Monday, May 30, 2011

Celebrating 25th year MYSA anniversary – heroes and role model tournament

This year MYSA is celebrating its 25th year anniversary and this month theme is celebrating their Heroes and Role models who over the many years have helped the organization be what it is today.

It was a great honor to be acknowledged as one of their heroes and role models during the occasion that was well organized on 29th Sunday 2011. We mingled with the current staff, ex-Mathare united players, volunteers, community representatives, boys and girls of different age groups, friends, founder just to mention but a few.

The climax of the day was the football tournament that we played comprising of 2 girls and 3 boys in each team. The matches were played in group stages and only the winners were to enter into the semi finals. I played in a team called ‘black stars’ which was the finalist, and we were awarded the first prize. I take this opportunity to thank the MYSA fraternity for the great work they are doing in shaping the lives of many youth in the slum through sports and other great programs they have.

On the left is Mr. Jack Ogunda former Mathare United player and MYSA alumni, he is currently the Kenya Premier League chief executive officer and he also serves in the Harambee stars management board.

Mr. Wilson Masaka chasing the ball, he is an alumnus of MYSA and currently working with NairoBits Trust as an ICT trainer / web developer.

Preparation for the football tournament, warm up session conducted by one of the MYSA volunteers.

On and off the pitch team work, and this has been MYSA’s driving force.

Black stars: Winning team 5 aside tournament MYSA 25th year anniversary (heroes and role models month).

Mr. Wilson Masaka introducing himself and giving a vote of thanks, all present heroes and role models were given a chance to introduce themselves.

Mr. Wilson Masaka receiving medal for first prize in the 5 aside tournament. Long live MYSA, may God bless the work of your hands.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Inspiration patterns.

It was a great pleasure to host Mr. Patrick Mukabi, one of the renowned artists in Kenya and abroad. Patrick has a vast experience in painting and the art scene in general. I invited Patrick in one of my sessions at the media lab ( NairoBits: ) to share with us his invaluable experience while he trades through the life of an artists, particularly as a painter and how his work relates to digital arts hence where he sources ideas , inspirations and creativity.

Patrick Mukabi giving lectures...

We discussed a lot of subjects but the one that caught my attention most was; inspiration patterns and a creative being. Do you know that everyone is creative to some level? Some of us have built the experiences from learning institutions, to work experiences. But there is one great source that Mr. Patrick also emphasized on which are;

• Learning from your surroundings.
• Learning from other peoples work.
• Creating a learning curve whereby you also have competitor as a way of evaluating your progress.
• Connecting with people who have the same interests like you and knowing your inspiration patterns.

At what time are you at your best in terms of inspiration? One needs to know themselves better by recording times when they feel full of energy, creativity and inspiration. Make sure you have a note book or sketch pad at all times to record any ideas that might pop up while cruising through terrains of life.

If you don’t record, it will disappear and it will take you another full cycle of generating that unique idea which might not be easy to get. On the contrarily you need to record when you experience the “inspirational block” or “creative block” because it will help you balance your activity geared towards inspirational moments. Some simple examples cited during the discussion on what people do when they experience “inspirational block”, some people might prefer walking, reading, watching TV, sleeping, sporting or even try something new for example if you love football you might try rugby etc.

I take this opportunity to thank Mr. Patrick Mukabi in a special way. You’re a champion, you have made great impact on our creative life and I must confess you’re a great person, easy to relate with and always ready to share with others your inspirations, ideas etc. In this regards this in what Wilsenx initiative ought to do in a wider scope whereby connecting champions of life with great minds and aspiring champs. More about Patrick Mukabi please visit; or google his name.

Written by Wilson Masaka

Monday, May 9, 2011

Girl’s power

Who said girls are the weaker gender? If you are one of those people undermining, oppressing the girl child, the time will quickly catch up with you before you know it. It is so unfortunate to see the enthusiasm, energies and dedication going at waste and abuse, whenever girls are committed to a course that they see themselves either learning or creating channels of opportunities.

To be specific I have been monitoring keenly women soccer in Kenya whereby attending some of the matches and to my delight I usually see potential, talents and team spirit whenever the girls play. I wonder what always goes wrong when you see no progress years come years go: the girls are always stationed at same level, playing local tournaments which we can also count with no incentive at all.

I’m a football fanatic so I shall address issues to do with football. It is also worth mentioning that there has been several great initiatives happening like the MYSA program and the currently Women’s League though a lot still needs to be done, all of us can’t fit in white collar professions and it’s high time girls soccer is given the much needed attention by all sectors not forgetting the media.

Let us shun all the stereotypes who say women can’t play great football in Kenya, why is it that Cameroon and Nigerian women can play great football? Don’t you think it’s the right time we need to learn from our neighbors and start more programs for the women football?
I’m not a psychologist neither I’m I a doctor , but in my own thinking, observation and general opinion there are two type of human race. One with the ‘WITFM’ factor meaning, what is there For Me syndrome and ‘WITFU’ factor meaning, what is There For us. Many people are obsessed with their egocentric ideas in all spheres of life especially when it involves money and sports is not an exception.

A case in point is when our National women team was to play in a tournament and a team was to be formed, do you know there were several groups claiming that they were the legitimate group to run affairs of the team. It is still a mystery to me and may be many others who are still wondering what went wrong. For a team, company, organization, country etc. to excel there should be a strong culture of ‘WITFU’( What Is There For us) factor formed around everything we do, remember no one is an island and anything you do, there is a direct or indirect influence or link of another person around you either a friend, family, work mate etc.

Mathare united women football team: 2010 - 2011 women football champions.

All in all let us all support both the boy and girl child in education, sports, talent nurturing just to mention but a few. In any initiative that you do it is never too little take an example of Ksh 100 and Ksh 99.50, this isn’t the same price tag the small difference makes a huge impact, so let us work around the culture of ‘WITFU’ and oppose the ‘WITFM’ factor.