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, December 3, 2014

How To Avoid Being Scammed On OLX Kenya

OLX Kenya is one of the most successful online classifieds sites in Kenya and indeed Africa. However, as with any platform that is used widely, OLX has attracted scammers in their droves. Avoid being scammed/conned on OLX by following these Do's and Dont's of online transactions.

Tips For OLX Buyers

  • DO inspect the item thoroughly before you make a buying decision. 
  • DO NOT send or transfer money before you view the item and are completely satisfied.
  • DO NOT  carry cash when you meet the seller – even Mpesa isn't a safe option because you could be kidnapped and forced to transfer the money at gunpoint. View the item and then walk to a bank with seller, withdraw the cash in the presence of witnesses and load it to your Mpesa, do a sale agreement and then make payment via Mpesa.
  • DO NOT meet a Seller/buyer in an isolated place. Insist on a public place such as a mall with lots of people. 

Tips For OLX Sellers

  • DO NOT accept anything less than than the full amount before you hand over the item to the buyer.
  • DO NOT accept personal cheques.
  • DO NOT meet the buyer in an isolated place. 
  • DO NOT deal with any buyer who contacts you with a private number or a number that isn't verifiable. 
  • DO NOT send an item to an overseas buyer on the promise of future payment.

Signs That An Item Listed For Sale On OLX Could Be By A Scammer

  • If the deal is too good to be true, it often is. For example, if a popular car on the market is listed at a ridiculously low price, that could indicate potential fraud.
  • The seller has listed the same item multiple times with different titles and prices. 
  • The seller uses images that don't look genuine. For example, a vehicle image looks like it has been sourced from the Internet. You can use Google's reverse image lookup to find out if an image has been sourced from the Internet as explained below.

How To Do A Google Reverse Image Search For OLX Images

  1. Click on the OLX image and the image Window will pop-out. Right click within the image and click "Copy Image URL" as shown below.

  2. Next, open Google Image Search and click on the camera icon, "Search by image", as shown below.

  3. In the new window, paste the image link/URL from OLX in the "Paste image URL" tab as shown below and click "Search by image". 

  4. If the image has been sourced from the Internet, you will get a hit as my test results below indicate. This is a fairly good indicator that the seller in my example isn't genuine. 

Why doesn't the seller take his own photos? For for thought.
Stay safe shopping on OLX!

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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Mpesa Integration to Website

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


Suggested Reading
Errand Services in Nairobi

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.

Description Data Entry
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.
This free script provided by
JavaScript Kit

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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

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How to Invest in the Nairobi Stock Exchange

The Nairobi Stock Exchange or the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) as it is officially referred to is your one-stop shop for publicly traded Kenyan shares and bonds. Whether you are a foreign or local investor, buying shares on the stock market is simple, fast and straightforward.

Let me walk you through the process.

Stock Buying Instructions

Step One – Stock Purchasing Due Diligence

The first thing you need to do before you invest in anything is to carry out some due diligence. Due diligence refers to undertaking comprehensive research before you commit money. In the case of Kenyan stocks, you need to establish several issues, namely:

  1. How big the company is, that is, market capitalization.
  2. Revenue, profit and margin trends
  3. Competitors and Industries
  4. Price-earnings ratios (PE) in conjunction with price-to-book (P/B) ratio and the price-to-sales/revenue ratio.
  5. Management and share ownership
  6. Balance sheet in comparison with the competition, specifically:
    • Overall level of assets and liabilities
    • Overall level of debt
    • Amount of long-term debt
    • Debt-to-equity ratio
  7. Stock price history
  8. Stock options and dilution possibilities
  9. Company's future outlook
  10. Industry-wide and company risks e.g. pending legislation that will affect the company negatively, legal cases etc. In essence, carry out a worst-case-scenario analysis.

The above information is available from online sources such as the Nairobi Securities Exchange website where you can find various statistics, view live and historical data, and download a few investor guides. Also, most companies listed on the securities exchange have websites with sections dedicated to investor information where you can also download annual company reports.

Step Two – Find a Stock Broker

After conducting due diligence, identify a stock broker. As is the practice the world over, Kenyan securities are purchased via a broker. Many stock brokers have portals that allow you to buy stocks online in Kenya. Please see the list of licensed Kenyan stock brokers.

Talk to the broker and ask for their professional opinion regarding step one above. What do they think about the company you want to invest in? Do they concur with your findings or do they have a different opinion? Listen carefully to what the broker has to say before you place a buy order.

Step three – Open a CDSC (Central Deposit and Settlement Corporation) Account

All publicly traded shares are held electronically in CDSC accounts. Opening a CDS account is free at most brokerage houses. Do this by visiting your broker's office or downloading the forms from their website. You will need to attach the following:

  1. A recent passport-size photo
  2. A certified copy of your driver’s license or passport
  3. A certified copy of a tax return or utility bill

Once the broker receives the documentation, your account will be activated. As soon as your account is active, you can begin making buy and sell orders.

Stock Buying Tips & Warnings

  • Stocks are bundled in minimum lots of 100 shares in the main market. If you want to buy less than this, you can do so on the Odd Lots board.
  • The NSE market opens Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Trading begins at 9.00 a.m. and ends at 3.00 p.m.
  • The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) regulates the amount of fees that can be charged for trades. The fee for trades below 100,000 Kenya shillings (Convert with Google Currency Converter) is capped at 2.1% and 1.85% for amounts above. Many brokers will negotiate a lower fee for high volume trades.
  • The rules specify that dividends must be deposited to your bank account AND NOT the trading account. Foreign investors can arrange to have their dividends wired to accounts outside Kenya.

Suggested Reading

Nairobi Securities Exchange

Capital Markets Authority

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List of Kenyan Stock Brokers

Are you looking to buy shares on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE)? The following is a list of NSE member firms currently licensed by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA). The list includes their email address, website URL, telephone contacts and physical location

NSE Member Firm Website Contact Details & Physical Location
ABC Capital Ltd IPS Building, 5th floor,
P.O. Box 34137-00100
Tel: 2246036/2245971
Fax: 2245971
Afrika Investment Bank Ltd Finance House, 9th Floor,
P.O. Box 11019-00100
Tel: 2212206 / 2210178/2212989//343639
Fax: 2210500
ApexAfrica Capital Ltd Rehani House, 4th Floor,
P.O. Box 43676- 00100
Tel: 242170/2220517
Fax: 2215554
CBA Capital Limited CBA Centre Mara Ragati Road Junction, Upper Hill,
P.O. Box 30437-00100
Tel: 0202884000/+254 20 2884000 / 365, 0711056365
Fax: 0202734616
Dyer & Blair Investment Bank Ltd Pension Towers, 10th floor,
P.O. Box 45396 00100
Tel: 3240000/2227803/4/5
Fax: 2218633
Equity Investment Bank Limited Equity Centre, Hospital Road, Upper Hill,
P.O Box 75104 – 00200
Tel: +254-20-2262477 Mobile: +254-732-112477/+254-711-026477
Fax: +254 20 2711439
Faida Investment Bank Ltd Crawford Business park, Ground Floor, State House Road,
P. O. Box 45236-00100
Tel: +254-20-7606026-35
Fax: 2243814
Francis Drummond & Company Limited Hughes Building, 2nd floor,
P.O. Box 45465 00100
Tel: 318690/318689
Fax: 2223061
Genghis Capital Ltd Prudential Building, 5th Floor,
P.O Box 1670-00100
Tel: 8008561, 2337535/36, 2373984/968/969
Fax: 246334
Kestrel Capital (EA) Limited ICEA Building, 5th floor,
P.O. Box 40005-00100
Tel: 251758/2251893,2251815,2250082
Fax: 2243264
Kingdom Securities Ltd Co-operative Bank House,5th Floor,
P.O Box 48231 00100
Tel: 3276940/3276256/3276154
Fax: 3276156
NIC Securities Limited Ground Floor, NIC House, Masaba Road,
P.O.Box 63046 – 00200
Tel: 2888 444 / 0711 041 444
Fax: 2888 544
Old Mutual Securities Ltd IPS Building, 6th Floor,
P. O. Box 50338- 00200
Tel: 2241379, 2241408
Fax: 2241392
Renaissance Capital (Kenya) Ltd Purshottam Place ,6th Floor, Westland , Chiromo Road,
P.O BOX 40560-00100
Tel: 3682000/3754422
Fax: 3632339
SBG Securities Ltd CfC Stanbic Centre, 58 Westlands Road,
P. O. Box 47198 – 00100
Tel: 3638900
Fax: 3752950
Standard Investment Bank Ltd ICEA Building, 16th floor,
P. O. Box 13714- 00800
Tel: 2228963/2228967/2228969
Fax: 240297
Sterling Capital Ltd Barclays Plaza, 11th Floor, Loita Street,
P.O. Box 45080- 00100
Tel: 2213914/244077/ 0723153219/0734219146
Fax: 2218261
Suntra Investment Bank Ltd Nation Centre,7th Floor,
P.O. Box 74016-00200
Tel: 2870000/247530/2223330/2211846/0724- 257024, 0733-222216
Fax: 2224327

Source: Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE)

Ngenye Kariuki & Co. Ltd and Discount Securities Ltd are under statutory management and hence not included in this list.

Suggested Reading
Nairobi Stock Exchange Listed Companies
List of Investment Banks in Kenya
List of Investment Advisers in Kenya
List of Real Estate Investment Trustees in Kenya (REIT)
List of Authorized Depositories in Kenya