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(America): When Slots For Illegals Are Eliminated, America Will Have More Slots For the World's Best, Brightest, and Exceptionally Talented To Immigrate and Renew America.

How should America treat it's illegal immigrants? The Biden pick for Health and Human Services nominee wants illegals to be given Medicaid.

And this is what we think is wrong with American immigration, and one that should be overhauled. Australia for instance, processes Illegals, assylum seekers and refugees in the far off island of Papua New Guinea.

In America meanwhile, illegals are being processed at the border patrol, and it gets even worse, in the Biden administration, assylum seekers will be allowed to travel to the United States as they await the results of their assylum application.

This Biden administration move in championing for illegals, assylum seekers, and refugees has made immigrant caravans all the way from Africa, Honduras, and Haiti begin to travel by foot to the United States border.

When there are so many illegals in America, the burden will be on the American taxpayer to provide them with food stamps and unemployment benefits. Besides, illegal immigrants decrease the slots for the legal immigrants that the United States truly needs. It's why we think that immigration should be overhauled, to increase slots for the best and brightest, and those with exceptional talents that will prepare America for the next phase of growth in the industrial internet of things (IIoT), smart hardware, Fintech, carbon materials, and such fancied fields, which America is struggling to hold on to the global lead.

China and India alone produce two Thirds of the world's PhDs, China has two million engineers. That's what's at stake for America. When the illegals are eliminated, the slots for H1-B Visas, how the most talented foreign workers will be increased ten fold, of course with safeguards so that large businesses cannot use the H1-B Visa as an excuse for paying poor American workers low salaries.

To be black and be a capitalist, and a Republican, is not an anomaly. An incompatibility sort of.

We wish golfing legend Tiger Woods quick recovery in the Los Angeles accident. But here is our proposition regarding the incident.

The next chapter in the American Civil rights movement is the availing of business capital and entrepreneurship to blacks and Latinos. African Americans don't have have to make wealth in their " traditional strong fields" like sports and entertainment".

They can make wealth solving the toughest challenges that plague America and the world. They can wildly be successful creative genius entrepreneurs. The job of diversity and inclusion is supposed to make blacks be included in the former white spaces in powerful jobs, but blacks shouldn't be a tick in the box. An affirmative action hire or elite college admittee. A racial justice issue.

Moreover, the smartest blacks now don't attend historically black Colleges like Howard or Morehouse but now attend the Ivy League and Uber Private colleges like Harvard, Duke, and Yale, then go on to work in Wall Street, representing a brain drain on the African American community when a struggling black business would have needed their talents.

And since small businesses are the primary employers, it means all this black talent that is being lost to Wall Street and Silicon Valley as a diversity and inclusion issue, an affirmative action hire is going to waste in that the kith and kin these bright black youngsters left behind have no businesses to hire them.

And I know Booker T Washington, a Republican by ideology, the first African American to visit the White House, was shamed for acting white when he said that rather than confronting white supremacists directly, blacks should aim for great careers and entrepreneurship. But nothing could be further from the truth.

And another African American leader, Marcus Garvey, said blacks fail because they don't have a capitalistic system that support them. He was wealth shamed for having a publishing company, media house, real estate and a ship which he hoped would transport all black people back to Africa.

But essentially, to be black and to be capitalist shouldn't be an opposite dichotomy. Likewise, to be black and be Republican should also likewise not be an incompatibility. Because where has the freebies of the Democrats taken blacks? They are at the exact same place where the slave emancipation proclamation left them. Someone said the biggest threat of a black is a white liberal, because they act so sweet without really meaning it, and it couldn't be further from the truth.

Social Byte: Is Colorism deep among people of colour?

The simple definition of colorism is that it's where members with a lighter skin among people of color are treated better than their darker skin colleagues of the same race.

Although it's most prevalent in the black race, it's not confined to it alone. An advert in a French billboard paints a successful French parent as one where a successful black male is married to a biracial or light skinned black.

In India, you wouldn't know that half their population is darker skinned from watching Indian Bollywood movies as all the acting gigs go to the light skinned Indians and not the untouchable dark skinned dalites. 

This has of course spawned a lucrative bleaching creams as blacks, especially females want to be light skinned and upgrade their social status. 

Does Writing Really Pay That Much. Can it Be a Full Time Career, Especially in Africa.

The joke is that one of the ways for you to die a poor man or woman for that matter is to take up writing as a full time career. As a weekly columnist for the Star Newspaper in Kenya, the third in the market daily, I got paid $30 per weekly column of 350 words. Granted, one could say that pay is too much for just 350 words. But it is the quality that matters, not the word count. And I knew I had worked on my craft well, and so I felt shortchanged.

Again, I wrote a 12 page educational advertorial pull out for the same Star Newspaper Kenya, I got paid $100, even as they made $50,000 from the same pull out in advertisements.

Coincidentally, one of their former radio girls come come Group Marketing Manager responsible for those advertisements in my pull out is also dabbles up as a motivational speaker and goes around telling young impressionable girls that you have the same 24 hours as me, or as Bill Gates. So, why doesn't she start with paying people their fair dues first?

I had done much research and knew that as a weekly Columnist for the Telegraph, Boris Johnson, the current Prime Minister of Britain, was getting $250,000 a year pay, that is $5,000 a week, just for scribbling a few quality words a week.

I also knew of a weekly technology columnist in The Wall Street Journal that got paid a million dollars a year for a weekly column, that is $20,000. I'm interested in that especially because I did Mechanical Engineering for my Bachelors Degree.

So, why doesn't writing pay in Africa. The reason is simply we haven't professionalised the creative scene, that is writers, singers, actors, et al. It is still a buyers market. They set the price. We follow along. And that needs to change if our kind is going to take up writing as a full time career rather than a side hustle.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Are parallel degree students favored?


For some it’s a lifeline, it literally saved them lots of money they would have used for studying abroad. For others, they have been able to get promotions thanks to the parallel degree program they were able to enroll in either as undergraduate or mature students. Yet for others, the parallel degree program is responsible for the declining standards of university education in the country. The parallel degree, or the self sponsored programs, draws mixed reactions depending on whom you talk to.

Before the programs were introduced, the rules were clear
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and simple. Do your KCSE, get the best grades, and if you are lucky, get admitted to the regular program in public universities. Otherwise, for those with money, they could have opted to study in private universities or chose to go abroad fro studies altogether. So, it was a great relief to many when the University of Nairobi admitted the first set of Bachelor of Commerce Parallel degree students in 1998. At the time, the tensions were high between the regular students and the parallel students. Truth be told, the tensions haven’t completely died down, as there is some kind of buffer zone between the regular and the parallel students.

The best and highest paying careers: Do students really know what they want to study?


How much will I earn? What is the starting salary?
What will others think of me? How prestigious is the profession? These are just some of the questions that many students ask as they sit down to select a course to study and pursue later on in life. It is often an understated fact that students rarely know what they want to study. Ask any group of teenagers and the list of careers that they want to pursue are likely to be the same. Studying medicine, engineering and law is seen as the apex of the intellectual and academic journey. Of course, this trend is slowly changing, as other role models such as musicians, radio presenters, TV and news anchors enter the picture.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Agony of being a regular student.

It is 9AM on a Thursday morning.
It’s a packed lecture hall at the University of Nairobi. It’s one of those common unit lectures like communication skills where there are like a thousand students in a hall. The noise is deafening to say the least, as the students wander off into discussions on the latest political developments in the country, who is dating who in campus, and which student has an affair with a lecturer. Such a conversation wouldn’t have happened if today’s lecturer was on schedule. He hasn’t arrived yet and it’s one hour into the lesson, another student tells me. It’s a three hour lesson, so, we’ll wait for him for another thirty minutes and if he doesn’t show up, then we’ll have to call it a day and go back to our rooms. Sure, they wait for another thirty minutes, and then one by one, they start walking out. So, I ask one of the students, “Is this the way it has always been? I ask as we move along the corridors of the university. A student further behind interjects. Yes, it’s always like this. She tells me. We are regular students, and the lecturers are not bothered by our plight. They prefer to teach the parallel students, where they are assured of making much more money. Look even at the exams we do, she continues, they are way harder than the exams parallel degree students sit for.  Every semester, our worst nightmare is being called for resits and supplementary exams. The parallel students don’t have those kinds of worries. How can they when the universities know only too well that they are the cash cow. Look, when we strike, their studies go on uninterrupted, while ours comes to a stop all of a sudden. We believe we are punished for our success in high school, and it’s just not fair, she implodes.




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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Why we should not ignore the Arts.

By now, the dust on KCPE results ahs settled. Watching the top students career
aspirations, it is easy to tell that a majority of the brightest young stars want to pursue careers in the sciences. Medicine, engineering and law rank high among the future career aspirations of the KCPE stars. Of the many KCPE stars interviewed by the many, I noticed one only that was interested in a career in the arts, in archaeology to be specific.
Why is it that all the best students are made to feel as if a career in the arts is not something worth pursuing. Does it mean that an A student can really not pursue a course, say , in Sociology. Not too long ago, a former