Last week, I earned my first 13 euros through affiliate marketing. Okay, let’s repeat that slowly. All of us. JAMES. EARNED. HIS.FIRST. 13. EUROS. THROUGH. AFFILIATE. MARKETING. Yes, I know 13 euros is such a small amount to make me brag. In fact, I have earned more than that in other online avenues. Other people have earned more than 1000 times of that. But hey, I am allowed to blow my trumpet abit because I did it out chiefly from a passive way a thing that I only dreamt about before.
Hardwork pays. That is a maxim that Kenya’s undoubtedly best Kiswahili creative writer Wallah bin Wallah lives by. Wallah eats from the sweat of his brow. And well, his brow must be a very sweaty one because he is able to rake at least 20 million shillings annually in royalty. If you happened to school in Kenya, you must know Ustadh Wallah Bin Wallah. If he wasn’t famous at your time in primary school, then you must have had one of your kids tell you to buy them either Kiswahili Mufti, Insha Mufti or Chemsha Bongo. Or better still, you must have heard Mwalimu Wallah on KBC Radio teaching and speaking in the most eloquent and admirable Swahili. ‘Maneeeeno haya’ is a popular phrase that he likes repeating at the end of his shows as he reprimands people for wrong use of the language.
When I was still in school, I believed that Wallah Bin Wallah must have been a Tanzania or Coast born Swahili speaker. But nay, he is a non-native. Wallah was born in Nyakach- Nyando, Nyanza Province in Kenya. Interestingly, today, he is revered throughout the whole of Eastern Africa as a Swahili teacher and a writer of great fame. And so we come back to the English as a Second Language writing–is it possible to write better than natives? Ask Wallah. He will tell you a big ‘yes’ and even proceed to tell you that he coined his own Ngeli which has been embraced by all today.
Currently, he still does online writing for clients but he mostly relies on passive online income generated by his freelance writing blog which has over 20,000 unique monthly visitors. Indeed, Walter is one of the guys who will shape the African freelance narrative. He has written on the Huffington Post, helped international clients build their content marketing strategies and trained newbies on how to earn online.
Today, I read a piece by James Keru of Kuza Biashara that really got me thinking. It was titled Six Habits That Will Keep You Poor for the Rest of Your Life and one of the habits he said would keep me poor till eternity was focusing on a linear rather than passive income streams. James Keru is brutally honest with answers and does not mince his words. His writing hurts but shapes. It is one article that I would wish was written in 2013 when I started earning through online writing so that I could think of this online passive income ideas that are guaranteed to have you earn as you sleep.
Unfortunately Kenyan blogging was still in its infantile stage and getting information was like looking for a needle in a haystack—information was so scarce. Those who had it believed that to get richer and richer, they needed to keep the knowledge secret.
It is New Year again! What? Yes, 2016 was that short! You never realized this year’s resolutions. Again! But since everyone is crazy about creating their 2017 New Year resolutions, you will not be left alone. You too will create them. And as sure as the sun rises, 2017 will end before you have achieved them. Well, I ain’t bewitching you but your way of setting goals is problematic.
Now, let us look at what you are doing wrong:
Lack of discipline
You are very good in creating goals. But never good enough in keeping them. Why? You are not disciplined. For example, you set a goal that you will lose weight. One of the things you should look into is eating low-calorie foods so as to achieve this dream. But no, you go on eating Steers chips, Galito’s Chicken, ice-cream and all sorts of junk expecting to lose weight by a miracle. Well’, things do not go that way friend. You lack sacrifice and discipline which are key in realizing dreams.
An online friend told you that they are earning millions and millions of dollars writing niche blogs and since you do not want to be left out in this get-rich-quick schemes, you also decide to start a health niche blog in 2017. Well, this will not come to pass since that goal is very unrealistic. For one, you know nothing about medicine. And two, you are not given to writing. So the resolution will …flop.
Going it all alone
You do not want to involve anyone in your 2017 resolutions. And as such, those goals will come crumbling. Without involving others in your goal setting, you lack accountability.
Making resolutions on the 1st January, 2017 will not see you go far. Why? You will be in such a rash to make them that you will not sit down to know what you really need to trim down in your life.
Have a prosperous 2017 and hey, do not do those things!
Today marks World Aids Day, a commemoration that has been observed since 1988 as one of the global public health campaigns organized held by World Health Organization. Every year on 1st December, people congregate in different places with a renewed hope and determination of fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Education about abstinence, contraception and use of anti-retroviral treatments is imparted to the masses. Red ribbons are worn as a mark of solidarity in fighting the global pandemic. Statistics
HIV/AIDS is undoubtedly a toll on human existence with data showing that over 78 million have been infected since the virus was discovered in the 1980s. 35 million people have died of the pandemic. Though governments, NGOs and organizations have worked hard to sensitize people on HIV/AIDS awareness, statistics show that a lot still needs to be done. Recent evidence show that an estimated 1.9 million adults are infected with the scourge yearly. This translates to 5,700 adults infected daily with the highest percentage being recorded in the Sub Saharan Africa. This surely calls for more education to the masses, embracing of the AIDS ABCs (Abstinence, Be Faithful and Use Condoms).
The Red Ribbon
The red ribbon, which today is the universal mark for AIDS awareness was the brainchild of 12 artists who met in 1991 with the view to support AIDS victims fight stigma. The red ribbon was inspired by the yellow ribbons tied on trees to show support for the US during the Gulf War. Today, the red ribbon symbol has gained traction and become synonyms to the message, “Beware of HIV/AIDS”.
It is no longer juicy to read Kenyan newspaper headlines. The narrative is the same. ‘ So and so linked to the NYS scandal’, ‘Governor of this and this county embezzled funds’, ‘So and so involved in the shameful Rio scam’. It is distasteful. Unpalatable. Corruption is no longer shocking in Kenya. In fact, it is the ‘It’ thing. In a survey conducted by the Aga Khan East Africa Institute targeting young Kenyans earlier this year, the researchers found out that young people would steal and engage in underhand methods to get rich and only care not to get caught. Don’t ask where the rain started beating us—you already know that.
What does it mean for the country’s future?