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African gods: President's and CEOs

Every Sunday, African streets are thronged with people gong to church, dressed in their best outfits, coincidentally referred to as Sunday Bests. Even children are not left out in the madness as they are decked in colourful outfits and dressed as miniature adults. Those who do not go to church are frowned upon, and seen as wrong doers and society evil bringers. Africa really puts its trust in God, however, this is mostly limited to a single day in the week.

For other days of the week, Africa prefers to have its other gods, its presidents. In several African countries, the president is an ageing man. His age is not the only thing that is greater than that of most of the population, the number of years that he has been in power is also greater than the age of majority of the population.

The last such president we had in Kenya went by the name of Daniel Toroitich arap Moi. This was a god who you could not speak ill about, for a long time. News bulletins on radio and television began wit…

Samsung launches Chatter application in Kenya

Kenyans who like speaking as speakers adress social events and functions now have a reason to smile, or more precisely to chatter away even more. This is after the launch of the Samsung Chatter application in Kenya. The product was launched by Samsung Kenya deputy Managing Director, Robert Ngeru, on Tuesday evening at Mercury lounge at the ABC Place, along Waiyaki way.

Fareed Khimani was also present at the event, however, for a different launch of the Samsung Galaxy 2 in the country. The lounge was overflowing with invited guests comprising of members of the media, various mobile phone retailers, other industry executives and bewildered bloggers who retreated to a dark corner. The lounge was overflowing to a point that the waiters and waitress were simply overwhelmed by the orders.

Kenyans obsessed with universities to a high degree

Kenyans, just like Singaporeans, love universities degrees to death. Today, as part of the country's new constituition implementation, Kenya's parliament found itselt debating whether it should be a requirement for Kenyans vying to be Members of Parliament have a university degree.

Meanwhile, across the oceans, AllthingsD reports that Christopher Stone is returning back to university, precisely to the "University of California's Berkeley's Haas School of Business to advise Master in Business Administration students on matters such as entrepreneurship and innovation". As I mentioned, Stone has been to university before,as a student, to Northeastern University and University of Massachusetts, Boston. On both ocassions, Stone was kind enough to drop out of university without ever completing his studies.