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

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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.

Suggested Reading

How to Prepare for a Job Interveiw
List of job sites in Kenya
Where to find online jobs
5 best paying careers in Kenya
4 networking secrets to get a job

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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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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What is Digital TV?

There is a lot of talk in the media these days about digital TV migration and set-top boxes. Recently, we were treated to some drama where NTV, Citizen and KTN took the government to court over the digital migration issue.

A lot of Kenyans, especially in the rural areas, still no not understand what all this talk about digital migration has to do with them, thanks in part to a poor public education strategy by the Communications Authority of Kenya.

Understanding Digital TV

Digital TV is simply the transmission of digitally processed video and audio in contrast to analog television. The main advantage of digital television over analog is that less bandwidth is required. This means that digital broadcasters can offer more channels over the same space. Other advantages include:

  1. High-definition television
  2. The broadcaster can offer other non-tv services e.g.  multimedia or interactivity.
  3. The broadcaster can also offer value added services such as multiplexing, electronic program guides (like DSTV) and the ability to change languages or add sub-titling on a channel. 

International Digital Migration

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has set a June 2015 deadline for all countries to switch over to digital TV. All countries are expected to have complied by then.

How to Receive a Digital Signal

If you do not have a digital TV, you will have to invest in a set-top box. The unit converts the digital signal from the broadcaster into analog form which your TV can then display on screen. Set-top boxes are available at all leading supermarkets and thousands of electronic retailers around the country. See the Digital Kenya page for a list of approved units and authorized vendors.


Monday, May 12, 2014

How to Get a Visa for Dubai

Do you need to travel to Dubai or any other emirate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)? Kenyans need a visa to travel to Dubai for business or pleasure. Visas are not issued at UAE points of entry. You must therefore apply for and get your visa prior to making travel arrangements. Dubai is the largest emirate in UAE and is regarded as the financial capital of the Arab world. It is estimated that there are over 40,000 Kenyans living and working in the UAE. Thousands more take business trips to the UAE each month.

Types of UAE Visas

There are two main types of UAE visas:
  1. 96 hours visa - this is meant for people in transit or those who intend to stay in Dubai for less than four days.The fee is AED* 200 (4,747.96 KES at the time of writing)
  2. 14 day visa -  this is the most common type sought by Kenyans. It is issued to people who wish to spend no more than 14 days in Dubai. The fee is AED 220 (5,222.76 KES)
  3. Tourist visit visa - It is issued to people who wish to spend more than 14 days in the UAE Dubai. It is valid for 60 days and is renewable for up to 90 days. The fee for a visit visa is AED 100 (2,378 KES ) and a visa delivery fee of  AED 10. Your hotel , apartment or travel agent may also levy up to AED 50 in supplementary charges. The renewal fee is AED 500. 
  4. Multiple entry visa - You must have a relationship with a reputable local business establishment or multinational and be a frequent visitor to the UAE in order to qualify for a multiple entry visa. However, you must first apply for the visit visa and travel to the UAE because you can only apply for this type of visa within the UAE. The visa is valid for six months and the you are allowed to stay in the country for 30 days on each visit. The fee is AED 1,000.
Take note that the fees above are subject to change at any time and that the actual fee you pay may be much higher because travel agents and tour operators may add a markup to the fee. Check the actual amount in Kenya shillings using the Google Currency Converter page.

Dubai Visa Application Requirements

  1. Your Kenyan passport must be valid for six months after your planned departure date from the UAE.
  2. You need a sponsor. A sponsor can be your travel agent, hotel in UAE or someone already living in UAE.
  3. Coloured scan of the passport detail pages (last two) 
  4. Coloured Passport Photo size 4.3 cms x 5.5 cms against a white background
  5. Financial records to demonstrate you can support yourself while in UAE. Three months bank statement or payslip will suffice. Alternatively, your sponsor can provide the financial records.

Where to Apply In Kenya

  1. Visit a travel agent. Most travel agents in Nairobi and Mombasa offer Dubai visa processing services.
  2. UAE Airlines such as Emirates and Etihad offer online UAE visa services.
  3. A family member or relative resident in the UAE can apply for a visa on your behalf.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not extend your stay beyond your visa duration. The penalty for overstaying is AED 100 per day.
  • Public consumption of alcohol is prohibited in the UAE.
  • The official religion is Islam.
  • The official language is Arabic.

Dubai Visa Resources

*Emirati Dirham

Friday, May 9, 2014

How to Buy Airtel, Orange and YU Airtime Using Mpesa

Did you know that you can top-up an Airtel, Orange or YU line using M-Pesa? PesaPal, an e-commerce platform that works seamlessly with mobile payment services, has made this possible. The ability top-up other network SIM cards using Safaricom's M-Pesa is timely and handy in a number of situations such as:

  • You need to top-up someone's line urgently and they don't use Safaricom and, you don't want the hassle of having to dash to a shop.
  • You have a dual SIM phone and you want to load airtime on your Airtel, Orange or YU line.


  1. On your Safaricom line, go to the Safaricom Menu
  2. Next go to M-Pesa > Lipa na M-Pesa > PayBill
  3. Enter the Business number 220220
  4. In the Account Number field, type:
      • "AIRXXXXXXXXXX" to top-up an Airtel line, where XXXXXXXXXX is the phone number e.g AIR073333333.
      • "ORNXXXXXXXXXX" to top-up an Orange line.
      • "YUMXXXXXXXXX" to top-up a YU line.
  5. In the "Amount" field, enter the value of airtime you want to purchase
  6. Enter you M-Pesa PIN and send.
  7. M-Pesa will give you a message similar to "Confirmed  Ksh 150.00 sent to PesaPal for account number AIRXXXXXXXXXX (i'm using an Airtel example) on 8/5/14 at 12:43PM. New M-Pesa balance is Ksh449."
  8. After about 10-15 minutes, PesaPal will load the target line and you will receive a message from Pesapal stating, "Your payment was processed by PesaPal."

Tips and Warnings

  • You can also top-up an Orange line using Airtel Money or YU Cash, Airtel line with YU cash and YU line with Airtel Money, all thanks to PesaPal. 
  • Be careful not to enter the wrong mobile phone number because once the airtime is sent to the target line, it isn't refundable.


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How to Get Cheap Flights to Mombasa

The cost of domestic flights has been dropping in recent years when compared to road travel. For example, it is now possible to get cheap flights to Mombasa courtesy of several budget carriers operating in the Kenyan airline industry.

Rationale for Taking a Flight to Mombasa

If you plan to drive to Mombasa on business or leisure, you should think twice. More so, if you only plan to be in the coastal city for less than a week and don't need a car. The fuel cost to drive to Mombasa and back in a 1500 cc vehicle currently stands at about Kes 6,000.

This is arrived at by assuming your vehicle is in fairly good condition and that it clocks about 16 kilometers on every liter of fuel. A round trip to Mombasa, which is 1,000 kilometers, therefore requires 62.5 liters of fuel. At an average cost of Kes 95.13 per liter of fuel.

Next, factor in the insane traffic jam that has become the norm as you leave Nairobi and also as you approach Mombasa. You will waste at least two hours in traffic in Nairobi and another two hours as you enter Nairobi, translating into four hours one way and a total of eight hours when you factor in the return trip. Depending on your vehicle, experts estimate that every 10 minutes of idling is costs you between a tenth and four tenths of a liter of fuel. So, idling a small engine car of about 1500 cc for eight hours will cost you between 4.8 and 19.2 liters of fuel.

Your total additional cost as a result of traffic jam will, therefore, range from Kes 456 to as high as Kes 1,825. And, this does not take into account the stress and psychological toll on your body of having to sit in traffic for long hours. This doesn't also take into account wear and tear on your cars tires, suspension, and engine; not to mention the hassle and fatigue of having to drive down to Mombasa. 


  1. You don't need to go to visit a travel agent office or airline office. If you have an Internet-enabled phone or computer, simply begin your search for cheap flights to Mombasa by visiting Travel Start, one of the largest online travel agents in Africa.  Online travel agents offer the advantage easy flight comparisons from a number of airlines.
  2. Click the 'Return' tab for a return flight to Mombasa. Enter the departure and arrival city as shown in the screen capture below. 
  3. You can select the preferred airline or skip that field to get a result from all airlines offering cheap flights to Mombasa. Budget airlines operating on this route include Kenya Airways Jambo Jet and Fly 540. 
  4. Enter the information requested in the other fields and click the 'Start' button. 
  5. For this example, a return ticket to Mombasa from Nairobi costs about KES 13,309 on Jambo Jet. 
So, why drive when you can fly!

Suggested Reading

List of tourist attractions in Mombasa

List of camping sites in Kenya


Travel Start Kenya Online Travel Agency

Monday, May 5, 2014

Infographic: How to write a Business Plan

If you have ever sought business finance from a financial institution, then you know that writing a business plan is a prerequisite to receiving any funding. To be considered for financing, most banks and other financial institutions demand a comprehensive and detailed business plan from which a thorough understanding of your existing or proposed business, your own goals and objectives and your financing requirements can be obtained.

When writing a business plan, focus should be concentrated in some key areas, namely;
  1. The business
  2. The entrepreneurs
  3. The market
  4. The financial management and planning
  5. The risks and rewards.
This is a general guide to writing a business plan but always bear in mind that every business is unique and each plan needs to be tailored accordingly.

All the same, no business plan would be considered complete without the following:
  1. A title page
  2. An executive summary
  3. Overview of the business
  4. Management
  5. The market
  6. Sales and marketing strategy
  7. Financial statements and projections
  8. Legal and regulatory environment
  9. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and threats assessment (SWOT analysis)
  10. Supporting documentation
The infographic below summarizes the process of writing a business plan.

Source: Washington State University

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