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last laugh

Was the MC of a company AGM over the weekend and felt quite good about my performance until I attended a birthday party the same afternoon and found out that the clown there (hired to entertain kids) made more money than I did for my act :-<

Transition into 2007

2006 was a great year thanks to bloging.

Looking back

– High point: the great people I met through the KBW buffet park meet ups

– High point # 2: getting invited to the digital citizen indaba in South Africa – my first real visit to another African country and I got an idea of what to expect at the 2010 World Cup.

Low point: getting booted from adsense by Google – which happened just as I was getting used to having blogging provide some supplemental income through advertising. Thanks to Stocktrends and Alex Gichira (Ed. Business Post) for their support of my efforts since then.

traffic
– Used statcounter (& still do) but it doesn’t provide much historical data so I also signed up with Google analytics in September.
– 43% visitors of visits are from within Nairobi – which is suprising since the target audience is Kenyans in the diaspora and most of what I write should be apparent to people here in Naiorbi. Still it’s encouraging.
– Fewest visits on Sundays – means most of you read in the office!

top posts
– Kenya exam results online (highest traffic [4X normal] was recorded on 28 December – not to read my banking summary for the year but to locate KCPE exams results online!)
– No drugs at NSE
– Where to buy shares
– Money transfer within Kenya
– Bank rankings June 2006

my faves – in terms of the comments and feedback I received
– Safaricom success
– No apologies
– Idea exchange & barter trade
– training Kenyans for outsourcing
– Where to buy shares (part ii) redux

Changes in 2007

Fewer posts: the amount of information posted by new bloggers and sites – such as nairobist, stockskenya, pesa tu, riba capital, cold tusker (now investing in Africa), hisagal, odegle nyang and others (see my blogroll) is a blessing for everyone. Foir me, it’s less to do, less news to bring up, and I can focus on more research and longer posts.

more techie; I owe so much to blogging so I must improve by learning more tech stuff and experiementing with more tools. I hope to have more photo posts this year and try out new templates (many people don’t like the black background). However bankelele is not eligible for blogger beta as it may be too large to migrate.

kioskelele: 2007 will be the year to take the plunge into the informal sector / entrepreneurship by starting a kiosk/shop/SME and continue to diversify my income. These opportunities are not there forever and we have to take them on otherwise we will regret forever why we didn’t follow our dreams. Still looking for the right location in the city that is accessible and suitable.

more savings: So far so good but a book I read recently (the “automatic millionaire”) said saving should happen automatically – i.e. money grows when you can’t see it/have no chance to intercept it & use the money. Only problem is that standing orders at Kenyan banks are so expensive – and it’s wrong to have 5 – 10% of money intended for savings be eaten up by bank charges. I found a bank which was much cheaper, but they sometimes forget to remit the money into the account!

Quit share trading: Not quite, but there will be less trading of shares this year and focus will remain on IPO’s and new issues like Safaricom. It’s not that the brokers are bad, but there are too many shareholders (since Kengen, Scangroup, and Eveready) who occupy brokers’ offices and phone lines from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is too much hassle going there, trying to call in orders – that sometimes I think it may be better to cash in my gains and reinvest them in an Old Mutual fund or new investment club. (The folks at the Kenya capital investment group have posted their investment club constitution which is a good guide for those wishing to start a club)

Fun fact: from an article in the Economist on the etiquette of bribery.

Q: “What’s the difference between a gift and a bribe?”
A: “Any gift, must be consumable in a single day – so a bottle of wine is acceptable, a case of wine is not.”

opportunities

Head of keg business at East African breweries. Apply to hr.recruitment@eabl.com by 6/1

ICDCI Investment manager, risk manager, business analyst, investment analyst, risk analyst. Details at their site and deadline for applications to jobs@icdci.co.ke is 19/1

Procurement adviser – public sector & development at KPMG. Apply to esd@kpmg.co.ke by 12/1

Commissioner of domestic tax revenue KRA. Apply through KPMG at esd@kpmg.co.ke by 7/1

Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Principal Counselors (4), First Counselor (11), Second Counselors (22), First Secretary (28) and Third Secretary Cadet (64) Posts. Details and deadline is 12/1

Head, Communications Unit at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) . Details and deadline for applications to icrafhru@cgiar.org is 19/1

22 November 1963

It happened long before I was born but this one event has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. It set the stage for the greatest web of conspiracy theories, signaled the end of an era, and plunged the world to new depths of the human horror. Before 9/11 it was, and arguably still is, captured by and became the most watched video tape in history. You can’t help but watch it again and again, second by second, this tragic moment in human history, the tape is silent but conveys cruelty, hope, horror – and screams many other emotions as a life ended while condemning others and altering millions more who questioned what they saw and what they were told

I have seen that tape in different formats, read dozens of books, seen hundred of photographs, and postulated many more what-if and why-was, who-did-it variations in my mind. It goes on and on. Somehow this mystery may never get solved until the day the world stops and we can rewind to that moment of that dark day and watch it from multiple angles and have the answers revealed.

Pot Pourri

Biz news

Airlines
– Want to start an airline? Boeing has created a site to guide your operations into this very risky business. (From Randy’s Journal – a Boeing VP’s blog!)
– Kenya Airways now offers flight status information via phone to passengers at 20/= per SMS.
– There was a small story on the KTN news indicating that Five forty aviation (Lonrho air) which will launch air services to Mombasa this month will be priced as a low cost no frills airline.
– Pan Africa airways (which is hiring crews for F27 and B737aircraft) has also been licensed to operate from Nairobi to Mombasa, the coast and Loki.
– Jet Airways of India plans to launch flights to Nairobi next year

Banking: Kenwsitch and Pesa Point are collaborating to enable ATM customers to access each other’s networks.

Opportunities

Jobs
from the daily papers

Financial accountant – Nairobi at the Institute of security studies. Apply to jobs@issafrica.org by 24/11

Internal audit manager at Oserian flowers. Apply to jobs@oserian.com by 22/11

Pricewaterhousecoopers: (i) Financial effectiveness [senior consultants and consultant](ii) IT effectiveness [senior consultants and consultant] (iii) governance, risk & compliance/financial management in the public sector [senior consultants and consultant] (iv) governance, risk & compliance/internal audit services [senior consultants and consultant] (v) manager, human resource consultancy (vi) Human resource consultant [senior consultants and consultant]. Apply to the human capital manager at recruitment.ke@ke.pwc.com by 30/11

Asian languages
Last year a Confucius Institute opened at the University of Nairobi teaching Chinese languages. Now Kenyatta University if offering a diploma course in Japanese languages as a 2 year program beginning in January 2007 (application deadline is 24 /11)

Tender
– the Kenya anti corruption authority (KACA) has advertised to procure an interview recording system (that works). KACA also plans to open an office in Mombasa.

Corporate Blog?

This afternoon I had an interview with a company about a website – and my concept was for the company to incorporate a blog to generate interest in the website and market the company better to its diverse customers, many of who accesses its products over the internet.

I mentioned that other corporations were doing this now and it gave a human face to their communications from CEO’s to customer service people.

I don’t know if my idea went over well, and I hope that I was wrong in my feeling afterwards that some of the panel appeared to have that we already have a website, blogu kitu gani? face.

After such a session, you are always every critical of yourself. During question time, I wanted to instead rush back to one or two points I had just remembered. And even taking the stairs down afterwards, I wanted to go back to the conference room and give them another 3 or 4 points that I had forgotten to mention that would strengthen my case.

Oh well, see how it goes. It was a very nice company, good to work with, and appears to have a nice work culture, and a very laid back (low bureaucracy) atmosphere.

Opportunities

from the daily papers this week

Manager at the Carnivore restaurant Nairobi. Apply to carnivore@carnivore.co.ke

Classic Camps: chief accountant, senior accountant(s), sales & marketing manager sales executive(s), executive assistant. Apply to classiccamps@accesskenya.com by 15/11

Commercial Bank of Africa: (i) internal audit manager [Ref: AM-BR] (ii) internal auditor [IA-BR] (iii) account relationship manager, corporate banking [ARM-CB] (iv) account relationship manager, business banking unit [ARM-BBU]. Apply to jobs@cba.co.ke by 21/11

Communications commission of Kenya: Supply, deliver, install and maintain solar energy solutions st CCK sites in Taiita Taveta, Isilolo, Suba and Thika districts. Submissions to solar@cck.go.ke by 13/12

Communications professional at DFID. Request an application form from dfid@adeptsystems.co.ke and reply to recruit@adeptsystems.co.ke by 1/12

Property valuer at Housing Finance. Apply to human.resources@housing.co.ke by 20/11

ILRI aka international livestock research institute. (i) Internal audit manager (ii) resource mobilization officer (iii) help desk administrator. Apply to recruit-ilri@cgiar.org by 24/11

Law Society of Kenya: advocates to consult on current professional development of lawyers, review the conduct process (standards & ethics) in place and make proposals on the same. Apply to lsk@lsk.or.ke by 24/11

McCann Erickson: (i) general manager (ii) account director. Apply to Emily.Mutua@scangroup.biz

National Museums of Kenya: (i) director, development & corporate affairs (ii) director, institute of primate research (iii) director, administration & HR (iv) director(s) (3) museum sites & monuments – for central, western and coast regions of Kenya. Apply to dgnmk@museums.or.ke by 30/11

Internal audit manager at Oserian.a apply to jobs@oserian.com by 22/11

Logistics manager at Oxfam. Apply to kenyajobs@oxfam.org.uk by 22/11

Practical Action aka intermediate technology development group: (i) program officer [technical support] (ii) program officer [financial support]. Apply to recruitment@practicalaction.or.ke by 24/11

Royal Media Services (i) ICT assistant (ii) ICT technician. Apply to hr@royalmedia.co.ke by 24/11

Sotik Tea (i) engineering manager (ii) field assistants/management trainees. Apply to info@sotikteas.co.ke by 24/11