How to build relevant networks and improve your business.

Any idea whether charity or business needs at a collage of these 5 elements, to grow. In fact, so many of underrate one of the elements, but if once neglected, however much the idea will develop, it may completely fail when it finds a stumbling block. The Idea, The Labour, The Skill, The Market and The Capital are such elements which foster a developing cause/product/service. They are largely equivalent, and are none is bigger, none is smaller which means a good entrepreneur must balance them in his/her eco-system to experience success and sustainability.

How does network get’s it way in. A relevant network is the only way we have those elements in abundance. In this network some are buyers (market) also talk good of us and what we do, some are business partners or charity partners – they invest/fund, some are your employees providing skill and labour, while others could are innovators creating and building ideas. Your Network is your Net Worth so how can you build and sustain it?

Focus on your interests.

Because you need good people around you, it doesn’t mean any famous or popular individual is worth having in your circles. Some have achieved through by hurting others and you don’t want to involve that character in your own personal life or brand life. Because at anytime it can hurt. So know yourself first, know what you are interested in and build your brands are that too. As you do that the people you will attract will most likely have similar interests who posses the qualities of the interests you know you need.

Be responsive

I also suck at this but am doing my best to improve. When you get a new friend or have an old friend, he/she deserves to know you care. Press that phone call or send that text, email once  in a while you never know the nourishment it may bring. This is also necessary, when these people reach out for you. Be that someone that is not focusing to impress everyone but just being there when it’s necessary. And the emotional attachment will improve.

Be supportive

Some day, I was having a Facebook chat with my friend from France. We were discussing about the class I was going through and I hinted on the award winning. Then he hinted that I should be careful about awards. This meant a lot of me, it showed my friend from a far is supportive to me and wishes me the best. Many people who have money desires think such support like a word or two is not that important. For me it’s important.

Be honest

To me honesty is key and a person who is honest has a unique character. It means to be true to yourself as well as others everywhere. This eliminates unnecessary doubts, and it’s fuel to great networks. Just keep calm and always be who you are.

Go to events

If there is anything to be done, can only be done out there – Ortega Ian, a friend of mine said this to me. Choose the events about the causes you love, attend them because chances are; you will meet inspiration there and make new networks.

They are more things you can actually do to build networks and sustain them, feel free to share with the world. By sharing them through comments.

Wish you success! #OneLove



Yes, It’s the death of our nation.


When I invited a friend to come to a Tech event I was organizing in Uganda, he went straight to Wikipedia, one, because he loves it, he has used this tool to learn about the things he does, gardening, renovating houses, fixing kitchen etc. He later pinged me on Skype and told me his finding, he just learned that life expectancy in Uganda is 58 years. That did not surprise me, in Kenya we are at 64 years, a difference of 6 years only. This is an African reality, the rich continent, where leaders cling on power for decades while their people die of diseases that can be cured easily. As my friend always says, “he just perished, like a good African”…. that’s his father.


The wealth of Africa is something we just read in books, the wealth and poverty of nations – David S. Landis, Fortunes of Africa-Martin Meredith, The looting Machine-Tom Burgis and the list goes on. It’s the looting of Africa that would concern many, especially those living in Africa. The century right now is ripe for an African story, story of how a village boy becomes President of a nation, how a young woman conquers traditions and community obstacle that have been against girl child to head a cooperation. How young people men and women are turned into entrepreneurs overnight through the use of IT and other modern tools. How a young man, with access to the internet becomes a gold medalist in javelin, this and many more are Africa’s rich stories.


But the sad stories don’t make it well to the world, it’s a fact that nobody really cares if the west are looting the continent. It’s also a fact that nobody cares if Africans are looting themselves. I would imagine that since the west have been doing this for a while, they have mastered that game, First we were colonized, and we had to fight for our freedom, then when we finally got it, the same people became our friends, in forming governments, in economics, in foreign relations, and in trade. I think it’s a big lie. It’s doubtful that after years of being on our heads, they would wish well for us, but I stand to be corrected. Maybe they are different. For me I doubt the man who gives the children milk, while torturing their fathers is a friend, But that aside, it’s important to agree that “WE” have been defeated, and we should get used to that, for the democracies that we helped build while we were slaves are 300 years ahead of us, the sad reality.


But when some of the white people pretended to leave, they left some black people with a white pocket with a great desire of want. Some of them commanded a great amount of wealth of the people which they eventually took from them. The people owed them for the fight they put to send the white man to their way. I would say that this, was the beginning of a lost nation, we immediately created a culture that embraced a thief, not the one that steals chicken but that who steals Ksh 2 billion, that in our faces was a thief with grace. Today, African leaders want to loot from their countries left, right and centre, that’s not the problem, the problem is that they have stored all their loot outside Africa, in Swizz banks, Cayman Island, Coney Island, Great Britain etc.


While their people die from diseases that could be cured, they have enjoyed their lavish lives, build walls that protect them from the people they steal from, taken their kids to expansive schools abroad and when they cut their piece of cake in the evening, they boost how they work hard to make it happen. I agree the west have been stealing the minerals of this great continent, generated wars and supplied expensive ammunitions to the warlords and militia groups to destabilize the continent, but with the same breath I wonder, why are the African leaders doing the same. Why do they put the young mothers in trouble, the sick, the poor and the true citizen of the nation who try very hard to build it? We refuse to let Africans to die like “good Africans” mothers dying while delivering, children dying because of drinking dirty water, doctors who care more about the money than how to best save a life.


We talk no more about the wars, in West Africa, central Africa, south Sudan, and Somalia. The economic crisis in Zimbabwe and South Africa, the oil spill in Nigeria, Civil wars and leaders who don’t want to let go of power, in Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, etc. Africa is a great continent, but it’s the Dark Continent that everybody is trying to run away from, we have created an immigration crisis in Europe, mostly economical. Can Africa stand on it’s on? Off course yes, with the wealth and not forgetting the loot that take refuge in Swizz banks, why not. We always say that someday things will be better, they should. It took us over 100 years to defeat the colonizers and get our independence, the only trouble is that we do not have 100 years. Things have to work well and they have to work well now.


I go to bed every night and wonder, is my nation dead? The people who have been involved in big scandals, billions of shillings walk free on the streets and mock us, how poor we are that we do not work hard, that is if they are not still in the office. But most of them still hold public office and every salaries and the loot in their equal measure. Even the churches have stolen from the congregation and made them poor, and still with courage every Sunday they still stand at the pulpit and ask for more. They (con preachers) are everywhere, on the streets, in church, on TV, in hospital, they ask you to plant a seed, but it’s always to their benefit.


Our society is dead. The citizens of Africa have been let down by their leaders. We are surrounded by war resulting from bad leadership, poverty and poor governance. We will not die like honorable African… good Africans but die while pursuing our goals of making our continent better. We keep the fight, the fight that will liberate the continent in focus.

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After Red, I made Blue.

Here again, I used different shades of one colour: grated Lapislazuli, which gives the ultramarine, indigo and Bleu Ercolano, a synthetic pigment.
Applied in layers with different binders, it creates wonderful colour effects.

As described in one of my previous posts, the color blue as said to have a calming effect, but it stands also for people who are cool analyst, for people, who are living their life after strong principles and facts. “Blue people” tend to think and analyze before they decide and could be that they never do anything as the need to understand all facts is more important than doing something. Such people are introvert, but good planners, strategists and often academics.
They get along well with “red people”.
I learned about color psychology and of course, had to test myself. Without knowing anything about the theory at the beginning, I chose instinctive my place between red and blue, but worked later on in the red group as the blue group was discussing too much 🙂
Probably, I am red-violet 🙂

Tolle Begegnungen

Liebe Blogfreunde von 1aOlivenoel,
dieses Woche hatte ich einige tolle Begegnungen. Die Beste davon war allerdings gestern Abend unter dem Motto :“25 Jahre Abitur“.  Ich hatte mich im Vorfeld bereits richtig darauf gefreut, die Jungs wieder zu sehen mit denen man doch einige Jahre gemeinsam erlebt und gelernt hat. Man ist mit ihnen erwachsen geworden und hat tolle Feste und Partys gefeiert :-).
Jetzt nach so langer Zeit zu sehen, wie jeder diese Zeit für sich  genützt hat, privat oder beruflich, wie sich die Schulkameraden verändert haben. Kenne ich noch die Gesichter, die Namen geht es nicht euch auch so ? Kurz zuvor hatte ich mir nochmals die Exceltabelle mit den Namen derer angeschaut die sich angemeldet haben.
Wir haben uns über die Zeit damals, bis zum Abitur unterhalten die Geschichten und Erinnerungen wiederbelebt und viel gelacht auch über das eine oder andere Missgeschick was einem passiert ist, wenn man vom Lehrer gefragt wurde und keinen Plan hatte.
Es gab aber auch ernste Gespräche denn der eine oder andere Weg ist nicht so glücklich gelaufen, wie man sich das vielleicht alles junger Wilder erhofft hat.
Was aber seit gestern Abend feststeht: Die Zeitabstände müssen kürzer werden … weil Zeit endlich ist….

Da in meinem wöchentlichen Blog das Thema Olivenöl nicht zu kurz kommen soll, greife ich heute noch das Thema „weisse Flocken“ in Olivernöl auf.
Wenn Du Olivenöl in den Kühlschrank stellst oder im Winter in deiner Vorratskammer die Temperatur unter 7°C sinkt, dann wird das Olivenöl dickflüssig und flockig. Das ist normal und auch gut so. Die sich bildenden Kristalle sind Wachse aus der Olivenölschale die bei dieser Temperatur schon fest werden. Wird das Olivenöl wieder wärmer lösen sich diese auf. Das hat keinen Einfluß auf Qualität oder Geschmack. Ich erinnere mich da meine Bauernmarktzeit im Winter da hatte ich nur festes weisses Olivenöl verkauft 🙂

Ich wünsche Euch eine schöne Woche mit tollen Begegnungen.

Accessing and Copying files via Windows CMD

Recently my laptop dropped, and I got the deadly "Check Hard Drive" message.

Too bad I couldn't strangle the cause - my 2 month old baby, who just smiled sweetly at my scream of horror and shocked facial expression. And you guessed right, I forgot to back up for about 8 months - let's just say, since I knew I was pregnant.

I walked around under a cloud of disbelief and shock for 3 days while Vicky went about trying to fix the situation.

All die Menschen, ach all die herrlichen Menschen. #flussnoten #ibcoco

Durchs Fliegengitter des Innenzelts kann ich in die Luft schauen. Das Außenzelt dient mir als Kopfkissen. Die Nacht ist mild. Ich habe das Lager unter zwei riesigen Eichen aufgeschlagen. Neben mir murmelt der Altrhein. Ich bin alleine. Niemand benutzt den Radweg, der durch die Auen führt. Das nächste Dorf ist etliche Kilometer entfernt. Gegen Dunkelheit … All die Menschen, ach all die herrlichen Menschen. #flussnoten #ibcoco weiterlesen

Laaangweilig! #flussnoten #ibcoco

Was habe ich geflucht, dabei wusste ich doch genau, dass der Radweg schnurgerade an einem Kanal aus Straßburg hinaus führt, zwanzig, dreißig, vielleicht vierzig Kilometer weit. Laaangweilig stöhnte ich wieder und wieder und begab mich für einige Stunden auf Forschungsreise im eigenen Seelengewebe. Wenn man genau in sich hört, kann man die Kräfte hören, die … Laaangweilig! #flussnoten #ibcoco weiterlesen

Laaangweilig! #flussnoten #ibcoco

Was habe ich geflucht, dabei wusste ich doch genau, dass der Radweg schnurgerade an einem Kanal aus Straßburg hinaus führt, zwanzig, dreißig, vielleicht vierzig Kilometer weit. Laaangweilig stöhnte ich wieder und wieder und begab mich für einige Stunden auf Forschungsreise im eigenen Seelengewebe. Wenn man genau in sich hört, kann man die Kräfte hören, die … Laaangweilig! #flussnoten #ibcoco weiterlesen

Laaangweilig! #flussnoten #ibcoco

Was habe ich geflucht, dabei wusste ich doch genau, dass der Radweg schnurgerade an einem Kanal aus Straßburg hinaus führt, zwanzig, dreißig, vielleicht vierzig Kilometer weit. Laaangweilig stöhnte ich wieder und wieder und begab mich für einige Stunden auf Forschungsreise im eigenen Seelengewebe. Wenn man genau in sich hört, kann man die Kräfte hören, die … Laaangweilig! #flussnoten #ibcoco weiterlesen