Archive for December, 2016

Your Destiny is calling

Posted: December 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

Before you were born, God already had a plan for you. He knew who you are and what you’ll be. Just like Jeremiah God knew who we were even before we were born.

God always call you who you are before you become who you are but people will wait till you become who you are for them to call you who you are. 

The book of Genesis 17:1-5, God changed Abram’s name to Abraham meaning father of nations. At this point, Abraham was ninety-nine year old and he must have thought “How?” Biologically it was next to impossible to bare a child but here God was calling him the father of many nations. Somehow he might have thought this is  a mockery. If this is the same God who promised to bless him with a child but ‘did not’ fulfil up to now that his wife had hit menopause and couldn’t bare any child anymore. God surely fulfill His promises at His own time and pace.

Before John the Baptist was born, angle Gabriel appeared to Zachariah with a good message that his wife Elizabeth will give birth to a baby boy. Like any other human being, Zachariah had his doubts but because God wanted to fufill His promise, Zachariah had to remain dumb till the day John was to be born.

Have you ever wondered why Zachariah had to remain dumb till the birth of John? Because we are told there is power in what we say and that a man is what he saith. So if Zachariah would have been able to speak after receiving the message, he would have spoken out his doubts and probably John would have not been born.

So when God said you are fearfully and wonderfully made, believe it no matter the situation you are in currently. When God says, He will promote you from glory to glory, accept it and receive it. Don’t start stressing yourself with so many issues wondering how you’ll never make it in life, how God has abandoned you. Always remember where you are right now is a glory. Enjoy it as you work and wait for God to promote you to the next glory.

Now when John was finally born, the father still couldn’t speak. Now in those days, it was a man’s obligation to name the new born. Women had no say whatsoever. But now that Zachariah was dumb and couldn’t give the new child name, the kinsmen came and named him Zachariah, after his father. But Elizabeth the mother, named him John. Fortunately enough, Zachariah was able to speak for the first time in nine months and he named the son John.

In the world today, people will call you names, people will tell you how you’re a failure. How no one in you family has ever done it. How you can’t overcome the addiction, the poverty struggle, the diseases. But God called you “My son/daughter” the child of the most High God. That’s your portion. Don’t let people name for you your destination. You’re are destined to bigger and better things. 

Be blessed.

A seven Days Relationship

Posted: December 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

If you were born in 80’s or early 90’s going back you’ll agree with me that dating has really changed. Sometimes it’s just safe to say that relationship has lost its meaning.

Do you remember how love relationships were real romantic back in the days? A young man would sit down, pick a pen-preferably AIM or Speedo and ‘jot’ a ‘massive’ to his heartthrob in a sister school.

Those days a post office was such a crucial and a mandatory institution. With a colour and flare, the boy in love would use all the jagons on earth to impress the girl whom he would call all sweet names. Those days, Sunday nation or was it Saturday  Nation? Can’t remember well, was a MUST READ news paper. Not because of day to day politics or trying to catch up with the current affairs. No, far from it. There was a section dedicated for song lyrics most of which were love songs like; Forever and for always by Shania Twain, Hero by Enrique Iglesias, We belong together by Mariah Carey name it. Boys would ‘Dedics’ these songs on the dedication part of the latter. Some of us would pick a punchline and vibe a girl during those outings and innings.

The letter would be then sprayed with those ‘Nice and lovely’ or ‘Yu for Men’ colognes, get stamped and then ‘Bombasticated’ or ‘Zoomed‘ to the girl. Sometime we would use that photo man who comes to school every Saturday. Now the problem was,sometimes he may come to your school after visiting the sister school, meaning you’ll have to wait for another one week before it reaches your ‘baby’. Sometimes he would have so many letters to deliver to different ‘sister’s’ school that he may forget to deliver yours or do a wrong delivery, though this was very rare. Sometimes the letter would be intercepted by her principle. 

Sometimes the term ended before the reply.  You would only meet her once, when you went for those Science Congress or during ball games or CU meetings. The best you could get out of it was a shy glances and if you’re lucky enough, a hug; not a kiss, not a dream of having sex! The year would end ‘dry’. At form four, a guy is still chasing that girl he met in form one.

But not any more. Technology and more so, this age of Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram things have totally changed. Today you meet on Facebook and ‘like’ each other, exchange numbers, send each other photos on Whatsapp, plan a lunch out or a drink out meet and go home together and you know what else follows. And after that, relationship is over. Just like that. Everyone is sorted. Everyone seems to be okay with it after role we are living in the era of #YOLO

Photo of Idris and Ellah of Uganda kissing during their time at Big Brother Africa


Now a days youths careless about all those old sentimental romantic unions. Friendship is simply meant for ‘double tap’

It’s usually   A seven days affair,  at most. The cycle starts on Saturday during concerts and parties where youths meet for fun. These are the equivalent of the old High school ‘funkies’. It starts with a simple selfie and a little vibe. The girl gives her new friend her number and before the day ends, they are exchanging conversations and tens of photos on WhatssApp. The game is on. The next thing you know is that both of you are on each other’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram space, hanging out together. 

On Monday, you open your Facebook page and discover that she liked three of your photos and now there is this hash tag: #MCM(Man Crush Monday) that makes it official that she is interested. If your crush knows that he or she is a crush and you share ‘circles’, the next move will be a response, a tag. Now you’re dating and everyone within your social media circle knows that you two have a thing going on. The guy compliment with  a simple punchline: “You make the photo complete” and she replies with a scream: “Aaaawwwww!” This love thing is on.

On Tuesday, you’ve to be tactful. As you chat, remember Wednesday is the new Friday, talking about ladies night. You throw the invite and do a #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) on her before posting a cute photo of you and her together on facebook some of which you took during your first meeting on Saturday and some thanks to photo grid. 

She is your crush remember. Your friends and hers comment on the photo and everyone seems to like the direction this is taking. And your friends join the game, you keep on liking and commenting too.

Throughout the day you should be looking for another photo of her alone. As you head for the date night at Galitos, probably a Couples Wednesday gig or something, have a photo on the #WWW(Wonderful Woman Wednesday) slot. This has to be done before you meet so as to create the adrenaline rush love feel.

You hit the club together and things are moving very fast. Before the end of the night, you’ve kissed and done it all. 

Again Ellah and Idris can be seen in a very compromising state of thing after knowing each other in just a couple of days in BBA

Now come Thursday; who misses out on Throwback Thursday? Now a days a relationship beyond two days is worth a #TBT (Throwback Thursday). You edit those photos you took on Saturday, filter them and give them vintage look. This relationship is old now, right? “Tap that picture….retweet,” you charge. She is now about to exit your love world.
Come Friday morning, you need to chat. You’re in #TGIF(Thank God It’s Friday) mood. Besides, you both know that it is #FF(Freaky Friday) time and both of you are done. It’s time to hung out with your boys. Forget about all those friends who have been helping you to heat things up by reducing the platforms, to just one; like instagram. Besides, up to 90% of your social media friends are just that, just social media friends. You’ve never met before and you completely don’t know each other beyond facebook,  twitter or instagram. After reducing the he platform, now it’s time to make sure you let people know that you’re looking forward to Saturday’s event and ” Your schedule is fully booked”.

There is no space for her or him no more. You cut the chatting to regular and very normal, as you look forward to Saturday probably for a new catch. Because the life of ‘selfie love’ starts on Saturday. 

I agree we can’t live and die in the past, but I believe we can learn from it big time. Let’s reflect back and borrow something good from it. 

 

Picture of Wilson Sossion a past media conference 

​From the peripherals, I’ve been following this debate of one Mr Wilson Sossion, KNUT and an NGO by the name Education International on one side vs Bridge International Academies on the other side, on the whole issue of Bridge schools. 

Whereas personally, the first two entities aren’t known to me, for different reasons, I’m known to Bridge schools for some time now, and I can authoritatively speak on their behalf. 

I reckon the work done by NGOs in our country, especially on the field of research. As a researcher, myself, I know the work of research worldwide is to shape opinion and influence decisions. 

I also reckon that in as far as professionalism is concerned, researchers do a perfect job in this. 

My only issue is with researchers for hire. The love of money vis a vis professional conduct. 

For start, KNUT is supposed to be a trade union that should be in the forefront to demand and demonstrate better working conditions for its customers. 

Today, in Kenya, teachers are grappling with issues such medical scheme contributions, comutting allowances and other issues.. It is these that the union ought to commission a research on how best they can be addressed without teachers going to the streets. 

Any time Sossion calls for nation wide teacher’s strike, he’s assured of not less than one million from government. No wonder no meaningful results have been achieved from the so called signed agreement between teachers and government.

To purport to be concerned about the quality of education that Bridge offers, to me is an illusion, a mirage of our age. I know some of us will debate on this issue of union, but as it stands, we are to blame too. 

What Sossion is not telling you and I is that Bridge has employed over 6,000 teachers who are not in any trade union. It is his wish that this potential list of union contributors were channeled through KNUT. 
All of us know for sure that even the most hardworking of teachers in public schools are the untrained, form four leavers. How then, should it be a problem when Bridge hires the same? 

Research, especially when it comes to special interest work, are always sponsored by the commissioning agency. How would you expect Education International to tell KNUT that Bridge offers quality education. 

To them, it was a job tailor-made fix. Theirs was to bring the desired results. And they did not disappoint the client. 

In all these hullabaloo, colleagues and let us be Bridge and stand up with Bridge. 

Everyone has an opinion on everything including Sossion’s about Bridge, but in the fullness of time, the truth will exonerate us.