What images are conjured up in our minds when the word 'batteries' is invoked? More often than not do we find ourselves veering off into a technological world... A world driven by gadgets, electrical vehicles and solar power. Batteries deliver value like no other in this technological age. But what happens when they run out… Continue reading BATTERIES, KIDS AND MENTAL HEALTH
Our work defines our lives. An even bigger reason to take care of ourselves at the workplace. But what happens is the very processes that define our work make it risky? Such is the plight of workers in several industries. PSV OPERATORS Take PSV operators for instance or what we call 'Matatu' touts and drivers.… Continue reading AIRBORNE: ENDANGERED LABORERS
I stood at the balcony of my room to catch a glimpse of downtown Nairobi. My hotel room was located on some upper floor. My employer had sponsored me for some seminar in the city and this would be my 'humble' abode for a few days. My sleep had been delayed by the drama going… Continue reading AIRBORNE: SUBURBAN
Agro-chemicals come in all shapes and sizes. But among those sanctioned for legal use, few rival organophosphates in both effectiveness and lethality. Organophosphates are nervous toxins which shut down the nervous systems of pests and insects by inhibiting an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase; the same mechanism employed by chemical weapons such as Sarin or VX gas.… Continue reading ORGANOPHOSPHATE PESTICIDES: THE BLURRED BOUNDARY
None of us is a cosmic accident. We are all defined by a purpose… A reason why each one of us exists… A reason that might be hard to pinpoint in the midst of the myriad of challenges we see all around. So how can we discover our sweetspot in the midst of all that’s… Continue reading WHY AM I HERE?
Where do you turn to after leaving an 8-5 job to venture into the rugged world of agribusiness only for your venture to collapse within two years? What do you do when you suddenly discover that you can't even feed yourself and your immediate dependants? Such are the times when options run out and despair… Continue reading BETWEEN A ROCK & A HARD PLACE
I'm often amazed by babies trying to walk. The crawl... The search for balance... The first stagger before the fall... But above all, rising up and trying it all over again. If desiring to catch an accelerated glimpse into this momentum, picture the animal world... No sooner has a zebra delivered it's foal than it… Continue reading FAILURE ISN’T AN OPTION? DEAD WRONG!
The sailors adjusted their sails as they saw the approaching squall. They bundled the weighty stuff at the bottom of the ship to give it stability. Sooner rather than later they would be tossed up and about in an unending turbulence. A turbulence they had to endure in order to get to their destination. So… Continue reading THERE’S LIFE AFTER THE STORM
2007/2008 was a unique crossover year in Kenyan history. But it was also unique for me at a personal level. I remember heading towards a church fellowship in my hometown, Mombasa to join others in praying for a good year ahead. But I was stopped on my tracks by some young men warning me about… Continue reading ESCAPING TROUBLE: STREET LIGHTS IN THE NIGHT SKIES
Martin wakes up and staggers towards the nearby shop. He can barely support himself. His head seems to weigh a tonne while his body is famished and dehydrated. 'Wodee!', he retorts as he gestures to the shop keeper to get him a bottle of water in Sheng: a street patois used often among the urban… Continue reading ESCAPING TROUBLE: SEEING DOUBLE