OPPO Kenya has today launched the OPPO A93, the latest addition to the A Series portfolio. The OPPO A93 introduces trendy technology that makes the consumer’s style stand out with an Ultra Sleek smartphone body.

This is a combination of cutting-edge AI portrait photography features packed into a truly premium design, along with functions that make life more efficient.

OPPO Kenya’s Head of Communications & Projects, Muthoni Wachira said, “A Series has been designed to the tastes and preferences of the trendsetting generation giving them a quality smartphone that suits both their life and personal style. The OPPO A93 boasts of AI cameras that deliver breath-taking portrait photos, and advanced charging technology, meeting the high expectations and the values that our ambitious users hold dearly in both form and style.”

Show your style with a Premium Design

The A93 has been designed with a 7.48mm Ultra Sleek Body and 164g ultra-lightweight body.

OPPO has used an industry-leading design to optimize and fit the mainboard, battery and other components into its slim design. Seen for the first time in a smartphone, OPPO A93 introduces a thin 220º Edge that also offers a more comfortable and smoother in-hand feel.

This is thanks to OPPO A93’s rounded edge design, which refracts light at the top of the rounded point to accentuate its thin appearance and accentuates the comfortable in-hand feel.

To ensure that users are fully immersed in their content, OPPO A93’s 6.43’’ dual punch-hole display comes with a brilliant FHD+ Super AMOLED Display with a large 90.7% screen-to-body ratio.

The display uses Mini Dual-Punch Holes that boast this price segment’s smallest camera diameter of only 3.7mm, and ensures that that the phone screen’s real estate is maximized so that you’re fully enjoying your video game and can see every detail in your shot.

OPPO A93 also introduces Shiny Matte, which sees the return of the shimmers and brilliant streaks of light that users enjoyed with the last A Series phone. But with OPPO A93, the design has been updated with not only a premium feel that’s soft to the touch and easy on the eyes but is now also fingerprint resistant.

Shiny Matte uses a brand-new optical coating technique that increases the coating’s depth from 250 nanometers to 400 nanometers, which accentuates the light’s refraction, while enhancing the colors. OPPO A93 will come with the Shiny Matte texture in three colors. Magic Blue showcases a unique blend of blue and purple colors that appear to reflect a new color with every angle.

Matte Black is a color that screams prestige and is inspired by high-end automobiles. Metallic White offers a refreshing white color that in certain angles will permeate shades of pink.

Professional Photography with Cutting-Edge Camera Technology

The front of the phone boasts a Dual Cam that uses hardware-level processing to add a bokeh effect to portrait selfies. The Dual Lens Bokeh has been upgraded to support both videos and multiple people in the shot. With software-level AI processing, the finest of details on a person including their earrings and hair are accounted for and won’t end up being blurred out in the final footage.

AI Portrait Color enables users capture fashionable urban street style photos or travel photos from a new perspective by making portraits pop with color. AI Portrait Color mutes the background colors black and white, while enhancing the natural colors of the person or a group of people within the photo using AI.

AI Super Clear Portrait guarantees that even the finest facial details like your eyebrow are clearly represented, while AI Beautification 2.0 presents customized beautification features that are tailored to local user beauty preferences and automatically detects existing makeup such as lipstick, then show customized effects.

To capture the best low light portraits, AI Night Flare Portrait is an OPPO-exclusive feature that combines the bokeh effect and lowlight-HDR algorithms to capture artistic photos that adds beautiful night flares on portrait photos shot against the backdrop of artificial lighting. The AI Super Night Portrait makes sure that low-light, evening selfies are captured in a brightened and clear shot.

On top of these features, the third generation of Ultra-Steady Video enables effortless filming while in motion while maintaining stabilized, clearer and sharper videos. Ultra-Steady Video use a hardware-software solution that combines the Electronic Image Stabilization algorithm with an embedded gyroscope within the front-facing camera so you’ll be able to capture the moment, on-the-go or even on-the-run, without the jittery footage.

With a suite of six AI portrait cameras embedded within OPPO A93, users can interact and enjoy the easy-to-use portrait photography and video stabilization features.

Fast Charge: Less Waiting on a Charge

OPPO A93 introduces ways to optimize the phone’s battery life during the day or while the user is asleep. AI Night Charging uses AI Learning through machine learning to learn the user’s sleep habits and charge the phone exactly to 100% upon the moment they wake up from their slumber.

In the worst-case scenario, if you’re without a battery charger during the day, Superpower Saving Mode optimizes the last 5% of your battery life by turning the display black and white, while running just six predetermined apps.

Fast, Convenient and Smooth User Experience

OPPO A93’s optimized user experience starts with its powerful MediaTek Helio P95 AI chipset, 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage, which can be extended up to 512GB through a 3-Card Slot. OPPO A93’s Anti-Lag Algorithm can detect and clear data that cause memory errors, making stutters and freezes less likely. As an added benefit, reading and writing data in the file system becomes faster and more efficient.

With improvements to the Memory Defragmentation feature, the chance that the phone stutters is reduced by up to 54% as compared to the previous generation, while file reading and writing performance is improved by up to 28% thanks to Automatic Database Optimization.

Or if an interruption isn’t caused by a device but life’s circumstances like a phone call coming in when your fingers are caked with butter or drenched in water, OPPO A93 has the perfect solution. With Air Gestures one can pick up calls without directly touching the phone by simply waving their hand as far as 20 cm or even 50 cm.

Consumers will also enjoy the intuitive and simplified user interface in ColorOS 7.2’s Infinite Edge Design, or the ability to personalize the home screen with Artist Wallpapers, designed by renowned artists. One can even enjoy their favorite videos or games with OPPO’s Screen Image Engine (OSIE) Ultra Clear Visual Effect, which enhances the clarity of third-party video apps, or safely and comfortably browse their phone all day with Dark Mode, which supports Eye Care Mode.

With the latest version of Dark Mode power consumption is reduced by 38%, “On” and “Off” times can be customized, and users can adjust the dark color’s tone to their preference. For an added degree of safety, you can even create multiple user accounts on your phone with Multi-User Mode, which partitions up to five separate spaces for each user, sub-user and visitor and requires passwords to access each account

At the same time with ColorOS 7.2, its fast and easy to access information starting with Quick Return Bubble enables one to multitask on their phone. When switching apps or screens, a floating bubble pops up and keeps track of the app or game’s status, where one can return to at a later time with a simple tap. With High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) users can even cast copyrighted HD shows to a big screen from the leading video and entertainment apps including Netflix HD and Amazon Prime Video.

The OPPO A93, which starts retailing today in all OPPO Kenya brand stores and dealers at Ksh30,999,00 only.

The shareholders of the Co-operative Bank Group at their 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held virtually today (22nd October 2020) has ratified a dividend of Sh1.00 per share, being the same level of dividend payout as for the previous year 2018.

Following the regulatory guidance by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA), year 2019 dividend amounting to a total cash payment of Sh 5.9 Billion was paid out in April this year. The payment represented a most timely injection of liquidity to shareholders and notably the 15 million-member Co-operative Movement to mitigate the economic ravages of the pandemic.

Co-op Holdings Co-operative Society, the 64.5% strategic shareholder received a dividend of Kshs 3.79 Billion.

The bank has maintained a solid dividend track record on the back of sustained profitability over the years. Year 2019 performance was remarkable with the Bank reporting a profit before tax of Sh 20.7 Billion, a 14% increase from the Sh18.2 Billion in 2018, against a backdrop of a challenging operating environment.

The AGM was also given an update on the Growth Strategies of the Group. The AGM noted the historic challenges occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought about unprecedented economic and social disruption globally.

The AGM was appraised that the Group continues to implement proactive enterprise risk management initiatives to ensure uninterrupted business operations. A key activity in this respect entails engaging customers to support them through this period by re-aligning the servicing of facilities, funding and transactional needs. In total, Kshs. 39.2 Billion in loans have been restructured as at the close of June this year, to support customers on the Covid-19 pandemic.

The AGM ratified the re-election of Messrs Wilfred Ongoro, Lawrence Karissa and Margaret Karangatha to the Board for another term of three years, and also ratified the election of Mrs. Weda Welton as a director of the Company.

The AGM also ratified the acquisition of 90 per cent shareholding by Co-op Bank in Jamii Bora Bank (now trading as Kingdom Bank).

Accolades

The AGM noted with much appreciation recent recognition that the bank had received. These include the following;

  1. Overall Winner of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) 2019 Sustainable Finance Catalyst Award.
  2. The bank was also named Best Bank in Sustainable Finance in Kenya at the June 2019 Energy Management Awards hosted by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers
  3. Overall Winner in Environmental Sustainability Reporting at the 2019 East African Financial Reporting (FiRe) Awards.

More recently, Co-op Bank has been recognised with more accolades, including;

  1. Best Bank in Kenya Award, in the African Banking Awards 2020 by EMEA
  2. Energy Manager of the Year in Sub Sahara Africa award to the bank’s Energy Manager Albert Ouma by the global Association of Energy Engineers.
  3. Signing up to the United for Wildlife 2018 Mansion House Declaration, committing to fight the illegal trafficking in wildlife by way of building illegal wildlife trade into existing financial crime compliance programs.

Future outlook

The AGM was informed that Co-op Bank is well-positioned to ride out the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic. The Group has put in place a proactive mitigation strategy anchored on a strong enterprise risk management framework, to enable uninterrupted access to banking services. The business continues to pursue strategic initiatives that focus on resilience and growth in the ‘New Normal’ as the Nation focuses on flattening the curve and as vibrancy returns to the Economy.

The Bank has already reported a strong Profit before Tax of Kshs.9.6 Billion for the second quarter of this year.

Were it not for Mozzart, all Saturdays would just be as slow as other days of the week.  Here’s your favorite picks for the weekend courtesy of yours truly, Mozzart Bet!

When Real loses to Cadiz at home, there are no excuses or explanations. It can’t be tolerated. There is no coach in the history of Real who was never criticized, and the same applies to Zidane. His work and some of the moves he made have been criticized more than ever.

Zidane’s rating at Real Madrid has never been at a lower level, the atmosphere in Barcelona has never been worse in the last ten years. And yet, none of the two rivals can afford to lose the first “el classico” of the season.

A victory could buy time and peace for both teams and boost player’s confidence for the rest of the season. A defeat or a draw are not an option, only a victory could mask many of the problems that seem so obvious.

The beginning of this season confirmed that the dices at Real are definitely not put together, until the planned arrivals of Mbappe, Kamavinga or Haaland. Ronaldo’s era ended with his departure two years ago, and the cycle closed with the departures of Bale and Rodriguez as the last expensively paid Galacticos of that generation.

The new cycle with Eden Hazard as a planned leader and a bunch of kids from whom great things are expected, does not bring too much confidence so far. Real depends just on Karim Benzema, but he just can’t do it alone.

When the opponent neutralizes Benzema, Real becomes harmless because there is no other option in the game. Vinicius is unreliable, Isko and Asensio are far from their former best level, Modric and Kroos have less and less fuel in them, and young alternatives like Rodrigo, Jovic or Edegard cannot meet high expectations at the moment.

And the question remains: Will they be able to do it the near future?

The situation in Barcelona is even worse, considering what happened this summer. Messi is still there, but he doesn’t feel Barcelona like before. He stayed on Nou Camp by force and out of respect for the fans.

Messi does not have much in common with this Barcelona and that is why he wanted to leave. The club management is rushing from one bad move to another.

A few days before El Clásico, the club upset the locker room with a move to attract Pique, Ter Stegen, De Jong and Lengle to their side with new contracts. The already divided locker room of Barcelona is now polarized. And that can’t be good news ahead of the El classico.

Despite tough times for both clubs, according to bookies Mozzart Bet, this matchup is still going to be tightly contested. Barca are playing at Camp Nou, and the odds for a home team win are 1(2.20), Draw X(3.45) & an Away team win is at 2(3.25). Where will you put your money?

Back to the Premier League! Manchester United taking on Chelsea. The odds according to Mozzart Bet are 1(2.45), X(3.40), 2(2.85) and this is why.

The painful defeat against Tottenham at home (1:6) was healed by great victories against Newcastle (4: 1) and Paris Saint-Germain (2: 1) in the UEFA Champions League, so the Red Devils must be in great mood ahead of the big game against the Blues on Saturday evening at 19:30 HRS.

Chelsea on the other hand, is not in such a good form.

The Blues won only one of the last four matches, dropped out of the League Cup and managed to lose a 3:0 lead against West Ham.

Chelsea has won only one game against Manchester United in the last two years (played seven), and has lost three previous clashes with the Devils at their stadium (0: 2, 1: 2, 0: 2)

The defenses of the two teams are highly debatable. United conceded 12 goals in the first four rounds, Chelsea nine in the first five rounds. A minimum of three goals is expected.

Coming from a slim defeat against Manchester City last weekend, Sunday’s only match worth a mention, will see Arteta’s men face another tough test against Vardy’s Leicester City.  The odds for this one are at, 1(1.97), X(3.50), 2(3.90).

We wish you all the best in your picks 🙂

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For most business owners, a significant portion of the overheads arise in logistics. Moving new stock from the source to the market or between warehouses and making deliveries. There’s also a lot of costly risks in outsourcing transport.

To seal this loophole, business owners need a formidable financial partner.

Co-op Bank has the special Motor Vehicle Purchase Schemes established with major motor vehicle dealers, Isuzu East Africa Ltd and Simba Corporation Group. This is structured to enable Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) acquire vehicles they need at highly negotiated terms.

These are the requirements needed to secure Biashara Iendelee na Isuzu financing:

  • 6 months’ bank statements: (Non Co-op Bank clients) Mpesa statements are an added advantage. 1 year statements for seasonal/contractor business OR schools
  • Copy of ID/passport for all applicants/directors/officials
  • Copy of KRA pin certificates
  • Business registration certificate
  • Duly filled Asset finance application form, include working capital form
  • Limited Companies: Certificate of Incorporation, PIN, Memo & Articles of Association, annual returns
  • Saccos: PIN, Certificate of Registration, Registered borrowing powers, minutes authorizing the borrowing, minutes appointing officials
  • Copies of contracts where applicable
  • Pro forma Invoice
  • For amounts above 10 million: 3 years audited accounts, latest management accounts

In addition, the package comes with:

  • A working capital of Ksh 300,000/=
  • A 60-day repayment holiday on the loan
  • A comprehensive insurance package priced at 4.75% of the vehicle value (that includes political violence & terrorism)
  • Insurance Premium Financing which allows you to pay insurance premiums in easy instalments
  • 1% processing fee

This is a way to overcome logistic challenges. To address them and achieve success via this scheme, visit any one of the 150 Co-op Bank branches across the country. The solution is within reach.

To check the Biashara Iendelee na Isuzu promotion online from the comfort of your office or home, click here!

One cold night, as an Arab sat in his tent, a camel gently thrust his nose under the flap and looked in.

‘Master,’ he said, ‘Let me put my nose in your tent. It’s cold and stormy out here.’

‘By all means,’ said the Arab, ‘And welcome’ – as he turned over and went to sleep.

A little later the Arab awoke to find that the camel had not only put his nose in the tent but his head and neck also. The camel, who had been turning his head from side to side, said, ‘I will take but little more room if I place my forelegs within the tent. It is difficult standing out here.’

‘Yes, you may put your fore legs within,’ said the Arab, moving a little to make room, for the tent was small.

Finally, the camel said, ‘May I not stand wholly inside? I keep the tent open by standing as I do.’

‘Yes, yes,’ said the Arab. ‘Come wholly inside. Perhaps it will be better for both of us.’

So the camel crowded in.

The Arab with difficulty in the crowded quarters again went to sleep.

When he woke up the next time, he was outside in the cold and the camel had the tent to himself…………..

The Tale of the Arab and the Camel.

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The recent lifestyle changes have brought other subtle challenges. Parents have to get ingenious and more innovative with the increased time they spend with their kids. The western culture has also gradually crept in – like, the bed time stories thing.

Kids no longer get banished to their rooms.

It then dawns to the parent how astonishingly little they know about folklore, or cultural stories. The solution is over-the-counter children’s books. They may pass, but they lack the authenticity and richness of local folklore….

Kind of explains why kids would fall asleep mid-story, anyways!

A rich cultural story would have a kid gripping covers – knuckles white, eyes wide open and a thumping heart! That certainly doesn’t lead to slumber!

The Arabian culture has largely retained its glory over the years. While they have infused some of the West, Arabs have passed their culture from generation to generation.

Folk tales, proverbs, tribal sayings – name it.

As an integral part of life in Arabia, the camel features heavily in these tales. There are lots of teachings in Bedouin proverbs and sayings.

The Story of the Arab and the Camel.

Besides a myriad of uses as a proverb or metaphor in this tale, the camel describes an ambitious, progressive individual. The nerve, the courage and the drive to achieve what one desires, or get to unprecedented heights.

For the parent seeking ways to teach and still values in a kid, this is a rich proverb to source for inspiration.

In teaching kids financial values and cultivate a saving culture, it’s always better to start early. It’s also prudent to have an understanding, capable partner with aiding structures.

Introducing the iconic Jumbo Junior Bank Account.

Co-op Bank has a transitional account that’s teaches the financial discipline kids need to nurture a saving culture to kids. It’s designed for children below the age of 18 years, for the safe keeping of money – and, loaded with unbelievable benefits.

To sign up, or learn more about Jumbo Junior account, visit the nearest Co-op Bank branch, or click here.

Mind picture a polygamous, sprawling compound dotted with wives, in smoky huts.

The family’s pillar of strength and unity wouldn’t indulge in small talk over the family breakfast. One, there wasn’t a family breakfast – real men ate alone in their solitary huts – middle of the yard.

Two, what would be the discussion?

Kimani, how many rabbits have you caught this week?

Wanjohi, how many fights do you have to lose to Chege to prove to be a man?

No, such talk was reserved for smoky women huts. Real men dabbled in matters of survival, war, life and sustenance.

At some point every year, the man summons a meeting – outside his mystic Thingira. It wouldn’t be a comment in passing, and neither would he make the summon himself. He’d send the senior wife, and space out the meeting for a few days, perhaps even a week.

South African President Jacob Zuma marking 70th birthday flanked by his wives. (file image)

No brat in the entire household, or their mothers or resident relatives would have an excuse for missing the family AGM. What would’ve been the excuse, anyways?

“Am sorry, Ithe wa Kimani, I was with the midwife…..”

“I was nursing your youngest – 12th – son who’s got the small pox….”

Thou shall not poke a napping lion.

Come D-Day, the king of the household keeps the subjects waiting – protocols, hello.

Or, he’s snoring off a dreadful hangover from a potent herbal beer pot he’d smashed the previous night.

No one dares be late – oh, wait, the youngest (and, favorite) wife still hasn’t got the hang of affairs in this kingdom. She enjoys some enviable length of amnesty. The older wives make faces and exchange knowing smiles.

“Enjoy your youth while it lasts…..”

Presently, the king emerges. He surveys his subjects. Its bad luck to make an actual head count – but, some cursory scan instantly ticks all as present. Even toddlers are quiet – some are getting a glimpse of the great man for their first time!

The meeting is short. He knows affairs of his dynasty are presently grounded: Simmering pots need to be simmering. Mud walls and floors need to be re-walled. Millet farms need be guarded. And, wives need their time to be wives.

The kids are lined up. The oldest is appointed the de facto Prime Minister, and subsequent authority handed down in regard of age and gender. The boys naturally get aligned to livestock, and girls find grounding in the farms and their mother’s kitchens.

The boys are given goats, and young cattle. The animals are their own – to take to pasture, manage, calve, milk and all it pertains. Each nurtures a specific household. If there’s a wife without a son, the household is merged with the strongest.

Or, gets an ‘extra’ son from another house assigned to her.

The ruler of the household (it was a dynasty – not a democracy) didn’t break down the basics of finance, but it was a sustenance plan for each unit in the homestead.

It was a way to save for the future, and teach young ones the mechanics of trade, and exchange.

Fast forward to the present generation of parenting, and childhood. The basics of finance haven’t changed, just the modes of saving and instruction.

Introducing the iconic Jumbo Junior Bank Account.

Co-op Bank has a transitional account that’s teaches the financial discipline kids need to nurture a saving culture to kids. It’s designed for children below the age of 18 years, for the safe keeping of money – and, loaded with unbelievable benefits.

To sign up, or learn more about Jumbo Junior, visit the nearest Co-op Bank branch, or click here.

With the international break complete, the biggest Football leagues swing back to play with scintillating fixtures.

This Saturday features very hot duels in the Bundesliga, Ligue Un, La Liga, English Premier League & the Serie A.

The early EPL kick off at 14:30 HRS brings back to life the Merseyside Derby which pits current league leaders Everton, who are perched atop the standing with 12 points, against the league’s defending champions Liverpool.

Bookmakers Mozzart Bet have weighed in with 1(3.80), X (3.60), 2(1.95). as the odds for this game. Which team you think will carry the Merseyside bragging rights is up to you.

The Master versus Apprentice match returns, as the Citizens host the Gunners. In his short managerial career, Mikel Arteta has already come up twice against his former boss Pep Guardiola, losing 3-0 at the Etihad when the Premier League restarted in June and then pulling off a shock 2-0 win in the FA Cup semi-finals en route to lifting that trophy.

This rematch Kicks off at 19:30 HRS. At Mozzart Bet, Manchester City playing at home have odds of 1.55 making them likely victors, a stale mate in this match is at 4.20, while the bookie has an Arsenal win at 6.00.

But perhaps the biggest match this weekend is the Italian Derby della Madonnina, where Inter Milan will lock horns with arch rivals’ AC Milan at the San Siro on Saturday at 19:00 HRS. Inter Milan come into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw against Lazio 10 days ago at the Stadio Olimpico.

AC Milan, on the other hand, beat Spezia 3-0 at the San Siro. In 34 previous encounters between the two sides, Inter Milan hold the clear advantage. They have won 18 games, lost 10 and drawn six.

Mozzart bookies have this one very tight with Inter as the home team given 2.40 to triumph, a draw given 3.40, and an AC Milan triumph 2.90.

Other big encounters to look out for are in the Scottish Premier league as the Old Firm Derby returns pitting Scottish giants Celtic versus Glasgow Rangers, Serbian SupaLiga where Red Star will square it off against Partizan Belgrade, and in the Portuguese Primeira Liga where Sporting Lisbon will host FC Porto in Saturday’s late night kick off.

For a full list of all the hot weekend encounters click FIXTURES, in order to make an informed decision.

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It is never too early to cultivate a savings culture in your child.

Let us make savings measurable again. Open a jumbo junior account today to start the journey of teaching your child the joy of savings and financial security.

It’s a transactional account designed for children below the age of 18 years for the safekeeping of money.

The account brings a bag of interesting goodies for the kids:

  • Automatic membership to the Jumbo Junior Club, whose members are gifted with a new, funky Ele-bank on opening a new account.
  • Jumbo Junior Club members also receive a free birthday card on the birthday anniversaries – how cool is that?
  • The account allows discounted bank cheque’s for fee payments to the child’s school. This means a little bit more savings on the long run.
  • What’s more interesting is that the Jumbo Junior bank account attracts interest payable at 3%, annually. That certainly beats interest terms for lots of other accounts.

The requirements are basic, and minimal:

  • Parent’s or the guardian’s original ID card, plus a copy.
  • The copy of the child’s birth certificate.
  • A minimum account opening, or operating balance at only Ksh. 500.00
  • A copy of the parent’s or guardian’s KRA Pin.
  • The account has a debit card on offer – optional – at an additional Ksh. 600.00 only.

The revolutionary saving and financial teaching tool for kids, The Jumbo Junior Bank Account.

To sign up, or learn more about Jumbo Junior, visit the nearest Co-op Bank branch, or click here.

The Big Bank Account….For Little People!

It’s astonishing, how little you know about the basic banana tree. Or, the fruit, even.

For instance, what’s the little strings inside a banana?

The little strings are called phloem bundles.

Do you know the actual name for the banana flower? The cylindrical part that grows forth through the stem, forms part of the stalk that holds the fruit and then peels off in layers as the fruit ages?

It’s called the Banana Blossom.

Banana Blossom Chicken Salad (file image)

In most cases, this part of the banana tree is discarded as waste, or set aside as animal feed. It escapes a lot of folks -but the banana blossom is a delicacy, and a delicious meal.

These are the simple steps:

Ingredients:

Banana Blossom

Vinegar, or, lemon juice (2 lemons)

The steps:

Wash the entire blossom.

Start opening the outer leaves one by one. Under each leaf you will find a group of long pale yellow flowers.

Keep repeating the first 2 steps: open the leaf, collect flowers, and discard leaf. While peeling, the leaves will get softer and paler in color and the flowers will get smaller – as the blossom peels.

Put in a bowl, add cold water, lemon juice or vinegar to avoid discoloring.

Pick a flower, open, by pulling the feathery plastic like petal back, you’ll find the matchstick like stem inside the flower. You have to remove it, otherwise your blossoms will be hard and bitter.

Open the flower by gently rubbing the end of it in between your fingers and gently push the petals back. Do this for all that you can. The flowers closer to the heart will get smaller and smaller and will get harder and harder to clean. When you can’t clean anymore, just separate the flowers.

Discard the match-stick like part, keep the flower. These are ready to cook, as you’d cook any other salads – or, vegetable like the spinach.

While the banana fruit remains a fast-moving commodity, and the crop remains a huge income earner for most communities in Kenya – there’s a huge challenge in transport logistics – between the producer and the consumer in towns.

There’s considerable wastage and business losses incurred in unprecedented delays along the route, either from dishonest transport agents or mechanical breakdowns.

There’s been an effort by a leading regional bank to even out the playground for traders – especially those dealing with perishable fruits and vegetables.

Co-op Bank has renewed a vehicle financing deal financing deal that is set to empower such traders – either as individuals or registered groups.

The Biashara Iendelee campaign deal gives clients up to 95% funding on selected vehicle brands to boost Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

These are versatile lorry and pick-up trucks ideal for business, from Isuzu Kenya and Simba Colt.

For Isuzu, models available are: Pickups – TFS & TFR series. Trucks: N-series Models – NHR, NKR, NQR, NPR; Isuzu F-Series models – FRR, FSR.

For Simba Colt, Co-op Bank clients can pick the versatile Mitsubishi Canter FE 71, 84,85CG, 85CH, Mitsubishi Trucks and assorted Mitsubishi Pickups.

If they wish, the clients can also apply for a Ksh.500,000 working capital facility to ride out the crippling Covid-19 season. Other exciting perks is the 60 day loan-grace-period, a negotiated motor vehicle insurance cover and the longest, flexible re-payment periods in the market – 5 years.

There’s really no need for a trader to incur losses due to delayed transport from the farm to the market – NO MATTER THE DISTANCE!

MozzartBet, Kenya’s fastest growing bookmarker, on Monday, October 5, unveiled 5 Kenyans who walked away with a total of KSh60 million after correctly predicting 13 Daily Jackpot games.

Benjamin Oramat poses with his dummy cheque for KSh10,000,000

The 5 namely; Benjamin Oramat, Bernard Kimeli, Salvan Mosioma Ondimu, Joseph Nyariki and Amos Julius are the latest mega millionaires in town after staking KSh50 between September 29th and 30th.

Interestingly, the 5th man by the name Amos Julius placed the same bet twice, thereby winning double, a total of KSh20 million.

Benjamin Oramat posing with his 2 dummy cheques for KSh10,000,000 each

Unlike in other sports betting companies, the Mozzart Daily Jackpot winnings are not divided among winners, so instead of them sharing the KSh10 million for the 13 correct predictions, each of them proudly walked away with a whopping KSh 10 million.

The 5 winners could not hide their joy as they received their cheques from MozzartBet’s Digital Marketing Manager Frank Ochieng at firm’s offices in Westlands.

Bernard Kimeli receiving his cheque for KSh10,000,000 from MozzartBet’s Digital Marketing Manager Frank Ochieng.

Addressing members of the fourth estate later on, they each revealed what they were planning to do with the money while giving a few tips to gamers who want to try their luck.

Jackpot bonus table

12 correct predictions – KSh 100,000

11 correct predictions – KSh 10,000

10 correct predictions – KSh 1,000

9 correct predictions – KSh 500

8 correct predictions – KSh 50

0 (all missed) – KSh 1,000

Also, www.mozzartbet.co.ke has now normalised winning a Jackpot, just last month, two men won the Mozzart Daily Jackpot again on the same day.

Salvan Mosioma Ondimu receiving his cheque for KSh10,000,000 from MozzartBet’s Digital Marketing Manager Frank Ochieng.

Toyota Kenya and Co-operative Bank have entered into a strategic financing partnership that will enable the bank’s customers to purchase commercial and personal vehicles under Toyota Kenya’s portfolio, including Toyota, Suzuki, Hino and Yamaha.

This Scheme is expected to assist business recover from the ravages of Covid-19, as customers require to place a down-payment as low as 5% to purchase the vehicles, as financing of up to 95% will be provided.

In addition, repayment of the loan is for a long period of up to 60-months.

The iconic Toyota Landcruiser Pick Up: One of the models available in the financing scheme.

Co-op Bank will also extend a ​Kshs. 500,000 working capital loan – without additional security – to the successful applicants of the Toyota Vehicles. What’s more, to give  customers some relief to enable them build cash for repaying the loan, customers will enjoy a grace period of 2 months​ (60 days) before they begin paying back the loan.

The new partnership also allows fleet customers under Coop Fleet Africa, the leasing arm of Co-operative Bank Group, to acquire more units. This is an amplification of the existing deal that only covers the commercial segment with the financing of the Hiace van and Hilux pickups.

Managing Director Toyota Kenya, Arvinder Reel, in lauding the improved deal said the pandemic demonstrated the need to support individuals and sectors that are at the heart of the country’s economy with flexible options to acquire key assets for their operations.

“Our partnership with Co-op Bank goes beyond just the sale of the vehicles. We are saying this is an improved partnership since customers will also receive professional training for their drivers under the Toyota Advanced Driving program and the Yamaha Riding Academy, for those who purchase the Yamaha motorbikes,” he said.

“From our lineup of quality, durable and reliable commercial and passenger vehicles, Toyota Kenya shall continue prioritizing solutions that support Kenyans towards their personal and business re-building in the wake of the pandemic,” he said.

DEAL SIGNED-OFF: (L-R) Managing Director Toyota Kenya, Arvinder S. Reel, Ag Director Corporate & Institutional Banking at Co-op Bank Jacqueline Waithaka and Co-op Bank Fleet Africa Leasing Managing Director Robert Mbugua display the deal documents following the sign-off the joint financing deal that will offer up to 95% financing for the purchase of Toyota vehicles.

Toyota Kenya has over the years been a great champion of growing the local automotive industry through the production of various models under its stable, hence building the local content supply chain, transferring technology and creating direct and indirect jobs for Kenyans.

“Currently, Toyota Kenya locally assembles 11 varied models which includes Hilux & Land cruiser pick-ups, Hino trucks and Yamaha motorcycles,” he noted.

On behalf of Co-op Bank, the Director of Corporate and Institutional Banking, Mrs. Jacquelyne Waithaka said that the scheme is available for those customers who want direct acquisition of the vehicles, or for leasing. The bank has made the terms flexible to accommodate MSME’s, Co-operatives, Corporate, Individuals and Farmers, to support them re-tool their businesses as the economy re-opens.

Even after the lifting of the interest rate capping, the two firms have agreed to keep the borrowing rate at 13% on reducing balance.

Co-operative Bank has launched The GoodHome Mortgage Property Hub where clients can access bank-approved properties for residential and commercial use.

This is a one-stop shop that will serve the twin purpose of giving developers financed by the bank a ready market for their properties, while at the same time giving buyers a wide range of properties to choose from.

Customers will access property solutions at both the physical office located at KUSCCO Center, Upperhill and virtually through goodhome.co.ke.

Chris Chege, the Head of Mortgage Finance at Co-operative Bank and Jacquelyne Waithaka, the bank’s Director of Corporate & Institutional Banking launch the GoodHome Property Hub at KUSCCO Center, Upperhill on 28th September 2020. Looking on are Patrick Macharia, the Property Hub Manager and other members of staff who serve customers at the Property Hub.

Chris Chege, the Head of Mortgage Finance at Co-operative Bank and Jacquelyne Waithaka, the bank’s Director of Corporate & Institutional Banking launch the GoodHome Property Hub at KUSCCO Center, Upperhill on 28th September 2020. Looking on are Patrick Macharia, the Property Hub Manager and other members of staff who serve customers at the Property Hub.

The hub will also provide access to financing through the GoodHome Mortgage which is available in all major currencies to Kenyan Individuals, SMEs, Corporate companies and Co-operatives including those in the Diaspora.

Our team of experts have also developed a wide range of solutions for specialized groups such as landlords, contractors and Co-operative Societies in line with the affordable housing program which is one of the key pillars in the Government’s Big 4 agenda.

Jacquelyne Waithaka, the Director of Corporate & Institutional Banking at Co-operative Bank and Chris Chege, the Bank’s Head of Mortgage Finance launch the GoodHome Property Hub at KUSCCO Center, Upperhill on 28th September 2020. Looking on are Patrick Macharia, the Property Hub Manager and other members of staff who serve customers at the Property Hub.

Jacquelyne Waithaka, the Director of Corporate & Institutional Banking at Co-operative Bank and Chris Chege, the Bank’s Head of Mortgage Finance launch the GoodHome Property Hub at KUSCCO Center, Upperhill on 28th September 2020. Looking on are Patrick Macharia, the Property Hub Manager and other members of staff who serve customers at the Property Hub.

Co-operative Bank is one of the leading mortgage financiers in Kenya and has provided mortgage solutions since 2009.

The property hub further enhances the bank’s capacity to serve all sectors of the real estate market, in line with its mission of providing innovative and relevant services to a wide range of retail and corporate customers.

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The Mozzart Daily Jackpot is proving to be the easiest Jackpot in Kenya. Guess what! Mozzart has provided another pair of Jackpot winners in a span of just weeks.

From a fixed stake of only 50 Bob, Mr. Bonuke Samwel and Mr. Robert Mwela, a Nairobi based pharmacist are the latest Mega Millionaires in town after hitting 10,000,000 Shs each on the same day courtesy of the Mozzart Daily Jackpot!

The newest millionaire in town - Mr. Robert Mwela

The newest millionaire in town – Mr. Robert Mwela

Unlike in other sports betting companies, the Mozzart Daily Jackpot winnings are not divided among winners, so instead of them sharing the 10 Million Shs for 13 correct predictions, they each went away with the 10 M. Mozzart parting ways with a total of Ksh 20,000,000 instantly.

“The very first day I played the Daily Jackpot, I placed three different bets on the day’s offer, unfortunately I lost all the 3 bets but I still got paid on each bet-slip 1,000 Shs as a bonus for losing all games. A total of Ksh 3,000 yet I had lost all my bets? This really motivated me to stick to Mozzart.” – Mwela

“For now what’s on my mind is opening a Pharmacy business, it’s in line with what I studied and what I’ve been doing. However, that doen’t mean that I’ll not look at any other opportunities.” Mwela said of what his plans were after the windfall.

Mr. Samuel Bonuke poses with his ksh. 10m dummy cheque in Nairobi

Mr. Samuel Bonuke poses with his ksh. 10m dummy cheque in Nairobi

“Mozzart Daily Jackpot is the easiest Jackpot because even if you don’t win the 13 games, there are higher chances of you winning the bonuses…and again it is only on Mozzart Bet that jackpot winnings and bonuses are not shared.” Bonuke remarked.

JACKPOT BONUSES TABLE:

  • 12 correct predictions –  Ksh 100,000
  • 11 correct predictions – Ksh 10,000
  • 10 correct predictions – Ksh 1,000
  • 9 correct predictions – Ksh 500
  • 8 correct predictions – Ksh 50
  • 0 (all missed) – Ksh 1,000

www.mozzartbet.co.ke have now normalized winning a Jackpot, just last month, two men won the Mozzart Daily Jackpot again on the same day.

Have a look at their bet Slips here.

Mwela’s bet slip 1

Bonuke’s bet slip 1 

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In the previous round, the record for the number of goals scored in one round of the Premier League was broken. The strikers seemed to be in great mood, as the nets were shaken 44 times all over England, which is why this weekend we have prepared something special for the lovers of Fantasy Football. Check out this weekend’s Fantasy Premier League suggestions and odds being offered courtesy of gaming site MOZZART BET.

Wilfred Zaha (4.5) – more, odds 2.70

One of the players that is definitely worth trying, both because of the odds and because of the limit. This season, Zaha got a new, even more offensive role in the new formation of Crystal Palace (4-4-2). In tandem with Jordan Ayew, he plays at the very top of the attack and it seems that he is even more dangerous than in previous seasons, if that is at all possible in a not very offensive team like the one in London.

With three goals, first against Southampton and then Manchester United, the Ivory Coast international is most deserving of the fact that Palace has the maximum performance after two rounds, and with Mohamed Salah he has more points (23) than any other midfielder, which is an additional reason for you to have Zaha, both in your team and on the bet slip.

Because, don’t forget, a midfielder’s goal brings a point more than the striker, and Zaha was registered in Fantasy as a midfielder. So far, he has had six shots on goal, five of them inside the penalty area, more than any of his teammates, and he has created four chances, the most in his team with Andros Tauze

Timo Werner (4.5) – more, odds 1.80

He had no concrete effect in the previous two rounds. However, we believe that it is time for the German to “open an account” in the jersey of the London team. Slaven Bilic’s team conceded the most goals in the introductory two rounds, as many as eight, and we don’t see how anything could change, although the team will certainly gain experience with the arrival of Branislav Ivanovic, whose debut is expected on Saturday.

Chris Wood (4.5) – more, odds 2.90

And this time we tried to “dig out” someone from the “worth a try” column and we hope that Chris Wood could be the one. With the goal against Leicester at the premiere last weekend – Burnley did not play in the first round – the New Zealander continued with the excellent form from the previous season, tying the fourth league game in which he signed up as a scorer.

In addition, Wood is the “main” on his Turf Moore. Last season, he sent 41 shots at home to the opponent’s goal, 36 from the penalty area, 19 of which ended in a goal round, and he was the leader of his team in all three mentioned columns. His numbers are also impressive when compared to other, more resonant names. Wood entered Turf Moore with 19 percent chances, as did Mohamed Salah, Marcus Rashford and Tami Abraham on their pitches. Definitely worth a try, given the odds on offer.

Harry Kane (5.5) – more, odds 1.80

Experienced Fantasy players know that there is no need to rush with changes after one unsuccessful round, Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have once again confirmed that there is some truth here.

The duo of Tottenham shared a huge 45 points among themselves in the previous round against Southampton and owed patience to the few who left them in their team after a pale game against Tottenham at the start of the season.

This time we are a bit more in favor of Kane, primarily because of the lower limit (Son – 7.5), but also because of the somewhat better performance of the English striker against Newcastle. In a total of nine matches in which he started against the Magpies, Kane scored five goals, while Son has two goals and an assist in five.

Kevin de Bruyne (7.5) – more, odds 1.95

The Belgian has a new, much more offensive position. The role of the “ten” is exactly to his liking, he showed it on the field, and then admitted it after the match with Wolves. KDB created six chances for a goal for his teammates, sent four shots on goal and ended the game with a goal and an assist on the account.

Leicester is one hundred percent after two rounds, but in both he was quite insecure in defense. He went unpunished against WBA, however, everything came to fruition against Burnley, who shook the Fox’s net on two occasions.

You will also find Rahim Sterling (7.5) in our offer. Of course, that doesn’t have to mean anything, but you should keep in mind before composing the ticket, but also before the next round. Let’s not forget, Gabriel Jesus has a lower limit (6.5) in relation to the mentioned two, but the striker’s goal is valued by one point less, so we believe that the Brazilian is going into the red.

It is definitely a good option for your Fantasy team, as Kun Aguero is not returning to the pitch yet.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Raul Jimenez 

Raul Jimenez (5.5) – more, odds 2.03

Only Harry Kane and Danny Ings missed less than one hundred percent chances than the Mexican last season. Jimenez continued this year in the same rhythm, he scored against Sheffield United, then City, so why not against the much weaker, unconvincing defense of West Ham? After all, in the previous four meetings with the London team, he shook the net three times.

His minutes are not in question, he is the only real striker with the newcomer Fabio Silva, and as the 18-year-old Portuguese is still getting used to it, he will most likely be waiting for him for all 90 minutes. Last season, only Conor Cody and Rui Patricio had more.

Jack Greallish (5.5) – more, odds 2.55

This season, everyone will check the list of offered players and see who is competing with Fulham. And we have nothing wrong with that. Along with the WBA, the Kolibas are the main favorites for relegation, which they confirmed in the previous two rounds in which they received a total of seven goals. Jack Greallish, the first leader of the Birmingham team, could also benefit from the below-average defense of Scott Parker’s team.

He stopped at three points in the first game and now is a good time to improve his points balance. Last season, everything started with the 25-year-old Englishman – only De Bruyne had more key passes than him – and the match with Sheffield last week showed that it will be the same in the new season. Greallish is constantly involved in the game, taking responsibility for all interruptions, including penalties, which is just more reason for Greallish to go to the “plus” on Monday night.

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(Note: It is not possible to link interdependent events, such as judging a player from the same team in a match, or a player and a match in which he participates (e.g Kane scores a goal and any game in a Tottenham match.)

If the player on offer is not a starter odds will be calculated 1.

The “Bonus points system” used on the official website is not included in the scoring. All results are governed by the official website fantasy.premierleague.com)

Decide for yourself, at Mozzart!

After a hard day’s hustle, and errands – what’s the first thing you do when you get into your house?

Kick off the irksome heels?

Flop on the stained coach and switch on the thumping music system?

Unclip tight clothing to free long-suffering appendages?

There’s no place like home. This is your personal space – you can be you.

It matters not if it’s a sprawling estate on endless acreage fraught with servants, or, a tiny, cramped, windowless box in a maze of floors and staircases somewhere in the city.

This is home, and there’s nowhere else the heart would rather be. And, these are just urban rentals. The homeowners are usually on another, higher level.

Have you seen how hard faces and hearts melt into emotional mirages when discussing the journey to building the first home?

The first home is often a rewarding culmination of an intense journey of endless personal sacrifice, sweat, blood and tears. The patience and inner drive needed to transform a barren piece of rocky land into a haven of dreams, is not a mean feat – and it’s painstakingly slow – akin to pulling out multiple bee stings.

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In between dishonest building crews bent on fleecing by overcharging for supplies and inflating the casuals tally, most home builders contend with taxing day jobs. Site supervision is relegated to multiple calls to the foreman – energy sapping and financially draining.

And, no, hiring a relative as a supervisor at your building site always ends in tears – and, irreparable family damages.

To fill in this gap, numerous construction firms have been formed. Depending on the level of work, these firms usually charge a percentage higher – but, all factors held constant – it’s the safer bet for the busy corporate home builder.

 

Along the Kenyan coastal zone, one building firm stands out – Riziki Home Solutions.

Interestingly, Riziki Home Solutions is lady-owned, and ran. This firm has steadily created a comfortable niche in residential and business structure development. As it is, once a potential home owner signs a contract and settles half of the agreed final payment, the firm handles every aspect of the process – from ground breaking to final touches – within an agreed time frame.

There’s some truth in the adage that what a man can do a woman can do twice better.

The firm is staffed with lady professionals, from architects, civil engineers and all craftsmen in between. Read plumbers, electricians, interior décor and landscaping experts.

Riziki Home Solutions Director, one Ms. Sarah Riziki doesn’t mince words, in her swivel leather seat behind a swarthy mahogany desk in her spacious office on the mezzanine floor, on one office block off Nkrumah Road.

“We started off as a tiny cowboy outfit – with the bare minimum we needed to make a successful project – one architect, one engineer, one plumber, et al. At the time, we all had day jobs till we ran the first few projects. We all quit and got into it fulltime” Says Ms. Sarah.

“Thanks to a solid financial partner, Co-op Bank, we’ve been able to expand, and build a credible working reputation”.

As we speak, Riziki Home Solutions is taking advantage of the Biashara Indelee Na Isuzu Campaign.

Co-op Bank has partnered with Isuzu and Simba Colt in a vehicle financing deal that gives clients up to 95% funding on selected vehicle brands to boost Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

The construction firm has signed up for a fleet of Isuzu trucks and pick-ups: the TFR series, the N-series NHR; and the F-Series models – FRR, FSR.

The Biashara Iendelee Na Isuzu Campaign also allows clients a Ksh.500,000 working capital facility, a 60 day repayment-grace period, a negotiated motor vehicle insurance cover and the longest, flexible re-payment periods in the market – 5 years.

 

Get home and kick off your heels, enjoy your personal space and just be yourself.

This is home.

Paris Saint-Germain has signed a partnership agreement for two seasons with 22BET, one of the online betting leaders in Africa.

The platform will benefit from one of the world’s biggest sports club’s ever-increasing popularity in Africa, as well as securing exclusive marketing rights for its users.

Paris Saint-Germain is driven by passion and creativity as the club of the new generation. And in football like in betting, fans appreciate performance above anything else.

That’s why as part of the deal, 22BET will benefit from the implementation of Digital Overlay® technology at the Parc des Princes, which targets TV audiences by region throughout the world. This innovative system – a first in France – geo-localizes adverts displayed on LED screens around the pitch by adapting messages to the broadcaster’s audience.

Among other rights, 22BET will benefit from a club legend meet-and-greet session as well as benefitting from VIP seats for home matches at the Parc des Princes. The brand will also organize private events at the Parc des Princes and provide money-can’t-buy experiences for their clients and employees, as well as specific digital posts on the club’s platforms to promote special offers from 22BET.

“We are delighted to welcome 22BET to the Paris Saint-Germain family, as the club’s first ever Official African Betting Partner,” said Paris Saint-Germain Chief Partnerships Officer Marc Armstrong.

“We believe that 22BET will be an ideal partner for the club, and together we will be able to reach and further engage with our fast-growing fan base in Africa. The unique appeal of the Paris Saint-Germain in the region makes it the perfect platform for 22BET to grow its brand. The partnership is a testament to the club’s long-term commitment to Africa.”

Olatunji Idowu, director of 22BET Africa also commented: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with one of the most premium and sought-after sport brands in the world, which combines on-pitch success with innovation off the pitch. The fast-growing presence of the club worldwide will help us further promote our brand in the African region.

The director, adds:

Like Paris Saint-Germain who works hard as a club to innovate to give the best experiences to its fans, we are providing the best gaming experience to our users. Our two organizations are in search of excellence and leadership in their field. So this partnership is a perfect match”.

PSG remains a top contender for the French league’s top honors, more so emboldened by this partnership.

Anyone can get Showmax – you don’t have to have DStv to sign up.

There are, however, special deals for DStv subscribers in Kenya.

If you are a DStv Premium customer, you can add Showmax standard* to your DStv bill at no extra cost.

So you can binge on even more incredible movies, local and international series and kids shows, whenever and wherever you want. This includes Selina, Sol Family, Kina, Power, Lovecraft Country, Njoro wa Uba and Siren.

If you are are DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family or Access customer, you’ll get 50% off your Showmax standard subscription if you add it to your DStv bill.

It’s so convenient – not only do you get Showmax at a huge discount – it’s bundled into your DStv bill so you have less paperwork to worry about.

Add Showmax to your DStv bill from the My DStv app

  1. Download the My DStv app (iOS or Android)
  2. Select ‘Showmax on Us’, followed by ‘Activate Now’.
  3. Start watching.

Add Showmax to your DStv bill from your desktop

For DStv Premium customers:

  1. Go to www.DStvAfrica.com and log in.
  2. Locate the Showmax banner on your account dashboard.
  3. Click ‘Activate’.
  4. You’ll be prompted to create a Showmax account – click Create Account. If you already have a Showmax account, just sign in and start watching.

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For DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family or Access customers:

  1. Go to www.DStvAfrica.com and log in.
  2. Locate the 50% Off Showmax banner on your account dashboard.
  3. Click ‘Activate’.
  4. You’ll be asked to add Showmax for 50% off – click ‘Add to bill’.
  5. Then you’ll be redirected to the Eazy Self Service payment portal.
  6. Under Select payment option, choose ‘Once off payment’ to top up your DStv account with the balance of this month’s Showmax subscription.
  7. Enter your bank card details and click ‘Save and Pay’.
  8. Once payment is successful, select ‘Activate Account’ to start watching Showmax.

Once you’ve activated Showmax on the DStv Africa website, you’ll be redirected to the Showmax website to sign in and start watching.

Start watching your favourite shows now, either through your connected Explora, on your laptop or PC, or through the Showmax app on your smartphone or tablet.

*There are no special deals for DStv subscribers for Showmax Pro at the moment.

Do you know why bananas are a sure fixture in the breakfast basket in every hotel? Or, in your own kitchen, or sneaked into your school lunch basket?

The fruit is loaded with healthy benefits. It’s loaded with fibre – both soluble and insoluble.

The soluble fiber has the tendency to slow down digestion and keep you feeling full for a longer time.

In Nairobi, and other major towns across the region, the banana is the fastest moving fruit in grocery stalls, street vendors and supermarket fruit stands. Its available all year round, and a common staple in most households.

The versatility is boundless.

Ripe? You game.

Chopped and tagged with other fruits as pudding? Even better.

Peeled raw and chopped into tire shapes and fried? Who doesn’t miss that cuisine?

The banana also features heavily in every urban bachelor’s dwelling. Its affordable – and a high -energy fruit.

In Kenya, many regions grow bananas. The richest, though, and famous for their banana-cultured lifestyles, are the Kisii people. In hot pursuit is the Meru region.

The banana trade is booming, but the blunt edge is borne by traders – on the transport part. It’s really hectic. But necessity is the mother of innovation, right?

In banana-rich Kisii and Meru region, traders have joined up to form empowerment groups. This enables them to pool resources and hire a single hauling truck, as opposed to the previous trend to just source for available transport at the main markets.

One step further, is that these trading groups have evolved to be financial outfits, and got duly registered. Each member has a membership number to the group, and deposits money directly to the group’s central account.

For Co-op Bank, these trader groups enjoy customized services, and expert financial advice. The bank has assiste4d the group acquire Safaricom till numbers that deposit money directly to the group’s account.

Despite the prevailing financial melt-down spurred by the pandemic, Co-op Bank has renewed a vehicle financing deal financing deal that is set to empower such registered groups – like, the banana traders.

The Biashara Iendelee campaign deal gives clients up to 95% funding on selected vehicle brands to boost Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

These are versatile lorry and pick-up trucks ideal for business, from Isuzu Kenya and Simba Colt.

For Isuzu, models available are: Pickups – TFS & TFR series. Trucks: N-series Models – NHR, NKR, NQR, NPR; Isuzu F-Series models – FRR, FSR.

For Simba Colt, Co-op Bank clients can pick the versatile Mitsubishi Canter FE 71, 84,85CG, 85CH, Mitsubishi Trucks and assorted Mitsubishi Pickups.

If they wish, these groups can also apply for a Ksh.500,000 working capital facility to ride out the crippling Covid-19 season. Other exciting perks is the 60 day loan-grace-period, a negotiated motor vehicle insurance cover and the longest, flexible re-payment periods in the market – 5 years.

There’s really no need for your group to incur losses due to delayed transport from the farm to the market – NO MATTER THE DISTANCE!