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King Kaka, an award-winning artiste and entrepreneur.

Last week marked the 100th article since I started writing this column.

I have met so many of you who, through the articles, have been encouraged and in turn that has inspired me to write more. I have had some critics in equal measure, which meant that I had some learning to do.
Every week, as I tackle different issues, I have had to do in-depth research even as I share my experiences with you.
This, I have to admit, has resulted in my growth, both mentally and businesswise. To all those who suggested topics for me to tackle, thanks and keep the topics coming. To my editing team, thank you very much.

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Last week, as I was waiting for a business partner in a hotel, a fan approached me. Good thing my guest was caught up in the hectic Nairobi traffic, so I had some time to spare. We started chatting about my music and the music industry in general, before we dived into the weekly articles I write.
How did I land the job and how did I know I could be a business columnist?
The opportunity

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To answer these questions, I have mentioned several times how important it is to have the ‘opportunity’ eye and if you strongly feel that you don’t have that eye, then get someone on your team who does.
I remember Rose Kwamboka, one of the editors, had been on my neck about an interview that was to be published in this Hustle pullout. At the time, I had decided I wasn’t doing any more media interviews, plus I was on a crazily busy schedule that I was forced to postpone the interview, but not for too long, lest they decided to do away with the article altogether. So the next time she called, I had time to talk to her.

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We had a conversation. After the interview, I told her that I have a pitch and would like to set up a meeting to present it, to which she agreed.
I put on my lucky suit, my accessories and I was ready to wow them. As they say, the rest is her story.
This goes out to all the ambitious young entrepreneurs, if you have the opportunity to mentor, do it. It not only enhances the understanding of your business, but is also a way of giving back.
Imagine if I didn’t do that one interview? All the knowledge I’ve passed on through this column wouldn’t exist.
The pitch

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My pitch sought to answer the question: why try and squeeze all the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years into one article, yet I can impart knowledge through a weekly column?
The meeting was done. Mind you, I was treated like any other writer and asked to submit an article for review. After the submission was approved, I got an email explaining my working terms and here we are now, at 100 weeks of inspiring generations.
There is an article where I talked about constantly looking for new ways to improve your mind, the same way car companies are always working on new models. 
I saw a self-driving car the other day while the owner was in the car watching a movie. Same thing with phone companies, they’re constantly working on the next model.
Diversify

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But what has also fascinated me about phone companies is that, over the years, they have branched out and acquired shares into other businesses or built an array of products that are not phone related.
Apple’s first product was the computer, then they saw a need to build phones, then moved to iPads, then diversified into music and other products. What that simply translates to is that you should never get comfortable. When your business is doing very well that is the right time to diversify.
Don’t, however, stretch yourself thin for that will mean sub-standard delivery, which has killed so many brands. Roll out new products only when you are ready.
I decided to write for Hustle because I have my rest days on Mondays, which is a relaxed day to write. So the first thing I do every Monday morning is write and respond to questions from my readers, and then plan my week before getting into ‘Netflix-and-chill’ mode. As I say this, a young guy from Ngong comes to mind. He says that every Wednesday he learns and takes notes from my articles since his parent didn’t have money for school fees. I dared him (through the articles) to start a business. Now months into his clothes-selling business, he’s his family’s breadwinner. Such stories give me hope and courage to keep writing. Let’s push for the 200th article.
The writer is an award-winning artiste and entrepreneur.

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Zari Hassan taunts fans by sharing intimate bedroom photo with King Bae ▷ Kenya News

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– Zari did not reveal the man’s face but fans concluded it was her King Bae

– She shared a photo showing off her hand resting on top of the man’s well-toned chest

– Quite a number of people who saw the photo believe her King Bae is her South African manager Galston

Diamond Platinumz’s ex-wife Zari Hassan has sparked mixed reactions online after sharing a photo of herself in bed with King Bae.

The mother of five on Thursday, December 12, posted a photo of her hand resting on top of a man’s chest.

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Judging by the photo, which she shared on her Instagram status update, it is clear the two had just finished twa twa and were resting or vice versa.

The intimate bedroom photo came at a time when the socialite had taken a break from posting a series of King Bae’s photos.

As usual, Zari did not reveal her man’s face in a move that kept her fans guessing, with many insinuating King Bae could be her South African manager Galston.

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While some people through their different social media accounts gushed over the two for serving relationship goals, others thought Zari should not share such images owing to her advanced age.

It is important to note that this was not the first time Zari teased her social media fans with photos of her mystery man.

The socialite moved on to the next one with her King Bae after many months of staying single following her breakup with Diamond.

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Treasury Releases Funds to Counties Showing Acceptable Plans to Clear Pending Bills

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A statement from the National Treasury shows that 18 counties that showed acceptable plans to clear pending bills received reimbursements for November.

Acting Treasury CS, Ukur Yattani, says that the 18 counties received Ksh. 11 billion.

The counties include; Baringo, Bomet, Embu, Garissa, Isiolo, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Kitui, Machakos, Meru, Migori, Mombasa, Nandi, Narok, Taita Taveta, Tana, Tharaka Nithi, Vihiga.

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A further Ksh.7 billion was disbursed to 12 counties that had cleared their pending bills. These include; Elgeyo Marakwet, Homabay, Kajiado, Kericho, Kilifi, Kwale, Laikipia, Makueni, Nyamira, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Uasin Gishu.

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Kenyan to Steer Dalberg as Global Managing Partner

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Dalberg Advisors has announced the appointment of Edwin Macharia as Global Managing Partner for a 3-year term. Edwin term commences on 1 January 2020 and succeeds Yana Kakar who had been at the helm since 2013.

Prior to his appointment, Edwin has been with Dalberg for 11 years serving various roles. For instance, he founded Dalberg’s first office in East Africa in 2008, established Agriculture and Food Security Practice, and serves two terms as the Regional Director for Africa.

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“Edwin has spearheaded a lot of innovation into the new business lines within the Group. That will serve him well as he steps forward to lead Dalberg’s biggest and longest-standing business” noted Henrik Skovby, Dalberg’s Founder. 

Dalberg Advisors is a global consulting firm specializing in inclusive and sustainable business, policy, and investment strategy. Moreover, the firm combines strategy consulting, design thinking, big data analytics, and research to address complex social and environmental challenges.

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