Monday, November 30, 2020

Impact of Music and Alcohol Abuse in the Youth Life

#YouthSpace #FreedomOfExpressionInArt 

Today I want to share my thoughts on the impact of music and alcohol abuse in the youth life. Apart from the Corona wave there is another 'epidemic' that is slowly robbing the right values in our youth way of life (youth culture) as influenced by a certain music culture and different media outlets. 

I have noticed in this musical wave we are in, there are some artists who are producing songs just to sound great, make money, gain followership, gain fame, and be a hit song. Some people would argue that they have all the rights to do so, but I also believe where their rights end, others people's rights begins in terms of the values they inculcate in the next generation or any audience. I know it usually tricky to balance between money and meaning but it can be done with full cooperation of everyone in the ecosystem.

I totally agree that we need to grow the sector by introducing new ways of doing things which includes content production, distribution, influence, entertain and educate to compete in different levels from local to international levels with the changing trends. On the flip side, I think with everything that we do as artist we should also think of some level of responsibility and consequences that comes with everything before going public.

Having said that my three questions are; 
  1. Must we copy other cultures to define or set standards for our own culture? 
  2. Should we break all the norms, rules and guidelines at the expense of our hard fought values that we try to inculcate in our youth and the general population? 
  3. Shouldn't we think of our action and inaction as stakeholders in defining and influencing the next culture even if we aren't musicians? 
There are these songs which I won't mention that praises drinking alcohol as a fun thing to belong in a certain class. Well, all factors considered some people have different opinions on the freedom of expression in music which I really respect but as a youth advocate and positive change maker I want to advise the youth that "Ulevi sio sifa ni gharama" sorry I don't know how to translate this in English version heeeee :) Just kidding!

One thing I want to achieve this December 2020 is to advocate for alcohol free youthful society, I know it's one of the toughest calls, but I believe it can be done starting with my own immediate circles of influence in soccer towards different spaces where I engage the youth in skill up master sessions.

Lastly, if it is a must to drink because you're over 18 years, even though some below the age also abuse alcohol, then do it responsibly and just note one of your dream killers are anchored on alcoholism, bad peer influence and substance abuse. 

Many youth have denied themselves that promising future because of their associations with bad peer groups tagged on alcoholism, substance abuse, unnecessary party after parties etc. This situation has been made even worse with the arrival of Corona virus which has disrupted the schooling system, family life, workplace and general well being. Some of the things you can't recover is lost time and youthful life, once age catch up with you some things you can't do. You will only live in regrets of your wasted youthful years which you can't recover and you wouldn't want to be used as a bad example.

Alcohol and substance abuse won't solve whatever you're going through, it just makes your situation even worse than before. Anyway, as the festive season almost setting in let us all act responsibly to see ourselves through into the year 2021. 

I would love to work with a group to advocate for "Ulevi Sio Sifa ni gharama" campaign this just a thought that crossed my mind after I meet a friend  who was drunked to a point of losing total awareness what we call 'blackout'.


Personal Quotes Musically inspired

  "Music is a powerful tool in the society that can be used to bring the desired change and nobody can silence it." Wilson Masaka Youth Advocate / Social 
 "Music is so powerful to the extent  it controls the way we think, feel and act. It should be handled with extra caution and care, especially by those who produce it " - Wilson Masaka Youth Advocate/ Social Entrepreneur
 #YouthLifeMatter " Life is short but it's also worth living responsibly." Wilson Masaka Youth Advocate Social Entrepreneur
 "Not everyone can be a saint, but everyone deserves a chance to become one by positively influencing their journeys" Wilson Masaka Youth Advocate / Social Entrepreneur
"Sometimes you have to walk alone to know the true meaning of where your life is leading, but if you peg everything on peer groups, even when you just need to decide alone you will definitely end up in a hole."
 "You don't have to be a victim to talk about the ills in the society. Stand up for the good no matter your status" - Wilson Masaka Youth Advocate / Social Entrepreneur . 

 Soon it will be December holiday in this Covid 19 era! What is your prediction?

I'm available for a session with your youth group. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

My Career - Doing What I Love, Loving What I DO

There is a friend who asked me if have gotten a job, this made me question my understanding of what is a job? #TheJourney My main pursuit in late 2018 - 2019 was to get employed before fully transitioning into self employment early 2020.

The journey of looking for a job is a job by itself ('kazi ya kutafuta kazi ndio kazi') and it isn't for the faint hearted in a struggling economy especially in pandemic mode such as Covid-19. #Aspiration Currently I'm into self employment as a youth facilitator since January 2020, the worse that happened to my plans before learning the new ropes was the arrival of the pandemic that hit our country in March. It hasn't been easy, but I'm still determined to reach many youth using my new brand +throughMylens Upskill initiative. 

Thanks to all who have so far accorded me the opportunity to interact with their youth in different spaces. I'm optimistic before the end of the year I can at least secure three sessions. Get in touch with me.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Master Session at Michezo Halisi Academy

#SkillUp #MasterClass

On 18th November 2020 I conducted a master session at Michezo Halisi Academy hosted by St. Elizabeth in Mbotela, Nairobi County.

It was a great pleasure to share knowledge with Michezo Halisi team, St. Elizabeth staff and parent representative from Michezo Halisi Academy. This is part of my mission as a champion of UN SD4: Quality education and lifelong learning.


Main Topic :- Unlock Your Potential
Session Objectives:-

1. How to cultivate a more relatable Personal Brand. 
2. How to kick-start a more professional journey. 
  • Work ethics
  •  Communication
  • Effective leadership

3. Financial literacy 101 (The budgeting challenge)

3 things that at the core of your personal brand what I call The RIP of Personal Brand.

Reputation + Impression + Perception

Reputation :-

- the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something.
- a widespread belief that someone or something has a particular characteristic.
Source online

Impression :-

- An idea, feeling, or opinion about something or someone, especially one formed without conscious thought or on the basis of little evidence


- the way in which something is regarded, understood, or interpreted.

I hope with this post you have learned something especially the RIP of Personal Brand. Get in touch with me for a master session with your team, it is an experience want I called the 'Wi factor' a s Learn2Learn. The session are affordable, quality and I ensure I use different creative methodologies to reach the desired outcome.

The 'Wi-Factor' is derived from Wilsen Initiative (Wi) journey based on three pillars that is;
Inspiration, Connectivity and Education (ICE Model). It is a way of teaching that embraces  and combines the ASK (Attitude, Skill and Knowledge) model + ICE (Inspiration, Connectivity and Education) model.

It is an experience that also means;

- Learning together
- Lifelong Learning
- Self Learning
- Learning pattern defined by WHY & HOW

" What makes me tick isn't necessarily based on What I train, but mostly on HOW & WHY I teach it making the process fun, seamless and experiential while ensuring a more everlasting impact on self learning and knowledge transfer " Wilson Masaka 
+throughMylens Consult / Create / Connect

Invite me today, I'm available in November - December 2020

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

10 Things You Need to Learn at Your Youth.

So close, yet so far... #Mindshift #MeaningfulYouthEngagement #YouthSpace 


"Don't waste your youth, it is one of the most precious time in your life from childhood towards the next phase." -Wilson Masaka- Youth Advocate / Social Entrepreneur 

Think about this... 

Finding the needle with magnifying glass in the haystack will only leave you hopeful. As much as we need hope, we need to find the right magnetic that will attract the needle. 

This means; 

  1. Work on your personal brand.
  2.  Learn new tricks, subject, etc. upskill as a priority towards personal development. 
  3. Do something that makes you happy. Love what you do, do what you love.
  4. Do an analysis of your career. Question, do you want to try your hands on many stuff before settling or straight away you want to hold onto one specific subject? 
  5. Choose friends wisely. 
  6.  Learn the language about money at an early stage, for example, income, savings, investing, expenditures etc. 
  7. Be real with life because faking it as a  time limit before reality hits you hard even than before. 
  8. Learn about time management, you might have 24 hours in a day, but every day brings a bundle of challenges, opportunities, friendship etc. Every second is different and special, you can't have it repeated. 
  9. Work on what you can control and leave those that are beyond your control. Always choose your 'fights' and set realistic goals. Take an example, it is desirable to change the poverty situation in that world, but is more realistic and attainable to change poverty starting at your own level. Then stretch your influence to the next person or small groups. If everyone does that, there will be the ripple effect of poverty free nations and eventually the world. It can take us many countless years, but if you ask me if it's doable, I will say YES. 
  10. Choose the right tools, channels and approaches to tackle your problem