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How compassionate cab driver’s selfless act saved the life of epileptic passenger

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A cab hailing app driver on Monday night saved the life of a passenger who had an epileptic seizure inside his car.

Joseph Kyallo Wambua, a 35-year-old new-in-the-business driver had started his evening shift in his usual way and was around Fedha Estate in Embakasi.

LARGE CROWD

“At some point I passed by a crowd along the way. Shortly, I got a ride request and upon reaching the pick up point, I noticed it was the same spot where the crowd was gathered,” Kyallo narrated to Nairobi News.

When he got at the pick up point he met Philip Ogola, who identifies himself as Digital Humanitarian on social media.

Ogola had made the request after spending the better part of his evening with one woman in distress.

While on an evening cycling Ogola had been attracted to a large crowd. Just like most curious Kenyans, he moved closer to investigate what was happening.

He immediately found out that a certain woman was having an epileptic seizure.

He managed to administer first aid to the woman following instructions on phone from Dr Thuranira Kaugiria.

After gaining consciousness the woman told Ogola where she lives.

ANOTHER SEIZURE

Before the seizure, the woman had been going about her business of selling clothes in the estates.

She had walked the whole day from Mlolongo to Fedha Estate without a meal.

The people who had gathered around helped her to raise some money to cater for her transport and food for her children who were waiting at home.

Kyallo agreed to drop her home but he was still worried about the possibility of another seizure.

“I was really worried about the possibility of the woman suffering another seizure, but those who had attended to her assured me that she was good to go. So I accepted the trip and we left,” said Kyallo.

Through the journey, the two kept chatting but when they were almost Syokimau the woman slumped on her seat, forcing Kyallo to hurriedly park along the footpath in order to assist her.

He called Ogola who guided him on what to do on phone. But it took long for the woman to regain consciousness.

Kyallo drove her to the Aga Khan Hospital in Syokimau and minutes later she was up.

ADMITTED

The woman insisted on being taken home but along the way she suffered another seizure. Luckily, this time two women came along and helped Kyallo.

The ailing passenger asked to be taken to Kitengela Medical Centre and as luck would have it, she is well known to the medics at the facility.

All along Kyallo’s app was still on but after getting to the hospital he decided to switch it off.

“I cancelled the trip because I felt it wasn’t important at that time. I chose to switch off the app until I was completely done with her,” he said.

Kyallo says he helped the woman because he believes in humanity and that he has spent many years serving street families.

At the hospital, Kyallo got the opportunity to talk to his passenger who revealed that her husband abandoned her late last year after he found out that she is epileptic.

Kyallo left her admitted at the hospital but when he called in the morning to follow up on her progress, the hospital staff informed him that the woman had been discharged.

By Nairobi News


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How I made my first million

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At what age did you make your first million? 

I was 19.

How did you make it? 

I was running a creative design and printing agency. I bid for and won an order to design and print marketing materials for a global NGO which has offices in Kenya.

How did you spend or invest it? 

I re-invested most of it into the business by buying more machinery to reduce costs associated with outsourcing. I also set up a new business with a friend – a movie shop in Nairobi CBD.

The biggest money mistake you have ever made? 

Setting up the movie shop was the greatest money mistake – but I picked up two of the greatest business lessons. One, to never divest too early, and only invest in a business you understand well.

What is the best investment you have ever made?

 I would say investing in myself and in my exposure through travel. Travel has made me see endless possibilities for innovating new products, business models and solutions in the African market. A combination of the international exposure and strong local market understanding is priceless.

What is the worst purchase you have ever made? 

The movie shop. I bought a ready business that I did not understand and it went crumbling down. We eventually closed it a few months later.

If you had a spare million or two, where would you invest it right now?

I would invest it in my current business – a software technology company. This is because I believe the business has potential to become a great success.

What is the biggest money lesson you have learnt about growing it and making it work for you? 

Initially, we all have to work for money. However, I have learnt that the wealthy person has learnt how to make money work for them, through consistently investing what one earns.

Where do you learn about finances? 

I read a lot of books about real success stories from entrepreneurs because I believe entrepreneurship is a great way to create wealth, while creating value in the society. I also stay curious to learn about different investment vehicles because I know I shouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket.

Any financial myths you think should be busted? 

Money is not the root of all evil; greed may be. Money is a good thing because it can create freedom and prosperity, if well spent.

What two personal finance rules do you follow? 

Live within your means; and work to make money as a tool to accomplish real goals. Real goals are not just about making “enough” money, because it is almost impossible to define “enough.”

Investing or saving…Which one carries more weight?

Investing. However, they go hand to hand as saving to invest is acceptable.

One can get rich easily… but how does one stay rich? 

By constantly making calculated investment risks, and always striving to be wealthy, not rich.


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The life lessons I learnt from a brief stay with my grandfather

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With the schools closed, my parents got tired of me and my three siblings quarrelling and sent us to the village to stay with my grandparents.

More than any book or class, this visit taught me so much about appreciating what I have in my life and being open to the differences that I was blind to.

I protested going to the village at first, but now I am happy I did.

I had never liked being around my grandfather for so long because he is such a strict disciplinarian.

However, staying around him taught me why he is the way he is. He taught me about the value of hard work and integrity.

My grandfather is not one to stand lazy and idle people. So he taught me that I needed to structure my day to the tasks I needed to accomplish and spend time in the evening enjoying leisure.

So in this plan, we wake up in the morning to sweep the compound clean. My sisters then join my grandmother in the kitchen to make breakfast, as my brother and I help grandfather feed the cows before milking them.

Tending the animals

After breakfast, we would all go to the farm to weed. The afternoons were more of reading and playing. My brother soon gravitated towards tending the animals while I enjoyed working on the farm with my grandmother.

I also loved fetching water from the stream. We then spent the evening watching television to catch up with the news.

The discipline also made us more mindful about how our lives affected others, even when no one was watching.

We carried enough sanitisers and face masks to last us the duration of our imposed stay. We were careful because our grandparents were at that age of being vulnerable to the virus.

I noticed that many villagers were sceptical of the existence of Covid-19. They argued and dismissed the global pandemic as a hoax.

Some said they were yet to see anyone who had succumbed to the virus. Some were really tickled to see us donning face masks all the time, but we stayed true to the act knowing my grandparents’ lives depended on it.

This is how my grandfather raised my father and his eight siblings, and I am happy I got to learn this.

by nation.co.ke


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Foul smell leads to recovery of couple

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Decomposing bodies of a couple that has been missing for more than a week were found in their house in Laini centre off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, yesterday.

A foul smell emanating from the house of the 72-year-old-man and his wife, 62, led to their recovery. Police have launched investigations into the incident.

There were conflicting reports about the deaths with some claiming that the two were murdered while others suspected that they could have died of carbon monoxide emitted from a jiko.

Police declined to give names of the deceased until the next of kin are informed. Emotions ran high as locals viewed the bodies.

A village elder, Moses Mwathi, revealed that the couple was working in a quarry before they went missing.

Mwathi said neighbours thought that they had travelled to their rural home but got concerned after a foul smell started emanating from their house.

“On checking they noticed that the house was locked from inside and the bodies could be seen lying on their bed,” he said.

Police gained access into the house after breaking the door. The bodies were taken to the mortuary

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru said initial investigations pointed to carbon monoxide poisoning from a jiko.

“We can’t, however, rule out murder at this moment and only a post-mortem examination will establish the real cause of the death,” said the police boss.

And in the nearby Kinungi village, a 35-year-old farmworker committed suicide by hanging himself in a house.

The body was found by his employer before police were called in. Jim Kimani, a friend to the deceased, said he was in low spirits over debts.

“He claimed that some people he owed money were harassing him but we never thought that he would commit suicide,” Kimani said.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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