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Quick Hits: Here and There

First of all, I want to apologize for not having blogged for the past two weeks. These two weeks have just been a blur, had to do exams, settle down at a new job (get your deals at rupu.co.ke) and focus on getting the proposal for master’s thesis ready to be approved which is not as easy as it sounds.

Okay, here are some things I may have wanted to write about but haven’t had time yet:


Mobile Entertainment Africa

Mobile Entertainment Africa is a conference takes takes place on the 29th and 30th of August at the 5-star One&Only Hotel in Cape Town and will give attendees the opportunity to gain and exchange knowledge surrounding maximising the entertainment opportunities on handheld devices in Africa.

The event is organized by All Amber, the same guys who organized Mobile Web East Africa that was held in Nairobi some time in February.

Check out the website for more.


AFC Leopards’s Match to Glory

After we stumbled towards the end of the first leg of the Kenya Premier League, we recovered our form and we are currently on top of the KPL table with 41 points although Tusker FC are second at 36 points with two games in hand. I however, firmly believe this league cup is ours for the taking, that is why we snobbed side tournaments like the Top 8, handing our enemies, Gor Mahia, a walkover. However, the reason we didn’t attend the match is because the security of fans wasn’t assured (so I’m told, let’s not debate this).

We acquired Paul Were from Tusker FC and Floribert Ndayisaba, a Burundian, to boost our midfield and so far we can’t complain. We set a new record for KPL transfer when we bought (I always feel this buying players thing sounds like human trafficking) Ndayisaba for Ksh 1.3 million.

Paul Were at a game in Kisii town where we played SoNy sugar and we won 1-0. He set up the goal for Mang’oli to score.

Our next game is against Thika United on Sunday 12th August, 2012 at Nyayo at 3pm. You are invited. And yes, I’m still attending matches, for those who thought this is just a temporary phase ;-) Football is forever.

Lastly, I leave you with a comic to make your evening. Looks like I’m back from my hiatus.

Comic: How To Take Care of Your Baby- From FB.

Someone might need this

Tales From Graduate School?

I know, it has been long since I posted anything here, let alone something related to ‘tales from graduate school’. I chose the tagline since I’m now doing my masters but I doubt I want to share details of my classes with you; the inattention during classes, the joys(?) and pains of commuting to school everyday, the assignments that lie forgotten, the pending CATS that need to be read for, the notes online that will be downloaded on the night before the CAT, the thesis whose topic I have not begun to think of, the projects due as deadlines loom etc. These are what marks graduate school. However, I do have a life out of school! So here are a few updates:

1. On Operation Smile

So you remember me saying someone came forward to help out with operation smile? I’m sure you are wondering who. I asked him if I could blog about it, and he didn’t really care if I did or I did not! To start with, I had to find the company that sells the plates needed and other medical supplies, Amiken Ltd. AS a Ninja(ress), I never ask for direction when I have Google maps on my Galaxy S II.


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The only problem is, Amiken Ltd is mapped inside D.O.D. I went to D.O.D and at the gate, told them I was going to Amiken Ltd. They told me there is no place like that and directed me to Lenana Road! Anyone reading this who can edit Google maps? This place is on Lenana road!

At the clinic, they gave me the invoice for the mandibular plates (artificial jaw) and I called one Fredrick Afune, who is the programme director for Royal Media Services. He is the hero of this operation smile :)

To cut the long story short, I went to his office and picked the cheque he wrote for Amiken Ltd. I called Amiken to confirm if they take cheques.

“hallo!, hallooo! ” this is me calling in excitement

“Hallo. Amiken blah blah how may I-”

“Do you take cheques?” I cut her off.

“You want implants?” – I paused here. Do I want implants? Stood straight and looked at my chest and couldn’t see the floor. Definitely no need for implants.

“No, I am asking if you take cheques.”

“Yes, but you have to wait for four days for the cheque to clear before you can pick the implants.”

Anyway, Gilbert Maoga who needs his smile back is now seeing his doctor at Kenyatta National Hospital. He should be scheduled for surgery later this week or early next week. Once the bill from KNH is presented, Mr. Afune has also promised to settle it. All I can say is, thank you! Thank you all who helped with Operation Smile!

2. The KPL and AFC Leopards

I spend my weekends watching football. Most of my team’s matches (AFC Leopards, 2012 KPL champions) are held at Nyayo National Stadium. I usually go early, swim in the olympic-sized pool for Kshs. 150 bob per person for the day. After swimming, I’ll meet my fellow fans at the poolside restaurant for lunch, then at 3pm get into the stadium for the match.

AFC Leopards is currently second in the KPL standings, having drawn 0-0 on our first match against Chemelil Sugar; and this past Sunday we won 2-0 against Mathare United. We now have a total of 4 points. Our current squad is on form, and here they are below doing a jig for the cameras (and the fans) after Bagaye scored the first goal. Mang’oli scored the second goal!

For more on AFC, check out the fan blog.

These are the men that make my weekends :)

Anyway, in addition to work (I recently started on a short-term contract job), I have the mobile web East Africa conference to attend on Wednesday and Thursday. Not forgetting, I have CAT on Thursday evening, and an assignment to present on Friday evening, as well as a game to attend on Saturday. Amongst many other things on my to-do list.

Keep reading.

Mobile Web East Africa Conference is Almost Here!

If you thought the biggest event of February is Valentines, then this blog is not for you (though the theme may have some red in it!)

The Mobile Web East Africa will be held at the 5* Southern Sun Mayfair hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on 22nd & 23rd February 2012. Due to the interactive roundtable seating format, attendance is limited to 140 people; the venue is already over 2/3 full so early booking is highly recommended.

Registrations can be made at www.mobileeastafrica.com and start-up companies and application developers are eligible for a 50% discount on attendance.

The sponsors of the event now include iHub and m:Lab East Africa. Blackberry are also sponsoring the app developer competition that is a side event of the conference.

Mobile Web East Africa Conference 2012

The Kenya ICT Board and All Amber Ltd, the organiser of premier mobile-related events in Africa, announced a partnership to deliver Mobile Web East Africa for a second time. This senior level and progressive conference will take place on 22nd & 23rd February 2012 at the 5* Southern Sun Mayfair hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

Date: 22nd and 23rd February
Venue: SouthernSun Mayfair Nairobi (I must admit this website sucks! I mean, what is that?!!) But the place is awesome.
Cost: $375-$475. Check it out here.

This is the website for the Southern Sun Hotel....!

#MWEA2012 is going to be 2 days of interaction and presentations designed to advance the harnessing of the internet and applications on mobile devices. There will be an app developer competition, supported by inMobi. App developers and start-up companies will get discounts on the cost of the conference.

The two day conference will offer so much, it’s better you just check out the website for all the information concerning timing, venue, the conference speakers, sponsors, the app competition etc.

I definitely plan to attend. Set the date in your Calendar, 22nd and 23rd February. You are advised to register early as the conference may be sold out.