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BY GEORGE WACHIURI

Covid-19 pandemic has brought the whole world into a situation that was unprecedented and has never been experienced by anyone during our lifetime. Experts say that the cycle could take about more than another 8 weeks to overcome and we trust God that it will end at least earlier than that.

The fact is we are in it and we can only discover more about ourselves, our God, and our families as we cope with this temporal season.

As we remain vigilant and take extra caution to avoid being infected, below are three things that you and I can do during this season. These three things will change your life for the better and forever:

1. Discover/find your purpose in life: This Period gives us ample time to reflect, look at relationships with God, family, careers, employer & business. It is a time for us to realize that our lives are life short, we are limited and the world can suddenly become very small. It is time to love our country. It is now clear that each of us can only stay where we are regardless of the wealth that we possess.

It is time to plan, think, reflect as we globally recover from the Covid-19 effect.

What do love or would you love to do for free? Something whose motivation for you to do it is not the money you get from it but the impact you make. Remember that none of us can do everything. Get what you are best at.

This is the time people’s passion is seen in the open. Some work out of passion while others for end month pay. Employers are having time to watch those who have passion. Entrepreneurs are also thoroughly tested too. Why are you in business? It is time to recheck your motives, what are you very good? Do one thing and do it extremely well.
It is common knowledge that you cannot do everything, even the most Quoted Richard Branson has only 400 companies out of a possible million companies.

Just find what you are wired to do on earth. Find your niche today. Let that niche be towards adding value to the universe. Ask yourself today, what am I here for? Who am I? How is my future going to be? Am I in the right career? Make a decision today as you work from home. Remember you will be in the office soon.

This article at Huffpost will help you  in a great way  in discovering your purpose https://www.huffpost.com/entry/3-unexpected-ways-to-find_b_5176511 

2. Establish your spiritual foundation:
This is the time to check your relationship with your maker. I was happy to see Ben Carson lead prayers in Washington last week, I saw the Prime Minister of Italy stating that the help of Italy will only be from the skies, I presumed he meant from God. Our own head of State, President Uhuru Kenyatta, recently lead us in National prayers. King Solomon who is known as the Wisest King who ever walked on this earth talked of Vanity of Vanities if you are not right with God.

The plague we are experiencing now is one out of Pharaoh’s ten terrible plagues in Egypt. It could be worse but God has preserved us.

My basic call to all of us is to set a good base with God.

I am personally going through the whole Bible to understand Him more. Spending more time in prayer and fasting. This is doing great to me and you too can try it.

3. Reflect on the good side of the current crisis: We are in a world where negative information sells. Today, negative information comes fast and furious. You and I must make a choice to pick the good, see the good, take the good, watch the good and share the good. It is time to change the narrative that “No human is limited” to “Human is limited” and that indeed, it is only God who is not limited.

Take time to narrate the good side of the crisis, give preference to others, keep peace. Just check the great things you can do. I am personally able to do more blogs to encourage those who are not able to see beyond this very short crisis.

I wish you safety, peace of mind and just know that this is coming to an end. Remember, China was there and they are now back to their daily activities with negligible infections. Lift your eyes and see the Horizon. Prepare for the Vision that you perceive, beyond this current temporary situation.

George Wachiuri is a leading Kenyan 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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OptivenEnterprises/featured


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VIDEO: Optiven CEO opens up about growing up in abject poverty, doing laundry for fellow students

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George Wachiuri, the CEO of Optiven Limited, has opened up about a side of him few people know about. Despite having built a multi-billion Shilling Real Estate Company and becoming one of the most recognisable names in the field, Wachiuri has remained a humble servant, who says he views his customers as associates and greatly respects and values his work mates. 

In an interview with Jeremy Damaris of Kenya Diaspora Media, he tells of how he struggled, lost money and friends, before rebounding “by the grace of God.”

A Certified Public Accountant – CPA (K) and is a former Lecturer at Daystar University, his entrepreneurial spirit developed early, and was awarded the Entreprenuer of the year 1997 by the University of Nairobi.

He is currently a PhD candidate at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

He holds a Masters’s degree in Business Administration (University of Nairobi), and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing option) Degree from University of Nairobi.

Watch as he tells his amazing story in Gīkūyū


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‘Kikambala hotel bombing in 2002 changed our lives’

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The scars on Mercy Neema Mwagambo’s body are a stark reminder of what happened at Paradise Beach Hotel in Kikambala 18 years ago.

On November 28, 2002, a two-pronged terrorist attack hit an Israeli-owned hotel but missed a plane belonging to Arkia Airlines.

A vehicle crashed through a barrier outside the hotel on the Kilifi-Mombasa highway and blew up, killing 17 people and injuring 80 others.

Every year today, Neema and 13 victims of the attack and their families converge at the deserted hotel to pray for the souls of their departed relatives.

However, today could be the last annual ritual as the owner has put the hotel for sale.

Annual ritual

For Neema and other victims, it’s not clear if the prospective buyer would allow them to continue with this annual ritual.

It is an attack that left villages of Musumarini in Kilifi County destitute, negatively affected Israelis’ investments at the Coast and damaged the tourism sector.

“I am trying to sell this property even at a throwaway price,” said Yehuda Sulami, an Israeli, on phone from Tel Aviv, although he did not reveal the price.

Sulami claims that after the attack, there were efforts to push him out of business.

The former special forces officer said he had no money to compensate victims of the attack.

“I’ve faced an avalanche of litigation on compensation. There was no insurance cover on terrorism,” said Sulami.

It is the first time has spoken publicly on the matter.

He said while he sympathised with those who lost their loved ones or suffered injuries, he lost his lifetime investment and close friends and “there was no one to comfort me.”

Among the 17 who perished were 14 Kenyans and three Israelis. The deserted hotel is arguably the only remaining mark of Israel investment in Coast.

Prior to the attack, over 100,000 tourists from Israel had made Mombasa and Kenyan Coast their second home away from home.

“Arkia Airline used to bring in between 250-270 guests per flight. It had operated Mombasa route for close to seven years before the attempted missile attack,” said Sulami.

After the attack, the airline stopped flying the route and Israel investments at the Coast started dwindling.

Sulami claimed that what followed was a number of litigation and attempts to force them to close down the hotel.

“We became the target yet the Kenyan government had promised to assist the affected persons,” said Sulami, without providing any evidence of the alleged persecution.

The victims of the attack narrated to the Saturday Standard on how they were neglected by the Government and the owner of the hotel.

For instance, Neema cannot walk as her legs were seriously injured. She was working at the front office at the hotel.

On that fateful day, she was helping a guest check in as her colleagues were overwhelmed by the number of tourists.

“Had I remained inside the hotel at my work station, may be I would not have been injured this way,” said Neema.

November is a peak season for the tourism sector in Coast. On that day, as a group of 230 guests were leaving the hotel, another 250 tourists were checking in. All the guests were Israelis.

“I reported early for duty on that fateful day and was looking forward to a rather busy day since we had huge check in and check out for guests,” she said in an interview.

At the gate, a troupe of Girima dancers were doing their jig to bid goodbye to outgoing guests and welcome the incoming ones.

Most of the incoming tourists had already been ushered in to the waiting lounge at the reception but a small group had joined the traditional dancers.

“What followed was a huge bang followed by fire all over the Makuti-thatched hotel,” Neema said, adding that she found herself on the ground.

Neema could not walk so she crawled to the swimming pool. She had suffered serious burns allover her body and decided to jump into the swimming pool to cool herself.

“I was taken to hospital in Mombasa and later airlifted by a military aircraft to Israel for specialised treatment at Jerusalem Hospital. I spent four weeks receiving treatment for my broken legs and burnt face and back,” she said.

The Kikambala bombing incident also robbed the family of Mufidha Mohamed of its breadwinner, Wildred Oyaro Owuor, who used to operate a taxi business at the hotel.

“My husband suffered a ruptured stomach. He died 21 days after he was admitted at Pandya Hospital,” Mufidha says. She was breastfeeding Zaki, their last born now 18 years, when the attack happened.

She said with the death of her husband, she was left as the sole breadwinner to fend for her five children.

“It has not been easy for us all. I have tried to venture into business with very little success,” she said.

Today Mufidha, her children and a few other survivors will converge at the blast site to hold prayers and commemorate those who died.

“Today we shall go to the hotel which has now closed down to hold prayers. It is a ritual I’ll do until I meet him in the next life,” says Mufidha.

Dr Sam Ikwaye, Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (Kahc) Coast branch executive officer, says the events of the fateful day have had a long impact on Kenyan tourism.

Travel advisories

Dr Ikwaye says it is after the Kikambala bombing that key foreign tourists source markets started issuing travel advisories against Mombasa and the Coast region.

“This was the start of a very bad beginning for Kenyan tourism,” Ikwaye said.

He explained the Kikambala bombing marked the first time the industry experienced serious external shocks and has never fully recovered.

“Neighbouring nations too and the world experienced our pain years after we had suffered and today terrorism has been recognised as a threat not just synonmous with Kenya, but the world over,” he said.

Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo said it is unfortunate that no compensation was made to those who suffered the brunt of the terror attack.

“Both the national and county governments should be compelled to assist surviving families. This will not take away completely the suffering they have endured but will offer some sort of comfort to those affected,” said Justice (rtd) Madzayo.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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‘We had invested…’ Churchill reveals how the pandemic has hit him

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Comedian Churchill says just like any other business, coronavirus has hit him too.

Churchill, real name Daniel Ndambuki has been doing ‘The Journey Series’ on his TV show which is originally a stand-up comedy show that attracts thousands of viewers.

Speaking to Mpasho, Churchill revealed;

“We had invested quite some amount in the production of the show. And now, you can’t use that gear, you have to put all that aside. You cannot set up something so big for like 200 people, that is loss-making. It almost takes us to where we began. We remain positive though”

Adding;

“I am happy with all that is happening from all other comedians.”

Churchill said this after the launch of TuKo App, which he is the brand ambassador.

Churchill Photo By Charlene Malwa

by Mpasho.co.ke


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