Greatest African guitarists of all time

There is no continent in the world that has contributed so much to music and creativity than Africa. Africans have traditionally been known to have created wonderful rhythms and all modern forms of music like blues, rock, jazz, r&b, soul and disco lead back to this wonderful continent.

The American blues was known to have originated from the African slaves working on the vast plantations. For them, music was an escape mode from the tyranny of slavery. Even though African string instruments included traditional kora, the guitar came from the Western world only much later. Although there are many famous African guitar players in the West like BB King, Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry, not many people are aware of guitar players from the continent of Africa.

Here are a few guitarists from Africa you should be aware of. Check them out.

Ali Farka Toure

One of the most famous African guitarists of all time, Ali Farka Touré came from Mali and enthralled audiences around the world. He was known to mix traditional African music with the blues and more contemporary guitar style. He’s collaborated with big names like Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder, counts Martin Scorcese as a fan and has won a couple of Grammys.

He died in 2006 leaving behind a great legacy although in 2012 Mali was taken over by extremists who banned everything from his music to simple pleasures like online gambling. People who played something as harmless as blackjack which is not just gambling but a game of skill were put in prison. Thankfully, that ended in 2016.

Diblo Dibala

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Diblo Dibala is a Congolese musician who was often called Machine Gun because he was incredibly fast on the guitar. He is a soukous musician which is a dance genre that originated in Congo. His style of music became very popular in France in the 80s where he formed a band called Loketo.

Diblo still plays his trademark music in a band called Matchatcha so don’t miss it if you ever get an opportunity.

Etran Finatawa

Etran Finatawa is a band from Niger. The members come from a nomadic tribe and their style of music is popularly known as desert blues. Their harmonies have a very traditional dance vibe to them making them a very popular band in the international festival circuit. Their skills have found listeners across the world including the USA as one can tell from this NYT article.

Franco Luambo Makiadi

One of the forerunners in the African guitar scene, Franco Luambo Makiadi was an influential musician of his time. He started playing guitar from the age of seven on his homemade guitar and it is said that he used to play at his mother’s bread stall to attract customers. He was known for mixing Cuban and Congolese styles of music through his band OK Jazz. He died in 1989 leaving behind a wonderful catalogue of soukous and rumba music.

The world of African music is vast and deep and it will serve you well to start digging in to discover some real treasures. The above mentioned names will be a great way to begin.

What is considered a taboo among Kisii community

There are some acts considered to be a taboo among the kisii community. They are as follows;

Circumcised boys going to master bedroom

They believe that once a boy is circumcised, they should not go to their parents bedroom and even their sister’s bedroom.

This shows that once the act is done the boys are mature enough and so they should respect some areas to visit.

At this point the boys are expected to behave in a more mature way and expect their young ones to respect them.

Girls wearing trousers 

This is considered to be disrespectful if girls wear trousers, more so those tight ones that shows off their curves. The Kisii man is not supposed to see how blessed you are.

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Mothers should not dine in their daughters houses

It is a taboo for mother to enter especially her married daughters house. She also shouldn’t eat chicken at her daughters house as it makes one to be seen as corrupt.

Also going to her daughters house is considered to be a sign of disrespect to their daughters and thus like seeing their daughter’s nakedness.

Fathers too are not expected to set their feet in their married sons houses as it is considered as going to bed with their daughters in-law.

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Visiting mother in-laws all the time

Once a young man marries he is not allowed to be frequently visiting his mother in-law all the time as it is considered to be a sign of disrespect to the family.

Unless the situation is unavoidable like funerals or sickness.

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African games developers to watch out for

With the obvious barriers to internet access and even an occasional blackout holding African game developers back, a new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, founding their own game development companies, and making it their mission to meet the demand to see African-centric titles and characters appear on the worldwide gaming scene.

Here are some of the best African firms out there, working on everything from augmented reality (AR) projects to mobile button bashers.

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Augmented Reality Gaming Comes to Africa

Until now AR and VR games were a staple of huge tech and gaming giants from the US, Europe, and Asia, who have long been developing the games and headsets needed to make them happen, with everything from VR casinos to Pokémon Go coming from their intricate developmental pipelines.

However, when it comes to augmented reality gaming in Africa it is the Kenyan based gaming firm Internet of Elephants that leads the way, recently garnering worldwide media interest from their new game Wildeverse, which takes players into the habitats of wild animals regardless if they’re walking in their backyards or just playing at home. The game was fine-tuned by the team in the jungles of Borneo and Congo, where the developers learned all they could about the animals and habitats they wished to portray in the game.

Mobile Gaming Makes Sense for Africa

With very few of the continent’s inhabitants having access to computer terminals or steady internet connections, it makes sense that the future of gaming in Africa is likely to take place on mobile devices. It is therefore not a surprise that some of the most innovative African gaming companies are focusing their attention on the mobile sector.

Leti Arts is one of these companies, which originated in Ghana but ultimately settled in Kenya. Their flagship titles include Africa’s Legends and Reawakening, both of which draw heavily from various blends of African folklore and legend to create unique gaming experiences. This makes a welcome change from bungled appropriation leaning attempts by foreign gaming companies who tend to resort to boring stereotypes when creating Africa-themed games and characters.

For Francophone gamers, there’s a company doing similar things in Cameroon. Kiro’o Games’ main title is Aurion: The Legacy of the Kori-Odan, which looks to African cultural heritage for inspiration.

Meanwhile, many African mobile gaming companies are finding new ways to monetize their often free-to-install gaming apps. One example of this is a Nigerian company Gamsole who has partnered with Diamond Bank, that wishes to educate and engage potential new clients, knowing full well that games are a perfect vehicle for customer satisfaction. This is a trend that will no doubt grow this decade, with developers likely wishing to diversify their offerings to markets where there’s a lot of money to spend. Who knows, the next time you go to top up your phone credit or even use your Oddschecker mobile casino bonus you may find yourself coming face to face with an African-made mobile game.

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African Games Demanding Space on Major Platforms

Another promising advance for budding African developers is that some have already begun to make inroads into the world’s biggest gaming platforms. This has been evidenced by South African company Nyamakop featuring their wonderful game Semblance on non-other than the Nintendo Switch, allowing gamers all over the globe to play a game whose roots are firmly planted in African soil.

Another example of this is Tunisia’s DigitalMania, one of the continent’s most experienced game design houses, who have racked up a whole backlist of games that are consistently played by millions of users on platforms as huge as Facebook, Google Play and the Apple Store.

By the time gaming producers in Europe, Asia, and the US wake up to the potential of gaming in Africa they may find they’re too late because the homegrown talent in this field is only set to grow. We’ll still have to wait for a couple of years to see if these seeds will bring fruit, but the potential is hard to ignore.

Dating single moms: how to choose a present for her children

A number of gentlemen have been there and for sure, dating a single mom is not a straight-forward task. Well, partly because our society still believes in unnecessary myths and prejudices. In addition, a woman with children is usually quite busy and doesn’t have much time for dates.

Her children are a priority and after her children, she will be able to spend time with you. It also becomes trickier during holidays and celebrations because you’re likely to have to buy gifts for her children as well.

Here are gift ideas for your girlfriend that she may use together with her children

1. Bouquet

Many times men buy beautiful bouquets for their girlfriends. These go well with a box of sweets or chocolates. If you found her from a dating site, you probably got her flowers on date one. A friend of mine got his current girl from Russian brides (because he heard the one guarantee that with Russian girls, boredom is a thing of he past …story for another day) but hey, most girls love flowers. Given that single moms are usually very caring of their children, you could go further by doing a hand-made bouquet of fruits. Do your homework though! Make sure that her children have no allergies to the flowers.

2. Domestic appliances

Who said that domestic appliances are not romantic? Women with children are always happy to receive some appliances to help around the house and save time. Not only will these make her happy but it’s a creative way to you show your care about helping her find time for a date with you.

3. Couple clothes

This is if you’re getting serious with her. They tend to be very interesting gifts for women with children and give a purpose of intent to spend the future with her. In this case, you buy matching clothes for her children as well. This could be as simple as his and hers t-shirts with similar styles and a clever message together with those that go with her children. It could be your name, her name and their names.

Again, this is only for those who are getting serious.

On another note however, it is not always appropriate to buy presents for all her family. You might want to consider jewelry.

It is clear that if you know her children, you can’t ignore their birthdays and other holidays. What to present to them?

1. From 1 to 3 years old

Children from 1 to 3 years old will enjoy fascinating books, rocking chairs and wheelchairs, musical, interactive, and educational toys. Don’t buy anything too complicated or very expensive. Children at this age, pretty often, tend to break toys and tear apart books.

2. From 3 to 6 years old

The best things that you can buy for children from 3 to 6 years old are educational sets, children’s pianos, guitars and other things. For example, children who like to pain will appreciate paintings and drawing boards. Here, still, it is better not to buy too expensive things, because pretty soon those will become boring for children.

3. From 6 to 11 years old

This is when everything gets way more interesting. Now, you can present them board games, game consoles, radio-controlled models, and other potentially interesting things for you. Furthermore, you can share your hobby with her children to improve your relationship. You may also consider buying rollers, skates, bicycles, and so on.

4. Teenagers

It is pretty hard to find a good present for teens because too many things depend on your relationship with them and their mother. Usually, teens are way more demanding, and before buying a gift for them, you definitely should consult with their mother. Generally, boys from 11 to 17 years old will like gyro scooters, smartphones, fitness bracelets, gaming keyboards, mouses, gamepads, or headphones. Girls of the same age will enjoy fashion jewelry, an MP3 player, cosmetics, beautiful teddy bears, stylish headphones, smartphone cases, cool backpacks, external batteries (power banks), or flash drives.

Music can have a major effect on our mood

Music is a big part of most people’s lives. It can often provide the soundtrack to whatever we’re doing, whether it’s working up a sweat in the gym, concentrating on some work, or celebrating with friends.

While we often choose the music to match our mood, scientists have been trying to understand whether music can actually have an influence on our moods and emotions. Specifically, researchers have been hoping to find ways to use music to improve the moods of patients.

Just like how we know colours can affect our mood, scientists are fairly confident there is a link, but it’s proving more difficult to understand exactly how it works. For example, research conducted by Durham University and the University of Jyväskylä found that listening to sad music can provide both positive and negative emotions with listeners.

Other research has found that upbeat music can bring more positive emotion to people, but sad music may help people who are going through personal loss.

Some research has suggested that music can have an influence on your heart rate, although claims that it heart “synchronises to the beat” are unlikely to be true. However, some research has suggested that people that sing together synchronise their breathing.

Music is thought to stimulate the fight or flight response in the brain, helping recovery from psychological stress.

In the absence of concrete conclusions from research, it’s probably best to assume that the best approach for controlling moods through music is best done in accordance with the preference of each individual.

The almost endless variety of music means that we have access to songs for every occasion. Music that we listen to while we’re getting ready for a party may be different to the songs we put on when trying to concentrate.

Getting in the Zone

Outside of a clinical environment, using music to control our mood is commonplace. You’ll find offices around the world filled with workers who sit listening to music through their headphones. While university libraries are also packed with students hunched over textbooks and laptops, using music to help their concentration.

Music can have such an effect on our mood, it’s also often used by athletes to help them get focused ahead of a competition. Formula 1 drivers are regularly seen listening to music through headphones before getting into their car for a race. Similarly, poker players often use music to help them focus during games. However, in both cases the choice of music will vary depending on personal preference, and it often is a reflection of their own personality with some choosing fast up beat songs and others preferring more classical, calming tunes.

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Destressing

Friday and Saturday nights usually see hoards of people descend on pubs, bars, and clubs, all looking to have a good time with friends and destress after a busy week of work. Music plays a big part of this, with DJs usually given the job of setting the tone for the establishment.

Some research has suggested that the loud music of these venues encourages customers to drink more, and therefore spend more.

Just listening to music, regardless of the environment can have similar effects. This can be because of the upbeat nature of the song or because it can bring back memories of a happy moment in your life.

Going further, research by Mark Reybrouck, Piotr Podlipniak, and David Welch in Frontiers in Psychology has hypothesised that listening to loud music can activate an “oceanic feeling”, a term used to describe a feeling of being “limitless”. Their research found that music, when played loudly, appeared to activate primitive reactions in the brain.

Final Thoughts

While scientists clearly have much more work to do, they have demonstrated that our moods can be affected by the music we listen to. There have been several contradictory findings about the type of music that is best for improving the mood, so it perhaps may simply be down to personal preference.

It’s clear from the fact that so many people find that music helps them concentrate, get into the zone or feel better that it is an effective tool for boosting our mood.

Opinion: All Kenyan businesses should to now process KRA payments online

We used to love queuing and doing things last minute. Not any more. New habits are with us!

Haven’t we learned a lot? At least I can speak for my circle of friends and I suspect the same for most Kenyans. Indeed, comfort is a killer.

Staying indoors has taught us to take advantage of what we’ve got in our hands. Got Internet? Then your business should process KRA payments online and waste no time. Read that again!

Why? Simply because you can. I highly suspect we won’t be visiting the tax centres anytime soon.

Actually, Standard Chartered Bank has made it easier for businesses so that we won’t have to ‘pet the peeves’. Standard Chartered Bank is directly integrated with KRA and this makes KRA submission real time. This, through the Straight2Bank online platform. It’s an online banking platform designed for all your business transactional needs.

All you have to do is set up KRA once and you wont have to memorize the account again.

You can pay your Excise, Service and Direct taxes online. Your account is automatically debited and you receive an acknowledgement immediately.

Besides that, you can stay safe and work from home with more features such as simple payroll processing, simple FOREX transactions, simple bulk payments, reports and alerts and it’s all secure.

Why don’t you try it for your business? You want to meet your legal obligations, don’t you?

To learn more, visit https://www.sc.com/ke/business-channels/straight2bank/

Process KRA Payments online
Process KRA Payments online

What women wear that men dislike and don’t tell

When you want to please your man, your appearance matters a lot. There are some pieces of clothing that women wear that men dislike but they never tell. They include;

Hair extension and weaves. Most of these men prefer seeing their ladies in natural hair. How mortifying would it be if for instance your busy with your man then the wig falls off exposing matutua’s? Embarassing! What’s worse is if your weave or wig isn’t customized and there’s nothing as bad as an ill fitting tress.

When with your man try as much as possible to wear natural hair styles that suit your appearance.

UGG boots. These are the type of boots that ladies like especially in cold seasons. They are made from skin sheep with fleece attached to it which men say is animal cruelty. They prefer other decent boots to this.

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Excessive makeup. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder they say. Most men prefer natural appearances. Some ladies apply too much makeup yet less is more.

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 The 80 s outfits. This includes baggy long dresses and faded baggy jeans, that are making a comeback currently. This to men hides ones curves yet dudes want to adore.

Fake contacts. Many women are now spotting cosmetic contact lenses. While not bad, men find it weird to hang out with someone with blue, grey or yellow eyes.

They expect to see the real beauty of ones eyes.

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Leggings. Unless you are slim, this outfit is not good for you according to men. If it is necessary for this, then one should wear long tops or shirts to avoid looking like a person going for some workout.

Painted eyebrows. Ladies tend to shave natural eyebrows completely then draw on, leaving them with surprised expressions.

The painted on eyebrows leave a funny look which men describe as a cartoon look. Some are even not balanced because you find one is higher than the other.

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Fake eye lashes. It will be really embarrassing that you are talking with someone whose lashes are about to fall. Oops.

Excess perfumes. It is nice to have a nice scent but don’t over do it. What happens when the man is asthmatic? You don’t want to be blamed for his health complication.

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A list of recommended snacks for people with diabetes

When you have diabetes, foods with high levels of sugar should not be part of your diet. When you have cravings for something sweet, it is advisable to take healthy snacks.

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They include;

Nuts

This is the best substitute for a crunchy craving for wheat products like biscuits and cookies. They have calories hence cannot lead to weight increase especially the unsalted nuts. Almonds can also be taken as they also do not have sugars.

Whole grain products

The whole grains also play a role in maintaining the required blood sugar levels and cholesterol. They also prevent cases of getting blood pressure.

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Pop corns

The natural pop corns are a great source of fiber. This is generally essential in the body as it prevents constipation.

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Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetables provide the body with a lot of nutrients and vitamins hence are nutritious to the body. Use them when making salads and spice them with vinegar. Fruits and vegetables are the best ingredients for making smoothies.

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Eggs

This is the best snack for proteins production to the body. Studies shows that persons who want to lose weight should consume eggs as part of their diet.

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Plain yogurt

Plain yogurt is recommended at it has no sugars, because of its natural form of energy.

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Salads

Salads are essential to the body as they supply it with natural and essential nutrients and vitamins. They help the body in building strong immunity.

Non-fat cheese

This plays a role in stabilizing the levels of body sugars and also reducing the thirst/ hunger more frequently.

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Rice cakes

Rice cakes have low carbs hence the best for diabetic people to eat.

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7 recommended ways to whiten white clothes again

White clothes are sensitive to handle when it comes to laundry. Whitening clothes also requires much attention to avoid cases of stains and discoloration happening.

Here are some of the tips to follow in maintaining the white color of garments.

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They include

Dry in low temperatures

Strong heat can have a great effect as it leaves the white clothes with some other cream or yellow color. Hang them in a shade or cool temperatures to prevent them being hit by the strong sun rays.

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Sorting

Sorting is the number one process before embarking on the laundry process. White garments should be separated fro other colored clothes because they can easily access the color. More especially the fading clothes can easily stain the garments.

Bleaching

This should not be put directly to the garment but mixed with water. This is the best whitening method that gives the fabric a cool blueish color. The blue helps to distract any stain on the garment hence maintaining its clear look

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Hydrogen peroxide

This can help in removing all sorts of stains from your garment. It also helps to brighten the garments most favorably without any damage.

Baking soda

Baking soda mixed with water can be the best remedy for home made whitening agent. You can soak the clothes in the mixture for some time before washing them to clear off any dirt ad stains. It can be used both in hand washing and in laundry machines

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Lemon juice 

Lemon juice is one of the natural sources of whitening. Mix it with clean warm water and soak the garments for sometime before finishing the cleaning process. It whitens the yellow garments to their original white color.

Boil in hot water

This is the perfect way of whitening clothes as no chemicals are required. Soak the clothes in boiled hot water before cleaning them. You can add lemon juice to the boiled water to make it more effective.

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Tips: 5 ways to improve the health of your gut

Problems with your digestive system could suggest your gut is unhealthy. To remedy this, here are some of the ways to maintain its health;

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Water

When the body gets engaged in day to day activities, water is lost. It is therefore necessary for one to take more water to replace the lost water in cases like sweating to prevent dehydration. It also helps in the process of digestion making your gut more healthy.

Diet

It is healthy to change your diet once in a while as it helps to regulate the sugar intake. Constantly eating high-calorie foods can tamper with the bloodstream flow. Eat more nutritious foods more often to get the nutrients needed for proper body functioning.

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Vinegar

Any fermented food plays a major role in boosting digestion and the immunity of the body. It is also recommended for people who would like to lose weight, or prevent bloating. Take with warm water or added to food to minimise fat absorption.Tokeo la picha la apple cider vinegar

Detox

Detoxing your body once in a while is highly recommended. This is because it helps in eliminating harmful components from sugary foods that can also cause inflammation. It also keeps the gut fresh and healthy.

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Probiotic supplements

These supplements are naturally fermented hence they are highly recommended to support a healthy body system. They also play a major in improving the rate at which nutrients are absorbed from the food eaten.

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How baking soda can play a great role in your health

Baking soda can be of great use in the house. It can be used in various ways such as in cooking and killing of home weeds. Besides being a household agent, it also has many other health benefits.

They include:

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Sunburns

Sunburns are normally caused by the sun rays especially when at the beach. It can be applied before hitting the beach to prevent itching due to the harsh rays from the sun.

Improve your exercise techniques

It is highly recommended for people that engage in exercises and games. It helps in reducing fatigue that can be caused by extensive body workouts. Taking a glass of this with water helps your body to regulate amount of acid produced during working out that can make one tired fast.

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Eliminate bad odor

It can be used as a deodorant to prevent bad odor produced by sweat. It also makes the sweat less acidic to prevent staining of clothes at the armpits.

Teeth whitener

It can be used in replacement of tooth paste. It contains some antibacterial properties in it that plays a role in whitening the teeth and fighting harmful bacteria that can lead to dental diseases.

Mouth wash

It helps in soothing the painful sores that normally form in ones mouth. It is also used as a substitute for the regular mouth wash to freshen ones breath and give your mouth a good odor when breathing. Mix it with warm water and use it on a daily basis to maintain a healthy mouth.

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Heartburn

Heartburn can be very disturbing due to the discomfort it causes. The condition is caused by too much acidity in the stomach or being so stressed. It helps to neutralize the acidity in the stomach that reduces the irritation that runs through the throat.

Food hygiene

It is used in the cleaning of fruits and vegetables before consumption. This reduces the chances of bacterial infections into the body that can lead to illnesses.

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Reasons why you should not keep long fingernails

We always admire girls with long fingernails.

They look so cute, but one question many ask if they are haboring all sorts of germs.

Long fingernails can be a threat to your health as it deals with poor hygiene. There are quite a number of disadvantages that comes along with them. They include;

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Fungal infection

Fungi is mostly found in dirty areas hence the long nails can easily lead to infection. This can also lead to skin infections as the fungi can spread through to the skin.

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Bacteria

This happens especially with toenails as it may cause bad odor. This is because there is limited air circulation at the feet.

Can cause injuries

You can easily injure yourself or someone with long nails. This can happen either by accident or when intentionally used especially as a weapon when attacking someone. Also keeping long toe nails hurts when wearing shoes.

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Promotes bad hygiene

With these long nails you are likely to carry a lot of dirt beneath them especially if you don’t clan them well. Most people never give enough attention to the nails as they assume them to be clean. The best way to maintain proper hygiene is by keeping the nails short.

Limits you on some activities

There are certain activities that long nails can limit you to do especially house chores. It becomes difficult to wash or even cook with the long nails because they might break or hurt you. When nails get into contact with water they become weak and can break easily.

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Can transmit diseases

When one scratches you with such nails and scratches another person with a virus you can easily get infected. This is because of the blood contact between the infected person and the healthy one.

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10 Ways in which you can be financially independent

There are small financial rules that are basic for you to get financially independent. Understanding yourself is the number one basic strategy for you to use.

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The basic rules include;

Budget

Make a routine of working with your budget. This can guide you in knowing how you spend your cash and when not to. If you have a problem of money management you can hire a financial manager to guide you through.

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Invest

Invest in money generating activities. You can build rental apartments or start any kind of hustle. Never depend on one income as at times things never go as expected and you can run out of cash. Always have a backup financial to help at your broke times.

Avoid debts

You must learn to differentiate between needs and wants. Accept when you don’t have cash to avoid having much debts. At times you might desire something which is not a need and you end up borrowing money to have it. This can be avoided when you give the needs a number one priority before anything else.

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Save a lot

Learn to save money in whichever way that you wish to. Make savings on a daily basis. You can set a target like each day or monthly. At the end of the day you will learn how to spend less and save more.

Plan

Have a plan on how you spend each and every cent you have.

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Understand your expenditure

Understand your pocket value and live with it. Never compete or compare yourself with someone who is financially stable than you. This might make you run out of cash easily hence borrowing to fit a lifestyle you can’t afford.

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6 Negative things to remove from your life in 2019

Negative people and thoughts can kill your dreams and goals. These are some of the things you should remove from your life. They include;

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Guilt

When you are guilty about something that you did not do or did, you will never stand out. Accept that everything happens for a reason and you can make something better out of a mistake. Take mistakes as challenges of keeping on.

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Excuses

When you have an opportunity of doing something, you should do it. Never say tomorrow as you it may never come. If you have a duty to perform never give excuses like being busy or even faking being sick. Always be committed in everything that you engage in. The disadvantage of giving health excuses is that you might actually end up being sick. Mind whatever you utter as it might turn out to be a reality as the tongue is a very powerful organ.

Negative people

These people always have nothing positive that can add value to your life. They always have the ‘what if’ slang in their words. They will always want you to see the negative side of whatever you are trying to do. Imagine starting a business then you have someone who tells you that it is never going to work, chances of you to falling will be very high. Stay with positive minded people.

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Anxiety

When you apply for a job for instance, never get too anxious about the whole thing.

Pleasing people

People will never appreciate your efforts to help them. Some will tend to see it as a right hence will take advantage of you. When you try to please someone and they end up not even noticing you will get emotionally demolished.

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Negative talks

Never blame yourself for not achieving what you had planned to achieve. Avoid the if I had done this then this would not have happened. This will actually weaken your strength hence you will avoid trying it one more time because you are afraid it will not work out.

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Cleaning Hack: Use these methods to keep your windows clean

Before you clean the windows you should consider the weather and have all the cleaning equipment needed.

Below are some ways of cleaning your windows.

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They include;

Use vinegar

Vinegar can help in removing hard stains on the window. Add the vinegar to warm water and use a soft fabric to scrub the dirt off. For stubborn stains, you can spray the vinegar and leave it for 5 minutes before the final cleaning. Avoid using them on the frames that are not coated to avoid breakage.

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Old magazines

This is a tried and tested method in several Kenyan homes. Use old newspapers after the windows have been scrubbed with soap and water. Wait for them to dry then use the old magazines on them.

Warm water and soap

Put water in a bucket and soap, and make it bubbly. Use a soft fabric or sponge to clean. Once scrubbed clean, take clean water and sprinkle on the window until the soaps been washed off. Leave it to dry before polishing it.

Window vacuum

This comes in handy for apartments and high rise buildings. Some companies hire out the equipment or if your pockets are deep. simply buy one. It’s an effortless cleaning process.

 

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Old used fabrics or sponge

If the windows are dusty you can use a dry used fabric or sponge. Wipe gently against the window to remove the dust. Then repeat the process until they are sparkling clean.

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High handle brooms

The brooms are used to clean windows in tall buildings. They also help in removing cobwebs before cleaning them.

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These indoor plants are the best to keep in your house

Do you love plants but don’t know which ones to keep?

We breakdown a list of super easy indoor plants that you will love to keep.

Tokeo la picha la spider plant

They include;

Spider plant

This flower can fit any space in your apartment and especially on windows. It produces white flowers which spread a lot. This plant can survive for many years with minimal sunlight and water.

Begonia plant

This plant does not necessarily need flower to grow. It brings a cool color to the room especially when hanged by the walls or alongside the windows. It has different shapes and colors that include white and pink hence can match with any calm color.

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Maidenhair fern

These are the easiest plants to grow as it requires little attention. It does better in bathrooms or in areas where temperatures are low. You can also place it by the sink at the kitchen.

Red prayer plant

It goes by that name because its leaves tend to curl when there is no light and unfold whenever there is light. They only need a lot of soil beneath them which can keep it alive for a longer period.

Tokeo la picha la red prayer plant

Tropical bromeliad

This flower can fit any space in your apartment. It glows when exposed to light making the room lively. It can stay for a period of more than 4 years without withering without sunlight. It can be found in three different colors.

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Begonia

This needs a lot of soil and water to grow well. It has different colors including white which comes with green shadings.

Peace Lilly

It has small white beautiful flowers and green leaves. They produce their flowers hence more recommended for the living room as it makes it lively.

Tokeo la picha la peace lily plant

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Mint

The mint plant grows fast and it is also edible. They need to be kept moist and can be used as flavors in coffees and tea or even water.

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Snake plant

These need very little water for growth and are hard to die once they grow. They give a beautiful view especially on the windows.

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Why you should not take photos with your phone at weddings

Keep your phones away! Professional photographers are hired for a reason. Those photos are probably what the couple and most guests look back on when it comes to unwinding or reminiscing about the big day.

Hannah Stanley, a wedding and lifestyle photographer, and owner of Hannah Way Photography in Fort Worth, Texas, recently shared a wedding photo that was ruined by a guest’s phone.

Stanley, 25, was photographing the bride’s walk down the aisle with her dad when a woman jumped in front of her to take her own photo.

 

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Hannah said: ‘To the girl with the iPhone…

“Not only did you ruin my shot, but you took this moment away from the groom, father of the bride, and the bride. What exactly do you plan on doing with that photo? Honestly. Are you going to print it out? Save it? Look at it every day? No. You’re not. ‘But my bride would have printed this photo, looked at it often and reminisced over this moment as her dad walked her down the aisle on her wedding day. But instead, you wanted to take a photo with your phone, blocking my view, and taking a photo that you will not use. ‘Guests, please stop viewing weddings you attend through a screen but instead turn OFF your phone, and enjoy the ceremony. You are important to the bride and groom, you would not be attending the wedding otherwise. So please, let me do my job, and you just sit back, relax and enjoy this once in a lifetime moment. Sincerely, Wedding photographers.”

The post quickly went viral with over 170,000 shares and lots of people agreed.

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One person said: “I totally get it. THIS IS WHY the requests of no phones and cameras. Let the photographers do their job! I have been pushed out of the way, flashes go off at the time of a shot, and this done to me! It is just RUDE.”

There is a reason why the bride and groom decide not to allow mobile phones and personal cameras to their nuptials. This is one of the reasons right here. Guests need to enjoy themselves and not worry about capturing the moments on their personal mobile phones, the pictures will be sent out to them in due time.

 

 

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Tips: Consider these 10 alternative discipline strategies for your child

What’s the best way to discipline your child?

Is it according to age, the act committed? Is it a thorough whooping?

This is something that many are struggling with today.

Tokeo la picha la best ways of punishing your kids

Some of the best ways include;

Reward good behavior

When you punish something wrong, always remember to reward them once they do something good. This will actually motivate them to be improving on a daily basis to be rewarded.

Silence

At times as a parent you can be upset in such a way that you utter hurting words to the child. Silence is at times necessary to avoid such incidents like the child running away from home or hating on you. Talk to them when your temper is controlled.

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Have a conversation with the child

Spend most of the time with the child. This will actually help you to know your child better and learn their weaknesses. Talking to them can actually be the best way of them to change their bad behaviors.

Create rules and boundaries

Always have rules and boundaries for them such that if they cross them, they are aware of the consequences.

Deny them some freedom

At times you can give a child much freedom which becomes their excuse to mess up some more. The best way to deal with this is either to limit it or deny them the freedom completely.

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Send away

Sending to visit grandma always works. Once you send them there, they will behave much better the next time to avoid being sent back their. This is because they will miss a lot of luxury especially if they live at the city.

Life examples

Give them life examples of people who have mad it in life and those that have failed. If you child for example steals something, give the examples of people who did it and the consequences they faced.

Giving advice

You should always ensure that you have a close relationship with your child. Never be a source of stress to them whenever you are with them. This will make them confide in you at anything hence it will be easier for you to know which area to give them advice on.

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Ban them from what they like

Most of the kids love watching animations and cartoons especially at the younger age. Ban them from watching their best channels for some time till their behavior changes.

Guidance and counselling

At times yelling and canning is not the solution as the child may not change. At times it may be something that deals with their minds and emotions. You can take them for guidance and counselling so that they may share their problems.

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