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A Kibera Love Story

This is a fascinating love story between Sam from Kibera, a slum in the city of Nairobi, Kenya and Alissa from Minnesota, USA:

This has to be the love story of the year!!!!! Alissa is from Minnesota while Sam is born & bred from Kibera. So how did these two lovebirds come to meet?

Alissa had come to Kenya and for several months she had been working with the people living in Kibera. For several months as she took the Matatu (Public transport) home she would spot Sam, a young talented man who ran his own Africanised jewellery store just by the road side. One fine day, as Sam was having a banana next to his shop, he spotted a beautiful white lady seated on the right hand side of the Matatu. He was mesmerised by what he saw and with the last remaining 5 shillings that he had in his pocket, he decided to buy her a banana too. So he asked the nice lady at the shop for another banana and went to give it to the beautiful lady that he had just spotted. Luck was not on his side, since as soon as he got to the window next to where she sat, the matatu sped off. He ran after it but it was too late, the matatu had left and so had the girl of his dreams.

Kenyan Company Launches Social Media Sharing Card

Gigwapi, an online event listing service, has launched a cashless payment system and social media sharing card. The card, Gigwapi card, will be used to pay for tickets and goods at events:

The card holds your personal information and can automatically integrate to your social media profile. This provides a way to share your current physical engagements like check in, upload event pictures and messages to your follower on social media. All this is done by just tapping on designated kiosks – scan points – at an event.
Messages shared via the Gigwapi card will act as personal endorsements resulting in event organizers and brand sponsors getting advertising. It stands to make the brands talked about in the messages credible and relevant.

“If a kiosk is configured for check-in, once the card is tapped then it will automatically update the user’s Facebook page saying they have checked in at the event. If an event’s sponsor once to share or send a message online, once the card gets tapped the generated message will be shared through the card users page, and on this we are also working on ways to share revenue with the user.” says Kinyanjui Njonde, Co-founder of Gigwapi.

African Technology: The TechAfrique Project Assesses How Far It's Come

 Le continent africain apparaît comme la nouvelle frontière mondiale du développement numérique. Ce développement provoque une nouvelle impulsion entrepreneuriale en Afrique, et notamment en Afrique francophone. Mais ce potentiel reste très largement méconnu en Europe ainsi qu'en France. 

The African continent appears to be the new global frontier of digital development. This development has caused a new entrepreneurial impulse in Africa, particularly in Francophone Africa. But this potential remains largely unknown in Europe and in France.

To change this, Samir, author of the blog Startup BRICS [fr] that specializes in start-ups in the emerging countries, organized a field mission called the TechAfrique project to identify and list technology initiatives, start-ups, Fablabs projects, and other co-working places of tech creativity in Francophone Africa and Kenya.

2,715 schools to be Connected With Internet in Nairobi

2,715 schools in Nairobi, Kenya will soon be connected with free internet:

Wanachi Group has signed a $3 million (approx. 270m) deal with the Nairobi county, to connect 2,715 schools in Nairobi with internet.

The project was launched today and by June this year (yes, in 3 months), the pilot of 245 schools is expected to be done. After that the project will be evaluated and the second phase rolled out in three to five years.

“In addition to the free Internet, Wananchi will provide each school with a digital set top box for connection to a television for use in delivery of audio content to students. Pre-primary kindergartens will be equipped with a digital set top box and a small television,” said the release from Wananchi.

8 Things You Can Do With a Mango

Kenyan blogger Yoga David shows you 8 amazing things you can do with a mango:

This is the mango fruit season where mango enthusiasts live for this summery fruit. Maybe it’s that tartness of the fruit, or how perfect it tastes even when it’s just raw.

So here are our 8 Things to do with a mango you might consider doing.

Licuado

A traditional favourite of many, this is perfect for breakfast or anytime. Spoon mango, yogurt, juice, and any fresh fruit into a fruit blender and liquefy it to your preferred thickness. Add in a few cubes of ice and serve it as a chilly drink.

Savoury salad

A savoury salad comes with leafy greens, tomatoes and at times red onion. The salad is made even more flavourful with mango. Instead of salad dressing, top salad with slivers of mango and light oil.

Mango with lime and salt

A favourite treat, mango is prepared with lime and touch of salt, which is tangy and delicious. Cut cubes of mango in a cup; shake the cubes, salt and top liberally with fresh or bottled lime juice

Tech Talent and Expat Bubbles in Kenya

White African discusses tech talent and expat bubbles in Kenya:

Say you are a Kenyan web designer living in Seattle, do you think anyone cares that you came from Kenya? No, they only care that you are a great web designer.

If you’re an American programmer working in Nairobi, does anyone care that you come from the US? Yes, for some reason that matters. You’re judged on where you come from as well as your skill set.

It’s not apples-to-apples, though it should be.

Guide to Mushroom Farming in Kenya

This is a step by step guide to mushroom farming in Kenya:

Due to public demand, we took the initiative of compiling a guide to help farmers interested in starting mushroom farming in kenya

The mushroom farming process can be divided into several steps namely

1.Compost/substrate preparation

2.spawning

3.casing

4.fruiting/growth and harvesting

Vote for Your Favourite Kenyan Blogs

Voting has begun for Kenyan Blog Awards 2014:

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) has today [March 3, 2013] unveiled the nominees for the 2014 BAKE Kenyan Blog Awards. The Awards reward bloggers that post on a regular basis, have great and useful content presented in a creative and innovative format.
The nominees were selected by a panel of judges comprising of bloggers and media personalities.

The release of the nominees list begins the voting phase of the awards.

Voting will run from 3rd March 2014 and end on April 30th 2

014. You can vote for your favourite blogs through www.blogawards.co.ke/vote

An Info-Activism Tool-Kit on Women's Rights Campaigning

Tacticaal Tech's Info-activism Toolkit on Women's Rights Campaigning

Tactical Tech's Info-activism Toolkit on Women's Rights Campaigning

The Women's Rights Campaigning: Info-Activism Toolkit by Tactical Technology Collective is a new guide for women's rights activists, advocates, NGOs and community based organizations who want to use technology tools and practices in their campaigning. This has been developed in collaboration with advocacy organizations from Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Egypt.

This Toolkit has been customized from an updated version of two earlier toolkits: Message in a Box and Mobiles in a Box. The website will soon be translated into Arabic, Swahili, Bengali, and Hindi.

Kenya Blog Awards 2014 Open for Submissions

The 2014 BAKE Kenyan Blog awards is now accepting submissions until February 10, 2014. Users can vote online from March 1 to April 30, 2014 for their favorite blogs in 17 different categories, including the new additions of Best Health Blog and Best County Blog. 

Bake logo

Logo of BAKE. Image source: http://bloggers.or.ke.

The Kenyan Blog Awards, an initiative of the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE), seeks to reward bloggers that post on a regular basis, have great and useful content, are creative and innovative. Other categories include: 

  • Best Technology Blog
  • Best Photography Blog
  • Best Creative Writing Blog
  • Best Business Blog
  • Best Food Blog
  • Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog
  • Best Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog
  • Best Politics Blog
  • Best New Blog
  • Best Corporate Blog
  • Best Topical Blog
  • Best Sports Blog
  • Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog
  • Best Travel Blog
  • Kenyan Blog of the Year

Below is a video of the inauguration of the Kenyan Blog Awards:

Blogs can be submitted using this link.  

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