From The Hole


The response to yesterday’s piece has been surprisingly overwhelming. I have received – and still receives – a barrage of emails from people who are not only 28 but right up to 51. (If I haven’t responded to your email it’s because I haven’t gotten round to reading it, but I will and respond. Bear with me).

These emails were mainly from people who talk of their dead or dying dreams. People who whose ambitions have been slowed down by arthritis, accidents, bad decisions, economic factors,  people who wish they had a chance to education, people who are financially free but whose financial freedom has killed their relationships, people who are stuck in Europe packing cereal in a factory but afraid to come back home because in their words they will look like failures amongst their family and friends and people who offered to pay for Tony’s counselling session to help him get back on track.

You write one blog post and the Pandora’s Box flings right open. At the end of it all, I realised, we are all Tonys*. We all carry burdens over our shoulders when we leave our houses. We are weighted by insecurities. We live in fear of confronting ourselves. Some of us overcome these, some of us sink. It’s stupefying. Thanks for writing in and sharing your stories.

At 10pm I received an email from a gentleman telling me his story. I liked it and asked him if I could run it and he said sawa. I asked him if I could run it with his real name or he prefered to be anonymous  and he said his name is fine. The content of his story is stirring; it illustrates that race I was talking about jana. Maybe it will help someone.

His name is Njenga Kahiro. You hear guys in bars bragging that they started “from the bottom” and ati now they are here when they started from South C? Njenga started from the bottom- literally. The bottom of a pit latrine, to be precise. I hope Tony reads this and learns something from his journey.

I haven’t changed the language or tone of his email. Oh, and he turns 40 today, Happy Birthday, Njenga.


By Njenga Kahiro


Right off the bat, register me on the left hand side of your I-hate-Oyunga-Pala-fans list. Just below Jane Wambui and Peris Kibandi. That dispensed with, let me say I enjoyed reading you long post about life. And it got me thinking a lot about it. You see I am turning 40 tomorrow (or today depending on when you receive the email) and what a ride it has been and I ain’t done some shit yet.  I couldn’t agree more with the stuff you mentioned, the silly and not so silly lists we make, the wait and miss, the aim and score moments and the dilemmas we all have living this life.

Like Tony*, our 28 year old (once he is out, he belongs to The Gang) I did make a list when I was freshly out of college. I was unbelievably optimistic and full of theories of how life works. And I knew I would be a philosopher King, a proper politician who actually cares for people. But before that I would join the army and serve my country. I was so patriotic; any mosquito biting me would immediately hum the national anthem. And then shit happened.  It quickly dawned on me that no one gave a fuck how patriotic you were in ’99. If you came from the wrong part of the country, you let others be paid for being patriotic.

It took me a few months to transition from sweating patriotism to sweating real salty liquid digging toilets and water wells in Subukia. And fifteen feet below ground, with torn jeans shorts, stained off-white mutumba tee inscribed “Sun Over a beach” you don’t think about philosopher kings any more. You worry about real things like if Man Gitahi will drop a bucket full of soil on you and what a sorry epitaph that would make: “He died looking for water.”  “He died creating a resting place for shit.”

There are only so many toilets you can dig in one village. The guy who advised that toilets should be deeper than 6 feet and the guy who designed the tractor tyre thread should be sent to ISIS. My mining and sanitation jobs forced me, when I was above the ground, to re-evaluate my earlier list. How is it possible that a guy with upper second was digging latrines? I was dealing shit jobs, in an obscure village that Prof. Akonga (see I had to drop that name, he is the only Luhya who can pronounce avuncular) could identify on a map.  But good things happen and sometimes good advice is shit. If you find a guy digging a pit latrine do not tell him – If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. For fucks sake, deeper means more cash. And as my people say mbeca ni mbeca (cash is cash), who are you to look a 500 hundred bob note with a bad eye?

Back to my dilemma.  You are passing through Nairobi two years after college, your hands so calloused from all the mining and sanitation jobs you have endured that people mistake you for mukurino because you are avoiding shaking hands and just when you are about to board Mololine back to Nakuru, a familiar voice shouts your name: “Kahiro, niaje?”You turn and confirm that indeed the devil is a liar. The Philosophy major who drank half the time and whose grades belonged to the Defence League is in sharp suit, all clean cut and smiling like behind you is the camera shooting “O happy Days.” Besides him is that chick. You know her. She told you to stick to your lane, yes, near the students centre without actually uttering a word.

They are evidently doing well. They tell you that they work for a major electrical supplies company and that’s why they are in Nyamakima. Their cars are parked in less congested streets. You share banter and write down their number. Shit you don’t even own a phone two years after graduation. For those born the other day, owning a phone back in the day required one to make a strategic plan, run a complicated algorithm and face Mt Kenya two times a day and run round a Mugumo tree anti-clockwise once with a change to clockwise after 286 degrees.

With your calloused hands you head back to Nakuru and you don’t speak to anyone all the way and not because you don’t want to but you are trying to see where things went wrong and of course the son of Satan behind the wheel is driving like crazy. Isn’t it amazing that matatus can actually drive at 100kph and still get to Nakuru? Pre-Michuki matatus had a speed limit too, the lower limit which was like 150kph.

You get to Nakuru and try sending letters to the editor. You want to vent how shit this country is treating its talented young people. You have a total sample of two. You and perhaps that other guy being mistreated at Subukia Day. You get one letter published and you are overjoyed reading it on a borrowed newspaper at Mkulima’s newsstand. You photocopy the letter to the editor at the local bookshop and let the girl behind the counter know you are the author. She smiles at you and gives an extra copy (like you need it) and before the week is over, you are a celebrity in a town of 436 people. And it feels good.

A small NGO is setting shop in the town and they require a local organizer, a person ready to get their hands dirty. You tell them you work underground and your hands are permanently dirty. They like your vibe but they want a Forestry guy not a fucking anthropologist. You raise your game and convince them that anthropology is the holistic study man, forestry is just one subtopic. They hire you as a volunteer, unpaid. You are happy, you have a day job digging latrines and a side hustle organizing villagers to rehabilitate an important water catchment. You are giving it your all and you are actually enjoying it, working for free. It soon shows and they send you for training. You encounter fish fingers, strategic plans, budgets, sneers from more polished colleagues but you are so happy you are in the happening work that nothing is going to piss on your parade (who came up with that?).

Soon you are offered your first real pay, three and half years after graduation. You go to Subukia Shrine and give thanks. A nice girl comes along and with your still calloused hands; she becomes your friend, then your wife. Another dilemma comes in. Did I marry too early, too late? Will I be a good father, a good husband? Will I bring up this family on this salary? You go back to Subukia Shrine and miracle happens. After waiting for many years, the cellphone service finally comes to your neighbourhood and overnight you become Fundi wa Simu.

Safaricom and Kencell (I forget what it is called now) are selling their phones locked to the network. From your mining and sanitation business savings you purchase a computer, you convince Maru on Kenyatta Avenue to teach you unlocking the bloody phones and he sees something in your eyes and he agrees but not before you cough up. You go back to Subukia and advertise from all corners. Soon there is a line outside; you bring in the wife to help with selling cards while you handle the more important business of giving freedom to phones and their owners. Life is good. Junior is on the way. Dilemma again. Will I spend my life unlocking phones which is illegal anyway! You continue to volunteer (without pay) at the forestry place. You are now 28. Exactly like our chap, Tony.

You make a list again. You burnt the first one, half the shit didn’t happen but you are glad stuff you didn’t write happened. While volunteering you go to Nanyuki and fall in love with the mountain. You live the safety and beauty of the small town and move to a town with a reputation, a bad reputation that musicians (kikuyu ones) make songs and money out of. You are a pioneer, unlocking phones and repairing them. You have acquired an electronics degree from Mtaa University. You can solder the smallest of the ICs and your hands are steadier than Ben Carson’s. Soon the British Army soldiers discover that unlocking their phones in Kenya is a way cheaper than back in the UK. They come in droves. You even get to meet your old collegemate Dickson Migiro. He speaks with London Posh. Life is good. You even start cursing a lot more, sometimes with a Scottish accent. Bad Influence Douglas MacMillan.

Your hands are less calloused but your eyesight is not as good, you are concentrating too much on soldering ICs and repairing PCB Boards. During downtime you are teaching computers and fiddling with internet. You discover new interests. Accidently you come across a hot new field – Geographical Information Systems and you are hooked but you don’t know shit yet and those gatekeepers of the GIS Holy Grail let you know that but you are determined to hack it.

You study so hard, on your own, on bootleg software until the aforementioned gatekeepers finally to let you put your foot on the door. Cambridge University comes calling. They are looking for a guy ready to get their hands dirty. Mine are permanently dirty. I am soon out of town with a pay-cut that makes Missus very mad. She cannot understand how you leave your own business with Johnnies still willing to come unlock phones to go chase after elephants. I also don’t know how but I love the freedom that riding a bike in the vast plains of Laikipia bring.

I think on those long rides and I make a list. I am 32.

  1.       Ian is 7 years, he should stop being the acting last born
  2.       Climb Mt. Kenya
  3.       Finish a Masters
  4.       Stop paying rent (what’s the obsession with this one)
  5.       Travel the world

Today I am 40.  Ian is no longer the acting last born, Vanessa took that spot. I climbed Kilimanjaro then Mt. Kenya, I did a masters and graduated top of the class and I finally got a passport. And I have played foota with Usain Bolt.

And I am making another list. I am going to Bhutan (Oyunga Pala must have mentioned it) and I will write more often about the shit that happens when you look after elephants and I will jump from a plane when the sky diving guys in Diani offer a discount. And I will request Safaricom to bring Taro Hakase for the Jazz Festival. I reformed after all, I no longer unlock your phones.

What have I learnt after 40 years? Life happens at the pace of life. Biggest lesson? Mungu yuko.


Njenga Kahiro is the Programs Director for Zeitz Foundation ( He’s based on Segera Ranch in Laikipia.

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261 thoughts on “From The Hole”

  1. Jane says:

    It was a great post and had equally great teachings, that’s why it touched many people of different ages, thank you Biko.

    • Brenda says:

      True Jane. Biko should share more replies from that piece. There must be alot more where that came from. Tafadhali let people be inspired

  2. Lish says:

    We make lists, we burn lists and make other lists. Point is to never give up. Just keep running at your pace…And indeed Mungu yuko. Bless

    • Super Nyako says:

      I know!I am hitting 25 this year and during the holidays I was in shagz and there was a buzz of activities so I kept on telling the folks that I need to get back to Nairobi to have quiet moments to write my new year resolutions…then my forty one year old aunt said…”when I was your age..I also set goals and resolutions…nowadays we just live one day at a time”
      Got back to the city and somehow my mind has refused to collect itself together towards writing my usual 20something goals all I know is that I have to learn how to swim this year.The rest will just fall in place…so am turning 25 in June with an open heart….ready to dance along to the music that plays…

  3. uche says:

    maybe i should make a list of my own!

  4. Hiten says:

    Rocking!!! great read!

  5. Miss bush says:

    Life happens at the pace of life … I think the this pace is too slow. My life ain’t happening

  6. janet says:

    What timely posts..Indeed life happens at 21 I was gonna be married to my high school sweet heart at 31 am still waiting for Mr. “Drag him to the Right”…..Life indeed happens at its own pace.

  7. Dan says:

    Life happens at the pace of life. True indeed

  8. Ruth says:

    Wow is all I can manage…yes do write more often Kahiro

  9. Nao says:

    Liked the story so much that I had to look it up

  10. BEN says:

    Great post. very inspiring.

  11. Marleen says:

    great post. Next time i wont be so hard on myself when i dont get something done as i wanted. Maybe alittle sulking and move on.

  12. Irene says:

    Just wow.
    Again, Mungi yuko.

  13. jane says:

    This is awesome,am inspired but am still keeping my damned list.

  14. Nzama Ree says:

    Life Happens. Thank you Biko. And thank you Njenga Kahiro……

  15. D.B Cooper says:

    I can relate to that story. Somebody I shared the article yesterday told me ‘ man was born to suffer’

  16. keenjoz says:

    Njenga Kahiro, you must be a relative of mine.. That piece is smoking hot but where you hate on oyungas fans I’ll give you a kick for that (don’t worry am only 48kgs so, it won’t hurt much)..
    @bikozulu I believe am religiously hooked to you (feels like cheating on oyunga)…

    Happiest born day Kahiro!.

  17. KithyLouise says:

    I read your post yesterday and it was great and very inspiring.

  18. Annrose says:

    Heeeee!!! Aki life happens. Njenga big up for not giving up.

  19. Susanne Margaret says:

    “Ebenezer Yuko”

  20. ruth says:

    I need to make a list asap!!!!

  21. Esther K. says:

    Life happens at the pace of life. Biggest lesson? Mungu yuko.

    So true!!!

  22. kathy says:

    loved this. Life happens at the pace of life.Beautifull expression.I plan on climbing mt. Kenya this year.had my holidays in Laikipia county and loved it.Gorgeous place.thanks for the read. And indeed mungu yuko

  23. ItsMarcel says:

    Quite inspirational… The very step to a life unprecedented…. And a better present

  24. Andrew says:

    Wow!!! This is the best articles I’ve ever read by a guest writer!! Wonderful piece, Njenga, and very valuable lessons to take home. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

  25. Mau says:

    Thanks Biko and Njenga, it goes without saying that it doesn’t matter how you start but rather how you finish. Humble beginnings are sure to get you a long way down the road.

  26. miriam says:

    Two great posts in a row….bliss:)

  27. FRIDAH says:

    Kweli Mungu yuko Njenga Kahiro. I want to visit that Segera Ranch soon.

  28. Christine says:

    hahahaha! cursing with Scottish accent is quite hilarious 😀 I am also obsessed with getting my own house before 40…10 years to go hehehe

  29. Bonnie tinda says:

    A nice girl comes along and with your still calloused hands;….Heheeee

  30. Jane says:

    Njenga Kahiro’s story is uplifting, from below the grass hehe to glory, congratulations. I am also a Program Manager at eKitabu. Selling ebooks from Kenyan and African authors and publishers.

  31. Sintoh says:

    Mungu yuko indeed…wow

  32. Mercy says:

    A good read from Njenga Kahiro. From his style, I suppose he is a good student of Biko. Bottom line ‘ Mungu Yuko’ Dont give up coz He aint done with you yet.

  33. jackline Ndungu says:

    laughed my heart out..”life happens at the pace of life ”
    Thank you biko and Mr. Kahiro

  34. Brooke says:

    I have found a new ‘home’ from where to refresh my thoughts and get inspired. This impact is reliably phenomenal. Thanks Biko and Family. This means a lot to me.

  35. Evans says:

    Yeah indeed. Life happens at the pace of life. I did Industrial chemistry but it just isn’t working right I hope my site will one day transform to something better.

  36. Yvette says:

    Njenga, that was a beautiful piece…your life is more colourful than fictions.

  37. Gridenko says:

    Wow, what a journey. I looked up Njenga – turns out we’ve met a number of times. Dunia hii ndogo kweli.

  38. Faith says:

    Yesterday and today’s posts have made me take a look at life in a different perspective. I want to share all of it with a friend who was almost giving up in life. he even took to mocking God on social media, just because he has no job and money. He isn’t living the life he had hoped for after college. My advice to him, God’s time is always the best. To Biko and Njenga, thank you for the amazing piece.

  39. Kanini says:

    How is it that Njenga does not have a blog??Epic writing!

  40. Davi K says:

    Awesome article. Mungu yuko!

  41. Abigail says:

    I loved this story. I loved the writing. But I absolutely loved the story. This is such a good story! Have I said I loved this story?

  42. Abigail O. says:

    I go through life thinking my place and circumstance is mine alone until I live and get to feel connected to so many like me living a struggle. Thanks Biko for connecting so many walking a tough walk, reminding us to take a pause and enjoy our walk. May take a while before I accomplish whats on my list, but at my own pace and time, I know I sure will figure it out soon. And Njenga Kahiro, you are a perfect example of courage and hope even when it was easy to give up. Digging those pit latrines sure is no joke! I can only imagine. Am inspired. Am reading David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell. I recommend it for readers in the gang. Njenga’s story is a revelation that there’s advantages in disadvantages and disadvantages in advantages. Will I allow myself to wallow in self pity? No! If Njenga made it against all odds stacked against him, I sure can. Biko, you you you! Thank man, a million. Yesterday’s piece was a gem.

  43. Adebja says:

    Wow is the only word I have….

  44. MwanaaReginah says:

    Many men want to climb mountains in their list,but thy get to 50 n thy realise the only thing they have been climbing(and stopped by now) is their wives,,oooh Life

  45. Pauline Peter says:

    Very inspirational post Biko…happy birthday Njenga Kahiro.

  46. Muthoni says:

    Chocolate man there should be a part 2 of from the hole. Whaaaat, I am in disbelief.

  47. macharia says:

    A nice dose of inspiration to go through 2016

  48. Bina says:

    Trusting God in such a situation is quite something. I have been through this, pursuing a course I wasn’t passionate about. I am just 22 and I feel like I have had a fair share of life. Somehow, I keep hoping for a better tomorrow.

  49. Kariithi says:

    I am almost in tears. Thank you man Kahiro

  50. tina says:

    Happy birthday Kahiro. This is a WIN!

  51. rashid mzee says:

    Now, this looks like me? Indeed life happens.

  52. C. K says:

    Njenga Kahiro, I read this and laughed it mirrors my life so far. Looks like a perfect after school life of an Anthropologist, right before you find what you can specialize on, be good at it and make a living from it. Like you said, Mungu yuko.
    Amazing piece!

    • Njau says:

      Funny I read and and felt like writing Biko my story too. Though only similarities are clearing Colly 99, turning 40 this year and planning to jump out of a plane. .. heck I sold ICs not welded them…

  53. Njooro says:

    Our journey though varied, rhyme.

  54. Jack says:

    I no longer have resolutions but targets.i am more inclined to achieve them since i reward myself after. it all came from this statement………Did I marry too early, too late? Will I be a good father, a good husband? Will I bring up this family on this salary?

  55. MWangi says:

    What an article! Life lessons well put in a humorous way. It makes one want to read it several times. Hat off Njenga and Biko.

  56. sheila says:

    Njenga you need a blog …put that on your list..Great piece

  57. Beatrice says:

    Jackshon, you inspire others to inspire others!

  58. Wangari Wainaina says:

    And I agree with you,Mungu yupo and life happens at the pace of life.I think this is where being patient comes in,and, it is indeed a virtue..Great piece Njenga!

  59. Wanjiru says:

    Thank you Njenga.
    Thank you Biko.
    Thank you very much!

  60. Sir Kev says:

    happy birthday Njenga

  61. Brenda says:

    Awesome! Just Awesome! Happy Birthday Kahiro.

  62. Irene Muya says:

    wow!!! what a piece of work!!

  63. K-man says:

    A good reflection that reminds me that it’ts not about where or how one start in life but rather how we finish. I’ve been thinking about the many great people that I have interacted with and noted that very few of them; came from the “right” families, went to the “right” schools and while there took the “right” courses but in all, God’s divine plans override all our strategies, advantages or disadvantages. Ours is to trust that He has good plans for us and take our position. Wherever our circumstances lead us, being found faithful even in our most humble settings. Indeed, Mungu yuko!

  64. Purity says:

    At its own time, life shall happen. Kweli mungu yupo.

  65. Annrose says:

    Njenga Kahiro,

    Kenya Programme Director,


    Njenga Kahiro has worked on community-based conservation projects in north-central Kenya for the last 15 years, first as a reforestation coordinator for a community forest project and then as livelihoods officer for the UK Darwin Initiative funded Laikipia Elephant Project. Since 2009, he has worked for Zeitz Foundation running both conservation and community programmes until January 2013 when he assumed more responsibility as the ZF Laikipia Program manager. In June 2015, he was appointed the Director of the Zeitz Foundation responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the Zeitz Foundation Kenya Programmes

    He holds an MSc. in Conservation and Tourism from the University of Kent, UK. He is a 2011 Society for Conservation GIS International Conservation Scholar and a 2013 Kinship Conservation Fellow. His Interests are in privately protected and funded natural areas and their contribution to the overall national conservation efforts. His work has been on the interface between community led approaches in biodiversity management and involvement of private capital in making it all work for both the communities and the investors.

    • Nyakio says:

      It’s amazing to hear from someone who works with GIS. K.U offers a free course to the school of environment students but only like seven of us ever show up for class.

  66. Duggan says:

    Inspiring story. Persistent never get up mentality. Kudos.

  67. Duggan says:

    Inspiring story. Persistent never give up mentality. Kudos.

  68. Elvis says:


  69. Alvin says:

    Trying to understand life is a futile exercise, let it just happen at its own pace. Many have been inspired. Thank you Biko.

  70. Sirius Black says:

    i have 4 years to write my list before i reach that dreaded 28 with no list…game face on.

  71. Hattie says:

    Quite inspiring. God is indeed there. At his pace…pole pole we will get there

  72. andy says:

    life is like flying a kite when you run it you sustain it up, when you stop it comes down, but if you live it for with the control of the wind you will achieve things beyond your imagination, effort or even education or connections can offer. & that’s the Holy Spirit.

  73. Mr. Nduta says:

    Biko have you considered being a pastor?

    This prayer is mainly for people who talk of their dead or dying dreams. People who whose ambitions have been slowed down by arthritis, accidents, bad decisions, economic factors( Can I hear Amen?), people who wish they had a chance to education, people who are financially free but whose financial freedom has killed their relationships, people who are stuck in Europe packing cereal in a factory but afraid to come back home because in their words they will look like failures amongst their family and friends(Heleluya). Tuma mpesa to receive your miracle healing today

  74. dee says:

    owning a phone back in the day required one to make a strategic plan, run a complicated algorithm and face Mt Kenya two times a day and run round a Mugumo tree anti-clockwise once with a change to clockwise after 286 degrees,,,,, This is family ,online family that our *dad* Biko heads. Mungu Yupo . Thanks for sharing

  75. omar sheikh Ali says:

    Thanx biko and kahiro and many kahiros out there life needs push and above all consistent push

  76. Fred Morton says:

    Great stuff Kahiro…your resilience is admirable. and happy birthday… My take home is never give up, and God indeed is in control

  77. Mwachia says:

    Post more replies(emails) to ‘Tony’. Very interesting

  78. Chebet says:

    Thank you for this……

  79. Nick26 says:

    Biko,Njenga nice one.. *fist bump*

  80. James says:

    Biko’s and Kahiro’s posts are fantastic…crossroads @ 40

  81. Amani Mercy says:

    jeez man. what can I say. by the way I was a great fan of oyuga Pala. I once send him an article about house girls and maid job, which he never acknowledged, but I still remained a steadfast follower. But now jeez I really like you. like seriously. you are addictive, almost patronizing. you create an appetite for good quality literature cuisine that one can only enjoy in your blog. kudos Maguga.

  82. Eve says:

    This is quite inspiring. We are many on this journey called life and each of us is struggling with some kind of unfulfilled dreams or wishes. I loved the way Njenga writes. Biko can we make him a guest writer already. He sounds like one of your students.

  83. Ndinda says:

    WOW. Just. WOW

  84. Edna says:


  85. Ann says:

    Hallelujah! Amen & Amen is all I can say… Not yet 40, I beat up myself a lot for not doing all I had set out to do. Reading such stories makes me take a fresher look at things! And how not alone I am in my struggles. Many times people give up too soon, when they were just at the last corner to the finish line! Jesus!

  86. mahatma says:

    …. don’t
    think about philosopher kings any more. You
    worry about real things like if Man Gitahi will
    drop a bucket full of soil on you and what a
    sorry epitaph that would make: “He died
    looking for water.” “He died creating a
    resting place for shit.”……. i laughed my lungs out.. great sense of humour .. when writing becomes a game changer..

  87. Sonia says:

    Very well done Njenga Kahiro. The greatest lesson is that life happens at its own pace. I also like the bit about Subukia Shrine…I’m engaging that great lady in my life too, watch this space. Cheers to the next ten years!!!!

  88. Krystal says:

    I was giving the post major side eye but after galloping through it I actually feel that this guy should be a guest writer. Very good post!

  89. njagi says:

    and by the way Bw. Njenga we had some unfinished business…

  90. Olive Onyango says:

    True, life happens at the pace of life,Im just 27 and I thank God I already know that

  91. Gyinah says:

    Happy Birthday Njenga! Such a nice piece. Thank you for writing & sharing.
    I am so inspired!!

  92. Chalo says:

    Feeling inspired.

  93. Jenn says:

    Great read.

  94. Lucy says:

    Njenga Kahiro my former college mate. Indeed life happens. Well done. May God promote you higher and higher beyond your imagination.

  95. Wanjiru says:

    I’ve really enjoyed yesterday’s and today’s pieces. I’m 25 and sometimes I feel like my life is not as spectacular as it should be. Reading Njenga’s story reminds me that I have so much to be grateful for. The mistakes I’ve made along the way have not been as catastrophic as I think. Thanks you Biko, Tony and Njenga.

  96. Ambrose says:

    I am going to Bhutan (Oyunga Pala must have mentioned it) you had to remind Biko you still treasure your first love…I used to read his man talk while in primary school and shit didnt make sense.

  97. Patricia Ogaya says:

    This is just sooo awesome. I am overwhelmed, I thought the long post about life said it all, this has added much more. It is a continuation to awesome education, inspiration and enlightenment. “Life happens at the pace of life” has made me remember a comment someone once made that “God is extremely slow, but always on time.” Indeed Mungu Yuko. Thanks Biko and Thanks to you Njenga Kahiro. Keep writing!

  98. sylvia says:

    Happy Birthday Kahiro.The best days are yet to come.You encouraged yourself that’s. This challenges me..

  99. Kuria says:

    Mungu yupo

  100. Joan says:

    Keepers of the holy GIS grail…Yes they can be a mean lot 🙂

  101. Wambui says:

    Awesome! Keep the emails (well written, informative and fun) coming Biko!

  102. Wahito says:

    life happens at its pace… na Mungu yupo.
    Happy 40th Birthday Mr. Njenga

  103. Dan says:

    very inspiring piece, clearly you never let your previous ‘success’ hinder you from moving forward and so never failed but kept trying. God still sites on the heavenly throne

  104. Kui says:

    Wow!! Amazing Read! Can we keep him,Biko? Can we? *Puppy eyes*
    Happy Birthday, Mr Njenga!

  105. Wangari says:

    Yaani kila mtu yuko na bahati yake – Thank you for sharing

  106. Kui says:

    And I’m definitely backing you up on Taro Hakase! Talented guy.Very!

  107. Njeri says:

    I’m one of the lurkers, the faithful ghost readers of the blog who are too timid to comment. But my list this year, among other things, includes trying new things (eg commenting on this blog).
    Thank you Njenga for such an inspiring article. laughed so hard at “and just when you are about to board Mololine back to Nakuru, a familiar voice shouts your name: “Kahiro, niaje?”You turn and confirm that indeed the devil is a liar.
    But indeed, life does happen at the pace of life. You should write more

  108. wanjiru says:

    Kahiro u should add writing often to that list very inspiring and a nice read to. Happy birthday man

  109. Nyambs says:

    Great read,indeed there is God.

  110. Leah says:

    That is an inspiring read! Happy birthday

  111. Wairiuko N. Wairiuko says:

    Inspiring article!

  112. alice says:

    Happy birthday Njenga, am now heading to the nearest Shrine ( thing I have’nt done for decades) Mungu Yupo

  113. Syl says:

    Very inspiring!

  114. Kay says:

    I’m inspired.

  115. Redempta says:

    Wow happy birthday kahiro. Your story is the exact truth, I’m tired of agreeing with you all, hehehehe ( you and biko’s previous post) oh my you are so right, life does happen at its own pace. ( I haven’t made lists in the last three years but some to dos in my head have been done and some not, ) wowwww . I’m hooked to Biko

  116. June says:

    Life happens at the pace of life. Biggest lesson? Mungu yuko.

  117. June says:

    Very well written

  118. Eric Ndavi says:

    Wow! Just wow!

  119. Mutindi says:

    Fantastic read! Fantastic story!

  120. Matthew says:

    Amazing writing Njenga K. It takes a special person to show im such an amazing way that diamonds rise from dirt.

  121. Muthoni says:

    Kahiro,amazing story, told so so well,yes write more!!

  122. Oduor Were says:

    Each of us have a predestined path that we have to walk but it is for good irrespective of the hurt,pain and lack of understanding . Purpose just to to live just one day at a time. Nice read Njenga

  123. Anthony says:

    so this guy never left Laikipia? enyewe Mungu yuko

  124. Richard Kyaka says:

    Mungu yuko

  125. Mimi says:

    And I totally agree, God is real

  126. Ouko Bill says:

    Good stuff -as always

  127. Ouko Bill says:

    Awaiting that call from Biko(insert I lost your number thingy)

  128. wanjiku says:

    *sigh* just *sigh*
    This two days have given me so much inspiration I’m thinking mmaybe you could start like a week long series of the same 🙂

  129. Sasha says:

    Great piece Kahiro. So true we all have our struggles but we have to lean back to God. Mine was when 2 terminal diseases thought they could dim my light before I was 35. I picked myself from the latrine & 4 years later am trodding on.

  130. David Osawa says:

    Wow! Biko your blog has just sunrised (is there a better word?) 2016 for most of us. I recently quit a well-paying job, travelled out of the comforts of Nairobi and East Africa in general, to mould out some witty business ideas. It hasn’t been rosy. But with articles like this, I can go to my place (don’t want to use the word home) in the evening with a smile on my face and eagerly wait for the next day if only to keep push forward

  131. Esther Owido says:

    Happy 40th birthday Njenga Kahiro. I am encouraged to keep on!

  132. G.Akinyi says:

    ‘You raise your game and convince them that anthropology is the holistic study man, forestry is just one subtopic.’ It gets harder when they insist it’s the study of insects….why can’t people just get right what anthropology is?
    Great piece Kahiro.

  133. Otiato says:

    Njenga, your life story is a reflection of my life.

  134. Newton M says:

    life happens at the pace of life….great piece.

  135. JANE Wambui says:

    Happy birthday Njenga. I agree on this one Mungu yuko. Go back to writing darling. Biko this guy refused writing and the way he is talented. ( Mama ian and Venessa)

    • Brenda says:

      Mama Ian and Vanessa? Njengas wife people!! You are the unsung heroine of this story. You married him when he was just an illegal phone repair guy with calloused hands. Ladies, stand by him while he hustles and cant afford Javas, you dont know what tomorrow brings, he is a work_in_progress

  136. Anne says:

    Great stuff. Real inspiration.

  137. Mukami says:

    Biko thanks for the treats! Two in a row…. kweli ni mwaka mpya! Meanwhile can you keep this one! Ata kama he will write about elephants and monkeys, we shall read because he is a good writer. Meanwhile kweli Mungu yupo! I literary came back from the dead, ICU Nrb Hsp and here I am!Happy Birthday Njenga. Biko keep ding only what you do…… blessings in the new year.

  138. bettie says:

    Haha njenga goods inspiration. am with you on the skydiving thing at diani, I call them every 3 months to check whether kuna discount but I don’t think it will ever happen, got a deal with myself on my 30th bday if it won’t have happened I will give myself that as a bday gift

  139. Mumbi says:

    I loved this post. Njenga, you should write often!

  140. Wangechi says:

    Yesterday ‘s post was probably the most important post I have ever read on this blog…. thanks Biko.
    I also wonder if Njenga Kahiro was in Moi University ama we were not the only ones with a student centre? (It’ s hard to know what is going on in the outside world when you are buried deep in Kesses)

  141. Claris says:

    I love this post.guess it was ment for me,story of my belated birthday Njenga

  142. Biegon says:

    1. Life is dynamic, every second, every minute, every hour someone does, says, thinks of something that changes the direction of your thinking, actions, education and Life generally,
    2. I am 22 final year and yes people do change. And from every individuals’ point of view, the other chap is always doing better than you. I can attest to that.
    3. Someone told me do your best, compete not against others but against yourself, that way you move faster, further each day.
    4. Thanks Biko. You are an eye opener, God gave me hope through you.
    5. Late comment right, not my fault safaricom still giving us the worst coverage here.

  143. Lazizi says:

    The last two posts…masterpiece.
    Big ups to Njenga and Biko for being a source of hope and encouragement.

  144. kioi says:

    Yes Biko lets give him his own slot …kama sato hivi.wat happened to Chero?Happy birthday Njenga your life has literally began….whoever said life begins at forty.inspiratinal post i agree life happens at lifes pace .great piece.

  145. Ndaisi says:

    Did you mention Taro Hakase? Bless you!! He is the only crush. Dude can play that violin like mad. Am leaving for Japan tomorrow, will hunt him down for us.
    You write very well. Happy belated birthday Njenga Kahiro!

  146. eliani says:

    This post got me reflecting on my life, struggle is indeed real and but it pays anyway. Great piece man!

  147. kioi says:

    oops inspirational post…

  148. kioi says:

    oops inspirational

  149. tony macharia says:

    Deep stuff kahiro…happy birthday

  150. Gmbugua says:

    humuor and wisdom all in one basket. a blessing to be part of bikozulu’s world.First comment ever.

  151. Lismbeti says:

    Thumbs up to this and the previous post. Well written and inspiring.

  152. Indeed, life happens at the pace of life.

  153. Ivyne Kubai says:

    Every once in a while we need words of encouragement to ensure us that life will happen.
    That’s a nice piece and really encouraging.
    ‘Life happens at it’s own pace na Mungu yuko’

  154. Joe says:

    Life happens when it happens(It’s not at your beck and call rather you wait for it to unravel its mysteries).And by the way happy birthday Njenga.

  155. wanga says:

    Belated happy birthday Kahiro. 4th floor is a great place to be. Life just started. I will keep my lists, they keep you focused! very inspiring.

  156. Anastasia says:

    WOW….i used to have a list..have no idea what happened to it. this is a great inspiration. thot shit would have happened by now..ave done it all..even gone abroad and back..still shit aint done yet and am still waiting for the MR…but life happens at lifes pace…..feeling much better and ver inspired.
    Happy birthday Njenga!!
    thanks Biko

  157. Becky says:

    Thanks you so much for this article. I really needed to hear this. And Happy Birthday

  158. karis says:

    Soo true it hurts.Happy birthday Njenga Kahiro.

  159. Jaki says:

    Just who is this guy? Please have him as a resident writer. Thank you.

  160. Shiru says:

    Lovely piece. feeling inspired. Thanks Biko and Njenga

  161. MI says:

    Nenga you write great…keep it up!

  162. tesh says:

    life happens at life’s pace….is there a chance it will not happen….am i supposed to just sit and wait for life to happen….what if it doesn’t happen?….just wondering

  163. Hellen Ooko says:

    Wow! Fantastic piece! Happy belated birthday Kahiro. Your story is an inspiration. Loved the part about getting your electronics degree from Mtaa University. The struggle is indeed real but so is God.

  164. Stephanie says:

    First of all, happy belated Njenga. This post(s) couldn’t have come at a greater time in my life than at this moment. With 2 degrees in my belt, a passion for my field of study and a fiancé I still find myself embarrassed and sometimes self-defeatist because I’m still dashing around for interviews and haven’t yet started depending on myself. The road to being a happy self-made woman isn’t as easy as I thought and I crap on myself for not being where I thought I’d be. But that’s the thing about life, it happens at it’s pace- comparing yourself to others only makes you doubt your strengths and delays your progress.

  165. Avid Biko fan says:

    story well told; we look forward to the big 40

  166. Nava says:

    Happy birthday!!!!
    and this piece is awesome!!! Kweli Mungu yupo and He makes all things beautiful in His time.

  167. Wanjy says:

    ati you had to do what to buy a phone????? too funny! Great stuff

  168. Adi says:

    Thank you Kahiro,Thank you.

  169. Cool beans! These are the stories that keep me being Kenyan. Najivunia kuwa mkenya!!

  170. Njeri says:

    Mungu yuko! my biggest lesson 2015- God always looks out for His people. i can somewhat identify with him.all that hoping and meeting former schoolmates while i am trying to keep my head above the water. life really does happen.awesome!

  171. Njoki says:

    Inspired.mungu kweli yuko

  172. @clif_the_tall says:

    We must get to the top or the top must get to us.

  173. roba says:

    Kahiro and Biko… that was awesomely inspiringly true. MUNGU yupo

  174. Olive says:

    In deed life happens at life’s pace. I had it all planned out; get married at 28, have three kids, have my company up and running by 30 and never to get a kid out of wedlock. Fast forward to @31years going to 32- a single mother to a beautiful boy, still employed, financial freedom still elusive….but i have learnt to keep walking, to pick the lessons and to let God’s plan prevail. Ooh, and i didn’t know i sooo much needed a baby until baby Harrison Riek came calling.

  175. Vicente says:

    If you were locked in a library of the world’s miseries you would be led almost inexorably to choose your own because it’s the pain you’re familiar with.

  176. Wabushes says:

    Biko! You are unearthing real gems!
    Would love to read more posts by kahiro

  177. peter gitonga says:

    if that is not meaningful writing i don’t know what is?

  178. wamrose says:

    Sometimes I wonder if it was a nice move to resign from my work without a back up plan. Talk of life not happening

  179. Joyce says:

    Very inspiring makes you reflect on your future

  180. Dm says:

    I relate to the anthropologist thingy…lol I dropped n left moi after prof Akonga failed to convince me how I would apply it after campus. Life happened after that and am loving it.

  181. Dome says:

    Life happens at the pace of life. Biko, you should hear my story..and, oh, im still going up Mt.Kenya, and im definitely doing the sky dive thing. Thank you bro for the inspiration.

  182. Sueshi says:

    Happy Birthday! Njenga must stay.

  183. Diana Nancy says:

    Thanks Kahiro for telling part of my story *wipes off a lot of tears*….Life happening and sharpening those rough edges… kweli Mungu Yupo! @Biko Thanks a million for speaking healing words to my soul through your writing….Currently 28years! Blessings

  184. Waringa says:

    Very timely articles. Great and inspiring read. I thought my life is very slow, but now I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks.

  185. joe says:

    impressive. …brings back hope.

    happy birthday Mr kahiro!

  186. kinuthia says:

    Thanks so much For this….

  187. SN says:

    Indeed, life’s pace..

    One day at a time,
    present in each moment,
    living fully,
    in the valley,
    or on mountaintop.

  188. Kare says:

    Chocolate Man, this is truly the best guest post I have read on this blog! A great choice of words to express himself and drive the point home while keeping it entertaining at the same time!

  189. Dee says:

    I have laughed and learnt. Beautiful post Njenga.

  190. Lukanyagah says:

    Great post!Njenga umenijenga!

  191. Long'o says:

    Great guest post indeed. Life happens at its own pace. Spot the opportunity and grab it. Kudos Njenga

  192. galinah says:

    “anthropology is a holistic study of man,forestry is a subtopic” you were very right cause we do ecology as a unit. I am an anthropologist too finished my undergraduate lastyear and volunteering with a CBO in Kibera since May last year. I know and believe that i am headed somewhere. Thank you for shairing your story.

  193. Mary jones says:

    This is so inspiring… Indeed mungu yuko.

  194. Mwaura Gichuru says:

    well in Njenga!

  195. Vincent says:

    Biko, this guy should write! Wow!

  196. Steve Muchiry says:

    Hehe! Ati man Njenga was soldering ICs with hands steady than Ben Carson’s…just awesome…also mtu aniambie why we call Cameron’s boys Johnnies

  197. Mercy says:

    I am turning 30 and have written lists since I was 16, most have not come to pass especially the marriage and baby ones, when all my f.b friends are booed up and expecting or running around with their tots. LOL… the things scare us baffle me.
    Best sentence i’ve read up there… “Life happens at the pace of life” So KEEP CALM and let life happen

  198. benntall says:

    fans of oyunga pala can find him in probably half the gang googled this new guy(only biko stays new after six years) after OP bolted. so keep stuffing paper till those shoes fit mr forehead

  199. beth says:

    Iam inspired

  200. Esther waweru says:

    How was i late to read this?? i know Njenga personally… way back from
    Subukia… and am really proud of you Njenga; funny thing is the last time we met, late last year we were having tea in my house (see, i told you he’s my friend) we were talking about you Biko and this blog… and here we are. Cheers to 40! And for sure. Mungu yuko.

  201. George says:

    A great piece.

  202. Maureen Wairimu says:

    Please Biko, let’s keep him!! No more self-help books for me, this website is it.Thank you Njenga, finally something good from my home Laikipia

  203. Mbugua Kahiro says:

    Great inspiration Brother. You aspire to inspire before you expire.Tell those who may doubt your story to talk to me and i will even add more to rubberstamp it.

  204. jennifer says:

    thought happens..

  205. Elvira says:

    Bikozulu, please use your prowess with words to talk to this Mr . Njenga to become a guest writer…weekly, by weekly maybe even monthly will do.
    …and tell Joe Black to come back from wherever he is.

  206. Eric says:

    New year resolutions are important. But more important is the list that has the plans on how you will achieve each item on the resolutions’ list.

  207. Mama Kyle says:

    This second time am reading this post!
    Thanks Njenga

  208. abdullah omar says:

    that is guaranteed ukweli kabisa mungu yuko

  209. Mwendia Kelvin says:

    Great piece, loved it, make life resolutions, be persistent, create the opportunity door and knock on it so hard,that it just has to obey.

  210. Jacquelyn says:

    Encouraging,thank you Njenga!

  211. Maryann says:

    Geez I thank God I discovered your articles Biko. Loved the last piece love this one even more 🙂

  212. Daisy bwogo says:

    Chocolate Man, now that you dint change anything about Kahiro’s language, this is so you, could you be sharing a forehead?
    thanks for the inspiration, yes you two. Even when i feel i need to pull an acute subaru syndrome i will definately remember we all running at an individual pace.

  213. Igweta says:

    A.B.S.O.L.U.T.E.L.Y A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

  214. Kagwiria says:

    Makings of a list. Thankyou Biko and Njenga.

  215. Eric says:

    Very insightful

  216. This was inspiring and funniest “He died creating a resting place for shit” killed me

  217. penina muchiri says:

    Biko you should consider a COLLAAABO with Njenga….Witty is the operative word here for both of you…. a good read and I feel mighty inspired!!!! *I am trying hard not to curse in 2016 and beyond* I have learnt that 40 year olds curse a lot than any other age groups 🙂 but with a reason 🙂

  218. Doreen says:

    This story has taken my breath away. Thank you.

  219. it is really right, life takes it’s own pace….am really inspired

  220. Edna says:

    This is inspirational Njaanuary!

  221. Kimani says:

    Loved the piece Njenga! Prof Akong’a was my dean. Great inspiration for the new year.

  222. KAROLE says:

    Such an inspirational story.Its funny how our goals change depending on circumstances
    Njenga welcome to the gang! please write more often.. off to write my goals.
    This will be a great year. The start is amazing!!

  223. Emmy says:

    At 31 am still figuring out where shit Happened

  224. john says:

    “…You worry about real things like if Man Gitahi will drop a bucket full of soil on you and what a sorry epitaph that would make: “He died looking for water.” “He died creating a resting place for shit.”

    This has to be the funniest something I’ve read this year. Kahiro, you are up. Back to the story, like I tell my peeps, LIFE HAPPENS!

  225. Zack Mwangi says:

    Inspirational,good writing skills Njenga.

  226. Koech says:

    Thank you. The last few posts are better than a 1000 self help books.

  227. Lilian says:

    I have known Njenga Kahiro since i was in secondary school. His was the only computer school in Subukia when i was growing up(my mum learnt to operate comps from him) and i remember hanging out there on Sundays, reading the news paper and engaging him in political talk (even in secondary school, i was deep like that). I have seen him grow and today, he is not only my friend but also my mentor. I especially admire the passion he has for helping to find solution to the problems in his Community. He inspire me every day.

  228. Lulu says:

    “Mungu Yuko” for sure…what a fantastic read! Thank you…

  229. Patience Ntale says:


  230. B says:

    they say where u are in life is a function of how u spend your time……..but again I stand to be corrected

  231. Mercy Wamae says:

    Njenga, you gave me a good laugh…you should be writing more often man..

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