Ebola scaremongering knows no bounds, first there were reports of the virus creating “zombies”, and now Akon has allegedly crowd-surfed in a bubble during a concert in Africa “to avoid contracting it”. The Source magazine’s website ran the headline “Akon Performed in a Bubble in Africa to Avoid Contracting Ebola”. The American minority owned magazine’s story was then reposted on several other websites, including some of Africa’s popular blogs.
What the websites did not report was that the five-time Grammy nominee has performed inside the stage prop on a number of previous occasions including in Perth, Australia, and Dubai, both in 2010. Neither of those countries was battling Ebola outbreaks at the time.
The concert in question was part of International Peace Day celebrations in Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so it would have been pretty galling if Akon had honoured the occasion and its message of unity by sealing himself off from the crowd.
So before we get all hot under the collar, and start pointing out how many times he’s even stood up Kenyans for shows, or how he just comes to mess with our girls then leave, do remember that he has been known to this before. So, no, he wasn’t scared of Ebola. It’s just other ignorant people trying to push some propaganda abroad to undermine Africa’s efforts to stand on its own.
SEASON OF STRIKES
It is rather unusual for a term to pass by without hearing a few schools here and there go on strike. Students always have their reasons as to why they do so; with a good number of those reasons being trivial. Our writer Charles Muthinji examines some of these excuses and why TA’s should be on the lookout for any suspicious behavior from students before it’s too late.
5 AWESOME STUDY TIPS
It’s a flurry of activities in schools countrywide as students prepare themselves for the KCSE as well as end of term exam. As you try devising new revision methods here and there, our writer Jacqueline Muthoni has got some 5 incredible study tips that will help you ace that quality grade. Get them in this month’s issue of the Insyder Magazine .
CHEATING IN EXAMS TURNS DIGITAL
Cheating in national exams is no new news to those of us who underwent the 8-4-4 education system. You must be aware of all those cliché cheating methods including the well-known ‘mwakenya’. But in a bid to get fresh and instant leakage on exam day, The Insyder explores how technology has modernized cheating in this digital generation.
AQ’s SECRET TO BEING A SCHOOL
CAREER ADVICE WITH HAPA KULE’S FRED OMONDI
SUCCESS WISHES FROM YOUR FAVORITE CELEBS
KAKA SUNGURA’S HIGH SCHOOLFLASHBACK
Those were the words of Sean “Diddy” Combs, when he did an interview with “Access Hollywood” hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover about his expanded line of business and the upcoming Revolt Music Conference, happening on October 16.
When the conversation turned to Jennifer Lopez’s new video with Iggy Azalea “Booty”, the business mogul said, “Oh my God. Oh my God. I am so lucky to have that great woman in my history. She is one of the greatest I’ve ever seen. Go girl. Go girl … We’re great as friends. I’m great as a fan right now.”
“I mean it’s great. It’s a work of art,” he said. “It’s something that will go down in history, for real, it will! So will her talent, her drive, her determination. She will never give up. She’s a great friend of mine, always will be my friend, and I mean that thing is just incredible.”
Asked if Kim Kardashian is “even in the same conversation” Diddy said, “No way,” “No disrespect Kanye, Kim, but that thing right there … that thing right there is something special.”
In response, to the compliment Lopez told Access Hollywood, “We spent three years of our lives together, you know, almost every single day. Seeing him involved in Revolt and all the things that he’s done as a businessman and still being so true to his music and his art trying to uplift his community in his own way, and it’s the same thing that I try to do and I feel like I learned a lot from him coming up, watching him.”
“I’ll always be grateful to him for that and I love that he can be so supportive of me so many years later and there’s still so much mutual respect, admiration and love there,” she said.
In this day and age where klandes, and one night stands or being chipod are quite common, you need to know where you stand in a guy’s life. Here are a few tells that he might just be in it for the relationship and not just to hit it and run. My take on Glamour’s insights;
1. He does it your way When a guy does things the way you prefer to have them done, then it could be that he really digs you. This shows that he’s considerate about your preferences and does not want to annoy or upset you.
2. He texts you back in two seconds (and not just for sex) When you text him and he does not take three hours to text you back then he was definitely thinking about you. If he only responds quickly when it’s around evening or Friday night and the weekends, then you’re probably he’s booty-call and is just looking for his fimbo to chapa.
3. He’s known to treat you like a lady When a guy likes you a lot they do things they normally would not do for other lalles such as opening doors, and walk you from work to your matatu stop, walks with you from school and even drive you to your place without you asking. He will not complain about it when you ask either.
4. He likes you better as is A guy who likes you in your natural element is one who values the person you are and not how you look by his side. I’m not saying that you should look like an ol skool mboch, but even at your simplest of get ups, he should be appreciative of your beauty.
5. He takes one for the team Sometimes, you just have to go and meet your girl up, give an ear or advice on her situation and it just happened that you are already on a date with bae. If he’s into you he wouldn’t mind sparing a few minutes of your time together for you to take care of your girl then get right back in to it.
6. He wants to please you in bed…. This here’s for grown folks only! What gets you off is what gets him off. Relationships are about pleasing the other more than you want to be pleased yourself. You dig?
7. …and he’s romantic in bed too If he’s in and out and then silence and crickets follow, or worse still, comes the snoring then signs are he already got what he wanted from you. And that, sadly, is just that! If he’s really into you, he will ensure you’re aiit, a little pillow chat.
8. He likes to show you off He is proud of your achievements, doesn’t matter if they are greater than his. He even helps you develop ideas of expansion or improvements. When you meet his pals, they already know about you and they probably know some not-so-private anecdotes about your relationship.
9. He believes in your dreams A guy who’s in to you knows that for you to be happy, then, your goals in life are a big part of that. They will always urge you on, even if it’s just an mpesa shop, by giving you support and ideas on how to expand and help you achieve success in your passion.
10. He makes an ass of himself It does not matter whether publicly or in the privacy of just the two of you, but a guy will do almost anything to make you smile. Haven’t you seen those couples where the guy can’t dance to save his life, but coz his mamaa has pulled him out, breaks into uncoordinated bouts of seizures and everyone has a good laugh?
11. He indulges you A guy who goes out of his way to get you comfortable sure as hell, 100% likes you a lot. If he gets you breakfast in bed, or won’t stop looking until you get to a restaurant that serves exactly what you like, that may be a keeper.
12. He DIYs If he cooks for you, sometimes he feels like he could help out with your nail polishing (even though, he can’t, you just let him do it anyway), he cooks a meal for you once in a while or he even tries to create his own type of greeting card, that’s is one guy who can’t help the way he feels about you.
People do differ in how they express themselves. Just because a guy will do one or some of the above does not automatically mean they are the right one. Even when they don’t, it does not mean they are not thinking of you in the serious-relationship-type way. Some people were just raised that way.
Have you checked out Stella Mwangi aka STL’s new music video on youtube? If you haven’t then You are missing out on a dish served hot by the Norwegian- based Kenyan rapper. The song titled “Bouncer Raeva” is an upbeat club song with a serving of Ragga and EDM elements in it.
The video (lyrirc) has camera shot focussed on a bikini-clad booty doing motions “to make it jiggle.” The song is itself done in Norwegian, but it’s hard to say whether the booty is indeed STL’s.
Fashion is not just about looking good, it is a way of life. As the new season is starting it is time to put away the polo necks and heavy jumpers and get out the light coats, minis and crop tops!! Jamilla, a professional model, shares with us the top 5 looks for the new semester!
1. Cool Chiq: You always want to make a statement when people see you. Always remember first impressions are vital. This look not only shows pride and confidence, it also screams BOLD! Get a neutral top and shoes and pair it with a brilliant coloured mini. Remember to accessorize. These will complete and complement the look well.
2. Beanie Girl: If you are not a girlie girl, there are also some super looks for you. You do not just go super baggy, rhyme and match your colours. Most boys’ pallets are hues of grey, navy and black…but you glitz it up with a tagged top, or a bright beanie and shoes.
3. Professional Lady: If you are just about to join college, there are some classes where you will have to make presentations. In these, many lecturers demand that you dress officially. This does not mean that you just go raid mum’s closet. Actually do shopping for it. Get something that fits properly and suits your body. You can get a cool dress or a peplum skirt suit like this. ACCESSORIZE!!! The shoes the bag you pick, the earrings, the hair. Just cause its formal don’t be boring! Own the look, make it yours, wean it to fit into your style
4. Sexy Chiq: “If you got it, flaunt it! If you don’t, disguise it!” advised our famous MP Orie Rogo Manduli. She always dressed to Kill!! Pick out that mini…it is the warm season after all. If it is a busy print, tone it down with a simple top. CONFIDENCE!! Strut down the hallways like you own the school. Confidence always makes you look 10 times sexier! Important to remember, choose a tasteful mini, two to three inches above the knee is HOT, beyond that you start looking trashy! Be comfortable in it.
5. Punk Gal: if you are not over the top girly, neither a tomboy, this look would work for you. Try fitting jeggings, a vest and on top of the vest a boyfriend shirt. This you can wrap up this look with b-ball sneakers and a beanie hat.
How These Entrepreneurs Under 30 Are Changing the World
The youth today practically run the world. Many enterprises mound and fashion their products to meet the young people’s ever changing minds. Young people today change and modify the world to suit their needs and wants. They do not just sit around and think about changing the world to suit their purposes. Inexperience is not a deterance, they’re fearless.
There is no such thing as a new idea in the market. Totally new innovations are rare. What happened is that the old inventions are recreated in a fresh way to suit the modern market. Look at Mpesa, there was already money gram and western union; when mobile phones were somewhat rare and inaccessible. Now that we have these gadgets why not bring that service to you, thus Mpesa was born, and is being adapted in Europe too. The youth have approaches that align with their internet upbringing and their expectation that commodities and information be transparent and easily shared.
Occasionally, this boldness translates to major profits– and that is the case with this year’s crop of Young Millionaires, who have found dizzying success before the age of 30. They may be young, but we expect them to have influence that lasts.
Below is a list of 4 young millionaires and how simple acts have earned them a lot.Here’s number 3
3. Turning Time Into Currency at Age 23
After skipping four grades in elementary and high school, graduating from college at 18, then landing a business-development position at news aggregator Digg, Brian Wong was on the fast track to success. But five months later, he found himself jobless–and trying to determine what to do next.
Inspiration struck while he was pacing the aisle during a flight. He noticed that everyone who was awake was either “pretending to work” or playing a smartphone game. “It hit me that this mobile game thing had become so popular so quickly, so I was challenging myself to figure out why they were so addictive,” says Wong, 23. “I remember noticing that there were these achievements that people would be hitting, like leveling up or hitting a high score … but then what struck me was that in those moments of happiness people were actually not being appreciated but rather slapped in the face with a pretty terrible advertisement.
Wong reasoned that rather than interrupting gameplay with banner ads–and running the risk of alienating users–brands could take advantage of those moments by offering rewards. He teamed up with former Digg colleague Courtney Guertin and designer Amadeus Demarzi to launch San Francisco-based mobile rewards network Kiip (pronounced “keep”) in 2010.
Kiip’s technology integrates with Android and iOS apps, allowing developers to incorporate a code that connects brands with users during relevant moments; for example, Sour Patch Kids might reward gamers with free candy for reaching a high score.
Kiip initially worked only with mobile games but has since expanded to other categories, including fitness, music and cooking, giving brands like Gatorade the chance to offer free drinks to users when they log athletic achievements. Kiip’s network of 1,000 brands (150 are actively running rewards) pay on a cost-per-engagement (CPE) basis, such as when a user submits an e-mail address to claim a reward (as 25 million have done so far). Kiip typically earns 30 cents to $3 per CPE, depending on targeting criteria, and splits the fee 50-50 with developers. The company reaches 10 million active users daily, up from 4 million last year; annual revenue is between $10 million and $20 million.
Kiip has received more than $15 million in funding from investors including True Ventures, Relay Ventures and Crosslink Capital. The infusions have allowed the company to expand its options. In 2013, it introduced a self-service platform for brands that now accounts for about 30 percent of revenue.
Next up, Kiip is moving beyond smartphones and into other connected devices. In March the company announced a partnership with Mojio, maker of a cloud-connected device that converts cars into smart cars. Kiip integrates into Mojio’s apps so that brands can reward users during everyday driving moments; for example, a connected car might detect that it will need an oil change soon, and a company like Midas can offer a discount on the service.
“Kiip isn’t limited to just the smartphone or the app,” Wong says. “The moment as a currency, to us, is the most compelling thing because it’s quantifiable, but it’s also inherently human, and it is in these moments that occur across other connected devices that the future of engagement can occur.”
Why Guys Prefer Texting to Calling
Have you ever dated a dude and the majority of the time, he just sent you texts, and you were the one who actually made the calls most of the time? I read in a blog the following statement ‘Why doesn’t he call? Does he only reach out via text because he’s just not that into you? It’s a possibility but isn’t the most probable reason. We just be doing stuff and it’s harder to multi task while on the phone.’
I have been accused of having had the same tendency before, but like the writer in the blog by the same title stated ‘I’ve held conversations with homegirls who tell me how they lost interest in a guy quicker than Solange’s two piece elevator combo because he never calls her. Ladies there are men out there that will call you. However if that’s a deal breaker to seriously date someone and you want a man to turn you from his girl to his wife, Oprah has more of a chance to get married before you.’
Now let’s look at different scenarios in this land of ours, Kenya, where it might seem to the guy that it’s better to just text.
1. Precise Sometimes I just want to wish you a good day, or let you know that I’m thinking about you. That would be awkward for any guy, I believe, to just call and talk for two seconds then hang up. These types of messages don’t really require a response and so there’s really no need to call.
2. Sometimes I’m Just Busy Life’s like that. You want someone who calls you all the time, hours on end conversations, it means he’s slacking in one aspect of life that’s called ‘shughli’. You don’t want a person like that for keeps, do you? So when your man is handling business, let him handle business atoke kwa msoto.
3. The Game Is On Every once in a while a guy will want to catch up on the football games, which take place mostly on the weekends. So when the Arsenal fans are trying to remember the glory days by cheering the team to victory, but the players and coach only keep consistent to disappointing us, don’t think he’ll call you in the thick of things. You could call him after the game and give a listening ear to his version of the heartbreaking match. Now he knows you can even be with him when he’s watching the next one.
4. Calls Ain’t Cheap This applies especially to my guys in high school and some in college, while there are others who are really hustling out there. Bob never reduces rates, but at least he brought the weekend package, which I totally ride for sure. Since the packages the green network gives only apply to texts, unlike the other networks, texting is all a hustler can do. At least he’s not ignoring you, so take it if it’s good.
5. Most Men Don’t Talk Much
Let’s face it, phone calls are mostly for the females to talk about their feelings and just to massage their ego. Why would I call you just to hear you talk about who wronged you when, where you got your hair done, how you went through four colours of nail polish to get to the right one? If I’m exhausted at the end of a busy day, I just want to relax and think about the next step. You could be a distraction, true, but let me take my time off me before I go crazy and you start asking yourself why I got that way. I think you should then call me, coz I’m doing you a favour.