February 2016 — Okobi

It rained cat and dog in Apyemwol village that every one was worried about what was to happen next. Some thought that in few days or weeks the village might need to move kuca/kwica. The rest of the people like frogs, elephants, hippos, fish etc where excited about the news because they can then have enough water to swim in and have lot of fun. The news was not very good to Okoro(seashells, snail) because of their speed and size because much water to them also means discomfort(drawning). It will take so much time to cross when water level reached its height. Otongile(mantist) thinks that Okoro(seashells, snails) just needs to find leaf to float on and let water just take 'em to wherever it flows (easy hah!) because they will find a place at the end. Many Apyemwol believed that some Okoro might have listened to Otongile. They confirmed that from some of them now living in the seas, lakes, rivers, etc while others on land. Not only that, some apyemwol also thought that some might had gotten out of their shells and turned into lakaladini(leach). Okoro might have gone to ask experiences of other Apyemol like the Frogs and the like. All of them offered help to Okoro. Okolong(centipede/millipede) offered to coil itself to lift them across one after the other till all of them are safe. That was the most heart breaking offer Okoro receive because they are nearly or are exactly same in almost all things they do. The Water colony Apyemwol told all of them not to worry to much. If anything, they are all in together and they will make sure all are safe.

Apye = things that are all jumping
Mwol = things that are all walking, and scrolling
Apyemwol = all things jumping and scrolling.
Kuca/kwica = over there
Okoro = snail
Otongile = mantis
Lakaladini = (seashell)
Okolong = centipede

Lokang Jackson March 19, 2016

If there is one thing I hate the most about our(Luo) culture, it is definitely our homes. Our traditional housing styles does not favor life people during bad weathers and have short duration of time. It has been like that for centuries now. That does tell

us that we have nothing new and we cannot improve our housing conditions. We have however borrowed and adopted many models from o ur role models, friends and allies and they seems to work out just well.

Problems: The only problems with this house types are their price tags in spite of all the good that comes with it. It costs hundreds of thousand times our model and there are not enough skills to do so perfectly as yet because of materials use.

Benefits: There are more than one reason to have this housing condition particularly smart houses. It is secured, provide security, durable, safe to live in, healthy, provide conditions to things like fridge, water, and better lighting and family life.

Costs: Depending on country and location of building house prices differs. On average and in an averagely modern and good town, prices ranges from $10,000 to $20,000 thousand to build such accommodations excluding home ware like washing machines, tables, fridge etc. On top of that, you might be required to pay about $2,000 to $5,000 for land and that is it. All in all, about $50,000 should build a house seen in the picture.

Acquiring that money: Borrow or work in a group of about four people if you can save about $5,000 each a year. You can work on a house a year till you have four houses for all the four of you.

Reducing costs: It is work of civil servants to see into it that housing is provided to people who cannot afford to build for themselves. Building apartments and many government rental accommodations could help solve shortage and reduce crimes in towns and cities. It also help in managing people and making a city vibrant to the locals.

Businesses have many forms and shapes. Not one of them is the best or good for all people. Many people doing similar business can be a bad idea because of competition and drainage of resources and flooding of the market. It can however, be a good practice if it is a near idea which just emerge in a society and their is need to explore it more.

Types of businesses: Production, process, and share are the three main businesses I know. In production, you create, build, and produce products that you can sell to earn money for instance, hardware e.g. mobile phones, GPS devices, computers gadgets and software e.g. Operating systems, Web scripts, applications etc or both e.g. personal computers, autonomous cars etc. In process businesses, you acquire products then purify them for sale e.g. Drinks, jewelry, etc. In Share businesses, you invest in people with potentials for instance in schools so they can have a career or business so they can build businesses to help others or themselves or leadership so they can improve the lives of others. To many share is helping the other who needs it in return to see their lives improve or are able to lead themselves.

What business type is the best? It depends on where you come from. If I were from Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles, Réunion, or Mayotte, my main ideas would be fishing, tourism, logistics, warehousing etc. My town and villages needs more agriculture e.g. forestry, farming, ranging, Construction e.g. water supply, house construction, electricity, roads and railways, and Technology e.g. security cameras, data storage and collections e.g servers, web technologies like people data and many more.

How should I start? Financial situation and human capital are the two major influence in how we run a business. If by any means you are a millionaire your mode of business thinking differs from the ones that lives under two dollars a day. Millionaires think more about how to raise their capital by using others do the job e.g. employ them to work for them while his/her gain is profit after their salary and other costs while the poor thinks about using their mind, time and physical power more to produce a business. Imagine, you start planting pawpaw a crop that only takes one year for harvest. Because time is on your site, you could plan thousand of them within a month and yield reasonably good amount of money within a years time. I guess the problems would be how to get the market and transport if you don't even have two dollar to live on in a day. Don't worry because their are so many people with cargo cars, roads and railway systems is improving in every part of East Africa. Not only that, pawpaw has more than one use for instance, it can also be use to produce drugs and body lotion. In this case you only need to contact the right people to gain access and expand your reach.

Assumption: This article assume that cost of starting a business for poor people is zero and location is the most important factors in starting all kinds of businesses and time is the most important factor in succeeding.

Conclusion: In conclusion, if you use your time best way possible and commit to your business, you should be able to produce what you need. You should not listen to others and follow their footpath because what makes them may harm you i.e what works for them may not work for you.

Lokang Jackson March 7, 2016

Philip Okelo I know
I first meet Okelo in 2005 on yahoo group. We were only two from our region defending and fighting for our people. That group was too powerful we approached them from different angles. For me I wanted to cause them problems so that th

ey can be busy solving them, but you decided we gain and still knowledge from them. The leader of the group asked for a website in 2008. I was in my second year of BIT. I offered to do it for free but the idea was so we can still there information and use against them. One of their senior politicians noticed and told them to be careful because she thinks it could be something planed. Their leader took the advice and we failed

miserably at the time. I later in 2009 meet him on Facebook. In 2012 we collided on land and many other things

We collided on three things with Nera i.e. land, history and names. We were both right but we have different logic to our problems. Nera idea was land is customary that means it is defended by rights and my idea was that land is cause of problems that means we need to shield it off our enemies. on history Nera understood it as a fact therefore, they should not be change, but recycled and my understanding is that history is someones understanding of facts. We can bend history to our suits. I thought it would be nice to add H to names like Okoth, Ochaya etc, but he thinks we would have wreckage meanings of names because those are what they are known as. I just think that we could bend them and make the others adopt it and teach to the feature generations.

Okelo has departed from us. Nera, I want to say, we will miss your absent a lot. As we know it in our culture, your absent depends on time to access your destination. You were a man not common by your like and different by your work, devotion, advice, commitment, historical facts, cultural orientation and abundance of knowledge you bring forth unto us. You avail them whenever needed and make them understood wherever possible. Your Idea of unity and seeing peace and the once was mighty but crumbling empire reign again hence both men and woman of the soil fortified for their “customary” belongings. You have done enough, but it was not yet time Nera, but may His will be done here as it will be done destined.

Lokang Jackson March 6, 2016

Ethiopia and Rwanda claimed to provide electricity to the entire East Africa region. That is very good news to all people of the region because there will be little or no power outages. Almost all East African countries rely on hydro power electricity anyways. The problems are, hydro electricity are inadequate and in efficient source of energy. That could be why many countries that rely on such sources of energy has power outages in their countries or region. Both countries will feed the East African grid with their energy sources for us to power our homes, energy, businesses, homes etc.

Dangers: Electricity can be used to torment people by switching off power; punish people economically because businesses like server have to run 99.99999% a year. That means it is only allowed to loose 5 minutes in entire year to work efficiently, but that may not be the case if disputes erupts between countries or allies. Worst of all it can be used to cripple health system which will lead to many deaths. Rwandans have problems how they treat their opponent and there is likeliness that that could happen on the grid. Ethiopia is at her best at the moment, but who knows when power swifts to central Ethiopia.

Solutions: We must turn to the idea of federated East Africa. That means each regions, district, city provides her own electricity if they can afford. Such means are abundantly available for instance, solar, Wind and bloom energy. These sources of energy are cheap, clean and available whenever and wherever you need them. We get them and feed them into the East African Grid.

Affordability: Major players like business people, politicians, institutions can work together to bring such energy technology. Imagine a region of 20 members of parliament (MPs) sit down and draw their plans for energy. Any financial body for example, bank, micro finance, investors, development banks and NGOs can stand with such groups and there comes energy for the entire people. Then our people don't have to rely on our enemy or other people power sources that will in the future becomes weapon to stagnate us.