PRACTICAL SKILLS TEASERS: WHO HAS ACCESSED THE BOOK AND WHAT THEY THINK!

Practical Skills has made a few rounds already before its launch date. This is to get a feel of the book from some avid readers. Here are a few people who have interacted with their feedback

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OGWENO STEPHEN SPEAKS AT THE 4TH AFRICAN YOUTH SDGS SUMMIT

The Fourth African Youth Summit took place in Ethiopia during the second week of march. On 11th March Ogweno Stephen alongside an able panel brought together through Amref health Africa presented at the summit. The topic for discussion was youth innovation in health, building better from COVID 19 pandemic. In this conversation, Ogweno Stephen highlighted the importance of embracing innovation moving forward and pointed out the importance of continuously being flexible and adaptable during this recovery phase past covid 19.

The panel

Watch the full presentation on this link below.

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THE HARAMBEAN DREAM AND WHY I ALIGN

The Harambean commitment to developing the Africa we want is a bold vision from a group of entrepreneurs to take action. The goal of the alliance is to connect inspire and build the continent’s future by actively engaging in business, venture, funding and support. The dream to develop the future that we want to see for Africa is such a bold vision that really aligns with my vision for the continent as well. Through a collective of entrepreneurs who are very successful and through the support and funding, the Harambeans are literally showing the world the true face of African ventures and entrepreneurship, as successful, innovative, transparent and mission driven.

I believe strongly that this generation will be the turning point for the continent once again. As we all know Africans have always pioneered in education, invention and development with the first civilizations and even universities for instance coming from here. This generation, my generation, is the generation that will bring back the glory and Harambeans are already setting the trajectory to making this vision a reality.

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STORIES BY THE FIREPLACE INTERVIEW AT KUTV.

Ogweno Stephen and JOYCE WANJIRU   were recently featured on an interview at KUTV hosted by Caren Blessing to talk about their new book, Stories By The Fireplace. In their interview which lasted thirty minutes the two shared their passion for writing and preservation of culture that drove them to write the book alongside other 5 coauthors.

Stories By The Fireplace is the most recent collection to my authorship journey. It’s a children’s book that aims at educating our children on the cultures and traditions of our communities in Kenya. This piece of work is such an important contribution to literature especially since we are continuously losing our traditional stories with more urbanization and less engagement with our grandparents who used to pass these stories by word of mouth from generation to generation. This project at the core aimed at really immortalizing and solidifying these stories and enabling children to learn stories from their cultures and traditions but also from other cultures and traditions.

Watch the full interview below

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OGWENO STEPHEN MEETS THE UK HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR KENYA

In an auspicious gathering of top scholars and learners from the commonwealth, Ogweno Stephen was privileged to meet and interact with the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner For Kenya. Ogweno Stephen who is a Commonwealth Scholar was among the 5 people who were chosen to carry out exhibitions at the residence of the commissioner. In this event Ogweno Stephen portrayed some of his work with Stowelink while at the same time sharing some of his publications with the audience of the day.

The commissioner was especially excited by Ogweno’s latest book Practical Skills For Entrepreneurial Success and reiterated the importance of getting young people into the market as entrepreneurs innovators and leaders. Practical Skills For Entrepreneurial Success is set to be launched in June of this year. With this book the big vision is to guide young passionate people into becoming entrepreneurs and setting up their first ventures.

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I’M NOW AN AUTHOR OF A CHILDREN’S BOOK: STORIES BY THE FIREPLACE

Stories by the fireplace is the most recent collection to my authorship journey. It’s a children’s book that aims at educating our children on the cultures and traditions of our communities in Kenya. This project was a massive undertaking led by Joyce Wanjiru who brought together 7 coauthors to go back to their communities, fetch the traditional stories that the grandparents loved to tell and immortalize them through this book project.

This piece of work is such an important contribution to literature especially since we are continuously losing our traditional stories with more urbanization and less engagement with our grandparents who used to pass these stories by word of mouth from generation to generation. This project at the core aimed at really immortalizing and solidifying these stories and enabling children to learn stories from their cultures and traditions but also from other cultures and traditions.

Personally, I contributed 5 stories from the Luo community.  Stories that educate about our heroes, their lives, their wins and their fails so that we can learn from them. I am very excited now to begin sharing these stories with the bigger community once the book launches on the 26th March 2022.

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A VISUAL DIARY OF MY CAPE TOWN EXPERIENCE.

My recent journey to Cape Town was definitely my first in the city and I must admit, I was not disappointed at all. Cape town is a cosmopolitan city that’s full of vibrance and incredible people. More than that the landscape of Cape Town is unique with mountains on one side and the ocean front on the other.

Here is a visual diary of some of the photos that captured my experience in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa.

Arrival

at the Cape Town international airport

The roads

Le Franschhoek hotel & spa

The experience at the hotel

The Anthonij Rupett experience

Cape Town Experience

Allan and Gray Experience

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MY EXPERIENCE AS A JASIRI FELLOW AT THE HARAMBEANS GLOBAL SUMMIT

Nestled in the valleys and mountains of Franschhoek in South Africa’s Cape Town was the location for the Harambeans Global Summit for 2022. The summit was unlike anything else I have ever attended especially on the African continent. One thing though that I have to share before I go onto the details, is that we were very privileged to have received support from the Allan And Jill Gray Philanthropies to attend the summit as Jasiri fellows.

The Jasiri Team : Ogweno Stephen with Brian Simiyu and Anthony Farr at the summit

The Harambeans Global Summit is a premier example of the best of the best that Africa has to offer in terms of entrepreneurship, impact, networks, and the exclusiveness. The Harambeans are a community of passionate entrepreneurs, innovators and funders who are brought together by a common mission of developing the Africa that we want. They believe strongly that this Africa exists, and they, through their businesses, ventures and funding are actively developing this next Africa of the future. The Harambeans have produced 2 of Africa’s unicorn ventures and have produced the top entrepreneurs in the continent. This community is also very driven by the drive to leave a legacy on the continent and the world. The global summit brings together these movers and shakers of Africa and the world.

My experience at the global summit was the first of its kind. The location was premium, with the wine farms and the mountains as your backgrounds and the tranquil and serene nature of the setting as your foreground. The Franschhoek Hotel which hosted most of the events is a premium hotel with incredible grounds, architecture, and maintenance. But the biggest value I got from attending this summit was the people. This kind of gathering is such a rare event. To be able to bring together individuals of this caliber in one location and driven by one purpose is extremely hard yet the Harambeans summit was able to figure it out. The conversations were great, the networking was real and intentional and not merely transactional and the learnings from all these pioneers and market leaders was something inspirational.

I definitely could have gone into more details of it but ill let the photos speak on my behalf. A rather fitting end to this would be to end this with the Harambeans commitment which is “We will check our road and the nature of our battle, yet in the end, the Africa our generation desires can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is ours.”

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PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS BY STEPHEN OGWENO : BOOK LAUNCH, CURRENT PROGRESS AND ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

About book

Practical Skills for Entrepreneurial Success is a true masterpiece that provides insight that goes beyond entrepreneurial realm into wisdom for life and business. The book merges storytelling, insight, and instructions in such a delicate and a masterful manner thus enabling the reader, to not only develop a mental and mindset shift in their approach to life and business, but also equips them with practical methods of tackling business challenges both in how they approach them mentally and strategically.

The book stems from real life experiences of successful entrepreneurship in Africa and gives context and valuable insight to success in business in this setting and beyond. The wisdom in this book is timeless and encapsulate the true perspective of success in life and business. This books grounds success in its true and timeless definition, that success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal that an individual has set out for themselves, and that success in its entirety means success not only for the individual but also for the communities and networks that the individual exists within.

Ultimately, this book is for EVERYONE, because the success habits and practical skills discussed herein will lead to success in all areas of your life.

Book launch plans

We are currently working on the book launch and what we can conform at the moment is that the book will be launched in June of 2022 in Nairobi kenya and in an online event. More details will be coming through soon.

The book is also in the very final stages of getting published and listed on amazon and we will be updating you in how and when you can preorder your copy. This will be limited to only 100 people, so ensure to join our preorder list on the link below to be the first one on the list.

Practical skills online courses.

The team is also currently developing online courses to help you bring what you shall have read from the book into practical real life steps to help for develop and create your start up business. More details on the same will be coming to you soon.

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OGWENO STEPHEN’s ARTICLE FOR PROJECT SYNDICATE ON MHEALTH IN AFRICA.

Here is a preview of the article that Ogweno Stephen did for the project syndicate. Project Syndicate is an international media organization that publishes and syndicates commentary and analysis on a variety of global topics. All opinion pieces are published on the Project Syndicate website, but are also distributed to a wide network of partner publications for print. Ogweno Stephen was one of the 12 individuals who were selected globally and trained to write opinion pieces for project syndicate. On this first article Ogweno Stephen talks about mobile health care and why it’s needed now more than ever in the continent, here is the preview.

Africa’s health systems suffer from serious inefficiencies. Countries across the continent struggle with disruptions in medical equipment and drug supply chains, last-mile health-services delivery, medical data analysis and storage, and financing. But innovations in telemedicine, drones, big data analytics, wearables, and information management have brought the possibility of effective, affordable solutions into view, promising to improve overall health outcomes.

Read the full article on the link below

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