Last week marked the end of a long journey we have travelled to make sure that we put an event together. Organising an event in Nairobi is not easy. Its really difficult getting sponsors for IT event and maybe other events. I have had opportunities to be involved in a number of events, Joomla! Day Ke being one of them.
For four years now, iHub being both the main catalyst for regional tech acceleration and a role model for tech hubs across emerging markets has supported this event by sponsoring a venue for the Joomla User Group – Nairobi and JoomlaDay Event.
Founded in 2010, iHub is a globally recognized organization that is deeply steeped in the local tech innovation culture. We are happy to announce that iHub has been and is still home for JoomlaDay Kenya, and we hope that this will be a partnership that will benefit everyone.
Joomla! is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) for publishing web content. Over the years Joomla! has won several awards.It is built on a model–view–controller web application framework that can be used independently of the CMS that allows you to build powerful online applications.
As of May 2018, Joomla! has been downloaded over 93 million times. Over 8,000 free and commercial extensions are available from the official Joomla! Extensions Directory, and more are available from other sources. It is estimated to be the second most used content management system on the Internet, after WordPress.
Open Source Matters has always supported Joomla Day Events, depending on the budget they have. JoomlaDay events are officially recognized, but not organized, by the Joomla! Project and Open Source Matters, Inc. Each event is managed independently by a local community.
The participation this year was as balanced as it could be, 50 attendees ranging from Joomla Community in Nairobi, Techies, bading techies and students.
But important to say that the support from Open Source Matters is always not enough to make an event happen, and so the need to bring in more sponsors becomes important.
This year Joomshaper came to our rescue.
JoomShaper is the home of beautifully crafted unique Joomla templates and highly functional extensions along with award winning drag and drop SP Page Builder for you to create your dream website in minutes.
What was new during this Joomla Day? Apart from a wide range of topics being covered, Networking and discussions, we hosted our first ever Joomla Administrators Exams, the second in Africa.
The Joomla! Certification Program has been created to ensure the competence of Joomla! professionals through documented measurement of skills and knowledge. The program aims to establish a certain standard whilst promoting a qualified workforce.
Professional certification can play an important role in the decision of a company or business owner when hiring skilled individuals for specific roles. Six people had given interest in doing the certification exam, but only one has the courage to actually do the exam.
We thank iHub for providing the room and dedicated internet to be able to have a successful certification exams. It took a lot of time to get everything ready, being the first time, Joel Mbugua, who was supervising the exam had some difficulty getting things started. This is understandable, but we have a good start.
One of our speakers from Italy couldn’t make it for the event, but he managed to send a video link of his presentation.
Our desire for the future is to push this event to a different city other that Nairobi…..to be able to grow the community.
I thank all the speakers, who have shared knowledge during this event. I thank the people who have worked on our social media campaign and all who worked on the background. What a wonderful team we had, and we hope that you all accept our sincere appreciation.
We thank all our sponsors and partners, Host sponsors iHub, Open Source Matters, Joomshaper, CMS Africa, Kenic and Kenya Web Experts, whom without their support we would not have succeeded doing this event.
We value your genuine support and partnership.
After a long pause, caused by a water damage in my little atelier and due to lots of renovation work, I started painting again. This time, I layered oil paints over ash and washed them away again and again to create subtle effects. It’s a play of appearing and disappearing, of strong presence and nebulous ...
Only two more sleeps until I board the plane to Marrakesh, Morocco!
I’m really excited to go there, since I have been dreaming of this for years. It will be an adventure, but in the best way possible! We have a lot of plans and options, but we have nothing booked besides of the flights and a room in a nice riad for the first two nights.
From there we’ll start to explore the city of Marrakesh, maybe make some day trips to the desert or the surroundings.
We plan to drive to Essaouira and maybe, only maybe, to Chefchaouen in the northern part of the country.
I think we will have plenty to do with just eating our way through all the tajine meals and fish platters, enjoy the warm weather, visit souks, stroll through medinas and maybe take some surfing lessons when we are at the coast.
I will write a travel report when I’m back and show of with as many pictures as possible!
My birthday is in a few days, and while I am nursing a bad cold, and trying to get work done, I am actually not looking forward to it this year.
I will tell you why.
For as long as I can remember, I have always tried to make my birthday, a day of joy for others. I plan matchmaking parties (got many friends hitched this way), or outings, or even lunches, where I go the extra mile to cook up a three course meal.
But this year, I just want to run away. I want to sit and reminisce on all the years of my life. I want to contemplate on where I am now, and how I have miraculously survived on my own, as a single mother for the past two years. I want to sing to myself, laugh at my memories, cry to a stupor and smile as I remember my son’s antics.
I would prefer a spot where I can be part of nature for a while, just listening to the birds chirping, the wind rustling the leaves, or the sea lapping at the shore.
Just for 48 hours.
But I can’t.
I have to be there, for others once again.
This time, I know most of the people that will reach out on Sunday will be those who care about me; those who are still not used to the idea that I might have died in 2017 and there was nothing they could have done to save me; those who remember the old jovial happy me of about a decade ago, and long to see her once again, shining with warmth, hugging everyone within reach.
I long for her too.
Ever since I got back, I catch a glimpse of her sometimes, hear her boisterous laughter once in a while. I know it will take time to heal, so I am patient with her. I know all the broken pieces of her shattered heart can only be put together in time, but I wonder.
Can the broken edges can be sealed up once again? Can she ever love again? Can she ever remember the pain and not hurt inside?
I got a mail from NaNoWriMo today. Someone there remembered my birthday. The letter encouraged me to prioritize my creativity. While it may be just another promotional newsletter to the writer, it touched me because a part of me that I wish I could revive, is my creativity.
I wish I could make one-of-a-kind stone bead jewelry again. I wish I could write again, with gusto, and actually finish a piece. In time, again, I guess.
One of the things mentioned in the mail that I did immediately, was to check for famous writers and authors born in September too.
I did not find any one for September 23. I could not believe it! I checked IMDb, and Famous people, but could not find any author, only songwriters, and lots of actors. Then I checked On This Day, and saw some, but none of them was born in my generation!
The most recent writer (not songwriter), is Peter Allen David, an American writer born in 1956. He’s still alive, known as PAD, and writer of comic books like Incredible Hulk, Aquaman, Super girl and more (maybe I should consider writing comic books eh?). He also wrote Ben 10: Alien force. I like him already
So for this generation, I submit to you,
Adedayo “Daydah” Makinde, Nigerian writer born in 1984.
Watch out for that name
Am Wochenende wollte ich eigentlich ausruhen und ein paar Dinge “in Ruhe” machen. Aber wie so oft hat das nicht geklappt. Ich hatte noch einen wichtigen Termin um 11 Uhr (demnächst mehr im Blog) in der Nähe von Stuttgart. Da ich dummerweise am Freitag in Ratingen war, musste ich morgens um 5 losfahren. Naja, ich …
I have good friends. Like really, really good friends and relationships.
The last year has been quite a difficult one and I was in need of a lot of support and listening ears. That was when I realized, that I have real, genuine and deep friendships and that I can rely on them. Some even had their beginning during this time and I’m so glad they did.
I also took more time then I ever did before to foster these relationships, which has been a good feeling and gave me back so much.
I am at a very good place now and have to thank all these good people around me for being there and caring about me.
I wish for everyone to have good friends and family when you need it and to invest in them, you can never go wrong there!