Kenyan government, through the Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB), has banned the controversial online game, Blue Whale, which has been linked to teen suicides across the world.
The government is lobbying Google, Facebook, Twitter to block it in Kenya, just days after it emerged that a teenager in Nairobi killed himself after playing the online game.
KFCB boss Dr Ezekiel Mutua said the government is aware that the game, which originated in Asian countries, has been online for some years.
The game entails a 50-day challenge that involves performing dangerous activities that include watching horrific movies and inflicting harm on oneself.
On the last day of the challenge, the player is asked to kill him/herself in order to be regarded as the ultimate winner. The owners are linked to creators of other games such as ‘A silent House’, ‘A sea of Whale’, ‘Wake me Up at 2.40am’ among other social media versions.
“As a content regulator, KFCB is particularly concerned that the game is now accessible to children and teenagers in Kenya. The Board has ordered for an immediate withdrawal of the game from all social media sites in Kenya and asked all internet service providers to ensure it is not accessible in Kenya,” ordered Mutua in a statement.
Last week, a sixteen-year-old committed suicide in Kamkunji, Nairobi under what preliminary Police investigations believe to be the influence of the lethal game. The gaming application has been popular among teens especially in the urban areas where the level of internet connectivity is high.
It is claimed that Blue Whale Challenge is responsible for more than 130 suicides of teenagers in Russia alone.
Parents, relatives or guardians who detect that their children are playing the Blue Whale challenge are advised to report to nearest police station or call KFCB hotline 0711222204.
Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all
Alcohol intake in moderate amounts have been linked to health benefit but it gets addictive and highly toxic when we drink too much of it. Ethanol is the active ingredient in alcohol and it affects the body in many different ways.
It directly influences the stomach, brain, heart, gallbladder, and liver. It affects levels of lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) and insulin in the blood, as well as inflammation and coagulation. It also alters mood, concentration, and coordination. The more you drink and especially above the recommended limits, the greater the risk of developing serious problems.
Does your drinking pattern really matter? One of my clients asked me this question and I thought of sharing with you my answer. Having seven drinks on a Friday or Saturday night and then not drinking the rest of the week is not the equivalent of having one drink a day.
What you drink (beer or wine) is not as important as how you drink. The recommended weekly total may be the same, but the health implications are not. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to accumulation of fat in the liver which causes inflammation then eventually liver failure.
Your liver processes alcohol and it cannot cope with so much at a time. Drinking more alcohol than the liver can cope with can damage liver cells and produce toxic by-product chemicals. Moderate intake of alcohol means, having one drink a day for ladies and two drinks a day of men.
So how can alcohol affect your health?
1. Chronic alcohol abuse can impair brain function permanently however moderate intake may have benefits for brain health.
2. Alcohol abuse and depression are linked. People may start abusing alcohol due to depression or become depressed from abusing alcohol.
3. Evidence on alcohol and weight gain is mixed. Heavy drinking and beer are linked to weight gain while moderate drinking and wine are linked to reduce weight gain.
4. Moderate alcohol consumption is linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease but heavy drinking appears to increase the risk.
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Because each of us has unique personal and family histories, alcohol offers each person a different spectrum of benefits and risks. Whether or not to drink alcohol, especially for “medicinal purposes,” requires careful balancing of these benefits and risks.
If you are thin, physically active, don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet, and have no family history of heart disease, drinking alcohol won’t add much to decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease.If you already drink alcohol or plan to begin, keep it moderate—no more than two drinks a day for men or one drink a day for women.
So don’t feel pressured to drink alcohol. However, if you do drink alcohol and you’re healthy, there’s probably no need to stop as long as you drink responsibly and in moderation.
Justice League fans treated to prescreening ahead of release
Over 200 movie enthusiasts watched the film that features five of the biggest super hero names of all time at Century Cinemax at Junction Mall two days before the November 17 premier
As the world awaits the big screen debut of the long awaited new block buster film ‘Justice League’ set for worldwide release November 17, 2017, DStv subscribers in Kenya already got in in all the action!
DStv partners, subscribers and movie buffs had an exclusive super hero action experience during the pre-screening of “Justice League” that was held at Century Cinemax at Junction Mall two days before the official premier. Over 200 movie enthusiasts watched the film that features five of the biggest super hero names of all time.
Speaking during the movie premier, Philip Wahome, MultiChoice Kenya Corporate Communications Manager said: “The movie Justice League is one of the most anticipated block busters of the year and it is a great delight for DStv to be able to give our subscribers the first opportunity to watch the movie ahead of the worldwide release. DStv is proud to continue to bring you the latest content first in partnership with M-Net. Today’s pre-screening is part of our mission to deliver value to our customers by making great entertainment more accessible. We will continue to work to deliver the shows that people love into their handsthrough such screenings and also to their living rooms through our DStv platforms.”
In the movie, Justice League, five of the world’s most watched and admired super heroes come together in an attempt to restore faith in humanity. Batman, Wonder Woman, Cybord, Aquaman and Flash come together in the movie to stand against a newly awakened threat of catastrophic proportions.
Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Raymond Fisher, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller star in the action adventure “Justice League” that has received numerous positive reviews from movie analysts and comic fans from which the super hero characters are derived.
Jumia is on its way to become Africa’s Alibaba
Started in Lagos, Nigeria in 2012, Jumia, as of 2016, had 126 operations across 23 African countries, thus covering 90% of African GDP and three million customers
Kenyans on Monday woke up to the news that Alibaba, the Chinese online shopping platform, sold stuff worth Ksh 2.6 trillion (US$25 billion) during the annual Singles Day shopping festival on November 11 or 11/11.
According to a statement released on Sunday, the sales generated via Alipay were an increase of 39% from last year. Singles’ Day is touted as the biggest online shopping extravaganza worldwide, dwarfing international equivalents like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Acccording to online sources, the day, chosen for the collection of ones in its name, started out as a kind of “anti-Valentine’s Day” where China’s lonely hearts revel in their singlehood. It was popularised by Alibaba as an annual online shopping spree in 2009, where participating companies offered discounts to shoppers for a 24-hour period.
On these shores, Africans are are more familiar with Valentine’s Day, which falls on February 14, when lovers exchange gifts and share romantic moments. However, in Kenya, a study conducted by Trends and Insights for Africa (Tifa) research firm, indicates that many people are not as enthusiastic as they were previously due to worsening economic times.
But there is a new enthusiasm over the emergence of online shopping platforms, which annually give out unbelievable offers on a wide-range of products during occassions such as Black Friday.
This year, Jumia has lined up various offers that would last one month, providing an opportunity for customers to take part in daily treasure hunts in which they stand a chance of clinching coveted gadgets and other goods at heavily discounted prices. The treasure hunt went live on Sunday night.
And if statistics from shopping trends since the hunt kicked on at 11.59 pm in comparison to olx and kilimall (its other online competitors in that order) in the country, is anything to go by, then Jumia is truly on its way to becoming Kenya’s and Africa’s Alibaba.
Started in Lagos, Nigeria in 2012, Jumia, as of 2016, had 126 operations across 23 African countries, thus covering 90% of African GDP and three million customers. In the same year, it became the continent’s first unicorn being valued over US$1 billion.
Just like Alibaba, Jumia seeks to ride on changing trends in e-commerce, entertainment, urbanisation and music, among others, and will leverage this with ultimate deals for those seeking to avoid the inconveniences that come with traditional shopping culture that is still in brick and mortar concepts.
Online shopping platforms ensure a 24-hour experience and, according to Jumia, during Black Friday month, huge deals and discounts on various products, including home appliances, fashion items, smart phones and other electronic products, among others, will be on offer and one can only sleep at his own peril.
Jumia’s Black Friday 2017, its biggest annual sale, started on 13th November and will last until 13th December, covering 31 days.
Music band of mum, dad and kids
Samson Ng’ang’a Munyambo, his wife and children have already produced an album with 12 songs; with all instrumental arrangements and vocals done by the family members
Making a living through talent is catching up in Kenyans as more and more campaigns are launched to urge parents to maximise their children’s gifts.
But even as the trend is catching up, a man from Kairi village, Gatundu North constituency has been championing this course earning a living through his musical talent which he is keen to pass on to his children.
Lyrical tunes linger in the air as you enter the family’s compound of evangelist Samson Ng’ang’a Munyambo and upon entry into the house, you are met by the sight of well arraigned guitars, two keyboards, saxophone and a violin all across the sitting room walls.
Located in Gakui village in Gatundu North, visitors are welcomed by splendidly arranged tunes with captivating, entertaining and educative gospel songs.
The family’s popularity in Gatundu North has earned them fame attracting newsmen to their backyard.
Each of his children and wife is able to play a guitar, violin, and keyboard and whistle trumpet. All he says, are musical instruments they use to entertain Kenyans in weddings, burial ceremonies and in churches.
Munyambo has formed a family band, which has produced an album with 12 songs; with all instrumental arrangements and vocals done by the family members.
He says that his wife, two sons and her daughter’s rhythmic talent has been the source of the family’s livelihood.
“I have managed to educate all my children to their current level by the help of music. I live, eat and drink music. My children have come to my aid and we are moving very fast in terms of development because upon their enjoinment in my passionate career, we are now able to go for more shows from which we make a living,” says Munyambo.
He reckons that he started his musical career in 1999 before commencement of training guitar lessons to willing locals. He furthered his keyboard know how in the year 2002 before introducing his family to instrumentals.
Churches fight to have him as their permanent instrumentalist but his firm principle to follow Seventh Day Adventist church doctrines pushes him back.
Although they enjoy enough sustenance from their musical endeavors, the Munyambos’ says that the journey has been full of challenges singling out low appreciation of talents, temptations to offer secular entertainment, which he says collides with their staunch Christian values and poor payment of royalties.
His youngest child Jeremiah Mwangi is a nine-year-old, whose love for music is irresistible points poor uptake of talents in Kenya. He challenges the government to establish talent hubs across the country to nurture such God given gifts.
“I urge the government to create talent hubs across the country to better the careers of those whose passion is to pursue certain gifts. It is with no doubt that if such centers are established, more youths will chase their dreams,” Mwangi advises.
His daughter Mary Wacheke Ng’ang’a, a class 5 pupil at Kairi primary school advises youngsters to develop a habit of practicing their talents. She said that this will help more youth avoid being involved in the treasures of the world citing that idleness among children was the source of societal immoralities.
“The reason many youths are falling prey to illicit brews and outlawed drugs is because they lack someone to hold their hands. Although the formal education is important, parents must not invoke their children to go for certain professions if their dream and passion is in talents,” says Wacheke.
Munyambo wishes to transform the society by training more instrumentalists as he hopes to become an African choir star.
He challenges gospel musicians in Kenya to reestablish Christianity values which he says has eroded over the years accusing artists of concentrating on monetary gains forgetting their vocation to serve.
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