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Mother’s Day: God could not be Everywhere and therefore, He made Mothers

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It is exceptionally beffitting to set a day to celebrate the heroism of the sturdy woman who pushes her child from her womb and helps the humanity to keep flourishing.

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” — Oprah Winfrey

Hey, this is the day of celebrating the essence of a mother. Mother’s Day is something everyone can relate to. People across regions, religions, castes, cultures, genders and financial status have emotions binding them to their mothers.

There could not be a more universal celebration than this one. A mother’s selfless love is the epitome of all feelings that one human being can feel for the other.

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It is exceptionally befitting to set a day to celebrate the heroism of the sturdy woman who pushes her child from her womb and helps the humanity to keep flourishing. 

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I have strong feelings of chivalrious respect for mothers for what they do and what they are.

I have strong feelings of chivalrious respect for mothers for what they do and what they are. These people serve as useful foils in the construction of our general lives. A day like this, we need to recognise their position as powerful tools that glue the missing links in our lives. Happy Mother’s Day!

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There could not be a more universal celebration than this one.

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Georgina Mulwa: I Paid My School Fee with Proceeds from my Businesses

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Georgina Mulwa. I mistook her for a second year student or thereabout.

I mistook her for a second year student or thereabout. Looking young, composed and wearing a big smile, she was enthusiastic about relating her own success story. Georgina Mulwa is a born again Christian, a high energy and absolutely versatile young girl. She wears two hats: a student and a budding entrepreneur.

Born in Machakos county and the second born in a family of five. She is a finalist at Egerton university taking Bsc. Agriculture and Human Ecology Extension. She says she is so passionate about business and loves to cultivate creative and innovative thinking in the line of entrepreneurship. She loves travelling and cooking and she is a committed listener.

Georgina runs three businesses concurrently: Mat making, designer scarfs and manufacture and sales of liquid soap. She learned how to make the table mats back in 2016 during her industrial attachment at Stella Cometa Organization. She says, “At Stella, I met a certain woman, a beneficiary of the organization and she willingly taught me how to make them though at first I was resistant because my field of study did not match with bead works.”

She begun mat making immediately after the attachment, that’s August 2016 and her first client was her mum “She encouraged me a lot and through her I got more clients. When I returned to school, my potential clients were the lecturers and a few students, currently as we speak I got two permanent customers back at home” says Georgina.

To increase her range of products, her passion in bead works rose to making designer scarfs with beads, bangles and necklaces for ladies and believes more is on the way.

She started up the liquid soap business in 2015 which she sells to hotels around the university, students and lecturers.

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Mini table mat

Asked how the business has transformed her life, she says “I no longer ask my parents for money either for shopping, rent, upkeep or anything, I’m on my way to be a completely financially independent woman. I managed to pay my fourth year school fees through my business.”

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Beautiful bangles.

She talks about what those around her thinks of her and her enduring sense of corporate social responsibility “I may not know if my friends are jealous but what I’m sure of is that majority are pleasantly challenged in that they will begin to ask questions on how I learned these  things, how I juggle it with my studies and many questions. For those interested in my work and want to know the art, I do teach them for free, for example, my three current roommates all know how to make the mats and liquid soap. Back at home, have taught mat making to more than five girls and have two women with whom I work throughout.”

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Designer scarfs @ Ksh 400

To up her marketing efforts, she got a Facebook page:  Egecy Collections where she does most of her marketing even to other groups but also does that through sending to WhatsApp groups and friends and lastly showcasing products to people personally by going to their offices, homes and hostels.

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She can customize the mats by inscribing your name or organization onto it.

Here is Georgina on juggling school and business ” I never miss classes to do business, once I get clients for my products, I make them mostly on weekends or when am free. I try to create time to satisfy the needs of my customers in time.

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Table mat. Price depend on sizes and ranges from Ksh 100 - 800

The challenges she has faced are; dealing with defaulters and clients who don’t pay at the right time, but before then, she admits having had a challenge in the management of profits. She says it has not been especially  easy marketing to clients removed from her whenever she is in school.

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"Don't sit on your potentials"

Georgina was not short of pieces of advice to us, “The advice I can dole out is this: Don’t sit on your potentials, everybody has his or her abilities and areas of interest and at that moment you realize this, wake up and walk and work toward achieving it, and importantly,  endeavour to seek the patronage of God and He will surely direct you toward realizing your call and purpose in life. Don’t be so much concerned about the challenges you will face on the way but focus on your goals.”

In future, she looks forward to expanding the business, starting a company and employing people.
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“When I founded it early this year, I wanted to generate positive energy and reach out and embrace others”

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The main reason I created this blog was to develop the human capital among Kenyan youth. Realizing that most people tend to live within a very restricted circle of their potential beings, I wanted to remind them on how powerful and endowed they are, and to approach every event of life with an unfailing optimism by placing an increasing premium on their potentials.

The vision was therefore to help unleash human potentials. It sought to see people through the lenses of their potentials and best actions rather than through the lenses of their current states or weaknesses. When I founded it early this year, I wanted to generate positive energy and reach out and embrace others through motivational writing. I wanted to deposit in people an inner longing to live a life of greatness and contribution.

My clients are those dejected and dispirited young people who thinks their dreams are too weird and may not come true. I seek to create a mental shift in the brain of a young man whose only consuming desire is to own a tin-roofed house to begin seeing himself living in a gated community. To assure a young girl that, yes she can found that company at 25. I make a case that the only difference between a professor and a student is time.

I’m a powerful believer in what people are capable of, today, a poor kid will be a policy maker tomorrow, a student a teacher, a campus politician a governor, a C.U chairman a bishop.

We have to remind ourselves though that, to realize our vision, there are certain specific things we are going to do. I have copied below an excerpt from the book : The 21 Absolutely Unbreakable Rules of Money to help drive the point home. Please tailor it to suit our discussion.

The Law of Cause and Effect -Everything happens for a reason; there is a cause for every effect. This is the “Iron Law” of human destiny. This law says that we live in a world governed by law, not chance. It says that everything happens for a reason, whether or not we know what it is. Every effect, success or failure, wealth or poverty, has a specific cause or causes. Every cause or action has an effect or consequence of some kind or another, whether we can see it, or whether we like it or not. This law says that all achievement, wealth, happiness, prosperity and success are the direct and indirect effects or results of specific causes or actions. What this means is that, if you can be clear about the effect or result you want, you can probably achieve it. You can study others who have accomplished the same goal, and by doing what they did, you can get the same results. The Law of Cause and Effect applies to money as much as to any other subject. This law says that financial success is an effect. As such, it proceeds from certain, specific causes. When you identify these causes and implement them in your own life and activities, you will get the same effects that hundreds of thousands, and even millions of others have gotten. You can acquire whatever amount of money you really want if you will just do what others have done before you to achieve the same results. And if you don’t, you won’t. It is as simple as that.

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I value my job and tends to do it with professionalism. Its a real big thing. OneStepBeyond is as good as any other site as I don’t tolerate sub-standard things. I want you to get the best articles written by the best international standards. To get the most out of it, I recommend you literally study them one after another and make your own notes. You can also share the links with your friends.

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I'm a powerful believer in what people are capable of, today, a poor kid will be a policy maker tomorrow, a student a teacher, a campus politician a governor, a C.U chairman a bishop.

If you feel to write as a guest on this blog, you are welcome to send your pieces on my WhatsApp. I will edit and publish and people will be reading you all over the world! I’m ready to help you even if your articles may look like garbage and worse. I will never give up on you!

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I Kissed Dating Goodbye: Social Life and the Undergraduate Experience

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Do we need a class in dating?

I Kissed Dating Goodbye is a book written by abstinence author, pastor Joshua Harris. He argues that traditional dating is “a training ground for divorce” because it puts people in the habit of quitting relationships when things get tough. However, didn’t intend to talk about Harris nor his crap, just used the title to prod you into reading this:

You understand young people love articles neighboring on love and relationships. As we polish our resumes and rack up extracurricular, we may have forgotten how to love. Do we need a class in dating?

I may be deviating now but before I treat you to a great read nonetheless, may I apologize to Sophia Macharia for breaching the writing style she has always advised me to uphold. That is:
K – Keep
I – It
S – Short
S – Sexy.
Sophia Macharia has been a steadfast supporter, a passionate critic and a dear friend for so long.

Here we go, as a substitute for family and a marker of the young man and woman’s arrival at a new stage of life, university come to serve all our needs: Educational, emotional, bodily as well as social. As we begin a new month, I like to talk about the social service. Realize I love to bring my articles from a personal perspective.

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Love to bring articles from a personal perspective.

Can say I had a slower transference of allegiance from my village to college, a broader world where we witness real sexual development and acquire manly and womanly identities. Never got closer to ladies or dated any girl in my first and second year. Doesn’t mean I was devoid of confidence, exuberance, enthusiasm, muscular body, handsome face and self-assured stance as hallmarks of my youthful existence.

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Doesn’t mean I was devoid of confidence, exuberance, enthusiasm, muscular body, handsome face and self-assured stance as hallmarks of my youthful existence.

But I became more aware of myself and environment as I advanced the classes, begun to view the female companionship as an essential and desirable alternative to the company of male university friends. This view somewhat has tempered the influences I have had from my male campus environment and restored manly vigor by allowing me to regain the long pined for society of the unenfranchised sex… Shhhh! And rather than eschewing the heterosexual contact, I have seen it more often than not as a vital corollary to the homosocial relations of my college life.

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I became more aware of myself and environment as I advanced the classes, begun to view the female companionship as an essential and desirable alternative to the company of male university friends.

Heterosexual romance, courting and liaisons, not attachment with other men has hitertho dominated my sexual development. My regulated contact with campus girls at specified times therefore has formed an essential component in the development of my character. So this emphasis on heterosocialability has become nearly as vital to the formation of my undergraduate identity. In essence, my heterosocialability has provided practical knowledge and imparted gentlemanly qualities which are perhaps more necessary and more valued and expected from a husband in the family setup of any household anywhere.

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my heterosocialability has provided practical knowledge and imparted gentlemanly qualities which are perhaps more necessary and more valued and expected from a husband in the family setup of any household anywhere.

College is a bubble, and that bubble is full of attractive people of the same age all living figuratively and literally on top of each other. A campus full of people in the exact same demographic as you with no curfew in sight equates for most of us to having our first serious relationship around this time. And although this first-love stuff is certainly incredible, dating in college is also total bullshit. It just doesn’t count as reel dating. This is why:

“Lets get hopped up and make some bad decisions!” is the unspoken collegiate mantra. Its a bona fide breeding for bad decisions and this is the time you are supposed to make them, so in a way, casual hookups aren’t really judged the same way as they can be in adulthood.

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College is a bubble, and that bubble is full of attractive people of the same age all living figuratively and literally on top of each other.

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The truth is, while you may feel invincible, entitled, a pro and even believe you are an actual adult during university, you still have a lot to learn about yourself – and that includes knowing what it means to really love and be loved by someone else.

Happy New Love Month

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These Are the Proven 4 A’s For Solution

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Guest Post, By Hussein Juma.

imageHussen Juma is a first year Journalism student at Moi University and also a contributor with “The Communicator” their campu’s publication.

“The problem of yesterday, added to the anticipated burdens of tomorrow and carried today makes the strongest falter.” – Dr. William Osler. Have ever imagined living in a world free of any kind of problem? Living the kind of life anticipated to be found in heaven? Yea, it is debatable. Some will say it is the best while others will not concur.

We live in an environment where we meet several problems on our way in our daily activities; anyway the problems we encounter aren’t the big issue, but solution to them. “We don’t go looking for problems but they keep trailing us,” Jeff Koinange – the renowned JKL  Citizen interview program host once said.

Therefore when a personal problem comes, we should employ the proven 4 A’s for solution. These are ADMIT, ACCEPT, ADAPT and ACT.

To begin with, ADMIT, which is the process of granting permission of your problem into your mind. Perhaps it’s the most important step because you are thereby pined to think of a solution to it. Moreover, it is said when we have forces from within, life begins but when we have forces from without, life ends.

You might have just received a compulsory leave or an end of termination of contract letter from your employee, an evacuation notice from your landlord, plunged into a relationship break-up, just to mention a few. Always remember no matter what, life has to move on. You are tasked to find a solution but to begin with is admission.

What do you do when it rains? You have no alternative but to let it rain. ACCEPTANCE becomes the second stage in solving your problem. Therefore acceptance is the process of receiving an obligatory and promise to pay. This is the point when you start thinking of how to pay, getting out of your problem because it is your obligation to do so. Furthermore the problem is yours and not anyone’s. You seek help from friends, consultants, confidants and anyone who you feel free to share your problems with. Remember a problem once shared is halfway solved but bear in mind that not all that you share your problems with will sympathize with you. Expect anything from them, though you should soldier on as challenges are to make us strong and you are in a mission to solve your problem.

We have to ADAPT after finding a solution to our problem. Adapt is to make suitable for or alter so as to fit for new use. From my little Biology, case example of natural acquired immunity where our white blood cells acts in a way that once they are attacked, they retain the virus in their memory so that next time such an attack occurs; they are able to defend themselves. In case you had found yourself in a bitter of need of money, then you should adapt by adopting a saving scheme. There is nothing wrong with saving because after all it’s your money.

The final process becomes ACT, which can be described as exertion of power to produce an effect. However hard it is to implement that problem, you have to exert pressure. A chick acts with power to crack the egg shell once it is time to hatch so as to overcome its problem. Imagine if a chick takes that initiative to break the egg, what is wrong with you exerting the same pressure? Always believe that everything is possible because even the word itself says I am possible.

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Happy New Month.

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“I look forward to Becoming an M.P or a Senator…”

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Of all things I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to have run a campus campaign at Egerton university. Entering Egerton’s sacred grounds, buildings and gardens as a freshman and after seeing how students conducted politics, I was immersed in a world I sought to make my own in a variety of complicated ways. It was a site of meaning in which I forged complicated, intersecting and occasionally contradictory political identity.

I always want to be at the helm of decision making and wished to PARTICIPATE more in helping shape Egerton’s politics. And this is the sole motivation for my political ambitions.

I was so definite in my quest for a campus political office; I did not want to be anything other than the Director Academics. Why? See, I’m a big admirer of a distinctive and highly styled ethos of academic excellence and nationhood, a development that corresponds directly to the expanding role higher learning institutions play in nurturing an elite, professional meritocracy.

Though I lost in the ballot, the very act of engaging in campaigns for close to a month served for my team and I as an important unifying experience and helped to foster an enduring sense of community among comrades.

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Some of the aspirants, in grey suit is the current vice chair, Salim Omar in a red tie is the Director People with Disability

It prepared me to take on my role as a leader in the world beyond college gates. It shaped me to take on additional roles relevant to national interests by fostering ethos of leadership premised on notions of service to God, country and good

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The initial line up of our team's aspirants.

Even so, I’m a budding politician in this beautiful country of ours. I know I’m smart and talented and powerful, and can amount to much and deserving of a big post in my country, I look forward to becoming a member of parliament or a senator someday. Its just a matter of time before I can emerge like a butterfly from my chrysalis state of studentship and put on the glory of statesmanship.

University is something more than an institution of higher learning, they are vitally important incubators, “nurseries of statesmen, leaders and good citizens.” Campus has trained me, it has helped me attach a range of complex meanings to specific activities, experiences and ceremonies of  a political life. So, to all those ladies who may relish the thought of getting married to a senator, you now know I’m here!

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I always want to be at the helm of decision making.

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Bitterly Exposed: Our Lecturers Do Not Inspire us to Become Anything in Life

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Twenty one year old writer of a book about life; Thrills and Chills – Trudging through life and an engineering student at Technical University of Kenya (TUK), Boniface Sagini has made, on Facebook, a critical observation on the dwindling role of university lecturers that I find of import to build on. These people exude a characteristic degree of professional insolence and arrogance as we shall see.

Here is Sagini “Public University lecturers are inspiring not altogether (at least as most of them come across to me) in so far as they teach or dress or treat students.
The lecture hall is supposed to be a learning, mentoring, nurturing space but it seldom is. Our lecturers don’t inspire us to become anything. ‘Lecturer’ is a title with a certain sheen and glamour but really what the teachers do is read PowerPoint slides, give us CATS they don’t mark, tell us how we are spoiled and make draconian rules in the class. Some of them connive to fail us and make our lives miserable. It is as though it soothes them. Some of them can throw you out of class and banish you from ever attending the class again for barely any good reason. Some of them are an affront to their own profession. Some of them are just plain mean.
Rather than goad us to be leaders and professionals ,they stifle us. And they don’t earn our admiration.”

As I have observed too, we have been treated in lecture halls as a separate category of existence altogether – almost an animal of a physically different class; a being to be treated with a distant severity generally, with a splendid condescension sometimes, with a friendly interest never. We have been relegated to a position of secondary importance oblivious to the fact of our elevated and noble position as a regular factory of lawyers, economists, educators, doctors, psychologists, community developers, bishops, statesmen and what not in futuro.

On top of Sagini’s point of view, I abhor the inability of dons to respond adequately to the intellectual and emotional needs of students and only remaining opportunistic careerists who are only far too willing to eschew their ethical and professional responsibilities of their positions to gain personal advantages. We have observed a contagion of their abuse of their roles as examiners by needlessly and callously punishing or failing undergraduates.

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So lecturers of this description, forgive me if I may say that I can scarcely bring myself to regard you as friends. It seems little short of sacrilege to couple the hallowed names of friendship and admiration with yours.

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