An Egg Inside the pitch

By Zack Omondi

Perplexed by the tittle, I am marveled by the reality here in. The reality as to how a toy-ship can successfully sail through the sea characterized by whirlpools and whirlwinds. An imagination that has been collocated with the military – bumpiness, jaggedness, harshness, unreceptive nature and so on – will strike your sense with irony; the situation at hand. Not the noise type but everything is still working smart in its place.

Moi University Catholic Students’ Association was privileged last weekend to host His Lordship Bishop Alfred Rotich, an egg on the pitch as I term it. All since Saturday in the evening when he gave an insightful talk about Religious extremism and insecurity in the modern society: “loving your neighbor being the perfect measure to strike the incumbent menace of insecurity in our modern society today,” he said on Sunday when he nut-cracked intuitive reality about humility before God. A senior in the Military Ordinariate, Bishop Alfred Rotich neither used the wireless microphone nor allowed adjustment the publicity did to the speakers. Amplifying his voice to the speakers was just but some sort of pest to him.

Personally, I learnt something that proved quite elusive from the short time we spent together. Bishop Rotich was a man with less words yet full of wisdom, partial with noise yet what he advocated for was boundless with prudence. He was inclined more to the action-bit on the matter in preference to the talking-bit of the same. I was exceedingly inspired with the slashes that humility marked in his score-card. The eloquence magnified through the mic-less voice that he fancied, projected echoes of love and sincerity to our human nature (imperfection) that we ought to accept. His nature of being musical with life was remarkable – the very reason as to why he hymned on each and every emphasis made in the homily, delivered on such a noteworthy Sunday holy mass.

Though he was never part of the well-choreographed Cultural Sunday that culminated the weekend for the MUCSA family, he shone some light to the importance of embracing others’ cultures for a generalized harmonious co-existence. “I am because you are, and you are because I am,” was one of the taglines that cannot be left unfolded.

If you cannot be grateful, then you must be a great fool. Bravura! to our guest speaker His Lordship Right Reverend Bishop Alfred Rotich. All the entire facets of greatness wrapped up in one word: Humility. Unquestionably, an egg laid untouched in the middle of a pitch.

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The 10 Best Quotes From Kanye West’s Oxford Lecture

1. “My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater. That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone in the past that has done so much, and in your life you’re not even allowed to think that you can do as much. That’s a mentality that suppresses humanity.”

2. “Some of you here probably remember the night when the Donda [his creative agency] tweets came through me and I started talking about professions that you guys are going into, that seemed they had nothing to do with a rapper. I was talking about a band of thinkers that puts aside which religion, race or gender, and somehow come together to find solutions for a broken planet. We have the resources as a civilization to find a utopia, but we’re led by the most greedy and the least noble.”

3. “What I notice about creative is that, and one of the reasons why I get into trouble, is, not only do I want to design video games, or make music, or ride bikes, I think one of the most important things to my ability to create so much in the past 30 years is my desire to play sports. I approach creativity like a sport, where if I have a drawing I react just like a jock: We’re all creative here, we’re all born artists. Some people are artists of business, some people are artists of composition.”

4. “The Matrix is like the Bible of the post-information age…. When the hundred guys come at Neo, those are opinions, that’s perception, that’s tradition. Attacking people from every which angle possible. If you have a focus wide and master senseis like Laurence Fishburne and you have a squad behind you, you literally can put the world in slow motion.”

5. “This humanity that I talk about, this civilization that I talk about, this future utopia I talk about…it can only happen through collaboration. I love Steve Jobs, he’s my favorite person, but there’s one thing that disappoints me. When Steve passed he didn’t give the ideas up. That’s kinda selfish. You know that Elon’s like ‘yeah, take these ideas.’ Maybe there are companies outside of Apple that could work on them and push humanity forward. Maybe the stock brokers won’t like that, the stock holders wouldn’t like that idea, but ideas are free and you can’t be selfish with them.”

6. “We’ve been sold a concept of joy through advertising, through car advertising, through fashion branding. It’s not the concept of time, time with your family, time with your friends, the little time that we do have on earth and what we do with that. It was somehow sold to us through a Gucci bag or something. Time is the only luxury. It’s the only thing you can’t get back. If you lose your luggage …  you can get that back. You can’t get the time back.”

7. I was exiled from my country, it was a personal exile, but exile. To come back and deliver my magnum opus of a work, and to be out-shined…to be beat by a girl [Nicki Minaj], basically. This was necessary. I think it was one of the most important points of working on that album, was to not stop her from her moment because of how good she is…. One of my biggest Achilles heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, the very person, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.”

8. “People say it takes a village to raise a child. People ask me how my daughter is doing. She’s only doing good if your daughter’s doing good. We’re all one family. We have the ability to approach our race like ants, or we have the ability to approach our race like crabs.”

9. I’m successful in learning about the beauty that is afforded rich people. But in learning that, being brought up, middle class, it’s something that is beating out of my chest. ‘Wait a second, I was middle class, and I didn’t get to see none of this shit.’ Let’s have an NBC telethon moment, and say that beauty has been stolen from the people and is being sold back to them under the concept of luxury!”

10. “Clothing should be like food. There should never be a $5,000 sweater. You know what should cost $5,000? A car should be $5,000. And you know who should work on the car? The people that work on the $500,000 cars. All the best talent in the world needs to work for the people.”

GOSPEL SINGER BAHATI GETS BEYOND JUST SINGING

Music is life to some people. And in the case of gospel singer Bahati, his has been a testimony that touches most of his fans. From the slums of Mathare to Kenya’s most coveted stages, Bahati has risen to become a force in the gospel industry. Last weekend was a chance for him to give back to the slums that raised him to become who he is today with a packed up concert at the Redeemed Church. But that was not his only highlight.
While at it he expanded his family and fatherhood responsibilities by adopting two young girls Purity aged 4 and Rose aged 10 who he admitted had gone through more difficulties in life than he ever had. He welcomed them into his family and hoped to help them achieve his dreams “My two adopted daughters and son. From Left; Morgan 4 yrs, Purity 4 yrs and Rose 10 yrs Old… These are the beautiful souls that make me wake up and hustle each day…. Each one of them has a sad story than mine. I may not give them all they want, but my desire is to see them prosper and testify to the world about God’s goodness someday. It’s never easy but I try to be the best parent they have ever seen,” he said.
By Sheila Kimani (@sheilakimm)