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Women’s role in society as originally designed, deep down

A couple of weeks ago, i walked into a restaurant with my homies down town an economic milieu to grab lunch for the day. Cool was the weather and calm was the environment when we placed our orders to a waiter who strangely was a Senegalese man. While our various different orders were being processed, there placed was a 20th century analogue display displaying images of an information canal directly from a far countryside. This was the foreign news about the recent happenings on foreign land and the various negotiating treaties taking place in a bid to end the global violence among the nations involved. Then surfaced Angela Dorothea Merkel on the display, yeah she looked the same as ever, commanding authority when she mounted the stage to deliver words that would steer the union in a given direction momentarily. I could say it was a tradition passed on in the german society but this looked a little different. Something hasn’t been right about it all these years (11 years now). She was the first female chancellor and has been so for the past 11  years now. She plays a central role in the EU and has a huge influence over the other member states. She obviously took part in the Brexit of summer fall later this year as another of her kind (Theresa May) takes over the United kingdom. I forgot what her topic of discussion was back then but one of my homies from earlier raised a concern about the place of women in society. As controversial as the topic may be, it is worth considering and looking back at what is said from ‘first principles’. Being all Christians, we decided to look back into our ‘first principles’, the Bible. Then we stumbled upon this part of it, 1st Timothy 2:11 – 19 or so. This spurred concern amongst us and we started to reason around that considering other instances in the Bible where women played roles similar to merkel’s . We know of the queens both good and bad in the time when God was closest to man in spirit. Of the good ones was Esther who became queen to King Ahasuerus, who through her position and grace was able to liberate her people from the oppression and manipulation of the commander of the armed forces. She heeded to the wise words of her ‘father’, Mordecai and was able to plan the liberation of her people under oppression and subjection. The other queens used their position rather in very evil ways and were most often responsible for the man’s fall. The examples are many in the Holy book e.g Joseph and Potiphar, Samson and the women, David et al, etc. These women exerted some form of authority over the men under their rule which we found to be against the laws in place by the scriptures.

Given the scriptures we think it has been made clear, the role of the woman in the society of men and that is what we believe in. In our society today, we need to redefine the roles that women may play as it is according the law of the holy book. We find it clear that for a woman to preach the wisdom of God (the gospel), it is not right. However, as to whether women should lead entire institutions or nations in the midst of men as it is currently happening these days (in IMF, WORLD BANK, UK, Tokyo-Japan, GERMANY, LIBERIA, BRASIL well no longer, US maybe soon enough), is what the controversy on this issue is all about and i leave it to you to express yourself on that. We find growing concepts like feminism, equality and what have you that are steering more and more women into this deceitful pedagogy. All these we think are false preaching that are just looking like the norm today and which we need to meditate to be revealed the truth. Let no man be deceived for in the days to come, we shall hear and see things of all sorts. Only with steadfast prayer and meditation can we be revealed the truth.

Let me know what your thoughts on this issue is and we can share our different views and be able to grow together.

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The cry of my youth to my eternal Father

As i continue my journey to the promised land, i am bombarded and drowned in the regulations and lifestyle of this world. I am not from it but yet i am in it. This world is getting more and more soaked with violence, promisquity, injustice, slandering. My youthfulness is more vulnerable to these now than ever before. In all these, Lord you remain faithful. Tilt my heart to keep looking up to you even when the world feeds on my youth.

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.- Psalms 127:4

Give me strength that i may not rely on mine alone. Take me away from the sight of those who promote waywardness i pray thee. Though i face all the tribulations and trials today i pray that thee keeps me up. Lord remember not the transgressions of my youth and cast me not away from thy sight for i am weak but in you i am strong. Free my mind from the perverted desires of this world and let your law abide in me. My youth has been plagued with desires from the underworld but i cry unto thee to set me free from he who comes to kill, steal and destroy.

They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean. – Job 36:14

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. – Lamentations 3:27

Make my days an example that the youths of my days may follow and see your glory. Make my star shine and guide the other stars to shine to glory. Light my candle that i may use it to light those of the youths of my days. Spring my well that they may fetch from it as they see your glory through it.  If i be unworthy to come in your presence Lord, my fellow youths who look up to me will be also. But for thou art a merciful God and thy steadfast love endureth forever, thou shalt exhault his children above the temptations of this world into the eternal glories.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4

Guide my feet into the way of peace i pray thee for i will seek first thy kingdom with the hope of every other be added unto me.

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. ! timothy 4:12

Hear my cry i pray thee.

The Pros and Cons with tech entrepreneurship in Cameroon.

Cameroon has for the past 5 years now experienced a significant growth in the interest of technology in some parts of the country, Buea (silicon mountain) being at the center of it all. The country has seen a few young energetic talents spring up from their 4 walled bedroom and throw amazing things at the world. These few are inspiring and leading many upcoming young ones to get involved and find interest in using tech to bring out innovative solutions for their community while upholding a bigger picture. However, there are some issues when people just get excited and feel they can just dive in without ‘doing their homework’. It sure takes a lot (time, money and strength) for talent to be recognized in this country and out to valuable use. I believe that innovation is not limited by a zip code, but that it’s value actually is. In this short first version of the post, i talk about the cons to this new frontier in the country and actors involved that need to be examined, questioned and mentioned.

Many people who are getting into tech entrepreneurship nowadays think it’s a prestige to be a tech entrepreneur seeing what the big names (Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Larry and sergey etc) have become. They don’t understand the effort it requires to make it work. This maybe due to lack of orientation from elder peers who have gone ahead and got the experience or just lack of communication with among themselves. Today @the university of buea and the catholic university (CUIB) most noted to be bringing out most of the so called ‘entrepreneurs’, every young freshman or even sophomore who owns a laptop and can program a computer in a language used in the 70’s now thinks he or she can automatically be a tech entrepreneur like Gates or Zuckerberg and the rest. They don’t sit down and actually reflect on the requirements of their society in order to identify what technology can yet address and what it can’t address. This is a problem as such an approach generally leads to failure because it is like failing to plan, which is planning to fail. You have failed before you even start when you adopt such an approach, which unfortunately is what over 95% of the youths around here (Cameroon) do. They just set out to start building a solution without like i always say, ‘doing their homework’. Consequently they end up building useless solutions nobody ever wants or uses. This is because they practically used the wrong approach or did it at the wrong time. It is important to have a thorough knowledge on the operating sector before using tech to address a problem. Sometimes many people just think they can use a tech solution to solve a problem when the community actually isn’t welcoming the tech. This causes many people to waste time and energy for things that would otherwise have been addressed differently. Technology entrepreneurship in our community suffers a lot from isolationism. Many tech geeks around aspiring to be entrepreneurs don’t actually understand the importance of team work. Most of them are in the francophone zones and have this tendency of working alone like a lone wolf. It makes it very difficult or takes a long time for the solution to be realized, if at all it does. Some usually use this argument when asked why they preferred working alone, ‘my idea will be stolen from me’. Now i ask this question, ‘How many messaging applications can we find for example?’ This is an example to show that ideas are nobody’s property and whether you share it or not, just rest assured that another has it. There are over 7 billion people out there over 20% have the skill to think and realize what you are thinking. When you share it, you even have a better chance of making something new from it. Isolationism is not what we should practice in a successful tech entrepreneurship venture.

Tech entrepreneurs are a generation of connected entrepreneurs. This means that access to basic and reliable internet connectivity is key. Tech entrepreneurs need to stay up-to-date with the trends in their various domains and this requires stable and reliable internet connectivity. One should be able to afford internet the same way one buys soap from the local store. This is not the case in the country at the moment. Prices are still exorbitant for the most people and efficiency/reliability hangs around 30%. This is a key problem to tech entrepreneurship in this country. The  major providers MTN, Orange, NexTel seem to be out exclusively to make their profits not caring about the customer service they need to provide. They are still making the profits but aren’t serving the consumers with what they are asking at at optimal rate. These are the actors slowing down the tech ecosystem in the country. Soon they try to camouflage it with startup competitions for tech entrepreneurs when in fact they can’t give proper follow-ups and respect deadlines, let alone provide seamless access to local technology resources used by entrants.

Since it is mostly youths who are getting involved in tech entrepreneurship, they are yet to understand their ecosystem and accept the reality about it before getting into building their solutions.We have a political and economic situation based on the theory of ‘conservation of power’. One which requires you to have a handler in a given sector for your affairs to move ahead. The government’s role in every society is to ensure the atmosphere, whether political, economical or social is conducive for people to build businesses that attract investors and bring jobs. It is reported in the US that  Silicon Valley companies(tech companies) have contributed to more than  25% of the country’s employment rate and these companies are even employing people oversees. In Cameroon tech entrepreneurship is not something the government is paying attention to until recent when they hear of few youths proving their worth, then they may be willing to pay more attention to that sector. They are hindering the development of the tech ecosystem with the high levels of corruption and unnecessary legislation. The law for SMEs in the country is still not good enough to favor tech entrepreneurship in the country. One of such is the idea of ‘PATANTE’ as they call it. This due should not be imposed upon young starting tech entrepreneurs but the government can setup operational inspectory units to see that these people are really willing to build something useful.

In general, some tech solutions can’t be applied to the current context in the country. One needs to look outside the triangle to calculate it’s dimensions, then go in and label them. While all these things obscure the future of tech entrepreneurship in the country, there are a few pros as well, and we will be looking at those in my next post.

Embezzlement’s optimal solution that needs to be sincerely applied in Africa

Embezzlement is an act withholding assets for the purpose of conversion (theft) of such assets, by one or more persons to whom the assets were entrusted, either to be held or to be used for specific purposes – WikiPedia

Embezzlement is a cancer-worm that plagues basically every nation in the world. The effects are heavier on some countries/continents (notably Africa) than on others. You will be surprised to realize how dishonesty causes the interruption of execution procedures setup to recover from some of the alleged cases. Africa has the highest rate of non-recovery from such situations than any other continent in the world. The effect of such an act has a ripple effect whose multiplier effect can cause great loss to certain sectors of the economy. The effects can be from a few people becoming unemployed overnight to entire enterprises collapsing and governments toppling.

Most often we hear of embezzlement cases where the perpetrators are said to end in prison but without any further details as to the recovery of the alleged assets/funds stolen. Even information as to the dissipation of the assets/funds involved are not usually disclosed.

Imprisonment without further action has little impact on the perpetrator but rather is a cost on the given government when carrying out the activity. The optimal solution therefore is the seizure of all assets/funds of the perpetrator that sums up to the tune of the totality of the assets/funds embezzled  plus damage fees evaluated by experts to have caused the state/institution in question. Consideration may be allowed for the recovery of these resources over a strict period of time if a jail term isn’t given, but the rule must be applied to completion. The perpetrator should not be allowed to be set on any post of responsibility which grants him/her access to a threshold magnitude of management and in fact should be imposed the status of an ex-convict which will automatically restrict access to certain positions in any given institution. With such a legislation in place, i believe cases can be handled more credibly and institutions can recover faster from such malpractices. The issue is not that such an approach hasn’t been envisaged or conceived, but again it is due to the selfishness and dishonesty of those in the position to apply the rules. Private institutions need a more stronger and reliable handler to handle such cases within environment and not always have to lookup to government handler.

WebHosting – Shared Hosting VS VPS deep down.

Web Hosting is something that has become mainstream in society today. Every web developer, no matter the skillset or technology  needs to host his application at some point in time whether to test, run a prototype or even go on production. Most often we look for an optimal solution and usually find that, getting hosting via well-established providers is the best option or at least more convinient and cheaper. One could as well setup his own server and register to become a stand alone service provider, but this would take much time. We definitely don’t always have the luxery of time and so go ahead with ready made services already available and gaining popularity. Different hosting providers provide hosting services at varied costs with a host of service ranges. All the technical details about a given package are not always elaborated early enough so developers may realise at one point in time that their packages don’t offer certain required services for their application. This can be frustrating atimes and just need package upgrading or host change. Every hosting service provider needs to provide customer support via a live handler to be the most efficient and competitive on the market. Users should be able to request full details of the given package before purchase which is currently not available from all the hosting providers i have had a chance to go through. Hosting providers do have contact numbers or emails given the number of clients they may have to respond to. However, responding in real-time is key. Two commonly used packages for clients are Shared Hosting (SH) and VPS (Virtual Private Server).  SH is mostly used to host small websites like blogs, showcasings, personal websites, magasines, product directories. VPS are used for much larger and more intense websites like social webapplications, gaming sites, dating sites, search engines, streaming websites, basically heavy multimedia content sites , e-commerce sites etc. VPS allows users in some cases to customize right upto the operating system clients may want to use. SH are bound only to use the servers provided with minimal configuration. VPS can allow users to install third party softwares and to be able to configure them at ease. Providing information about the various capabilities to potential users is very important for their integration process. Users need to be able to understand completely the requirements of their application inorder to choose a hosting provider that meets their needs. This decision partly relies on what information the hosting providers provide for their potential clients.  Generally people will go for VPS due to the flexibility of their applications and complex nature in it’s deployment and resource availability to run seamlessly for their own clients. SH will be suitable for small footprint applications requiring minimal resources and minimal personal intervention on the issued server’s configuration. SSL certificates are also another thing which are configured differently for VPS and SH. SSL certificates can be acquired from a CA but they work differently on SH and on VPS. [See your provider for more details about ssl on your hosting package].  Other useful features for developers in a hosting package are;

  • ftp
  • ssh
  • domain transfer
  • cpanel

A particular attention should be paid to the capabilites of SSH in SH vs VPS particulary the unavailability of a root account in the SH environment. The root account or a basic account for the VPS permits access to high level operational commands like whois, telnet, which, sudo etc. These are absent for SH environment. The functionalities are limited in SH than in VPS for ssh. ftp configuration and the rest function similarly for both hosting packages.

It is worth considering this fact and choosing very carefully for the most optimal package before hosting your applications. Some popular hosting providers include

Godaddy

Hosting24

Hostmonster

SiteGround

Popularity sometimes leads to low quality of service or customer support. Do well to evaluate your options before engaging a hosting package with the given provider.

measure twice, cut once. – unknown

 

Those who rule the internet

The internet they say, belongs to no one. True as they say. The true potential of the internet is something that grows over time. However, there are some key players in the game of the internet. Whenever, the term internet is mentioned, people think of the world wide web. And as it stands there are key players who run significant portions of the web. To begin with and not to mention the least, the very wordpress used to run this blog runs about 25% of the web. Below is a list of a few key players who run the web. One could even say they control the web because some of them are engaged in the technologies that push the web to the bleeding edge.This list is by no means in any order of priority and is non exhaustive.

  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Yahoo
  • Pinterest
  • Forbes
  • torrents (general torrents)
  • WordPress
  • Craigslist
  • Paypal
  • Bestbuy
  • Mozilla
  • ebay

Many more are driving the web and we can say in summary that every web application or site contributes a part of the web and controls it in its own way. We just give tribute to those who make significant contributions to its growth and development, those who define and maintain the standards.

A route to success

Over time, almost every decade since the early 50’s some young/teenage geniuses emerge in the technology scene and game changing companies are born. The trend still lives on these days but is becoming less common. It seems like the big sharks are somewhat frustrating the engaging spirit in youngsters.

The originators/founders of these game changing ideas most often build them in dorm rooms or pretty much in 4 walled rooms. Their origins are usually from the less privileged quarter of the population. So it is that most  exceptionally gifted children are usually born of   non-exceptional parents. these children tend to follow their passion and embrace their condition. This allows them to focus on the goal rather than the circumstances.

“Your will will remain when you are able to focus on your goals and not the circumstances that sorround you. Those circumstances can only cause you to abandon your life changing dreams and may make you miss the opportunity if you focus on them. You always should look up to the big picture you laid for yourself everytime you fall that it may give you strenght to wake again and continue.”- Larry Akah.

This is one of several approaches one can use to remain on the line and always keep head high in order to succeed. It is a common characteristic amongst the successful individuals society has had and continues to have.