Now that I am a graduate…

 

                                                       Photo: Mike Mbugua during graduation ceremony, KU.

Subject: what I want to become.

From the Desk of Mike Mbugua.

When I was growing up (in primary school) I did not have a solid vision, neither did I have a convincing dream or ambition; I had no idea on what I wanted to be become. It always depended on where I was. Sometimes I would want to become a driver; other times a policeman if not a soldier. While at the Hospital, I would want to become a Doctor until I got into the injection room. Whenever, I saw an aircraft flying across the sky I would want to become a Pilot. When I listened to the Radio, I would want to become a Radio presenter. When I read a newspaper, I would want to become a columnist; sometimes a cartoonist, despite the fact that I am not good at drawing though that doesn’t mean I can’t be good at it.

When I joined High School, I decided that, to stay focused, I needed to make a career choice. Luckily, I loved Physics (in future I may write why I love Physics) and on one of the front pages of Physics Book 1 there was a list of a variety of courses that one could pursue upon studying Physics. I went through the list, course after course, while examining my interests. Given that I had a curious fascination for electronics I chose B.sc (Electrical and Electronics Engineering).

If you asked me what I wanted to become I would confidently say B.sc (Electrical and Elec….). I didn’t know what exactly the course involved but I was certain it had something to do with Electrical power, electrical circuits and electronic devices. Almost everyone around me knew my ambition. While in form three, if my memory serves me right, my teacher of English, M/s. Damaris, who happened to be a graduate of the University of Nairobi brought me pamphlets from the Department of Engineering at the University of Nairobi. I was elated to know someone cares about my dreams. I owe her a gift in near future. I went through the details, and that’s when I learned that for me to qualify I needed quality grades in Sciences, languages and in the aggregate grade. The information gave me new impetus to work even more harder.

Throughout the four years, I did not consider any other career other than B.sc (Electrical and Electronics Engineering). By instincts, it seems, I knew the art of concentrating effort, energy and the principle of obsession; focusing on a single thing until you get it. I worked hard with one aim: to become an electrical Engineer.

When I was in Form four, I happened to interact with two University Students from Egerton University who had been contracted to assist us in revision and generally raise our morale. One was studying B.sc (Economics and statistics) and another was studying B. Education (Science- Math/Chem). At the same time, I interacted with two more from JKUAT; one was studying B.sc (Double Mathematics) and another was studying something close to microbiology: I had no interest to discover what those courses involved. All I wanted was B.sc (Electrical and electrical Engineering). Out of this interaction, the desire to join campus was reinforced. I became obsessed with campus; particularly, Egerton and JKUAT.

In addition, an Equity Bank Branch had been opened in our District (Loitokitok) and through the Equity Leaders Program (ELP), it was absorbing the best boy and girl in the district for an internship in the bank. In the year 2008, the best boy (Samanya Kanchori) came from our School, Kimana Secondary School. This development fired me even more. I read…read…and read…that when asked a question I would simply scratch my head and pop up the answer effortlessly.

Finally, I sat for KCSE in 2009. The exam was easy, but tricky. Nevertheless, I passed well and genuinely. I never used any short cuts. Having being a zealous Christian and Vice Chairman of CU, I was determined to live to the call and lead by example. I shunned any attempts to lure me into dishonest tactics or schemes. On the eve of exams, I would spend perusing through my revision materials, consulting and being consulted.

When Prof. Sam Ongeri announced the results on 2nd March, 2010, I had scored an A – (minus) of 74 points. I was second in the School while the first (Timothy Lemaron) had scored an A – (minus) of 76 points. The third had a B+ (plus) of 73 points. In the District, I was position four (4) while Timothy was position two. The best boy in the district had scored an A – (Minus) of 80 points and the best girl had scored an A –(minus) of 75 points. Both were from neighboring Schools; Oloitokitok Boys and St. Claire Girls respectively.

Though slightly disappointed, I was glad that I had qualified to pursue the course of my dreams, B.sc (Electrical and Electronics Engineering). Earlier, before KCSE began we had filled JAB (KUCCPS) forms to be considered for admission through the Government sponsored programme. Assuredly, my first choice was B.sc (Electrical and Electronics Engineering).

However, when time came for revision of courses, later in 2010, it dawned on me that despite my stunning performance I couldn’t pursue the course of my dreams through JAB; supposedly because of limited slots prompted by inadequate facilities and the high number of applicants. I was crushed. The ones who qualified are those that had straight As or strong A – (minuses). This realization crushed my competitive spirit. I wondered why I had worked so hard; why I had denied myself time with friends, time to read novels and other useful books; time to relax and participate in co-curricular activities.

Other options were to join through the Self-sponsored programme; and which was unlikely because of the hefty School fees, especially at the expense of a subsidized programme (regular). It is common knowledge that Self-sponsored students pay in a year what regular students pay in four years. I was not in a financial position to take that path. The second option was to join a polytechnic which was likely not accredited to offer a course in Electrical Engineering or join a middle-level college for a Diploma in the same. I was not ready. You cannot tell a 19 year (young) who have scored an A- (minus) to join a polytechnic or a college when all he has been dreaming and fantasizing about for four years is CAMPUS. You must be very naïve and ignorant to imagine that you can convince an ‘A’ student to trade campus life for a dream career. There are very few teenagers who would accept that path. I was not ONE.

On 5TH May, 2011 I was admitted for B. Education (Science). I settled for Math/Physics. On 16Th December, 2016 I graduated with a B. Education (Science- Math/Physics).

The only dreams, I seem to have achieved include:

(1). Joining a prestigious and public University, Kenyatta University; now my Alma Mater; the University of our time.

(2). Training as a teacher in subjects that would help others (supposedly my students) become Electrical Engineers. On this point, I beg to stop here or there, whichever you want!

(3). Becoming a ‘columnist’ because I am now a blogger, and growing bigger in my writing career. I have already written a novel that is still ‘fermenting;’ when it’s ready I will let you know.

Campus life was not  easy, but it taught me a lot more about life. I  developed in my intellect, social life and generally grew wiser and relevant. It was characterized with a bit of complacency in academics, latent curiosity, spiritual incredulity and socio-economic/political awakening.

Out of my experience, I have learnt to have Plan A, B and C, in regard to strategy, but maintain the focus. There can be no other target other than what I want. Even when the strategy changes, the ultimate goal, objective or target must not change.

Now as a graduate, I have one goal; to become the better of me every day. Better in terms of character, mindset, attitude, knowledge, skills, competencies and relevance. And though, I am open to career opportunities that are challenging and impactful outside my training, I know what I want. I may take an alternative path, but eventually, it must lead me to my destiny; where I want, where ought to be and towards what I need: a happy, relevant and fulfilling life.

“DO YOU FEEL ME?”

Mike Mbugua

michaelgicore@gmail.com

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I will Vote for Uhuru to Keep Raila as the Opposition Leader

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua

2010 Constitution Referendum was the First National Voting exercise that I participated in after acquiring an identity card about a year before, and subsequently, the voter’s card. I had just completed High School in 2009, and having been a book-smart, I had very little knowledge of the dynamics of politics such that I could not settle on either ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’ And Given that I had no foreseeable chance of accessing a draft copy of the constitution and/or even the possibility of comprehension upon reading, I relied on “civic Education” from partisan Newsrooms, both print and electronic, family members who had not read either, staffroom debates over tea breaks in my Former High School where I was volunteering as an untrained teacher, and off course, the Church which was experiencing a ‘political an awakening’ after being criticized for inaction during 2007/08 post-election violence. I remember one preacher saying, “You cannot persuade an individual to take poisoned food since there is a waiting chopper to rush him to hospital.” This was a rhetoric in protest to the flaws of the draft constitution. Instead, they recommended a refinement to eliminate the flaws before its ratification against the assertion by the ‘Yes Team’ that it could be rectified after the promulgation.

As a result, I became as confused as “watermelon,” and in my confusion, double-mindedness, indecision and the excitement to exercise my democratic right, I went into the voting booth and ticked both, Yes and No, well aware that the vote would be rendered null and void; but, I left satisfied that, at least, for the first time, I had exercised my democratic right.

During 2013 General Elections, I was in second year at Kenyatta University and I had adequate exposure to politics that I could make an informed decision, but still the task of settling for a single presidential candidate was not a straight-from-the-shoulder affair. Given the amorphous nature of politics in Kenya, prompted by tribal inclinations, a voter is always presented with the hard-task of choosing the “lesser evil.”

Therefore, I opted to apply the Elimination method, and for obvious reasons, without hesitation, I eliminated Paul Muite, Martha Karua, Mohammed Dida, Prof. James ole Kiyiapi, and later, Musalia Mudavadi. In an outburst of peevishness, I eliminated Raila Odinga because I was convinced that he was responsible for 2007/08 Post-election violence which led to the death of 1,133 Kenyans and displacement of 600, 000 people according to official records. So, I was left with two presidential candidates, Uhuru Kenyatta and Peter Kenneth.

Before you accuse me of being tribal or believing in ‘Uthamaki ni wetu’ (the throne belongs to us) mindset; it’s good that you know, I didn’t grow up in the region where that tribal orientation is supposedly held and cherished. I grew up in Kajiado South among the Maasai Community. In effect, I don’t subscribe to that ethnic supremacy mentality if at all, it exists. I believe in ethnic equality; one Kenya in the midst of diversity. I doubt if I could subscribe to such a mindset when I cannot even speak the due language fluently.

Finally, I had to choose between Uhuru and Kenneth, and as a matter of principle, I eliminated Uhuru because of the following reasons.

1). I had been convinced by the Obama’s administration that ‘choices have consequences,’ and not wanting Kenya or her leaders to be sanctioned by the international community due to the ICC cases to the detriment of Kenya’s Economy, I sublimed.

2). Given my Christian background, and in cognizance of the History of Israelites, I knew a country is as good as its leaders. I had a feeling of aversion towards him given the allegations that associated him with an outlawed group.

3). I didn’t buy into the notion that there were only two horses in the race. I believed, in vague optimism, that the third horse had an equal chance to the first two.

Clearly, not wanting to be on the ‘fence’ like in 2010, I voted for Peter Kenneth. I saw in him a visionary leader with a transformative agenda, given his track record during his time as a MP of Gatanga Constituency where the constituency would, on a number of occasions, emerge at the top of the list in prudent utilization of CDF funds; and the fact that, he was not a career politician.

When, finally, Uhuru was declared the winner, I ‘conceded defeat’, and accepted him as my president-elect. When Raila Odinga contested the elections at the supreme court, I shifted my support towards Uhuru because he was my second choice and I had, absolutely, no trust or admiration for Raila. During the supreme court proceedings while glued on the Television at the Mfumbiro and Kilimambogo Hostels, I cheered Lawyer Fred Ngatia as he countered arguments and poked into the evidence proposed by the complainants’ lawyers. When the supreme court ruled in favor of the defendants, I was happy and prayed for peace to prevail. I even opened an open Facebook group called ‘I Love Kenya’ (there are multiple FB groups that share the name) as a personal initiative in advocacy for peace.

This time, on the run up to 2017 General Elections, I am better informed and realistic. As was the case in 2013, it would the case in 2017, if neither of the two presidential candidates retires to heaven. There would be two main presidential candidates. This would be a race between two horses, Uhuru and Raila; the rest would be mere donkeys on the Horses Race! It would be a battle between Jubilee and CORD, NASA or ODM, and in either case of the latter, Raila would be the second horse.

And given this reality, I have already made up my mind. I will vote for Uhuru Kenyatta; not because he deserves a second term, but because Raila deserves infinite space as the opposition Leader. There has never been any better opposition leader to Raila. Raila’s leadership style and vigor at the helm of opposition is unapparelled and compared to none. He is strong, dramatic, and untouchable by the regime in power given his formidable following and the international recognition he enjoys. He has performed with excellence. He has an inspiring track record since his time during multi-party activism popularly known as the second liberation.

This is not to say that Raila cannot make a good president, but it’s because Uhuru cannot make a strong opposition leader. During the Kibaki government, he joined hands with the administration to the extent that he supported his re-election and during the coalition government he assumed the position of the Deputy Prime minister. This opened a window for looting with no one to blow the whistle other than Githongo, who, if it were not for the exile, he would, most likely, have followed in the way of Jacob Juma.

If Uhuru becomes an opposition leader, he would not ask his followers to the streets, nor would he sit on the tarmac road; he would only make choreographed press conferences, which would do little to nothing, and as is the reality, even with Raila as the president corruption would persist. I believe, neither, Uhuru nor Raila or any other sober president would want to lead a corrupt country. Every one of them would want to leave a clean legacy for himself and his family. However, the people around them and other government officials who have not had a chance to ‘eat;’ and who are not easy to remove, given the political support they offer or their immense bargaining power and reduced powers of the executive, would say, ‘it’s our time to eat!’

Therefore, to ensure the ruling government, whoever the president may be, remains on toes, Raila must remain the opposition leader by all democratic means and scheme. However, after 2017 he should recline from competitive politics and continue with activism as a nationalist. He would only need to declare his retirement, but continue exposing and criticizing the government.

If it were not for Raila’s activism, I suppose we would have been auctioned to Uganda, Tanzania and perhaps, Somalia, after being declared bankrupt! Maybe, my home Kajiado South would have become, Mkoa wa Kajiado kusini nchi huru ya Tanzania (Kajiado South Province in the republic of Tanzania). We would have been traded off, then they would have traveled to Panama City to indulge in the proceeds of looting. If there was a vote for an opposition leader, I would undoubtedly vote for Raila, but as is the case in our elections, the vote for the winner is a vote for the loser.

Therefore, as a matter of fact, choice, principle, the spirit of democracy and freedom of expression enshrined in the 2010 constitution, which I, indeed, voted for, by spoiling my vote, I endorse Raila Amolo Odinga as the opposition leader and come 8Th August 2017, if God wills, I will vote in his favor as the opposition leader by voting Uhuru president.

Written by Mike Mbugua

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A Country of PR…

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I wrote this short article on 30Th April, 2016 at around 3:28 A.M, but didn’t publish it. I had already published, I Have a Grudge Against Elephants, on 29Th April, 2016 on the same topic. But today as I was going through my folder of articles and in view of the exuberant launch of the Jubilee Party and its headquarters, I thought this article, though the content being off, the MESSAGE is the same: PR at the expense of dealing with Real Issues. Everything that matter to the lives of common citizens are regarded as Non-issues while PR is made to be the Real Issue.

Well…There you got it!

We live in a great country, but full of selfish and misguided stewards. Most of the things are done for PR purposes and not for the benefit of the common people. We witnessed the burning of Ivory in April, and we thought we had achieved a milestone. You must first understand that the Ivory that was burnt has been stocked since 1989, about a year before I was born. That is old Ivory. If three Elephants are killed every hour as statistics suggest, then there must be Ivory that have found its way outside the country. As such, I don’t think we are close to winning the war against poaching. Poaching is supported by a corrupt system. And as long as the system is corrupt then poaching would persist. True war against poaching would be close to be won when at least two-thirds of the harvested Ivory is caught, the perpetrators are arrested and convicted. Burning Ivory that has been accumulated for about two decades is purely a PR stunt, and nothing short of that.”

This applies to the launch of the party. I wish they had donated food stuffs to the people of Kilifi who are reportedly starving after a long drought. They would have left a mark on the hearts of those people, and they would have been assured of votes both from the people and the Angels in heaven. Even Angels would have come down to vote for them. It would have been a MEANINGFUL PR stunt. Nothing compares to feeding a starving person.

I am angry…

By Mike Mbugua

A Eulogy to My Gone Friends

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua

Subject: It Saddens me when a Young Man Dies.

I am now in my mid-twenties, and since, I learnt death exists, I have had to bear the pain of losing colleagues: one or two close friends, two or three classmates, a few course mates, several college mates and many more. People who were of my age; some a little younger; others a little older. Some looked up to me as their role model; some I admired and wanted to live their life. Young people who were not only ambitious, but visionary; big time dreamers, industrious and focused.

Passionate individuals. Passionate for life. Full of life. Lively persons. Individuals, you would meet when demoralized, but by simply spending time around them, you would leave fired to live life. Some zealous for God; some a little confused. All with a bright future, and deserving to live a little longer. Deserving a second chance.

People say life begins at forty, which is partly true, but methinks, life has two phases: from conception to age forty, then from age forty to sunset years- 70years at least. In my opinion (and this is my personal theory); one ought to seek to fulfill his purpose before age 40 so that he can spend the remaining years providing mentorship to the young. However, because of the confusion and chaos in the world people rarely discover their purpose early. So to some, it waits until age 40. Though there are still those who live a hundred years confused and derailed from their purpose. Therefore, age 40 being the onset of the second life; it is the chance to pick up the pieces and make a life that was rather not lived satisfactorily. As such, it saddens me when a young person dies before he has had a second chance to life.

And this brings me to a myriad of questions: What or who is death? Who controls death? What determines when and how a person would die? Who influences that choice? Is it exclusively the right of death to determine when to pick someone? Or do we have a choice? Can we influence a date with death? For many of us who believe in a supreme being. The maker of life. Do we have a choice? Or rather, does He, the supreme being, have influence on death? And how much influence does He have? Is it His exclusive right to determine our date with death? Or what is his amount of influence? Does God have control over death? Does death of human beings catch God by surprise? Well. If He, God determines when death can take us or not, what yard stick does He use to determine who dies next? Can we influence His choice? Especially in regard to a young man or woman? And finally, do we have the right to ask these questions? Or are we just helpless beings with no control over our fate?

I would have stopped there, but…

On the assumption that God has exclusive right to one’s date with death; shouldn’t we petition Him to spare young people? Shouldn’t we enter into a covenant with God over this matter?

Can some of us enter into a covenant on behalf of the entire generation? Is it possible to petition God that no man or woman should die below 50?

I understand our bodies are frail. Some frail than others. For some to live up to 70years it can be unnecessarily painful and troublesome. But 50years is fair so that no man or woman dies before he has had a second chance to life.

For now, let’s lead a godly and fulfilling life in anticipation of a glorious and unregretful end, and these words should not depart our lips: “That we shall not die, but would live to proclaim the goodness of Yahweh.” AMEN.

 

Written by Mike Mbugua (KU).

Terrorism and Arson: Could these ‘Arsonists Students’ be Terrorists in Making?

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua.

If there is a time we must engage our brains, is now. The incidents of arson in secondary schools have crossed the line. Hardly does a day pass by without a number of schools being torched or/and a case of an attempted torching. According to the ministry of Education there are so far about a 100 schools, which have been affected. In some of these incidents there are students who have been injured. The monetary loss caused by these arsons are in the tune of tens of millions. Added to these, is the loss of time, psychological pain, and social devastation on both the students, school management, teachers, parents and the country. The gross loss caused by this incendiarism cannot be attached a financial value. It cannot be compensated.  It is more than we can imagine. And funny enough we seem to care less. Continue reading Terrorism and Arson: Could these ‘Arsonists Students’ be Terrorists in Making?

KU Hostels and Beyond

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua
Since I joined KU back in May 2011, I had to stay in several hostels including Nyayo 1, which is a ladies’ hostel, given the many visits I made there.
I was a good boy, though.

I also stayed in Nyayo 3, which had the lowest rating among the hostels. It was rumored to be the dirtiest in the whole campus, but to demystify the claim I always kept my room fairly clean. Continue reading KU Hostels and Beyond

I Love Pastors’ Daughters

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua

I think I have a problem, or should we say, it is a weakness? Maybe, a soft spot…Whatever you may want to call it! What I know is that I love Pastors’ daughters, and I do not know why! Every time, I fall, trip or jump in love, it’s always with a daughter of a man of cloth. Continue reading I Love Pastors’ Daughters

A Dog Saved me from a Fierce Buffalo

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua

Note: This is a true story.

It’s very long, but interesting and inspiring, if you commit to read to the end.

Start…

When I wrote about my grudge with Elephants, I highlighted how a dog saved me and my mum, or rather, was used to save us, from an attack by a buffalo. Subsequently, I received requests from several readers that I should write about that incident, so, here I come: Continue reading A Dog Saved me from a Fierce Buffalo

I Fell in Love with the Landlord’s Daughter on a Fool’s Day.

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua.

Love has no boundaries; you can fall in love with anyone or ‘anything.’ Sometimes, it can be an individual you first disdained, but in a twist of events you find yourself helplessly in love with the person. This is common with ladies because of mood swings and emotional mix-ups they go through. If a man disdains you first, it’s really hard to genuinely love you later. Men don’t suffer  ‘mood swings.’ So if he despises you he has good reasons, and they may not change with time or events. Continue reading I Fell in Love with the Landlord’s Daughter on a Fool’s Day.

‘The Measure of a Man’ by Gene A. Getz

 

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A friend of mine, who loves books as I do, came across this book, ‘The Measure of a Man’ by Gene A. Getz and brought it to me. I read, and this is what I found.

20 qualities that constitutes maturity profile for a man.

1. Overall spiritual maturity-a well-rounded man.

2. Above reproach-a man of good repute

3. The husband of one wife-morally pure

4. Temperate- balanced in words and actions

5. Prudent- wise and humble

6. Respectable-good role model

7. Hospitable-unselfish and generous

8. Able to teach-communicates sensitively in a non-threatening and non-defensive manner

9. Not addicted to wine-not addicted to substances

10. Not self-willed- not self-centered and controlling

11. Not quick-tempered-avoids anger that becomes sinful

12. Not pugnacious- not abusive

13. Gentle-sensitive, loving and kind

14. Peaceable-non-argumentative and non-divisive

15. Free from the love of money-non-materialistic

16. Manages his own household well- a good husband and father.

17. Loving what is good- pursues godly activities

18. Just- wise, discerning, non-prejudiced and fair

19. Devout- holy, devoted to God

20. Self-controlled-disciplined.

Do you AGREE OR DISAGREE? With the author!

I Have a Grudge against Elephants!

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua

For the last few weeks, there have been debates about wildlife and poaching. The debate has largely centered on Elephants and Rhinos, which are the prime targets of poaching, for their beautiful and expensive tusks and horns respectively. Numerous documentaries and commentaries on wildlife and poaching have been aired. Some show the dedication of given individuals  in the conservation of the animals. I remember watching on Jeff Koinange Live, two individuals who have played a key role in conserving the animals. One of them is a Russian, who has produced a documentary about poaching and the trade of Ivory across the globe. Continue reading I Have a Grudge against Elephants!

Let Africa be… Africa.

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From the desk of Mike Mbugua.
It is ridiculous that western countries are dissatisfied with Africa presidents’ bid to stay in power forever.

First and foremost, who are you? Who gave you the mandate of lecturing Africa? Isn’t that neocolonialism? Why do you love meddling? Have you heard of any African government interfering with politics in your countries? Is it that you are too idle to mind your own business? Or maybe you have some queer interests in Africa? The wealth of resources we pride in: oil, gold, diamond, uranium and mostly, the black gold. Continue reading Let Africa be… Africa.

Uhuruto Presidency Should Be Applauded for Promoting Transparency in Government Operations as Enshrined in The Kenyan Constitution.

From the Desk of Mike Mbugua.
• Transparency should be promoted further.
• The government should be aware that it is subject to public scrutiny and should respond wisely.
• Benefits rendered by the Transparency such as room for public scrutiny should not be misused!

I would like to begin by disclaiming any possibility of being an expert on matters governance. Indeed, I am just a confident novice, who would not shy away to speak his mind.

Given the widely spread allegations of corruption in the Jubilee administration, one would be quick to judge that Jubilee’s government is the most corrupt regime that has ever existed. Continue reading Uhuruto Presidency Should Be Applauded for Promoting Transparency in Government Operations as Enshrined in The Kenyan Constitution.

The ‘Worst Moments’ are Sometimes the Best in Life…

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua.
Sometimes life can get tough. You look behind; you see glaring darkness. You look around; you see nothing good. When you look ahead, the future appears doomed. So, you feel like losing hope. However, do you know that those are the best moments in life? The best for dreaming and planning for magnificent success. The time for better alternatives! Continue reading The ‘Worst Moments’ are Sometimes the Best in Life…

I Am Not a Gentleman!

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua
Subj: “Being a Gentleman” is feminists’ swindle to ruin manhood in the society.
I wish to ask:
Which man finds pleasure in opening the door of a car for a woman? Or carrying a lady’s handbag when she is carrying no luggage? What about, pulling out a chair for her? Be honest! Would you marry a woman so that you can cook for her when she is watching the Mexican soaps, so that you can be said to be a gentleman? Or would you do laundry for her so that you can prove that you love her? And many more things? Continue reading I Am Not a Gentleman!

I Now Know… Why Most People Hardly Succeed in Life

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua
Most of us strain and try hard to be what we are not, while forfeiting what we are. Listening to many successful people, you will hear them say that, in their younger age, they loved doing things around the field in which they practice now. Some had love for objects, science, Technology, literature, art, music and so forth. Or they passionately admired people, who worked in certain fields. Continue reading I Now Know… Why Most People Hardly Succeed in Life

OPPORTUNITY SYNDROME

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua
In most cases, we see opportunities better, when we are “outside” than when we are “inside!” Too bad for us!

Occasionally, I have found myself in the midst of football fans, though, playing a passive role. In those moments, I have heard the fans arguing over the best tactics that a given team would have employed to win a match. Some even suggest the best line-up for the team. When the game is on, they go to the extent of “instructing” the players on the next move. Amusingly, this happens in front of TV screens. Continue reading OPPORTUNITY SYNDROME

AT LAST, VALENTINE IS HERE!

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Subj: The place of valentine in the 21st century.
From the Desk of Mike Mbugua
                                                      A brief History of the Valentine festival
In the Ancient Rome, there was a celebration called, Lupercalia, which used to be held on February 15. The celebration was in honor of the gods Lupercus and Faunus, and legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. Continue reading AT LAST, VALENTINE IS HERE!

Believe in yourself…Accept No Pity

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From The Desk of Mike Mbugua.
Have you ever met a person who sympathizes with you because of the task ahead of you? Or even because of difficult life situations? That person is worse than a determined enemy is. Continue reading Believe in yourself…Accept No Pity

I Will Marry My Best Friend… Who Will Genuinely Accept My Proposal


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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua
Undoubtedly, I am very young to talk about marriage. I am only 24years old. According to my people, I should start talking about it when I am at least 40 years of age. Secondly, I ought to shy away talking about such an individual issue in ‘first person.’ If I should talk about it, it should be in ‘second’ or ‘third person.’ Unfortunately, I am a nonconformist in my own right, and as such, I choose the ‘first person.’

Marriage is one of the few institutions the creator of the universe instituted. It is supposed to symbolize the love of the creator.

Most marriages, in reality symbolize the antagonism towards the adversary. Continue reading I Will Marry My Best Friend… Who Will Genuinely Accept My Proposal

Think And Talk Positive

THE BRAIN
From The Desk of Mike Mbugua
No major construction, takes place without a blueprint. In fact, none at all. Accounting for every detail is normally taken during the designing process. This ensures that no lapses would occur during the construction; because all the materials and resources that would be required are determined before, the actual construction begins. More so, all factors of significance in relation to the construction, including the value and worthiness of the project are pre-determined.

Similarly, for us to achieve our destinies we need a clear blueprint. Continue reading Think And Talk Positive

THE “CHANCE” WE ALL HAVE

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“I have seen something else under the sun:

The race is not to the swift

Or the battle to the strong,

Nor does food come to the wise

Or the wealth to the brilliant

Or the favour to the learned;

But TIME and CHANCE happen to them all.” Ecclesiastes 9:11. (NIV).

Most of us love complaining that there are no opportunities. Opportunities for everything including, the opportunity to work, to study, to travel, to make friends, to date and/or marry, and generally to make life better and meaningful.

However, here are three things that we rarely realize: Continue reading THE “CHANCE” WE ALL HAVE

What if, Obama became the president of Kenya?

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From The Desk of Mike Mbugua.
Kenya has great potential. If this potential is, exploited adequately, Kenya could become a mega economy in Africa. Kenya has vast land, which is not useful despite being agriculturally viable. Varieties of minerals are available, and yet few have been, exploited.

In addition, it has a good percentage of semi-skilled human resource, capable of taking key positions to steer the economy forward. Of importance also is the Development plan that Kenya have- the like of vision 2030.

I believe, Continue reading What if, Obama became the president of Kenya?

Why Most Dreams Fail

THE BRAIN
From The Desk of Mike Mbugua.
Summary
• Lack of focus (:-Energy, motivation, Discipline, Consistency, Setting-goals, correct mindset, diligence)
• Bad Attitude
• Wrong timing & Place.
• Failure to evaluate

All people have dreams. Some big, some small. Some long-term, some short-term. Some dreams come true, while others never come true. Majority are those that never come true. When you interrogate most people, they will tell you of how big dreams they had at one time; but ask them how many have come true and, if only they can be honest, they will tell you- none! In fact, Continue reading Why Most Dreams Fail

The Wedding and the Beautiful Girl…

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From The Desk of MIKE MBUGUA
It was during the waning of my adolescent stage, when I had thought I was mature enough to flirt around, and if possible seduce a girl. All along, I had held dearly to the principle of “delayed gratification” because I had read that the most successful people believe in that principle. Continue reading The Wedding and the Beautiful Girl…

The Warped-ness of the Human Heart…

From The Desk of Mike Mbugua

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9.

Only its maker.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:26-27.

The heart requires transformation and guarding.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23.

GIGO: Garbage in Garbage out.

No short cut… What you sow is what you reap. What you feed your heart, you will reap in your thoughts, speech and deeds- that would in turn, have good or bad consequences to you and others.

Here is my issue…

Have you ever met certain person(s) and by observing their outward mannerism and public demeanor, you fell into admiration for them? Continue reading The Warped-ness of the Human Heart…

Campus Life Has “Ruined” My Life!

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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua

Alternative Title: I do not want to get a “first class honours.”

Wise & prudent launched, was my first article to publish on, www.wiseandprudent.com, and it was meant to invite you to this site. The second one was, Campus Life Has Gone through Me. The 20th article is this: Campus Life Has “Ruined” My Life!

Your life was ruined. Yes indeed. Well. This is how… Continue reading Campus Life Has “Ruined” My Life!

Factors to consider when choosing a life partner

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Marriage is a lifetime commitment. A commitment not like any other because it involves two different souls coming together for good. The motto for marriage is ‘till death do us a part’. Divorce is only an option in case of extreme situations as a matter of last resort. Such situations include infidelity and extreme abuse and violence. The sacred book categorically mentions infidelity as a justified reason for divorce but I suppose it is silent on other reasons and as such, I think conscience and dialogue takes prominence. It is common wisdom that you cannot live one house with a vampire.

In addition, in the holy book, remarrying when the former partner (husband or wife) is still alive is prohibited. Only death of a partner certifies remarrying as the contrary is considered adultery.

All these factors put together makes it a complicated affair given the challenges of the day and our human weaknesses, and therefore requires great determination to succeed in one.
Worth noting, marriage is one of the three institutions instituted by God himself including government and the church.

In the Christian cycles, marriage is considered the second most important decision after declaration of the faith. It so important because it involves souls. Career is also very important but at least you can change or maneuver through to your destiny career.

As such, the institution needs to be approached with knowledge, understanding, wisdom and prudency. One’s expectations ought to be reasonable and realistic. In addition, one ought to be prepared and ready for it when it is the right time. It is worth knowing the expected challenges and being pro-active about them. When you decide to embrace the institution then you should be willing and ready to bear the challenges.

Finally, the factors to consider include but not limited to… Continue reading Factors to consider when choosing a life partner

Career Suicide!

 

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Subj: Making the right choice of career.

Woohoo! What a title! Career suicide??? …couldn’t he find a better title?

I could not!

People always talk about the suicide that leads to the ultimate sleep-death. “It is destined for a man to die once and thereafter judgment.” That is it and there is no debate about that!

However, few talk about career suicide which most of us commit every second we are faced with an opportunity to make a choice that is job-related.

One’s career is very important because it is a great determinant of success in life. All spheres of life are important and are inter-dependent and so career is.

When I talk about a career, I don’t necessarily mean going to a formal school and grappling with books but the disposition of your cognitive abilities. Continue reading Career Suicide!

A Woman is like a pigeon………any man can “domesticate.”

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From the Desk of Mike MG

Subj: A woman is a flexible being.

“I hereby wish to apologize for using almost offensive language in conveying my factual message. It is not my fault but that of Madam XYZ Who taught me literature. I was an innocent boy but then she introduced me to the literally devices such as similes and so forth. If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t have offended you- women. Nevertheless, I am addressing men in this particular article…………”

A beautiful woman is like a Pigeon- that is NOT my point!

This is my point……. Continue reading A Woman is like a pigeon………any man can “domesticate.”

The Nitty-Gritties of an Internship

Picture1 Photo: A friend,  Elis Musumba, who is taking internship at Ruiru-Juja Water and Sewerage Company.

From the Desk of Mike MG

Most, if not all of the comrades, both in colleges and Universities go for attachments/internships at one given time. For some, it is a course requirement while for others it is not. Whichever the case, a good number of comrades do go for attachments in various entities.

Some take attachments as opportunities Continue reading The Nitty-Gritties of an Internship

I was sexually “harassed” and “raped!”

 

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I was in first year, and it was the sixth week of reporting for the second semester, after a long holiday. The long holiday had come in between the first and the second semester, within the same academic year, due to double intake.

As a result, I had the opportunity to know my performance for the first semester, while I was still out for the holiday. And because the results were not very appealing, I had made some key resolutions which included:  arriving for lectures 30minutes before time to catch a seat in the front row,  listening to the lecturer keenly while jotting down notes, rather than using earphones to listen to my favorite radio shows, which I will not mention here,  divorce my new found girlfriend from Turkana, who would frequently ask me to accompany her for window shopping in the city, so that I could help her cross the streets,  befriend library addicts,  reduce night escapades and spent more time thinking and planning about the future, rather than complaining over petty issues in campus, and sharing them on the comrades Facebook page.

Going by these resolutions, Continue reading I was sexually “harassed” and “raped!”

There is Hope at The End of The Tunnel; You Can Still Find…

 

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Subj: The search for a suitable partner is No Joke

From the Desk of MIKE MG

The search for the better-half is not an easy task as some would assume. It can be likened to a long journey to a foreign land, hoping to meet a friend you perhaps know when in reality you have no idea who that friend is and his/her whereabouts.

Men normally think it is easier for ladies Continue reading There is Hope at The End of The Tunnel; You Can Still Find…

Dating a Church Girl

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When I talk about a church girl I don’t mean a church goer, but one who has made the words of the sacred book her guiding principles. Unlike dating a gentile girl, dating a church girl is very advantageous and exciting. Continue reading Dating a Church Girl

10 Reasons Why We Are Half-Baked

download (5)From the Desk of Mike MG                                                                                                                                  Every now and again, the corporate keeps complaining of the half-baked graduates it is receiving from institutions of higher learning. You will hear them complain that the graduates of this days are incompetent, unskilled, have negative attitude and are lazy.

All the unproductivity among fresh employees is blamed on the fresh graduates. Graduates have been portrayed as unintelligent, and thought to have no impact on the society. Continue reading 10 Reasons Why We Are Half-Baked

Why I Will Not Do a Wedding Ceremony

 

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From the Desk of Mike MG

You spent your time, money and wits looking for a lady to marry. You identify one, you propose, she rejects you because you are not in her social class, or rather you are not driving the latest car or any at all. You go to another one, but when things are just about to materialize, she tells you that her ex is beckoning her back and she can’t help herself, despite the pain she went through in his hands. So you quit the pursuit, because Continue reading Why I Will Not Do a Wedding Ceremony

How The Ants Spoiled My First Date

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This was my first date. Not the first after meeting, but the first after my advances were accepted, that is, after my vibes were approved and certified to be worth believing, as the gospel truth.

 

Given the hard economic times at which the opportunity to meet my new catch had come, I had no option other than to meet her in a public park.

 

After picking her at the bus stop… Continue reading How The Ants Spoiled My First Date

THE AFRICANS AND THE INFERIORITY COMPLEX

Wise & Prudent

 

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From the Desk of Mike MG

Subj: The Fact That the Africans Continue Aping the West Is Clear Evidence of Inferiority Complex among the Africans.

 

The West have their culture, agenda and development plans which assumedly are consistent with their local needs. The needs of Africans are very different from the needs of the west, given the Geographical location, culture, the level of technology and varying preferences.

 

As the West strives to restore the stability of their economy, improve on ICT, manufacture sophisticated weaponry, invade on other sovereign states, either by combat or political influence; the Africans should keep themselves busy… Continue reading THE AFRICANS AND THE INFERIORITY COMPLEX

A Marketing intern needed

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Sootano.com

Position:        Marketing and Research Intern

Location:       Nairobi, Kenya

Part time:      3-6 Months

Description:

Want to enhance your Research and Marketing skills? Sootano.com is a Micro jobs Website platform that provides an avenue for talented Kenyan youth to make a living.

They are looking for a Marketing and Research Intern that will carry out a Research campaign and a Marketing campaign.

Their mission is to offer the most trusted and reliable service providers to their clients.  This Internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of Marketing and Research… Continue reading A Marketing intern needed