My Beef with Kenyan Campo System.

15 Jun

‘Today am going to blog my heart out’…this are the words i told @martoG and @nora this morning on not going to rant about this and that but i will talk about something real,straight up real.

My topic for today is  ICT….why am i blogging about this, well a pal of mine told me something that really hit the spot.He told me  doing what you  like is freedom,liking what you do is happiness.There are two things i totally like,programming and getting high…well you all know about my fits of alcoholic indigence(after shedding light way too many times)…so lets talk about programming,and ICT for that matter.Don’t worry am not dishing out snippets of code(though I wish I could)

import javax.swing.*

This is what i know so far,Kenya has an abundance of brilliance,be it the guy who comes up with ZAWADI 2929 promos,or one of those guys running sms campaigns….to even the most trivial of things like how during the beat(NTV ) they pit two musicians against one another,and ask you to sms the dope one,yet somehow you always loose and its evident your guy is better.Like this one time they had Jay Z and Drake…Jay lost,so i got to texting and it hit me…’jaymo hawa wasee wana do hivi deliberately ndo uskie vizii u text’… i mean that’s brilliance,stealing you mulla right under you.

But do they float ideas of that nature around in campo.Ideas that you can apply i real life to earn you chedda should you kosa a white collar job at Google…hells no,the only thing computer wise that guys leave campo having mastered is:

1.)How to download  movies.I swear i have this pal(not mentioning names) who can hook  you up with any series,movie,bootlegged software as soon as yesterday.Guys in campo know torrentz like their mamas name,mediafire is like breakfast,mega upload dinner.

Dont get it twisted  unless you are selling the movies(piracy which will land your ass in jail) then you just bullshitting,wasting internet resources.

2.)Web proxies, ‘aiii mazee wameblock facebook’ does this sound familiar,then some guy gets an Eureka moment…’wacha nikushow’…types something on the address bar an hey presto….facebook in all its glory.That is a proxy server.In campo you can get proxy’s for facebook,twitter,youtube…anything

3.)Computer Games,jaymo dont go there….. I have to….am telling you i have another pal,played Gears Of War  for 4 days straight,missed cats and nearly went blind….okay going blind is an exaggeration..but he got blood shot eyes….ata sita bonga.

4.)Software piracy aka Cracking….dude my copy of windows just expired,my office 07 just problemo,some computer guy will patch it for you,or toy with the registry and viola..full version

Those are 4 of the things any IT,CS,CT ,MAC  guy can pull off without breaking off a sweat.Now once you are  asked to pull off something as trivial as collating a database on a  server ..?????? clueless. Then to make matters worse you chuk you phone and Google away ‘how to collate a database’

Then to make matters worse unazusha ukinyimwa job…”ati naomba serikali itafutie vijana job wenye wametoka campo”Dude like wtf….

Jaymo aint blaming the students in this faculties,am blaming the campo itself,yes jaymo is going to throw subliminal blows at Universities.Av always said my favorite campo is Strathmore…am ironically not  a student there but i have to give credit  where credit is due.Strath offers relevant material to your course,21st century shyt…kuja JKUAT u shangaee…u being taught FORTRAN at third  year…dude you teaching me FORTRAN in 2011!!! and you expect me to be relevant in the work place???And then you shamelessly preaching in class how campo should teach you to create jobs,not look for one.

I remember the first real job i got was at 3mice interactive,the guys there were trying to be little the this guy(obviously a bully) walked up to my workstation and was like”jamaa iwant you to implement a Twitter API for a client we are working with…here is the site and other relevant material”I remember felling sorry for this guys we were working with,fine pia mini si ati nilikuwa najua ku create API,but at least i had a rough idea..hao wengine kwanza this dude who was on 2go the  whole day were clueless…do  i blame them,hells no,do i   blame 3mice for thinking we were up to the challenge,hell no either….do i blame the campo HELL YEAH.


If the 3mice dude had asked one of us”naskia Nikita imetokea episode 20 naeza ipata wapi kwa net?”Then hapo angekuwa amazed,not only would he have gotten episode 20,but also a trailer of episode 21 to go along with it.

Now i know may schools of thought are of the opinion that input from the student should out way content in pia studeee  ana faa kujisome.. i agree but without someone pointing the right direction what do you expect.

I have great respect for *ihub and mlab…for stratmore school expos,for guys like IddSalim. who fight  for what they want(Mpesa-API)…for guys like Randel at cisco systems.This are the guys who should run mentorship programs at campo,not the guys who cant even do a remote connection to solve a simple tweak error,yet insist on teaching you Java only  to abscorn the class for half the semester(Yes suck at java,i learnt more from e books.)

copyright java &sun microsystems

With this in mind what do i have to say:change the whole a bottom to top overhaul…change the course content,run expos,create Incubation labs..take JKUAT for example..create jkuatlab..a place for students to develop software,mobile apps,internet apps.Get a mentor ship program..give incentives(you will be surprised how something as little as 20k will get guys coding)Reward effort.stop rewarding guys who cram course content with first class honors,and lowers to guys who had more prowess in practical aspects of CS but never got a practical exam given to them…yet they can code even a whole operating system given the opportunity.

Get them to code in a lab with no book,or Google for help,and see how they fair,then reward accordingly.Failure to which campo will only produce guys who can crack IDM or download updates for Anti Virus Software’s

Tech companies in Kenya should stop outsourcing code to India.Companies like Google,Safaricom Equity  bank are working with local guys….this will help foster growth…angalau pia sisi ma programmer tuweze kuhamia Runda 🙂 tafakari hayo….


Posted by on June 15, 2011 in INTERNSHIP, Reflections, true stories


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16 responses to “My Beef with Kenyan Campo System.

  1. atgeekscorner

    June 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

    True to the bone.

    • akajaymo

      June 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

      @ atgeekscorner am glad you concure my friend.

  2. ictumwet

    June 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Illiterate!! 🙂 Turns out what our course is offering, half of it is irrelevant out here.

    • akajaymo

      June 16, 2011 at 4:47 am

      half of the course content is not inform with the work structure…like you guys being taught 19th century engineering,and they expect you to drill for oil in north eastern

  3. nickae

    June 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    i quit to do individual units in wats relevant. The only advantage that a campo graduate wil hav over me is the degree document shud we b put b4 a panel.

    • akajaymo

      June 20, 2011 at 4:38 am

      couldnt agree more..if u ask me,i would have been fine with doing programming but this bastards done stck me with irrelevant BS,indivdual units is the way to go

  4. Mark Maloba

    June 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Haha… Just discovered ur blog today man. I’m also doing MAC… First year though. Keep preachin’!

    • akajaymo

      June 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

      May the force be with you friend.

  5. NuttyTN

    August 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    As a former graduate off JKUAT, it’s really sad to see that the ills of those years I was there are yet to be righted. Irrelevant course content still being taught etc. FORTRAN ?!! *face palm*

    The thing to do young sir is to get e-books and course content from the Strath/Safaricom Academy and code away. The obsolete lecturer’s will never add you any value.

    • akajaymo

      August 10, 2011 at 5:14 am

      NuttyTN it always gives me a smile when i encounter someone who went through the same ills i am,as for the e-books,thats what am doing..working with MIT material…atleast nikuwe mbele kiasi…wazi bro

  6. morine bettie

    August 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    u naild it….

    • akajaymo

      August 31, 2011 at 6:35 am

      thanx morine bettie

  7. Frank

    March 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    true man…i feel wat u put across

    • akajaymo

      March 2, 2012 at 6:05 am

      Thank you Francis….

  8. webtrendzs

    March 29, 2012 at 7:05 am

    akajaymo, am also a MAC dude year 2009. i ain’t saying more than what you have said but i remember in ma fourth year i attended 7 classes for the whole year why? coz i wanted to know code and dig deep into it. Where i am now am proud to have done so. i would say that identify what you want in life and go for it. It is not about the awards you get and papers it is about the feeling you get when you get what you yawn for. Hey if u are php guy learn Contao(realy great-i hate joomla), javascript learn Extjs and Mootools , Mobile apps Learn Sencha. that is enough skill set to keep you going. is java a programming language? *wink *hide* @webtrendzs is ma handle

    • akajaymo

      March 29, 2012 at 7:10 am

      Great… i love people who are of the same school of thought… #NF @webtrendzs


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