Category Archives: My thoughts

Burn All The Boats!

Hernando Cortés is an name that illicits a lot of anger among some people. But in my book he is a man whom we all need to learn from. In 1519, Cortés left the island of Cuba in search of Gold and Riches. Many had gone before him with similar dreams and had not succeeded, but Cortés was determined to go back to Cuba rich.

When Hernando Cortés landed on the South American coast he ordered his men to burn all the boats they had used to sail there from Cuba. Cortés eye was on the wealth of the Aztecs and nothing was going to stop him. After the boats were burnt there was no looking back. In the end, he attained his goal.

What is it that you want to be.

What thing have you wanted to accomplish?

What are you willing to do to make your dream’s come true?

Are you willing to look into your life and decide to take that daring step to burn your boat so that you will have no choice but to attain your goal?

As a child I remember that whenever I got home from school at the end of my school year, I would hand my report form to my father who would always glance at it and say, “Son, there is always room for improvement.”

I urge you to step back, and look at what you have or have not achieved then realize that there is always room for improvement.

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How To Find Your Passion.

I go to a church where the pastor is a well known author, speaker and artist. Listening to him speak and draw is downright depressing for me because I keep on telling myself; “It is not fair, how can one man be so talented!”

Have you noticed that many people who are in the limelight seem so multi talented and innovative. Look at TD Jakes, Oprah, Clint Eastwood, and even Tupac (the guy is still releasing CD’s years after his death!) So what makes these people able to do so much?

If you actively use what you are good at, you will eventually develop other talents. It sounds simple but it is so true, I call it the Matt 25 rule. Some of you are thinking. “I am without any talent. I don’t even have a single passion or for that matter a talent.” Lucky for you I have three suggestions which will help you on your way to finding your passion

Your Innner Child
This does not mean that you are pregnant. This only means that most children seem so full of talent and potential. You were no exception. What were you good at doing when you were young? What did you wanna be when you grew up. Grab a paper and a pen, and jolt them down! You may be surprised by the countless dreams that have fallen by the wayside.

Ask
Ask your friends, family, kids, dogs, fish and just about everyone you know what they think you are good at. But be careful not everyone thinks that you are good for something.

Experiment
Take that step of faith and grab an instrument, start a blog, write that story, sing that song, start that business, change your career…. just do something! If it doesn’t work, try something else.

So there you have it! 3 steps to lead you in the right direction.

TKK Toa Kitu Kikubwa

Corruption is arguably in the DNA of the Kenyan cultural fabric. The term TKK was coined as an acronym for bribery and corruption. It is my belief that erasing bribery will help in healing a nation whose values are quickly eroding.

The cry to stop corruption is not exclusive to the youth, even the old feel this way.

I must confess that I do not have a plan in place to stop this disease but I do know that the ending of corruption can begin if YOU decide to become intolerant of it.

Rich Single Educated Kenyan Women.

I am beginning to notice a phenomenon that really was not present during the time our parents were our age. During those days women in their late 20’s or early 30’s were either married with 20 or 30 kids, and let their husbands bring in the pesa.

Now things have changed. In America, I have noticed that the number of older single Kenyan women has increased in number. Being the guy that I am, I decided to do some research, on why this is so. Mind you that this is not scientific research. My “research” simply went like this, “Heh Njambi, ati you’re 30 and haujaolewa? Kwani wassup!”

A few slaps later, and after my cheeks has cooled down, she reveals to me the following:

  • Kenyan guys are like kids, all they want to do is play around and not commit to a relationship.
  • They seem intimidated by my associates degree.
  • They think I will not be a good wife coz I can articulate how I really feel.
  • I have a good job and they are scared coz I am not financially needy enough.
  • My biological clock is ticking and I need to marry a good guy.

So, here is my plea, somebody please enlighten me why this is so. Are we Kenyan guys intimidated by rich single educated Kenyan women?



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Kenyan Thong.

  • There was a time when the Kenyan flag was only reserved for the flagpole. Now, the Kenyan flag can be seen on shirts, shorts, hats, and thongs (Ok, I haven’t seen a Kenyan flag thong but I bet you someones working on that. Ahem)
  • There was a time when Kenyan youth spoke solely and proudly in the queens English. Swahili and our tribal tongues were reserved for hoodlums as well as the uneducated.
  • There was a time when the old were certain that the youth would never be interested in their heritage. Now they scrach their heads when they see us sporting Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi tee shirts.

Times truly have changed. Kenyan youth all over the world (and believe me, we are ALL over the world) run around speaking Swahili, wearing shirts that either say “Kenya” or have the Kenyan flag on it. Some, including me even have been audacious enough to drop their Christian names and now are using their pagan….oops I mean, tribal names.

I am not a Sociologist, nor am I an Anthropologist so I will spare you a lecture as well as a treatise in regard to this massive shift to what I would like to call neo-nationalism. What I can say is that this change is a good thing!

Here is a challenge to my peers; Though we are outwardly proud of being African as well as Kenyan, we need to also be willing to make the extra step and resolve to be catalysts for change in a continent that has been exploited, raped, and pillaged by its own, as well as it’s invaders.

So here is my challenge, choose to either wear the Kenyan thong or speak out on Kenyan wrongs.



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3 Common Mistakes Made When Taking Pictures.

The other day, a friend showed me a picture she took of her daughter. I looked at it and responded in the most politically correct way, I said, “Awwwww!” What I really was thinking was, “You call that a picture? My 99 year old legally blind grandma takes better pictures.”

What makes a good image? Well I will tell you what makes a bad image.

From a distance
Some of us are afraid to move closer to the people we are taking pictures of. The truth is that most people who want their pictures taken don’t bite. I would understand if you are taking pictures of a person who hasn’t showered for a decade or even one who’s breath stinks but if that is not the case, get closer to the subject!

Long distance shots are uninteresting and include elements that are a distraction. Take for instance this image. There is a crate, cars and a generator in the image. Are they all necessary? I don’t think so.

Chopping heads off
I don’t know how many times I have seen this kind of picture. When I do, usually think, either the photographer had the dog take the pictures, or they were not taking the time to look into the view finder.

Cutting heads and bodies off should be considered a crime and the ones who do it should do some time. I’m just joking. But seriously, don’t decapitate the people you are taking pictures of.

Dark dudes and dudettes.

Never, and I repeat, never take a picture when the sun is at the back of the person you are taking the pictures of. The result is almost always a silhouette. Always have the people you are taking pics of turn so that the sun hits their face. Though black is beautiful, too much black will make the only thing recognizable in the picture is the persons dental formula (teeth).

A good image is…
relative. What I mean, is that it is in the eyes of the beholder. I personally think that the image below is good.

Some other person may look at it and say, “You call that a picture? My 99 year old legally blind chimpanzee takes better pictures!”

Anyway, my hope is that you found this blog informative. For more info about my work check out my photo blog at http://vividpics.aminus3.com/ , my STORE, as well as my other blog http://ragskanyi.wordpress.com/

Genge Revolution.

With every revolution there at times is a counter revolution.

The Genge music genre has boasted a large following both in Kenya and Abroad. Before the rise of genge/kapuka, the Kenyan youth seemed so hypnotized by African-American hip hop but eventually they began to adopt the Hip Hop genre to share their world view on their own terms.

Now there is a slow revolution within Genge circles. These revolutionaries as well as artists are tired of listening to the same beat, same track and same bling bling talk. The new revolutionaries are more socially conscious, thoughtful, creative and eloquent.

“Lalalala” by Manjeru is a good example of a revolutionary love song that is so sweet, and creative. This song lacks the trademark misogyny and and bragging that some artists are well known for.

I am absolutely into STL’s style. Stella Mwangi (STL) has managed to rise above the throng. One of these days, I am going to dedicate a whole entry to talking about her music and talent. Her music speaks for itself.

So what is the future of genge and kapuka? I wish I knew. What I know is that redundancy could plague these two genres resulting in people loosing interest and going back to American Hip Hop.