In life, you meet people who inspire you, not just with their amazing personality, but their passion for what they love. David Indeje is known in the blogging field for his optimism. He is soft-spoken but tough and this is seen in his efforts in promoting digital rights in Kenya. He is an experienced journalist, who is passionate about women empowerment and sustainable development. Through his blog Khusoko, he is educating, informing and changing the financial and development world, one story at a time.
We asked him a few questions and this is what he has to say.
Share something interesting about your self.
I am a very optimistic person. I am a trained Journalist and I am currently working as a Programmes Officer at the Kenya Union of Journalists an area that helps me to interact and work with journalists across the 47 counties. I am passionate about health, youth engagement initiatives, women, and girls empowerment issues that resonate with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
What was your first phone?
My first phone was a Siemens AX75. A gift from my dad. I was joining campus then.
What attracted/ inspired you into blogging?
First, I am a trained journalist. I have worked with the mainstream before. I wrote for the People Daily before it became part of the Mediamax Company. I have worked in radio for 4 years. I believe writing has been my passion. I used to own a Blogspot platform then, my close friends encourage me to professionalize it. That is how I came up with Khusoko to continue writing. Through, the platform, I have continued to write on business and finance because I believe what happens within that industry, informs the health of a country’s economy.
What accomplishments are you proud of most?
Every day is an accomplishment on its own. Whenever I am able to deliver on something, that is a proud moment for me because consistency and giving your best opens new opportunities for my team and me.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
I am passionate
What is your favourite food, song, book, movie?
My favourite food is a well-prepared ugali with traditional vegetables. My favourite songs are from Godwill Babette and Joel Lwanga, both are Gospel Artists although I have many other songs that I love. I love reading books from African writers. Currently, I am reading New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent (2019), edited by Margaret Busby, is an imposing 805-page tome of stories by ‘African’ women writers from across the world, born between the 1790s and 1990s. When it comes to movies, I love epic movies.
If you could time travel, where would you go?
I will not mind going back to Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. I like the way they embrace different colours, music, and food.
If you were not a blogger, what would you be instead?
I would be a painter. This was my first love.
Who is your favourite blogger and why?
All Kenyan bloggers are my favourite. I learn every day something from them be it those in fashion, travel, photography, food, business among many others. Currently, I am embracing bloggers who are doing documentaries through audio. There is a way, they make one’s senses come alive. I like the way many others are embracing podcasts as that niche has a great future.
Where do you see yourself, in five years?
I am projecting that within five years, the team and I would be comfortably covering the entire East African region’s financial markets.
Is there a quote/mantra you live by?
“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” — Babe Ruth. It simply means one needs to remain focused, motivated in as much as there is room to celebrate wins.
If you were a superhero, who would you be and why?
I would prefer my simplicity. This is because we are our own heroes when we do good.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“When you do something, you do your best. There is no compromise on truth and doing what’s right. If people are being abused, mistreated, robbed…then someone has to stand up and say “stop”. That was my dad.
Indulge yourself in Indeje’s blog Khusoko and be educated and informed on what is going on in the financial markets world. You can also engage with him on his social media platforms @khusoko, david_indeje on Twitter and Daudi Indeje, Khusoko on Facebook