Saturday, December 27, 2014

20 Of The Best Kenyan Viral Videos Of 2014 You Really Need To See

It’s almost impossible to predict what Kenyan videos will go viral and which will simply disappear without racking up any views. Every kind of Kenyan video you can imagine is uploaded to YouTube on a daily basis, but only the best go viral.

This year, was a fantastic year for Kenyan online videos. For every dull, drab and boring clip, there was a gem that stood out from the crowd. And these are the clips we’re looking at today… the best Kenyan viral videos 2014 had to offer as reported by YouTube in their YouTube Rewind 2014 Kenya report.

The report had two categories:
  1. Top trending Kenyan videos of 2014
  2. Top trending Kenyan music videos of 2014
Here are the videos from both categories.

Top trending Kenyan videos of 2014

1. Open Your Eyes Kenya

by Safaricom Kenya

2. The World is Ours (Africa version): Coca-Cola's 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Anthem

by Coca-Cola

3. JICHO PEVU: Makri ya Injili

by KTN Kenya

4. #theTrend: Socialite Vera Sidika's new look

by NTV Kenya

5. Airtel TRACE Star

by Airtel Kenya

6. My Bukusu Darling: Asian lady defies parents and strict traditions for love found in a Bukusu man

by KTN Kenya

7. First Lady runs into Uhuru's arms

by Capital FM Kenya

8. Mwanaharakati asimulia yaliyotendeka Raila akiwa ng'ambo

by SwahiliHub

9. Otonglo boy tickles the audience again at Nyeri drama festivals

by KTN Kenya

10. Hata Hitler amejam stori ya Vera! Hapa Kule News Ep 57

by HapaKuleNews

Top trending Kenyan music videos of 2014

1. Sauti Sol - NISHIKE (TOUCH ME) Official Music Video

by Sauti Sol

2. Willy Paul feat. Size 8 - Tam Tam Remix (Official Video)(@willypaulbongo)

by Willy Paul Msafi

3. Sauti Sol - SURA YAKO Official LIPALA Dance Instructional Video feat. Sarakasi Dancers

by Sauti Sol

4. Elani - Kookoo [@elanimuziki]

by elanimuziki

5. Jaguar Kioo (Official Video) Main Switch

by Main Switch Studios

6. Bahati - Barua (Official Video)

by Bahati Musiq

7. Elani - Milele [@elanimuziki]

by elanimuziki

8. Mfalme Wa Mapenzi -Sanaipei OFFICIAL ULTRA HD VIDEO

by Onfon productions

9. Kitanzi - Willy Paul & Gloria Muliro [GloriaMuliroTV]

by Gloria Muliro

10. Victoria Kimani - Prokoto (Official Video) ft. Ommy Dimpoz, Diamond Platnumz

by VictoriaKimaniVEVO 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Eaten Alive by an Anaconda!

Forget the movie! This is the real thing. The show aired on the Discovery Channel in the US on Saturday 7th December 2015.

Paul Rosolie, an environmentalist, tracked down a 20ft-long green anaconda in South America.
He wore a special suit, helmet and carried an oxygen tank. He also smeared himself with pig's blood to smell appetizing.

As cameras rolled, he crawled on all fours towards the snake.

The giant snake pounced and coiled around him before proceeding to swallow (almost) him alive.

Watch the shocking footage below.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Video : Uhuru Kenyatta ICC Status Conference 08 Oct 2014

The status conference was held on 8th October 2014. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta was in attendance after obeying summons by the court.

See the videos for the conference held on both the 7th and 8th October 2014.

Attorney General Githu Muigai's Submissions on October 7th 2014

Uhuru Kenyatta ICC Status Conference - 08 Oct 2014

The following a summary of the case progression thus far as posted on the ICC website.

Accused of five counts of crimes against humanity in the context of the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya.

Summons to appear: 8 March 2011
Initial appearance hearing: 8 April 2011
Confirmation of charges hearing: 21 September - 5 October 2011
Decision on the confirmation of charges: 23 January 2012
Opening of the trial: vacated


Mr Kenyatta is accused of being criminally responsible as an indirect co-perpetrator pursuant to article 25(3)(a) of the Rome Statute for the crimes against humanity of:

  • murder (article 7(l)(a)); 
  • deportation or forcible transfer of population (article 7(l)(d)); 
  • rape (article 7(l)(g)); 
  • persecution (article 7(l)(h)); and 
  • other inhumane acts (article 7(l)(k)).

Key judicial developments

On 5 November 2009, the ICC Prosecutor notified the President of the Court of his intention to submit a request for the authorisation to start an investigation into the situation in Kenya pursuant to article 15(3) of the Rome Statute, about the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya in which around 1,300 people were allegedly killed.

On 6 November 2009, the Presidency of the Court assigned the situation to Pre-Trial Chamber II, composed of Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova (presiding judge), Judge Hans-Peter Kaul and Judge Cuno Tarfusser.

On 31 March 2010, Pre-Trial Chamber II granted, by majority, the Prosecution’s request to open an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in Kenya. The investigation covers crimes against humanity committed between 1 June 2002 (the date of the Rome Statute’s entry into force for Kenya) and 26 November 2009 (the date the Prosecutor filed the request for authorisation to start an

On 15 December 2010, the ICC Prosecutor requested Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC to issue summonses to appear for six Kenyans on the basis that there existed reasonable grounds to believe that they were criminally responsible for crimes against humanity.

On 8 March 2011, Pre-Trial Chamber II, by majority, issued the decisions on the applications submitted by the Prosecutor and summoned Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mohammed Hussein Ali to appear before the Court.

On 31 March 2011, the Government of Kenya filed an application challenging the admissibility of the case before the ICC. On 30 May 2011, Pre-Trial Chamber II rejected this application. Pre-Trial Chamber II’s decision was confirmed, on 30 August 2011, by the Appeals Chamber.

At the initial appearance hearing, which took place on 8 April 2011, the Chamber scheduled the confirmation of charges hearing in this  case for 21 September 2011.

The confirmation of charges hearing was held from 21 September to 5 October 2011. On 23 January 2011, the Judges declined to confirm the charges against Mr Ali. Pre-Trial Chamber II confirmed the charges against Mr Muthaura and Mr Kenyatta and committed them to trial before an ICC Trial Chamber.

On 18 March 2013, the charges against Francis Kirimi Muthaura were withdrawn.

On 23 January 2014, Trial Chamber V(b) vacated the trial commencement date of 5 February 2014 in the case of The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.

On 19 September 2014, Trial Chamber V(b) vacated the trial commencement date in the case The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, which had been provisionally scheduled for 7 October 2014.

The Chamber also convened two public status conferences for 7 and 8 October 2014 to discuss the status of cooperation between the Prosecution and the Kenyan Government and issues raised in the
Prosecution's Notice of 5 September 2014, respectively The defendant is not in the custody of the Court.

725 victims are participating in proceedings in the Kenyatta case and are represented by Fergal Gaynor.

Composition of Trial Chamber V (b)

Judge Kuniko Ozaki (Presiding)
Judge Robert Fremr
Judge Geoffrey A. Henderson

The Office of the Prosecutor

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor
James Stewart, Deputy Prosecutor
Benjamin Gumpert

Defence Counsel for Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta 

Steven Kay QC
Gillian Higgins

Legal Representative of the Victims

Fergal Gaynor

Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to Send a Fax in Kenya Using Your Android Phone

When was the last time you sent a facsimile? Fax machines in Kenya are quickly becoming ancient relics in the modern office setup. But, several countries still use fax machines to send and receive legal documents because email and other electronic messages are not yet legally recognized.
If you find yourself needing to send a fax, do not fret if there isn't a fax machine in sight. You can actually send a fax from your computer or even better, right from your Android phone.

How Faxing Works

To give a very basic explanation, sending a fax involves transmitting a scanned document over the telephone system. The receiver's fax machine picks up the incoming transmission and prints out the document.
Thus, in order to send a fax using your Android phone, you would need:

1. A practical way to take a scan using a mobile phone
2. A good Android scanning app
3. An Android app to fax the scanned document through the telephone system.

Cardboard Document Scanner

If you have ever tried to take a close-up picture, then you know it isn't the easiest thing to do. More often than not, you will find that your angle was off by a few degrees or the image is slightly blurred in some areas due to unsteady hands.

A cardboard scanner solves all these issues with the added bonus of doing away with the bulkiness of conventional scanners and technical set up issues. It is a portable stand that allows you to place your smartphone at an optimal distance from the document in order to capture a scan. The original concept can be traced back to the Scanbox, a highly successful Kickstarter project.

You can build your own rudimentary cardboard scanner using A3 size white card and some scissors. The idea is to end up with a platform that can support the weight of your smartphone with a small hole where your phone's camera will be positioned. Total height of the platform should be about 12 inches or 30 centimeters.

Image credit: Scanbox

Alternatively, a child's chair has just about the right dimensions for a cardboard scanner. The seat is normally about 30 centimeters from the ground so all you would need to do is use a sharp knife to create a small hole to position your droid's camera.

Android Scanning Applications

There are a good number of free scanning apps in the Google Play Store. Some of the best applications offer free versions but scans are rendered with a watermark. For example, Camscanner is one of the best Android scanning apps. It requires Android 2.3 or higher, has a highly intuitive and easy to follow user interface as well as a host of features. The premium version does not watermark scans but will set you back $4.99 monthly.

Another app you may want to try out is Scan Master. It is fairly new, free and performs almost as well as Camscanner. It requires Android 2.2 or higher. We also recommend PDF Document Scanner, Genius Scan and Quick PDF Scanner in the Google Play Store.

Now, Let's Send a Fax

Now, that you have your scanned document ready, all you need is an application to send the fax. But first, a fair warning, there are currently no reliable free apps. The best fax applications will cost you a couple of bucks though a few offer a limited free service.


FilesAnywhere offers cloud storage solutions in addition to fax services. Once you have scanned your document, you can subscribe to one of their plans and begin sending faxes. The cheapest plan is the Personal Plan that costs $4.99 per month. This plan offers 20GB cloud storage for your documents and you can send up to ten faxes to any fax number worldwide.  With the superior plans you can send 500 faxes per month.


MobileFax offers some of the cheapest rates. The best part is that there are two free faxes and an international fax number for you to try out the service. Prices start at $3 for 30 pages and this is valid for six months. The price per page is the same worldwide.


FaxFile uses a credits system which means that you will have to purchase credits through the Google Play Store in order to send a fax. The cost of credits starts at $2.49 for 50 credits with one page currently costing ten credits. FaxFile has no setup or monthly subscription fees.

Final Word

One final thing, always confirm that the receiving number is functioning. Before sending a fax, dial the number and listen for a dial tone. This will ensure that your fax actually gets delivered. Failure to do so may also lead to erroneous charges for faxes that didn't go through.

Have you ever sent a fax using your Android phone? How did you go about it? Please share your experience with us in the comments section below.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to Install Huawei Mobile Partner Software in Ubuntu Linux

Learn how to use a Huawei modem in Ubuntu Linux

Safaricom and Airtel both offer Huawei USB dongles. This solution works with most dongles including the popular E160 and E220 modems. Windows users don't have a problem installing mobile partner; modem's are plug and play devices that come with the software so you simply plug it into a USB port and follow the prompts.

In Ubuntu Linux, however, it's a different kettle of fish. Plugging in the modem doesn't trigger an auto-run. But, its actually quite simple to install Huawei Mobile Partner in Linux.


Take note that these instructions have been tested out on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr). You must have administrator privileges before you can install the Huawei modem in Ubuntu Linux.

  1. Download the installation files here. Save them to your desktop folder or anywhere else you prefer.
  2. Open a terminal window using Ctrl+Alt+T
  3. Next, type cd Desktop in the terminal
  4. Type unzip
  5. Next, go to the mp21 direcory by typing the command, cd mp21
  6. To install, type ./install
  7. Plug in your device and mobile partner will run automatically as shown in the screen capture below.

Tips & Warnings

  • You don't need to install Huawei Mobile Partner to connect to the Internet in Ubuntu 14.04. You can set it up manually in the Network Connections by enabling Mobile Broadband.

Friday, June 6, 2014

How to Send Money to Kenya Online: Skrill to M-pesa

Are you a Kenyan working in the UK, Europe, USA, Middle East or anywhere else and need to send money home? Well, sending money to Kenya from UK or Europe has never been easier. In addition to several other remittance options, you can now send money to Kenya via Mpesa online. You don't need to visit an Mpesa agent in your country. This has been made possible by the International payments provider Skrill (formerly Moneybookers).

Skrill is a global e-commerce company that facilitates online payments much the same way that PayPal does. The major advantage over PayPal is its wide range of international withdrawal and payment methods that includes Kenya's groundbreaking M-Pesa.

Instructions: Skrill to Mpesa Online

  1. Create an account on the Skrill website.
  2. Enter your account details and complete the sign-up process.
  3. You will receive an email asking you to verify the account. Click on the account verification link provided.
  4. Next thing you need to do is to add a credit/debit card and/or bank account to your Skrill account. This will serve as your source of funds anytime you want to remit money to Kenya or make online payments.
  5. To send money to Kenya via M-Pesa, look for the Skrill IT logo in your account as shown in the screen capture below.
  6. In the next window, scroll down and look the link, "send money directly to an M-PESA mobile wallet in Kenya."
  7. Click on "Send money to Kenya now".
  8. Select your country of residence from the drop down menu and enter the amount you want to send to Kenya. Select Kenya from the "recipient will receive" menu. Take note of the amount the amount the recipient will receive. Skrill converts the currency to Kenya shillings at the wholesale exchange rate they offer plus a fee of 3.99% for remittances to Kenya involving conversion of USD, GBP, EUR, CAD and PLN currencies.
  9. Click on Mpesa to enter the recipients name. In the next window, enter the recipients name and mobile phone number. 
  10. At this point the rest is really quite straightforward, you will be given the option of logging into your account if you haven't already logged in. Select the payment method which will be the credit/debit card or bank account you used during registration. 
  11. Review and confirm the details and click send. 
  12. The recipient in Kenya receives the funds instantly! You also get a web and email confirmation. 
  13. Call your recipient to confirm they have the cash in their M-Pesa account.
  14. Leave a comment below thanking me for providing you with this useful information :)

Tips & Warnings

  • When you compute the total fee, that is, the exchange rate offered, exchange rate risk fee (3.99%) and the transfer fee (sending money costs 1% of the amount sent but is capped at a maximum of €10), Skrill is considerably cheaper than using an M-Pesa agent but with the added convenience of not having to physically visit the agent. 


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How to Use Facebook Pages for Business in Kenya

Is your Kenyan business on Facebook? If not, you are losing out on a huge potential to reach out to a wider customer base and build a recognizable brand. It doesn't matter if you are a small, medium or large business. In today's Internet crazed Kenya, if you are not on Facebook, you might as well not exist!

To make the best of Facebook for business, you need to understand all the tools available, how to use them, set them up and best practices. Piecing this puzzle together will enable you to manage your Facebook marketing efforts with ease and obtain tangible results.

A Bit of Housekeeping

There are a few things you need to take note of before you begin using Facebook Pages for business.

Never Create a Personal Facebook Profile for a Business

Personal profiles on Facebook are for individuals. Do not use a personal profile to promote your business.

Separate Work & Play

A business page on Facebook should be strictly used for business. Don't post your personal stuff on that page. This is recommended to build your business’ reputation.

How to Create a Facebook Business Page

A Facebook Page helps you connect with potential customers ("fans" in Facebook lingo). These pages are designed for businesses, products, brands and other things that Facebook users can "like".
There are two ways to create a Facebook Page:

  1. If you are already a Facebook user, you can create a page for your business from within your personal profile. In the left hand column, click on Pages and then Create a Page.
  2. If you don't have a Facebook profile (which is really weird) you can create a Facebook Page by going directly to Facebook Pages where you can create a page.

Facebook Page Activity, Insights & Settings

After creating the page you can view activity from other users by clicking on the Activity tab. The insights tab provides you with statistical data about your page is performing while the settings tab allows you to make various changes to your page such as post visibility, tagging ability, country restrictions, privacy and much more.

The insights tab is especially important because it allows you to monitor the success of your marketing activities.

Tips & Tricks to make your Business Shine on Facebook

Make your Page Interesting - Upload a great looking cover image and profile picture.

Create Engaging Content - Be interesting! create content that people want to read and share. Ask questions, tell stories and encourage comments. Whatever you do, don't allow your content to sound like an advertisement. Remember, people go to Facebook to hang out with friends and read interesting content so don't bore them with a post that is obviously an ad. This calls for great creativity on your part. For example, see these amazing posts that "advertise without advertising."

Type: Fill in the Blank

Type: share or like

You can also use photos to show a product's value or feature. Photos are the most shared and talked about things on Facebook, so take full advantage of this. If you want to advertise on Facebook, Pages isn't where to do it, use Facebook Ads instead but take note that there is a cost associated with that whereas Facebook Pages are a free way to market your business on Facebook.

Share Links to Great Content - share links to your company website or blog. If you don't have a website for your business, learn how to create a website for your business cheaply. If you are posting links to your product or service, let your audience know how the product or service will help them without saying it directly.

Giveaways & Contests - If you can afford it, create giveaways and contests. For example, ask people to "like" your page to stand a chance to win a prize or take part in a raffle. The prize doesn't have to be something expensive. It could something as simple as mobile phone airtime or something with great mass market appeal such as the latest Samsung smartphone. Be creative!

Promote your Facebook Business Page Offline - one of the best ways to do this is to print your Facebook page URL on your business card. Also, include your page link it as a footer signature on all your outgoing emails. This will bring more people to your page, increase interaction and grow your customer base.


Facebook marketing is an area that morphs rapidly and without warning. Keep yourself regularly updated on these changes by reading The Facebook blog and other related content online.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How to Replace a Lost, Mutilated or Expired Kenyan Passport

Is your Kenyan passport lost, expired or mutilated? If so, then you need to replace. This article outlines the requirements, fees and time period it will take to renew or replace your passport.

Passport Replacement/Renewal Instructions

With effect from 15th April 2015, new rules were put into place requiring all passport applications to made via eCitizen. Manual applications are no longer accepted.  You can download the application form from eCitizen but you must present yourself in person to any immigration office in Kenya (Nyayo house, Mombasa & Kisumu) or if you are not resident in Kenya, visit any Kenyan mission abroad for digital photo capture.
You will need the following documents:

For an Expired/Filled up Passport

  1. Passport application Form 19
  2. Expired/filled up passport original and a copy
  3. Three passport size color photos of yourself. One of the photographs must be certified as your true likeness by a recommender
  4. A certified copy your recommender’s National ID Card

For a Mutilated Passport

  1. Passport application form
  2. Mutilated Passport original and a copy
  3. An affidavit explaining how the passport got mutilated 
  4. Three passport size color photos of yourself.  One of the photographs must be certified as your true likeness by a recommender
  5. A certified copy your recommender’s National ID Card

For a Lost Passport

  1. Original Birth Certificate
  2. Passport application form
  3. Three passport size color photos of yourself.  One of the photographs must be certified as your true likeness by a recommender
  4. An affidavit explaining how the passport got lost
  5. Police abstract
  6. A certified copy your recommender’s National ID Card
  7. A letter addressed to the Director of Immigration explaining how the passport got lost

In order to be issued with a temporary permit as your passport is being processed, you will also need to provide the following documents:
  1. Temporary Permit application form
  2. National ID card original and a copy
  3. Two color passport size photos

Tips & Warnings

  • Take note that you must present yourself in person at the immigration office
  • Fee payment is made via a banker's cheque drawn in favor of "Director of Immigration Services".
  • If you are under 18, you must obtain a consent letter from your parents or guardian and a copy of their national ID card.
  • Your national ID is a mandatory requirement with every type of application.
  • Immigration officials may require more information from you.
  • See the list of Kenyan passport fees and charges.


Republic of Kenya Immigration Department


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Kenyan Passport Fee Charges

This article provides details on fees and charges for a Kenya passport. These articles provide details on how to apply for Kenyan passport and how to replace or renew a passport.

Fees (in Ksh)
Waiting Period 
New Application 
A series 4,500
B series 6,000
C series 7,500 
10 days 
A series 4,500
B series 6,000
C series 7,500
4 days 
Lost Passport 
12,000 (payable by Banker’s cheque) 
4 days
Mutilated Passport 
(payable by Banker’s cheque) 
4 days
East African Passport
2 days
Diplomatic Passport
5 days
Temporary Passport
30 minutes
Source: Kenya Department of Immigration

Monday, June 2, 2014

Mortgage/Car Loan Calculator

We have provided this loan calculator for comparison purposes. The result is a close approximation of the actual car loan or mortgage amount you will pay to you bank or financier.

To use it, enter the value of the loan amount, repayment period in months and the rate of interest e.g. "18" for eighteen percent. Do not use the "%" symbol. Click the Calculate button. The Reset button clears the values.

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Loan Amount
Loan Length in Months
Interest Rate
Monthly PaymentCalculated
Enter only numeric values (no commas), using decimal points where needed.
Non-numeric values will cause errors.
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Africa Land Mass: What is the True Size of Africa?

Did you know that Africa is larger than the United States, China and India combined? Africa's physical land mass is actually ten times larger than India. However, the map of the world that we are used to depicts Africa as smaller than it really is.

The reason for this is simply the fact that a sphere cannot be represented on a flat surface without distortion. Using the map projection above we have become accustomed to over many years (Mercator Projection), Africa looks about the same size as Greenland despite actually being 14 times larger. You can actually "fit" the US, China, India and several other countries in Africa as shown in Kai Krause's representation below.

While this was quite accidental, it has given the illusion of power and importance to the US and mainland Europe. The true size of Africa in comparison with other continents is shown below using Gall-Peters projection map.


Wikipedia - Map Projection

The True Size of Africa by Kai Krause

Monday, May 19, 2014

Illuminati in Kenya: What is Illuminati?

"Come and join the Illuminati in Kenya" reads many online ads. To most people, the word "Illuminati" conjures up images of devil worshipers sacrificing people and conspiring to take over the world. The real truth about who the Illuminati are and their agenda in the world is hazy at best. All the material available online doesn't provide concrete answers and only raises more questions on how to join Illuminati in Kenya.

The History of the Illuminati

According to Wikipedia, the Illuminati was founded in Germany (Bavaria) in May 1776. The group's mission was to oppose:
  • Superstition
  • Prejudice
  • Religious (Read Christian) influence over public life
  • Abuses of state power
  • Discrimination against women in the fields of education and gender equality
The formation of the Illuminati coincided with the "enlightenment period" in Europe where intellectuals advocated the use of reason and science to reform society.

Charles Theodore, the Bavarian ruler at the time, outlawed the group in 1785. The group is said to have regrouped in France and is suspected to have been behind the French revolution.

Today, there are several organizations that claim to be descendants of the original Bavarian Illuminati. Many of these fraternal secret societies use a variation of The Illuminati Order when naming their organizations. Others such as the Ordo Templi Orientis or OTO as it is better known use "Illuminati" as a level within the group's hierarchy.

How to Join Illuminati in Kenya.

Ordo Templi Orientis 

The best known member of OTO was Aleister Crowley (1875 –  1947).

Crowley was an occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist and mountaineer, and, was at one time described by the British press as "the most wicked person in the world". He founded a new religious doctrine which he called The Law of Thelema and reorganized the OTO around this law. The central principle of this law is summarized as,  "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will." The sacred text of Thelema is the Book of the Law (Liber AL vel Legis in Latin) published by Crowley in 1904. Crowley claimed that the book was dictated to him by a formless spirit he called Aiwass.

The technical title of the text in Latin as written by Crowley is, "Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX, as delivered by XCIII=418 to DCLXVI". DCLXVI are the Roman numerals for the number 666 and XCIII is the number 93 representing the formless spirit Aiwass. When translated to English, the title implies that the book was delivered by Aiwass to Crowley, who is The Beast 666.

How to Join Illuminati in Kenya.

The OTO is known to have very liberal views on issues such as sex and drug use. Crowley himself was a heavy recreational drug user. This video provides a glimpse into the life of Thelemites (Followers of Thelema).

Illuminati in Popular Culture

In popular culture, the Illuminati are depicted as a secret society with nefarious intentions. They are rumored to be plotting a totalitarian world government and are said to continuously seek to influence politics, business and every aspect of human life. Several popular movies and books have cashed in on this theme. The most well known book of this type is Dan Brown's 2000 bestseller "Angels and Demons".
It is alleged that people who join the Illuminati are rewarded with great wealth.

How to Join Illuminati in Kenya.

Do the Illuminati Believe in God?

This is a tough one to answer. The available literature is contradictory. Some groups such as the OTO believe in several deities while others still adhere to the original Bavaria position of a world free of religious influence.

Illuminati in Kenya

There are many rumors about certain wealth politicians, businessmen, musicians and even church leaders being members of the Illuminati. It is not uncommon to hear such claims at Christian rally crusades. It is difficult to verify any of these rumors.

How to Join Illuminati in Kenya.

Illuminati Signs

Again this is found in popular culture and it is difficult to ascertain the truth. Flashing of the following hand signs is alleged to indicate that the individual is Illuminati.

Illuminati Scams

There has been a sudden interest in the Illuminati in Kenya. Many young people looking for a short-cut to riches are actively seeking to join the Illuminati. This could be attributed to the high number of unemployed youth who are willing to do anything to make ends meet. A number of scammers claiming to be the Illuminati have set-up shop in Kenya and are fleecing hapless Kenyans of millions of shillings. Prospective "members" are required to pay membership fees as high as 50,000/= . According to the Nairobian, thousands of Kenyans have fallen for this scam.

How to Join Illuminati in Kenya.

Famous People Alleged to be Illuminati

Many famous people are alleged to be Illuminati. Just about every American president is said to be Illuminati. Famous musicians such as Jay Z, Beyonce and Rihanna are also said to be members of the fraternal order. These rumors are mostly fueled by the said individuals flashing suspected Illuminati signs and in the case of Jay Z, using symbols considered Illuminati or satanic in his music videos. The following are a few images that have fueled the rumors.

Illuminati American Presidents?

Illuminati Jay Z, Beyonce and Rihanna

How to Join Illuminati in Kenya.



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Friday, May 16, 2014

How to Garnish Cocktails

Have you ever admired how a mixologist at your favorite cocktail bar in Nairobi goes about preparing your favorite tipple and finishing it off with garnish? A cocktail is garnished to complete the taste and presentation. Many classic and modern cocktails finish off the preparation by adding a citrus peel, olive, fruit wedge, onion or maraschino cherry. This adds to the drink's character while also subtly altering its taste and smell.

Not unlike many other elements of cocktail history, the exact origin of garnishing alcoholic beverages remains a mystery. It is believed that two drinks that were popular a few centuries ago, juleps and cobblers, are responsible for the rise of drink garnishes.

Citrus Peels

Jerry Thomas's 1862 Bartender's Guide is the only surviving reference to citrus peel garnishes. But, the guide makes no mention of the technique to follow. So, one can safely assume that the practice was not in widespread use at the time.

Citrus fruits store most of the scent compounds on the skin hence the widespread use of the citrus peels. Twisting a citrus peel releases aromatic oils.

The big debate is whether the peel should be dropped into the drink or twisted over the drink and discarded. The consensus by mixologists is that the peel should be dropped into the drink. This allows a small amount of the aromatic oils to dissolve in the alcohol while a small amount rises to the top which improves flavor. To avoid pesticide residue, dust and other impurities being introduced into the drink, the fruit should be washed in warm water before use.

Olives, Cherries & Onions

Using olives, cherries and, onions as garnishes date back to the 1800s; the original garnish cherry was the maraschino cherry from Croatia. It was imported to the rest of Europe and the US while preserved in maraschino liqueur. However, the importation costs became prohibitive and bartenders soon began using locally grown cherries and other liqueurs.

Cherries add sweetness to most traditional cocktails but if you can't get cherries, add a single shot of maraschino liqueur or simple syrup for balance.

On the other hand, olives and onions add a slightly salty flavor to various classic beverages. If you find yourself with an unbalanced drink, try a drop or two of salt tincture if you don't have any olives or onions.

Get Mixing

Now that you know why and how cocktails are garnished, why not mix yourself a drink? How about trying out the only cocktail named for its garnish? It's called the Horse's Neck. When prepared correctly the peel of a whole lemon spirals around the entire glass from top to bottom. Drinker's in the late 19th century, probably while tipsy, thought this resembled a horse's neck hanging into the drink.

You will need 2 ounces of bourbon, 4 ounces of ginger ale and a whole lemon peel. Peel the lemon in one continuous motion starting at one end and working your way around so that you end up with a spiral peel. You may need to experiment with several lemons to get the spiral right. Place the lemon peel into a Collins glass. Add ice cubes and pour all the ingredients into the glass. Stir and enjoy!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

How to Get a Part-Time Job Fast

There are several reasons you may want a part-time job. Most people seek part time jobs to supplement their regular income or as a stopgap job (pay the bills) while they seek greener pastures. A part-time job can also help a student earn much-needed pocket money. But, it isn't exactly easy to find a part-time gig unless you know how to go about it.

The first thing you need to do is to carry out an honest assessment of your unique strengths. Take a piece of pen and paper and write down all your skills, talents and attributes. For example, Diploma in X, currently taking a degree course in x, can write well, good with computers etc. Once you have established your strong qualities, begin looking for jobs whose requirements gel as close as possible to your list. The following are good sources of Kenyan part-time jobs.

Online and Offline Job Classifieds

There are tens of online classified sites in Kenya. Some of the most well known are OLX, Brighter Monday, Best Jobs Kenya and Kenyan Jobs. Use the search function in these sites to search for jobs. Type in the search term "Part-time" and click or hit enter to search.

The Nation Newspaper's classified section also carries several part-time job advertisements daily.

Freelance Websites

The next best place to find part-time jobs are online marketplaces. These sites bring together buyers and sellers of services from all over the world. Some of the job categories include:

  • Writing and translation
  • Design and Multimedia
  • Software and Programming
  • Admin Support
  • Legal
  • Marketing and Sales

The following are some of the leading freelance websites globally. Create accounts at all these sites and begin bidding on jobs.

Mall Notice Boards

Several malls in Kenya have huge notice boards where people are charged a fee to run advertisements. Some of the best job notice boards can be found at:

  • Sarit Centre
  • Village Market
  • Yaya Centre

Sell Insurance

The insurance industry hires insurance agents to sell life and general insurance on commission basis. They normally take you some initial training and you will be expected to pass the Kenyan Certificate of Proficiency exams (COP) before you can receive your commissions.

Offer a Service

Depending on your past training and talents, you can offer a service and advertise on sites like OLX. For example, a maths university student can provide holiday tuition services for kids in his/her local estate or village. Look at your list of qualities and think creative ways of monetizing a talent you have, for example, can you play a musical instrument? Teach other people and charge a fee. Are you a good swimmer, post an online ad offering to teach people how to swim.

Tips & Warnings

  • Polish up your CV, you never know when you may need it.
  • InfoHub Kenya is also hiring part-time writers. Check out our job section.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How to Get Great Logos For Your Business, Website, Blog or Facebook Account

Coca-Cola, Facebook, Safaricom, Kenya Airways ...what do these companies have in common? They have instantly familiar logos. A well-conceived logo makes you stand out. It must be stunning, simple and professional irrespective of whether it is for a business website, personal blog or social media account.

But, Kenyan logo designers don't come cheap. Thankfully, there are a couple of ways that you can get impressive logos on a low budget.

Hire a Low-Cost Logo Designer

The fact of the matter is that if you are looking for a unique brand that stands out from the rest, there is no tool or code that can magically do it for you, at least not in the most professional way. But, while graphic designers can put a dent in your pocket, there are low-cost graphic designers out there who will do a killer job. Most of these designers are either people starting out on their own and looking to build a client list or fresh from campus and looking to showcase their skills. Such professionals are normally willing to take a low fee as they build their profile. So, where do you find these low budget graphic designers? The answer lies in freelance websites. These online marketplaces bring together buyers and sellers of digital goods. There are several such sites and the industry leaders worldwide are:
Thousands of Kenyan freelance logo designers and others from all over the world register at these sites in search of remote job opportunities. All you need to do is create an account at any of the sites above, follow the instructions to post a job and wait for freelancers to place bids on your job. Within a few minutes of posting a job, you get dozens of bids from all over the world with bid amounts averaging 20$ - $45 (KES 2,000 to 4,500). Some high-quality bids ever offer to create up to six initial concepts and unlimited revisions until you are 100% satisfied. Delivery schedules range from one to three days.

Going through some of the freelancer profiles and the feedback from past clients, one cannot help but be impressed by the talent vis-à-vis the bid amounts for money offered. Also, the beauty with these online marketplaces is that you don't pay the contractor until you are satisfied that the final product conforms to your instructions. All of the sites listed above come with an escrow feature. You simply place the funds into escrow and demand your money back if the contractor performs dismally.

Take note that you will need an Internet-enabled credit or debit card in order to pay for the services. Talk to your local bank and ask them to activate your Visa or MasterCard for online payments. You can also sign up for a Paypal account and link your debit/credit card for better security.


The next best thing to hiring a graphic designer is to learn how to do it yourself. If you want to use powerful software to design your logo and are not afraid of a moderately steep learning curve, then we recommend Gimp. Gimp is the free image creation and editing alternative to the popular PhotoShop. Download and install gimp on your computer. The following Gimp videos demonstrate, in detail, how to create a few logos.

Simple Website Logo

Clean Cut Logo

3D Logo Spherical Text Effect

3D Logo Glossy Metal Text

Free Logo Creation Tools

If you can't afford a designer at all and don't have what it takes to teach yourself design, there are a number of free online tools that can help you create a fairly good logo in a short time. Below are our best picks.


The site has been around for a while and it many more design options. Best of all, their logos are not watermarked. The majority of their styles simulate the look of text carved into a medium. There are close to 2,000 fonts and dozens of textures to choose from. The image generated is stored on CoolText servers for only one hour so you must download it immediately.

Free Logo Maker

Free Logo Maker offers an even wider range of tools to create free non-watermarked logos for a variety of uses. Begin by adding text, select a font from dozens of options and align to your liking. There are even options to curve the text. Next, click on the Image tab and select an image from your computer or browse the site's image library to find a suitable image for your logo. Drag and position the image. Once you are satisfied with the image, download it to your computer.

Flaming Text

This service is free for personal and academic use. By signing up, you can save your logos on their servers. The sign up process is quick and easy. Enter your email address, choose a password and verify your email. Next, click on Create Logos. There are hundreds of logo patterns and styles to choose from. Change the text, background, color and several other parameters of your logo. Click Create Logo, select Personal Use and you're done! Download the logo at anytime from within your account. See our product below.

The Take-Away

At the end of the day, the most important thing that should determine the method you use to acquire your logo is the final use of the logo. If you are looking for a simple logo for a personal blog or for use on your social media profiles, you can use some of the free tools mentioned. But, if you want a logo that will make your business stand out and improve brand recognition, we recommend hiring a graphic designer.
Have you ever created a logo or had one created for you? How did you go about it? Please share your experience with us in the comments below.

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