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The Business Falcons

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Falcons are a species of birds commonly referred to as Hawks. Hawks are characterized by sharp talons, large, curved bill and muscular legs. They use their sharp bill to bite and tear the pray and this makes them the best hunting birds ever known. Most entrepreneurs involuntarily act like falcons hence the title “Business Falcons.” So in what ways are entrepreneurs like falcons?

1. Vision.

Falcons have excellent eye sight, they can see up to 8 times further than human eyes sight. This helps with accuracy when sporting a pray. They can identify the difference between a rock and a mouse when they are over 100 feet in the sky. Visionary leaders also see opportunities that lie miles away from them. That is what drives them to take an action to either bring change or start something new. As an entrepreneur, always know what you are going…

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“I Am” Says Armel

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Since the last time we  interviewed him on Dossier Magazine for my premier music video “Somewhere In America Freestyle”, many things changed. He now have attained management under Emmanuel Gustave; Former INBA Olympia champion out of Ottawa. He has also acquired a full team of artists from all over Ontario working as one unit under the name “The Movement” in order to make their dream a reality.

The Movement is a brand name that properly represents the vision of success that many modern day adolescents refrain from pursuing. “The Movement” defines the dreams that they all held to, regardless of counter opinions that may have arose. They are in its entirety a team of young educated Canadian artists, all from different walks of life, here to spread a message of consciousness in their pursuit of happiness.

Their current means of production is through Hip Hop, Media, and fashion. On the Hip Hop side, they withhold a well-respected local young artist, by the name of Armel, and a talented producer named Kenardo “Nardo” Mclean. Also within their roster they have a promising DJ from Mississauga, by the name of KB. Starting in small parties, KB is now a member of “Music Unlimited DJ Services” making his talent known through “The Movement”. On the fashion aspect of things they have 2 aspiring designers and stylists, Malcolm “Mute” and Zoravar “Maserati”.

Mute and Maserati are experienced in the attainment of high fashion, often getting the attention of professional artists for fashion means. Mute and Maserati are also the designers of the trademark “The Movement” baseball jerseys. On the media side of things they have CJ (Phreshi), who is our network coordinator and last but not the least we also have the pleasure of acquiring a very talented photographer by the name of Siamak. Equipped with top equipment for the job Siamak gives a professional look to The Movement and through The Movement branches out into his own inquiry.

With the launch of “The Movement” He (Armel) has launched an introductory song on soundcloud titled “I AM” that is receiving nothing but the greatest of reviews.

You can find his new song on the link below.

I AM-  https://soundcloud.com/theonlyarmel-1/i-am

Confrontational Leadership

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This is not to be confused with arrogance. What I simply mean by confrontational is the ability to oppose or challenge directly the action or authority of someone. I also should make it clear to you that personality contributes a lot when it comes to being a confrontational leader.

Even though most entrepreneurs shy away from this type of leadership, it can mostly benefit the organization if handled with care because there is a very fine line separating it from arrogance. While arrogance holds the intent of superiority and recklessness, confrontation has an intent to question the credibility of an action and how it is benefiting the entire organization.

In my daily life, I do not like confrontations of any kind but one of my business friends, a fellow school mate and an entrepreneur once taught me that it is never wrong to question what is wrong…

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Rules from the Men Side

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There are rules that run the world. Then there are rules that women deliberately create to curb the liberal behaviours of men. It’s more like a reference book, a mini-constitution that men are supposed to bow to.

Men, as far as I know, are more liberal and would not really care to follow rules in relationships. Not that it’s a bad thing only that, my friend Ryan, argues that they could have better things to do. I wasn’t really listening to him, until he told me that as a man, I had to be organized, and have rules to present to women. .

Thinking about it, I totally agree. I am a convert, and as man, here are some rules that he sent  me. He insisted that these are rules that women should know men have by default.

He in fact said that they should memorize as many as they can. So women know that:

1. Men are not mind readers.

2. Shopping is not a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

3. Please,you should know that crying is blackmail.

4. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!

5. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

6. Come to us with a problems only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

7. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

8. If you won’t dress like the Victoria’s Secret girls, don’t expect us to act like soap opera guys..

9. If something we said can be interpreted in two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

10. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

11. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

12. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

13. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

15. If we ask what is wrong and you say “nothing,” We will act like nothing’s wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

16. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, expect an answer you don’t want to hear.

17. Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as football, cars, bikes or games

18. You have enough clothes and too many shoes.

20. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, if you tell these rules to your woman, you may be forced to have to sleep on the couch tonight, courtesy of the rules; But did you know men really don’t mind that? It’s like camping.

As  we digest the rules, its pretty clear, the game is changing in relationships, there are new rules in town. But as far as relationships are concerned, this is how every man think in his relationships.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

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Via Entrepreneur By Laura Entis

The best interview questions provide insight into a potential hire’s thought process, critical thinking skills and overall personality, instead of just a rehearsed list of achievements accomplished and lessons learned.

Rate-your-company startup Glassdoor recently compiled a list of the top 25 oddball questions that businesses like Yahoo, Airbnb and UrbanOutfitters routinely ask interviewees.

“It’s helpful for both job seekers and employers to familiarize themselves with the downright weird interview questions that are being used to identify great candidates,” says Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor’s community expert.

From the employer’s side, Dobroski says, unexpected questions are a good tactic for forcing job candidates to think on their feet.

And for potential hires? It’s a chance to think outside the box because a bad response is often the expected response. One of Dobroski’s favorite questions on the list this year comes from the American Heart Association, which asks interviewees: What is the color of money?

“The worst answer you can give is either,’ I don’t know,’ or ‘Green,'” he says. “It’s OK to answer a question with a question, or ask for a clarification.” For example, “‘Are you talking about the color of money in the UK? India? In Bitcoins?’ In this case, there’s obviously not one correct reply.”

Here are 25 oddball questions that companies are asking to freshen up the interview process.

1. “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?” — The Zappos Family, Customer Loyalty Team Member interview.

2. “How lucky are you and why?” — Airbnb, Content Manager interview.

3. “If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?” — Apple, Specialist interview.

4. “If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?” — Red Frog Events, Event Coordinator interview.

5. “Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?” — Dell, Account Manager interview.

6. “If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?” —Yahoo, Search Quality Analyst interview.

7. “If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?” — Bed Bath & Beyond, Sales Associate interview.

8. “Do you believe in Bigfoot?” — Norwegian Cruise Line, Casino Marketing Coordinator interview.

9.”Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?” — Xerox, Client Manager interview.

10.”What is your least favorite thing about humanity?” — ZocDoc, Operations Associate interview.

11. “How would you use Yelp to find the number of businesses in the U.S.?” — Factual, Software Engineer interview.

12. “How honest are you?” — Allied Telesis, Executive Assistant interview.

13. “How many square feet of pizza are eaten in the U.S. each year?” — Goldman Sachs, Programmer Analyst interview.

14. “Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words?”  — LivingSocial, Consumer Advocate interview.

15.”If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?” — McKinsey & Company, Associate interview.

16. “You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?” — Urban Outfitters Sales Associate interview.

17. “How does the internet work?” — Akamai, Director interview.

18. “If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?” –SinglePlatform, Inside Sales Consultant interview.

19. “What’s the color of money?” — American Heart Association, Project Manager interview.

20. “What was the last gift you gave someone?” — Gallup, Data Analyst interview.

21. “What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?” — Applebee’s, Bartender/Neighborhood Expert Server interview.

22. “How many snow shovels sold in the U.S. last year?” — TASER, Leadership Development Program interview.

23. “It’s Thursday; we’re staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?” — ThoughtWorks, Junior Consultant interview.

24. “Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt.” — Active Network, Client Applications Specialist interview.

25. “Have you ever been on a boat?” — Applied Systems, Graphic Designer interview.

Do You Have the Entrepreneurial ‘X Factor?’

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Via Entrepreneur, by Steve Musick

There’s a mysterious “X factor” shared by entrepreneurs around the world. Fledgling entrepreneurs reach for it, while the successful seem to wear it effortlessly. But what is this elusive entrepreneurial element? Is it a learned skill, or is it genetic? Can entrepreneurship be taught, or is it something that’s just in your blood?

The truth is that while many skills shared by great entrepreneurs can be learned, two elements are traits that entrepreneurs are born with.

The traits entrepreneurs possess

In my experience, the entrepreneurial “X factor” comes down to a dichotomy of two innate traits. The first being creativity, which is the ability to discover and develop viable new business ideas. The second is intuition, or the gift of knowing who will benefit from a new idea and how to sell them the idea.

These two elements work in tandem: They lend the uncanny ability to see around corners and create true vision. If you don’t have these two elements, you will most likely not succeed as an entrepreneur. That doesn’t mean you can’t run a successful business, but it will not be a truly entrepreneurial venture.

And even if you did win the genetic lottery, for this powerful duo to be used to their full potential, they must be harnessed with four other learned skills.

1. People skills. Understanding how to build and inspire a team could be an entire concentration of study within academia. The art of getting people to do what you want them to do requires a lot of practice and many failed attempts before getting it right.

2. Ability to focus resources. Often, entrepreneurial ventures suffer from organizational ADD. Symptoms include the inability to focus on critical details necessary for project completion and the pursuit of rabbit trails. A successful entrepreneur must learn the logic behind building a business and realize when they’re over-innovating to the point of wasting resources.

3. Financial skills. Some entrepreneurs operate with such an intuitive sense of direction that their organization grows from the sheer inertia of powerful ideas. But at some point, somebody needs to know how to balance the books for operational sustainability.

4. Orchestration capabilities: Coordinating all of a business’s moving parts is the essence of management, a skill taught in universities across the country.

These four skills are garnered through hard work, practice and persistence. They are just as crucial to an entrepreneur’s success as the “X factor,” and they can be learned over time.

Packing the Essentials

The essential genetic traits of an entrepreneur — creativity and intuition — are what separate the truly entrepreneurial from the average business owner. These traits make for a mind full of big ideas combined with an understanding of the people who can benefit from those big ideas. This is the foundation of any great business.

Nevertheless, an organization cannot survive on DNA alone. It must be complemented by skills that are learned and cultivated over time. In the end, the “X factor” is not an end-all, be-all trait that gives entrepreneurs a golden ticket to success. Without hard work, business savvy and the ability to manage people, even the most creative and intuitive will fail.

Successful Stars Who Made it Despite Rejection

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 Oprah Winfrey; had an early insulting life   

They were told they couldn’t make it or the world was not ready for their ideas. But they didn’t give up and they kept on pushing until they made it, big. The joke now lies in those who rejected them and are now wondering in the ‘what-if?’ Here are some of those notable successes:

Oprah Winfrey

One of the richest and most successful people in world, the queen of talk shows didn’t enjoy an easy life; from having an abusive childhood, to having her baby die shortly after birth, she has experienced it all. Adding insult to injury, she was rejected for the first news anchor position she applied for because she was African-American and overweight. Now, she has a net worth of $2.9Billion.

Stephen King

He threw his manuscript, Carrie, in the garbage because he was tired of the rejections. In fact, he gave up posting his rejection slips on the bulletin board above his computer once they were too thick for a pin. But his wife, Tabitha ‘Tabby’ King, fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it, and the rest as they say is history. Now King is one of the bestselling authors of all time with his scripts converted to high grossing movies.

J K Rowling

The author of Harry Potter (which was then made to a movie sequel, grossing $7.7billion), whose net worth as of 2013 was $1Billion, did not have an easy life. Her rise to riches was not an overnight experience.

Penniless, recently divorced, and raising a child on her own, she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter. Add the fact that 12 publishers rejected the manuscript. However, one gave her the nod but suggested that she gets a part time job.

Stephen Spielberg

The established and seasoned filmmaker synonymous with massive movie budgets applied and was turned down two times at the prestigious University of Southern California film school. Instead, he went to Cal State University in Long Beach.

He went on to direct some of the biggest movie blockbusters in history. Now he’s worth $2.7 billion and in 1994, he got an honorary degree from the film school that rejected him twice.

John Grisham

The famous American author had a knack for writing bolstered by his legal expertise. However, his first book, Time to Kill, took three years to write. The book was rejected 28 times before getting the nod for 5,000 copies. He’s now sold more than 250 million copies of his books.

Clint Eastwood

The prominent film director and veteran actor was told that he would never be a movie star because his Adam’s apple was too big. With a plethora of awards including Academy Award for Best Director on two separate, his illustrious career has spanned over 50 years, and he has starred in more than 60 movies; a feat that has been achieved by few.

Jay Z  

Jay-Z was  rejected for recording deal. He is one of the wealthiest showbiz entrepreneurs with a net worth of $500Million.However, before the riches and during the multi Grammy award winner’s early musical career, no major music label gave him a recording a deal; something that resulted in him selling his CDs out of his car.

Michael Jordan

He is arguably the greatest basketball player of all times. But before his exposure to the pros, Jordan was kicked off his high school basketball team. This setback didn’t prevent the 6’6 foot tall from winning the NBA champion six times, Most Valuable Player (MVP) five times, NBA All Star Game MVP three times and All NBA First Team ten times among other recognitions.

The Beatles

It was rumoured that The Beatles were popular than Jesus Christ at one time in particular regions of the world. Taking into consideration their tours and widely loved hits of long gone. But what’s notable is that the group hadn’t an easy time.

Many record labels did not want to sign them. The rejections piled up in huge numbers and at an alarming rate. Heck a record label famously rejected them by saying, “we don’t like their music and guitar music is on the way out” The world indeed prove this label wrong.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP William Ruto Given 14 Days to Respond to Suit Seeking to Remove Them from Office

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President Uhuru Kenyatta, flanked by Deputy President William Ruto. 

Via Standard Digital. 

The High Court has given President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto 14 days to respond to a suit seeking to remove them from office. The Attorney General Githu Muigai, acting on behalf of Uhuru and Ruto asked Justice Isaac Lenaola for time to file a response objecting to the application.

The Judge noted that he had given the AG time to respond to the application on December 10 last year yet they had not responded. “I have no response from your office and I do not want to make a ruling without the response of the AG,” said Lenaola. He directed the AG to file a response for the application within 14 days and appear before him for hearing on January 24.

Isaac Aluochier wants Uhuru and Ruto to cease from holding the top jobs in the country for allegedly being in office illegally. He argued that prior to becoming President, between  August 27,2010 and April 2012, Uhuru was Kanu Chairman and continued to hold the position of  an appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Kenya  right until he assumed office as President.

He accused Ruto of prior to becoming Deputy President, between August 27 2010 and August 2011, was both the Deputy Party Leader, Strategy of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) an appointed Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology.

Aluochier cited Article 77(2) of the Constitution which prohibits an appointed State officer from holding office in a political party. “By the Respondents holding both the offices of appointed Ministers in the Cabinet, and political party offices, they contravened Article 77(2) of the Constitution,” he said.

The petitioner wants the court declare that by the operation of Article 75(3) of the Constitution, the Respondents were rendered disqualified from holding any other State office.

In his petition, he wants the court to order the respondents’ holding of the offices of President and Deputy President to cease with immediate effect, as they are not qualified to hold these or any other State offices.

The petitioner also wants the court to order the duo to pay general damages amounting to the cost of holding a presidential by-election, and the sum total of salaries and allowances they received as State officers over the period.

He argued that Pursuant to Article 75(2) of the Constitution, the Respondents had to be disciplined for their contraventions of Article 77(2), a discipline that was not carried out against them.

He added that notwithstanding the Respondents’ failure to be disciplined, pursuant to Article 2(4) of the Constitution, that failure to discipline the President and his Deputy was invalid, and they stood disciplined by the operation of law.

“Consequently, any holding of State office by the Respondents, whether as Member of Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Finance or President, or as Member of Parliament, Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology or Deputy  President, was invalid, pursuant to Article 2(4) of the Constitution, “said Aluochier.

Seth Godin on the 3 Essential Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Cultivate

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If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve got your hustle on. You don’t work normal hours, every day is spent on your business and you’re doing all you can to make it go. You know how to work hard, but there are other skills that great entrepreneurs need too. In Seth Godin’s new book The Icarus Deception (Portfolio, 2013) he shares three essential skills every great entrepreneur needs.

1. Quiet your lizard brain.
Whether you know it or not, we all have what Godin refers to as a lizard brain. He says, “The lizard is a physical part of your brain, the pre-historic lump called the amygdala near the brain stem that is responsible for fear and rage and reproductive drive.”

 

Godin has written a lot about this in previous books including Linchpin and Poke the Box and cites author Steven Pressfield for further explanation — “As Pressfield describes it, the lizard brain is the resistance. The resistance is the voice in the back of our head telling us to back off, be careful, go slow, compromise. The resistance is writer’s block and putting jitters and every project that ever shipped late because people couldn’t stay on the same page long enough to get something out the door. The resistance grows in strength as we get closer to shipping, as we get closer to an insight, as we get closer to the truth of what we really want. That’s because the lizard hates change and achievement and risk,” Godin says in The Icarus Deception.

Quieting the lizard brain is a constant struggle for entrepreneurs. It is a skill that needs to be developed. But as we tune into the frequency of what we feel is the right decision and tune out the lizard brain we will be able to truly test our business plans and hypothesis.

2. Think like an artist.
Most of us put ourselves in one of three categories. Godin breaks it down into being either the chef, cook or bottle washer. Chefs run the show, they hire and fire, make plans and big decisions for their subordinates. Chefs have all the power. Cooks are the executors; they get it done. Bottle washers are often disrespected. They are the grunts on the front line in the trenches doing the dirty work. Which one are you at this particular day and time?

In The Icarus Deception, Godin challenges us to think beyond the norm and become artists.

“It’s not art if the world (or at least a tiny portion of it) isn’t transformed in some way. And it’s not art if it’s not generous. And most of all, it’s not art if there’s no risk. The risk isn’t the risk of financial ruin (though that might be part of it). No, the risk is the risk of rejection. Of puzzlement. Of stasis. Art requires the artist to care, and to care enough to do something when he knows it might not work.”

Thinking like an artist instead of like chefs, cooks and bottle washers opens up a whole new world of possibilities for change, progress and success.

3. Connect the disconnected.
Connecting people on the surface might feel like old-school networking events where everyone just exchanges business cards. Godin writes about “The Connected Economy” and explains that the era where we needed to care about catering to the masses is gone. It’s about connecting people who are disconnected — then connection becomes a function of art. The opportunity in the Connection Economy is about finding the problem (where are people disconnected).

This is an essential skill that might require significant effort, he says:

“How much connection did you just make? That’s one way to measure whether or not the work you did made a difference. When you make a daring comment at a meeting, when you produce a video or app or an idea that spreads, when more people visit your farm stand because they can’t get enough of the way you engage…Boring and safe rarely lead to connection. Connection happens when humility asserts itself.”

President Kenyatta Should Be The Last To Criticize The West

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President Uhuru Kenyatta, flanked by Deputy President William Ruto. Source: Reuters
President Uhuru Kenyatta, flanked by Deputy President William Ruto. Source: Reuters

Yes, Britain colonized Kenya for years. The colonialists took our land, forced us to toil on it while paying us poorly, and still, taxed that pittance heavily. They oppressed freedom movements, tortured and killed dozens of Maumau and other Kenyans, and detained Jomo Kenyatta, the current president’s father. But these atrocities were not limited to Mount Kenya only. Even at Kapenguria prison there were five other inmates, not Kenyatta alone.

But of late President Uhuru Kenyatta has become sentimental about British colonialism which ended fifty years ago. When he previously served in the government in different positions, he never portrayed such emotions. It is clear that his strong feelings have been triggered by his impending trial at The Hague. He is lying that it is the West that is keen to prosecute him. Let me set the record straight. The Rome Statute was a UN creation. Member states signed it out of their own volition. In fact, out of the 122 ICC member states, Africa is leading with 34 counties of her 52. Asia and Pacific States have 18, Eastern European States 18, Latin America and Caribbean states 27, and Western European states 25. Senegal and Ghana were the first African states to join it in 1999. Kenya became a signatory on March 15 2005 and Côte d’Ivoire, whose own Laurent Gbagbo is also indicted, was the last join ICC on 15 February 2013. USA is not even ICC member.

Therefore, Uhurus’ claims about the West interested in taking him to the ICC are false and do not augur well for the well-being of the nation. He was indicted by the International Criminal Court, which Kenya is a member, before he became president hence his case should solely be his personal problem. Furthermore, he is himself still benefiting greatly from British colonialism than any other Kenyan alive today.

To begin with, in 1935, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was in the West, studying social anthropology at the London School of Economics. He was an active member of the International African Service Bureau, a pan-Africanist and anti-colonial organization, before later returning home to join Maumau, which culminated into his seven years detention. It was his British education, international exposure and organizational skills acquired in London that gave him advantage over other local veteran Maumau leaders, who even deserved the presidency more than him.

Jomo Kenyatta left prison to become an autocratic president whose death was even treasonable to imagine. He used his position to acquire huge chunks of land in most parts of the country, some of which Uhuru Kenyatta has inherited. Coming from Kenya’s aristocracy, Uhuru was chauffeur-driven to the prestigious St. Mary’s school Nairobi, after which he went West to study political science at Amherst College in the United States. Upon returning to Kenya, he started Wilham Kenya Limited, a company through which he sourced and exported agricultural produce, again, mainly to the West.

The Kenyatta family name just like Jaramogi Odinga’s in Nyanza, has reigned supreme in Kenyan politics for decades. In Central Kenya it is almost a political religion, going by the fanatical support he wields there. Many political analysts have argued that if Uhuru was to be stripped of the name Kenyatta; he would struggle to win even a parliamentary seat. In fact, it was his weak personality and political inexperience that made him lose Gatundu parliamentary seat in his home area, to the little known Moses Muihia in 1997. Basking in the glory of Kenyatta family relation, politicians Ngengi Muigai and Beth Mugo have won several elective (and nominative in the case of Mugo) positions in Kenya.

Uhuru Kenyatta is also enjoying his father’s massive wealth. Recently, Forbes Magazine placed him among Africa’s 40 Richest. According to Forbes, Uhuru owns at least 500,000 acres of prime land spread across the country, elaborating that: ‘the land was acquired by his father in the 1960s and 1970s when the British colonial government and the World Bank funded a settlement transfer fund scheme that enabled government officials and wealthy Kenyans to acquire land from the British at very low prices.’ The Kenyattas also have diverse business interests cutting across the board. This shows how Kenyatta family and others took advantage of the British government’s funds to deprive other Kenyans who could not meet the cost of land.

From a national and even international approach, Kenya still benefits more from the West than East. There are more and more Kenyans trooping to the West in search of education, jobs and better life. They are keen on strengthening and stabilising diplomatic ties between Kenya and the West. In August this year for instance, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi opened Britain’s first Kenya Coffee House in Romford, Essex, East London. The business is owned by UK-based Kenyans Joash Robinson and Susan Gakungu.  This demonstrates how Kenyans are willing to invest wherever there is opportunity, and it does not matter to them whether Uhuru Kenyatta personally has an attitude towards the West or not.

Kenyans’ desire to flee their country to the West is manifest from the winding queues and crowds trooping into and out of the US, UK, Canada and Australia consular every day. Local statistics indicate that people from Central Kenya form almost half of this population. There are conflicting figures of Kenyans living abroad as most of them lack valid status. In the UK, it is difficult to classify genuine Kenyans because of the large number of Somalis and Asians of Kenyan origin. Still, many Kenyans in the UK and elsewhere changed their nationality to war-torn countries such as Rwanda, Burundi and DRC to acquire asylum status. Kenya’s former US ambassador, Elkanah Odembo, admitted early this year that over 400,000 Kenyans in the US do not have valid visas, even though demographer Jeffrey Passel put the number at just 30,000. But the numerical disparity points at the fact that Kenyans are trying hard to remain in the West, contrary to Uhuru’s thinking.

Furthermore, the ‘digital economy’ that Jubilee government promised to initiate depends also on Diaspora remittance. Central Bank of Kenya keeps up-to-date statistics on monthly remittance, which the government uses to gauge economic strength. Its data shows that  in the 12 months to August 2013, average Diaspora remittance inflows increased by 10.4 percent to USD 102.6 million from USD 93 million in the year to August 2012, which was viewed as positive indicator in the economic sector.

Kenya still gets more tourists from Europe and America than elsewhere, and the local investors in creative, transport and hospitality industries react with anger every time the president takes to the podium to lecture the west on our sovereignty, which of course, they know. Having benefited from the West in this way, Uhuru Kenyatta should not to deny the rest of Kenyans a chance to also develop their lives, families and the future of their children in the same way Mzee Jomo Kenyatta did. His constant unwarranted attacks on our development partners will strain our cordial relation. Don’t we also want to educate our children in America the way Mzee Kenyatta did to his son?