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Kenyans Ugliest in Africa…Really?

I saw this in an article at guide2uganda.com. It goes…Kenyans were last weekend voted the funniest looking people in Africa. With 48 participating nations in the Annual Most Beautiful People of Africa Awards, held at the Gregor Theater in Bloemfontein SA, Kenya took the last position, dislodging Zambia and reclaiming the title it held in 2000.

It posted 7 points out of a possible 540 points. The top position was taken by Rwanda, followed by Cameroon and then Ethiopia as second runner-up. The last three positions were Kenya at 48, Zambia at 47, then Gabon, at 46. The judges said they gave their points based on presentation, physical appearance, grooming, communication and other areas.

Coincidentally this came just a week after an article on Kenyans appeared in the Pretorian Bird. The article, in the entertainment section, claims Kenya has the funniest looking president on earth, and a VP with a strange-looking head. It goes on to say that Kikuyu women and Luo men pose the most weird features.

“Women from the Kikuyu community have small legs, totally no figures, and a little exeggerated heads. They lack good behinds and those who have them look like inflated baloons.They are shaped like pyramids turned upside down.A big upper frame and an almost invisible lower bit.

Luo men on the other side have distorted facial features..say big lips and huge noses or should we call them knobs. Kikuyu men are also unproportional, and most of them are stunted. They walk leaning forward. Plus they have long rusty teeth.”

“Those from Kisii Districts are small people, the average Kenyan man will stop growing at 5’2″…5’4″ tops. Kisii men have mango shaped heads, and bowed legs, a feature also common in their Luhya counterparts.”

He goes on to describe Kaleos as “Funny little pitch black emaciated fellows, raking in millions from the track. However long they’ll remain in Europe, their features never improve”. “Nandis will have rounded foreheads, and thin, long arms”. While occupants at the coast province are said to have “Wide faces, almost like a widescreen telly, especially taitas,and durumas”

“Kenyans do not know the meaning of good grooming” The writer says. “The women hate their dark skins and opt for mercury bleaches which mess them up. The result: A scary (pigmented)light face, black legs, and a black back”. As much as the Kenyan accent, of standard english is admired, “there’s too much mother tounge interference, common in Merus, Kisiis, and Kikuyus”.

While Luos were pointed out as to be suffering from chronic ‘braggitis’. The research funded by the institute of Primate Research at the University of St. Kenkley, also noted that Kenyan men are very marketable in the Kimberely area of SA and parts of the Guateng region. Reason, they are big, hopeless spenders.

Moral lesson, “Be careful dating a Kenyan online.” Accepting the Award Ambassador Kinyesi, complained of biased judging. Also present were dignitaries from all around Africa.

All comments to the article were of a contrary opinionit thought otherwise. What do you think about the article?

Daystar’s favourite mobile phones

What identifies a good mobile phones? This is a question in the minds of everyone who wants to purchase a mobile phone. The phone has moved from being a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’. Today the market is filled with all kinds of mobile phones leaving one spoiled for choice. Almost every week a new model is introduced in the market.

Here in Daystar and in the whole world the cell phone has revolutionized from a mere device for making calls and text messaging to a personal digital assistant with countless applications. This portable device is now been used world over for business, entertainment and communication. Many students are increasingly switching from simple phones to the ones that can perform more than just the usual functions. Social media is the in thing, therefore students prefer phones that can help them stay connected on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail and in real time.

Most popular

Samsung is one of the top mobile phone companies that is revolutionizing  the mobile phone industry by manufacturing top-notch cellular phones to meet the demand for customers need. The Samsung Galaxy family –I, II and Nexus – released in 2011 are still among the highest selling smartphones globally. Here in Daystar, Samsung phones are quite popular especially among female students. Models like the new Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 with the Android operating system has been widely purchased this semester. This in popularity is only second to the Huawei U8150 Ideos, which is also the best selling Android phone in Kenya. The reason for this is because many users are switching to Android phones because of their vast application and customizable features.

Another popular phone is the more affordable Blackberry Bold 9300 from Safaricom or Orange that retails for as low as 20,000/=. Although Blackberry also has a tone of applications from its store, here the phone is more popular for its look and its name rather than its features.

Many other students however prefer phones that don’t have a lot of features in exchange for longer battery life. This is seen as most students still hold precious the popular Nokia 1110 that can keep charge for up to 6 days with normal use.

The 3 most popular Smartphones in Daystar

What Next For Good Mobile Phones?

The search for good mobile phones is never ending. Students will always want phones that have the latest features at an affordable price. Mobile operating systems now offer numerous apps for users .Mobile operating systems are also increasing, with new entrants like Windows OS, which displays the dynamism in this industry. Needless to say, it is unforeseeable that there will ever be a lack of demand for good mobile phones by users.

Modular Smartphone phones

Microsoft filed this patent for a sliding touchscreen phone that includes interchangeable modules where you would expect to find a QWERTY keyboard. These modules include a keyboard, obviously, a control pad for games, an extra battery and an extra touchscreen.

With this modular design you could combine lots of functionality in one phone. You could have a phone focused on gaming like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, while at the same time having a phone that is great for messaging and emails with a full keyboard. All you have to do is slot in a new component when needed.

Microsoft was not the first to come up with this idea. It was previously explored by an Israeli company called Modu. However it didn’t quite work out for them and the company ceased trading at the start of 2011. Microsoft has more of a market presence and more money to throw into development than Modu so it is quite possible that we could be seeing such a phone in the future. Interestingly, Modu’s patents were purchased by Google – so this modular phone design could be the source of a new wave of patent lawsuits in the coming years.

A good mobile phone

The future of Smartphones?…Flexible

Ever since the birth of science fiction in the 19th century people have enjoyed predicting what the future holds for technology. While some forecasts from several decades ago can seem quite laughable now they still managed to get a lot of things right. While the concepts in this 1960s prediction of the future may all sound familiar, the hardware still seems stuck in a bygone era. One thing that this video didn’t predict was Apple’s revolutionary concept of producing stylish looking gadgets.

With modern computers and Photoshop it is easier than ever for future enthusiasts to offer their vision of the coming technological landscape – and it is also easier for them to make their creations much more convincing. Perhaps these concepts will seem quite laughable in a few decades time, but for the moment they offer us a glimpse of some of the things we might be able to expect on our mobile phones in the coming years.

iPhone on your wrist

With all the iDevices found in the market from iPhone, iPod Touch, iPads to Macbooks, do you think there’s still lacking? Something that will control these iDevices and Macs remotely. Something that will connect these devices altogether and make it as one? Well, I don’t think so, not until ADR Studios released their new concept.

Introducing, the new iWatch2 concept. A new technology which will allow Apple users to control Apple Devices right at their own wrist.

iWatch2 is a second generation wrist-wear that is compatible with iOS and contains good features. It has a front-facing camera together with a mini LCD projector, Facetime and it can be connected wirelessly to iPhone or iPad. Not only that, it has a 32-GB hard drive wherein you can store your pictures, music and videos.

So what do you think about this new concept? It can really be usable with the iCloud feature of Apple wherein it connects all your iDevices and just control all those gadgets in your own wrist through Siri or Bluetooth. Isn’t it amazing? But as of now, this is still a concept and has not been in reality but I guess it will give Apple a great idea on their next gadget to be released in the market.

The iPhone 4S…Your very own Personal Assistant

The Apple iPhone 4S was the most anticipated new gadget of the year 2011 but after its unveiling, questions remained over whether the new handset lived up to the hype that preceded it.

Many seemed to be disappointed by the fact that the iPhone 4S wasn’t a new device called the iPhone 5, with the rumored new looks like a larger dispay. Others focused more on what was going to be on the inside of the new iPhone than its name or looks. To their dismay many of the features remained the same. For instance, the screen quality, front VGA camera and its exterior. Some changes however were worth mentioning and drooling about.

Of the new features on the 4S, the most captivating is Siri; a new voice command personal assistant app. It’s an intelligent app that get things done for you simply by asking it. It can find restaurants, movie times, events, read your text messages, calendar events and even make calls at specific times.

According to Apple’s chief software engineer, this means that in years to come, interfaces will disappear and be replaced by speech. Users will be able to command their devices simply by speaking to them. Could this be the beginning of the personal robot era?

Source: Apple.com