TBT ~ Dr. Sarah Onyango Obama, a 94 years old woman is the sole living grand-parent of  President Barack Obama. She is the third wife of Obama’s paternal grandfather, she was born in 1922 and affectionately known as Mama Sarah Obama.She resides in Nyang’oma Kogelo village in Kenya. She has created a lasting legacy in Kenya, she launched the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF) in Kenya after a lifetime of feeding and sheltering orphaned children and impoverished families. She’s now expanding her mission to educate women and children, particularly girls through her Legacy plan.

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Her plan features a school campus and hospital project for her community in Kogelo, Kenya, as well as an early childhood development center, a primary and secondary school, a vocational training school, all on one campus. She’s a strong believer of the Islamic faith. In November,2013 she recieved an award from the United Nations on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day for her decades of work to aid poor kenyans in Kogelo villgae, Kenya.

Mama ‪#Sarah Obama‬ SOWO Half Marathon was on 24th October 2015 at Siaya County Stadium.

What an amazing woman! Keep up the good work Mama ‪‎Sarah Obama‬!

Please visit  www.sowohalfmarathon.com for more details

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In Case You Missed It  – Do you love sending nude photos via the internet or phone to your friends?

If  you do, you have to think twice especially if you’re based in Kenya… or you might spend half of your life in prison.

According to reports, a new bill is proposing that such people be fines Sh300,000 or be jailed for 30 years or both if found guilty.

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“A person who transfers, publishes, or disseminates, including making a digital depiction available for distribution or downloading through any other means of transferring data to a computer,

the intimate image of another person commits an offence and is liable, on conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding thirty years or fine not exceeding three hundred thousand shillings or both,”

Article 28 of the Cyber Security and Protection Bill 2016.

The bill which is said to be sponsored by Nyeri senator and chairperson of Committee on Information and Technology Mutahi Kagwe is set to be debated and passed if all goes as planned.

“While computers have increased human connectivity and have a direct impact on development, they also pose a risk to the users.

At a larger scale they may be used to disrupt the delivery of essential services and in effect cause irreparable harm to the economy and lives of people,” …Nairobi News

The bill which seems too harsh is meant to regulate the use of social media to spread hate and ruin other people’s lives.

Will this law affect you? Let us know…

richard  turere Richard Turere Richard_Turere_bulbdesign_against_lions.small richard-turere-young-inventor-nairobi-kenyaMeet Richard Turere is a young Maasai man who lives in the wilderness of the Kenya savanna, on the edge of a national park full of rhino, giraffe, buffalo and lions. Since he was 9, Richard has held the honored chore of tending his father’s cattle; in his free time, he tinkered with electrical gadgets.

After dismantling the few household appliances, Richard taught himself how to fix them, and then he started inventing. He fit his parents’ home with fans made from car parts and other junkyard components harvested from junkyards, then built other inventions for his neighbors.  Now 13, he is renowned for inventing “lion lights,” a fence made of basic pieces (solar charging cells, flashlight parts), which quickly and effectively scares lions away from his father’s cattle. Richard’s dream is to be an aircraft engineer… Be inspired!

Watch Richard  tell his story on TED below

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William Kikanae1 William KikanaeMeet William Kikanae, a Maasai warrior who has been proclaimed leader by his community due to the efforts he has made over years in helping his tribe move forward…… He believes that women are the cornerstone of the community and should be involved in decision-making, and that the Maasai people should have financial income from sources other than that of the tourist industry.

Pikolinos, the Spanish footwear company, is collaborating with the Maasai tribe in Kenya to produce a footwear line inspired by their African patterns. The collection is handcrafted by Maasai women, who embroider leather pieces sent by the company to Kenya. According to Pikolinos, more than 1.000 women have benefited from this project that has grown gradually since its pilot-test in the spring of 2010. Pikolinos Massai Collection have stores popping up all over the world now.
Today, William’s efforts are being rewarded. He is the true drive behind the Maasai Project.
Watch William below.

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kakenya-ntaiya1kakenya-ntaiya.kakenya-ntaiya hTBT: KakenyaNtaiya was set to follow the traditional path of girls born in the small village of Enoosaen, Kenya. Engaged at the age of 5, she was to participate in the traditional Maasai rite as a young teenager and then be married.

Kakenya made a deal with her father, She would undergo the traditional rite if he would let her go to high school.. …when she was accepted to Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Virginia, she negotiated with her village elders to do what no girl had ever done before, leave her village to go to college in the US.

Deeply proud of her heritage and of her community, Ntaiya returned to the village after school and worked with her elders to establish a school for girls there. It’s the educational journey that has altered the destiny of many young women. In 2009 the KakenyaCenterforExcellence was established by Kakenya they have A primary grade boarding school just for girls, the curriculum focuses on academics, leadership and female empowerment, along with cultural preservation and life skills. Ntaiya also works with donors to provide scholarships for others.

“Be the first, because people will follow you. Be bold. Stand up. Be fearless – Kakenya
Watch Kakenya Ntaiya on TEDx

What an inspiration!

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Maasai-Cricket-Warriors-Playing-against-rivalry Maasai-Warriors Maasai Cricket Warriors A cricket team made up of Maasai warriors from the Laikipia region of Kenya has been formed to promote healthier lifestyles, as well as spreading awareness about HIV amongst the tribal youth….Through cricket development amongst schools and youth within Maasai communities a platform is built to promote education and as a means of encouraging sustainable social change… More about the Maasai Cricket Warriors here

Photo credit: Maasai Cricket Warriors

Tech Spotlight: Kunle Awosika is the Country Manager for Microsoft Corporation in Kenya. Kunle is responsible for steering the business to the next phase of expansion through commercial and government engagements while building and growing a high performing.

His career at Microsoft Corporation spans over 14 years having held several senior and key sales and business development roles in the company, including running the telecommunications sector across West East Central Africa (WECA).

Prior to his appointment in Kenya in 2013, Kunle worked as Director, Enterprise & Public Sector Business for (Anglophone) Africa, contributing to the business expansion within the growth region of West Africa. Part of his key achievements in Nigeria includes working with government divisions responsible for the implementation of the Government Wide Messaging & Collaboration Platform (GWMC) to foster a uniform messaging & communication platform across government entities. He was also responsible for driving business in the enterprise market.

Before joining Microsoft, Kunle worked with a local IT company – Solix Technologies.  Prior to that, he worked within the sales and marketing division for the downstream arm of Exxon-Mobil.

He sits as part of the ICT Committee for the Ondo City Vision 2015 in Nigeria and on the board of AMCHAM ICT committee in Kenya…

Click here for more information on the upcoming events

‘One of the things we’ve than as Microsoft within the continent is basically an investment in skill development, innovation and in affordable access to technology…those 3 pillars are very critical to the fostering of proper service delivery to any economy’ Kunle Awosika

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Congrats! Kenya’s Julius Yego aka ‘the YouTube Athlete’ has won gold in the javelin at the World Athletic Championships in Beijing!!!

 
Julius Yego has made history by throwing 92.72m to win, making him the second man in the history of the sport who have thrown further.  

 

Julius Yego

Yego taught himself javelin by watching YouTube videos …Very inspiring!

Photo credit: Julius Yego

@POTUS  President Obama has arrived in Kenya.. He’s the first sitting US president to visit the Kenya…. From his father’s homeland Kenya, President Obama he will be going to Ethiopia…

President Obama in Kenya at with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta‬ at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport below….Obama and PresidentUhuruKenyatta Presiden Obama and PresidentUhuruKenyatta

Just in case you missed this story! 

The Nairobian is reporting that Felix Kipronois, a Kenyan lawyer is planning to meet with President Obama when he visits Kenya in July for Malia Obama’s hand in marriage, he is offering a bride price of 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats.

Felix Kipronois says’ “I got interested in her in 2008. As a matter of fact, I haven’t dated anyone since and promise to be faithful to her. I have shared this with my family and they are willing to help me raise the bride price,

The lawyer said that his love is true, and not an infatuation or based on any wealth the elder Obama daughter may have.

“People might say I am after the family’s money, which is not the case. My love is real,” Kiprono insisted. “I am currently drafting a letter to Obama asking him to please have Malia accompany him for this trip. I hope the embassy will pass the letter to him. I will hand it over to the U.S. ambassador with whom we have interacted several times.”

Read full Story here

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