OK

Be Okay

Contending.

2560 1707 Oliver Kagwe

This is what we do every single moment of our lives. It all starts with ourselves, then with others. When you wake up in the morning, leaving the warm, cozy sheets for the harsh chaotic world, you consciously choose to contend. When you rush in the streets, strive in the office, study in school, do…

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Voter Apathy Is Real Amongst Youths

Voter Apathy Is Real Amongst Youths

1708 2560 Oliver Kagwe

What’s worse than a politician? A person who believes in a politician! Various extensive studies seen by okagwe.com have shown that it is more probable for Jesus to actually come back and take his flock than for politicians to actually do what they say they will do! And before you think I am making up…

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Letter #1 - Wakenya

Letter #1: Wakenya

600 600 Oliver Kagwe

Dear Oliver, I have received your letter in which you have expressed your frustration with me. You have rightly put it that I have not been writing back to you – a cause of severe frustration for you. I wish to salvage my reputation with you by stating that my silence has not been deliberate,…

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Why are our farmers poor?

Why Are Most Farmers Poor?

2560 1704 Oliver Kagwe

Malindi, Kenya.  No one can imagine how triggered I felt when I walked into a fruitmart in Malindi only to find that half of the produce there was either from South Africa, Egypt or Turkey. I was disappointed and angry. And not only are these things international, but also outrageously overpriced for a town like…

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Moving Away From Being A Taxnation

Moving Away From Tax in Taxnation

2560 1768 Oliver Kagwe

I think the government should consider taking some time to catch a little bit of air. It has been very busy chasing us to pay taxes, all while introducing new ones. As you might have noticed (if you are still at the bottom of the pyramid like me), they have taxed the heck out of…

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The more the options, the better the decision

The More The Options, The Better The Decision

1920 1024 Oliver Kagwe

Nope, not quite so. It turns out that the more options you have the more negative emotion you experience. Brands are especially notorious in this regard. It is far more likely for a brand to introduce a new sub-brand than for it to kill one that deserves to forced into extinction. When killing is not…

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Ka mua, Ka muri - walking backwards into the future.

Ka mua, ka muri – walking backwards into the future

1707 2560 Oliver Kagwe

This is a proverb by the Māori people of New Zealand (other sources attribute them to ancient Mesopotamia). It means walking backwards into the future. Take a moment to think about this incredibly cool idea! When we talk about the past and the future, we seem to mean that we walk into the future with…

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Social Media is evi

“Social Media is Evil”

1920 1280 Oliver Kagwe

In a twitter space titled ‘the good and the bad of social media’, speakers have ganged up against social media. One after the other other, they are passionately going on about how evil social media is, and the many evil outcomes that it has resulted in. Not a single one of them is pro social…

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Plane Diversion in Belarus

My Thoughts On The Belarus Plane Diversion.

2560 1707 Oliver Kagwe

I have been closely following the news on the events that happened in Belarus on the afternoon of Sunday, 23rd May 2021. It was stuff from fiction movies! What happened was that passengers aboard Ryanair Flight 4978 were cruising towards to Vilnius, Lithuania from Athens, Greece. The flight had so far been normal, with nothing…

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Youth

#KwaniYouthNiNani – Misrepresentation of Youths in Government.

2560 1707 Oliver Kagwe

There is a peculiar observation that I have made and I wish to share it with you. If you take a quick look at the composition of our government, you will notice more men than women, hardly any youths and let’s not even get started with persons living with disabilities! Yet, there are more women…

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Mirror

Reflections On The Mirror

1920 1867 Oliver Kagwe

Oliver suggests to me that the difference between having a good life and a miserable one could lie in whether or not one looks at themselves in the mirror. He goes on to make his point by saying that it also depends on how you look into the mirror, because manner in which you present…

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Universal Health Coverage

This is What UHC Means to Me

1707 2560 Oliver Kagwe

In my previous post on Universal Health Coverage, I had expressed my excitement about the initiative and also my concerns. Even as I had cautioned that we should be careful not to think of UHC as utopia, I am unable to resist the urge to share what it means to me as a young person.…

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Millennials

Are All Young People Millennials?

2560 1706 Oliver Kagwe

Just last week, I bumped into yet another millennial who said to me a sentence that had “..you millennials…” in it, and I could not stop myself from marvelling at that. I marvelled because she referred to me as a millennial in a way to mean that I am a separate group from hers, which…

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Desiderata

Desiderata

1902 2560 Oliver Kagwe

The following poem is not of my own creation. I however wish to share it as I found it to be profound and meaningful to my life (and certainly yours). Contemplate upon its words, and if it touches you, share it with others. Desiderata means things that are needed, or wanted. GO PLACIDLY amid the…

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Birth Control

Why Birth Control Interventions In Africa Have Failed.

2560 1707 Oliver Kagwe

I am inclined think that the various attempts to normalise birth control in Africa have failed. I say this because over the last 30 years, huge investments have been made in Latin America, Africa and Asia to help them get a hold of their growing populations. While Latin America and Asia are seeing significant improvements,…

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Africa Rising

Africa Rising Is Now A Wake Up Call

2560 1702 Oliver Kagwe

For a moment, I thought of writing this piece as a letter before sending it over to you. Then, I remembered that it might mean interacting with that pre-historic government agency so I quickly abandoned the idea. So please bear with me by settling for a blog post, it is what people do in these…

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Univeral Health Coverage

To Begin With, UHC Should Have Been A Discussion.

1080 1080 Oliver Kagwe

Last week, I buried one of my uncles who’s death followed many months of illness. I remember the worry on everyone’s eyes when he first fell sick. I remember how he was bounced around hospitals, the momentum only stopping when we got him seen by a certain doctor who is our long-time family friend. He…

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Youth

A Blog Post From A Youth to Post-Youth People.

1707 2560 Oliver Kagwe

Perhaps it was not so different for older generations, but being youth now is just about the hardest thing one can be. Whether or not one decides to be focused or ignorant, they still end up laying in bed really frustrated about their lives. And the frustration is mostly because no ones seems to understand…

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Donors and their self interests.

What Are The Self Interests Of Donors?

1920 1483 Oliver Kagwe

It is accepted knowledge that every human being is driven by their self interests. This being the case, then, I wonder; what are the real self interests of Non-profit organisations? I understand what they have made us understand – that they are very concerned about people’s well being so much so that they have dedicated…

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Expert

The Paradox Of Being Too Good.

2560 1828 Oliver Kagwe

I don’t suppose that there is any problem with being too good at something. Being an expert. In fact, you will always find me saying things like “do something to the best of your ability.” And one may live for a thousand years and never quite reach the best of their capability. Because one cannot…

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If

If.

1920 1079 Oliver Kagwe

If you cannot share your emotion, If you cannot share in emotion, If you cannot express your affection, And be seen to endure affliction, If you cannot say your idea, If you have to be “from this area”, If your honesty does not matter, And the truth does not matter, If your falsities have you…

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