Teaching 12 Year Olds How To Write….Yeah I Know

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By Tabitha Makumi,
“I would like you to give a talk on what’s like to be a writer,” I laughed when a friend of mine who teaches at Riara University asked if I could advice 12 year olds on writing.

“Wait, what?!” That was me "flabbergasted" by the idea..the word is slowly growing on me. I could just use astounded but nah...flabbergasted it's.

“Did you zone out on me,” that was her staring at me waiting for some sort of response...reaction...anything...(sometimes I tend to do that….lose trail of my thoughts when someone is talking)
“Did you say teach 12 year olds how to write?” and that was me hoping that's not what she meant. Because, really?

You are at your friend’s apartment…it's Thursday evening, say around 8.30ish, you’ve just finished eating some home cooked meal, you are sitting at the sofa watching “Amanpour” on mute and your friend (who means well) has just brought up an idea you would like her to drop asap. (Btw, why do they call it "Amanpour" when she is not even hosting the show?...love her though)

Over-Prized Burgers & Juggling Three Books

By Tabitha Makumi,
Here goes nothing…There are a few things which I am willing to spend a few cash on without batting an eyelash. (well, maybe a little) Don't you just love a big old good juicy burger when you've had a good or a crappy day and just want to fill your mouth with some juicy, delish meat? Remember that episode on How I Met Your Mother when Ted Mosby and crew are searching for the “best burger” in New York? Well, I just wanted you to remember the episode…there’s no correlation of what I am about to write and that brilliant show.

So what do you do, you walk into Urban Gourmet at 10 freaking pm or one of those “out of your league” places if you have a few shillings to spare or when you are clearly out of your darn mind and don’t care how much you will have to part with for an good old burger. Order something cheesy and drown your sorrows away…. A good drink (Nothing hard… just a cocktail or some over the top sugary milkshake) will suffice at this point and life has never been this frigging good.

From Earning Kshs10, 000 to Building a Beauty Empire…Meet Suzie Wokabi

Suzie Wokabi, Founder of SuzieBeauty Cosmetics

 By Tabitha Makumi,
 I love creating “something” from scratch. The start, frustrations, failures, the “I think I am losing my head” part, the “aha” moments and so forth. But enough about me. Some people use that drive of “creating something” into starting their own businesses and building empires while at it. Such is Suzie Wokabi.

You know that gut feeling you have something won’t work but you still go ahead and do the thing anyway? I reached out for an interview with this super cool lady, thought my request would disappear into her spam mail, go unread or something… but what do you know!

Get to know more about the woman behind SuzieBeauty, a revolutionary Kenya’s first make-up/ beauty brand for the African woman, by an African woman!

So, what makes this lady tick? What are her fears? And just like everybody else, are there parts of her job that drive her nuts? Read on!

Little Bit of Whiskey & Books With Funny Titles

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 By Tabitha Makumi,
Let me windbag you a little bit, because I can’t help myself…There’s this novel I put down a couple of days ago. One of the fascinating things about it other than a freaking awesome storyline is that it had a risqué title. Nothing scandalous, although I guess it depends with the person who saw the cover and thought me to be some sort of a nut or maybe thought, “that’s some dope chick right there.” Cue in some hearty laughter

You know those eerie looks you get in a matatu, park or wherever you decide to just cool off with a good book and the person sitting next to you thinks you are reading some motivational book. Somehow you can sense how proud they are of you…only when they glance at what you are reading, you can see their face fall because how on earth are you not reading a motivational book by TD Jakes or that Robbins guy who makes people walk on hot coal or is it charcoal…haha!

Meet a 24 Year Old who’s All about Creating Memories ….But Not For Free

Peter Kabiru, Kenyan Photographer

By Tabitha Makumi,
Photography is what sets his heart on fire. When he is old and spent…say 85 years old, he still wants to be able to click away and find joy in his work. Meet Peter Kabiru, a 24 year old shutter bug with fire in the belly for creating memories through photographs.

How did it all begin? What’s his advice to budding photographers? Read on…

What was your first job?
I was a graphic designer in a Design and Print company during my field attachment. I was Designing logos, and print materials for different clients.

How did you get in to photography…happenstance or passion?
(Laughs)I boarded the wrong train that led me to the right destination. I joined campus for a degree in Advertising where I specialized with Graphic Design.  Short version of it....When designing adverts, I used to incorporate images in most projects and at times it would be hectic finding the right kind of image to go with an Ad.