NINAKUABUDU LYRICS BY VIRGINIAH

Ewe yesu, ulijitoa,

Kwa ajili yangu mimi,

Nipate uzima,

Maisha yangu,

Najitoa kwako,

Eewe Yesu,

Chorus 1

Nitakuabudu bwana,

Nitakuinua yesu,

Nitakuabudu mimi,

Maisha yangu yote,

Verse 2

Damu ya dhamana, uliyoimwaga,

Kwa ajili yangu mimi,

Nipate msamaha,

Uhai wako, ukautoa,

Kwa ajili yangu mimi,

Nipate uzima,

Chorus 2

Nitakuabudu bwana,

Nitakuinua yesu,

Nitakuabudu mimi,

Maisha yangu yote,

Verse 3

Umenipigania vita, umeniokoa,

Na mitego ya mwindaji,

Mungu wangu,

Nitakuhimidi jehova, maisha yangu yote,

Nitakuhimidi Jehovah, maisha yangu yote,

Chorus 3

Nitakuabudu bwana,

Nitakuinua yesu,

Nitakuabudu mimi,

Maisha yangu yote,

Bridge

Nitakuabudu bwana,

Umwema sana kwangu,

Nitakuabudu bwana,

Hakuna kama wewe,

 

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Push Your Limits-Control Your Own Life

Push Your Limits-Control Your Own Life

Ever wondered why your age-mates are becoming successful but not you?The answer lies between pushing your limits,exiting the comfort zone and making personal sacrifices. A simple observation will bring out the difference. Compare 24 hrs of your day with 24 hours of your successful friend. Do you see any difference?

The most noticeable one is in the number of sleeping hours.Am not saying you sleep excessively but what sections of the night do you sleep. When you spend your evening watching movies and other funny engagements till 2 pm in the night, its most likely you will wake up at 9 am. If you manage to make it at 5 am, definitely your day will be so messy with sleep hangovers. Assuming you deal with customers or clients , you will most likely show up late and confused then blame the economy when your sales drop.

Lets look at your successful friend. Time management is the main agenda. Sleeps as early as 9 or 10 pm, has time to plan next days activities and practice a convincing sales pitch…while you are watching movies…wakes as early as 5 am and catches up with their plans. Organizes his mind,sets targets for the day and creates rules of engagement to achieve those targets. This guy knows how to knock some doors and is courageous enough to seek assistance and mentorship from experienced folks.Do you do that or you sit around waiting for opportunities from the sky?

In today’s world, thinks do not just happen because you look good,your papers are strong or you were born with a golden spoon in your mouth. They happen in respect to how hard you push your limits. Can you stand infront of a pannel and convince them to invest in you, Can you stand infront of a crowd and convince then to buy your products, how confident are you to wear that navy textured ultra slim-fit suit from jumia and walk with your head high like a millionaire?Remember, in the words of Buddha, “what you think you become,what you feel you attract,what you imagine you create.” Read more on this.

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Find courage to let go what you cant change and work on what you can change.things like humble background, physical appearance and all things of the past can never be changed,they happened, but its okay, its not your fault. Do you think they affect your future? No. Then, what is??Your comfort is your limit.Comfort zones habour several pullbacks, Shyness, and low self esteem amongst the most notorious. You lack courage to  speak in public because of mother-tongue  influence, cant wear a good suit because you are scared of appearing skinny,cant talk to people because you fear rejection..these are pullbacks,limits and success inhibitors. When you let go of what you are,you become what you might be.

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I love people-watching.When i notice such a person i engage.Its always surprising that those shy people carry the best ideas but never let them out.Why say people will laugh at you and they never laughed at anyone the entire meeting.How would you know if it was your golden chance if you won’t speak? Reminds me of times we were scared of girls but after the first conversation you become so confident.Its all in your mind, if nobody mentions it to you, disregard it. Be confident , gain courage and pop that bubble.As you begin to love and appreciate yourself, your relationship with others changes.Test yourself, change you dressing style ,seek a mentor and walk like a winner.Others will follow and emulate your style.

From today onwards, be a leader in your own life,try new thing,talk to different people and ask them what they do. Offer to help where you can. Let people know what you can do, what you are capable of and how good you are.Be on the hunt for who you’ve not yet become. Make you life exiting, relate with others. If an opportunity points your why, milk it like you gonna die tomorrow. Never say why me, thump your chest and say try me.

Keep trying, keep pushing those limits.Believe in yourself. when opportunity meets preparedness, success prevails. One day, all this pain will make sense to you.

 

Finally…

Never give up control, live life on you own terms.

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The way to Canaan-Young people

Out goes politics…Whats left is individual development. We as young leaders should unit and share ideas on how we can create employment for ourselves and the generation behind us. The notion of living from hand to mouth is no longer an option in today’s world. lets have vision beyond the nose and develop a saving culture.

I challenge every youth to develop 10 business ideas and be willing to brainstorm with at-least 5 colleagues…believe you me, one of you out there carries a multi-million dollar idea,one of you has the right connections, one of you can fund the idea and the rest of us can work for you and make the dream an empire while make a living out of it. That’s progress comrades.

Selfishness will never take us anywhere.An example..”i will not share my idea because it will be stolen or its unrealistic or i don’t have money to implement.” lets analyse this statement.

  1. nobody will benefit if you don’t share..not you,not anyone.
  2. if you don’t come out first and ride the wave, someone else will and you will live to regret why you never acted first.
  3. Nobody is interested in stealing your idea,reason…..only you know the business model behind the idea.even if other people come on board, your presence is critical. You alone bears the vision and only you know the way to Canaan.
  4. nobody can stop an idea whose time has come, so they say….if your small idea is is half baked and other people see your vision, they will contribute and support you in any way possible. no man is an island,at the end of the day you get your funding and staff.
  5. finally, do you have something better to do?Does it cost you to speak? What do you stand to gain or lose? (risk/reward ratio).

On that note, be proactive, share what you think and in the process, you will get to Canaan.

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TIPS ON HOW TO REMAIN POOR

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1. Never wake up early. Keep stretching and turning in bed until you get too hungry to continue dozing. If there are no bed bugs, why hurry to get up?

2. Never plan how to spend your money. Whenever you get money, start spending it right away and when it’s finished, you try to count and recall how you spent it.

3. Don’t think of saving until you have real big money. How can you save when you earn so little? Those telling you to save are not sympathetic to your burning needs.

4. Don’t engage in activities usually reserved for the “uneducated”. How can you, a graduate, engage in petty trade, network marketing or home-based production? That’s for people who never went to school!

5. Don’t think of starting a business until an angel comes from heaven and gives you capital. How do they expect you to invest before you get millions? Even though more than half the businesses in your town were started with a little capital, you as a smart person can only start with millions.

6. Complain about everything except your own attitude and laziness. Blame the system, the government and the banks that refused to lend you money. They are all bad and do not want you to get rich.

7. Spend more than you earn. To achieve this, buy consumer products on credit and keep borrowing from friends and employers.

8. Compete in dressing. Make sure you’re wearing the latest clothes. Intimidate the congregation with your trendy fashions every Sunday. Whenever your neighbor buys a new phone, you get one that is more expensive.

9. Get yourself a nice second-hand car that costs more than three times your yearly salary.

10. Give your children everything they ask for since you’re such a loving parent. They should not struggle for anything because you do not want them to suffer that way, they will grow up lazy and hence poor enough to ensure they can’t help you at old age.

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Clearance certificates in kenya

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Bureaucracy in Action

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To get a job in the public sector in Kenya, you have to endure a tedious process of obtaining various clearance certificates. you may have seen requirements such as these…

“If you possess the required skills and competencies, please submit your

  1. typed application,
  2. detailed Curriculum Vitae and Testimonials indicating three referees,
  3. National Identification card,
  4. current and expected remuneration,
  5. valid Tax Compliance Certificate,
  6. HELB clearance certificate,
  7. valid Police Clearance Certificate from Criminal Investigations Department and
  8. Clearance from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. “

When most of us encounter such requirements, the reaction is like,” aha,hii serikali nayo. vitu miingi za kula watu pesa bure, na hata hawataitisha nkt!!!!”

Or you make coments like this, made by a friend of mine..

F#*king Bureaucracy. All these certificates and you still gotta buy the job! How much do all these certificates cost? and why does someone have to travel all the way to Nairobi to get them? why not sell them at the supermarket?”

This is the reaction from all of us. those who hate running up and down like me tend to give up, not that we are unqualified, or that we hate government jobs, or we don’t admire permanent jobs to secure that big loan…..nooo, We hate the aspect of spending too much to acquire documents without the assurance of being shortlisted. Personally, I hate begging…being at the mercy of a government official who is filing her nails at 12:00 noon and tells you to come back after lunch just to obtain a signature. com’on, it’s not yet lunch!!! A pure Kenyan understands the sign language. Why should I pay you to do a job that you are already getting paid to do via my tax??

Anyway, these documents open up many pandoras boxes to the evils in government.

But!!

Thanks to the government. Huduma centers under the ministry of devolution have greatly reduced these red tapes and enabled “small and lazy people” like you and me access all these documents under one roof. it doesn’t mean you will find them seated around for you to pick, no, you still have to endure some internal red tapes and cartels who sell you some of the freely downloadable documents at overpriced amounts.

If you are wise, you would do your research first and then walk right into any huduma center for processing….walking with your head up with lots of pride knowing you have trashed those “brokers” 10-nill. You know that ka-feeling when you con the conman.

Luckily, I will help you with research work….to help guys like

Is the Kenya Revenue Authority Clearance equivalent to a Tax Compliance Certificate? Is the CID Clearance equivalent to a Certificate of Good Conduct and can I use an old one like 7 years old? Is the Credit Reference Bureau clearance equivalent to a Credit Reference Bureau Report? Can I get a HELB Clearance Certificate if I have been servicing my loan faithfully but I have not yet finished repaying it? Please help me out here”

all you have to do is follow my posts as I tackle each document.

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GREENHOUSE GROUND WORK

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it takes great humility to start a greenhouse venture.You don’t have to spend too much money just to try out greenhouse farming. for me it was safe to improvise stuff just to try it out at first. I am an electrical engineer by profession,what I understand well is dismantling ,improvising and using creativity to build stuff. I was very anxious to build a greenhouse by myself, to prove I can and to get my hands dirty. The adrenalin rush was that of a baby building a new toy.

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I find it fun to use unconventional methods so I decided to improvise most of my materials just to be creative in the process. i bought a piece of secondhand greenhouse paper measuring 20mx8m at ksh 6,000 and used it to cover my skeleton measuring 8mx4mx4m…yeah,do the math,it fits well.

My greenhouse could only accommodate 3 beds..remember its trial n error.

Piping was easy to a designer like I.

The next part was to germinate my seeds. I had a pack of capsicum seeds (ksh 350), a pack of Eden f1 tomato seeds (ksh 2,200) and four tree tomato fruits. Back at home,finding old buckets and basins to use as nurseries was easy.

Here I used disposable plastic cups for my tree tomatoes.My seedling were soo healthy. This was motivation to keep on.Next followed transplanting to the beds, plastic cups and so on.

Continue reading GREENHOUSE GROUND WORK

Chilli farming

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One of the lessons for beginners in chilies is to always have a market in mind when you start planting chilies. Someone has to be literary waiting for your chilies to pick them as soon as you harvest. Try free-styling just like that and you will be fighting frustrations from your over-ripping chilies with no real buyer to buy your them and a swarm of brokers telling you how to minimize your loses by selling to them as if they are buying rejects.

Before you begin planting you have to make sure that your market is viable enough for you to cover your productions costs within the first 2 to 3 harvests. This will leave you with the remaining 3 to 4 harvests to enjoy and have some savings for your next season.

You can get a viable market by subscribing to MFarm. We have buyers who are looking for different types of chilies hence it is a matter of deciding which variety rolls best for you. Currently there are limited slots for this one so it’s important you alert us before or just after you plant so that we can have adequate time to set you up for the markets.

You can also visit the market if you are up for it. There are brokers who will be happy to add you to their list of chili suppliers. However, you have to be careful with this option since it will likely frustrate you big time come harvesting time as described here.

If you think you can’t offer enough market quantities (given that most export buyers require huge quantities for them to commit to you), you can contact MFarm and you will be added to a chilies group. There you will get to interact with other chili farmers and you can aggregate your produce with them to satisfy large orders from buyers. The trick is not to do it alone, you will experience burnouts and get disappointed.

Which Varieties?

Once you have the market, planting should begin right away. There are many chili varieties to choose from such as Jalapeno, Bird Eye, Serenade, Cayenne, and Habareno among others. The variety to plant mostly depend on whether your target market is local or the export one.

For the local market, most farmers on the chili production group in MFarm recommended African bird eye, the bullet variety or the long cayenne variety. This is because they are the mostly demanded ones in the local markets.

For the export market, any variety is okay so no limitations.

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Where to get the seeds

A good product sells itself(within reason). If you produce chilies which exceeds your buyers’ expectations while fulfilling their needs and wants, then you won’t have problems marketing them. The only way to have the right chili product is to plant the right chili seeds.

For this reason, it is highly recommended you get certified seeds for chili production. This is necessary because such seeds are clean and well tested for different production environments. This means you will incur less production costs to develop them and the produce you will get is likely to fetch some premium price in the markets. They might be a bit costly but they are definitely more rewarding.

Speaking with Robert, a veteran chili farmer from Makueni doing long cayenne variety, you can get good seeds from companies such as safari seeds, royal seeds and green life protection.

If you do not have the cash for seeds from the seeds companies, you can check on the farmer next door for some second generation chili seeds. This will be a cheaper option but might be catastrophic during production if the seeds you obtained were not disease free, hence proceed with caution for this one.

What next?

Well, if you have acquired your desired seeds, get your machetes and ‘jembes’ ready. We are about to do some seed bed preparation.

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chilli peppers botanical name capsicum frutescens plant

 

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