For God’s Sake Buy an Excavator: Africa and the Dire Need for Equipment

For God’s Sake Buy an Excavator: Africa and the Dire Need for Equipment


Equipping Africa is a mammoth task and I believe a veritable business opportunity. Submersible Pumps powered by solar along with Borehole Drilling rigs can mean transformation for a community desiring water in the large Semi arid lands that Kenya occupies. These pumps range in prices much similar to the vehicles that most middle-income and upper middle-income Kenyans hope to own. Yet the utility and economic sense behind a submersible pump and a bore hole rig is much more compared to a Toyota Mark X. Continue reading

Ancestral Land and African Capital

Ancestral Land and African Capital


Each Nairobian with capital accumulation aspirations hinged on Land, dreams of one day becoming like the Late Jeevanjee who owned a substantial portion of old Nairobi with Jeevanjee Gardens being a parcel owned by his family trust. The Nairobian forgets the four decades it took for half-acre plots on Tom Mboya street to command $4,000,000 valuations. It is here that middle-income City Dwellers in Africa get ripped off. With their decent incomes they become participants in the game that is capitalism without knowledge of its rules. Continue reading

Skinit: The Beauty of Cultural Products

Skinit: The Beauty of Cultural Products


Skinit.com is an American originated corporation that specializes in giving skins to consumer electronic devices. These skins boast a functional and most importantly cultural value. The functional has to do with the wear and tear that the mostly smooth surfaces on consumer electronic devices have to endure and the second is the killer combination of culture that in my view makes the product such a great case study. Continue reading

In A Forest Searching For Trees: Dumb Money In Africa

In A Forest Searching For Trees: Dumb Money In Africa


The poor allocation of capital, equipment and labour is a distinct third world tale. We have watchmen with intelligent quotients of 132 and above dozing in their security stalls right now. Bus drivers with the hands of a surgeon heading to the coast with a bus full of passengers. Kenya’s economy is one whose allocation of capital is based on familial inheritance based schemes, political influence based schemes and religious/cultural based schemes. The market based allocation efficiency is yet to hit home. Our money is predominantly dumb. Continue reading

The Mobile Network Operator Decade: How Safaricom and Its Competitors Changed Kenya?

The Mobile Network Operator Decade: How Safaricom and Its Competitors Changed Kenya?


As of the year 2000 things were far removed from what we have today in the telecoms industry. A decade later we are witnessing the trailing end of the single largest Multiplier effect on Kenya’s economy to date. This effect has been occassioned by the huge investment in 1st world technology in the telecoms industry. News from the wire indicate that Kenya is on course to boasting of a 4G network by 2015. This is world class technology here and now. The telecoms industry in Kenya is so advanced that real innovation actually spurs billion dollar valuations for companies. One can safely argue that Mpesa, Safaricom’s mobile money service is equivalent to Google’s Adwords purely from a profit standpoint. Can anyone spell cash cow? Continue reading