“Ugandan Graduates” are not employed because they don’t offer value to business!

Many of them think the money spent in school and the bachelors/masters accolade is a guarantee to a job. What a lie?
 
Time, skill, market, labor & ideas are the value one has to offer to an employer or business partner in exchange for a job opportunity. How many Ugandan graduates posses the above?
 
If you don’t know the fact, most of the jobs created are by younger people or age mates who don’t have access to free first hand business information, mentor-ship and interest free business funds!
 
Yet once created, there is need to formalize, attracting hefty bills for Tax, Trading Licenses, Rent fees, Marketing fees etc… even before a business acquires the necessary tools and team for production.
 
Well, this works against a Ugandan graduate’s dream of wanting to drive like others do, wear expensive clothes, go to bars etc… which incites the habit of undermining jobs.
 
The Ugandan government has a great role to play as well. It should saws in it’s citizens than milking them. They’re many times when professional graduates have turned to informal business due to lack of job opportunities but they’re energy, plans and passion has been destroyed by exclusive leadership and decision making.
Take for example sanctioning hawkers off Kampala streets, it’s a great move because it’s a way of supporting the businessman in a shop but the timing was totally wrong. You don’t take such a move without first informing the public  and the alternative solution you’re offering.

Photo by chimp reports
 

It’s now – the encouraging lesson!

Hey! Hope you are doing well.

Today I want to share my thoughts about the idea of now. I’m writing  about this because many people in the world are suffering from regrets.

A story

I’m an iron blogger (ibcoco.net). Here everyone of us writes once in a week without limitation of the type of content. You owe 5 euros or a good deed in the community, for every week missed. I currently owe 30 euros for missing 6 times and I don’t want to increase. That would be a bad idea, isn’t it? As of now I would have to be suspended, if I don’t write. To get back in, I would have to settle my debt!

At this point, I want you to pause and ask yourself, what if the world worked this way?

Life is a free gift to all living things, thus it’s worth all the happiness and joy!

How many times how we given it to ourselves or someone else? As I was dozing, dozing on the bed, I wrote to iron blogger facebook group chat, that I won’t be able to write. As a family, everyone was sympathetic because they knew I would be suspended for laziness though for the past week I have been sick!

Suffering from stomach ulcers, is creepy. It reminds you the days you didn’t eat well or starved  or skipped visiting a doctor whenever symptoms showed themselves!

I’m lucky am feeling better, after a week of medication, following doctors orders.

This blog wouldn’t come if my team mates didn’t react to my message immediately. They showed compassion and I was encouraged.

This article is a dedication to you my readers and my iron blogger teammates! I appreciate the encouragement you give me and I encourage you to:-

Eat well now!

Work on your dreams now!

Visit a doctor now!

To avoid the punishment of laziness.

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 


This cable is all I need to start

A few months ago, I decided that I should use the raspberry PI before proceeding with the Mobile Digital Hub which I think will be ready by 4th July 2017. The objective is to increase technology literacy and accessible among the rural and suburban citizens.

So I had to acquire a raspberry PI 3. Through http://www.supaprice.co.ug I was fortunate enough to receive one from London, U.K to Kampala, Uganda, East Africa in just 9 days including weekends. This was really  what I wanted.

However, I still need an HDMI to VGA adapter to be able to experiment with this cute little baby computer. I can’t wait.Some of the experiments I want to try first are playing a game on it. Kindly suggest me one since I have not played games in a while.

I also want to install an ftp client for downloading back ups from our online cPanel server once in a day.

Fingers crossed as I may get the cable tomorrow courtesy of Solomon King the founder of Fundibots.org

 


Why entrepreneurship is not freedom?

Building myself as an entrepreneur I juggled between freelance and employment. During the time until mid 2015 the market pulled me into and I virtually identified myself as an Information Technology expert than what I truly desired to be since 2003.

You see I wanted to code and develop solutions which could help me especially. I never owned a PlayStation yet kids next door did, my playing time was boring most of the time. Such incited the desire to be creative. Later spent every penny in the internet cafes for years to learn this thing called software development.

All the way, developed desire to make money, so I instead of going at it through coding looked for the simplest way possible. I went into troubleshooting computers and setting up internet cafes. As this brought in some money, it positioned me more into the I.T arena than giving than coding. Much as had lots of ideas flowing in my blood, couldn’t find the courage to start or pick up where I left off.

When you want to be something, it’s good to discover the way you want to do it and fall that. If you don’t you are most likely to do it just like anyone else. Will this bring you happiness?

As for me solving problems through coding will be my first method, even if I run away it will always haunt me.

If anyone wants freedom or is pursuing happiness my recommendation is to try and spare sometime to discover yourself. Try so much to become as much self aware as possible so that if anyone has to tell you something they know or are observing about you, you don’t feel offended and surprised. Because you entirely know where it begins and ends.

For many coders, there is pain on start and during debugging phase but that pain has never compared to the happiness that comes at launch of our system.

If you’ve never gone through any self-awareness program, start now. Don’t let fears and thoughts like discovering the opposite that you want something or you who someone else than you’ve known. The magic here is that you will know yourself more than anyone knows you and you can now continue on your journey taking the right direction. I got a chance to attend Unleash dreams in 2016 co-found by David Reeve. One of the sessions Christine taught us about the life ecosystem, it’s my center of reflection since then.


Good News: Equity bank and PayPal announcement to improve investment.

In a bid to improve their service for Kenya citizens PayPal and Equity Bank Kenya have just announced improvements in their service.

PayPal is an online (internet based) payment service originating from United States of America. PayPal helps individuals and business/organisations to send or receive payments across different countries of the world.

However not all PayPal features are available in to the citizens of every country. For example, the citizens of Kenya’s neighbor to the West “Uganda”, is able to use PayPal features such pay for goods and send payments but is not able receive payments and pay for goods.

This has been different for citizens in Kenya, especially for the Equity Bank customers and US bank account holders. Even though of recent funds withdrawn from PayPal wallet to Equity bank Kenya had to take 8 days ( more than a week) to be deposited on the bank account.

This announcement made by both financial giants confirm the reduction of this delay by 5 days, to bring the delay down to a maximum of 3 days.

This is means more cash flow for the I.T population which largely earns from online money making like blogging, working on upwork and other freelance platforms.

This moves is also a step forward towards increasing the chances of investment by the locals who earn online.

For instance, in 30 days, a earner of 100 USD online in a period of 10 days, will have access to 300 USD in cash feasible to be invested.

 

 

 


CMS Africa Summit here again and this time in Abuja.

It’s happening for the forth time in Africa, it’s a summit to learn and share a lot of information especially about web technologies, content management systems in particular.

Catch up the recap of the recent CMS Africa Summit 2016 in Kampala at Gems Cambridge International school below.

When you go to this event  you could become an influencer in your niche. You could as well improve the market for your products and services. You could also discover new ideas and ways of executing them. My biggest take away was networking with many new people who love what you love.

Similarly if you attended as a participant there is a lot more to learn, competitions to participate in and win.

In 2017, CMS Africa Summit will happen on 10th and 11th March, 2017 in Abuja at FUNTAJ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

What’s amazing are the friendly prices of the attendance tickets. Imagine a full day ticket goes for 3000 NGN while a 2 day ticket is at 5000 NGN. Every ticket you get qualifies you to Entrance, Coffee Break, Certificate, and Workshop. What a cheap way to learn, educate, and network.

This year’s theme is empowering technology through opensource. I encourage you to come as individual, or team or group of friends,  you won’t be disappointed.

Membership types are attend, speaker and sponsor. Click here to buy a ticket and learn more about the event.


What vs Why in business.

Many of us from East Africa start up businesses on the principle of results. I want to have some income, I want to be respected, I want to feed my family or I want to be called so and so. As if our sales will be automatic which in reality it can never be. What if we pulled plug on Why and What principles?

Embracing “Why” when involving in any business puts us in pole position to succeed since it  pushes one to look at the realistic bit of things.

Why is the attraction of How, What, Where and When.

Without one is set to running a business by default as opposed to design. The most successful business people in the world observe it. Take for example, facebook. Mark Zuckerberg had to ask  why start facebook.com, How will it work and help in daily life, Where will facebook used (Who will use facebook) and When.

Whatever answers, he got must be the reason why we use this platform everyday, everywhere and everyone virtually uses it.

Embracing “What” helps you define an idea (business) or be part of something. This definition is also the reason why others come on board.

Of course Why defines the purpose for what a solution is created but not everyone will comprehend the why, this is when the What will come to help the people you are talking to understand.

The easier it is for them to understand, the easier it is for them to work with you.

See you at the top!:)


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