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Unique Ways to Spark Up Your

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The Bold, Bubbly and Classy TV Presenter

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Key Essentials for Small Homes and Apartments

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Unique Ways to Spark Up Your Relationship

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Victor Wanyama Signs Deal To Become Safaricom Brand Ambassador

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BEEFS Popular Comedian Chipukeezy Meets Hollywood Star 5 The winners, glitz and glamour Groove Awards 2017 6 Former SONU leader announces $ex boycott until Uhuru Is re-elected 8 Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o to Star in a Meme Inspired Film 9 TECHNOLOGY The Oppo F3 10 Safaricom Rebrands Taking on Telkom Kenya 11 INTERIOR DECOR’ 10 Essentials for Small Homes and Apartments 12 COVER STORY Meet the Bold, Bubbly and Classy TV Presenter 14 BEAUTY 12 Daily Habits of Women With Amazing Nails 18 FASHION Personal Style Blogger Elle Okumu 20 ART Up and Rising Comedian Felix Omondi 24 LIFESTYLE How to Spice Up & Make Everything Nice for a Baby Shower 26 REGULARS Top four kenya police stations to be locked up in 30 HEALTH Holding Urine And Other Common Habits That Harm Your Kidneys 32 TRAVEL Amazing Places to go to when you visit Dubai 33 RELATIONSHIPS 7 Unique Ways to Spark Up Your Relationship 34 HOTELS & RESORTS Moët Hennessy signs a distributorship deal with Viva Global 36 FOOD AND RECIPE Swahili Fish With Coconut Rice (Mtuzi wa Samaki) 37 DRIVE How to Wash Your Car 38 SPORTS Victor Wanyama Signs Deal To Become Safaricom Brand Ambassador 40 TV REVIEW American GODs 41 MOVIE REVIEW Wonder Woman 42

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hen life throws you lemons, make lemonades. Such is life and a positive attitude is all you need to soar to great heights. Such is the story of the three personalities we feature on this edition. Meet Aisha Wanjiku on our cover story, a young TV entertainment host who made the best out of the opportunities she got. On the art segment, we interview Felix Omondi the comedian making moves. Also get a taste of what the fashion world has to offer from personal style blogger Elle Okumu. How beautiful is your home? Do you have everything you need? Despite how small your house is, you can turn it into a palace without spending much. We got you covered on our home dĂŠcor segment. On beauty, learn how to make your hands a sight to behold. wwww.lifemagazine.co.ke for daily updates. Okumu S. Biko

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BEEFS

Popular Comedian Chipukeezy Meets Hollywood Star If you can see it in your mind you will hold it in your hand. This man inspires me and I have always wanted to meet up with him and tell him to his face Kevin Hart it was a pleasure man.

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ormer Kiss FM Presenter and Churchill Show comedian Chipukeezy is on a roll. While globetrotting in the US, the top comic went into history books by being the first Kenyan comedian to perform at the Dallas, Texas, Open-mic show. Chipukeezy expressed his gratitude to his fans and the event organizers for giving him such a great platform that will sure elevate his stature as a performer and entertainer. "When you get such a platform, you start to believe that your star is truly on the rise. I thank God and my fans as well as the organizers of the show for this achievement. Being the first Kenyan comedian to get such a stage has been awesome," he said. Despite the progress Chipukeezy says it’s not been easy as he had sent over 50 applications before getting a chance to perform. He promises to stay grounded and not to grow a big head.

"Of course when you get to such a stage you up your game, not your character. That is what I did. They liked my jokes as they were unique and African. It was a good start," he added. Chipukeezy also had the chance to meet and interact with actor and Hollywood star Kevin hart. The former radio star couldn’t hide his excitement at meet-

ing the short actor who has starred in multiple Hollywood blockbusters. “If you can see it in your mind you will hold it in your hand. This man inspires me and I have always wanted to meet up with him and tell him to his face Kevin Hart it was a pleasure man. He told me that he can’t wait to see me at the Top #i

can’t make this up I can’t wait too Hollywood am coming.’’ His post read. The comedian was in the US where he had a show at Seattle before heading to Los Angeles where he met the American entertainer. While at it, he attended the Jimmy Kimmel live show.

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BEEFS

The winners, glitz and glamour Groove Awards 2017

Legendary gospel artistes Eko Dydda and Mercy Masika were top of the list in this year’s Groove Awards gala night. Eko Dydda scooped the most coveted prize and title Male artist of the Year and his song ‘Vidole’ won HipHop song of the Year category. In his acceptance speech, he urged Kenyans to shun tribalism and vote wisely.

It was star-studded event hosted by Citizen Tv’s Kanze Dena, singer Danco and funny man Njugush. The night was full of surprises as Mercy Masika was awarded Female artist of the year for the second time and her song ‘Nifunze’ won Skiza Ringback tone of the year.

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BEEFS ‘Thitima’ was undoubtedly the best song by Kymo and Stigah as it was a double win for them; Song of the year and Afro-pop song of the year. Adawnage emerged as winners of group of the year category and video of the year was their song ‘I live for you’. Bazokizo saw Bruz Newton and former secular ‘king wa Rap’ Collo win Collabo of the year award. Dj Ruff bagged Dj of the year award for the second time in a row. Mr. T took home TV Show of the Year Award for KBC TV’s Angaza.

There were new names as Weezdom was named new artiste of the year and MC Neb as talent to watch. Other winners were; Audio producer of the year award went to Majic Mike, Album Of The Year – Optimal Worship, Pastor Anthony Musembi, Video Producer of the year – Sammy Dee, Songwriter Of The Year – Pitson, Radio Gospel Presenter – Eva Mwalili, Gospel Radio Show Of The Year –Gospel Sunday, Milele FM, Worship song of the year – Eric Smith, Patakatifu pako, Reggae song of the year – Hopekid, Dance Group Of The Year –Mavericks, Nyanza Song Of The Year – Joanne Amayo, Coast Song of the Year – Mercy Dilai, Yuko Nawe, Central song of the year – Jane Muthoni, Eastern Song Of The Year – Stephen Khasolo, Rift Valley Song Of The Year – Margaret Cheruiyot Western County Song Of The Year –Timothy Kitui ft Ole Willy – Khubira Byosi, South African Artist of the year –Pompi (Zambia) and Outstanding Contributor of the Year – All Over Dance Crew.

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BEEFS

Former SONU leader announces $*x boycott until Uhuru Is re-elected

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ormer Student leader and SONU Vice Chair Irene Kendi Popularly known as Mama Yao has sensationally vowed to abstain any sexual activity up until President Uhuru Kenyatta is re-elected for another term in office. In a Facebook the outspoken Kendi says the time she would spend having sex better spent mobilizing for votes in Meru for Uhuru. The sex boycott will also apply to the election of Mithika Linturi as Meru Senator. Her post was met with mixed reactions with some praising her while others castigating her. One user told her that the reason she will not be having sex is because she doesn’t have a husband to which she responded that she doesn’t need a husband to have sex. “Even at night you mobilize people even now?” Another user asked. Well we hope that her boyfriend (if she has any) is comfortable with two months of no action.

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BEEFS

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o to Star in a Meme Inspired Film

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ovie lovers are in for a treat as it has been revealed that Kenyan Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o will star alongside RnB and Grammy award winning superstar Rihanna. The new film project started as a meme on the internet when a photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o taken at a 2014 fashion show started making rounds with the

caption, “They look like they’re in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/ master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker.” The film will be directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Insecure star Issa Rae. This is a big win for Lupita and Rihanna’s fans who now make history by managing to have Hollywood take up a deal in unusual manner.

And after a dramatic and aggressive bid at the on-going Cannes Film Festival, Netflix has taken up the film project beating two other bidders. Rihanna has had few acting roles the latest one being playing ‘Miriam’ in the hit psycho horror drama Bates Motel early this year.

“They look like they’re in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-asnails leader/ master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker.”

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TECHNOLOGY

The Oppo F3

The Oppo F3, self-tittle as the Selfie expert has a compact 5.5-inch screen of the same 1080p resolution. With its Ksh 32, 000 price tag a lot is expected from the phone that was launched with a lot of pomp and colour. Here is some useful information before you decide to buy the phone with a 13MP main camera and 3,200mAh battery. Oppo F3 key features:

Body: Aluminum unibody, Gorilla Glass 5, 153.3 x 75.2 x 7.3mm, 153g Screen: 5.5 inches, IPS LCD with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution (401ppi) Chipset: Mediatek MT6750T octa-core CPU (8x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53), Mali-T860MP2 Memory: 4GB of RAM plus 64GB of inbuilt storage; microSD slot (dedicated) Camera: 13MP, f/2.2, 1/3" sensor with phase detection autofocus and a single LED flash Selfie cam: Dual, 16MP, f/2.0, 1/3" sensor size + 8 MP 120-degree, f/2.4 OS: ColorOS 3.0, running on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow Battery: 3,200mAh Li-Ion (sealed) Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by); LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n; Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE; Misc: Front-mounted fingerprint reader

The Good

The highlight here is the front dual camera setup -16MP primary + 8MP secondary camera. The 16MP front camera is the one used by default while the secondary 8MP camera is for wide-angle selfies. Image results were fantastic as expected in most occasions from the front cam era in both single and dual mode.

Oppo F3 main shortcomings:

The camera tends to overexpose the background at times. Dynamic range could have been better. Non-removable battery No FM radio No fast charging support Older Micro USB connector and USB 2.0 interface ColorOS 3.0 still runs on Android Marshmallow

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The Bottom Line

The Oppo F3 proves to be a fantastic phone overall but with a few quirks here and there. They are not deal breakers and if you are looking for the one of the best selfie camera phones, the Oppo F3 is one of our top choices.


TECHNOLOGY

Safaricom Rebrands Taking on Telkom Kenya Safaricom recently rebranded changing their tagline from ‘The Bettter Option’ to ‘Twaweza’ when we come together great things happen.

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore stated that their move to re-launch the brand which has been in existence for 17 years is aimed at cementing their position in the telecommunication industry. Bob added that ‘Twaweza’ is an initiative to help their customers achieve greater

possibilities, “We are now focused on building a more human network that leverages the strengths of our talents.” However, most online users were disappointed saying the logo lacked creativity. The re-launch by Safaricom happened few days after competitor telco Company

Orange re-branded to Telkom Kenya. The rebrand brings with it sort-of new corporate colors, a new logo and a new tagline, “Moving with you”. The company aims to deliver “a new, differentiated entity in the minds of our clients, partners, employees and other stakeholders.”

The Telkom rebrand came with interesting exciting offers ranging from; 4G network connectivity across 9 towns in Kenya (Embu, Meru, Kisumu, Kakamega, Nakuru, Eldoret, Nairobi, Mombasa and Nyeri), free WhatsApp, calling rates were lowered to 1.80 per minute to other networks, free Telkom-Telkom calls and free SMS across all networks. However, Telkom Kenya has no mobile money offering but that is set to change in a month’s time. The company is said to be reviewing their mobile money offering and revamping it into a “new and truly exciting as well as improved platform.” By both companies rebranding means that despite the companies striving to be the best, mobile users get to enjoy good service and have multiple choices to choose from.

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INTERIOR DECOR’

10 Essentials for Small Homes and Apartments

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ore and more people are opting for smaller spaces, whether they live in a big city apartment or a cute, country home. The reason for that is, there are a lot of benefits to living in a small apartment or a small house like cheaper utilities and less cleaning to do but it takes a bit of creativity and organization to make it work. If you live in a small space because you have to, or because you have decided to downsize, and you're not quite sure how to make it work, there are a few essentials you need to consider. So, if you're looking to live a big, full life in a small home, consider these 10 different things I feel are essential to do so.

Carts

Floor-to-ceiling Shelves Another great way to save floor space is to keep with the theme of building storage upward, rather than across. Floor-toceiling shelves will help you take advantage of every inch of space in your small apartment or house.

Having a cart on wheels can work in any room, and many people consider them an essential for making their small spaces work. They help add more storage and another surface, but can be easily moved out of the way when needed. Carts are often best in bathrooms and kitchens. In the bathroom you can store extra hand towels, cotton balls, cotton swabs, soaps, and more, whereas in the kitchen you can use one as a microwave stand or even as a bar cart. However, you can also use carts on wheels in your home office or studio to store supplies, or you can place one in your child's bedroom for toys, or you can even use one in your living room as a movable end table.

Baskets Mirrors

Mirrors help make a room feel bigger by adding the illusion that there's more space beyond the wall it's mounted on. Not only that, but mirrors also help reflect light. Having a well-lit space will make you feel so much happier than a dark, dingy one.

Not all storage looks pretty. Open shelves can make a small space feel cluttered and junky when all of your belongings are piled up on display, but when stored in decorative baskets, your things will be organized and out of sight. Baskets come in a wide variety of styles and colors and can be matched to any decor, making them an excellent storage solution for small homes.

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INTERIOR DECOR’

Multipurpose Furniture

Ottoman

Ottomans are fantastic pieces of furniture for small homes that can double-duty as a seat or as a tabletop, and there's room for storing things underneath, like extra blankets or cushions, too. The best way to use an ottoman is to keep a tray to hold your TV remotes, books, and coasters on your ottoman for when you want to use it as a table, and then you can simply move the tray whenever you need extra seating.

There actually are a surprising number of ways to make your furniture work with limited space. Just like an ottoman can be used in multiple ways, so can a lot of other pieces of furniture. For example, your TV stand can also be used as a book shelf or used to store DVDs. Your kitchen table might have utensil drawers built in or a small shelf underneath; or maybe your headboard has floating shelves attached to it to be used as nightstands. So, the next time you're out shopping for new furniture, look for multipurpose furniture that either has built in storage or can be used in a number of other ways.

Stacking Stools Another great way to make sure you have enough seats for your guests is to keep stacking stools in your small home. Stacking stools can be easily stored in a closet to keep them out of the way or out on display where they are easy to grab whenever you have more people than chairs. Not having enough seats is a common problem in a small home, but if you include this essential, you won't have to worry about it anymore.

Floating Shelves Installing floating shelves can save you a lot of floor space; where there would normally be legs is now an open space. You can add floating shelves to use as nightstands, bookshelves, or even storage for your pots and pans. The possibilities are endless.

Under-bed Storage Hanging Storage There are a lot of different things you can store on your walls without using a shelf, including jewelry, pots and pans, mugs, wine glasses, utensils, shoes, and more. You can use rods, hooks, baskets, magnet strips. and door pockets.

Beds take up a lot of floor space, even if it's a single bed, so why let that space underneath go to waste? If you don't have a bed that has built-in storage, you can buy containers that fit perfectly underneath for storing out-of-season clothes, shoes, and more.

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COVER STORY

Meet the Bold, Bubbly and Classy TV Presenter

Aisha Wanjiku

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Aisha is clothed in strength, dignity and laughs without fear of the future. We only see the glamour, but behind that smile, is a story that Aisha tells with so much passion while being utterly grateful to God. Aisha Wanjiku talks to Maureen Njeri about her journey, being a young mother and transition from radio to TV.


COVER STORY

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isha is an entertainment host on KTN’s Morning Show Life&Style, a motivational speaker, digital influencer, voice over artist and yummy mother to an adorable son Lamar Murage who is City Walk’s brand ambassador. When I meet Aisha for the interview, she is bubbly as ever she greets everyone wearing a broad smile. Aisha has a warm personality and everyone loves her during the photo shoot. We had a chat during the breaks and the conversation took a spiritual turn and from a few experiences we shared, she put on a rather serious face and told me; “Maureen, I hope you are a prayerful person, always give thanks, the hustle out here is real. I love people who are in touch with the spirit. Always give thanks for what you have.”

The Media Journey During the 2013 general elections, she got a job as correspondent for KTN News. “When you do something you love it doesn’t feel like working,” she says. Her lovely voice and digital influence earned her a spot at Homeboyz Radio in 2014 where she co-hosted with Spincycle’s DJ Kaytrixx Aisha’s passion shifted from Radio to TV when she realized how she loved the cameras. “I also wanted to change the perception people have that, ‘you only have a voice for radio but don’t have a face for TV’ I said to myself, let me put a face on his voice.” Before trying out for ‘The Presenter’ (TV presenters’ reality show) on KTN, she had a mini gig on ‘E-Curve’ (Entertainment Show) KTN which aired in early 2015. She also auditioned for Mseto East Africa with Mzazi Willy M. Tuva and her show aired. When trying out for her current position as an entertainment host on Life&Style she was very optimistic and she got the job. She delights at the fact that most people on the show are young and vibrant. “Whenever I pray, I say a prayer for my boss Catherine Mwangi for believing in me and in young people.” Aisha tells me how great her experience on TV is but notes how different it is from Radio. “Radio is so turnt, you have a blind audience and you get to legit dance unlike TV where you can’t do some moves, you have to be careful how you dance. (Laughs) LIFE TODAY MAGAZINE JULY 2017 Issue No.: 007 / 2017 15


COVER STORY How it all began Aisha cleared her Mass Communication course from her hometown in Mombasa after she got pregnant while at Multimedia University. Pregnancy at a very early age made her first trimester very hard before accepting that she would be a mother. She however says that after deciding to take control of her life, embracing the pregnancy and acknowledging that there was life growing inside her, she had a very smooth journey. “God gives you something that you can handle. I had a very easy pregnancy especially after I embraced it and Lamar was a very healthy baby.” After completing her course, Aisha found it hard to find a balance being a new mum and securing a job in media. “It’s difficult when you have a passion and other people don’t realize that,” Aisha notes as she recalls her job hunting struggles.

Bouncing Back A bed and 5000 shillings is all Aisha had when she left Mombasa after a series of disagreements with her mum about parenting. “It was always a problem for me to leave my kid behind,” She says. Her mother wanted her to go figure out her life first without the baby but Aisha couldn’t. “I am very selfish with my love, I can’t leave my kid then when I come back, the kid doesn’t even call me mum. You carry a kid for nine months then give them away? No, leaving your kid is giving them away. In fact, Mzazi ni yule analea mtoto (The title ‘Parent’ is given to the one who raises the kid). There is an extra bag of wisdom that comes with being a mother, I learn. Talk about blessings of a child, Aisha’s doors started opening after she got to Nairobi. “Lamar was 1 year 5 months old when he got a Huggies diapers commercial,” She says. Aisha being a go getter; she does/did not let any opportunity slip off her hand. She showed up for all auditions where they are looking for actors or commercial models, “Whenever I hear/ hear ‘Come we have auditions for a tv commercial, auditions for a movie scene’, I go (Chuckles), I try out for everything media related, I still do.

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On finding Love Again “When you become a parent, it is very good. You filter men that come into your life; you already have a child, so you don’t have time for men who are childish. There is someone who comes into your life and they call to find out about your child without even asking about you. It’s about priorities, actions, the intentions and you also get a third eye of who comes near your child. It also becomes very pure when you find the right person.”

“Success doesn’t have a specific definition. The short time goals you achieve are success. The collecting points you get as you go, is success. The milestones I achieve, I also count them as success.” On parenthood A child never comes with a manual as Aisha has learned many things while raising her son. “I have really grown; I’ve become very patient, forgiving, I learnt how to take life a day at a time.” Aisha loves her son and goes all the miles to make him comfortable and happy. She teaches Lamar how to communicate and basic etiquette, “You should always teach your child basic things like introducing themselves and relating with people,” Aisha says.


COVER STORY

The Amazing Aisha The best gift I’ve ever received is the gift of love and that is my son Mwende Macharia is my mentor I’d never wear wigs with baby hair, they look very shady The item in my closet that I wear mostly is my green bra, it’s very comfortable Best advice is from my boss, she tells me to Always embrace humility, Mwende Macharia says Always be yourself and My Bff Sue reminds me to Never lose your personality #KOT make Twitter my favorite Social Media site I love piercings; I have 3 currently and am planning to do more My Kenyan Music Playlist has Nyashinski, Octopizzo, Khaligraph, Le Band and Eko Dydda Favorite international acts are Drake and JCole Follow her on social media @AishaWanjiku_

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BEAUTY

12 Daily Habits of Women With Amazing Nails She trims regularly. Regular trims are as important to your nails as they are to your hair. So set aside time to clip them every two weeks, adjusting to more or less often once you see how your nails respond. She values health over length. Long nails are beautiful, but if you're someone who has struggled with snags or breakage, keep them short at least to start out with. A shorter style with a rounded edge tends to be easier to manage and looks neater, so you can focus on building strength without worrying about anything else. As long as each nail is uniform in shape and matches its nine neighbors, you won't miss the added length.

She's always gentle. Your nails are delicate, and scrubbing them too roughly can actually expose you to infection. Another no-no: Using metal nail tools under the nail, as too much digging under the nail plate will cause it to separate from the skin, leading to an irregular white arching nail.

She always has an emery board on hand. If you're someone whose work or gym routine causes a lot of wear and tear, always keep a nail file to smooth away any rough edges that happen on the spot. The best way to do it? Work in one direction with the grain of your nail for a smoother finish. She doesn't cut her cuticles. The cuticle has a very important purpose to serve: It seals the area at the base of the nail. So when you cut or remove the cuticle, it breaks that seal of protection, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria and the possibility of infection. The better you are at leaving cuticles alone, the more your nails will thank you. But if you're dead set on messing with them gently push back the cuticle once a week with a wooden orange stick after getting out of the shower, then massaging them with a cuticle cream or thick, creamy lotion. She keeps her hands very clean. Before you do anything, it's important to make sure your nails and the skin around them are thoroughly dirt-free. Then remove all traces of your last color with an acetone-free remover (anything else unnecessarily dries out your nail). You can try applying soap to a toothbrush, then gently scrubbing your nails and skin. This will remove dirt and exfoliate any dead skin without the need for harsh, drying chemicals or expensive scrubs.

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BEAUTY She takes care of her tools. Disinfecting your nail tools between uses is just as important as regularly cleaning your makeup brushes, and for the same reason — bacteria. To keep your nails happy and infection-free, wash metal tools with soap and water and then wiping with rubbing alcohol. And don't forget to regularly replace disposable tools like emery boards. There's no reason to continue using a tattered tool when it's so easy to rotate in a new one. She reads the labels. Just as with makeup and skincare, not all nail polish brands are created She gives her nails a break. equal, so make sure you're Save the elaborate nail art and those bold colors with buying or using a good lots of pigment for the weekend, and during the rest of the product. Steer clear of week, give your nails time to rest and repair with a clear polishes containing toxic gloss. Going from one strong polish color to another without chemicals like dibutyl giving your nails a break can dry them out, turn them yellow, phthalate, formaldehyde, and over time, even weaken the structure of the nail. and toluene, as these toxins can contribute to brittleness, splitting, and cracking. She considers her diet. Your fingernails are made of a protein called keratin, so just as with the clarity of your skin or the shine of your hair, you can improve your nails by tweaking your diet. Proteinrich foods like beans, fish, and nuts will definitely have a positive effect on your nails. . She always moisturizes. You wouldn't go to sleep without moisturizing your face, so why should your nails be any different? Nail artist and expert Holly Falcone likes to use a mix of almond and avocado oils to keep cuticles and nails hydrated while she She uses protection. gets some shut-eye, but any nutrient-rich oil or moisturizer Gloves, ladies, gloves get your mind out of the gutter! will do. In a pinch, you can even use a dab of lip balm. Whenever you're cleaning with harsh chemicals, gardening, or doing anything that involves soaking or dirtying your hands, wear rubber, vinyl, nitrile or plastic gloves, preferably with a cotton liner. Cleaning dishes in hot, soapy water sans gloves can weaken the nails, while getting them caked with dirt from gardening will require a level of cleaning that you want to avoid wherever possible. Similarly, now that the weather is getting chilly, remember to wear a pair of mittens or gloves so that the cold air and wind don't undo the hard work you did moisturizing, leaving you with dry, flaky, scaly skin.

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FASHION

Personal Style Blogger ELLE OKUMU

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eah Okumu popularly known as Elle is a fashion enthusiast and personal style blogger on elledke. com. Her personal style is Clean, Modern, Simple, Dressy and Bold. Elle is excellent at pairing items while putting a personal touch to them dress and knows exactly where it is appropriate to take photos. During her 2nd year in campus as a communication student, she had an assignment to start a blog. Nothing else beat the idea of her blog being a fashion one. For the love of fashion she wanted show friends how to get outfits, put them together and look good. After campus, she got busy and was not unable to do much blogging after getting a job as a communications consultant and marketer for an international company. 2 years ago is when she decided to take blogging seriously and revamped her blog. She takes us through the world of fashion and gives us personal style tips.

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FASHION What’s your recipe for a successful fashion blog? How to get and keep your devoted audience always interested and excited? Consistency is very important though it’s hard to post every day. Audience need to own your blog as much as you own it. If you did not post for a certain reason, you have to apologize to your readers and be responsible and act responsible. Engaging your audience is very important. Put content that is worth it, do your research to give people something worth looking at or reading. If I take photos that I do not like, I will not post them.

What’s the main difference between fashion and style according to you? Fashion is trends, if you’re a fashionable person, trends is something you have to be on. If a trend is on you have to be on. Fashion changes and you have to know what is trending every now and then. Style is not about what you buy, it is not governed by fashion, it is how you put something together to look stylish.

You’re very stylish, how do you keep up with trends, or rather, how do you come up with outfits? I will not get an outfit that I have not pre-seen how I look in it. If I buy something, I already know how I will wear it and where. I do research, I have magazines at my place which I go through. I also do the same on the internet. Family and friends get me clads whenever they see something that I’d love. My fellow fashion bloggers also inspire me, I go through their work and they keep me on toes. I also go through online shops. My travel allows me to shop everywhere. What do you see as the main purpose of any outfit bring comfort, add glamour, impress, make a statement? To bring comfort is very important. Comfort ability is key, and the rest will fall in place.

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FASHION What’s your take on Kenya’s fashion scene currently? We are at a good place, we are going far and I’m very excited about it. Nairobi women are very fashionable. Dressing up women is the booming business currently. I also give it Diana Opoti, Nancy Mwai, This is Ess, Lucia Musau, Joy kendi and Sylvia Njoki are champions of fashion blogging, and they have done a great job. In this digital era almost everybody is somehow a blogger. What’s the secret of becoming a “worthy to follow” one? The quality of work you put out there will show how much research you have done. Being thorough in my work to ensure that I give out perfect work.

Which 5 fashion pieces do you think will never go out of fashion? • The Little Black Dress. It is a classic and I think it will never go out of fashion. • Pencil skirts. • Gloves • White T-shirt and Shirt • Denim especially blue ones. They come back looking better.

What is the biggest challenge as a fashion blogger? In Kenya, taking photos on the streets is a nightmare. Loving street style is hard; you always worry about the city council. When am out of Kenya, it is very easy to take photos. What clothing piece is an absolute must-have for any lady? A black midi pencil dress. You can wear for five times and no one will notice. For starters, it can act as a top for a skirt. You can also pair it with a coat and wear it to work. You can wear it with sneakers or even wear it to a date. It’s an investment, you can never regret. Who are your all-time favorite bloggers in the fashion world and in Kenya? I not only look at fashion bloggers but stylists as well. I’d say Kefilwe Mabote, Boity from South Africa, Nandi and Lauren Conrad. In Kenya; Nancy Mwai, This is Ess, Lucia Musau, Joy kendi and Sylvia Njoki, Sheila Ndinda, Wendy’s Look book and many more. Grace Msalame and Janet Mbugua are also very stylish even though they are not fashion bloggers. What’s the fashion trend you wish never came back? Hipsters.

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FASHION What’s your advice to those trying to define their personal style? Keep in mind, first, your personal style is your way of communicating. Your personal style tells us about you, your personality, who you are. The moment you realize that through your personal style you’re communicating, then you’ll be more conscious on trying to define your personal style. Your body defines your style, find what works for you.

What piece of clothing or an accessory do you associate yourself the most? Rings are to go to accessories. They tell how am feeling. If am in high spirits, feeling productive, you will find me with couple of rings on my fingers. On lazy days, you will find me without any ring. For those who know me, they will look at my fingers. How do you see the future of fashion blogging for you and even for Kenya? My desire is to be the Lauren and Conrad of Kenya. I’d love to see my blog grow like hers. I am working towards making my blog a bigger brand. The future of blogging in Kenya, it is very positive. I love what Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is doing with it. I’d love to see more cooperates getting more involved and using blogging as a tool to reach out to people. I hope Kenyans can embrace the reading culture and through blogging we will earn as much as other countries do.

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ART

Up and Rising Comedian Felix Omondi

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Meet the Funny Felix I have performed in Dubai in March; Kenyans living in Dubai just came out to have me make them laugh. I have also had a chance to work with a friend from UK had who had a project of with Kibra kids. They invited me to perform to in order to motivate the kids. Comedy has enabled me to work closely with Kibra MP Ken Okoth, Nairobi senator Mike Sonko, MCAs, Nairobi women rep aspirant Esther Passaris. I chose comedy because it is where I was destined to be. My talent dates from way back in primary school where I effortlessly cracked up my peers. I feel complete as a comedian. Regardless what day it is, I wake up before 8 am. I take breakfast, clean up , start my rehearsals. I also do so much research on the current affairs where most of my jokes are derived from. By noon, I start preparing for my shows that are mostly in the evening. Making people laugh is a hard task especially in Africa. It takes blood and sweat to make people laugh and I rehearse a lot. If you find me rehearsing you might think I’m going mad but I have to put effort. I learnt how to do comedy and hosting shows through club shows. I actually started with a very small crowd of friends. I managed to get fans and with time my fan base grew support immensely. The Kenyan comedy industry is growing very fast and you have to grow with it. It is very competitive and it is essential to ensure you are up to task to stay relevant without losing the wit. Very Soon I will be an international comedian known in Africa and all over the world. I am also set to unleash a new style of comedy that no comedian in Kenya has done before. I will also start shows that motivate and give the upcoming comedians a chance to showcase their talent as a recipe for growth. It is basically giving back because, if nobody held my hand I would not be where I am today.

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LIFESTYLE

How to Spice Up & Make Everything Nice for a Baby Shower

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aby showers are events that are important since people celebrate a new life that is about to be brought into the world. Planning a baby shower can become extremely overwhelming because you want it to be perfect but sometimes you don’t know how. Baby showers are

becoming more and more frequent because people are filling the earth. You need to do something spectacular for the soon-to-be-mother. You don’t have to work yourself up; the following tips will help you understand what needed for a perfect baby shower.

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DRESS CODE Whether you are the host or you are attending one as a guest, you will need to consider a lot regarding what to wear to a baby shower. Dress codes are a must have for any baby shower. You don’t want people in just any outfits for such an important event plus you don’t want to be the only one wearing something different than the others. Especially, if they’re going to be taking pictures. Someone’s house may be more casual, whereas in a restaurant it will be more formal. However, you will always look sexy in a mustard dress.

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LIFESTYLE

THEME COLOUR

GIFTS

Should you choose a colour theme for a baby shower. Bright colours are always the best since a lot of photos are going to be taken. Bright colours will thus make everyone look good in photos.

The essentials for every baby shower are gifts. Picking the perfect baby shower gift can be tough. You have to get the soon-to-be mommy friend something cool, interesting, and useful.

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You can get various things such as

• Baby-furniture basics (crib, changing station, ) • Undershirts (aka onesies, in newborn and three- month sizes) • Infant car seat • Medical supplies (thermometer, medicine dropper, suction bulb, baby meds) • Breast pump and other nursing accessories (like pillows, nipple cream) • Formula (if you plan on bottle-feeding) • Bottles and nipples (even if you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll want someone to give your baby the occasional bottle so you can take a break!)

• Diaper-rash cream, baby lotion, shampoo Adorable outfits, bibs, and burp cloths (the cuter the saying, the better!) • Receiving blankets • Diaper pail • Baby carrier or sling • Bouncy seat • Bottle warmer/bottle rack/bottle brush/insulated bottle bag • Bathtub, wash clothes, hooded towels • A chic diaper bag (which get ready will also double as your purse at least for the first year)

NEW BORN BABY ESSENTIALS

1. Healthcare kit 2.Cuddledry Towel 3. Paca pod

4. Video Monitor 5. Gro Hush 6. Baby Carrier

7. Gro Snug 8. Gro Blind 9. Wipes

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REGULARS

Ten of the most Popular instagram pages in Kenya

Lupita Nyongo – 3.5M Followers Kenyan actress who shot to fame after winning an Oscar award for the film 12 Years A Slave, is not only household name not only in Kenya but a global superstar. With interesting projects under her name including Star Wars, Queen of Katwe and the Jungle Book, Lupita’s career continues to flourish. She has graced multiple covers of various magazines and is always a show stopper in every event she attends. Lupita continues to encourage many to reach for their dreams. Eric Omondi – 906K Followers Since leaving Churchill show, comedian Eric Omondi career has soared to even greater heights. Making Kenyans laugh, this young comedian continues to garner fans. Regular posting on his social media platform and sharing hilarious parodies with followers have contributed (IPOA) awards to his increased following.

Huddah Monroe – 981K Followers Some love her while others can’t stand her but the petite sexy socialite is one of the most followed instagramers in the country. Maybe it’s the controversy that she attracts by getting into social media wars that make her famous or her or her lavish lifestyle that gets people talking either way guys on instagram can’t stop double tapping on her pics.

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Sauti Sol – 744K Followers Everyone’s favorite boy band, the 2016 MTV MAMAs winners are the ultimate thirst trap for any African woman with a liking for men with adonis-like features. The talented four share their projects and fan-love they receive on Instagram, making them all the more likable. They even ran a dancing on their page which attracted a lot of interest.


REGULARS Bahati – 530K Followers A gospel artist and self-proclaimed “Child of God,” Bahati has risen to the top of the charts and with new found fame. Pictures of his ‘prayer partner’ and also those of his daughter Mweni have definitely grown is Instagram followers to more than half a million.

President. Of. Kenya – 500K Followers With half way to a million followers, President Uhuru Kenyatta documents what a day in the life of a president is. Sharing his undertakings as president, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta keeps his Instagram lively and informative. DJ Mo Topa de top – 475K Followers Married to Size 8, DJ Mo has been on top of the game was one of the foremost gospel Djs. Ministering to many through music, Mo is a TV presenter, Capital FM Dj and a mentor to some, he’s time in the spotlight is well balanced as a doting father to one.

Size8Reborn- 513K Followers The perfect example of a bad girl gone good, Size 8 quit secular music and turned to producing gospel music shooting her name into fame as her gospel pop tracks shoot to the top of the countdown. Now married to a top DJ and mother to one, Size 8 launched a family reality show on YouTube dubbed the Murayas which has made her and her f encourage many that change is indeed possible.

Vera Sidika – 488K Followers The other socialite to make it to the top 10 Kenyan Instagrammers, is the bootylicious Vera Sidika. The controversial former Nairobi Diaries has grown her followers by splashing pictures of her lavish lifestyle and showing off her curves. Despite receiving many negative comments Vera continues to make many jealous. Larry Madowo – 498K Followers Opinionated and wildly popular, Larry Madowo has found popularity with the Kenyan audience and beyond. Larry’s Instagram account is a collection of images that share his life’s passion for travel, love for his work and fabulous friends.

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HEALTH

Holding Urine And Other Common Habits That Harm Your Kidneys

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idneys are not a part of the body that many people think about – until something goes wrong with them! But if a kidney infection or kidney stone develops, it quickly becomes apparent that these small organs located in the lower back are incredibly important for the health of the whole body.

That is why taking care of the kidneys is so important. Unfortunately, there are many everyday habits that people practice and do not even think about that, over time, can seriously damage kidney health and thus the health of the whole body.

Overusing Painkillers

Over the counter pain medicines, such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs),may alleviate your aches and pains, but they can harm the kidneys, especially if you already have kidney disease. Reduce your regular use of NSAIDs and never go over the recommended dosage.

Abusing the Salt Shaker

causes of kidney disease. In addition to desserts, sugar is often added to foods and drinks that you may not consider “sweet.” Avoid condiments, breakfast cereals, and white bread which are all sneaky sources of processed sugar. Pay attention to the ingredients when buying packaged goods to avoid added sugar in your diet.Image result for habits had harm your kidneys

Diets high in salt are high in sodium, which can increase blood pressure and, in turn, harm your kidneys. Flavor your foods with herbs and spices instead of salt. Over time, you may find it easier to avoid using added salt (sodium) on your food.Image result for habits had harm your kidneys

Eating Processed Foods

processed foods are significant sources of sodium and phosphorus. Many people who have kidney disease need to limit phosphorus in their diets. Some studies have shown that high phosphorus intake from processed foods in people without kidney disease may be harmful to their kidneys and bones.

Lighting Up

Eating Too Many Foods High in Sugar

Drinking Coffee in Excess

Sugar contributes to obesity which increases your risk of developing high blood pressure and diabetes, two of the leading

Sure, smokingisn't good for your lungs or your heart. But did you know that smoking may not be good for your kidneys either? People who smoke are more likely to have protein in the urine – a sign of kidney damage.

Caffeine can raise blood pressure and put extra stress on the kidneys, just as salt can. Over time, excess coffee

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consumption (or caffeine consumption) may lead to kidney damage.coffee drink

Holding Urine

This might sound odd, but almost everyone does it. The urge often comes during a car ride, in the middle of a phone call, or when there isn’t a bathroom nearby. Holding in urine on a regular basis increases pressure, which can lead to kidney failure and kidney stones. When nature calls, it’s best to listen.

Eating Too Much Meat

Animal protein generates high amounts of acid in the blood that can be harmful to the kidneys and cause acidosis – a condition in which kidneys cannot eliminate acid fast enough. Protein is needed for growth, upkeep and repair of all parts of the body but your diet should be well balanced with fruits and vegetables.


TRAVEL

Amazing Places to go to when you visit Dubai

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enyans love to travel be it a small wall at Karura forest, having a trip to the Coast via the Madaraka Express or flying to the Bahamas for a honeymoon all of us love a simple get away.

One of the most popular destinations that has come up is Dubai. Many people are scrambling for tickets for the UAE destination with travel agencies and companies making a killing out of it. The largest city in the UAE is known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture like Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower that dominates the skyscraper-filled skylinel and a lively nightlife scene. Here are some amazing places to visit when you get to Dubai.

The Palm_Aquaventure Kempinski Hotels

Kempinski hotel offers you luxury at home and while in Dubai. Book two nights or more in any of the two Kempinski hotels in Dubai and enjoy 15% off on your stay, inclusive of daily breakfast for two adults, complimentary dining for two children under the age of 16 years when accompanied by parents, as well as early check-in and late check-out. Offer valid on stays until 30 September 2017. First night prepaid, non-refundable, deposit is required at the time of booking.

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah

Set against a backdrop of far-reaching views of the sea, sand and Dubai Marina skyline, the Viceroy Palm combines grand playful spaces with a subtle and chic sense of sophistication during your stay in Dubai this Summer.

Burj Khalifa

Dubai-aquaventure-waterpark Atlantis, The Palm

If luxury is what you are looking for in your trip to Dubai, then this grand five-star hotel on The Palm, features exciting marine and entertainment attractions for the whole family as well as a collection of award-winning restaurants. The costs for the room are approximately Ksh 25, 000 per room which accommodates two adults and two children. You will also get to enjoy complimentary access to Dubai’s best voted water park, Aquaventure, as well as The Lost Chambers Aquarium home to 65,000 marine animals.

Dubai's landmark building is the Burj Khalifa, which at 829.8 meters is the tallest building in the world and the most famous of the city's points of interest. For most visitors, a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must-do while in the city. The views across the city skyline from this bird's-eye perspective are simply staggering. The slick observation deck experience includes a multimedia presentation on both Dubai and the building of the Burj Khalifa (completed in 2010) before a high-speed elevator whizzes you up to the observation deck for those 360-degree views out across the skyscrapers to the desert on one side and the ocean on the other. Nighttime visits are particularly popular with photographers due to Dubai's famous city-lights panoramas. Buy your Burj Khalifa "At the Top" Entrance Ticket in advance to avoid long line-ups, especially if you are planning to visit on a weekend.

DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai

This spacious 110-suite hotel boasts a fitness centre, 42-metre outdoor infinity pool and wellness centre. Only minutes away from Dubai Marina and Dubai Marina Mall, the hotel’s location is ideal for relaxing, socializing, swimming and taking advantage of nearby skydiving and shopping facilities. Deal: As part of the Hilton Summer Sale, enjoy a 20% discount on the best available rates at DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai, with an additional 5% discount for Hilton Honors members.

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RELATIONSHIPS

7 Unique Ways to Spark Up Your Relationship

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hat makes for a healthy romantic relationship differs from couple to couple. Forming a trusting and positive partnership takes effort and time. And unfortunately, it doesn’t just happen overnight. For any relationship to grow strong and stay strong, you need to put in some work. Below are some habits that will help create and maintain a happy and healthy twosome. Sexual chemistry is both a science and an art. As an art form, it requires communication, an open-mind and time to flourish. After several months of blind love, couples generally transition into the companionate or attachment phase which is marked by commitment, comfort and security. The Relationship becomes gets boring and predictable. That's why we need to spice things once in a while. Reigniting the spark in a relationship often involves engaging in activities that remind the brain and body of the lustful phase of love. These activities might create mystery, excitement and even anxiety. Even the happiest couples find that excitement and sexual desire wane with time, so experiment with the tips below to spark up your relationship

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Create secrets together.

Inside jokes are cute but creating secrets that are just between you and your lover is one way to heighten sexual chemistry. Slip away at a dinner party for a heavy make out session or try something risky like having sex in a secluded part of a park. The thought of being caught will raise the adrenaline making it even hotter. Though not recommend misbehaving together can keep a relationship exciting

Sweat together.

Try a partnered yoga routine or try a free at-home workout session in your living room. Couples who exercise together are more likely to reach their fitness goals and working out boosts hormones that elevate mood, libido and sexual functioning.

Do something naked together.

Whether you slip away to the lake to skinny dip or simply shed your clothes in the kitchen while preserving fruits on the weekend, the nerves and exhilaration associated with being nude in a vulnerable situation can create a renewed thrill.

Sleep on the other side of the bed.

Have a fight.

This is just one example of how you can break your routine to reduce predictability and reawaken your partner’s interest. Other examples might include buying new underwear, restyling Do something you’re “too old” for. your hair, playing Did you used to go to a ton of reggae nights pranks, changing the way you greet your in your teens? Have you secretly always wanted to partner (e.g. picking get a tattoo? No matter what your age is, there are them up with a bear probably a few activities you’d love to do but feel a hug or jumping into little silly doing on your own. Choose one and share their lap) or giving it with your partner. You’ll learn not to take yourself so seriously and you’ll feel a little younger, even if them a new pet it’s just for one night. name.

Sometimes an argument can open the lines of communication and lead to a stronger bond but that’s not the kind of fight we’re talking about here. This requires a little planning while your partner is at work. Buy a pair of water guns, some water balloons or a few choice Nerf weapons and leave a note outside with your partner’s “arsenal.” Let them know you’re waiting inside (or in the backyard) and you’re challenging them to battle. Make a public declaration of your Then let the games begin. This is a fun surprise to come love. Sometimes, bringing a relationship out into home to after a stressful day the open can spice things up. Try sending flowers at the office and it’ll make to your partner’s office, or simply embrace them you both feel like kids again! in public.

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HOTELS & RESORTS

Moët Hennessy signs a distributorship deal with Viva Global L

uxurious alcohol brand, Moët Hennessy, on Tuesday inked an exclusive distributorship deal with Viva Global Limited in an exclusive event at a Nairobi hotel. According to Mrs. Anne-Claire Delamarre, General Manager at Moët Hennessy the partnership will help to increase brands’ market penetration and brand visibility within Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. “We chose Viva Global because of their fine wine portfolio which perfectly fits with Moët Hennessy’s and their superior expertise in handling top luxurious brands. At the same time, we considered Viva’s strong infrastructure, reputation and financial muscle; we believe to have the right partner in this business.” Mrs. Delamarre noted that growing middle class economy in Kenya has given the company a unique opportunity to grow its revenues and sales. “With more disposable income from the fast growing middle class and the increasing appetite for international brands such as Moët Hennessy’s, we believe that this is the right time to invest in Kenya. The event was graced by radio host Shaffie weru who is also the brand ambassador of Hennessey Kenya. Also present was Mr. Rupen Samani, the Chief Executive Officer at Viva Global Ltd who said that the company had strengthened its distributorship portfolio in region to satisfy the needs of its customers. ‘’We are essentially a premium drinks company and are taking the best brands in the world to all parts of Kenya as well as to Rwanda and Uganda.’’

Meanwhile, Mr. Samani called on the government to maintain consistent regulations for the alcohol industry to encourage investment and growth in this sector. He also emphasized on the need to control the parallel and grey market that was suppressing the legitimate alcohol business in the country. Moët Hennessy, which is known for its exquisite and premium brown spirit brand, Hennessy cognac, its superb champagne Moët & Chandon, its single malt whisky Glenmorangie and Belvedere premium vodka, has competitively taken over the fast growing alcohol category in the region.

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FOOD & RECIPE

Swahili Fish With Coconut Rice (Mtuzi wa Samaki)

INSTRUCTIONS

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here’s always a confusion on where the Swahili Fish with Coconut Rice originally comes from, Kenya or Zanzibar Island? But who really cares right? Wherever it originates from, we Kenyans surely love this dish! INGREDIENTS • 2 table spoons oil • 1 medium onion, chopped • 1 1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder • 2 tomatoes, chopped

• 1 tbsp curry powder • 1 tbsp tamarind paste mixed in 1/2 cup boiling water • 1/2 cup coconut milk • Coriander leaves, chopped • 2 fillets tilapia fish, cut

into 8 pieces • For the coconut rice: • 1 cup Daawat Parboiled Rice, washed & soaked • 1 cup heavy coconut milk • 1 cup light coconut milk

• Heat oil in a pot and stir in the onion. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and stir briefly. • Add the tomatoes, turmeric powder and curry powder and stir. Season with salt and let cook for 4-5 minutes or until the tomatoes soften up. • Pour in tamarind and coconut milk, sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves and let simmer for 3-4 minutes. • Place the tilapia fish onto the curry, cover the pot with a lid and let simmer for 6-8 minutes or until the fish has cooked. • For the coconut rice: In a pot add parboiled rice, heavy coconut milk and light coconut milk. Let it come to a boil and then reduce the flame, cover with a lid and let simmer for 12-15 minutes. • Serve the Swahili fish with the creamy coconut rice in the shell of a used coconut.

source: “pikachakula.com”

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DRIVE

How to Wash Your Car

Tips for the do-it-yourself car wash

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or many vehicle owners, washing a car by hand is a therapeutic act as beneficial for the person's state of mind as to the vehicle's appearance. That's good, because frequent washing is also the best way to maintain a newcar finish. But as simple as washing your car may seem, there are some things to watch for so that you don't accidentally scratch or degrade the finish.

Kind of Products Should I Use?

Don't use household cleaning agents like hand soap, dishwashing detergent, or glass cleaner on the paint. These aren't formulated for use on a car's paint and may strip off the protective wax. Do use a dedicated car-wash product, which is milder and specifically designed for use on automotive paint. Apply the suds with a large, soft natural sponge or a lamb's-wool mitt. (See our car wax report for tips and advice on all types of waxes.) Grease, rubber, and road-tar deposits picked up from the road

often accumulate around the wheel wells and along the lower edge of the body. These can be stubborn to remove and may require a stronger product, such as a bug-and-tar remover. Use a soft, nonabrasive cloth to remove these deposits, as they can quickly blacken your sponge. Do use a separate sponge to clean the wheels and tires, which may be coated with sand, brake dust, and other debris that could mar the car's finish. Mild soap and water may work here; if not, a dedicated wheel cleaner may be required. Be sure the cleaner is compatible with the type of finish (paint, clear-coat, chrome, etc.) used on the wheels. A strong formula intended for mag wheels, for instance, can damage the clear coat that's used on the wheels that come on today's cars. To be on the safe side, choose a cleaner that's labeled as safe for use on all wheels.

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DRIVE

Are There Any General Guidelines I Should Follow When Washing a Car?

Don't wash your car when the body is hot, such as immediately after driving it or after it has been parked in direct sunlight for a while. Heat speeds the drying of soap and water, making washing more difficult and increasing the chances that spots or deposits will form. Don't move the sponge in circles. This can create light, but noticeable scratches called swirl marks. Instead, move the sponge lengthwise across the hood and other body panels. And don't continue using a sponge that's dropped on the ground without thoroughly rinsing it out. The sponge can pick up dirt particles that can scratch the paint.

Do rinse all surfaces thoroughly with water before you begin washing to remove loose dirt and debris that could cause scratching. Once you begin, concentrate on one section at a time, washing and rinsing each area completely before moving on to the next one. This ensures that you have plenty of time to rinse before the soap dries. Start at the top, and then work your way around the car. Use a hose without a nozzle and let the water flow over the car from top to bottom. Do work the car-wash solution into a lather with plenty of suds that provide lots of lubrication on the paint surface. And rinse the sponge often. Using a separate bucket to rinse the sponge keeps dirt from getting mixed into the sudsy wash water.

How Should I Dry the Car When I'm Done?

Don't let the car air dry, and don't expect a drive around the block to do an effective job. Either will leave watermarks caused by minerals in hard water. In addition, don't use an abrasive towel or other material that can leave hairline scratches in the paint. Do use a chamois (natural or synthetic) or soft terry towels. If you choose towels, you may need several. It's best to blot the water up instead of dragging the towel or chamois over the paint. The drying process can be speeded up by using a soft squeegee to remove most of the water on the body, but be sure the rubber is pliable and that it doesn't pick up bits of dirt that can cause scratches.

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SPORTS

Victor Wanyama Signs Deal To Become Safaricom Brand Ambassador

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arambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has been appointed the brand ambassador for Safaricom Limited. The Tottenham midfielder penned a deal in Nairobi on Tuesday in the presence of Safaricom boss Bob Collymore The biggest mobile telecommunication in the region will use his image in a countrywide campaign dubbed Twaweza. The 25-year-old also hopes to collaborate with Safaricom to improve grassroots soccer in the African nation. Neither the financial terms nor the duration of the contract have been released.

However, local outlet Tuko reports that the agreement is a multi-million shilling deal that will run for two years. Wanyama, who had spells at Scottish club Celtic and Belgium’s Beerschot AC, moved from Premier League side Southampton to rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2016 for a fee of UK11 million (US$14 million). The destructive midfielder made 36 appearances for the north London club in his debut season, netting four goals.

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TV REVIEW Starring: Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Demore Barnes Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy

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he devilishly gorgeous American Gods (Amazon Prime) is an eight-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s much-loved 2001 novel, which tells the story of a modern world on the verge of a clash between deities old and new. Gaiman has said that, while many directors had called him about putting the story on screen, they told him it was “too long and too sprawling” to be a movie; but without the long and sprawling details, it wouldn’t be the same story. However, if there’s one thing television can offer that films cannot, it’s the space to be long and sprawling; with Gaiman on board as executive producer, the US network Starz has stepped up to the challenge, with Amazon picking it up for UK broadcast. American Gods would certainly have been an incomprehensible movie. As a TV show, it just about gets away with it. It’s an enticing visual feast, but, at this early stage, it’s also confusing and opaque, and there’s very little effort being made to explain what is going on. Those who have read the novel may be better equipped to work out why a giant woman is pulling a man into her vagina, but for viewers who have not, it’s bewildering. Ricky Whittle is Shadow Moon, whose release from prison is pulled forward by a couple of days when his wife is killed in a car accident. In an indication of the wry humour that may be to

come, the prison guard tells him the situation is “good news, bad news” – his wife may be dead, but at least he’s out early. Shadow has a premonition that something is not right, with dreams and visions swirling around his mind of storms and

skulls and trees with bloodied, grasping claws. American Gods is a bit too packed with these intriguing jaunts, and the narrative sometimes feels like it will run out of gas long before reaching its

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Wonder Woman

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onder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins, and stars Gal Gadot as the title character with Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, and Elena Anaya in supporting roles. As a young woman in 1918, Diana rescues American pilot Captain Steve Trevor after his plane crashes off the coast of Themyscira. The island is soon invaded by the landing party of a German cruiser pursuing Steve. The Amazons engage and kill all of the German sailors, but Antiope dies intercepting a bullet meant for Diana. Interrogated with the Lasso of Hestia, Steve reveals that The War to End All Wars is raging in the outside world, and that he is an Allied spy. He has stolen a notebook with valuable information from the Spanish chief chemist Isabel Maru, who is attempting to engineer a deadlier form of mustard gas under the orders of General Erich Ludendorff from a weapon

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facility in the Ottoman Empire. Believing Ares is responsible for the war, Diana arms herself with the sword and leaves Themyscira with Steve to find and destroy Ares. Box Office As of June 25, 2017, Wonder Woman has $660.8 million making it the highest action super hero film directed by a woman. However the many fans have been shocked by the reports that lead actress Gal Gadot only earned $300,000 which is low compared to the amount the film made. Accolades Wonder Woman was awarded "Best of Show" at the 2017 Golden Trailer Awards. It also won "Best Fantasy /Adventure". and "Best Summer 2017 Blockbuster Poster"


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