a bad idea. Unused skills may disappear or be outdated but it’s better than getting stuck in a job you don’t like for the sake of image or career. But there’s everything to worry about qualified people with no jobs at all. The more they are, the easier it is to be abused by employers.

Employers will not only raise the bar unreasonably, but they will also offer less in return knowing that many people are desperate. Social problems associated with despondency are too numerous. At a time when corruption scandals are in billions (no longer millions), money that could build factories and infrastructure to employ our people, we are sitting on a time bomb.

Things cannot continue like this. We need a change in systems and morals. We are not only wasting resources in educating our people for skills that are not used in the end, but we are also killing the whole generations. We are killing Nations.

We are also human beings and deserve better

Every morning he would wake up and pray loudly, at his top voice he became an alarm that woke up the village. You could read his tongue and his bell locally referred to as 'olang' he prayed on behalf of almost everyone by their names as the bells rang Tringringring!.....tringringring!. Omollo was a hardworking Watchman, energetic and always ready to go extra miles of working odd hours to make ends meet.

Unfortunately, his boss never appreciate his work, Mr. Pesa as locally was known, never had time for his security guy, He rolled up his windscreen whenever he spotted Mr. Omollo near the gate. In his mind, Omollo was a beggar who not only looked like a liability but also not worth closing up to his Land cruiser 6. Time went by and Omollo who was working 12 hours a day fell sick and requested sick leave.

The Boss argued there was no replacement for him at the gate." was I going to die here' these kinds of questions started ringing into Omollo's flavor.

How often do you think about the hard-working unskilled/semiskilled employees around your gate, Kitchen, Office or compound? Are we not foolish to never treat these people well. See them as less important yet we trust them with the keys to our homes, food, banks and all sorts of jewelry

Yeah, we are missing something out. In a conversation with a friend who owned a half a million-dollar bakery in a small town in Western Kenya, Kakamega. He laughed off this question arguing that these people knew nothing about what they are taking care of apart from 'no intruder must be allowed in or out of the facility without proper procedures'

This gave him all the powers to manipulate them like he so wished. but at the end of the day Olamide my friend never realized his clients were being treated just like he was treating his staff. We must always understand that we are all equal what makes us different is what is created by man and that is the positions and responsibilities.

Give respect from the time you wake up from your sleep by first Spreading your bed. Show love kindness to your family. Your Family here is everyone within your compound including the animals and trees.

Be that one man who can join the janitors at the dining hall for a cup of tea once in a while. This will not change your title but will bring you closer to them to feel they are in the right place.

Do you know how children learn to be better? It is by being closer to their parents if a parent is hard-working then they learn that you have to work hard to get places. If a parent is detaching himself from the family, the kid grows knowing you should not show emotion and affection to people around you. That is the repulse your client gets.

Treat people equally, love everyone around you regardless. Show that you are part of them and you are them. Maintain the necessary gap of leadership-authority but this must be exercised with full empathy.