Witty Miguna

I stumbled on this video and totally loved it. Its refreshing to see Miguna Miguna take on issues on a light note. ‘Dr’Kingori did a fantastic interview!! It took me to back to my definition of a brand- “The sum total of perception of customers and prospects.” Perception is the key ingredient in decision making. Perception resides in our hearts and in our minds, it is what we compute as reasonable or just feel to be right or sometimes most selfish thing to do or  in some instances instinct kicks in. It is important to take charge of the perceptions you are forming by your word and deeds.

Let me take the point home before it gets lost in many words. I can draw three things from the short clip that can help Miguna’s 2017 run for Nairobi Governor, first is what he did in this show, have a conversation at the level of the citizenry-to let us know that he sees the world as the masses do. Second, is move a step further and show clear paths- source of resources and ability- to a create a better Nairobi. Lastly, build a believable story around the reason why he is running as an independent candidate and why that would work in favour of Nairobi. I am curious to know how he will run the county government with a MCAs split between Jubilee and NASA.

 

 

An Open Letter to Mr. Boniface Mwangi

Dear Mr Boniface Mwangi,

First, let me say I was filled with mixed feelings when I recently received a copy of a bulk email message from you or possibly your team declaring your interest in running for the Starehe Member of Parliament seat. On the one hand, I thought that it would be good for a man like you to go to the August house (not sure why it is called that) to speak for the people. ‘Tumechoka! LazimaTusikizwe! RohoJuu!’ you said in your email urging ‘all Kenyans to register to vote in large numbers. BAD LEADERS ARE ELECTED BY GOOD CITIZENS WHO DO NOT VOTE. Refusing to vote is NOT COOL. Mass voter registration started on 16th January and continues till 15th February 2017.’

It reminds me of Juliani’s ‘Kama si Sisi’ campaign; but- yes there is a BUT- on the other hand I am neither convinced about the timing nor the promise of change that you are offering to Kenyans and the people of Starehe constituency. I am confident that you will be elected into office as MP and you will stay true to your principles. Here are my doubts on the impact of your good intentions:

  1. Your move to take a pay cut will not change the law that grants big salaries and benefits to the other law makers. It’s business as usual- remember the famous ‘if your are feeling sufficiently philanthropic…’ statement. Also there are many public officers who do not need that salary to run their lives and a pay cut is nothing to shout over.
  2. Bodyguards are assigned to protect the public office bearer. It is therefore a negligent act to put your life at risk by choosing not to have a bodyguard/ bodyguards in the name of staying connected to the people and some may interprete as false humility. You are better off safe and serving you people ‘mheshimiwa mtarajiwa.
  3. Democracies are ruled by numbers. You have not demonstrated ahead of time how you plan to navigate the national and county assemblies to make a difference in your constituency and in the nation as a whole. I assure you that running for public office in and of itself is not a superhuman stunt, there are thousands of unsung heroes who continue to serve this nation whole heartedly as elected officials and civil servants.

On the issue of timing,  2017 and 2022 elections mark transitional terms in government from what we knew to what the current constitution promises therefore a lot of mishaps and aha-moments will emanate from the leaders serving in public office. My two cents is for you to run with the national platform you have with Pawa 254 until the movement is of age, producing civil rights warriors and true champions of democracy. Your legacy is in the service you continue to render to Kenyans behind the scenes so as to secure the nation’s future.

It is too early to pass-on the baton as an activist and leader of a movement at infancy. Tumechoka! lazima tusikizwe! RohoJuu is a national call that you can triumphantly champion to success in your current status as the movement’s leader. Martin Luther King Jnr,  Mahathma Gandhi, and in the continent Desmond Tutu, Harry Thuku, Wangari Maathai  and many African greats remain examples of activist leaders that continue to fight for a better world today.

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.- Desmond Tutu. 

Yours Sincerly,

Benjamin Luta

How to Write Your Purpose Statement

A friend asked for my help to craft a life purpose statement. Yap! one that captures the essence of who they are and what they live for. I asked them to use my tried and tested method of first crafting a bio and then deducing a purpose statement from it. Here goes.

It usually takes four sessions get the job done but we are going to squash it to one sitting. First, explore to explore your story since you were a child, go on to experiences and lessons that have shaped and credited you with the skills you possess and then explore what you would want to change in the world if you had all the resources to execute it.

Finally, look at what tools and platforms you need to continue on your life journey successfully. Some of them will include a bio, your CV, a pitch or mission statement, the kind of people you need to team up with and the channels you will use to engage your world.

Now that you have all the ingredients, here is the writing guideline:

The first paragraph must capture words that anyone and everyone who knows you will use when describing you to a new person or when they are talking about you

The second paragraph can then dive into your skills and what you get paid to do by your employer or your customers

Then you move on to discuss things that drive you or given a choice what would you do to every waking moment

Lastly is the things that are in your circle of concern and you are hoping will become part of your circle of influence in collaboration with others… it will be a dream come true if you saw these happen.

Uber With A Pinch of Salt

Africa and community go hand in hand, a little “inconvenience” here and there from family, the extended family, inlaws, friends, friends of friends that we have just met is what enables us to connect and grow  community all around us. I have met life long friends, made fresh connections  and gotten business deals from unplanned car-pool or hitching a ride to a social gathering.

But change is in the air, we now call up Ubers to pick our moms from bus terminals, long lost friends from out of town jet in with no notice, our friends and children are picked up and dropped off by strangers in clean cars via apps we dial from the comfort of our homes. “Why can’t you Uber?”is our answer to a call to connect, to invest in relationships, to be a little African.

I won’t throw the baby out with the bath water because there endless beautiful things that have come with Uber that can fill book or two. What I am calling for is conscious engagement, to find a balance between relationships and convenience. Take the Uber revolution with a pitch of salt.

Mr. IamNairobi

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Election year is around the corner, this a good time for candidates seeking public office to start making their intentions known to their constituents; before the airwaves are filled with campaign rhetoric, and our walls smeared with posters of strangers seeking political power.

I made a decision to do this piece after stumbling on Hon. Sakaja Johnson’s I am Nairobi post on Facebook. I clicked on the link to a website with a sign up form, sponsored by ‘Organising for Nairobi’, Sakaja for governor of Nairobi and no more information on what ‘I am Nairobi is or who Sakaja Johnson is. I then pulled up my laptop to see if I could get more information from the same site since I imagine perhaps the mobile site was limited but it was a dead end.

There is a couple of things that Hon. Sakaja needs to do different in his quest for governor of Nairobi, as far as his communication is concerned. One is to acknowledge that he has three audiences: those that don’t know (ignorant), others that know and will cheer him on but are not convinced he is the right person for the job (skeptic) and lastly, his supporters; that have everything to gain or loose from the outcome of the elections (loyalist). Hon. Sakaja’s communication team must inform the ignorant, persuade the skeptic and keep the loyalist happy.

Second thing is to use various communication platforms to present the following:

  1. Factsheet on Nairobi: The good, the bad and the ugly
  2. Information on county government of Nairobi: how it should  ideally work
  3. The role of the Office of Governor of Nairobi: it’s a relatively new position
  4. Formally introduce himself to the ignorant, the skeptic and the loyalist
  5. His plan to deal with the good, the bad and the ugly that define the county and to demonstrate what Nairobi will miss if they did not elect him as the next governor.

Lastly, I would say communication is a two way street. Be accessible to people from all walks to life, become their voice and be involved in their everyday lives. Let the ‘I am Nairobi’ campaign be a channel by the people and for the people, a safe place to share their fears and find hope for a brighter better Nairobi.

The Audition

Friends are the film crew that work with you to shoot your autobiography. Make them audition, treasure those that make it, shoot every scene like it was the last.

The Oscar’s are awarded by casts, directors, producers who did the extraordinary to what would have a normal life story.

If you  passed the audition to star in  life story of a friend. Do your level best to work with their support cast to make everything beautiful.

God-the script writer, director and executive producer- is working you best collaborator to deliver an award winning piece that will impact and inspire your audience today and generations to come.

TO UNDERSTAND MAVUNO CHURCH YOU HAVE TO HATE IT FIRST!

Its worth the read

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In the year 2013 alone, Mavuno church collected KES 281,615,836, paid their staff KES 84,118,582, that’s 30% of the total gross income received (who starts a church in Kenya to share 30% of net income) and that includes the senior pastors. On top of that they pay their taxes and P.A.Y.E as everyone else according to their audited books of accounts by audit firm Deloitte and Touche. They go ahead and explain in detail how all monies have been expended, I wonder which other church in Kenya does this? Founded in 2005 but traces its roots back to British settlers’ that’s a long story for another day. Mavuno has a big vision ‘’to plant a culture defining church in all the cities of AFRICA and all the gateway cities of the world by 2035’’and the man behind it is Pastor Muriithi Wanjau. Its mission turning ordinary people into fearless influence-rs…

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