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Feb 25

Areba

Nyeri Civic Hack is an Embarrassment to Nyeri Tech Community.

Nyeri Civic Hack arena

Onset of November last year would mark a memorable moment in Nyeri as it hosted first Civic hacker event in Mt Kenya region [and perhaps Sub-saharan Africa, although as one twitter user pointed out, this remains a subject of debate]. The price tag on the event winners set at 100k [would later find out the amount was actually 50k, the other half would be split between first and second runners up in a 3:2 ratio] Math enough. The deal still looked attractive and in the spirit of hacking, worth giving a shot. However, one chap in our camp remained adamant about making a move. He would later give in and oblige to go [w...

Oct 09

Areba

​Could Bubblews be the biggest scam?

So everyone has been crazy about one site Bubblews in recent times. For those who haven't heard about it yet, then you are getting your hustle all wrong. Bubblews has this package that allows for users to make money through macro-blog postings. They describe themselves as a holistic macro-blogging platform and social ecosystem where users express their opinions, meet like-minded individuals from around the world, and be compensated for their contributions to the network. Still, the emphasis is on profiting element. Now don't get too excited. Let me take you to the outset of the story line.

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  • Jul 26

    Areba

    Torn Shirt

    Torn shirt

    It is minutes to Quality Control lecture. Today I’m shaky, not typical of me; the day has pretty much started on a wrong note. Perhaps this is what happens when one tries to attempt [polite word for copying] an assignment with the deadline beckoning.

    Then someone to my right bursts into a laughter. It is long enough not to ignore so I turn my head in response to the perturbation. His chin is visibly clear forming a smooth baseline for a rounded face. I can tell his mustache is freshly grown. He has no piercings or weird hairdo on. All this forms the basis of my conclusion; that this chap is a second year, besides the f...

    Jul 23

    Areba

    ​Outcry as Teenage Missionary confesses to raping Kenyan minors.

    Matthew

    A 19 year old US citizen, Matthew Durham faces possible life imprisonment after US authorities learned of shocking crimes he allegedly committed on mission trip in Kenya.

    Matthew flew in with a group called Upendo, an organization that assists neglected Kenyan kids by providing basic needs and gospel.

    The suspect was volunteering at a local children's home where he committed the offenses with an Oklahoma court records indicating Matthew to having confessed to raping several young girls, forcing some boys to perform oral sex on him and making other kids watch his inhumane act.

    United States A...

    Jul 21

    Areba

    KDF's Worst Nightmare off Battlefield

    Kenya's front-men in protecting our boundaries suffered a serious breach today courtesy of a group of hackers going by the name Anonymous. Kenya Defence Forces, popularly KDF might be steps ahead in containing the Al-shabaab group in Somalia but the length with which hacker group @Anon_0x03 took control of their official twitter account @kdfinfo raises serious questions. The motive behind it remained unclear. Notably, Major Emmanuel Chirchir, KDF's protocol/liason head suffered the same fate.

    May 22

    Areba

    ​Randy or Moderate? Lessons from Nairobi News' closure.

    The nation woke up on Wednesday to sad news of Daily Nation's tabloid Nairobi News' closure, a move which they termed as necessitated by the paper's slow sales growth amid rising publishing costs. The paper was launched last November, barely a year ago at the Sankara hotel in presence of Nairobi governor Evans Kidero. It's entrance was stated by Nation's CEO Linus as a response to the growth of news market created by devolution. Months later, the question is what exactly went wrong?

    Arch rivals Standard Group had only launched The Nairobian months before, a fact that critics argued the new entrant was setup to compete with the former in a newspaper business that was at i...

    May 16

    Areba

    ​No More Lies “Friend”


    Dear Friend,

    Hello compatriot or friend is it? You tell me … It's well past 1 a.m, I'm awake. Yes, I'm alive, seeing another day. How does that make you feel? Guess why I'm up this early to be a victim of Mt. Kenya's cold not a chance to enjoy my comfy bed's warmth? I could lie and say insomnia got the best of me but not today. I'm done with those cheap lies. Let me cut through the crap and get to it. I just couldn't sleep until I was sure I had 'crossed-over'. A ...

    May 15

    Areba

    ​Africa’s Oldest National Park on Deathbed.

    Congo's Virunga National park could be no more courtesy of oil exploration pursuits. This is in direct defiance of request from the United Nations, conservation groups and the British government. The park is home to Africa's largest surviving population of mountain gorillas and hippos and includes mountain forests, wetlands, savanna grassland, volcanoes and lakes.

    Virunga National Park lies east of Democratic Republic of Congo, centered on Lake Edward and the Ruwenzori Mountains. It was created by Belgium’s King Albert I in 1925. Virunga contains roughly a quarter of 880 million gorillas that remain in the wild yet in this wake, a growing sense of crisis about the future of the park looms. The park once held the record for the largest hippo population. The story is d...

    May 14

    Areba

    ​Kenya's newest musical force

    His voice can be described as soulful and palliative. Meet Iddi Hemed a steller vocalist who has unleashed a new genre dubbed “SWARNB” a fusion of rich spicy blend of Swahili poetry and RnB. If his already released works are anything to go by, then the best is in store for the singer.

    His journey started months ago when he contacted legendary music producer Ted Josiah via social media. The protégé who traces his roots from Mombasa is poised to be the next Diamond. He released his single Usijali that is ridding high with critical acclaim. The chap is currently working on his album set to be released later t...

    Apr 08

    Areba

    ​Why Dead Owino Refused to Go Home.

    You've probably heard of this in the whispers that's usually associated with the 'dead' talk. How could you not have heard of it when it was the first time Owino appeared on TV, only this time while he was fast asleep in a brown eucalyptus-made coffin, not a chance to celebrate this victory. It was that time that everyone dreads, especially city lovers. That time of the send-off. Quick burial arrangements by his next of kin saw Nyathiwa make a first visit to Nairobi to be part of the entourage that would see her departed son journey through to his right...

    Mar 07

    Areba

    New breed of Kenyan Artists

    Volume set, neither too loud nor susurrus. A new jam plays. The song is totally insane. I have no idea the face behind the male voice though I can tell the female’s. Seconds later, Shazam has the answer. The song is dubbed Dumbalaand proves me right, the female voice is actually Sage Chemtai’s. The rapper happens to be Jay-A, at this moment I’ve no clue who he is. Same puzzle happens to have struck a colleague, a pointer to a shift in the musical see-saw. Welcome to the crop of Kenya’s new artists that are gracing the scene.

    I first got to know Sage early this year courtesy of the show Nairobi Sessions

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  • Mar 07

    Areba

    I want to be like you.

    I want to smile at a girl and see her blush.

    Drink with the boys all weekend long and keep my wife at bay.

    Be muscular so I can hide my cowardice.

    Kill spiders without a lending hand, no screams

    Wake up no make-up, no weave.

    Take Physics and Chemistry.

    Watch horror movies all alone.

    And talk little.

    I want to take my rightful posture, pee while standing.

    Be a man in grief and cry deep in the night if need be.

    Be an heir too, father!

    No heels no more.

    Fight to prove a point.

    Have a deep voice and shift place i...