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Forget you owe me

It's yet another day, and you may be one of the few working hard, or the many relaxing and enjoying the fruits of labour (theirs or someone else's).

Then you get a call, or someone interrupts you. Things for the person are very thick, and they need an emergency loan. "See what you can do". Alternatively, they may be wanting to expand their business, which they copied from the one doing well across the street. After all, if its doing well across the street, or next door , it will do well here.

Some, like your neighbour, may be rude enough to knock at your door on Saturday morning, and after you take enough man hours to get to the door and respond, you find that they are sorry for waking you up. You then find out that they need some money to pay their house-help which they do not have, and you been very eager to get back to sleep, make the mistake of lending them double the money, change to be returned immediately and the rest by the end of the day.

As for your frien…

China Lessons: How to catch up in innovation

In my last blog post, we learned from the Chinese how we can be entrepreneurs by making up for what nature will not adequately supply. Well, like Kenyan TV stations and their Geoecopolitical features (Geographic-economic and political) features, one feature about a certain area is not enough, and we need a series of them, case in point, Southern Sudan). In short, we are now returning to China.

We are barely halfway through the first month of this year, and barely scratched this decade, but a lot has happened, in China, that is.

The United States once thought that China, fast becoming an economic superpower, was still catching up military wise. The US military predicted that the earliest China would test a stealth plane would be the start of the next decade. Well, they were wrong, by almost a whole decade.

China in early January "secretly" tested a stealth aeroplane in a publicly viewable field.

In related news, the Americans were busy conducting naval tests in the Far Ea…

The Chinese way to become an imaginative entrepreneur

How enterprising can one get?The Oxford Dictionary describes an entrepreneur as a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. A very simple definition. Most of us aspire to make money in life, and to be our own bosses, hence we can safely assume that most of us aspire to be entrepreneurs.

However,most of us start off employed as we wait to kick off our entrepreneurship skills, skills which we never end up practising. Some of us, when employed, try out some form of entrepreneurship through small scale businesses, such as card making, drawing, cooking mandazis or chapos etc.

Well, you may argue that during creation, they may have forgotten to bestow you with a certain skill or talent that you can practise for some loose change. At the same time, you may also claim that you were not born with a silver spoon, be it a table or tea spoon, in your mouth hence your capabilities to try out any business are limited.

At the same time, you will…