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About eduzmi

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 Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House PDF

Download Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House PDF

Author and journalist Michael Wolff caught everyone by surprise when he released the book titled Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
The book is an explosive account of life and events that characterize what it is like to work for Donald Trump in the White House.

Wolff states that he witnessed some of the events he chronicles first hand, while the rest are culled from White House insiders he trusts.

Download the PDF version of the book here.

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Posted by on January 6, 2018 in Book Review

 

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Beyond Shades Part 13: Final Chapter

Beyond Shades Part 13: Final Chapter

Goodbye is the Saddest Word

The whole night I tossed and turned, trying to figure out what was going on with Sonia. Raj’s cold voice was testament that all was not well. At some point sleep overwhelmed me and I dozed off without changing into night clothes.

The following morning, I tried to call Sonia severally but I could not reach her. I sent text messages but none was delivered; leaving me with more questions than answers.

I tried to watch a movie but my mind kept on drifting to Sonia. I gave up and took an aimless stroll around Ngara. I kept bumping into people and mumbling ‘sorry’ as they stared back at me as if I had lost my mind. Others looked at me pitifully and nodded understandably.

I decided to turn back when the noon sun became unbearably hot. Back at the hostel I unplugged my phone from its charger, sat on Rashid’s bed and turned it on. Raj had sent a text awhile back. ‘Meet at Milk Palace, 3pm. Will be with Sonia.’

I did not understand why Raj would want to meet me in the company of his sister. Or why Sonia would want us to meet in the presence of Raj; especially given the frosty relationship I had with him lately.

I took a cold shower, had lunch at Mama Karis’ and took a nap to while away time as I waited for the appointed hour. No sleep was forthcoming, so I just stared at the ceiling, ruminating over the issue at hand.

I concluded that Sonia’s aunt must have reported her to her parents. Her warm demeanour must have been fake; it was just to make us feel at ease and unsuspecting of the eventuality her family was planning.

Sonia’s parents must have been taken aback and their worst fears confirmed; their daughter was seeing an African boy.

They must have confiscated her phone and Raj made the de facto aide de camp. He was to shadow her wherever she went to ensure she did not meet with me secretly.

About a quarter to 3pm I got out of bed, slid into casual slacks and made my way to Milk Palace. I took a seat at a table on the outside corridor because it was much cooler there.

A few minutes later Raj passed by and almost went into the café until I called out. Sonia was meekly following him. Her eyes were red and puffy. She must have been crying the whole time.

We saluted casually, Raj wasted no time.

“Edwin, we’ve been friends for some time now and I would hate myself if I didn’t afford you the opportunity to say your byes in person.”

“Byes? What do you mean?” I interjected.

“Sonia is leaving to further her studies in India.” He dropped the bombshell.

I just sat there shell-shocked, I tried to utter words but none would come out. Raj continued.

“It is a sudden decision my dad and mom reached after my aunt told them of your romantic involvement with Sonia here.” He said gesturing to his sister.

“Am sorry this is happening to you guys but you know how our parents view these thing. I tried my best to keep it from them”

Raj was pretending to be civil here, deep down I could feel he was relieved. He was not exactly the biggest fan of our brief and restricted relationship.

Sonia kept quiet all this time, throwing painful glances at me and then biting her lower lip and looking away as she fought back tears.

“I will give you guys space to talk.” Raj said as he stood after an eternity of awkward silence.

I watched him walk over to the entrance and pretend to study the portraits that adorned the milky white walls.

“I leave the day after tomorrow. My dad has a plane ticket ready.” She said painfully.

I kept quiet because at this point I did not know what to say. I did not know how I was supposed to live without her. I had already envisioned our future, and I used to paint the picture to her in our conversations.

We would giggle and promise never to let each other down, to fight for the relationship no matter what.

I sat there shell-shocked. I could not make head or tail of what Sonia had just told me. I was subconsciously aware of Raj’s outline as he impatiently paced a few meters from where we sat.

I looked up at the fan above as it spanned wildly, it held my gaze for a while before I lowered my focus to the dandelions spilling over from the brown suspended flowerpots. My eyes travelled down farther and rested on a nice mosaic of two doves on a dry twig.

One was affectionately pecking something from the other’s neck. I imagined them being us—Sonia and I. I do not know how long I stared at them but it must have been quite long because Sonia’s hoarse voice startled me from the trance-like state.

“I don’t know what to do.”

“Let’s elope.” I told her with lit eyes.

She stared at the floor as she played with an edge of her sari. “You know we can’t.”

She said, almost inaudibly, avoiding eye contact at all costs.

She was right. I didn’t have any money to my name. My parents could not accommodate us, leave alone entertain the thought of me marrying while still in college.

Another eternal lapse of silence as a million and one thoughts raced through my mind.

“Please say something,” she implored, her teary eyes gnawing at the core of my very being.

I stared at her for a while. I had mixed feelings over what she had just told me. I was quite confused and did not know what to say.

“I wish I had something to say,” I replied as calmly as possible, trying hard not to sound accusatory—though that is exactly how I felt. I felt she had led me on all this time, knowing this moment would come.

That she was being carted away to a far off land where I would not have the opportunity to ever see her again.

With a heart weighing tons, I stood up. She stood up too. Looking into my eyes longingly. I went round the table and hugged her tightly.

I pressed my eyelids shut and a few tears squeezed out. I felt like howling but I somehow managed to contain myself.

We rocked for a while, oblivious of the curious stares we drew from the café’s patrons. When I opened my eyes they met Raj, he was looking at us arms akimbo. He looked away and run his hand through his hair.

Eventually we let go of each other, albeit reluctantly. We walked to the door and Raj extended his hand.

“Am sorry about everything man.” I shook it and nodded.

He took Sonia’s hand and led her to the Volvo, parked across the road. He opened the passenger door for her. She got in and immediately slumped forward and put her head between her hands as her shoulders shook.

I watched Raj reverse into the road and turn the car for their home. The pitiful looks I was drawing from those who had followed the unfolding events were anything but comforting.

I dragged my heavy feet from the establishment and trudged over to the hostels. No one was in the room, thankfully. I climbed onto my bunker, pressed my head into the pillow and let out a mighty howl.

Through the dusty window next to bed, I watched the sun set, together with the dreams of a union beyond shades.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2017 in Fiction, Romance, Short Stories

 

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20 Inspiring Business Quotes from Successful Icons

20 Inspiring Business Quotes from Successful Icons

The world’s most successful people will often remind us that the journey to the top is not a smooth ride. Be it they made their money from toil or inherited fortunes, they hard to make some hard choices along the way.

Some of them have been gracious enough to share some titbits from which we can pick precious lessons as we endeavour to make our mark in the business world. Here are some.

  1. Do not be afraid to give up the good for the great. – John D. Rockefeller
  1. Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that matters. – Winston Churchill
  1. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Do not it were easier; wish you were better. – Jim Rohn
  1. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill
  1. If you look really close, most overnight successes took a long time. – Steve Jobs
  1. Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. – Richard Branson
  1. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney
  1. Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit. – Conrad Hilton
  1. If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney
  1. The secret to success is to do the common thing uncommonly well. – John D. Rockefeller Jr.
  1. You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it. – Oprah Winfrey
  1. Great things in business are not done by one person. They are done by a team of people. – Steve Jobs
  1. A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. – Henry Ford
  1. A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well. – Jeff Bezos
  1. There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you have been in the business. – Oscar De La Hoya
  1. The first rule of any technology applied in business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. – Bill Gates
  1. In business, the rear-view mirror is always clearer than the windshield. – Warren Buffet
  1. Great companies are built on great products. – Elon Musk
  1. Honesty or simple honesty is the building blocks upon which our whole society is based, and business is a part of our society, and it’s integral to the practice of being able to conduct business, that you have a set of honest standards. – Kerry Stokes
  1. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. – Richard Branson
 
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Posted by on November 22, 2017 in Quotes

 

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How to Check 2017 KCPE Results

How to Check 2017 KCPE Results

Education CS Fred Matiang’i has surprised many with the sudden release of Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Results, something that’s becoming characteristic of the tough-talking Matiang’i.

Education CS Fred Matiang’i releasing the KCPE results

The top student scored 455 marks out of a possible 500.  Over 9,000 students scored over 400 marks.

To check results, SMS index number to the short code 22252. Each SMS will be charged Kshs. 25.
The results will be later uploaded to KNEC port http://www.knec-portal.ac.ke/

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2017 in News

 

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WATWB: Samburu Warriors Who Rescue and Protect Elephants

WATWB: Samburu Warriors Who Rescue and Protect Elephants

The animal-human conflict is as real as it can get in Kenya. Local dailies are never short of headlines on elephants straying into farmland and destroying crops. Or lions attacking herds of sheep in their enclosures.

While the government has made radical steps to minimize this conflict, eliniminating it altogether has been an uphill task owing to shrinking pasture lands and periodic spells of biting drought.

Recently, ranchers have found themselves at a crossroads with pastoralists who have defied even security forces intervention to bar them from grazing their animals in conservancies. Deaths have taken place on both sides as this ugly tussle for precious pasture rages.

Herders with their cattle near zebras

For this reason, it is uncommon to find individuals caring for wild animals out to compete for natural resources with them. Nonetheless, a bunch of Samburu warriors have taken the initiative of working with the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary to rescue elephants that get stuck in water holes and get left behind by their herds.

During the dry months pastoralist communities follow elephants as they scavenge for water in dry riverbeds. They then dig deep wells, up to 15 feet, as they look for water.

Sometimes elephants stumble and get stuck in these wells. A group of Samburu warriors often rush to the cries of stuck elephants and help them out. They then care for them until they’re reunited with their herds. Sometimes their efforts end up happily, sometimes they do not.

Case in point is when Lolngojine and Lemojong rescued Kinya, an elephant calf, and nursed it as they waited for its herd to come back. When the herd failed to turn up they took it to the sanctuary and continued to care for it. Unfortunately it died before it could be reunited with its family .

While what the crop of Samburu warriors is doing might seem inconsequential at this point, it’s a sure promise of a transformation of how humans related with wild animals in an environment where competition for natural resources is cutthroat.

Read a detailed version of the story here

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This post is part of the We Are The World Blogfest, a monthly event created by Damyanti Biswas and Belinda Witzenhausen to showcase stories of hope and light. This month’s cohosts are Shilpa GargBelinda Witzenhausen, Guilie Castillo, Sylvia McGrath, and Mary Giese.

Click HERE to check out the rules of the blogfest and feel free to sign up at any time.

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2017 in Environment, Uncategorized

 

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#WATWB – ResqueBnB: Bringing Together Victims and Volunteers Amid Post-Poll Chaos in Kenya

#WATWB – ResqueBnB: Bringing Together Victims and Volunteers Amid Post-Poll Chaos in Kenya

The August 8th presidential elections turned out to be a fierce dynastic contest pitting the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta against his rival, formidable opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The outcome, where the electoral commission declared Uhuru Kenyatta winner, led to pockets of protests across the opposition leader’s strongholds.

Police responded to the protests with deadly force, leading to an unknown number of deaths. Human rights groups put the number of deaths at twenty four while opposition leaders put the figure at over a hundred.

In the wake of this brutality, some families were forced to run away from their homes, citing cases where police broke into people’s houses to brutalize them. Those who ran from their dwellings were essentially stranded given that most did not have secondary residences.

While some chose to sit back and blame the victims for being ‘violent protesters,’ Kenyan developer Tevin Otieno and colleague Miss Nyawira came with ResqueBnB, a collaborative endeavor between social media users and humanitarian volunteers to connect stranded victims with willing hosts who can accommodate them for an unspecified period. The initiative has also overseen collection of cash and food donations. The groups activities are also coordinated via their Twitter handle @ResqueBnB. A more detailed description of the initiative can be found here.

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We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world.

This month’s co-hots are Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, and Mary J Giese,

For guidlines and how to join, click here

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2017 in Inspiration, Lifestyle, News, True Stories, Uncategorized

 

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Kenya Media Blacks Out Post-Poll Chaos

Some parts of Kenya broke into song and dance as chaos and mayhem rocked others following the IEBC’s declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the just concluded, hotly contested presidential elections.
Reports of people being being shot and brutalised started streaming into social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp and Telegram shortly after the electoral commission declared Uhuru the duly elected president.

Images of people shot dead, particularly from the lakeside town of Kisumu, a bastion of opposition leader Raila Odinga, were shared widely.

Conspicuously though, none of these incidences has made it to mainstream local media, pointing to a deliberate effort to black out such news.

Here are some posts on popular social platforms:

Meanwhile some supporters of the ruling party could not restrain from gloating.

While some goverment sympathizers have accused the opposition, pointedly Raila Odinga, for not calming their supporters, it is clear from the video below that is not the case. Opposition leaders were earlier in the day talking to supporters when they were attacked by police.

Despite videos and photos telling a contrary tale, Cabinet Secretary for Interior Security Dr. Fred Matiang’i as well the police spokesperson have said police are acting within the law to deal with looters and that no live bullets have been used. In the video below police officers are clearly breaking into someone’s house while calling for them to come out. Clearly contradicting the statement that police are not brutalising innocent civilians.

It remains to be seen if Uhuru will commit to unite a Kenya so polarised along tribal lines that it’s threatening to tear apart at the slightest provocations.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2017 in News

 

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