To Madam Njoki Chege, With Pity!

In the early days, living in the village was hard but enjoyable.
Learning was not yet entirely transferred to the white man’s system. I was, therefore, together with my many siblings were taught both in windowless classrooms and in moonlit chilly nights by apprenticeship.
Learning by apprenticeship required patience, nothing like learning about a whole human body system within a school term! Watch and wait to do, when your time comes!
One of the most valuable lessons was how to slaughter a goat. Knowing my community, ithínja (slaughtering) is at the heart of society. From harvest celebrations to dowry practices and cleansing rituals! The particular goat is selected, not picked! The process is so painstaking, from where to do the job, who does it, who is present, what plant leaves to wrap what meat et cetera! My grandfather was so keen on this, although being a village preacher, he knew what part of the white man’s religion to hold onto, and what part of the ancestors not to let go!
Comes the meat handling! There is a very famous idiom that goes like Ndooi irio kana iteo! (Doesn’t know which meat to eat and which to throw away) and which is used to refer to a person who has lost their mind. That is how important it is to understand what to do with which meat! According to the ritual at hand, there is meat to roast, boil, make soup, feed to the dogs, to bury and so forth. This classification was one of those things that any Kahíí (Young man) would learn for the very early days in preparation for that day when he would be of age to teach or at least perform.
Even unto this day of agribusiness, this same classification has continued, albeit for different purposes. Right from the abbatoir, different sections of meat find their ways to different markets and with different prices. Lump steak and liver you find in up market malls and high class eateries, bone meat in the standard butchery across the corner and legs, head, foetuses and intestines on the roadside over-the-drain stand for the mûtûra, thabutha and thubu! There are also those bits like eyes, hooves, horns etc that are left for the ravens and dogs around the abattoir!
Classification is important! Yes Ms. Njoki Chege. Refinement is also a part of this life! Only one thing you clearly pointed out. Your refined man who lives in Runda and Drives a Mercedes, is already married and advanced in years! I have many friends who fit this description. Most of them will admit that, unless they came from very able families, they lived in Mathare, Land Mawe, Pipeline, Uthiru etc at some point, rode in rickety matatus and even slept hungry and at the height of their frustrations drunk cheap liquor at some point during the process of refinement. Most of these credit their maxi dress – no makeup girlfriends turned wives for loving them during those painful days of growth!
They also get calls and emails from those ladies like you that thought the men were too filthy those days and looked up to them that drove the Three-million car then!, now so beaten by life and more often than not back to the lowly hoods they had cursed! Yours is more of a blown out adolescent problem, like pimples becoming boils!
 While the likes of you walk in Nairobi half-naked groping with other people’s men and even wrecking marriages, some wise ladies are reforming your cheap-liquor lad to a husband a millionaire! Not that marriage is a life and death matter, or that anyone needs a man to be whole….and by the way, Jesus is not a man!

Construction Site Management - Material Storage

A construction site has many materials at any one point. Most of these are usually in their raw state, meaning that they will undergo some process before they can be input into the building to form a part of the building. They come in different forms and can be categorized as below;

· Factory Goods: These are mostly off the shelf items, they are unique in the fact that they can easily be resold and are therefore easy targets for pilferage. They are also delicate in the fact that they have unique storage requirements. Examples here include;

Concepts In Construction - Sun Shading

Sun shading refers to the various ways in which direct sunlight is kept out of spaces in the building. This is especially necessary in high rise buildings where direct sunlight gets into the building through windows. The following are ways in which this problem is tackled:

Thank Goodness, at last!

Thank Goodness, i made it!

The journey was long,
 The tire strong,
And the challenge stiff!

But the fire blazed wild,
The urge to show the world,
Am not just bluff!

What Is A Man Worth

I attended a cousin's burial, in line with my cultural teaching as well as moral responsibility. Above all, I was driven by the great love I have for this aunt, his mother. Working far from the village, I went home just a day to the burial. I felt the immense urge to offer my support as well as register my condolence and not merely present my face on the day of burial like many would have as their idea of supporting the bereaved. Being a humble family, nothing much was to be expected as far as a decent send off is concerned.

But even then, there are basics, the bare minimum expected from such a ceremony. A good example is the turn up as well as the general conduct of the congregation. This guy was divorced, worked odd jobs away from home and made good use of alcohol for his stomach. He did not have a relationship with his village as well as the villagers. He did not even have friends he could rely on. And as they say in my community, one buries himself (or herself as the case may be) while still alive! Even the church did a service for the left and not for the departed. In short, this guy did not have a good name and as such, people were more driven by the relatives and not the deceased.

Among many other responsibilities for each and every one of us is that of cutting our niche in the society where we live. This is usually easy when one has a bargaining chip like a good education or a big fortune. But what about the bigger percentage, the base of the pyramid? Does it mean that they can never be recognized, that their place in society is the back bench? Well it may look like so to many, but it is not really the measure with which one's worth is gauged upon. There are important milestones that every society recognizes and against which the worth of people living in it. Some of these include:

· Respect for family and society at large.
· Conformity especially on matters such as education, marriage etc.
· Contribution to the society.
· Presence and support in other people's activities.

While all societies are different, the value of a neighbour is never compromised. It is nothing that can be exchanged or bought with money. Respect cannot be asked for. When all is said and done, the extent of one's estate cannot soothe them when their backs are beaten and their feet baked in old age.