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By George Wachiuri

Over the years, I have been engaged in numerous media interviews and one of the most common question has always been: “What Keeps you Awake”.

My answer has constantly been “creating 30, 000 jobs by the year 2030. Now what is keeping me awake has hit the inner me when I see looming Job losses in coming days.

I am a member of KEPSA and I am aware of the true effect of Covid-19. Other than the flue itself, the true Covid-19 effect is making many leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses owners, employees, to lose sleep, skip a beat while trying to figure out the consequences of this pandemic?

Covid-19 has rendered the entire globe to stand still and look at the skies for help. The true help will finally come from God, the Almighty Himself.

That’s why I entirely supported the recent National Prayers Day held at Kenya’s State House on 21st March 2020. We thank President Uhuru and the people of Kenya for that bold move.

So, the question on everybody’s mind and lips is thus: How can we cope with this scourge?

Three things that we must do:

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1. Say no to ignorance

Keep yourselves updated with the right information, avoid too much incorrect information and follow the Government’s directives such as; Staying and Working from home and keeping the best hygiene practices. While at home, spend time with your family, with your children and get something positive to do, to help you rediscover self. If you are employed; create work for yourself and keep your employer updated. Do not be gloomy because of the current half pay or no pay due to this pandemic, as this is just a temporary bump. Be glad you still have a job to keep.

For entrepreneurs and businesses people, keep in touch with your customers. Make difficult decisions to safeguard the health of your staff. Spread the message of Hope to them. Lead by example.

2. Indulged in Prayers

This is the best time to pray like Daniel of the Bible. Pray 5 times a day. Write down your prayers, jot down all your requests to God so that when answered, you can remember to thank Him. Many challenges have been overcome through prayer and fasting.

3. Find something to do

The lockdown is only on physical movements and not in the mind. You still have capacity to do stuff. You have energy, emotions, and relationships to take care of. This is the time to connect with yourself. While at home learn a new skill online. It is also a time to blog – like I am doing now, and it is time to be innovate. Just do something. Create an online awareness on the current challenge as long as you do not scare people.

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Let us not lockdown our minds let us keep dreaming in the middle of this crisis. Calamities like the current one, offers us and our future generations, new opportunities, if positively viewed.

Start being creative right now – Don’t forget to let me know the next big thing that is being generated, through your positive thinking.

The author, is a leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group.

Contact Optiven Group: 0790 300 300 Email: admin@optiven.co.ke Website: www.optiven.co.ke George Wachiuri Blog: www.georgewachiuri.com
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Lupita, others pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman on what would have been his 44th birthday

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Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is among celebrities and fans who paid tribute to late actor Chadwick Boseman on his would be 44th birthday.

The Black Panther star was 43 when he lost his four-year battle with colon cancer on August 28, 2020

Boseman was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016, according to a post on his Twitter account announcing the actor’s death.

Lupita, who played Boseman’s love interest in the “Black Panther”, shared a picture of herself and Boseman with the caption, “Deeply loved, sorely missed. #ChadwickBoseman.”

Disney honoured Boseman with a “Black Panther” themed Marvel Studios logo.

The redesigned logo could be seen by those watching “Black Panther” on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+.

Marvel Studios further shared a video of the logo on Twitter.

Disney honoured Boseman with a “Black Panther” themed Marvel Studios logo.

The redesigned logo could be seen by those watching “Black Panther” on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+.

Marvel Studios further shared a video of the logo on Twitter.

Actor and producer Mark Ruffalo shared a behind-the-scenes video of the cast and crew singing happy birthday to Boseman during the filming of a Marvel film. “Happy Birthday”, he captioned the video, “Thinking of your passion, love, and your light today @chadwickboseman Happy Birthday. Wishing we could time travel back to this moment.”

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Rapper and actor Common tweeted “Happy Birthday King. God Bless You. Thank you for using your gift to bring light to this world. RIP.”

Many others also wished the late actor a happy birthday posthumously.


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Shock as more teenagers are caught up in crime

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As Kenyans were waiting for the launch of BBI signatures collection drive, a tragic and bizarre thing happened in Kamuyu location, Machakos County.

A Class Eight pupil at Kaitha Primary School strangled her classmate to death in a suspected love triangle.

The girl who is currently in custody awaiting a mental assessment before being arraigned on Tuesday, allegedly undressed her victim to make it look like a rape after strangling her using a brown rope.

She then tucked the rope in an envelope before hiding it in a bush a few metres away from her parents’ home. The suspected murderer is 14, her victim was 15 and the boy in the middle of the love triangle 14.

“The suspect pointed out the murder weapon, a strong rope, brown in colour, which was about 150 metres away from the crime scene. The rope was hidden under dry thorny bushes after she used it to strangle the deceased,” said a police statement about the murder that has left the residents of Mwala in shock.

Committing crimes

A shocking as it is, what is of concern is not the just fact that a 14-year-old girl killed another because of a boy who was having a relationship with both of them. It is the fact that the incident happened when the whole country is witnessing a surge in incidents of minors committing crimes.

This week alone, police have arrested 105 teenagers while partying, smoking, drinking and engaging in sex orgies.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, records at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) show that 242 youth have been arrested in various towns engaging in such parties. Kisii, Homa Bay, Mararal, Nairobi, Kisumu, Webuye and Nairobi lead the country in having such parties.

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And as if it not bad enough, the parties are taking place when everyone is supposed to be practising social distancing and the sale of alcohol and cigarettes is prohibited to anyone who is under 18.

What is giving law enforcement agencies sleepless nights is that there are adults luring and facilitating the youth to engage in such risky behaviours.

“It is unfortunate that such individuals are doing so not only in contravention of the law, but also ignoring the impact of their actions on the lives of minors,” said DCI George Kinoti.

“Anyone found guilty of an offence of child pornography and upon conviction will be liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than six years or to a fine of not less than five hundred thousand shillings or both.”

Trafficking ring

Last weekend, Kenyans were shocked when seven teenage girls who had been reported missing by their parents in Komarock in Nairobi emerged from their hideout only to say they had been bored and sought to have some fun.

As detectives continue to pursue a suspected online trafficking ring dubbed Carty Gang, who they think lured the girls from their homes, the Sunday Nation has been told that the group usually hosts teen parties in Athi River or Obama Estate along Kangundo Road.

Teenagers are usually baited with images of previous parties on the group’s Instagram page, whose content has since been erased. The group, whose owners have not yet been found, has even offered a form of apology, which is the only thing remaining on the page.

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“We would like to apologise to our fans for the inconveniences from the media,” says the group administrator.

The DCI insists it is only a matter of time before the owners of the group are arrested. The reality is that there are several adults operating alone or in groups facilitating minors to engage in vice. What is not known is how worse the situation can get.

Additionally, if you consider the number of youth who have been arrested since the beginning of the year for engaging in such risky behaviour then the problem shifts from just being a criminal matter to a moral one.

Gengetone genre

While reacting to degenerate behaviour of the youth, Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua blamed the content of today’s Kenyan pop music specifically the new Gengetone genre.

The genre, which emerged from the low-income areas of Nairobi, has in the last year become very popular among the youth with its explicit lyrics that promote promiscuity, partying, use of drugs and alcohol.

“We can’t afford to be neutral on moral issues and bad content. We can only help our youths by telling them the truth. If we fumble or become ambiguous we will confuse them. Deep down their hearts, they know they are doing wrong,” said Dr Mutua on his Twitter account.

“Artistes and the media must understand that they have the power to shape societal norms, values and character. They must behave responsibly and professionally.”

Dr Mutua who has on several occasions found himself on the wrong end for pushing for the pulling down of certain songs that he sees have crossed the red line may be right. Several studies have shown that the more importance youth place on a type of music, the more they pay attention to the lyrics.

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In addition to the effect content aired by the media has on the youth, experts say the behaviour of adults also greatly influences how teenagers figure out what is wrong or right.

“The way we behave as a society plays a big role in moulding the character of children as they grow up. If for example, teenagers find crime or murder as the most prevalent thing around them, they accept it as normal and with time they start indulging in it,” says Dr Philomena Ndambuki of Kenyatta University.

“A person’s brain fully matures when they are 25. Before that what the person consumes from the adults around them will be given out as output,” she says.

The Machakos murder is not an isolated incident, continuing a trend, which peaked between 2018 and 2019 when hardly a month would pass before the country would be shocked with a riveting murder tale involving adults.

Three weeks ago, a 17-year-old boy stabbed a 20-year-old man during a fight over a woman at Ndiru Trading Centre in Rangwe, Homa Bay County, for allegedly sleeping with his wife. The encounter degenerated into a fight.

During the argument, the boy who was armed with a knife overpowered the man stabbing him twice on the back.

He then disappeared into the night and was arrested the next day from his parents’ house. Bunde can count himself lucky to be alive today after getting caught up in a love triangle with the 17-year-old boy with his wife.

by NN


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Jehovah Wanyonyi’s followers now sacrifice beer, wheat flour to their ‘god’

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Hard economic times, coupled with the mysterious disappearance of their “god”, Jehovah Wanyonyi, five years ago has pushed the followers of the Lost Israelites sect to offer a sacrifice of wheat flour mixed with margarine and alcohol instead of their usual animal offering at their shrine.

The sect’s chief priest, Eliabu Masinde, said they have been forced to embrace cheap burnt offerings involving use of alcohol and wheat flour to appease their god.

Speaking during a service at the headquarters of the sect in Chemororoch village along the boundary of Uasin Gishu and Kakamega counties, Mr Masinde,70, said the new form of offerings has now become their way of worship.

“The sacrifice that we are offering at our alter is per the direction of Jehovah Wanyonyi to us through prophet Moses. We are using wheat flour and alcohol drinks due to hard economic times that our sect is facing,” said Mr Masinde

He said the offering of one of the popular beer brands as a sacrifice should not be seen as an ungodly act, claiming that it is scriptural according to their bible.

Followers of Jehovah Wanyonyi’s Lost Israelites sect in prayer during a sacrifice offering.

Titus Ominde | Nation Media Group

Covid-19

He said the offering is in tandem with biblical teachings and has not been occasioned by the current global Covid-19 pandemic. The sect believes that the pandemic is a punishment from God targeting evil doers.

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Mr Masinde, the chief priest in charge of the altar used at the shrine, said that the sacrifice — which involves the Tusker beer brand — has a sweet smelling aroma that pleases their ‘god’.

During the ceremony, Mr Masinde pours oil around the flour before setting it ablaze at their shrine which is protected with cemented wire mesh which surrounds the altar.

The elderly refuted claims that the effects of Covid-19 have led to their current way of sacrificing flour and beer to their god.

“Our members are holy people who obey the word of God and cannot be attacked by the coronavirus. The little sacrifice that we are offering to our god has no relationship with current challenges emanating from Covid-19,” said Mr Masinde.

Appeal for help

Ironically, he appealed to well-wishers to support their members meet requirements for making the sacrifices as well as building a modern place of worship.

“Just like any other church in Kenya, we call upon our leaders to support us the way they are supporting others through harambees and also buy for us animals to offer as a sacrifice,” said Mr Masinde.

Their spiritual leader, Jehovah Wanyonyi, disappeared mysteriously five years ago and is believed to have died and buried secretly.

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But the question of his whereabouts angers the chief priest.

“Stop nagging me about where Jehovah is. We have nothing new to tell you at the moment. All we know is that Jehovah Wanyonyi is alive and living at a serene place and soon he will come back to take us to his holy place,” said an agitated Mzee Masinde.

The sect’s followers believe their “messiah” might have gone to visit one of his many wives and will return to his faithful.

by Nation.africa


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