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A-book-a-week project boosts reading culture, _ in Nyandarua ‘



Josephat Muhia had always toyed with the idea of starting a library. Deep down his educator’s mind, he knew there was room for a community library in his part of Nyandarua county, a brook from which would flow the knowledge and succor that book lovers yearned.

But Mwalimu, as he is known, would always shelve the idea, figuring that it wouldn’t work, or that the timing was wrong, or that people in his neighborhood would give his concept a lukewarm, disheartening welcome. So, when Covid-19 struck in March and the fate of schooling hung on the precipice, Mwalimu knew time was ripe; the iron was hot, and he promptly struck his hammer “I started in April,” Muhia told People Dally. “For subscriptions, I started by approaching people I knew. They were convinced, and it worked.”

Thus was borne the Masomo Bora Community Support Library, located along the Flyover-Njabini highway, just a stone’s throw away from the junction to Thika. This library caters to the needs of all readers, with specific emphasis on school-going children. It stocks a growing array of books, ranging from storybooks to Christian and motivational literature.

Inside the library, which is partitioned to accommodate a general supplies shop on one side, Muhia has stacked volumes of books from floor to ceiling.

”come pick read and return ”urgesa notice that Muhia has circulated in the neighborhood of Magumu ward, Nyandarua county. Due to Covid-19 rules, he has been cautious not to accommodate readers in the space; so, he strictly operates on a take-away policy. Learners can borrow books for a maximum of one week, and Muhia explains why.

f you exceed one week, then that book isn’t helping you. I usually tell parents that I give one week because it compels the learner to read during that [short] period.

If you bought the same book for your child, they would probably never read it knowing the book belongs to them, and they have all the time in the world,” he says.

The one-week deadline, Muhia says, also lessens wear and tear, as it minimises handling and discourages borrowers from giving books to third parties. He says that, thankfully, his borrowers have so far maintained the books well.

“Kids can be careful with books, so I don’t’ have much to worry about. It is, especially so with children with the initiative to come and borrow. Such children are likely to know the value of books and respect them,” adds Muhia.

A teacher by training, Muhia has also published a book, You Believe, You Achieve, a motivational treatise that urges one to scale the heights of their ambition buoyed by sheer belief in their competencies, and not to be discouraged by fleeting distractions along the way.

Boxing referee The library was easy to start. Given that he already operated a bookshop in the area, the launch was almost effortless. He says it is more a product of his magnanimity rather than rapacious drive

of an entrepreneurial mind in the face of calamity. Admitting the bookshop offered more handsome financial returns,muhiasays the library accords him the benefit of greater fulfillment when he sees the social impact.

“Today, I can lend a dictionary worth thousands of shillings to multiple learners. It works better that way, for everyone’s good.” The concept, he says, is grounded on this personal philosophy.

“When a boxing referee raises the winner’s hand, the referee is also part of the winner’s victory, despite not being an active participant in the bout. People will acknowledge that two hands were in the air. When people benefit from your initiative, you, too, become part of their success, and the world will honour you for that.”

Some of the library’s staunch members include college students and the elderly, particularly the retired senior members of society.

“I get occasional request from shopkeepers for recreational books to read as they while the time away. Some retirees have stayed home for long, without access to books.

Recreation centre Such a person may visit the library and pick a volume by Chinua Achebe, to read and recollect their memories from days gone by. An elderly friend made me look for Abunuwasis Tales, saying it would remind him of his childhood, and that inspired my books collection catering for the elderly,” Muhia explains.

Membership fee to join the borrowers’ list at Masomo Bora Community Support Library is Sh500.

“The principal reason for this fee is for the child to appreciate the seriousness of this initiative. We actually don’t charge seniors, because the assumption is they can be responsible,” he explains. At the time of our interview in late August, the library’s membership was at 48 children.

In future, Muhia envisages a larger space to serve as a recreational centre, to incorporate the library and a few fun activities, mostly tailored for the young and the young at heart. The recreational centre shall be drug free, he emphasises.


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Tricky’s not-so life experience funny



Dressed in his characteristic baggy grey coat, a red shirt and a short trouser that barely reaches his ankle, Francis Munyao aka MCA Tricky convincingly brings the street boy persona to the stage. But not many people know that behind his chokora persona, the stand-up comedian is a university graduate, a radio host, and a master of ceremonies (MC).

His mother, Anne Kasivi, a farmer in Makueni still marvels at her last born’s achievements. Tricky has managed to settle the family in a good house and make their lives comfortable, one of the things that he considers to be his greatest achievements in life.

For now, his stunt as a social media influencer has been his anchor during this tough Covid-19 period. His YouTube channel MCA Tricky TV has 250,000 subscribers, while both his Instagram and Facebook channels have over one million followers, which has made the 27-year-old a highly sought out influencer.

“He has an upcoming YouTube talk show that has a touch of comedy dubbed ‘Step by Step’. The show is meant to inspire young people to make use of their talents,” narrates Anne

Anne recalls how tough life was raising her three children. Together with her husband, they did menial jobs in the village. As their children grew older, they would too join in the hustle.

“We would clear bushes and cultivate a farm for Sh100,” she says.

Borrowed stuff

But though her son’s childhood was riddled with poverty, Tricky was a bright student. He began school at Ikungu Primary School, Makueni in 1998 until 2005 when a headmaster from Kiambani Primary School, Makueni, poached him.

“He received full scholarship in the boarding school. I remember borrowing my brother’s old bag for Tricky to carry his school belongings with since I couldn’t afford a new bag,” she recalls.

Even with the hardships, Tricky still managed to hold first position. Since Anne had sold all their goats and chicken to pay for Trickys’ elder sibling’s fees, she had no extra money for bus fare to visit his son, hence she would walk 50 kilometres to see him.

“When at Ikungu, there was one time pupils were going for an educational trip to Mombasa and they were paying Sh600. That was a large sum of money for us to raise, but the headmaster surprised him by paying for his trip. I remember packing for him some sticks to brush his teeth since he didn’t have a toothbrush. For shoes, we borrowed my neighbour’s, but they were big in size,” he says.

The stand-up comedian passed his national exam with flying colours, emerging top two in Makueni county in 2007.

He was sponsored to study in Masai Boys High School in Nairobi, but after Form One, the scholarship ended and that’s how he found himself in the streets of Nairobi.

“The year 2008 was one of the darkest moments in his life, something he doesn’t want to talk about. I didn’t know about him being a chokora. I guess he didn’t want to worry us or feel like he was troubling us,” she says.

He returned home in 2009 and joined Kiangini Secondary School, Makueni. But after an year, he got scholarship again and went back to his former secondary school in Nairobi. Come final exams, Tricky scored an A. He was absorbed in his alma mater as a teacher teaching science subjects.

“The challenges he has passed through in life equipped him to assist his students with their assignments as he would stay with them until late at night,” she reveals.

His monthly salary was around Sh6,000 from which he rented a house and further supported his family. Tricky later received his admission to join Kenyatta University (KU) and was required to pay Sh20,000, an amount he didn’t have. As a result, he deferred his studies.

“He was supposed to join KU in 2012 to pursue biochemistry, but he deferred and changed to mechanical engineering in 2013,” Anne says.

“He was the first person in our village to go to university. Here, he still was an A student and was loved by his lecturers. During long holidays, he would go back home and continue teaching.

It was in his second year that he became the vice chair of the Mechanical Engineering School Association. It was also in this year that his comedy and MC’s skills were honed when he joined the drama club,” she continues.

Breakthrough came

In 2014, Tricky joined Kenyatta University Travelling theatre, which was started by comedians Walter Mong’are and Tony Njuguna.

He became the chairman of the group after a year and through it, he would end up performing for president Uhuru Kenyatta, the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and many other dignitaries such as former US president Barack Obama in 2015.

He auditioned for Churchill Show in 2016. Though he failed in his first attempt, he sailed through the second audition.

What made him get the part was remembering a character who made his life bearable during that dark 2008 year.

“He wanted to show people that even during tough times, there is something one can learn from the situation,” she says.

His chokora role would eventually catapult him to fame. But some of his villagers and critics question his fast rise to fame and fortune. Some naysayers in the village think that he belongs to the famous illuminati cult. Some even thought that they had a jinni something that has made

Anne go slow with her neighbours. “Presently, the people he used to farm for are the ones farming for him. My son always tells us to never treat them the way they treated us and when he does shopping, he always tells us to share with those who stood with us during our tough moments,” Anne says in conclusion.


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Three qualities needed to succeed in the tech consulting space




I have seen a lot of people jump into the tech consulting bandwagon just because they heard that it pays well. It is true that IT consulting is one of the most well-paying careers, but also it comes with a lot of expectations.

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Magoha comes under fire for mixed message on opening date



A Member of Parliament is the latest stakeholder to criticise the Ministry of Education’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic that has paralysed learning in learning institutions.

National Assembly Education Committee chairperson Florence Mutua yesterday accused the ministry of failing to offer leadership. “A key ministry like that of Education that is looked upon by thousands of Kenyans should not be blowing hot and cold. We need a clear stand on issues,” said Ms Mutua.

The Busia Woman Representative joins a long list of education stakeholders who have previously railed at the ministry for “creating confusion” in the crucial sector, citing “inadequate consultations, inept messaging and lack of direction.”

According to the stakeholders, five months after President Uhuru Kenyatta shut all learning institutions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, the ministry has been responsible for raising anxiety levels in parents and learners owing to a poor communication strategy.

Even as the ministry came under fire, it emerged that Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has convened another stakeholders’ meeting for September 14 to review the reopening measures.

Those who are expected to be in attendance include members of teachers’ unions and associations, parents’ bodies, Teachers Service Commission (TSC), religious organisations and representatives from the Ministry of Health. The meeting follows a court ruling that suspended the TSC’s roll-out of a community-based learning programme in which teachers were expected to engage children and help them acquire practical life skills.

Justice James Makau stopped the programme after a parent accused the ministry of failing to subject it to public participation.

But nothing has elicited more debate and disgruntlement than the fate of national examinations and failure by ministry officials to fix a firm date when schools will reopen and learning can resume.

A well-attended education stakeholders’ meeting in July, chaired by Prof Magoha, resolved to declare this year’s academic calendar lost due to Covid-19 ?restrictions. The meeting agreed that this year’s national examinations be suspended to next year September, dealing a major blow to 1.8 million candidates who were expected to sit this year’s KCPE and KCSE test papers.

Online teaching The meeting also resolved that universities and colleges embrace online teaching with physical reopening limited to institutions that will have complied with the Health ministry’s Covid-19 protocols and regulations.


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