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Why flagging shilling keeps me awake at night
An unstable currency makes it hard for people to do business. How do you quote your prices when you can’t predict the exchange rate?
By XN Iraki 10 days ago
Why flagging shilling keeps me awake at night
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Murang'a tea farms' mix of change, frozen history
The trip demonstrates how modernity and the past have coexisted. The journey from Thika to Ndakaiini is not 40 kilometres, it’s actually 100 years. You see frozen history. 
By XN Iraki 14 days ago
Murang'a tea farms' mix of change, frozen history
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China Square: Why we should 'square' the economy
Why are the Chinese selling cheaply? One possibility is that they are able to control the supply chain.
By XN Iraki 18 days ago
China Square: Why we should 'square' the economy
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Where Nigeria after polls?
It has been noted globally voters are energised to vote if they feel their vote will make a difference. If they feel that external forces or money decide the winner, they keep off.
By XN Iraki 20 days ago
Where Nigeria after polls?
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It's time we paid more attention to labour than cash generated
Do we guard the men and women who produce this money? Whether it’s in their workplace, going home or in their homes. Do we make them feel secure to be more productive?
By XN Iraki 23 days ago
It's time we paid more attention to labour than cash generated
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Why new regime's feel-good effect is muted
The voters feel good when there is a change. They exhale with great expectations. That is often whipped up by political campaigns.
By XN Iraki 24 days ago
Why new regime's feel-good effect is muted
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Ukraine-Russia war a year later, how long will it last?
Beyond war, which unifies a country through fear, the ghosts of the former Soviet Union haunt Russia. It was the epicentre of the superpower that counterweighted the U.S for 70 years.
By XN Iraki 26 days ago
Ukraine-Russia war a year later, how long will it last?
What maize roasting's arrival in the CBD says about economy
Could this be a sign that the economy has not done very well and the affluent parts of the city are “regressing” to the mean?
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
What maize roasting's arrival in the CBD says about economy
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What's next for city CBD amid firms' exodus?
The CBD is losing its lustre. Some might blame the passage of time and the fact that the buildings can’t be easily reconfigured as they belong to another age. 
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
What's next for city CBD amid firms' exodus?
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Life seems hard but let's remain a resilient nation
The scorching sun reminds us every day how life is becoming hard. It’s as if the sun has dropped a bit towards the earth. This city has never been that hot in the last 40 years.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Life seems hard but let's remain a resilient nation
How businesses can cash in on consumption trends
The success of the modern economist hinges on borrowing from psychiatrists, sociologists, psychologists and possibly from witches or witch doctors.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
How businesses can cash in on consumption trends
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Letter from Nanyuki: Facing Mt Kenya craze new cash cow for region
The high-end investors value the view of the mountain. They are represented by big hotels, mainly on the leeward side of the mountain. Add the vast ranches with their hospitality facilities.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Letter from Nanyuki: Facing Mt Kenya craze new cash cow for region
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Everybody's talking about ChatGPT: Is artificial intelligence overrated?
I got the impression that Google and Microsoft had that software on the back burner but feared releasing it to the public to ‘protect’ their search engine and adverts.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Everybody's talking about ChatGPT: Is artificial intelligence overrated?
You can cash in by observing, predicting human behaviour
If you can observe human behaviour or better predict it, you can make lots of money. If you can influence it, you will swim in money.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
You can cash in by observing, predicting human behaviour
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Why there is no end in sight to soaring prices in Kenya
Food drives inflation because we must eat. When you stabilise prices, you stabilise the whole economy, with more productive workers, setting a chain reaction of economic growth.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Why there is no end in sight to soaring prices in Kenya
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Parents' long dilemma as schools reopen
It was a bold decision by the government to recover the lost time after nine months of closure as Covid-19 raged. It’s one of Prof George Magoha’s lasting legacies.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Parents' long dilemma as schools reopen
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Parents' long dilemma as schools reopen
It was a bold decision by the government to recover the lost time after nine months of closure as Covid-19 raged. It’s one of Prof George Magoha’s lasting legacies.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Parents' long dilemma as schools reopen
The truth vs reality when privatising universities
Previously, there was an outcry over another cabinet secretary’s pronouncement that universities will not be funded. Whatever the truth, wherever there is smoke there is some fire.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
The truth vs reality when privatising universities
One-factory one-town policy will end alcoholism in Kenya
We should focus more on the demand side of alcohol. By restricting the number of bars, the price of alcohol will go up, because the demand has not changed.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
One-factory one-town policy will end alcoholism in Kenya
Is Russia's war in Ukraine a ploy to win over Africa?
The Kenyan contribution to WW II has never been fully appreciated. Which county has a memorial for its soldiers who fought for the empire in WW II or even Mau Mau?
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Is Russia's war in Ukraine a ploy to win over Africa?
Why CBD's empty buildings on the ground floor should worry us
Empty ground floor space is a sign that the economy is not doing well.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Why CBD's empty buildings on the ground floor should worry us
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Nairobi city's leading export will surprise the nation
Nairobi’s key export starts early with lots of Nairobi children exported to primary schools in the rural areas, and boarding schools. Parents consider Nairobi too disruptive for a good education.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Nairobi city's leading export will surprise the nation
Golf: After 100 years, let's make the game more open
A century has given us enough time to reflect on the future of this game associated with affluence and class in Kenya. I did not find the mysticism and mysteries associated with golf in the US.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Golf: After 100 years, let's make the game more open
Hustling the coastal way
Labour is also hawked going by the number of workers queueing outside factories or walking to affluent residences in the morning and afternoon.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Hustling the coastal way
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The CEO selection pool is expanding, here's why
The entry of lawyers and HR experts into the CEO’s position makes it seem “soft and compassionate.”
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
The CEO selection pool is expanding, here's why
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Nairobi: A city torn between heritage and modernity
Our leaders often represent one of these heritages or are hostages to them. Money or lack of it defines the heritages which rarely merge and are hardened over time.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Nairobi: A city torn between heritage and modernity
Why pork and tall buildings are top economic growth indicators in counties
Big factories are not tall but occupy plenty of surface area. High-rise buildings and “broad buildings” in the counties indicate the devolution of big money.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Why pork and tall buildings are top economic growth indicators in counties
Who said learning must be dull? Let's make it fun
If we engaged all the senses and became intellectually promiscuous, learning would be fun, and we would continue learning long after school enriching our lives. 
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Who said learning must be dull? Let's make it fun
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Who said learning must be a wet blanket?
No university should admit anyone for B.Ed (Bachelors of Education) unless it’s the first choice!
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Who said learning must be a wet blanket?
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Sun 'n Sand: The prestige of owning land at the coast
Real estate developers have leveraged this status symbol to make money. They target the affluent upcountry, diaspora and foreign nationals who appreciate the sun after living through winters.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Sun 'n Sand: The prestige of owning land at the coast
Forcing consumers to spend: A wise or foolish business model?
Consumers are clever, they will just spend the minimum and you lose the extra income.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Forcing consumers to spend: A wise or foolish business model?
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Twists and turns that await economy in the new year
Interest rates are still high, dampening growth. The Hustler Fund could help moderate high rates.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Twists and turns that await economy in the new year
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Reflections 40 years after I first set foot in Nairobi
XN Iraki on the metamorphosis of Nairobi.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Reflections 40 years after I first set foot in Nairobi
When meanness and capitalism in full splendour is celebrated
For reasons that leave my head spinning, potatoes are vegetables! Let’s leave the semantics alone for now and shift to meanness.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
When meanness and capitalism in full splendour is celebrated
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Letter from Marigat: Future of this country is in arid lands
ASALs make up the bigger part of the country and their “virginity” means we can correct the mistakes made in the other parts of the country.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Letter from Marigat: Future of this country is in arid lands
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Why we should mourn end of competition in schools
We have stopped ranking schools and students. Never mind the media has ways forced to do the ranking. Such stories are marketable. Let’s be objective and ask if we should rank schools
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Why we should mourn end of competition in schools
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Is ICT the golden ticket to job creation or just a facilitator?
ICT needs other industries to thrive and create more jobs.
By XN Iraki 3 months ago
Is ICT the golden ticket to job creation or just a facilitator?
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Why Americans are back despite us turning East
The US could have made the current strategic moves under a president educated in the US, but they waited for the transition when things are fluid.
By XN Iraki 3 months ago
Why Americans are back despite us turning East
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After 10 years at the helm, what is Uhuru Kenyatta's legacy?
In most countries, such past heads are given some responsibility to keep them busy as they transition to ordinary life. Uhuru Kenyatta is a peace envoy.
By XN Iraki 3 months ago
After 10 years at the helm, what is Uhuru Kenyatta's legacy?
Let's be bold and go beyond the new number plates
Keeping right would make it easy to integrate with the rest of East Africa, particularly Rwanda, Burundi and DRC will facilitate trade and interaction.
By XN Iraki 3 months ago
Let's be bold and go beyond the new number plates
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