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Education Is No Longer A Key To Success In Kenya.

Walter Kiongozi

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Growing up in my rural village many years ago, I remember clearly my primary headteacher telling us every Monday to study so hard so that we can be able to a join good secondary schools which was like a breakthrough of pursuing good courses at the university. An entry to the university was every parent’s prayer as it was a sign of success and to be specific wealth. It was the most precious thing that joining the university could make a headline in the village.

There was value in education with every graduate receiving the respect he or she deserves as appreciation of hard work. What happened to Education as a key to success is a puzzle that everyone is trying to solve. In a country where the primary schools drop outs, KCSE grade ‘D’ graduates, sorry to say are advising and lecturing First class honors graduates on how to cope up, survive and succeed in real world is an indication that things are changing and the norm is no longer normal.

As an engineering student at the University of Nairobi, Kenya’s premier University, I have spent 5 years in class and engineering labs acquiring skills which I believe are relevant in the corporate world and necessary in the job market. Unfortunately, my work is being offered to a diploma or certificate graduate who is not only believed to be affordable but also easy to handle, demote and fire anytime without an explanation.

Any graduate has a prize on his head which employers don’t like. There is no longer respect and honor in education. The degrees and academic papers are only admired by those who do not have them and the majority who have the qualification are a disappointed lot because the papers they are holding are not adding value to their life. In a country where without a ‘god father ‘you will walk around with your degree or masters until social media or a good Samaritan comes to your rescue is a society which does not value education.

Ever asked yourself why a son of an engineer will pursue engineering, a daughter of a lawyer with pursue law and an economist will make sure his child goes in the same field? It is called maintaining the roots and strengthening the plant. What of that poor son or daughter who hails from a rural village somewhere with no god father or no one in the field he or she studied. Will that poor child ever be employed? Is there hope? What happened to the respect of the mighty degrees?

Having a tall relative has not only killed the basic foundation of employment criteria but also weakened the educational systems of the country. That is why it is no longer a surprise to find an engineer working in a hospital as a nurse, a theologian owning an engineering consultant firm and an anthropologist advising people on what they should do with their money. It is not your qualification anymore it is who you know.

What now?

I think it is a high time our lovely teachers stop feeding children at a young age that Education is opens the door to success. It no longer the key to the door; it is a key to the gate of success; more is needed to get to the door of success and who knows maybe that padlock got lost. Having a lot of knowledge in class is not a guarantee of success in life. Passing all your exams and getting a first-class honor is not a surety of securing a job in Kenya. Our children should be advised and nurtured to be smart both in class and outside class. Let a student not got to games with a C.R.E test book pretending to be reading for exam, let a student not go to drama, environmental or journalism clubs with a physics encyclopedia pretending to be the most hardworking person. the society we are living in does not require hardworking and bright people, it needs intelligent and smart people fully of diversity who can discovered what is not taught in school.

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Top 5 Oracle of Omaha (Warren Buffet) Money Tips.

Kevins Jerameel

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Talk about money everyone becomes attentive for it is a measure of work done and wealth. All and sundry do want to have money notwithstanding their tribe, culture, region, religion or clan.

As some do say money is not everything but the only thing. Want to ever make wise investment decisions that will lead to financial freedom? That is what Warren Buffet, commonly known as Oracle of Omaha has been doing for several years now, making him among the top ten billionaires in the world.

Whether you are poor at the moment or not happy about the money, it is within your pocket, the wisdom of Oracle of Omaha will ring true as you work to make best choices for your situation.

Take these tips to that bank;

  1. Fear in others is an opportunity for you.

A climate of fear is an ideal period for investors. Those who invest only when commentators are upbeat end up paying a heavy price for meaning less reassurance. Keep your head about you when others decide with fear and you will find value at every turn.

  1. Invest in what you understand

Any investment you make you have to make sure you comprehend it fully failure to which you will cry later. Even if you find a good investment and you do not understand how it works stay away from it.

  1. Maintain a healthy origin

We do definitely pay a steep price to maintain our financial strength. Holding enough cash to get you through times of uncertainty in your business has the same result of keeping you free from fear-based blunder. Figure out the number you need to keep safe in order to sleep well at night.

  1. Concentrate on long term results

Have that delayed gratification mentality, I do know it is hard but it pays a price the end of the tunnel. Think of involving on land, shares, money market fund name it. Have that vision of about 10-15 years from now, it will pay.

  1. Take full responsibility for your investment decisions

Each success or failure of your investments take it on a personal angle and be responsible for your decisions.

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Understanding Art Piece Collection Value In The Market

Dennis Kamau

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You probably have had a trigger of suspense when art is mentioned either in the movies and you wonder how to value them? Well there are a number of factors to consider when valuing an art piece.

Unknown to individuals when it comes to art, is the value that art piece carries on matters concerning the monetary value. The most important factor when valuing an art piece is the artist of the work.

A piece of work that has been produced frequently by an artist will have a high monetary value than an art piece done by a new artist. Also, works that was produced as old art collections have a quite good impression as they tell a story of occurrence of that season and whether it represents their work.

Subject of work may narrow or broaden the market of buyers as more private buyers are purchasing art directly from the artist (primary market). Certain subjects always attract more clientele than others. Like an art piece of a beautiful lady will sell better or the big five animals than a portrait of an old man.

Subjectivity of work is not a factor that is independent but depends on the drive of demand of buyers. If the demand is high the prices increases. The commercial value of art piece depends on collective intentionality similar to currency.

On a different scale, sizes matter where even though the artist may feel that a small size is efficient the buyer perception is different.  Art piece with big size are expensive in the market like a wonderful sculpt that can sit at the backyard of an individual or next to the welcoming door of the house.

The type of materials used in an art piece can greatly increase the price, Leonard Davinci Mona Lisa painting holds the highest value insurance for a paint, its custodian is the museum. Art is being redefined from the beginnings of illusionist painting to complex photography with binary digits and also, sculpture designs. We humans tend to try and tell a story of what the impression an artist had when coming up with an art design.

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Ruby Ninah -How Business Cards Only Helped This Young Entrepreneur to Build Her Entertainment Business

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When we think about music, what comes to mind is the successful musicians with hit songs and how much they made in their albums. Success in music has been left to mean famous, trending, collaborations, giving back to society and sometimes even scandals. But today we tell a story of one Ruby Ninah who interprets music differently and how she managed to kick off a different kind of music career and is doing very well at it.

Ruby, a musician, is also the founder and CEO of Ruby Ninah Entertainment (RNE) a company that specializes in live music for corporate events,  dinners and gala events. Her main genre being JAZZ.  RNE was started in 2016 with nothing but a couple of business cards and a bunch of friends. Ruby says that what pushed her into starting her own company was because she found herself in a place of lack. No job, no money and that right there became her defining moment. A recipe to launch into the unknown and believe that it will work out alright.

One thing about Ruby is that she does not subscribe to the division of music in terms of secular or gospel. ”I do not comply to the idea of dividing music into gospel or secular because I think its very relative. I believe every other profession never ties down someone to the two. We do not have gospel bakeries or secular butcheries. Therefore, for me, my call is to sing songs bigger than secular or gospel. I sing songs that speak to the souls. Songs that heal and restore the souls of people.” With this, most of her songs have an emancipating value that can be heard anywhere, which is a plus for business.

It goes without saying that many business entities have challenges and this Ruby’s is not an exception. Considering jazz music has been male dominated for a long time, gaining access to potential clients can be very challenging. Coupling that along with her potential clients stereotyping her as a struggling artists because she chose to do live gigs as opposed to doing music like other artists has been quite a journey. Also her partners have been a challenging batch over the years.

Ruby tells a story of a time she had a gig and her sound guys decided to bail on the day of the event because she couldn’t pay deposit despite the fact that they had agreed to settle the bill after the gig was done. ”Despite these challenges I have learnt to be very objective about what happens. I go in with a mindset of doing business and whatever happens in between is a lesson to learn,” she says.

One of the biggest gigs for Ninah was on 20th September 2018 because for the very first time she got an opportunity to network with so many people. ”It was my first cooperate event and I feel like the connections I created there have been the ones that have enabled me to get better. Because some of them called me for more work. I also handled cash for the first time which was also a great thing.”

One of the things that motivates Ninah to keep building towards making her business bigger is the fulfillment she gets when she is on that stage. ”There is a way I feel when am singing. Its electric. Just being able to carry a crowd and touch their lives through the sound I release is everything to me,” she says. She looks forward to be an ultimate service provider for live jazz music and manage artists to the best of her ability.

For Ruby the music industry can do better in the side of management. One thing that is important for Ruby is having good managers who can continue to build the brand and sell the artist as they focus on doing what they do best which is sing. The industry should be open and get rid of the ‘I want it all mentality’. It is important to have professional people who can help you run your career and build it up other than a person as an artist being their everything. Also, the classification of songs could kill the the spirit behind the song. The industry should give more room for the songs to find a proper footing and be expressed in their rawest form without trying to classify into gospel or secular, but rather receive the song for what

”My mantra, hmm I could mention two. One is from the bible: Psalm 116:7 and it says:Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. This means everything to me because i can connect my faith to what i do and be assured that God will always come through for me no matter what happens. The second is this, the world owes you nothing. So go out there and do you and be unapologetic for it. There will never be another you. So live your life to the full. And that is what Ruby and RNE function on.”

Five things Ruby says have made her thrive in her business this far are:

  1. Stay true to yourself

Be authentic and live life being the best version of yourself. At the end of the day you only have one life and you cannot afford to live it trying to be someone you are not happy with.

 2. Believe in your magic

There is magic that happens when we all do what we are called to do. Believe in it and do it.

3. Don’t take it personally it’s business

Sometimes as you do business, people will offend you. Do not take it personally. It is business, things go wrong. Be easy and let go.

4. Network

If you are going to be effective and do well in business, you have to have a good connection with people. Create good rapport with everyone. People will always remember how you made them feel and either recommend you or not.

 5.Be nice

It doesn’t matter who it is. Always be nice to everyone. You never know who you will need to help you in future.

Story done by Arlene Ayiera for Inversk on March 13 2019.

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