What is the main thing that gets you out of bed each morning?
I'll try to put it all in a paragraph. I don't have this one ultimate clear cut thing to get me started each day, but it just so happens that after 5-6 hours of sleep, you'll find me up & bursting with energy. On a typical day I'll do stretches, rollers, push-ups, star jumps, sing my way to the shower, sometimes make breakfast for everyone (my siblings et al) & serve them in bed. To me every brand new day is another chance to live life, to outpour from within. I try to place meaning in the things I do, big/small. I'm a giver, that's me.
What makes you happy about work on a Friday evening?
First, thumbs up for presuming I'm happy to work on a Friday evening, it's true, but I also struggle – come on, we all know that Friday feeling, and especially when one guy in the office decides to play his hottest jams that week (he particularly likes "Start a faya" by Chronixx). By that time I'm already burning up inside. But seriously, the one thing that makes me happy about work on any given day (Friday evenings included) is I love what I do and do what I love.
What do you think is the most useful function in Drupal?
The node_load() function. While everything else remains complex and sometimes magical behind the Drupal interface, this function can get you all the information you need about a particular item on a website.
How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge?
If I was 10 years old I'd say get a giraffe-sized fridge.
Tell me about a time when you failed at something.
I was 17, on a school outing to a girls school. So a group of us had prepared two songs, we needed to impress the ladies. I was in charge of preparing the CD's to ensure we had the tracks ready and I was sure I did my part. On arrival we found the hall was packed, something like 300+ girls. A handful knew me, they kept shouting my name as I walked in, waving back at them. I even had a stage name, Stitch, and a stitch-logo to go with my 5 minutes of fame.
On the first song we were 6 guys on stage, three different voices, and we really impressed! After that it was time to bring down the hall; a friend of mine and I had an up-beat reggaetone track, our set was off-the-chains–only thing missing was oversized sunglasses and tattoos–everything else was ready, that hall would come down for sure!!. So we hyped the crowd as the DJ did his thing, you know the scratching & all…then he drops it, but it's the WRONG track!! Completely killed it. This happened a few times before we checked with him, only to find the CD we gave him was a spoilt version. I felt terrible, luckily the crowd was forgiving, my friend too.
What are the three words that your parents would describe you with?
Top three: Responsible, Respectful, Industrious
What have you done in the past to get out of a tricky situation?
Bullying in Kenyan high schools, boy schools especially, is very common. One day, when I was still in Form 1, the big boys decided to line us up and give us dirty linen to wash. This particular clique was the most feared, they used the worst bullying tricks. There was one particular bully who had more than to 50 shirts, all white. He gave me 25, no detergent, no bucket, no pegs, no hangers. I decided to do the unthinkable, I said a firm NO. Of course I had backup – few weeks before this, a friend in 4th form had told me about this guy and how influential his family was. I used this against him, I told him I knew him, our dad's are friends, I mentioned the name of the country club where they regularly met on Sundays and his elder brother's name. All this time I didn't let him say a thing. Then before I walked away, I warned him to stay out of my lane, else I'll call dad. From that day, he kept off. I think after that only prefects could harass me since theirs was considered "correctional punishment".
How would you explain Facebook to your Grandma?
Simple, I'd be like "Granny, Facebook is just like a large market full of people, from all over the world. You get to meet your friends, make new ones, meet your children, their children and their friends. If you like we can go 'shopping' as I tell you more.."
Describe the hardest decision you have faced in the past 12 months.
We all have fears, mine is confrontation, especially when it goes wrong. I love my peace too much – there's no such thing as enough peace. I used to lay low and only bite if bitten. But one day I resolved to ask the tough questions when things need to move or don't make sense, and actually confronting situations/people, objectively. Initially I had no idea what I was getting myself into, I just knew fear was in some ways ruling my world and I had to take control over that, whatever it takes. Admittedly, it has been tough. Several embarrassing moments, reality checks, brain freezes later, I think I'm getting the hang of it. It's been 9 months now, still going strong!
If you were to win £1m what would you do with the money?
- Invest (30%): Right now the only thing close to a gold mine in Kenya is real estate business, especially with projects like Konza and Tatu coming up.
- Dish-out (10%): Family, Significant-other, Charity & community projects, Friends – in that order.
- Spend (20%): Here's where I get really selfish–my bucket list is still full anyway. One thing I've always wanted to do is a tour of Egypt, and I'd love to ride on a motorcycle there and back, it is about 11,000km (only).
- Save (30%)
- Emergency fund (10%)
Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck or 10 duck-sized horses?
Potato, Potàto. Bring both on, one at a time ;-)
Why is 99% not good enough?
- A thing is either done or not done. I've learnt that riding the fence often gets me in trouble.
- That 1% could be the magical ingredient, you never know.
How many ways can you get a needle out of a haystack?
I can think of 21 different ways right now, but the simplest is to use a magnet.
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