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CONFESSIONS OF A KENYAN UBER TAXI DRIVER

Uber driver picture
Courtesy: Noel Tock

I had just dropped off some young lady at her apartment when the request came through. An unwanted request. I intended to drive straight home after dropping this particular client.

Let’s get over with the introductions. My name is Daniel and I am an Uber driver based in Nairobi. I was hoping to go home at around 11 pm because my wife doesn’t like it when I go home past midnight.

BREAKING SHACKLES OF EMPLOYMENT

Quitting employment and breaking shackles of employment

Three days ago, I was standing on the edge of a cliff next to a waterfall.  Moments before a lady and two guys in the expedition group jumped off the cliff without the slightest hesitation. It was now my turn to make the jump. A crowd of more than 50 hikers was watching from the sides in anticipation. Uneasy, silence followed.  Every single flash of the camera pushed my racing heart a notch higher.

Quarter-life Crisis

Reality hits you really hard when you turn 25. You realize that you have lived for a freaking quarter century yet have nothing to show for it. Quarter-life crisis strikes. Younger siblings look up to you, parents expect you to take on more responsibilities, hell even kids start referring to you as yule mbaba, thanks to your bulging waistline.

A DATE WITH JEZEBEL

zewdy-awalom Ethiopian beauty

Her overpowering fragrance has a hypnotic effect on you. She rests her head on your shoulder as her long polished nails make patterns on your thigh heightening the sexual tension. The heat emanating from her body, melodious voice and the sight of her long sexy legs scramble your thinking. The chemistry between you two is palpable. Disapproving looks from fellow passengers have utterly no effect on you. She sits up.

“Have you made up your mind about tonight?” She asks.

CHRONICLES OF A KENYAN CREATIVE

young Handsome African man Mark MaishYou try calling a couple of people on your phonebook. Nobody picks up. They have all seen the news. You are no longer in a position of power and influence hence they don’t see the need of hanging around you anymore. Reality hits you, you are all alone just like you started only that you are now old, unemployed and neck-deep in debt.

THUGS IN SUITS

Thugs in Suits Mark Maish

A few days ago my mother pointed out that I have become calculative and ruthless. I couldn’t agree more, this city has changed me. There are lots of men & women in this city who prey on young and desperate people.

They shamelessly take advantage of naive, hardworking and highly talented people, exploit them for selfish gains then discard them like trash. I call them thugs in suits. They are everywhere, from government institutions, private sector to learning institutions hunting for their next victim.

AISHA

Beautiful African woman in a black hijab
Photo courtesy everydayfeminism.com

You are standing next to the bed with a tray in your hands. Breakfast in bed. Only phenomenal lovers get such treatment. For a moment you hesitate on waking her up. She is lying on her stomach, topless, with the duvet, pulled to an inch above the small of her back. Irresistible.

Lotfa Resort Diani

Lofta Resort Diani Apartment block

The very first thing you notice about Lotfa Resort is the white imposing apartment block with a parking the size of a football field. The Apartment architectural design is a combination of Swahili, Arabic and European design giving it an elegant finishing, which is similar to the perimeter wall and stylish wooden gates.

Shimba Hills Lodge

shimba Hills Lodge Mark Maish

Shimba Hills National Reserve hosts one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa, after Arabuko-Sokoke forest. It is located 33 Kilometers South of Mombasa. Shimba Hills Lodge seats in the middle of this dense forest, which is rich in flora, fauna and hosts the highest density of African elephants in the country.

20 Traits of Truly Brilliant Presenters

For a very long time, I watched my favorite public personalities including US President Barrack Obama speak before thousands of people with so much confidence and ease. I always wondered whether I would ever be able to do the same considering how scared I was to even speak before a small crowd of strangers. After several months of learning and practicing, I would say that I’m now a good speaker judging from the round of applause and compliments I get every time I speak in public or make a presentation.