COLLEGE LOVERS

COLLEGE LOVERS

When love knocks the college doors, fear escapes through the windows and making it to a tall building in town just to have a sweet photo shoot is not a big deal. Having your shirt on at times means nothing but getting it off you means showing love. A nice smile at the camera makes the moment abit special, but pressing close tells it all. But is this really true love?

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POLITICAL HYSTERIA IN KENYA.

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                         POLITICAL HYSTERIA IN KENYA.

           

      When everyone else just thinks that after the elections politics will take a brake in Kenya, its shocking that instead it has taken a new angle. During the elections, two main coalitions were formed that’s T.N.A(the National Allience) and Cord(coalition of reform and democracy) ruled all the way from when the campaign period started to the election day, the results after the elections were not pleasing to cord which many believed could scoop the presidency. Peacefully, cord through their attorneys proceeded to the supreme court unlike the previous elections when parties that were not contented with the outcome of the elections called for mass action. An example is the year 2007 when the then O.D.M(Orange Democratic Movement) lost the elections and the party secretary Mr. Anyang Nyong’o called for mass action.

Again now, politics in Kenya is what everyone wants…

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POLITICAL HYSTERIA IN KENYA.

                         POLITICAL HYSTERIA IN KENYA.

           

      When everyone else just thinks that after the elections politics will take a brake in Kenya, its shocking that instead it has taken a new angle. During the elections, two main coalitions were formed that’s T.N.A(the National Allience) and Cord(coalition of reform and democracy) ruled all the way from when the campaign period started to the election day, the results after the elections were not pleasing to cord which many believed could scoop the presidency. Peacefully, cord through their attorneys proceeded to the supreme court unlike the previous elections when parties that were not contented with the outcome of the elections called for mass action. An example is the year 2007 when the then O.D.M(Orange Democratic Movement) lost the elections and the party secretary Mr. Anyang Nyong’o called for mass action.

Again now, politics in Kenya is what everyone wants to hear about every time they switch on their TV stations, or radio – they want to see latest political news in Kenya or simply Breaking News! Of course with the recent state of Kenyan politics everyone is taking the newspapers, TVs and Radios depending on where you come from, seriously just to have even a little knowledge of what is the next size of somersault that politics is going to take. Many believe it has taken an international somersault because the American president has skipped Kenya in his second African tour that is after he visited Ghana and Egypt during his first term in office.

American president to visit Africa.

         When it was announced in May that the American president Mr. Barrack Obama was to visit Africa, to the minds of many Kenya was the first in thought, but to their surprise, the president was to visit three African countries and Kenya was not one of them, the three are: Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa. Mr. Obama did not leave Kenya out since he has invited many Kenyan personnel’s to meet him in different countries, the Kenyan chief justice mr. willy Mutunga is among 10 chief justices who are to meet the American president in Dakar the capital city of Senegal, the industrialist mr. Cris Kirubi was also invited to meet him in Daressalaam the coastal city of Tanzania but he declined the offer saying it was unfair for Kenya as the motherland to Obama’s father.

Mr. Raila Odinga the cord leader is not left out in the invitation list. Could these be another political hysteria that is sweeping in Kenya?

    The Kenyan president mr. Uhuru Kenyatta is not invited to meet the American president and neither is his deputy mr. William ruto who are suspects of the election violence of the year 2007, the two are suspected of violating human rights. To many Kenyans, these is the main reason for Obama skipping his ancestral land when visiting Africa and take the goodies he will come with two different countries but not where he is believed to have rooted from. An example of the goodies is the many investors that will believe that if Kenya is not a save country for an American president to visit, then it’s not a good place to invest in. but is it really true? I again remember it is believed that when America coughs, the rest of the world catches a cold. Could these be another cough for America that has infected Kenya with a cold?

          Many Kenyans wished that mr. Obama could assume the suspects and visit Kenya. After speaking to young Kenyans who are students at the East Africa Media institute, these is what they had to tell me about the visit:Jimmy Gatimu: :I think I wasted my time, effort and my vote since it has denied Kenya a very important economical boost:. Nellius Kimani, “I will not by any way be affected by that visit directly and that’s what matters to me since the government does nothing much for me”. Does the American president visit to other African countries really mean bad international relations for Kenya as many now believe?

                                                               Story by: Kobia Koome.

   

NO STOPPING AT LITTLE BLOCKS

NO STOPPING AT LITTLE BLOCKS.
They say a happy person is not a person with a certain set of circumstances but rather a person with a set of certain attitudes. In the streets of Nairobi, I meet Abdulhakim Shehe a young man aged 23, with an envelope in his hand. Walking so keenly as if he was searching for a small coin of five shillings that he had dropped on the ground.
So I decide to say hi to him and help him look for what he had dropped on the ground. “Hello sir?” instead he continued walking as if he had not heard what I said. I tapped him on the shoulders once more and asked him ‘Have you lost anything? This time he answered affirmatively, “No” as he continued walking. I pressed this one more time “then why do want to injure yourself’ I held his hand so closely because just one feet away was a very gaping man hole and they have been so many deaths reported as result of people falling in the hole at night.
“It’s a long story sir” he said this time round with a charming smile on his face. “Really” is all I could gather courage to say, why someone would not be able to see that he really is in danger and especially with this board day I wondered aloud. Then cut it short because am really surprised”
As I was about walk away to my normal business, everybody in this big city does mind their own business. But I felt his warm hand holding tightly to my bad which was strapped on my shoulder, and he “maybe we have coffee, I would really wish for this right now’. Across, the busy street spotted one of my favorite coffee places, and yes ‘it was quite empty at this time of the day’. Once seated, Abdul narrated his life history to me at a café as we sipped warm coffee. I learnt that he is visually impaired and he was born with the sight problem but according to him he continued to live life like any other kid in the neighborhood of where he lived, until he was enrolled and finished school just like any other normal child. which he late got used to and took it as a normal situation since he could cot chance that, he went to school just like other children and he is now a certificate holder.
After, high school, Abdul managed to attain a certificate in radio and television presentation in one of the best colleges in Kenya, (East Africa Media Institute, in Nairobi). He top secret about his successful accomplishment in college, was by the virtual of using a computer software ‘Jaws’. This type of software through had to come in the Kenyan market, helped to with reading and writing and surfing online research which kept him on top of his class..

I was so happy to hear all about his achievements, despite being visually impaired. I was quite surprised to learn that he aims to study until he attains his master’s degree in communication. When I asked him what his goal in life was he had these to say: “I will never stop at little blocks, and after my education I would want to be one of the best journalist in Kenya, and work for international media agencies. And I have my eyes set, to work with accomplished journalist’s at British Broadcasting Co-operation”. True to his words, the sky is the limit, I wished him well and promised to always keep an eye on his progress since we had now become bounded ‘my brother, I share the same problem with you’ I finally gathered my courage and told him so. He mouth was agape with shock, and after the momentary silence, he stood up and embraced me as I felt his warm tears running down his face ‘truly, it’s a miracle that we meet, you’re brother and am your keeper’.
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After the cup of coffee with Abdul I also felt challenged, and a question rung my mind every minute.(if a blind person can make a good journalist what about the rest)? So I found these be quite inspirational to me and everyone else. As I left the coffee place, with my bag strapped on my shoulder ready to face the world and back to business schedule. I told myself that ‘I will become an international and renowned editor, and use my media skills to highlight some of the challenges faced by visually impaired people.
By Kobia Koome