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About Edwin Nyakang'i

Am an easy going chap, the laid back type. I enjoy reading anything and everything, exploring the tech world, watching movies, listening to music and enjoying nature. I like being near the action, but not so close that I get caught up in it.

Download Owaah’s “The Man Who Sold a Country” PDF

Download Owaah’s “The Man Who Sold a Country” PDF

If you follow social media conversations actively then by now you may have heard of an explosive short story historian and political commentator Owaah penned.

Aptly titled “The Man Who Sold a Country,” the article lays bare the tribulations ordinary citizens are going through thanks to an incompetent President and his government.

Poor foresight, insatiable desire for money (read graft) and uncontrolled borrowing have burdened the country with loans that we did not really need in the first place.

This has set the country in a downward spiral and no one dares openly challenge the system because we have been systematically coached to never question authority.

Owaah rightly christens the nation, or what is left of it, The Lunatic Express. “We are a
slow, rickety, rusty, badly run and maintained train,” notes Owaah.

The article is not only a brutally honest dissection of our current state as a nation but also a challenge to see things as they are and stop living the lie that we are.

The article was first published on but the site no longer online, either by design or technical challenges.

You can however download it here

Read subsequent parts:

The Man Who Sold This Country

The Man Who Sold That Country

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Posted by on September 28, 2018 in Reviews


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Reading Aloud to Young Children Key in Shaping Communication Skills, Behaviour and Emotional Development

Reading Aloud to Young Children Key in Shaping Communication Skills, Behaviour and Emotional Development

Reading aloud to young children plays an important role in shaping their communication skills, behaviour and emotional development. Photo: Courtesy

Reading to children before tucking them in has been an age old tradition whose benefits transcend getting the little one to calm down and drift off.

Research has shown that reading to young children and playing with them aids in language skills, behavioural, social and emotional development.

Communication skills

Young kids primarily learn through interaction with their immediate environment. This means that how parents interact with young children largely affects their development of language skills.

According to early child development expert, Hirsh-Pasek, young children do not just learn from their environment, even animals can do that; they are able to understand people around them and interpret their intentions.

This ability to understand people and their intentions is key in honing communication skills among young children though shared attention. 

Research has shown that shared attention is pivotal in conscious human learning. It is the reason why young children do not learn how to communicate from audio, video or overheard conversations.

Positive behaviour and analytical skills

Reading to young children provides parents with fertile ground to educate them on principles of right and wrong. 

Findings from the study Reading Aloud, Play and Social-Emotional Development, published in the journal Paediatrics, show that reading to children when they are very young, from birth to 3 years, has an impact on behaviour.  

Dr. Adriana Weisleder, an author in the study, notes that in reading and playing, young children encounter situations that are more complex than what they are used to in normal life. Adults can help them think on how to manage such situations; hence improving their analytical skills.

“…engaging in more reading and play both directly reduces kids’ behaviour problems because they’re happier and also makes parents enjoy their child more and view that relationship more positively,” she adds. 

Dr Mendelsohn, another author in the study, points out that through reading and playing with their parents or caregivers, kids learn to control their behaviour when playing with other children.

Emotional development

Reading aloud and playing with children can help them think about characters, empathise with those characters and learn to describe feelings with words that are otherwise difficult. 

According to Dr. Mendelsohn, this equips them with the ability to control their own behaviour when faced with feelings such as anger or sadness.

These studies underline the importance of parents playing active roles in their children’s lives (such as reading and playing), especially from birth to 3 years of age when most learning takes place.

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Posted by on April 21, 2018 in Research, Resources


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How to Link MPESA with PayPal, Withdraw and Top Up

Linking Mpesa to PayPal

Safaricom has partnered with PayPal via TransferTo to enable Mpesa users withdraw or top up their PayPal accounts directly. 

However, you have to link your PayPal to your Mpesa account to use this service.

To link the accounts;

  • Go to and log in with your PayPal credentials.
  • Register to the service by entering your M-Pesa mobile number and click Link Accounts.
  • An SMS confirmation code will be sent to your phone, enter it and click Confirm to complete registration and link the accounts.

To Withdraw from Paypal;

  • You will need to specify amount in USD and then click Continue to Withdraw.
  • In the next screen you will see the amount to receive in your MPesa account in Kenya shillings. This amount is determined by current forex rates. 
  • You will receive a notification that the request has been received and will be processed within two hours. You will also receive the notification via SMS and email.

Mpesa receipt confirmation message

To top up your PayPal account via Mpesa;

  • Go to your Mpesa menu and select LIPA na MPESA and then PayBill.
  • Enter 800088 as the business number and your phone number as the account number.
  • You will receive an SMS confirming the amount added to your PayPal balance.
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Posted by on April 9, 2018 in Tips & Tricks


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Direct PayPal-Mpesa Transactions now possible: Paybill Number

Direct PayPal-Mpesa Transactions now possible: Paybill Number

PayPal users can now withdraw or load accounted via Mpesa

Safaricom has partnered with PayPal to enable Mpesa users make direct withdrawals or deposits.
Users can load their PayPal accounts via Paybill number 800088.

How to link PayPal with Mpesa, Withdraw or Top Up

For a long time PayPal users in Kenya had to rely on Equity bank for direct transactions.

The partnership now means direct PayPal-Mpesa transactions will be not only much quicker (within 2 hours), but also more secure.

There will be no transaction charges other than prevailing exchange rates and standard Mpesa Paybill charges.

Kenyan e-commerce enthusiasts had to rely on PayPal-Mpesa agents whose credibility they could not readily ascertain. Besides, these agents also charged a premium facilitation fee.

Some of the individuals set to benefit from this partnership include online shoppers, bloggers, gamers and freelancers.

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Posted by on April 9, 2018 in News, Technology


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Tecno Camon X, Camon X Pro: Technical Specifications and Price in Kenya 

Tecno Camon X, Camon X Pro: Technical Specifications and Price in Kenya 

Tecno’s Camon series is known for their camera-centric approach.

The just lauched Camon X, and Camon X Pro continue this tradition while taking care of other latest fads like the 18:9 display.

The all new Tecno Camon X Pro

Here are the technical specs:


The Tecno Camon X has 6.0-inch (18:9) IPS LCD HD+ display with a resolution of 720×1440 pixels.

The Camon X Pro’s display is FHD+ with a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels.

OS & Processor

The devices run on Android Oreo (8.1), layered with HiOS 3.3 and are powered by an Octa-core 2.0GHz processor based on the MediaTek Helio P23 chipset.

Graphics are powered by a Mali-G71 GPU.

RAM & Storage

The Camon X comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. It supports expansion via microSD of up to 128GB.

The Camon X Pro has 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.


The front-facing camera is an impressive 20MP shooter with dual-LED flash and is capable of recording 1080p video.

The Camon X Pro has a 24MP front-facing camera.

The primary camera is 16MP with ring-LED flash.

Network & Connectivity

The devices support GSM, HSPA and LTE network standards.

Connectivity is via Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/AF, hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct. Bluetooth v4.2 A2DP, LE. MicroUSB 2.0. GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS.


The Tecno Camon  X and Camon X Pro draw power from a 3750mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery.

Other Features

  • Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Face ID
  • Blink tech 


The Tecno Camon X retails at Ksh. 17,999. While the Pro version is retailing at Ksh. 20,000.

Also launched during the event are the Tecno F2 and Tecno F3.


Posted by on April 5, 2018 in Smartphones


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Huawei Y7 Prime 2018: Technical Specifications and Price in Kenya

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018: Technical Specifications and Price in Kenya

The Y7 Prime 2018 is a considerable improvement of it’s predecessor as Huawei aims to make it relevant in the fast-paced smartphone market.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 technical specifications

Here are its technical specs:

The Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 has a 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720×1440 pixels.

OS & Processors

The Y7 Prime 2018 runs on Android Oreo (8.0) layered with Huawei’s EMUI 8.0.

It is powered by an Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor based on the Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset.

Graphics are powered by an Adreno 505 GPU.

RAM & Storage

The device packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Storage can be expanded via microSD of up to 256GB 


The Y7 Prime 2018 sports a dual-lens primary camera (13MP + 2MP) capable of recording 1080p video at 30fps.

The secondary camera is an 8MP shooter.

Network and Connectivity

The device supports GSM, HSPA and LTE network standards.

Connectivity is via Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot. Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE. GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS. NFC (LPN-TL10).


The Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 draws its juice from a non-removable Li-Ion 3000mAh battery.

Other Features

  • Face unlock
  • Rear-mounter fingerprint scanner

Price in Kenya

The Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 is retailing in Kenya Ksh 16,999.

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Posted by on April 5, 2018 in Smartphones


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Huawei P20: Technical Specifications and Price in Kenya

Huawei P20: Technical Specifications and Price in Kenya

The Huawei P20. Image: Evan Blass

Chinese tech company is set to unveil their flagship smartphone(s) at an event in Paris shortly.

The Huawei P20, alongside the P20 lite and P20 Pro have been the subject of intense rumors in the mobile tech industry for a while now.

Reliable sources intimate that these will be the Huawei P20’s technical specifications.


The device will sport a 5.8 inch notched display with Full HD+ at 2240×1080 pixels.

OS & Processors

The P20 will run on Android 8.1 (Oreo) layered with Huawei’s EMUI 8.1.

The device will be powered by an Octa-core processor (4×2.36GHz Cortex A73 and 4×1.8GHz Cortex A53) based on the Kirin 970 chipset.

RAM & Storage

The device will have 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It will sport a microSD slot for up to 256GB.


The Huawei P20 will sport dual-lens primary camera (20MP + 12MP) and a 24MP secondary camera.


The device will draw its juice from a 3340mAh Li-Ion battery.

Other Features

  • Inbuilt HiAssistant (can execute voice-controlled commands such as increasing volume, brightness etc).
  • Huawei SuperCharge.


The Huawei P20 will start at about £640, which will translate to roughly Ksh. 85,000-90,000 once available in Kenyan stores.

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Posted by on March 27, 2018 in Reviews, Smartphones


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