ZIADA Nairobi Worship Experience


Dec 12, 2012 (12.12.12) is an important date. For one, it is the last of the repeating dates until Jan. 1, 2101 (01.01.01) meaning for most people alive, it will be the last repeating date they get to see. Moreover, at 12:12:12 p.m., the day will offer fans of the number 12 a whopping six repeats! 12/12/12 12:12:12. Nice, ey. As if that is not enough, at 1:21:02 a.m., palindrome lovers everywhere can rejoice in the single second that marks when the date-time combination is the same read both forwards and backwards: 2012-12-12 1:21:02 = 201212-1-212102. Most importantly, 12.12.12 will mark 49 years since Kenya got it’s independence and 84 days to the general elections. 84 is not an important number unless you take 12 and multiply it by the number of days we have in a week and voila! Okay, enough of the OCD.

All these numbers will be useless but one thing will remain; and that is our country Kenya. The state with which it remains depends on us as a people. We all know what happened after the 2007 general elections and as a country, we cannot afford to go through the same again. It is this in mind that ZIADA -which comprises of award winning bands (Zidi the Band and Adawnage Band); and reknown poet Number 8 – has come up with a peace concert dubbed ‘ZIADA Nairobi Worship Experience’ on the day Kenya got it’s independence, that is 12.12.12. The event’s main purpose is to unite the country ahead of next year’s polls under the theme One Nation Under God.

 ZiAda

Brilliant works of photography on the beauty of our country captured by talented, professisional and widely celebrated photographers has been lined up. This work of photography will preceed a musical event in which ZIADA will perform featuring strong leads and additional home-grown artists auch as Mercy Wairegi, Nasara the poet, Carlisto, Makena and Mwanga Band. The photography and worship experience is set to be one whose impact will linger on long after 12.12.12.

Details about the event are on the poster but here they are again:

Event: ZIADA Nairobi Worship Experience.

Date: 12.12.12.

Time: 3 – 6 PM.

Venue: Parklands Baptist Church.

Artists: ZIADA (Zidi the Band, Adawnage and Number 8) featuring Mercy Wairegi, Nasara the Poet, Carlisto, Makena and Mwanga Band.

Theme: One Nation Under God.

Entrance: FREE!!!!!! (Just bring yourself).

Also, read about the event here by Kenyanmom, here by Kawiria and here by Kifalme.

Follow (and RSVP) the event on facebook here and follow Adawnage, Zidi the Band and Number 8 on twitter for more details about the event.

This is one event you will not want to miss!!!!

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The Six Women to Avoid


She don’t believe in shootin’ stars,
but she believe in shoes & cars.
Wood floors in the new apartment,
couture from the store’s department

Kanye West

Have you ever stopped to wonder why single people have the best advice on relationships? Well, it’s simple actually. You start by wondering then you get to a point and just decide to stop (wondering). So the other day, I was busy doing nothing and basically minding my own damn business as I usually do when out of nowhere, my intelligent friend ascofu comes up with a post advising ladies not to date certain people who have characteristics similar to us. And for a while, I felt betrayed. Here is someone playing for your team but advising the opponents how best to beat your best defender etcetra etcetra. The wonderful captain that I am, I will try and help my team beat the opponents, though I must admit it will be difficult not only because of the secrets ascofu has shared but also because of the fact that I have never played for the other team. Gentlemen, I present the six women to avoid.

 

The Gold Digger aka Kardashian

If there was any justice in the world, we would have accomplished these two things: eliminated this species from the human race and eliminate idiots who need me to explain how bad this species is. For the sake of our great grand children who will hopefully grace the face of this planet when this species will have joined the dinosaurs and unwealthy MPs in the list of extinct things, I will briefly explain what they are. They are omnivorous, which means they eat everything. If they could, they would eat your money, but they do not since they have better use for it. You will pay all her bills, all her parents bills and her last born brother’s fees, sometimes without even knowing. The bad part is that you will not be the only man she is gold digging. The worst part is that she might be spending your money with another lazy idiot somewhere who has not job and lives a better life than you. Be careful Turkana folks, they are coming to oil dig you and I do not mean literally.

 

The Cinderella Girl

She spends half of her day watching those alejandro bull craps and expects a grown @$$ African man to do those idiotic things in the name of crap she believes is love. The only prince charming on a white horse I have heard of is on that Dido song. If you get yourself this lady, it does not matter how you treat her. The benchmark is way too high for any living man. These are the girls who expect you to fly from where you work in Mombasa to bring her an umbrella in her office in Nairobi since it is raining. She expects you to love neither of these things: sports, alcohol and women. How in this day and age is it possible to not love at least one of those three things?

 

The Slut

So you go out clubbing and you meet a girl for the first time and chipo her. It does not matter how good she was (in bedminton or in person), she is not girlfriend material. Do not, ever, call her unless you are asking what you are to do with her passport that she accidentally left at your place. In short, if she holds the record of the shortest time between meeting and bedding, she is a no-no. Period!

 

The Super Hot Girl

Now, I know you are confused, but let me explain. There are hot girls you can date and then there are the super hot girls who know they can replace you in a day if you screw up. DO NOT DATE THE SUPER HOT ONES! A girl should be a little bit insecure but if she knows she has no or little competition, you may be in trouble. That aside, here are two main reasons why the super hot girl is not suitable for you:

  • A super hot girl is like a trophy you win after a very tough tournament. (think of it like the champions league). The thing is that soon, you have to defend your trophy in the next tournament and we know that even the current Barcelona side with their sexy football has not been able to defend the Champions league trophy. My point is that you will be competing with every Tom, Dick and Harry for the attention of the girl and most of the daring ones will probably have more to offer the girl than you.
  • Just as marriage is the main course of divorce, relationships are the main causes of break ups. When you break up, generally, whether you are a girl or a guy, you need to upgrade, ie get a better looking person. Trust me, there is nothing as wonderful as bumping into your ex a month after breaking up in the arms of another guy/girl who is hotter than they ever will be. The problem with dating a super hot girl is that upgrading will definitely take time spotting, let alone getting to displace someone who has claim to the trophy. Woe unto you if you are the one meeting your ex in the arms of another guy.

 

The Married Woman

It is okay to try date a single girl. Heck, if you get a chance at dating a super hot girl, disregard my earlier advice and go for it. It is okay to try and slice a girl from that dude you hate for landing the girl of your dreams. But do not date a married woman! It shows how pathetic you are in that you find it cool to share her with someone else. It is so disgusting, I have to go puke before I continue with this post.

 

The Drunkard and Chain Smoker

I am not saying a girl is not supposed to drink but if a drinking competition was to be done between her and your relatives currently alive (to your fourth cousins), and she would win hands down, then, she is not in your league. My personal view is that girls should not smoke as much as guys should not watch soaps. If things go well, but mostly badly, she may carry your baby and we all know what cigarettes do to the body.

 

The list is not exhaustive. There are many girls not to date, like the celebs that are on pulse or zuqka every week; sugar mommies, your brothers’ and boys’ girlfriends and exes etc. I am sure you know many more, kindly share in the comments section and you will receive a reward of nothing.

 

THE DAY’S

Quote: The reason why women will never start proposing is because, the moment they get on their knees men will start unzipping – nir4shah.

Creekside Princess Webisode 10 – Decisions


A strong sense of identity gives a person the idea she can do no wrong; too little accomplishes the same.

A few months ago, Gabrielle Akinyi Wanjohi came to Nairobi. And then she realised that the above was true. In the strong sense of being Gaby, Tomboy, Creekside Princess, CB’s ex… she soon was lost, completely without any idea how to pull herself out of the endless maze of life, change, mystery and madness.

She will have to decide, now, before it is too late.

Decisions

 

It’s almost as if I launched myself out into the ocean of life hoping, without any idea how to swim, to dive safely or sail a boat, with no knowledge about the ocean tides and currents and no navigation skills either. To make matters worse, I dove off the cliff, ignoring the hint of a cold that scratched at the back of my nose. And I got hit so hard by the bends, and the pain is back, so bad I can’t breath.

That’s why I am here.

Here: Sitting on a bench, right outside the Hilton Hotel, alongside other lost, tired and maybe demented souls, trying to see the safety of the shoreline, trying to take a breath…

Read Decisions

This week, we gave you a review of the High School Favorite The River and The Source by Margaret Ogola: Most books on gender debate revolve around the axle of imbalance in the way men and women relate to one another, in their division of labour, including sharing the products of that labour, such as property, and these books further declare that whereas women are part of division of labour, there’s discrimination in distributing the fruits. This is what Margaret Ogola tackles in her works, and especially in the novel The River and the Source. Gideon Chumo

We also gave you a compilation of the best poetry from September: The reason the poet of the month of September wasn’t featured yesterday was because I was confused. It felt like I was back at the punks’ twilight zone. I frequented that place a lot this September. True story. Anyway, I had poems that had the same tally of votes and I didn’t know what to do. But I had a mini eureka moment and figured that it would be prudent to post the top three poems of the month. Linda Musita

Last but definitely not in the least, we republished Osas’ kind letter to a little girl who is now growing into the Queen of her life. To K, with love.

You will notice quite a bit of reorganisation on the blog. We have rearranged the articles and stories so that you can easily access archives. Just hover over the tabs to see the variety of articles.

Please note that under Girl Royal, you will find articles on life skills advice, legal advice, business and internet tips, creative writing tips, and beauty and fitness tips.

Before we go, please allow us to remind you that you can register for the Life Skills Coaching Conference on October 16, 2010 at aNDEKENYA.

We hope that you will enjoy reading both the Creekside Princess stories and articles from our resident writers. You can be a guest writer, too! Just write to us at theprincessprojectafrica@gmail.com with your idea.

 

 

Interview: Savvy Kenya


The meaning of life is that life ends – Savvy

This is the first part in a series of posts that will shed light on who Savvy Kenya is. For those who have never heard of her, she is a blogger, the author of The Diary of a Kenyan Campus girl, and a student at a University in Kenya. Here is the interview that she willingly granted. The words in parenthesis that have been italicized are mine.

The Greatrnk: My first question to you is…….Can I borrow a K?

Savvy Kenya: Only if you promise to return. But then a K is just a K. I’ll MPESA it pap! I couldn’t resist. Haven’t used that word in an interview before. Not that I’ve had many. This is my first interview.

T. G: How, why and when did you start blogging?

S. K: This is quite a story. In 2006 Dec I was working as an intern somewhere IT’ish and this guy who came to work there (he was cute with long dreadlocks, I love dreadlocks FYI). He told me about his blog (Out of Joints) and after I read it, I felt inspired to start my own. So I started The Diary of a Mad Teenager, but when I turned 20 (which was not too long ago), I started The Diary of a Kenyan Campus Girl. I realize I cannot be a campuserian for long, so am moving on. Got many plans ahead, watch out.

T. G: Are there any trailblazers in the “industry” that you look up to?

S. K: Of course. There is Bankelele, Rafiki Kenya, My Part of the World, Mountainous etc. In fact, if you looked up to all the bloggers on my blogroll at The Diary of a Mad Teenager. They are the reason am blogging today because some of my earliest readers were bloggers, I had little traffic.

T. G: What are some of your current interests? Any hobbies?

S. K: Currently, am obsessed with finishing my final year project, so am trying to minimize my side shows. Twitter however, is something am finding hard to let go. I’m a twaddict. I love travelling but will do that in January after I finish my undergraduate degree in Dec.

T G: Your worst experience was when ….

S. K: Apart from losing my wallet and phone twice in less than a year, it was when I had a fight with this girl. She came to our party with this old white guy and I turned to her and asked her, “don’t you think he’s a bit too old?” she jumped on me, arms around throat and scratched my face. I still have the scars. The worst part is, I was going home for holiday the following day (it was an end of the first semester of third year bash) and my mum thought my boyfriend beat me up. Sadder part is I had no boyfriend at the time. Okay, maybe that’s not so sad.

T. G: Describe yourself in one sentence..

S. K: I’m a dreamer, ambition is in my blood.

T. G: Your DVD collection will not miss….

S. K: DVD? Who does that anymore 😉 I just copy movies, watch and delete. Archive the good ones. Let’s see which bad movies I could do without. This list will be too long. I have watched very many bad movies.

T. G: On a perfect Friday night, you will……

S. K: Sip cold juice on a balcony overlooking the beach and reflect on what I have achieved in my life, and be content about it.

T. G: The best song, currently, (according to you) is….

S. K: Anthem of the angels, Breaking Benjamin. Other favourites include Marc Anthony’s When You Sing To Me and Chris DeBarge’s Lady in Red. Also, 21 guns by Greenday, Bon Jovi’s Who Said, The Man Who Can’t Be Moved byThe Script, The River by Good Charlotte etc. Before I forget, all of Kidum’s songs and Kare by PUnit.

T. G: Describe your first kiss

S. K: Very sloppy. It wasn’t my best. Enough said.

T. G: What would you change from your past?

S. K: Forget that eh..lie that the past made you who you are. There are a few things that I’d change but I don’t want to start those regret feelings I’ve buried 6 feet under.

T. G: Are you seeing anyone?

S. K: Is this a trick question? Let’s see, we just hang out a couple of times so am not sure we are going out yet.

T. G: Dog or Cat?

S. K: Can I have both? Dogs are faithful and loving, cats are intelligent and human like. Cats though, they’re easier to take care of.

T. G: You are now wearing……

S. K: Black jeans, black tee advertising Kalahari.co.ke, black er…and black er..

T. G: The best approach for a guy to take to chat to you would be…..

S. K: Be himself. Hopefully, himself is someone who can express themselves, and be patient with me because I tend to lose attention easily. I may ask you to say something twice or thrice but once we are past the initial awkward kind of small talk, we’re fine.

T. G: What do you look for in a guy?

S. K: Looks are overrated. Without sounding like am looking for a spouse in an ad agency, I like a guy who’s responsible, fun (as in open to random plans), open minded and financially stable. ( You expected me not to mention the financial stability part?) (aspiring guys, make sure you grow dreadlocks first)

T. G: What is your ideal first date?

S. K: Hmm.. a place with plenty of other people around so they can provide a distraction in case things are not going well.

T. G: Do you have any crush on a celeb?

S. K: Depends, Kenyan or international? Nope. Right now, am over my crushes. Oh, wait a minute. Damien the vampire in The Vampire Diaries.

T. G: Tell us a bit more about yourself that people will find shocking.

S. K: Shock value, hmm. I kissed a girl. Two girls. And I didn’t like it.

T. G: What can you tell someone who has not started blogging and (s)he wants to start?

S. K: Get a topic you are passionate about and just write. Don’t get discouraged by lack of response from the public, I blogged for a year without much publicity. Blog for the love of writing, not with the aim of making money or fame. Those are byproducts of your passion for writing. And oh, be interesting and blog on the regular. Why else would guys want to keep coming back to your blog?

T. G: Your top three blogs are….

S. KSleek and wild : You read then tell me what you think.

Ramblings of a Slightly Disturbed Man: though he doesn’t update on the regular

Me I Love Nairobi Regardless – Milonare: another rare blogger but when he does, you have to read from beginning to end.

Kenyan Madness Abroad: he hasn’t blogged in a while but he had me laughing an entire afternoon

Our Kid had to add this one.

Stone Cold Haven: last addition, I promise

New bloggers:

You.(I blush and feign composure)

Me Myself and Isis: she’s special (and crazy)

Lost in the Though >she’s special too

In Over My Head

T. G: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

S. K: Funny, I got asked this during my first ever interview for internship early this year. I hope to have published at least one book, be a famous sports journalist (having covered the world cup in 2014), engaged ( can’t believe I used to say I’d never get married) or if am not a famous sports journalist, I go the academic route and have done my masters degree, and enrolling for my doctorate. I haven’t decided yet but either way I will be rich in 5 years. Be driving a Ranger Rover Discovery. My dream car.

T. G: You would like to send a shout out to……

S. K: My friend Josie in London though she may not be reading this, my friends in campus who’ve been with me since my first year in campus and stood by me through thick and thin.

T. G: Any parting words

S. K: The future is thine, embrace it. So am not good at parting shots, but this interview has been awesome. Blogging is my life and I hope to do it all my life. That’s not my only ambition, I want to change someone’s life for the better. I think that’s my purpose in life. I found out that the meaning of life, is that it ends.

THE DAY’S:

Special Thanks: To Savvykenya for granting me this interview.

Definition: Thinking (verb): A process that should be related to speaking in the same way that chewing is related to eating – Joe Heuer

Quote: Want to annoy them pesky heroin addicts? Hide their needle in a haystack – Papa Shango

Indecent Proposal


Indecent Proposals; offers that you would rather not get from certain people. Ideas that make you uncomfortable, challenge your morals and make you question human nature.

Bold proposals that make you blush and then let that second question come to your mind: Where is the harm? The answer(s) to that question is what separates the risk takers from the proper ‘goody two shoes’. So, is Gaby a risk taking free spirit or is she a proper girl who will stick to human expectations and the moral standards that are  requirement at St. Hilary University…..

Indecent Proposals

‘What’s a beautiful girl like you doing in the ugliest part of Nairobi?’

‘And you?’ She sniggered. ‘What are you doing in the ugliest part of Nairobi?’

He lied that he lived somewhere around the block and had stopped off on his way home from campus—by sheer chance.

From that simple but calculated surprise, his spontaneous visits to the bar to see her graduated into statistical proportion. He even took to inventing workshops, and seminars in mitigating the new absences to his wife.

It went much further, for when you allow a leper to shake your hands beyond the elbow, they’ll be dying for an embrace. He talked about his boring marital sex life, sleeping in the same conjugal bed, and rousing at wee hours to his wife’s foul breath. If he had his democratic vote, he’d have chosen a bed for himself. The matrimonial bed is still the metaphor of the selfless nuptial union, and metaphors, for a prince to a pauper, are sacrosanct.

‘Every time I lie down next to my wife in that bed, I think about you.’ Said he on one occasion. ‘I fancy and fantasize about you lying down on my chest, and that makes me feel ashamed of myself.’

‘Is that the reason you want to sleep in a separate bed?’

‘You read my mind so easily. Yes, as far as East-is-to-West possible, for even to make love to you in my wet dreams gnaws my scruples to go on sleeping in the same bed as my wife.’

Read the rest here.

Aside from the Creekside story,this week we have a review of the TEDx event, held in Nairobi. Chiira Mainagives us a very good report on what happened there. If you don’t feel like you were actually there after reading this, you most probably will wish you were there. A win-win situation (so to speak).

On Poetic License, this week  is Poetic Wednesday: Proposal 2; We have poetry by Alfred Ochieng’,Dennis Kebu and Ikweri Anariko.Don’t hesitate to read and vote. These are three very profound poems.

Then there is the book review by Gideon Chumo. He gives us a very good preview of  Lysistrata, a play  by Greek Playwright Aristrophanes. A comedy that addresses some very weighty issues….issues that are very close to a woman’s heart and extremely close to a man’s mind. Indeed!

Finally, Marvin Tumbo is back this week and this time he has a bone to pick and break with the Kenya Tourism Board and it’s embarrassing effort at embracing social media. They made an equally absurd effort to defend their laxity with their presentation at the E-Tourism East Africa Conference. Read and get astonished….Kenya Tourism Board Slaughtered at E-Tourism East Africa Conference

Have a lovely weekend!

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