Only when you come close,

Is when one can see the pimple,

From the skies,

Our city- Nairobi looks perfect,

But on the ground, its choking,


Hard to believe but look at our rivers,

Something greatly has changed,

Water that flows in them has.

Are they gray or colourless?

Some will say we colourblind.

But let our children draw

in their books, then we can distinguish.


Growing up, rivers were full of life,

source of inspiration and happiness,

solace was found there,

They could speak to the inner souls,

But today, they are dead.

Are they gray or colourless?

But let our children draw

in their books, we can distinguish.


We have seen their journey,

We have seen how they are dying,

Our waste,

Our policies and negligence

All is killing them,

We, truly the killers.

You & I,

But let our children draw rivers

in their books, so as to realize.


Sewage, what is it? Simply, it’s water-carried waste.

As much as we would like to avoid it,

Sewage is an essential concern for every corner of the world,

the lake side city is not exemption either.

we all contribute to it and collectively we all have to deal with it.

Nam Lolwe in Kenya is it chocking?


Effects of sewage on the surroundings are largely undesirable.

It needs to be properly treated before it can be disposed of.

Rivers are roads which move, and

which carry us whither we desire to go,

thus Leaking or flooding causes completely untreated sewage to enter rivers and other water sources, causing them to become polluted.

The consequences aren’t great.

Lake Nalubaale in Uganda is it choking?


Remember in Kisumu city sewage from 20% of homes flows into the waters.

Is water hyacinth a cause of pollution, silt…?

Lack of trees has caused enormous deposits of silt especially during this rainy season

Could this has catalyzed the growth of the hyacinth?

Lake Nyanza in Kinyarwanda is it choking?


It is time to give water a serious thought?

Our water sources are under pressure.

Protect our water bodies.

‘Water Chose Me’: A Career Conversation with Professor Bancy Mati


Words on Water

As of now, Professor Bancy Mbura Mati is the only woman in Kenya who doubles as a full professor and registered professional engineer. I met her earlier this year at a groundwater risk management workshop we both attended on the south coast of Kenya. In hearing about her career, I felt that the work she does is something for myself and others to aspire to. I expressed interest in her career path and she graciously agreed to answer my questions. I hope you find her responses as insightful and interesting as I did.

A brief introduction:

Prof. Mati’s academic career has spanned decades. She started as an assistant lecturer at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in 1985 and attained full professorship in 2010. A year later she became the founder and director of the university’s Water Research and Resource Center. Prior to professorship, she completed…

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Time To Bring The Lion In You

In the jungle which animal is the biggest? Its the Elephant.

In the jungle which animal is the tallest? Its the Giraffe.

In the jungle which animal is the wisest? Its the Fox.

In the jungle which animal is the fastest? Its the Cheetahs.


Among all these wonderful qualities mentioned, the Lion isn’t the picture.?

Yet, the Lion is the KING of the jungle even without ANY of these qualities.!!

Why??      Because…The Lion is courageous, very bold,

The Lion is always ready to face any challenges, any barrier that crosses his path, no matter how big/bad they are.!!

The Lion walks with confidence. The Lion dares anything and is never afraid. The Lion believes he is unstoppable. The Lion is a risk taker. The Lion believes any animal is food for him. The Lion believes any opportunity is worth giving a try and never lets it slip from his hands. The Lion has charisma.!!


What is it that we get to learn from the Lion ??

You don’t need to be the fastest, be the wisest, be the smartest, be the most brilliant, be generally accepted to achieve your dreams and be great in life.!!

All you need is courage, boldness, the will to try, the faith to believe it is possible, believe in yourself, that *you can* do it.!!




Learning never ceases

From time to time, in the years  gone

I have been treated unfairly, that i have come to know the value of justice.

I have suffered betrayal that taught me the importance of loyalty.


Sorry to say, I have been lonely from time to time that made me not to take friends for granted.

I have had bad luck, again, from time to time, that made me to be conscious of the role of chance in life, and understood that my success is not completely deserved, and that the failure of others was not completely deserved, either.

And when i lost, from time to time I hoped, every now and then, my opponent will gloat over my failure. It was a way for me to understand the importance of sportsmanship.

I was ignored. So i know the importance of listening to others. And I have had enough pain to learn compassion.


Time To Go Beyond

Many places in the world are getting drier—not just because of climate change but also because of the demands of irrigation and industry. Could this be a war on the verge of exploding soon?


About twenty countries are now water-stressed; by 2020 there will be more. Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and even the Mediterranean will be the most affected regions. Water scarcity is the lack of sufficient available water resources to meet water needs within a region.

Water scarcity is caused mainly by increased demand and pollution, and also aggravated by global warming. Water shortages are also tightly connected to poverty and health issues, themselves immense global challenges.

Technologies like drip irrigation, precision sprinklers, low-cost high-efficiency irrigation systems, drought-resistant varieties, and new rice irrigation systems can make an enormous difference and should become the target of urgent global technology-sharing efforts. The same applies to desalination, which is still expensive but could leap forward with the discovery of more efficient membranes and processes to remove the salt from seawater.

The greatest key to improved water management has to lie in setting prices that better reflect the cost of supplying and distributing it.

Water safety and sanitation require a major effort as well: today, 1 billion people lack access to safe water, and 2 billion lack sanitation. Both are directly linked to poverty and disease. Water deficits are maybe a decade away from becoming a particularly ugly and dangerous global issue. There have been some useful international efforts so far, but they have focused mostly on awareness raising and have produced little beyond calls for action. The time has come to go beyond that. The world badly needs vigorous global action, in part to make sure the technology and policy challenges are addressed more determinedly across the globe, and in part to help overcome the local opposition that some of the most-needed changes (such as pricing and allocation of water rights) will undoubtedly trigger.


Let’s save each drop

Elimu ni ngao

Usichoke dogo wangu,

japo hali ni ngumu

lakini kwa uweza wa aliye juu

ipo siku utang’ara kama dhahabu,

Mungu akutangulie katika mapambano ya maisha.


Usikate tamaa dogo kaza buti

hapo lazima kieleweke magu wa bidaee huyo

Dogo hakika Mungu atakujalia, utakua waziri wa elimu.

Maana joto la elimu unalijua naamini utaitokomeza.

Fanya kitakachokusaidia,

haijalishi utafanyia katika mazingira gani,

chakuzingatiaa ni haki elimu.

Ni kweli kabisa usijali umepitia wapi,

kikubwa muombe Mungu hatokutupa.

Dogo mwenyezi Mungu atakupandisha daraja.



No need to accept accepted thinking

Remember, it was once accepted that the world was flat. Don’t accept that you need to think out of the box either.

If you don’t let anybody build a box around you, then you will never have to think outside of the box. Basically, in order to think outside the box, avoid getting into one.

But if you do find yourself getting boxed in, think to yourself: I will only think outside the box when the box is empty. Get everything you can out of a situation, but keep an eye out for the next opportunity.


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Eggs are the only thing that should be poached

In recent years, the brutal poaching of Africa’s iconic wildlife has reached proportions of a real and dramatic crisis – one driven by massive demand for illegal wildlife products in Asia, but also by the ease with which poachers are able to go about their business in far too many of Africa’s national parks and wildlife reserves.images


When it comes to the trade in ivory or rhino horn, the tragedy lies in the mutually-reinforcing relationship between supply and demand along the entire value chain.

Kenya has in reducing supply, by incinerating 105 tons of confiscated ivory  as well as one ton of rhino horn. The destruction of the stockpile sent an unambiguous message to poachers and traffickers that Kenya is no longer going to tolerate this bloody global trade.

Ivory is worthless unless it is on our elephants. One look at the numbers is enough to understand why African countries should push for a global ban on the sale of ivory products at next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Contrary to what Western media often likes to report, Africans care very much about their wildlife and hope that more will be done to end the killing.But many people around the would feel that their governments isn’t doing enough to end poaching.

Given the broad public support for decisive action to draw attention to the alarming extent of wildlife crime in Africa. We should particularly calls on all  Africans to support conservation, and to unite in encouraging their government to solve the crisis. I hope it will inspire and prompt us to take care of our wildlife which is our heritage.

Poaching really stealing from us all.