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  • Sun, 17th Jun 2018
    There’s this story that goes something like this.... There was this man in a far away land. In this land, they used to enjoy dog fights, just like in some parts of east Africa people enjoy bull-fights. Whenever there was a fight, the man would go in early and bet on one of the two dogs in the fight. Regardless of how big or small his choice of dog was, whichever dog he bet on always won.  Several... [Read More]
  • Sat, 9th Jun 2018
    I think it’s time we acknowledged the fact that fatigue is an epidemic in our societies today, regardless of where in the world one is in. People seem to be having too much to do and very little time to do it. As a result, we have more people suffering from never ending tiredness than ever before. You must have heard (if not experienced it yourself) one or two people you know saying that they... [Read More]
  • Sat, 2nd Jun 2018
    For the better part of last week, for some strange reason I found myself talking to people about taking responsibility for their health and not waiting for things to get to the point of no-return, then they start running all over the place seeking help. Actually I now remember a lot of these conversations were started by me asking the people I was talking to when they last went for a full body... [Read More]
  • Sat, 26th May 2018
    Let’s talk about “Listening”. This week I had the opportunity to speak to a group of over 150 youths about Using The Power Of Networking To Grow Your Business.  As I was preparing my presentation, the one thing that stood out so clearly is that networking is all about “listening to what is not being said”. This reminded me of a story I’d like to share with you today. A young guy from North... [Read More]
  • Sat, 19th May 2018
    In my day to day activities, sometimes I do get what I refer to some very strange requests from individuals and companies alike.  As you might be aware of, I do offer customized training services for corporates, but other than that, I also work with organizations to create strategies for and in different areas of their business e.g. marketing strategies, customer service strategies among others.... [Read More]
  • Sun, 13th May 2018
    I am loving the weather lately, I mean compared to the glaring heat we experienced the first quarter of the year, this coolness is a welcome change. But of course the coolness has not come without its fair share of challenges; increased mosquitoes thanks to the “swamps” that have developed in almost all neighborhoods, impassable roads due to deepened potholes and mud puddles thanks to the heavy... [Read More]
  • Sun, 6th May 2018
    A close relative (who is also a very close friend) got married a couple of weeks ago and even though I had hoped to go for the wedding to celebrate his good great fortune, I couldn’t because his wedding collided with a prior engagement I already had.  However much later he sent me some of their wedding photos and I must say they made an awesome couple, perfectly matched and suited for each other... [Read More]
  • Sat, 28th Apr 2018
    "If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as  Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”~ Martin Luther King Jr. I always end my articles with a quote but today, I have decided to... [Read More]
  • Sun, 15th Apr 2018
    Animals never cease to amaze me, and when I say animals I don’t just mean dogs because they are my favorite animals but I mean animals of all kinds, except creepy crawlies like snakes and crabs which creep the living daylights out of me. I don’t know why but this past week I received a lot of animal-related clips and messages from friends, all having some very interesting takeouts.  For instance... [Read More]
  • Sat, 7th Apr 2018
    Today I want to take you back to 1993, and specifically to a film called Sister Act 2. If you haven’t watched that movie you need to get online and watch it.  Speaking of going online, isn’t it amazing how innovation and technology has made life easier (yet more complex) for us? Today you can Google the movie and watch it online without having to go down the road to borrow the movie from the... [Read More]
  • Fri, 6th Apr 2018
    What would you do if you were wrongfully convicted for a murder you did not commit? Would you; A) Agree to a plea deal so you can get out faster? Or B) Stick to your guns even though that could mean you being jailed forever? Well, I don’t know what your response would be but I know of someone who opted to take the hard option 45 years ago, but just 24 hours ago, his story changed in a most... [Read More]
  • Sun, 25th Mar 2018
    Last week was a very weird week for me. I kept waiting for CATS that didn’t happen, and as I result I couldn’t make any concrete plans on any of my other activities because I was expecting those exams to happen any day. But at the end of it all, I was informed that they will not happen last week, meaning they might happen this coming week. As a result of being in a state of limbo, stuff I was... [Read More]
  • Sun, 18th Mar 2018
      Last week the world lost a very powerful, influential and inspiring person, Stephen Hawking. Reading about his life, the challenges he went through and overcame made me ask myself lots of questions about my own life. Just so that we are all on the same page, let me share a short bio about this man Hawking, as shared by one Tonny Robins. “I always say the only limit to your impact is your... [Read More]
  • Sun, 11th Mar 2018
    “Someone’s opinion of you does not have to be your reality.” This quote from Les Brown forms the basis of my article today. But first, as always, a little background. A few weeks ago I had to go for a very important dinner meeting, and as I was leaving home heading to the venue of this meeting, I gave a couple of passengers a ride. Even though I knew them, I wasn’t really talking much and so I... [Read More]
  • Sun, 4th Mar 2018
      Ever wondered how an organization’s culture is created? Well, here below I have shared two interesting (real) stories that quite effectively encapsulate the process of culture formation. An experiment was conducted in which five rhesus monkeys were placed in a cage together with a bunch of banana hanging high on a rope outside the reach of the monkeys.  A step ladder was placed in the cage that... [Read More]
  • Sun, 25th Feb 2018
    This last week was one of the most tiring weeks I’ve had in a long time. My days literally got linked into each other until at some point I found myself not remembering which day I was in. Actually I remember someone calling me on Friday afternoon and on asking me how my week had been, I just told them it had been one long Monday. In addition to the deadlines I was dealing with, I also had some... [Read More]
  • Mon, 19th Feb 2018
    For some strange reason this past week has had events that led me down memory lane more than I have been in the recent years. Some memories were good while some were not so good. But there was one particular memory that got me so pensive to the point of almost getting me emotional (read crying).  Let me shed some light for you to understand what I mean. This last week I was engaged in a training... [Read More]
  • Sun, 11th Feb 2018
    Anyone (especially females) who rock short hair can tell you how traumatic it can be when one goes to the barber to get a hair cut only for the barber to cut the hair wrong. In most cases, to camouflage the bad hair cut, one goes looking for a headscarf, a bandana, a cap, a hat or whatever headgear they can place their hands on in order to hide the shame. Sometimes some people look like a badly... [Read More]
  • Sun, 4th Feb 2018
    I had an opportunity to spend part of last week with Mum and as we were doing certain activities together, I realized how different things are now, and how much of our lives have been reversed so that what she used to do for me I am now doing for her.  It was a sad realization but one that I cannot ignore and so this just acted as a catalyst to strengthening my resolve to do as much as I can for... [Read More]
  • Sun, 28th Jan 2018
    Let’s talk about aggressiveness in life. But first, a little background. Last week I vented my frustrations right here after I tried looking for some information regarding a MacBook Pro on behalf of a friend. I called a certain certified Apple Dealer here in Dar Es Salaam but got some really pathetic customer service if I may call it that. I was so disappointed that I wrote about it here. Then... [Read More]
  • Sun, 21st Jan 2018
    I am really tempted to write about the recent verbal “attack” on Africa by a certain leader but I won’t. I’ll just keep my thoughts to myself for now but I cannot resist saying this one thing: without a sh*thole, every one of us would be lying on a hospital bed having waste from our bodies being removed through various pipes connected to our bodies – and paying very heavily for that service.  A... [Read More]
  • Sun, 14th Jan 2018
    PREP Time. Anyone who ever went to school, especially those schools with some high level of discipline must recall the famous PREP-time. It was a time when everyone would be quietly sitting at their desk in class reading for the next day’s exams, or finishing some homework before going home or back to the dorms, or just reading ahead of the teacher (for those we used to call “chopists” i.e. ... [Read More]
  • Sun, 31st Dec 2017
    Today is the last day of 2017. If you can read this it means you have seen the last day of the year and that in itself is something to be grateful to God for. Not everyone you started the year with has made it this far and if you see no other reason to be thankful today, be thankful for making it this far. At midnight today, the transition from 2017 to 2018 will happen.  People will mark this... [Read More]
  • Sun, 24th Dec 2017
    Merry Christmas to you and everyone around you! I hope you are enjoying the festive season spending time with family and friends, and getting some time to catch up on some lost sleep. I don’t know about you but this holiday has come at a very timely moment. I’m tired and just needed some time to rest and recover from the challenges of 2017. Speaking of challenges, I had challenged myself to... [Read More]
  • Sun, 17th Dec 2017
    Anyone encountered the traffic cops in Dar lately? Let me put it this way; assume your car is an essay, and you need to get the highest marks possible from your teacher. What would you have to do to make sure you do? For starters, you’d have to make sure your essay is within the topic given to you by your teacher, then make sure you adhere to all the other requirements given, and of course make... [Read More]
  • Sun, 10th Dec 2017
    There’s nothing as bad as getting lost on the way to some place you’ve never been to before, yet the GPS on your system tells you that you’ve reached your destination, but when you look around there is no way your destination can be anywhere near where you are. Why? Because the entire place is just bush and shrubs, yet you are sure you were not going to a camping site but someone’s residence,... [Read More]
  • Sun, 3rd Dec 2017
    Happy new month, the twelfth and last month of the year. Today I’d like to start by sharing a trivia question. As you read the transcript below which I got from the Goal Cast YouTube channel, see whether you can try and guess who the story is describing before you actually get to see his name. Here goes... “My father was a spy and my mother smuggled drugs. They abandoned me when I was six. I was... [Read More]
  • Sun, 26th Nov 2017
    It’s hard to imagine that 1st November was just the other day and now today is 26th of November, 2017. What happened to this month? Feels like I fell asleep and woke up to find three weeks of the month gone. Anyone else feel the same? Well, I guess that’s what happens when one is having (too much) fun. It’s been a fun month, a transforming month, a liberating month and a very productive month... [Read More]
  • Sun, 19th Nov 2017
    Last week I introduced the issue of self-esteem and self-confidence right here on this column, something I continued talking about for the rest of the week on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The truth is, there is no easy way of confronting self-esteem issues except facing them head-on. It is something one has to work on until they are able to overcome it. Just like you don't except to do... [Read More]
  • Sun, 12th Nov 2017
    If you do follow me on social media, then you must have noticed that I continued with the subject of procrastination, a subject that I started last week. Based on feedback I received from that article, I decided to delve deeper into the various reasons why people tend to procrastinate. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, I encourage you to do so because I use that platform a... [Read More]

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