There used to be a boy with a high temper. He wasn’t able to control his temper anyhow. Hence his father decided to assist him deal with the temper, just like any other father would do.
The father gave the boy a bag of nails and instructed him to hammer a nail into the fence every time he lost his temper.
On the first day, the boy hammered 46 nails into the fence. Gradually, the boy began to control his temper over the next couple of days and the number of nails hammered onto the fence decreased. It was easier for the boy to control his temper than it was to hammer nails into the fence.
Eventually, it came a day when the oy didn’t lose his temper at all. Excited, he shared the good news with his father. The father then suggested that he should now pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control.
As days passed on, the boy managed to pull out all the nails for every day he had his temper under control. The father however took his son and led him to the fence. Here is what the father had to say:
‘You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.’
The lesson is quite clear that we should mind our actions and words because we cannot undo what we do and say.
Kenya has been ranked second in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index in East Africa. It is one of the largest economies in the East African Community and the 65th largest economy globally. Kenya has been regarded as a technical, financial and communications hub in East Africa.
Since 2004, Kenya’s GDP has grown at average rate of 6% with a Per Capita GDP of $1,991. Once you register a company in Kenya, you get access to the East Africa Community that has a market population of 150 million and a GDP of $145 Billion.
In the recent past, a couple of factors have attracted foreign direct investments to Kenya. They include:
- Macroeconomic Stability: Kenya’s GDP has experienced a steady growth annually
- Supportive Demographic Dividend: Kenya has a large young generation with a high disposable income. Also, the young generation has a growing demand for goods and services
- Improvement in Governance: The Kenyan Government embraced key and critical political reforms that have since strengthened governance.
- Security: The political climate in the country is at normalcy as such businesses have picked up and are booming gradually
- Ease of Doing Business: It is comparatively easier to do business now than it was a few years ago. In this regard, the country opened up to regional trade and supported infrastructure.
- Investment in Infrastructure: The government has, in the recent past, invested heavily in infrastructure such as the rail way, roads and other aspects that have boosted the economy.
The Tax Regime in Kenya is well elaborated with the tax rate for personal income ranging from 0 to 30%, VAT at 16% and Corporate Tax standing at 30%.
COMPANY REGISTRATION IN KENYA SUMMARY TABLE
|Entity||Subsidiary Company||Branch Company|
|How Long does the Company registration process in Kenya Take?||10 Days||10 Days|
|How long Does it take to Open Bank Account?||5 Days||5 Days|
|After how Long can you Invoice and Hire||15 Days||15 Days|
|Minimum Number of Directors and Shareholders||1||–|
|Foreigner Can own the Company 100%||Yes||Yes|
|Can the entity hire expatriate staff||Yes||Yes|
|Tax Identification Registration required||Yes||Yes|
|Access to Kenya’s double Tax treaties||Yes||Yes|
|Can bid for Government Contracts?||Yes||Yes|
|Can Secure Trade Finance?||Yes||Yes|
|Can Secure an Import and Export Licence?||Yes||Yes|
|Can Easily Convert into a PLC?||Yes||No|
|Can Secure Work permits for foreign Employees and Directors?||Yes||Yes|
|Multi Currency Bank Accounts Available?||Yes||Yes|
Since January this year, more than 12 students have committed suicide. This figure could be higher, only that these are the reported cases that caught the media’s attention. These are young men and women taking their lives every now and then leaving the nation enthralled. Apart from students, there have been a couple more cases of people taking their lives in bizarre circumstances. Remember the young man who jumped from the 17th floor crushing to his death? Ever since that time, October 2018, there have been at least 80 suicidal deaths reported in Kenya. Out of this, more than 20 cases involved students. This is shocking and atrocious at the same time, right?
Why are young people killing themselves? This is the question asked by all stakeholders including institutions of higher learning, parents and the society at large. If we go back in time, 10 years ago it was a big deal to hear of suicidal deaths. It was something that happened once in a blue moon. Thus we are absolutely dumbfounded when suicidal deaths happen almost on a daily basis. So why is this happening? Is there anything the society is doing, or rather not doing now that used to be done back then? Here are my thoughts:
I tend to agree with the fact that the generation we have right now is quite under pressure; the pressure to fit in and adapt to a very dynamic environment. This is a time where the environment keeps on shifting form every minute. Whatever worked yesterday isn’t working today. Back then we used to work with a story that’s no longer true now. The story of studying hard to get a good job, a great family and a ticket to financial freedom. It is no longer true because the rules of the game changed. Now, these kids are struggling to get a grip of their lives in an undefined ground where they are unfamiliar with the survival tactics.
Where is the motivation of studying hard while the rates of unemployment are plummeting to their peak? I honestly feel that the system is to blame for this. These are different times, but the system is still the same! The pressure created is too much for these kids to handle. Instead of a system that trains them to think a job, can we come up with one that trains them to be a job, to become productive out of their passion, purpose in life and creating a career out of this? Pointing a finger at parents, let’s stop pushing kids to take up profitable courses. I would rather identify their passion and purpose, then push them in such a direction. This is what we need like yesterday. Do not force an artist to become a doctor. It won’t work!
Parents, are we so busy with careers that we have forsaken our sons and daughters? We have left them at the mercies and care of the house helps. It is good to establish a career, but be careful not to lose your kid while at it. Have some adequate time with your kids. Let them see you as a confidant, let them open up to you and trust you and be vulnerable with you; that way you will be in touch with everything that goes on in their lives. You will be surprised how at how much of their lives your kids share with the house help that you don’t know. I am surprised when some parents claim to have provided every material need, and that suicidal thoughts are unwarranted; not understanding that it takes more than that to raise a child. Walk with them; challenge them to be strong when tides rise. Who else should do that if not you? Remember an established family is better than an established career. Your kids are more important than your job. Realign your priorities.
Not Scripted For Hardships
Sometimes it is good and essentially important to let kids feel the pinch. I refer to the pinch in a number of perspectives; financial, emotional, physical, et al. Let them know that life is not just a straight path to the destination. It is important to let them know that they cannot have it all as they desire. Introduce some hardships to them as they grow up. They need to know that stuff is earned through hard work. Understand that “NO” is equally a perfect response. Teach them how to experience rejection. Let them understand that this is part and parcel of life. One thing for sure is that, at one point, they will face hardships. If not ready for this, they will give up the first instance. It is unbelievable that 18 of the 20 cases reported were out of love. Are these kids really prepared to face the scorching reality of life when they can’t handle mere rejection by a campus kid? Parents and guardians, please allow these kids to harden up. Don’t let it be “kababa” and “kamum” even when they are supposed to fight their own battles. Toughen them up a little bit. Not too much though, just a bit. Proverbs 29:15 says that “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame.” It is never too early to punish your kid. It is the right way to ensure they get it right from the tender age.
Finally, children are a gift from God. They are tomorrow’s pillars. It is our duty to ensure that they get there upright and alive. Suicide is robbing us of tomorrow’s greatness. We cannot continue watching young people die every day. Let’s go back and take up the mantle. There is still hope. Let’s create a generation that will stand upright and be responsible. Would you want us to coach your youngsters into responsible and visionary young men and women? Talk to us through +254 780 00 66 10 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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JK Invent is a movement founded by Cypher Africa Holdings CEO John Kinyua. The initiative seeks to equip the generation with innovative skills that will enable them to come up with effective skills. In partnership with the government and other stakeholders, JK Invent will ensure that we have more qualified manpower to offer technical skills whenever needed to.
The initiative looks at aspects which include digital solutions, training and mentorship, developing ideas into business venture as well as research and development. Additionally, the venture will look at technology transfer from developed countries, in order to keep the continent at par with the global development.
I used to believe that being rich is an achievement until I realized that one can never get enough of money. I began chasing money when in primary school. I used to mend shoes for my friends. I had an attractive handwriting; guys used to come to me for calligraphy whenever writing letters to their girl/boyfriends. Well, hard times and tough circumstances pushed me hard to get a few extra coins through all means possible. In class 3, we used to repair toys with my classmate Brian Mutua.
We got paid either by cash or the owners would allow us to borrow the toy for a day or two. I didn’t own one of them brick-games and game-boys so borrowing was a viable option too. The same thing happened in high school, the calligraphy guy! In campus, I was relatively good in IT so I used to repair comrades’ machines just to get extra coins. It gave me much experience by the way; I became a software guru. I remember earning a fortune from BCom students by writing a few pascal lines for them (ashamed of this though, totally wrong). How much was the fortune you ask? Well, 2,000/- was a great deal back then. With that, you were literally a big-wig.
It was a great experience though because I got to train myself in a number of fields in order to offer services on demand. My career grew pretty fast; I was offered a job while in the 3rd year by a software firm in Nairobi. The schedule was so tight that I was given options to either drop out of campus, or sacrifice the job for my degree. I chose to stay and finish my studies.
After graduation, the path was quite set ahead of me. I worked in a number of countries in Africa, offered professional consultancy services across the globe and life was good. All this time, I was doing it for money. I was chasing after the pay. The concept of getting rich is the real-life equivalent of the siren song that seduced sailors to crash into the rocks in Homer’s The Odyssey. Money doesn’t give you satisfaction. I learned this the hard way. So I stopped chasing money, and this happened:
I decided to become a person of value. This meant investing more into my skill and passion, ensuring that I was really good at what I did. It is very important for everyone to build their capacity. With value, the money will come. People pay for value and they do so dearly. Money can get you just as far as the effort is worth, but the value will sustain and keep you there and beyond. Sometimes I usually have a hard time when paying for a service because I always demand an assurance that I will get value worth what I paid for.
In the service industry, it is sometimes easy to dodge unsuspecting clients, by providing to them with services that are not worthy of their pay. When you invest in yourself, you also dictate on your worth; otherwise, everyone else has a right to put their price tag on you. You can only define your worth by measuring how much value is in you. Yes, you need to add an extra title on your name, but do you have value alongside the title? Some peers have a number of titles to their names, but the value! Close to none. There is nothing as embarrassing as people having so much expectation only for you to deliver so little. When you seek to become a person of value, success will follow you.
Value is a ticket to satisfaction. It is one of the basic elements of pursuing one’s purpose and passion. Self-actualization is achieved when one is able to live the dream. Passion will get you to love what you do. Love what you do by doing what you love. Eventually, you will live your dream. Success is not just about material rewards. Don’t push yourself too hard in searching for money. Desire to become a person of value. Take every opportunity available to equip yourself with the right tools and elements. Do not become the best, rather become the right person!