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Utaolewa lini & other annoying and intrusive questions Kenyans ask

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We ask each other questions in our social interactions, sometimes in a bid to know each other better. Other times we do out if curiosity. Sometimes we do because we’re looking for gossip material.

And other times, we ask because we’re concerned and genuinely do it from a good place. But most times we cross the line and ask a personal and intrusive question that is uncalled for.

“When are you having kids?” is one such question. You’d think the curious party wants to raise those children for you.

“I thought you’d never ask! Everyone shoots that question like a greeting these days, haha! Well, we’ve been thinking about it a lot lately and we’ve decided to start trying.”

“Oh, really?”

“Yes. With so many people asking it’s clear that we ought to have had them by now and I’m beginning to feel like we’re running out of time.”

“Mmhm, that’s your biological clock ticking.”

“Right, although it’s more of a craving than a tick…”

“Wow, you should definitely listen to it.”

“I’m glad you agree because we want to have our first child next week. I wonder where you buy yours because the butcheries here don’t sell children. In fact they wanted to call the police when we asked.”

“What?”

“Of course we’ve always found your questions about having kids bizarre and cannibalistic, but we love trying out new odd dishes, so we thought ‘why not have a taste of your culinary culture?’”

The key is to shush the party by cleverly twisting your answers to counter their unwelcome questions.

“Still single at this age? When I was your age I was already married with two kids.”

“Oh, dear, that must have been traumatic. How are you doing now?”

“I mean, all your age mates are (getting) married!”

“Yes, but they seem to be managing just fine.”

“No, I mean why aren’t you married yet? Haven’t you found someone to settle down with?”

“A person?”

“We don’t settle down with animals, do we?”

“Your spouse did.”

“With such an attitude I wonder who will marry you.”

“Certainly not you!”

And sometimes silence is the most effective response. It makes the other person awkwardly uncomfortable as they slowly realise they asked an ill-advised question.

People just don’t mind their business anymore.

“Mind your business,” I was once told. Your business is open for business but you unknowingly close it when you start minding someone else’s business. Your business sits idly, unattended, and responsibilities pile up as you’re busy sniffing around someone else’s business.

Mind another person’s business too long and yours starts deteriorating. Your business is to keep your business afloat by minding your business.

Some businesses are private and other businesses are widely known. But knowing about a widely known business doesn’t make the business your business. What others do with their business is none of yours.

If they want to put it in public, it’s their business. You don’t have to make it your business. You can just walk, drive, or scroll past their business if you don’t like it. You can use a different route if you can’t stand seeing their business.

You can avoid going to certain places so you don’t see their business. But that would be too much inconvenience to yourself for something that is none of your business.

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VIDEO: Shaffie Weru now joins K24

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Less than a month after it was reported that Shaffie Weru had joined Homeboyz Radio as programmes controller, the Veteran radio presenter has Joined K24 TV.

Weru was received in the K24 News studios by Betty Kyallo on Friday night following the new Station face launch earlier in the day.

Weru worked at Radio Africa for 14 years co-presenting the Big Breakfast show with Kalekye Mumo and lately Adelle Onyango before the latter quit last month to pursue personal interests.

 

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Job Vacancy: Business Manager

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We are seeking an experienced Business Manager to lead and oversee the work of employees in our Optiven Construction company.  The eligible person will be responsible for ensuring the efficiency of business operations as well as setting strategic goals for the future.

Optiven Construction Company is based in Kitengela, Namanga Road, Acacia Junction, we are known to be the leading manufacturing company in construction items majorly Cabros, Hollow Blocks, Paving Slabs, Road Channels, Road Kerbs, Wall Copings, Culverts, Louvers, Fencing poles and many others.

The successful candidate will be a competent leader able to provide guidance that enhances performance in a manner which incorporates the company’s vision and culture. The goal will be to ensure the profitability of our company’s activities to drive sustainable development and long-term success.

Reporting to: Company Directors.
Location: Kitengela

Duties and Responsibilities

Business Development & Marketing

  • Developing business management goals and objectives that lead to growth and prosperity.
  • Designing and implementing business plans and strategies to promote the attainment of goals.
  • Maximizing new business development opportunities for the organization.
  • Gathering, analyzing and interpreting external and internal data and write reports.
  • Coordinating activities that affect operational decisions and business requirements.
  • Representing the company in meetings and events i.e. exhibitions, conferences, Activations and other construction or real estate projects.
  • Identifying and targeting areas in which a business can improve operation

Procurement Management

  • Maintaining relationships with vendors & suppliers.
  • Participating in purchases of materials and services required for production.
  • Ensuring effective purchases of raw materials without compromising quality & with price sensitivity.
  • Ensuring that the company has the adequate and suitable resources to complete its activities (e.g. material, equipment etc.)
  • Sourcing for bids and tenders & coordinating with internal departments for Supply.
  • Proposing the best technical and economic solutions (quality, cost & deadlines)
  • Communicating any changes in the order or delivery date to relevant parties.

Financial Management

  • Assessing overall company financial performance and report on daily sales and production.
  • Monitoring revenue margins, maximizing revenue through innovative sales practices and yield management programs.
  • Preparing financial projections, reports and targets and reporting to the directors on a Monthly at times weekly basis.
  • Advising management on financial related matters.

People Management

  • Ensuring adherence to legal rules and guidelines.
  • Determining hiring needs, overseeing assignment of employees and planning staff development.
  • Overseeing employees’ productivity.
  • Organizing and coordinating operations in ways that ensure maximum productivity.
  • Supervising the work of employees and provide feedback and counsel to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Motivating, mentoring and providing direction to the team

Customer Relationship Management

  • Be fully conversant with the commercial and technical requirements of customers.
  • Discussing monthly customer complaint reports with the management and offer solutions.
  • Meeting existing and potential clients, identifying and gathering their specific needs at an early stage.
  • Securing the relationship with the clients until the achievement of their projects.
  • Be the face of company and day to day point of contact with clients in all regions.

Requirements: – Abilities, Knowledge and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics or Civil engineering.
  • Great Exposure to Sales and Marketing Initiatives
  • Strong communication, organizational, presentation and negotiation skills
  • Ability to take ownership, working independently and meeting deadlines
  • Possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to company mission
  •  Ability to engage and motivate others.
  • Strong reporting skills.
  • Excellent in developing customer relationships and customer service
  • Professionalism, high level of maturity, good character with positive values

Applicants who meet the above criteria are required to send their applications torecruitment@optiven.co.ke with “BUSINESS MANAGER” being the subject of the email and with detailed CV,names & addresses of three referees.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note: We do not charge any fee for recruitment.

 

 

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VIDEO & PHOTOS: Vera Sidika steals the show with bare bottoms at Tanasha’s baby shower

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Kenyan socialite Vera Sidika stole the show at Diamond Platinumz and Tanasha Donna’s baby shower after showing up skimpily dressed.

The well-endowed socialite was the center of attention at the event, after leaving little to imagination. Vera arrived donning a skimpy outfit of a white bikini combined with a see-me-through fish net and sandals.

Many of the guests at the only invite event appeared distracted every time their eyes caught the glimpse of the Kenyan damsel who was accompanied by her Tanzanian boyfriend Jimmy Chansa.

Video and photos of Sidika’s outfit soon went viral on social media with many castigating her wardrobe choice.

Tanasha Donna

When Vera got a chance to speak at the red carpet, she said she turned up to support her “sister” whom she has known for half a decade now.

FIVE YEARS

“I have known Tnasha for about five  years now and she is my Kenyan sister and when she said you have to come to my shower I said yes. And she being a first time mother I wish her well and I know Diamond and her mother are very supportive,” said Vera.

For years, Vera has maintained cordial relationship with Diamond and hardly misses his events.

Vera once hosted a bikini party organized by Diamond, when the singer was dating Uganda socialite Zari Hassan.

by Nairobi News

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