The Lady Techie and Her Bag

The Kenyan techie is your average guy in jeans and a t-shirt with a bag on his back, which contains his laptop heavy with various porn downloads. This is a casual and accepted look. I’m not saying there are no techies who suit up, but this is rarely on a daily basis.

Image from immediateentourage.com

When you are a lady techie, you either work in an office where they provide you with computers so you can get away with carrying only your handbag to and from work, and dressing up in official clothes and heels. However, if you are a freelancer like me, your laptop is your best friend. You carry him (I’ve named my laptop Zee) everywhere you go. To meetings, to school, to the club, to work, to iHub, to the stadium etc. My bag is almost permanently glued to my bag.

Yesterday, as a fellow Ingwelet (female fan of AFC Leopards) painted my nails blue outside the stadium while we waited for the match against KCB to kick off, she asked what’s in my bag and why I’m always carrying it around. I told her it’s my latop. Couldn’t I just leave it at the office? Well, I don’t work at a closed office exactly. How about I leave it in my car? He he.. Yet to buy one. I have resigned to carrying around my laptop so it doesn’t bother me anymore.

The only problem is this limits my choice of outfit to jeans/t-shirts or casual equivalent. Can you imagine being in a skirt suit and with a backpack? Awkward? Yes, but I’ve done it before. At some point, you have to toss out fashion concerns in favour of practicality.

However, there are some laptop bags that are stylish and also serve as handbags. Goes well with a casual or official outfit.

Stylish laptop bag. Image from laptop-computer-comparison.com

I have to buy one of these soon since it looks like I’ll be walking around with my laptop for a few more months. Still, a backpack is easier to carry.

I think I have stumbled on the perfect solution. A bag that can be either a backpack or a handbag, you can switch depending on the conditions. However, it’s a Gucci snakeskin backpack, so I’ll wait for the Chinese to make a cheap knock-off that I can afford :-)

The handbag/packpack. Image from http://www.thebaglady.tv

P.S.

My team, AFC Leopards, beat KCB 2-1 during their first leg of the Kenya Premier League. The match was held last night from 7pm-9pm at Nyayo Stadium. This means AFC is now on top of the league with 20 points from 8 games.

Call For Peace: AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia Derby!

Matches between these two big football clubs in Kenyan can turn explosive because of the passion of the fans, which can lead to heated exchanges that sometimes end up in stones being thrown!

This is a call for peace! The upcoming match is a KPL fixture first leg, at Nyayo on Sunday March 18th, 3pm! Be there!

Last year, AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia met four times (Two KPL ties, FKL final, and The Inaugural Kibunja Peace Cup). Only one of the matches- FKL final- that had some sort of altercation. That represents a 0.25 chance of chaos. We both know I’d take my chances even on a 100%, but the point here is, LET THERE BE PEACE!!!

Like these pictures below show:

The players

AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia players show the fans how it's done. Pic from FB. PEACE.

The fans

Um.. can you see me? :)

More fans

Male, Female it doesn't matter if you're green or blue!

Yet more fans

Football is a universal language... passion unites us all!

For more images, check out this Ingwe Fan blog

Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) announces The BAKE Blog Awards

In a bid to reward exceptional bloggers and to also promote content creation in Kenya, BAKE will be organizing bloggers awards this year under the moniker ‘BAKE Blog Awards’. The idea is to recognize bloggers that post consistently, have great and useful content, and are creative and innovative.

There will be a submission phase starting March 15th where blogs will be nominated in 14 categories as below:

1. Best Technology Blog
Blogs that cover tech matters like social media, internet usage, consumer electronics, mobile phones, tech startups etc.

2. Best Photography Blog
Blogs that showcase original photos or have photography related content.

3. Best Creative Writing Blog
Blogs that feature original creative writing in the form of poetry, fiction and essays.

4. Best Business Blog
Blogs that feature business content like business development, entrepreneurship, startups, stocks, investments, banking etc

5. Best Food Blog
Blogs that focus on food, cooking tips, restaurants, wines and recipes

6. Best Agriculture Blog
Blogs that focus on Farming, marketing of agricultural produce, and environmental impact of climate change

7. Best Fashion Blog
Blogs that highlight current trends in Fashion as well as personal grooming, fashion shows

8. Best Politics Blog
Blogs that cover political issues in Kenya.

9. Best New Blog
Outstanding Blogs that were set up from March 24th 2011 onwards.

10. Best Corporate Blog
Blogs run by companies.

11. Best General Blog
Blogs that features content that is exceptional but doesn’t don’t fit into any of the other 13 categories.

A pity there's no sexy blogger award, no? :-)

12. Best Sports Blog
Blogs that feature sports content.

13. Tweep of the Year – Individual
The best individual twitter user in Kenya.

14. Tweep of the Year – Corporate
The best corporate twitter user in Kenya.

The submission phase will run until March 29th and then judges will choose their best 5 in each category. The judges will be drawn from the media and the blogging community.

After the judges pick their best 5 in each category, they will then be voted for by the public from April 10th. The winners in each category will be announced at a gala event on April 28th.

For more details about the BAKE Blog Awards visit http://bloggers.or.ke , the awards website, or email awards@bloggers.or.ke.

More information about The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE)

BAKE is a body that promotes content creation on the web in Kenya and represents a group of content creators who are of Kenyan origin, descent or are based in Kenya and want to:

  • Syndicate their content
  • Network among other fellow content creators
  • Get legal and communal representation from the Bloggers Association of Kenya

AFC Leopards Vs Gor Mahia: KPL 1st Leg

Dear readers,

Currently quite busy with school, work and maybe a conference or two :) My weekends are taken up by football.

Come watch the upcoming derby on Sunday March 18th at Nyayo. It features Kenya’s two biggest teams in terms of passionate fan support. I just can’t wait for it. For now, back to reading for an exam or two.

AFC sends of Gor

Wanga, Baraza and Bageya are our (AFC's) lethal strikers. Wanga has 3 goals in 4 games. He may win the KPL golden boot this year, as AFC wins the KPL.

The Kenya Premier League: A Must Watch

It looks like an exciting year for football in Kenya.

Remember a time when a team could refuse to be relegated from the KPL in spite of their poor performance? Or when one team could have two factions, each training separately? Or when there was no such thing as salaries for players.. they only got allowances when training (if any) and when playing (like Kshs. 500/100 a day :-( )

Now things have changed! Football clubs have corporate sponsorships. For example, Gor is sponsored by Tuzo; AFC Leopards by Mumias Sugar (Utamu halisi!); Sofapaka by Blue Triangle Cement and Tusker by, as you can guess, EABL. Clubs can afford to pay players salaries in addition to allowances.

Rules are followed as the KPL is a FIFA-recognized. Teams that perform poorly at the end of the season (bottom 2) are relegated to the also FIFA-recognized Nationwide League ( 2nd tier), and the two at the top of the Nationwide League get promoted to the KPL.

There is a Supersport deal the KPL has signed with DSTv to ensure live coverage of some featured matches every weekend! So if you can’t travel to watch your match, you can watch these games live. (I think the main advantage DSTv has over Zuku TV is only Supersport!)

Fans have set up websites for their teams, most notable being AFC Leopards. They even have a magazine out, called Ingwe Fan, and two issues published so far. The third will come out this month.

Speaking of AFC Leopards, by now it should be clear I’m a fan. This past Sunday, I was in Nakuru to watch the KPL clash against 2010 KPL Champions, Ulinzi Stars whose home ground is Afraha Stadium. Ulinzi Stars is a team by the Kenya Defence Forces. I don’t know if they have bonokos instead of real guns, but they just couldn’t shoot to score! I mean, they wasted two PELANTIES! (typo is deliberate)

They were given a penalty in the first half, which was saved by our keeper, Patrick Matasi (I crowned him man of the match!). In the second half, we were awarded a penalty, and Jonas Paco, Rwandase international, slotted home the penalty putting us in the lead.

Our players then did their dance, this time by marching and mocking salutes! You gotta love them <3

From left.. Amon Muchiri (14), Mike Baraza (11), Allan Wanga (9), Mang'oli (22) show the soldiers how it's done!!

Ulinzi then got another penalty, which was once again saved by Matasi! They lost their chance to equalize! Later in the second half, Allan Wanga scored through a free-kick, a blazing speeding ball landed on the back of the net throwing us fans into a frenzy!

Allan Wanga and Jonas Paco .. dush, dush. That's 2 for you Ulinzi! (These pictures courtsey of friends on FB)

AFC is now on top of the league with Sofapaka, but we top on goal difference. See, we haven’t conceded any goals this season! Our scores have been 0-0; 2-0; 2-0; 2-0.

The next match is against Muhoroni Youth at Nyayo Stadium, Sunday 11th March, 4pm. See you there.

Wamathai Spoken Word March-2012

Ever since Wamathai launched his spoken word event last in 2010, I have tried to attend all of them. The theme still retains poetry, but has diversified to include photography, and music by performing artists in Kenya. I look forward to this next one… if you are wondering, yes, I do love listening to poetry. That’s why I also attend Kwani?’s open Mics on the first Tuesday of every month at Club Soundd. Who’s coming there tomorrow?