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My article today is inspired by my facebook post of 1st November, 2016 ” With the raising diesel emissions in Nairobi everyday, trust me, I don’t desire to live here longer”. I was consoled by some of you who encouraged me to be here at least for one month. So am staying. But thats not all, I have a lot of questions concerning the quality of the life am living. David S. Landes in his book The wealth and Poverty of Nations illustrates how countries have used their different background to raise into great metropolis. Many still try. Since the early times we have been dependent on the natural resources as a means of survival and sustenance. We have also used this to develop areas which we have occupied. Today, Man still uses his brain and knowledge to push the limits of life.

 

We are always looking for other places apart from the earth, where we can live and work. Apollo 11 was the first spaceflight that landed humans on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material for return to Earth.

 

Its 46 years since the Apollo 11 landed on the moon, we have not been able to make it our next settlement, build skyscrapers and sip wine on the shores of lake moon. The construction and operation of a space station has had both positive and negative impact on our economies. Countries that have been enemies have shared the space vision and tried to work together, ignoring all their differences at least for the space sake. While in space, blowing up millions of dollars, they have taken a new citizenship of space while wearing the flags of the countries they represent.  Today, Space is a luxury of space scientists and the rich and famous, who are soon plotting their exodus on a million dollar expenditure. The sad note is that, with all the discoveries, be it in science or whatever, there has not been any other home than the earth, the dwelling of mankind.

 

If this is the dwelling of mankind, why has man allowed it to die? The world today is supported by only three rain forest, The Congo, The Amazon and Indonesia. Indonesia for example is one of the poorest most corrupt country on earth, Congo on the other hand has been at war with itself for many years. The warlords have smuggled timber from the forest in exchange for firearms and other equipment to support the war. But thats not the only problem, Individually we have had a negative impact on our environment, the way we live, on what we eat, what we wear, how we get to our work places. Over 50% of our flesh water has been used to produce beef, clean oil and irrigate our plants. Most of that is lost, never to be found.

 

The third world countries have taken their frustrations to the environment. With no means of sustenance, we have misused our great resources to benefit the needs of the few. We consider planting trees for timber as opposed planting trees for medicine. This trees end up consuming all the water from the streams leaving them dry and we, looking for other sources of water. In Nairobi for example, tall towers have sprung from the wetlands, places where water was stored during wet days to be used during dry days. We do that while not considering we still have shown our intention not to leave our culture. We cultivate land, big and small, Nairobi still has a National Park seven kilometers from the CBD and its still a place you meet with Maasai grazing their cattles.

 

The damage we have done to the sea is already enough, and this is the reason why I have come to my desired conclusion. I maybe here, but not for long, I want to be somewhere where life still exists, where the environment is not crying for its creator and where nature and man are in a harmony with each other. Am sorry to say that that place, is not in the cities. The realisation of the danger we have created has come 50 years too late. The reaction is slow, we still want to live that life without adjusting and making sacrifices. So the degradation continues. The earth is getting hotter and the sea are raising as a result of greenhouse gasses. Human activities is having a great negative impact to the environment. Man has pride himself in how he has created financial district from the earth. Cement, sand, water, e.t.c all put together to create what we call today the concrete jungle, his dwelling place. As sung by Bob Marley “where the living is the hardest”.

 

Let’s listen to the earth as it cries, and lets listen to our later generation’s desire to inherit a world that is not a poison to them but a source of life. One of my favorite commencement speech also one of the shortest said “Ladies and gentlemen, we have left you a perfect world. Please don’t screw-up” For me, this might not be the case if I decide not to do something. But if we sit and watch how the world is falling apart, the next shortest commencement speech will be, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have screwed-up the world, so deal with it”

 

 

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Success Through Difficulty.

We desire success almost as much as we need to breathe, from the moment we are born we want to do more, get more, be more. Well we may have a mental picture of success as striving hard towards perfection, in truth, it’s more natural. Success can be describes as the courage to let out the potent dreams and potentialities already in us, simply to give them air.

 

Most people don’t do this because it seems dangerous, it’s not routine. Yet those who have gone this way do see it simply as the normal path of life, it feels more like home, a place that should be everyone’s experience. Sometimes the urge for more is drummed out of us by upbringing and culture, so you may have been compelled to lower your expectation and settle for a less extraordinary life. If, however you have recently resurrected your desire to succeed, this article is for you.

 

Authentic Achievement

Authentic Happiness and sense of purpose, authentic and meaningful achievement. Only you will know whether you have achieved meaningful in life. Some people spent all their life climbing up a ladder, to paraphrase Joseph Campbell, only to realize it was up against the wrong wall. This is why the term authentic is used. Doing something or becoming something that expresses your full personality and ability in the most noble way.

 

Success isn’t an event, or a result in isolation but an expression of the best that is within you. The world provides endless possibilities for making more efficient, more humane more beautiful, it’s upto you to find your niche. Real achievement isn’t concerned with winning for the sake of it, as Timothy Gallwey puts it, Winning is overcoming obstacle to reach a goal, but the value in winning is only as great as the value of the goal reached. You need to make a decision between a compassion to succeed and the desire for enduring achievement that will inspire, enrich your life and the lives of others. Authentic and lasting success utilises the resources of the world to the greatest effect and with the minimum of waste.

 

Characteristics of successful People

What makes a person successful? What makes them motivated perhaps prosperous, a great leader?

 

OPTIMISM, Optimism is Power. This is a secret discovered by those who succeed against great odds. Nelson Mandela, Ernest Shackleton, Eleanor Roosevelt, all admitted that what got them through tough times was the ability to focus on the positive. They understood what Claude Bristol called, The Magic of Believing. Yet great leaders also have an unusual ability to face up to stuck reality so creating a single powerful attribute.

 

TOUGH MINDED OPTIMISM, Optimistic people tend to succeed not simply because they believe that everything will turn out right, but the expectation of success makes them work harder. If you expect little, you will not be motivated even to try.

 

A DEFINITE AIM PURPOSE AND VISION, Success requires a concentration of effort, most people dispel their energies for too many things and so fail to be outstanding in anything. In the words of Orison Swett Marden, “the world does not demand that you be a lawyer, a doctor, minster, farmer, scientist or merchant. It does not dictate what you shall do, but it does require that you be a master in whatever you undertake”. So to be successful, you must higher goals and aims and doggedly pursue their realisation.

 

WILLINGNESS TO WORK, Successful people are willing to engage in drudgery in the course of achieving something marvellous. The genius is the years of effort invested to solve a problem or find the perfect expression of an idea. With hard work, you acquire knowledge about yourself that idleness never reveals. A love success is that one’s first achieved, it can create a momentum that makes it easier to sustain. As the saying goes, Nothing succeeds like success.

Long Walk to Freedom By Nelson Mandela – 1994

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Success is most likely when it becomes a necessity.

 

Nelson Mandela grew up in a traditional village in the Transkei in South Africa hundreds of miles from either Johannesburg or Cape town. A member of the Thembu tribe that forms part of the Xhosa nation. Hid father was both a tribal chief ton and adviser to the Thembu king and Mandela was groomed to follow in his fathers foot steps. The name given to him at birth was prophetically Rolilahlah, in his native Xhosa the meaning of the name is trouble maker. The first member of his family to go to school Mandela was given his English name Nelson. He recalls and idealic Transkei childhood of animal Harding stick fighting and story telling. But after his father died he was moved to the Thembu capital to live under the wing of the tribal chief.

 

In his early years Mandela says, he saw the white man more as a benefactor than an oppressor, admired the British culture and its political system. He came to realize that Xhosa were a conquered people with most of the men having to slave away in gold mines for little pay or work on white owned farms. Mandela observed, no matter how high a black man advanced, he was still considered inferior to the lowest white man.

 

Early Lessons, Life long contacts

As a student Mandela was introverted and not brilliant but worked hard. He was placed in an English style secondary school for blacks and met young people from other backgrounds and began to get a sense of being African as opposed to simply Thembu or Xhosa. At Fort hare university college, run by missionaries with black professors, he studied English and anthropology, politics, native administration and roman Dutch law. At this time his ambition was to be a law level civil servant, a Clark or a interpolator in the native affairs department. For a black South African, Mandela’s education was privileged, and he believed that a BA was his ticket to prosperity, only later he realised that their where people without degrees who were smarter then he was, and that character was the greater ingredient in success. Competing id cross country in college taught him he could make up for a luck in natural training by hard work. In his studies he observed, I saw many young men who had great natural ability, but who did not have discipline and patient to build on their endowment. Back home from college for a break, Mandela found an arranged marriage waiting for him on which he was not keen and fled to Johannesburg. After trying to get work in the offices of a gold mine, he eventually found an article courtship in a liberal Jewish law firm. He was paid pity and often had to walk in the centre of Johannesburg from his township. Slowly he began to get involve in politics and the Africa National Congress – ANC, but for a number of years was more as observer that activist. It was that this time that he met ANC Stewart Walter Sesulu, a real estate agent when blacks were still allowed to own some property. A black lawyer was a great novelty and when Mandela enrolled in the university of Wits Waters Rand for a bachelor of law degree in 1943, he was the only Africa black student in the faculty. His discomfort was lessened by a support of white students and Indians who would later prove to be important in the struggle for black freedom.

 

Beginning the fight

On a platform of the Nagger in his place, In 1948 the nationalist party came to power in South Africa. Though the idea of apartheid a partners had been around for centuries, the Africana nationalist entrenched it in hundreds of oppressive laws designed to create a brutal hiracy. Whites at the top, blacks at the bottom, and Indians and coloured in the middle. African, the language of the original Dutch farm settlers took over from English as an official language. With race as the basis for South African society, elaborate tests were required that often broke up families. Where one was allowed to live and work could rest on such distinction as the colour of one hair or the size of ones lips, Mandela note. The defiance campaign that the ANC organized involving stay at homes and gatherings to protest against new laws only made the government iron willed in keeping black people down. School education was scaled down, old town were razed to make way for white housing and the system made it difficult for non white people to move freely. The 1950 suppression of communism act was only partly related to cabbing communism its real purpose was to allow the government to imprison any one on a trump-up charge. Despite this hasher climate in 1952 Mandela and Oliver Tambo established the first black law office in South Africa, it was inedited with cases from the first day and was highly successful. In those days Mandela admits that he was a hot headed revolutionary, without a great deal of discipline, and that he enjoyed wearing smart suites and driving around Johannesburg in a large American car. He even bought land in the Transkei with the view to moving back home. Fate had other ideas. At 35 Mandela was banned from any involvement with ANC which meant that any work he did for the organisation would have to be secret and risk long term imprisonment. His role as freedom fighter and family man were never compatible and from this point on he lived with the constant anguish that he had made the people he loved secondary to the larger struggle for freedom.

 

Criminal and Outlaw

In the famous 1958-1960 treason trial the nationalist government charged Mandela and others with trying to overthrow the state. Though the prosecution lacked real evidence, the trial dragged on for years, by this time Mandela’s marriage had collapsed and the time required to be away from the law practice saw that too fall apart. When the members of the group were acquitted, the authority embarrassment was so great that it made the even more determined to quell surjection. In 1960 70 black demonstrators were killed at Sharpeville a township south of Johannesburg when they peacefully surrounded a police station. Many were shot in the back trying to flee the gun fire. South Africa came under a state of emergency in which the rights of blacks were further curtailed. Mandela new he will soon be arrested for something, so he decided to go underground. Moving from place to place with the help of disguises, he grew his hair and wore the blue overall of the worker and because he had a car, pretended to be driving it for his boss, white master. During this outlaw existence, when their was a warrant for his arrest, the newspaper started calling Mandela the black pimpernel. For several months he actually left South Africa to visit various African states including Sudan, Haile Selassie’s Ethiopia and Egypt to seek support for ANC’s course, solicit donations, and learn about gorilla war fair. This trip was the first time Mandela had experienced freedom, and had seen blacks either running their own states or being treated as equals and it only inspired him feather however back in South Africa he let his guard down and in 1962 he was captured on a road leading to cape town.

 

Captive revolutionary

At his trial, Mandela tried to put the honours of guilt to the government and wore traditional clothing to symbolise that he did not recognize the white legal system and the charges that was making against him. He received a five-year sentence without parole, however much worse was to come. As the ANC non violence philosophy was clearly not working, Mandela had founded a military that began a sabotage campaign on government property. In 1964 he was charged with sabotage and conspiracy along with a number of other ANC members. The death sentence was expected and in his address to the court Mandela said that he was prepared to die for the course of justice, perhaps because of international pressure however the man only received life sentences.  This seemed like a great victory, Mandela would spend the next 18 years in the notorious Robben Island Prison. The first decade involved hard manual labour terrible food and a climate of fear and abuse. However, the political prisoners were kept together, and so could continue their discussions. Denied virtually all outside contact the accusation of a newspaper was prized almost above food. The mans political struggle was reduced to within the prison walls, and they had to fight for any kind of improvement in their daily lives. Mandela writes, It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but how it treats its lowest ones and South Africa its imprisoned African citizens like animals. The years on Robben Island made Mandela a virtual stranger to his family and he often wondered whether the struggle was worth it. His mother died while he was there and he was not allowed to attend his funeral, on the rear occasions that he was allowed family visits he was given only half an hour with them. Because of the restriction on her movements he didn’t see Winnie his second wife for two whole years and his children were not allowed to visit before the age of 15. The nature of Mandela’s time on the Island when he received news that his 25 years old son had died in a road accident.

 

In the later years of his imprisonment as his legend grew, Mandela was moved to mainland prison and received special treatment ending up with his own house and cook and was able to receive visitors. He been seeking dialogue with the government for sometime and after 75 years of bitterness politicians began to listen to his ideas for a fully democratic South Africa. They NEW THAT HISTORY WAS NOT ON THEIR SIDE and the country was becoming explosive. Amid great euphoria Mandela was released in 1990 having spent 27and a half years in jail. Four years later after the country’s first non racial election he was elected president of South Africa. In the meantime their had been much blood shade but the worst years were behind the country.

Change Vs Real CHANGE.

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The word change is very powerful, it has and continues to be used over and over again in our society today. We know that words change all the time and over time, a process language experts describe as “semantic shift,” semantics being the field of language concerned with meaning. Even if we may not recognize it, such change in meaning is all around us, influenced by social, political, religious, economic and technological forces. Many words we use every day meant something quite different 10, 100 or 1,000 years ago.

 

But before you get carried away by change, what is change? What does it mean to change and what is the other word for change? George Orwell in the politics and the English Language notes;

 

“Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language — so the argument runs — must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes”.

Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in an intensified form, and so on indefinitely. A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. The point is that the process is reversible.

 

Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step toward political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers. I will come back to this presently, and I hope that by that time the meaning of what I have said here will have become clearer. Meanwhile, here are five specimens of the English language as it is now habitually written.

 

The Vote for Change tour was a politically motivated American popular music concert tour that took place in October 2004. The tour was presented by MoveOn.org to benefit America Coming Together. The tour was held in swing states and was designed to encourage people to register and vote. Though the tour and the organization were officially non-partisan, many of the performers urged people to vote against then President George W. Bush and for John Kerry in the 2004 election campaign Bush would defeat Kerry in November 2004. President Obama’s campaign used the word change to create a movement that for the first time in America, an African American became president of the United States of America. Vote for Change continues to be a favorite quote among the political class, that brings them to power or takes the power away from them.

 

We the people have become captive of the word change, that makes us choose who to elect in office and who to kick out of office. Is change the basis of our decisions? Should it be always?

 

Spreading the Web

Can free public WiFi access become an election issue? It should. Nairobi is one of the big city that has been slow in free WiFi. WiFi is a short-range wireless network. Its already offered is public places such as restaurants, shopping malls and hotels sometimes at a fee. The rise in adoption of smart phones has resulted in a spike in data usage, and the demand for fast and reliable broadband network has soared.

The ICT Authority for the last three years have connected all the counties with broadband. Most public schools are now connected to electricity, 22,000 of them, all around the country. The county representatives in Nairobi are planning to tusk the city authorities to make some key parts of Nairobi CBD WiFi accessible. WiFi is increasingly offered in places as divergent as malls, schools, taxis and buses.

A study by IBM-TechKnowledge has found that there are no public hotspots in the whole city of Nairobi, which is a sad reality, considering the fact that the governments push for more access to the internet. When you look at the giant mobile companies, who are making billions out of their business, its impossible to believe that they have not thought for a second the impact of creating hotspots for the public. Access to the internet has a 4% increase to the GDB, this should be taken seriously.

While the legislators brainstorm on how to make Nairobi a public hotspot, its our desire that this is a promise that will be kept, and that the public will be able to access at least 50MB of data per day. This will increase the internet usage especially in accessing government services online. Today, Kenyan government has gone online with portals like ecitizen, where you can access services like, renewing your drivers license, ID card, etc. and with making broadband available to its citizen, more people will use that to access some of this services.

As Kenya goes to polls in 2017, this should be an election issues, especially in under-served areas and cosmopolitans. Promises have been made, and we will follow it up to the new age.

JoomlaDay Kenya 2016, a great success.

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Greetings from The Joomla! Community in Kenya. The fourth annual JoomlaDay Kenya hosted by the Joomla Community in collaboration with CMSAfrica was hosted by Strathmore University. @iLabAfrica is a Centre of Excel­lence in ICT innov­a­tion and Devel­op­ment based at Strath­more Uni­ver­sity. It was estab­lished to address the Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals(MDGs) and to con­trib­ute toward Kenya’s Vis­ion 2030. The research cen­ter is involved in inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research, stu­dents engage­ment, col­lab­or­a­tion with gov­ern­ment, industry and other fund­ing agen­cies.
Since the first in 2012, this conference has rapidly developed into an important forum where Joomla! ethosiasts can meet, have interactions and network with each other; where mattendees can cooparate and learn from tech exparts about the latest processes in technologies to deliever an even more efficient business. In today’s digital world, we download and upload tons of information from and to the internet. We visit millions of websites in our internet lifetime and sometimes, we even want to make one of our own. However, this could prove to be costly and you may not know how to go about it by yourself. This is where an immensely useful product called Joomla! comes into the picture. Put in simple terms, Joomla! is a software for making and updating a website in an easy way.

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The best part about Joomla! is that it requires no prior programming knowledge. This means that anyone can creat and develop a website in easiest possible manner. This is the massage we have tried to spread in all our Joomla! Events throughout East Africa. We have managed to bring enlightment on what joomla! can do and how the community work something that very few people know about. Among the topics where Joomla! 101, by Shadrack Serem, taking us through the Joomla!3.6 including the latest and greatest features from the developers supporting Joomla!, Creating a joomla component in 30 minutes, this was a practical talk which tusked the attendees to participate, learn and show their results, with two keynotes, Payments in Joomla! and Intergrating voice call API to Joomla!

We take this opportunity to thank our speakers who took their time to participate in this event and share their great knowledge to better others. Its a great sacrifice to make but for the community, it goes along way. In the same spirit, to our sponsors, the people who made this day a success, our host Open Source Matters, @iLabAfrica, CmsAfrica, Netrixs Business systems, NorrNext, Akeeba, Web357 and DJ-Extentions and Joomla Monsters. Your support has always gone a long way and we value your partinerships and hope that they will continue to grow and flourish. Joomla! Day may have ended, but the community is still active, look up for our meet-up, with our upcoming Joomla User Group coming in the early 2017. Its also important to announce that the 2017 CMS AFRICA SUMMIT will be held in Abuja Nigeria. for bookings please visit summit.cmsafrica.org. So see you in Abuja, Nigeria in 2017.

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Road Closed-Important Visitor.

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Kenyan  police  Norinco VN4 armoured vehicle. The Chinese-made vehicles are used by the paramilitary GSU of the Kenya Police Force for anti-terrorism, international peacekeeping and local police missions.

 

This year, Conference tourism in Nairobi got a boost as the city hosted high level international conferences. In July 2015, President Barrack Obama visited Kenya for the first time as President of the United States of America-or is it the ‘Free World’ so they say.
His trip was followed closely by the Holy Father, I remember the morning after the Pope landed, I was going for my cycling mission in Nyahururu and for the whole night it poured, heavy to the following morning. At some point I thought I should cancel, but the thought of being at home the whole weekend watching the Pope, I could not stand. That’s what happens when big people are visiting, the airport is condoned, police are deployed in every street and road, the roads are closed, the citizens are pushed around, like criminals.

 
So, The Africa Academy of Management Biennial Conference kicked off the year with its week long symposium starting on January 5 to 10 at the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi Kenya, bringing together business leaders to brainstorm the way forward in uplifting lives via job creation in enterprise expansions. Among topics  covered during the conference included ‘The Progress and Potential of African Economies (McKinsey, 2010), Africa Rising (The Economist, 2011) and ‘Cracking the next growth market: Africa (Harvard Business Review, 2011).
The Environmental Cement Africa conference was slated for January 21 to 22 at Laico Regency Hotel, to cover issues promoting sustainable cement production via innovative reduction of alternative fuels and smoke emissions. Then in June, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development brought in 7,000 delegates among then trade minsters from all over the world for a week-long fourteenth session on July 17 to 22. In attendance, The President of the United State of America.

 

Last week, the Japanese government organised a high level economic forum, the Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD) for African presidents. This was the first time the forum was being held in Africa and it provided a forum for leaders to present proposals to the Japanese government for funds to implement projects. Kenya won big though not better that the earlier conference. It’s understandable that Japan is just one of Kenya’s big partners on development in energy, agriculture and water. Kenya has also made partnership with other giants like China.
The inaugural African Conference for Human Computer Interaction (Africhi) is also slated for a week-long stay in Nairobi in late November 2016 while agricultural experts, agrochemical processors and farmers flock into Nairobi for a three-day Agritec Africa meet starting on June 15 to 17 2017.

 

The 2016 calendar portends good tidings for the hospitality industry that suffered a downward spin following a spate of terrorism attacks and travel advisories. Kenya continues to attract global visitors through international forums for public and private companies with 2015 playing a significant role for such opportunities when the country became the first African country to host Pope Francis. US President Barrack Obama’s visit also saw 500 US. December also marked Kenya’s position as a preferred destination when it hosted 7,000 delegates during the World Trade Organisation Conference.

 

This has created an improved business in hotel and other tourist related sector, its been a great benefits to our economy. It goes without saying that the way our government treats its citizen when they are hosting this events is to some extend inhuman, uncouth or maybe cruel. While we understand its mandate to deliver on various promise, security being one of them, they should understand that the citizens who they derive their power from deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.