2018 FIFA World Cup Final
What Croatia did during Kenya’s worst terrorist attack that left 147 dead[Photos]
The moving act was in sympathy and solidarity following a terrorist attack that claimed 147 lives
Ahead of today’s FIFA 2018 World Cup Finals between Croatia and France in Russia, Kenyans have revisited a moving act of solidarity and sympathy by Croatia during a terrorist attack that claimed 147 lives.
On 02 April 2015 as Kenya’s security forces battled Al-Shabaab militia in Somalia, armed terrorist invaded Garissa University in a siege that lasted more than 24 hours.
At a time when other European nations were issuing travel advisories to citizens not to visit Kenya for security reasons, sympathetic Croatian students lay flat on the ground in solidarity with the 147 Kenyans who lost their lives in the attack.
147 Students of Zagreb University lie on the ground in honour of 147 Kenyans killed in Garissa University terrorist attack in 2015 (Courtesy)
A total of 147 students from Zagreb University lied flat on the ground for 147 seconds in a show of solidarity with the 147 lives lost in the Garissa university attack.
In the wake of the terrorist attack, reaction from the international community came in thick and fast with many condemning the act. However, it is the rare act by Croatia that moved many.
Kenyans supporting Croatia in the World Cup finals against France were keen to point out that at the country’s lowest moment, Croatia stood in solidarity with the country in the wake of one of the worst terrorists attack in the country.
How a primary school dropout built an IT firm and now earns Sh200,000 per month
Lack of education shouldn’t deter you from achieving your goals
When Tony Wamwea dropped out of primary school, he tried his hand at almost everything including tyre repair business.
“My mother did not have a stable income, and was therefore unable to send me to secondary school,” he said in an interview.
The only academic papers he has is his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education certificate, which reflects a poor score of 185 marks out of a possible 500 marks.
“After primary school, through the help of an uncle, I ventured into the water vending business. After two years and with only Sh1, 500 savings to show for my hard work, I decided to leave home, Riakanau village in Embu county, for Mwea town in pursuit of something more fulfilling and better paying,” Wamwea said.
He set up shop in 2013 and would make an average of Sh1,500 a day. The business did so well, that he was able to repay the loan in just two months and rent a bigger space.
He, however, had to close shop in mid-2014 due to poor management.
“Once, I ended up losing all my household items because I couldn’t raise rent for three months. That was my moment of introspection – I resolved to be careful with how I spent my money,” the self-taught website developer said.
After his business went under, Wamwea moved in with one of his sisters. He took the opportunity to make friends with a man that ran a cyber café nearby, and taught himself coding.
“One day at cyber café, someone saw me coding and asked if I could design a website. I reluctantly accepted, as I wasn’t sure of my skills, and he paid me Sh. 50,000 for the job.”
Wamwea recalls that the same guy referred him to a new client who paid Sh40,000. He later registered a company, Antelox, which provides website design and digital branding services.
“I market my services on the internet, which has enabled me to get clients from 23 countries.” he said.
On average, his business earns him Sh200,000 a month.
So far, Wamwea has completed more than 400 projects. The minimum rate to design a basic website is Sh. 15,000, but some advanced websites cost more.
He says lack of education has not deterred him from achieving his goals.
“I believe that when you believe in yourself, you can make something out of your life, highly educated or not.”
A Kenyan politician who makes millions from stock market shares 5 lessons he has learned about money
Money is for using, not saving.
Ndindi Nyoro is a Kenyan politician and co-founder of Investax Capital, the largest stocks agent in Kenya.
The Kiharu MP has a sharp acumen for stocks having spent the better part of his life learning how to trade on the bourse.
Nyoro has a sharp acumen for stocks having spent the better part of his life learning how to trade on the bourse
Today he transacts business handling over Sh10 million ($10,000) daily, courtesy of CFC Financial Services through Investax Capital Limited.
The entrepreneur recently shared some key lessons he has learned about money on his way to wealth creation:
Mr Nyoro says offering friendly loans should only be done after deep consideration.
“Remember, once you lend someone money, it is no longer yours. You will chase after it the way you first chased to get it. Stop competing with banks by offering friendly loans,” he told the Nation in a past interview.
You must spend money to make money
The 27 year old disapproves saving money just for the sake of it.
“Money saved is the same as a car; it loses its value. Money should either be spent or invested.”
He argues that one can never get wealthy by saving money.
Have more income streams
Mr Nyoro advises people to avoid cutting on expenditure as it undermines one’s standard of life. Instead, he advocates for coming up with more income streams.
Money in joint businesses
“If you co-own a business or an investment, I have learned that you must always retain considerable power on how your money gets spent. Your signature must be mandatory, which means that your say must reflect the money you put in.”
Do not be in a hurry to invest
The politician discourages people against being in a hurry to put their money in an investment they don’t understand.
“The ‘timing’ and ‘what’ are the keys to making money through investments. Know all aspects of the ‘what’ you’re investing in.”
* Published in print edition on 17 July 2018