May 2011


May 10th marked 5 years since I started my first blog.

Evidently the day came and went without much fanfare. Just like the doomsday prediction last Saturday.

What have I been up to?

Well, as many of you already know, I do a weekly show on Capital FM (The Jam) with Cess & Maqbul. Crazy fellows, those. I’m also their “social media guy”. That’s in addition to my other fulltime job and uni. So now you know why I don’t blog as often.

A bunch of bloggers also came together and started an online magazine (if we can call it that) targeted towards Kenyan men. It’s called Wanaume (www.wanau.me) << Pretty smart, eh? Thank one @Mwirigi for that bit of smart thinking. The idea came about during a conversation between our Editor and me, where we realized that Kenyan men tuko down tu sana. Let’s say the truth. We are. So the idea behind Wanau.me is to redefine Kenyan men. To make us strive to be better than what we are today. Group blogs are the way to go, since they consolidate numbers and are easier to manage than individual blogs. Just look at the good stuff that’s been going on over at DiaspoRadical.

The bloggers behind Wanau.me are myself, Bobby, Ray, Sue, The Bartender, Pastor Wa, PseudoLinguist and our Editor. More bloggers will join the team as time goes by.

The site has only been up for a coupla months and there are not as many posts up since we all have fulltime jobs, and don’t always have time to blog. But we’re trying.

We’re currently looking for a fashion blogger to do the men’s fashion column. If you’re interested, or if you know someone who is, kindly ask them to drop me an email on archer@wanau.me. The target audience is 25 to late 30s working class Kenyan men. So none of that skinny jeans/suits sijui shorts with loafers bila socks nonsense. We want to teach men how to dress well, not how to look like a circus clown.

We also welcome posts by contributors, so if you’ve got a post that you want to have published, hit us up on theguys@wanau.me

Follow us on Twitter: @Wanaume

So now that you know where to get me when I’m not here…..Dosvidanya! (That’s Russian for goodbye)

What’s on my Playlist?

Swedish House Mafia – One (Your Name)

Once in a while, it’s good to use the social media tools we have at our disposal to do good for society. A good friend of mine Ng’endo Machua (@Ngendo87) needs to raise Ksh 500,000 for ankle replacement surgery for her mum. #British is the name that Ng’endo’s mum is fondly referred to on Twitter, hence the hash tag #TeamBritish that has been coined for this very noble purpose.

ng'endo & british

Therefore I need your help, readers. Let’s rally behind this cause and help the awesome Ng’endo and her mum. the M-Pesa contribution number is 0722 325 614 and ZAP is 0738 503 339 . No amount is too big or too small, as long as you give it from the bottom of your heart, it will be greatly appreciated.  It will also go a long way towards facilitating the much needed surgery for #British, as well as easing the stress and financial strain on Ng’endo and her family.

Read the very touching story of Ng’endo and #British here

A.O.B

Do you think you have what it takes to be Kenya’s next small screen star? Spielworks Media, through Dorothy Ghettuba aka @kenyatvproducer, is inviting you to apply for auditions. “Lies that Bind” promises to be a very captivating series, details of which may sound quite familiar to all of you. Go ahead, check out the trailer below, and find the details of where to send in your applications here.

NB: No roles have been cast yet. The actors and actresses that you see in the video above were used specifically for the trailer.

What’s on my playlist?

Sauti Sol – Coming home