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Magufuli beats Kenyatta to bag the prestigious Mandela Peace Prize

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After some 4,956 people submitted their applications to be considered for the Mandela Peace Prize, none other than President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania emerged the overall winner.

A local daily is reporting that President Magufuli, nicknamed the “the Bulldozer”, was feted as the winner of the Mandela Peace Prize 2017, beating Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and several other African leaders.

While announcing winner of the prestigious award on Wednesday, December 27, president of the Mandela Institute (MI), Paul Kananura, said Magufuli was being recognized for promoting peace and social equality in his country.

“Magufuli definitely stole the show but President Kenyatta also had something to celebrate. He bagged the Mandela Democracy Prize 2017. Now, some Kenyans would be quick to ask why Kenyatta was given the special recognition instead of his bitter political rival Raila Odinga, who is seen by others as the father of democracy in Kenya,” wrote the daily.

 

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Meet couple working in the same matatu as driver and conductor

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A couple in Tanzania had grabbed headlines for working in the same Public Service Vehicle (PSV) as driver and conductor. Athuman Hatibu and his wife Witness Mushi have been working together for five years now and he swears by her work efficiency. According to Witness who’s a mass communication graduate, she quit her job to support her husband after numerous complaints over inefficient conductors.

 “It was not an easy decision to make because I led a different lifestyle before starting out as a bus conductor. My husband had a lot of complaints about the previous conductors who worked with him and most of the complaints were about little fares collected at the end of the day. I then told him to give me a day to learn and identify all the bus stations and fares along the route so he could afterwards decide if we could work together,” she told The Citizen.

According to Athuman, there was a noticeable difference in the amount of money his wife collected compared to other conductors he’d previously worked with. Citing a recent example when Witness had travelled and he hired his younger brother as a conductor, Athuman said, “working alongside my brother proved my point that no other person has ever reached the collection target my wife hits when she’s on duty.”

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Aspirations, challenges

The couple with four children said that working in the transport industry inspired their dream of owning a bus. Expressing optimism at the prospect of buying their bus, Athuman revealed that they plan on incorporating their first son into the business.

“The bus we are planning to buy will be coordinated by us and our son. He is currently upgrading his driving license,” he said.

Working together as a driver and conductor comes with its fair share of challenges, including passengers who make a pass at Witness not knowing she’s married to the driver.

“There are other times people approach me with different motives without the knowledge that the bus driver is my husband, and at times, it is literally the opposite. Sometimes passengers decline giving full amounts of bus fares once they reach their respective destinations,” Witness told The Citizen.

Her hubby, on the other hand, said it pains him when his wife is verbally abused by passengers but he instead opts to focus on the road. At the end of each trip, they have a debriefing where Witness informs him of any incidents and tips from male passengers.

Work-life balance

Their days typical involves waking up at 3am every day to ensure they hit the road by 4am. The couple usually end their work day at 11 pm having made 20 trips. Since they are rarely home during the day, two of their children are in boarding school and the two others live with their grandparents. To ensure their personal life doesn’t interfere with work, the couple made a pact to never let the situation at home interfere with the work environment.

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Woman takes pride in her house cleaning work: “I leave you satisfied”

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A Nigerian lady has showcased her house cleaning business and people have shown her great support on Twitter.

Nigerian lady who is a cleaner showcases her hustle without shame

The lady said that she is really very good at what she does. Photo source: @ada_kodi
Source: UGC

In a post on the platform Saturday, January 2, the lady described herself as the number one house cleaner in Enugu state.

She added that her work is so efficient that she hardly leaves behind stains and her service always gives premium satisfaction.

See her post below:

Her post has gathered massive retweets on the platform with over 15,000 likes. Below were some of the reactions:

@engrifesi said:

“Do u have a branch in Anambra? Each time I go to village for Christmas (I go once a year); cleaning, sweeping is too much for wifey and domestic staff. I could need such services next Christmas.”

@AuntyJuwon said:

“Please keep a pocket knife with you whenever you go for a job. You’ll never know when you need it.”

@only1akin said:

“I practically love ladies who put their hands to good use…. I love you babes.”

@ebubemmuonso said:

“I’m proud.. what part of Enugu so I can see if I could refer my guys to you.”

By Tuko.co.ke

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Impressive photo of Toyota pickup bed impresses fans online

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Just when you thought you’ve seen it all on social media then someone shares a picture of a bed that was designed using the backside of a large Toyota pickup.

Toyota bakkie bed impresses Mzansi: "I'm never leaving South Africa"

Mzansi loves the creatively thought of bed base. Image: Sizakele Mabila/ImStaying
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The picture was shared on Facebook’s popular ImStaying South African group.

The interesting post, which was made by a Facebook user, Sizakele MambaZinduna Mabila, showed the mattress neatly placed inside the backside of the pickup.

He captioned the post:

“I will never leave South Africa because wow, the creativity in this country.”

Many were impressed and had the following to say:

Bongs LeeMarque Ncapie said:

“When you dream of getting tickets from traffic officers. Know you’re having nightmares. They come with the package.”

Daddie Willie Nkambule said:

“No dream can beat this. We conquer every dream.”

Tiisetso Mank said:

“The snake towel, yah Neh!! Creativity”

Tshepo Kopano said:

“I did realize my appreciation for bakkie when I enquired with a specialist about this type of bed and couches.”

Hilton Victor Chapman Jnr said:

“Until you bang your shin against the side in the early hours going to the toilet.”

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