Thursday, March 31, 2016

Quick Hack to Looking Like a Business Professional

As many Kenyans are getting into the business and depending less on employment, it is important to have the right look when it comes to marketing yourself and your business. You do not want to look unprofessional in front of potential investors who could take your business a notch higher.

Here are few tips to make you look like a business professional:

Address people by their first names

How do you feel when someone forgets your name? Your customers would hate that too. However, this depends on the position of the person or their age. Kenyan culture dictates that you address older persons or persons of higher level with their surname and a title, for example, Mr. Mwangi.

Be polite

In business you will meet different people from the rude to the extremely polite to the nonchalant. Be polite to all of them even if it takes a lot of will power. Being nice never hurt anyone.

Dress the part

You will never make a first impression twice so make sure that you dress the part when it comes to business. Dressing the part does not mean choking yourself in a tie the whole day under the hot sun and it also does not mean wearing miniskirts and heavy make-up. Simply look presentable like you would in a job interview.

Know your business inside out

Have you ever passed by a hawker in the streets and asked them how the rat poison works and they went blank? If that is how you plan on selling your products then you are doomed. You should answer all questions that the customer asks concerning the products you are selling.

Remember only you can make your business successful.

How to Promote Your Kenyan Business on a Small Budget

The most common businesses in Kenya are cosmetics shops, jewelry and clothes shops or importing handbags from Uganda. These are businesses that do not require a lot of start up capital. If you start one of these businesses, how do you market it on a tight budget?

Advertising on radio or television media is expensive but here are a few tips to promote your Kenyan business on a budget:

Social media
Reach out to your personal friends through social media. You can also create pages on social media for your business and engage your customers. This is the cheapest ways to market your business.

Market all the time 
Bumped into a friend in town do not forget to mention your business. In the office, at could compliment some random stranger in a matatu and finish off with “I am into this business, if interested we could hook up.

It can be quite hard if you are not the extrovert or outgoing person. It takes time but building a network enables your business to thrive. Someone you met and shook hands with will refer your business to their friend or family.

Have free samples
Business such as cake making can be an ideal platform for this strategy. Offer your customers free samples before they decide on which cake flavor to order. This builds confidence in the customer that you will provide the best service and that their choice is right.

All the best when marketing your business.

5 Quick Tips to Help You Avoid Getting Hacked

Hacking is no longer the domain of geeky teenagers with nothing to do the whole day and plenty of spare time on their hands. Rather, it's morphed into a well-oiled, money minting ‘entrepreneurial’ operation.
Here are 5 quick pointers that will help you avoid being on the ‘I just got hacked’ cautionary tale list.

Use an advanced password

Here is the basic rule of thumb in devising a strong enough password -combine lowercase, uppercase, numbers, punctuation and even a fair amount of gibberish   
It’s also advisable to change passwords regularly and not use the same password for more than one account.

Avoid sharing your personal data on public Wi-Fi

Don’t share any information that you wouldn’t want in the public domain over Wi-Fi-visiting your bank account, sharing revealing photos-unless you are using virtual private networks which encrypt your traffic. 

Don’t click on suspicious emails

Make sure you authenticate the sender’s identity before opening any email received.

Don’t click on links to unknown sites

These links might be an attempt at phishing (Phishing Description) or may lead to insecure or malware infected sites 

Try to avoid the cloud

Do not, if you can help it, store personal or revealing information on the cloud. Remember after deleting files on your computer to delete them on the cloud if they are saved there as well.

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Zika Virus - 5 Fast Facts you Should Know #Zikavirus

Just when the horror that is the Ebola virus is fading, there is, so to speak, a new virus disease to worry about, Zika.

Here are 5 quick must-know facts about the Zika virus disease:

1. Zika has been linked to causing Microcephaly. A condition that may cause mental retardation, staggered speech, movement and growth delays in children born to affected mothers.
2. The Zika virus is spread by a bite by the Aedes mosquito.
3. Sexual transmission-though at a much smaller scale-has also been proved to spread Zika virus.
4. Symptoms of Zika virus are mild and non-life threatening. They may include: fever, rash, headaches, joint pain, pain behind one's ears and soar itchy, reddened eyes.
5. There is no vaccine for the Zika virus.

Though the Zika virus was initially discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda in 1947, the recent outbreak first reported in spats in 2014 has been largely limited to Latin America.


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

6 Secrets To Help You Become Financially Fit

Majority of Kenyans are struggling with the need to live a luxurious lifestyle yet be financially fit. For example you want a car, house, trips abroad and latest gadgets yet your income cannot cater for that or you have all that yet you are struggling to pay loans.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Content makes poor men rich: discontent makes rich men poor.” The first secret to financial fitness is being content with what you have.

Here are the rest of the secrets:

  1. Create a budget
  2. Track your expenses (known and unknown). Examples of known expenses can be rent, car fuel, school fees while examples of unknown can be the egg you ate at the roadside, the bottle of water purchased when it was too hot or even the umbrella you bought because of the impromptu rain.
  3. Avoid impulse buying. For example buying a shoe just because it looks pretty not because you need it.
  4. Reduce your debt or avoid debt altogether. For example taking unnecessary loans from friends, family or the bank.
  5. Save, save, save and when you are done saving, save a little bit more.

Ranking of Kenya’s Best Secondary Schools

Secondary school education is the most vital cadre in the Kenyan Education system. If your child has been a top performer through primary school; it offers them an opportunity to school with their peers and sharpens them the more. If they floundered in their early schooling years-it’s a last resort at finally set them straight.

Here are the top secondary schools as at 2016 that Kenyan parents hope their children will someday grace:

SCHOOL                       LOCATION (County)
1 Moi Kabarak                       Nakuru
2 Light Academy                   Nairobi
3 Kapsabet Boys                   Nandi
4 Maseno School                   Kisumu
5 Alliance Boys                     Kiambu
6 Nairobi School                   Nairobi
7 St Anthony’s Kitale            Trans-Nzoia 
8 Asumbi Girls School           Homa Bay
9 Murang’a High School       Muranga
10 Chemelil Academy           Kisumu

Warning Signs You Might Have Fibroids

A fibroid is a benign, non-cancerous growth that occurs in or around the uterus. A United States Census Bureau and Population report estimates extrapolated the prevalence of uterine fibroids at 1,649,105 cases (approximately 10-20% of the women population) in Kenya.

While the causes of fibroids are unknown, it is mostly genetic and thrive on the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

Women on menopause are at highest risk of getting fibroids, here are some of the warning signs that you may have fibroids:

Excessive and prolonged uterus bleeding
Abnormal urinary patterns
Non-menstrual pelvic pain
Abdominal swelling
Painful sexual intercourse
Leg pain at the back of leg
Recurrent miscarriage
Lower back pain
Constipation due to pressure on the bowel

In case you are experience some or all of these symptoms it is wise to visit a doctor as soon as possible.

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3 Must Watch Programs on Kenyan TV

Other than the 7 and  9pm news, which Kenyan’s have a unique obsession for, here are 3 must watch TV programs on Kenyan telly.

1.The Real House Helps of Kawangware-Wednesday, 7:30 on KTN  
Substitute the imposing glamour for Kawangware’s grim sights, nonsensical melodrama for rib cracking hearty laughs and you have 20 minutes of Kenya’s very own claim at the ‘True Housewives’ franchise. Lupita Nyongo gave the series a nod on her twitter page last year, making it an instant staple amongst Kenya’s middle class. You can also catch the show on YouTube.

2.The Trend-Friday 8pm-10pm on NTV
Catch up on all Nairobi, and Kenya, has been on about all week on Twitter on TTTT (TheTrendTrendingTalkerz) then watch, Kenya’s best interviewer in Larry Madowo go through his repertoire of guest trying to sap some life and levity out of every one of them.

3.Pray and Pray-Tuesday, 7:30pm on NTV 
A dramedy on members of the Kenyan clergy; their families, everyday strife, not so holy dealings and trying to answer the prescient riddle on what it means to be a spiritual authority in 21st Century Kenya.

4 Questions You Should Ask Before Taking a Job

Many Kenyan graduates have experienced joblessness for a year or two yet their friend, whose uncle is the Finance Manager in a multi-national company, already has a well-paying job with no experience. The job market in Kenya is merciless to those who have no godfather or are less aggressive. This fact makes it easy for a job seeker to quickly take any job that comes their way only to regret later.

Before you take up any job, here are few questions to ask yourself:

Does this job give me professional satisfaction?Taking up a sales job for example while you really want to be a Human Resource professional will leave you dissatisfied. Unless you are not focused on your career goals, taking up any job will do more harm.
I’m I comfortable with the company culture?Company culture is important and it affects your personal life. For example you might be SDA and company requires you to come to work on Saturday for meetings yet you need to go to church. Or the company requires ladies to wear knee-length skirts yet you are conservative and prefer ankle-length skirts. Finding out about the company culture makes you weight if the offer is worth it or not.
Is this what I want to do?Your CV spoke for you, the interview went well and you have a job offer but you may feel that this is not what you want to do. Look at your job description and review your responsibilities. Is there anything that you would cross out on the list fast? Are there some responsibilities that would pose no challenge to you? Monotony and simple tasks will cause boredom especially if you appreciate challenges.
My expectations for this role are … This is a question you could ask your interviewer during the final interview. A company with clear goals and has an understanding of how your role is important is good. However, if a clear answer is not given regarding the same it is wise to turn down the offer.

Do not be too desperate to take up a job offer only to live miserably afterwards.

Ranking of Kenya’s Best Universities

A good education at a reputable university is not just a luxury in Kenya’s cutthroat job market: It’s a necessity.

Here is a list of Kenya’s leading scholarly institutions:

Ranking  University                                          Location (County)            International Ranking

1          University of Nairobi                           Nairobi                            702
2          Egerton University                               Nakuru County, Njoro    *-
3          Moi University                                     Eldoret                            2507
4          Kenyatta University                             Kiambu                            1925
5          Strathmore University                          Nairobi                            4934
6          Jomo Kenyatta University of
                 Agriculture and Technology            Kiambu                            2866
7          Mount Kenya University                      Kiambu County,  Thika    11154
         United States International University  Nairobi                            8696
9          Catholic University of Eastern Africa  Nairobi                            9010
10          Kenya Methodist University                  Meru                            10655

Getting Rid of Acne with Home-Made Products

Acne can be quite a headache. Even with the recent increase of using foundation or concealer to hide the spots among Kenyan ladies. You wear your best dress but you do not feel beautiful enough. You use expensive facial products but they seem to worsen the acne. The good news is you could clear acne slowly at the comfort of your home.

Do not throw away the banana peel: Banana peels contain Lutein which reduces the discomfort of acne. Simply rub the peel on your face in a circular motion. Rinse off after 30 minutes. This will cost you only Ksh. 10 or less.

The power of Sodium bicarbonate (Baking Soda): It dries of excess oil and exfoliates your skin. Mix the baking soda and water into a thick paste then massage on your face. Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse with warm water.
Baking soda can be found in many supermarkets in Kenya and retail at about Kshs. 40

Use Pawpaw: Raw pawpaw removes dead skin cells and fats on the skin. It also contains papain which reduces inflammation of the skin. Rinse your face then mash up the pawpaw and apply on your skin. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and rinse off.

Extra tip: Do NOT pop those pimples no matter how tempting it is.

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How to Maintain Natural African Hair

In an increasingly globalized age, there seems to be a curious need to be individualistic and unique. Spotting natural African hair serves as a perfect example of this shifting tide.

Here are quick essential tips to make sure your beloved locks are just right:

  1. Wash with shampoo or moisturizing conditioner making sure to feel and rub your entire scalp thoroughly.
  2. Oil your hair.
    • A mixture of water and glycerin keeps hair moisturized, preventing breakage.
    • Alternatively, Cocoa/ African Shea Butter Cream works to help hair maintain its natural luster keeps it flaccid.
    • Oiling your hair’s follicles (ends) helps it maintain water and glycerine.  
  3. Ensure that your hair is wrapped before going to bed.

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5 Tips to Help You Sell Your Products Better Online

So you’ve got a Facebook page, Website, Tweeter or Instagram account, but are having problems getting your goods to fly off the proverbial shelf? Fear not. Here are 5 quick pointers to ensure buy in from people for your product or service.

1.Offer client incentives. e.g., You can offer a free Shs2, 000 voucher on the last of a certain product purchased, offer a free gift to someone who gives the best reviews on your services.

2.Have a blog (written, video or podcast format) where you give all necessary details; discounts, product range, subsidies for certain services, new product or services range, whether you are out of certain products, etc.

3.Take your customer on the journey with you. It’s not all about profit margins and balance sheets; offer your client intangibles: a video on how you craft your necklaces, a peek into your personal life-people are more inclined to purchase something from someone they feel they know.

4.Engage with your customer. Check your website comment section, social media chatter concerning your products or services. It might seem daunting being amenable to an unhappy customer online; but it helps in that your client gets to know that their feedback is appreciated and taken into account

5.Solicit reviews or feedback of your product/ service from your client.     

*It is important that you offer top of the line products/ services with fair and commensurate prices online as potential clients can easily compare your offering with your rivals online.
Good news (well valued and fulfilling products) travels fast, bad news (extortive pricing and poor products) travels even faster.

Leading Causes of Death in Children Under 5 Years in Kenya.

Few things - perhaps nothing in life compares to the loss of a child; as per The Kenya Economic Report 2014, published by the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis; the following are the leading causes of death in Kenyan Children:

  1. Respiratory diseases - 26.4%
  2. Malaria -17%
  3. Diseases of the skin - 8.2%
  4. Diarrhoea - 3.3%
  5. Rheumatism (joint pains) -3%
  6. Urinary tract infections -3%
  7. Accidents - 2.4%
  8. Typhoid fever - 2.1%
  9. Pneumonia - 2.0%

List of Sports Betting Sites in Kenya

For the past two years at least, sports betting has been all the rage in Kenya. Everyone and their grandmother seem to have been bitten by the gambling bug and we just can’t shake it.

Below is a comprehensive list of all sports betting sites in Kenya:

1. Sportpesa

2. mCheza

3. Elitebet Kenya

4. Betin

5. Betyetu

6. Betway

7. 1xbet

8. Justbet

9. Eazi Bet

10. Lucky2u

11. Betpawa

Ensure you enter the sports betting field fully strapped and kitted; for an in-depth breakdown of quick tips to equip you with the winning tools at sports gambling check out, How To Win Bets on Sportpesa

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Handling Small Talk the Right Way

Most people hate small talk; they would rather talk about death, latest celebrity gossip or the government. Did you know that engaging in small talk can be a win situation for you? If you didn’t it is time to start engaging in small talk

So how do you do this?
  1. Talk about the weather. “The sun is really hot today. It should rain soon
  2. If it is at work: “There was lots of traffic today morning, you use Langata road, right?” or “Are you going for the work Easter Party this Friday?”
  3. At social or professional events: “Do you know who the guest speaker is? That was a really good speech?” or “Have you tried their pizza? It is so good!
Such comments create a foundation for a good conversation.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

How to Delight Your Customer in 3 Easy Steps

I will quit my job and just start a business. Then I can get a lot of money." That is a statement that many who are tired of the corporate world would make. But people think it is an easy task yet it takes time to build a strong business.

They say the customer is king and pleasing your customer is the foundation to a successful business. You can delight your customers in these 3 easy steps:

Have Thank-You packages

Thanking your customers can be done in various ways such as holiday greeting cards, small appreciation gifts or simply making a call to say thank you for being part of your journey.

Offer Extra Advice for Free

If it is a clothing business, you could advice the customer on the kind of color shades to wear for their body type or skin colour. It is related to your business and the customer will appreciate the advice.

Respond to Every comment

You have a facebook page that is constantly filled with customer comments, requests and enquiries.  It is your responsibility to reply to customer queries. Social media is fast and you need to reply in the same speed.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sure-fire Ways to Tell Your Relationship is Headed for the Dumps

A relationship is a two way traffic; you cannot be in love alone. If you are into someone and there is no way of finding out if they feel the same way, here are a few signs:
  1. No interest in learning about each other. For example your dreams, preferences, family or anything that you hold close to your heart.
  2. No effort to make each other feel special. There is a probability they forgot your birthday again!
  3. Making excuses to avoid spending time with you and if any time is spent you always end up arguing.
  4. They will never answer the question "Where is this relationship headed?"

2 Ways to Completely Change Your Lifestyle

Tired of always living a worse life than others? Then it is time to change that.

Be Grateful

Recognize that you are lucky no matter how bad things seem to be. You have a demeaning boss, be grateful you have a job. Your relationships never work, be grateful that someone thought of you as a worthy soul mate. Be grateful you have the basic needs that some people do not have. Do not take things for granted since you still have a full life to live.

Every Journey Begins with a Single Step

Dream big but do not expect your dreams to come true in a month or less. You want to buy a house for example but you cannot buy it tomorrow with a KSH. 38,000 salary.  The good thing is you have already started planning in terms of sourcing for money

The HIV Testing Drones of Malawi

Drones have had a bad rep over the past couple of years, occasioned especially by civilian collateral deaths in the Middle East following their widespread used by the US to take out insurgents.

There just might be hope for these unmanned airplanes though, as the HIV test kit delivering drones of Malawi are serving as a reminder that the technology isn’t the problem, but rather, our use of it.

UNICEF has employed drones on a trial basis in the Southeastern Africa country to deliver HIV testing kits to people, and ferry their blood back to testing labs.

Traditionally, it takes eleven days to transport blood samples to testing labs from health centers in Malawi, and a further eight weeks to get the test results back.

For now, the drone trial runs focus on babies born to HIV positive mothers. If fully actualized the custom made drones will carry up to 250 tests-equivalent to 1 Kg of samples.

10% of the population in the Southeastern Africa country is HIV positive.

How to Find the URL of an Image

Easy as ABC defines the process of finding the URL of an image.
  1. Find the full version of the picture you are interested in.
  2. Right click on the image and click on "copy image address".
  3. Paste the image URL anywhere you like.

Easy wasn’t it?

Driving Traffic to Your Blog in 3-2-1

Blogging has become the norm nowadays. For the serious bloggers-to-be having huge traffic is a far to reach dream because they never think they will never be as good as leading bloggers… But who said you cant?

Here are easy steps to get traffic to your blog.

Have a Clear Theme

Having many hobbies/ interests is not wrong. It is wrong to simply post about everything from cats, swimming, fashion, food to cars. Choose your target audience and then determine which theme suits them.

Share on Social Media

You have friends on social media sites, use the sites to share new content. Cultivating in your networks will give you more blog traffic especially if your friends get to share again on their networks.

Write More

People hate stale content and a stagnant blog. Google also increases the search visibility of websites with fresh content. Make a minimum of two or three posts a week for your blog and you are good to go.

How to Unlock a Samsung Fingerprint Locked Phone

It can be the most annoying thing. High-end Samsung Android phones that have a fingerprint screen lock security option have this thing where the scanner sometimes goes haywire. When this happens, the phone presents you with the option to enter your backup password. Unfortunately, most people rarely remember the password because they seldom need it.

If you find yourself in this predicament, you only have two options to unlock a Samsung fingerprint locked phone.

Unlock via Samsung's Find My Mobile Service

There are a number of pre-requisites for this to succeed, namely:

The phone's Internet connection must have been on before it got locked.
You had registered your phone with Samsung and have a Samsung account


  • Visit Find My Mobile.
  • Log in using your Samsung account.
  • Ensure the Connection, Remote controls and Reactivation Lock are green and on as shown below. Try refreshing using the Refresh icon if they aren't.

  • Next, scroll down and lock for Unlock my Screen on the left hand menu as shown below.

  • Click and wait a few minutes for the screen to unlock.

Reset Your Android Phone to Factory Status

If your phone's Internet connection was off before it got locked or you hadn't set up your Samsung account then you have no choice but to reset the phone to factory status.
This will erase everything and you will loose any data and photos that you hadn't backed up to a service such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
There are a number of ways to erase/reset your phone:

  • You can also perform a hard reset using a series of key combinations. This can differ depending on the phone model. Simply Google "Hard reset xxx", where xxx is your phone model.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kenya’s Most Viewed YouTube Videos of 2015

The following video clips were the most viewed by Kenyan’s on YouTube in 2015;

1. Citizen TV reporter Evelyn Wambui exposes rape of  women patients by "gynecologist" Dr Mugo Wairimu, in Nairobi’s Githurai and Zimmerman estates

2. Citizen TV anchor Lilian Muli pranks co-host Hussein Mohammed into thinking she's in labor.

3. Senator Johnstone Muthama's speech  at CORD's Uhuru Park rally.

4. Eric Omondi's hilarious song Nabeba Mawe. 

5. Pretend socialite Shaniqwa 'muuuurrderz' Larry Madowo on NTV's The Trend. 

6. Citizen TV's Hussein Mohammed grills pastor James Maina Ng’ang’a of Neno Evangelism Centre over an accident on Nairobi-Nakuru highway on July 26 involving his vehicle that killed one person and left another in critical condition. 

7. Nandi Hills MP Hon Alfred Kiptoo Keter storms the Gilgil weigh-bridge demanding the release of a trailer owned by URP nominated MP Sunjeev Kour Birdi.

8. Citizen TV anchor Janet Mbugua's wedding. 

9. Churchill Show Professor Hammo's, My President is Black skit.  

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US issues Europe Travel Alert #BrusselsAttacks

The US Department of State issued a travel alert on March 22nd 2016 covering the whole of Europe. This follows the March 22 Brussels attacks by ISIL.

The alert states that, "Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. U.S. citizens are advised to vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events."

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

How to Recover a Microsoft Word Document

It can be very frustrating to lose an MS Word document. There are a number of ways this could happens such when Microsoft Word suddenly stops working, accidentally closing a document without saving or due to a power blackout.

If it happens, we recommend the following ways to try and recover your Microsoft Word document.

Method 1: Search for the Document

Steps for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + E, this opens Windows Explorer.
  2. A Search This PC box will appear, type the document name, and then press ENTER.
  3. If the document is listed among the options, double click/Right click on it to open, if it is not listed then proceed to step 4
  4. When in the Search This PC box, type .docx only, and then continue to press ENTER.
  5. If the resultant search list doesn't contain your document, then continue to Method 2 below.

Method 2: Restart Word

  1. Close all word documents on your computer
  2. Then, restart the Microsoft Word application and see whether the auto-recovered files are displayed on the left panel of the word document
  3.  If there is a list of auto-recovered files click on them to see whether the file you are looking for is there, if you find it save it.

Method 3: Search for Lost Files in Word

Steps for MS Word 2013

  1. Go to File menu, then select Open, and then go to Recent Documents.
  2. Scroll down the list of all the recent documents, and select the Recover Unsaved Documents.
  3. If the Word document you are searching for is there, double-click on it to open it.
  4. Save it immediately.

Steps for MS Word 2010

  1. On the File menu, click Recent.
  2. Select Recover Unsaved Documents.
  3. If the Word document you are searching for is there, double-click on it to open it.
  4. Then save it immediately.

Steps for MS Word 2007

  1. Open the Microsoft Office Button, and select Word Options on the menu.
  2. When in the Navigation menu, select the Save option.
  3. Locate the AutoRecover file location box, take note of the path indicated, and then click on the Cancel option.
  4. Then close Microsoft Word.
  5. Look for the folder that you had noted in step 3 and open it.
  6. Search through the files whose names end in .asd (AutoRecover files).
  7. If the Word document you are searching for is there, double-click on it to open it.
  8. Then save it immediately.
For more tips on how to find and recover lost word documents visit the Microsoft support site.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

How to Buy KPLC Tokens Using Mobile Phone

KPLC prepaid meters have become common in many homes and public buildings. The prepaid meters introduced by KPLC allow customers to pay or purchase prepaid power units. You can of purchase tokens from a vendor, in which case you need to have your 11 digit meter number or meter serial number.

After purchase the registered KPLC token vendor is required to provide a 20 digit printed receipt to confirm payment of the tokens. 

You can also buy KPLC tokens through your mobile money application, either Safaricom or Mpesa, using the instructions below.

Buy KPLC Tokens via M-Pesa

  1. Go to M-Pesa Paybill
  2. Key in the KPLC token prepaid business number 888880
  3. Key in your 11 digit meter number
  4. Enter the amount you want to purchase, between 100 and 35,000
  5. Key in your M-Pesa pin
  6. Confirm the details before you submit
  7. An SMS from M-Pesa will be sent to your phone confirming the transaction
  8. A 20 digit token number will be sent to you via SMS with the number of KPLC token units purchased

Buy KPLC Tokens via Airtel money

  1. Go to Airtel Money
  2. Select the Make Payment option and choose Pay Bill
  3. The choose the KPLC Prepaid option
  4. Key in the amount you want to purchase
  5. Check your transaction details
  6. Key in your Airtel Money pin
  7. In the reference option, key in the 11 digit meter number
  8. An SMS from Airtel will be delivered to your phone confirming the transaction
  9. Another SMS will be sent to your phone with the 20 digit token pin with the number of units purchased

For assistance or queries you can call KPLC through their customer desk numbe at 95551 or Visit KPLC Prepaid Token Information Site here !!

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5 Important Tips to Advance Your career

Do you feel that your career has stagnated? Dying to get that promotion you feel you are due for? Here are 5 sure-fire tips to get your career soaring:

Recall your Career Goals and Assess Whether you are on Track to Achieving them

Don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees. Work squabbles, repetitive tasks, office politics; all these are the trees that cloud the vision of the “forest”- your goals when you started your career. Shed them and refocus on your purpose in your career.

Be Aggressive

You might snigger and mock someone for putting themselves out there, but when the boss considers who to promote or hire for specialized tasks, they won’t call on you who tries to blend in, makes no waves, and, they probably will have forgotten they hired you. Putting your head down and working hard can only get you so far. If you feel you are due a promotion? Speak up! That promised pay raise has been ‘on the works’ for years now? Ask again! Just remember to be respectful though.

Continually Build on your Skill Sets

Pick up everything you can on any assignment that makes you that much better than your workmates. Classroom learning will get you a certificate, same as your colleagues but what will set you apart is on-the-job learning.


Work as hard as you do for your company to build your own brand. Try and get your name and work out. Foster good relationships with colleagues and your bosses who will help to advance your career.

Get in on the Office Gossip

Now, this may sound controversial, I don’t mean go gather at the water cooler over lunch and gossip away. Don’t be the standoffish prude who doesn’t engage in some office banter. In-office tittle-tattle offers the best opportunity to get to know what is going on within the company - what promotion opportunities might arise ...who might get fired.

5 Best Paying Careers in Kenya

Graduate from university, land that corner office in a swanky area code along Ngong Road and earn some major cheddar. That is the basic overview of the dream for almost every Kenyan University leaver.

Here are the careers you should aim for yourself or child, to ensure this isn’t but a pipe dream:


With a monthly median take home pay of Shs350, 000, no wonder we all wanted to be pilots when we were growing up.


They say that the law is blind. It has no eyes. The monthly take home pay for some of Kenya’s crème lawyers is ten million shillings. Such mind boggling figures though are a reserve for the likes of the ‘Grand Mullah’ Ahmednasir Abdullahi, who have reached the pinnacle of their careers.


Starting salaries are mainly pegged at Shs 100, 000 and rise through time with experience.


Pay packets vary depending on the engineering course but a Civil or Structural engineer can take home a starting salary of 90, 000 bob every month.

A cut throat and crowded career option but those who stick it out and get to the top can take home more than Shs 800, 000 a month.

3 Indigenous Healthy Kenyan Foods to Live By

With the wave of healthy dietary consciousness, many Kenyans are realizing that soda and fries don’t make a healthy meal. Here are 3 indigenous healthy Kenyan foods to substitute for that chicken nuggets, milk shake combo:

Sweet Potatoes (Ngwaci)

  • Raises the levels of Vitamin A in your body
  • Have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties


  • Highly rich in calories. Nearly twice as much calorie quotient as potatoes
  • Has gluten-free starch
  • Low fat content, but more protein than other tropical food sources, i.e. yams, potatoes, bananas,etc.
  • Important minerals such as; zinc, magnesium, copper, iron and manganese.

African nightshade (Managu)

  • Rich in vitamins A, C and E
  • High in calcium
  • Antioxidant properties

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To learn how to whip a sumptuous Managu dish, check out our article on How to Cook Managu

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How to Register a Business Name Online in Kenya

Gone are the days when anyone who wanted to start a business in Kenya had to hire a crooked broker, employ the services of an expensive lawyer or endure long queues at Nairobi's Sheria House in order to register a business. With ecitizen, an online government portal, you can now register a business name online.


  1. Go to eCitizen and create an account.
  2. Click on the Office of the Attorney General's link.
  3. Next, perform an online business name search.
  4. The cost of the business name search is Kshs 150 (roughly $1.5) per name.
  5. Next, choose a payment method. There are five options; M-pesa, Debit/Credit/Prepaid card, Airtel Money, Mobikash, E-agent or cash.
  6. Example: To Pay your bill (KES. KES 150) via MPESA. Follow the Steps Below. Once you receive a successful reply from Mpesa. Click the complete button.
  7. Go to M-PESA on your phone
  8. Select Pay Bill option
  9. Enter Business no. 206206
  10. Enter Account no as provided in the payment instructions.
  11. Enter the Amount. KES 150
  12. Enter your M-PESA PIN and Send
  13. You will receive a confirmation SMS from MPESA
  14. Once you receive the confirmation message, click Confirm on the ecitizen website.
  15. You will then be directed to your dashboard where you can view your billing summary.

The business name search takes 24 hours. If the business name is available, the status in your dashboard changes to "Reserved", if not, it changes to "Not available".

Once you confirm the business name is reserved continue to the next step below.

Registering a Reserved Business Name

  • You will need the reserved business name number to proceed.
  • Click on Make Application.
  • Populate the required fields and follow the prompts.
  • You need to specify whether you business is a sole proprietorship or partnership.
  • You will also need the plot number, a telephone contact and details of the business owner including national ID number and KRA PIN number.
  • Once you are done click submit and pay Kes 50 via your payment method of choice.
  • You will get a confirmation once your business name is registered.
  • You can print the business name registration at any time.
  • If you want a certified copy of the certificate, you can apply online at a cost of Kes 250.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you get stuck, call the helpline +254 700072929. This number is picked by the Attorney General's office. Explain that you have an ecitizen question and they will transfer you to the Companies Registry.
  • A business name in Kenya is reserved for 30 days. Once 30 days lapse before you register the name, you will have to begin the process again.
  • The system occassionally suffers from glitches and traffic overload so in some cases you may need to try several times before the registering a reserved name goes through.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

How to Vote in Kenya While Abroad | Diaspora Voter Registration

The Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) recently adopted a new policy that sets out the framework for diaspora voter registration and voting as well as the criteria for setting up of polling stations where Kenyans can vote abroad.

The policy comes against the backdrop of the 2014 Supreme Court ruling on the progressive realization of the democratic rights of Kenyan citizens who reside outside the country as stipulated in the 2010 Constitution. The Court directed the IEBC to:

  1. initiate "progressive voter registration" and,
  2. put in place "infrastructure for comprehensive registration so that the number participating shall increase progressively over time".

This is a welcome move for Kenyans in the Diaspora who have been clamoring to vote in the 2017 General Election. The policy proposes that they will only vote for President and in a referendum, and not all the elective positions.

The Policy recognizes the challenge of establishing the actual number of Kenyans living abroad or their locations because many do not register with the missions. The decision on the number and countries where polling stations will be set up will be based on the number of those who express interest in registering as voters.

The policy sets a minimum of 3,000 registered Kenyan citizens per county and the existence of
a Kenyan diplomatic mission or consulate as some of the criteria to be used in determining the provision of electoral services.

Diaspora Kenyans will cast their vote individually at the same time as the voters back at home.

The Commission expects the government to provide facilitation through a multi-sectoral agency to enable it to carry out voter education, registration, and polling for Kenyan Diaspora.

The details of all the stages of the exercise, including the polling centers, vote tallying and transmission will be gazetted and governed by a Kenyan law.

Mapping of Kenyan citizens residing outside Kenya for the purpose of diaspora voter Registration & voting has been ongoing. Registration of persons living outside of Kenya (diaspora) was conducted from 20th February to 6th March 2017.  However, those registered will only be allowed to vote for president.


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List of Movie Download Websites

There are many ways to watch movies online. Many Kenyans now rely on DVD purchases or direct transfer to USB sticks at movie shops that have sprung up all over the country. The cost ranges from Kes 30 to Kes 100 depending on the location. These movie establishments rely on a weak Kenyan regulatory environment that does not sanction illegal foreign movie downloads.

Movie Piracy in Kenya

Proprietors of these movie stalls/cafes purchase copies of the illegally downloaded movies from people who download them from torrent sites using a fast Internet connection. The movies are usually shared by someone who has purchased a legal copy of the movie or recorded at a theater using a good camera.

Illegal Movie Download Sites

The main sites are:

  1. The Pirate Bay
  2. Torrentz
  3. Kickass Torrents

To download the movies, users download torrent software such as uTorrent and BitTorrent.

Warning on Movie Piracy

Downloading movies from anyone other than the legal owner or appointed distributor is a violation of copyright and illegal.

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Important Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Tax Dates

Mark these important Kenya Revenue Authority deadline dates in your calendar. They could come in handy.

Tax Obligation/Payment Due Date
P.A.Y.E 9th of every month
VAT 20th of every month
Rental Income 20th of every month
Excise Duty 20th of every month
Standard Levy 20th of every month
Turnover Tax (T.O.T) 20th of every month following the end of every quarter

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Cheapest Way to Send Money to Kenya from UK

If you send money to Kenya from the UK on a regular basis, you can lose a fortune on fees that banks and money remittance providers charge as well as exchange rate differentials/conversion fees.

The most popular services used to send money to Kenya include Western Union, World Remit, and BACS international transfers. However, these are also the most expensive options. Western Union and World Remit charge exorbitantly high fees and they also give the recipient a raw deal on the exchange rate.

Somali hawala's have also been popular and cheap but the Kenyan Government has cracked down on them hard in the wake of suspicions of being complicit in terrorist financing.

Some Advice on International Transfers

Depending on your bank, International transfers may be cheaper for large amounts but the receiver still gets a raw deal if their local bank account is in Kenya shillings. This is because local Kenyan banks convert the remitted funds to Kenya shillings at the worst rate they can get away with. If you are concerned about how much the recipient will receive on an International transfer, the best thing would be to advise them to open a foreign currency account. This way, they can negotiate with the local Kenyan bank on the exchange rate.

Cheapest and Most Convenient Ways to Send Money to Kenya

From our research, we can confidently state that the following methods are not only the cheapest but the most convenient as well.

Simba Pay

Simba Pay doesn't charge any fees. They make money on the exchange rate. The advantage with Simba is that they offer you a fixed exchange rate. This is a vital feature because you know exactly how much you are sending the recipient even if the international exchange rates change the very next second after hitting the send button. They have a mobile app for Android and iPhone. Recipients in Kenya can receive the funds in their M-Pesa wallet or bank account.


Skrill charges a fee of 1% of the total amount sent. This is capped at a maximum of €10 (or the equivalent in pounds). This means that even if you send a large amount, the maximum fee you will pay for sending money is €10. For convenience, Skrill is also available as a mobile app for Android and iPhone. A conversion fee is also applied and Kenyans receive the funds in their M-Pesa wallets.

Get a Safaricom SIM Card

If you are a Kenyan citizen living in the UK, nothing is cheaper and more convenient than getting yourself a Safaricom SIM card. You can take advantage of Safaricom's roaming services to send and receive money via M-Pesa. However, don't use the phone line to call or send messages due to the high roaming costs...just keep it switched off till you need to send money. This is by far the cheapest method to send money to Kenya. You will incur the usual M-Pesa charges that would be levied to a user in Kenya.

Funding Your M-Pesa Wallet

This could prove a challenge. We don't advocate this but some Kenyans in the UK do this by asking a trusted relative in Kenya to open a Kenyan bank account in their own names, register a SIM card for mobile banking and then courier the SIM card to them in the UK. If you visit Kenya, it is better to set this up yourself...and you, of course, avoid getting into legal trouble. Once your local Kenyan account is set up, you can deposit money into the account while in the UK, fund your M-Pesa wallet and send money to Kenya.

How to Access a Blocked/Censored Website

Is your employer or institution censoring the websites that you can access? In some countries, governments routinely block access to certain sites. Most recently, Uganda shut down social media sites during the 2016 general election. There are a number of ways to access blocked, restricted or censored websites depending on the method used.

Unblock with Proxy

This is the easiest way to unblock a site that has been blocked using the most common method, IP blocking. A proxy website fetches the website for you and displays it. So, the Internet server can only see the IP address of the proxy and not the actual site you are visiting. For a list of free proxies, see our list of free proxy websites.

However, employers and educational institutions are always on the look our for these proxy sites and block their IP addresses as well. These lists of blocked sites are continuous updated by system admins. There are also many other methods used to censor/block website access such as; URL filtering, DNS filtering and redirection, packet filtering, Man-in-the-middle attacks (MITM) and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI).

Beat Censorship with the Tor Browser Bundle

If you own your own computer or mobile phone, you can beat most forms of Internet censorship by simply installing the Tor Browser Bundle. The Tor website states that, "Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location."
The mobile version for Android phones can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Install and access any site you want anonymously.

Tips and Warnings

  • Proxy sites and the Tor Browser will slow down your browsing speed slightly.
  • Do not use any of these methods to visit sites that are banned at your place of work or school. Doing so could lead to your dismissal or expulsion.

The Tor Browser Bundle