The Central Bank of Kenya Governor announced the unveiling of the New Generation Banknotes. Old generation one-thousand shilling banknotes will need to be exchanged by October 1, 2019, after which they cease to be legal tender.

After taking into account views received from the public, CBK adopted concepts to symbolise the drivers of a prosperous Kenya.

The front of the banknotes bear the image of Kenyatta International Conference Centre, one of the most iconic and recognisable landmarks in our country. A dove is also shown to symbolise a peaceful Kenya.

The images on the back of the banknotes symbolise green energy, agriculture, social services, tourism, and governance. The designs are also more accessible to visually impaired persons.

These banknotes will circulate alongside those previously issued and not withdrawn.

Here’s how to identify the notes.

  1. When you run your fingers over the genuine note, you should and can feel the word Kenya and the Value of the currency
  2. When you run your fingers again along the edge over the genuine note, u should feel the number of bars in tandem with the value of the currency as follows:
    a. KES 50 –    1 bar
    b. KES100 –  2 bars
    c. KES 200 – 3 bars
    d. KES 500 – 4 bars
    e. KES 1000-5 bars
  3. When you hold your genuine note to the light and from both sides, you should see the watermarks of a perfect lion’s head, text CBK and the value of the banknote
  4. Security thread of a genuine banknote appears as a continuous line.
  5. If you tilt your bank note at an angle , the security thread changes from Red to Green.
  6. For KES 200, 500, 1000 there is an additional Rainbow color.

View the New Generation Banknotes Pamphlet here.


Government Launches M-Akiba SMS Platform for Bond Trading

You can now lend the Government as little as Ksh 3,000 through your mobile phone money transfer service. Through the initiative, the National Treasury is seeking Ksh5 billion from individuals through the Treasury Direct System, M-Akiba to collect the cash.

The Mobile phone USSD traded bond will see your registration, trading and settlement done through your handset. To register, dial *889#. To purchase the bond, you will open central depository accounts via your mobile phone without engaging in physical documentation.

This mobile phone-based purchase of the bond is the brainchild of the Nairobi Securities Exchange, the Capital Markets Authority (CMA), the National Treasury, stockbrokers, investment banks, Central Depository and Settlement Corporation, ICT Authority of Kenya and Nairobi International Financial Centre Authority. Interestingly, it comes hot on the heels of the lowering of minimum amount needed to purchase bonds from Sh50,000 to Sh3,000.

In the current bond issue, interests earned will be paid out every six months. Upon maturity of the bond, the principal amount you invested and the interests you have earned from the bond will be paid through your mobile.

Additionally, investors looking to purchase the bond will be able to continue buying in the subsequent periods up to the date of closure of the issue or when the targeted amount of Kshh5 billion will have been achieved. Investors, who miss out on the bond in the primary issue will have the option of buying it in the secondary market at the NSE.

However, purchase of the bond in the secondary market will be determined by the market forces. “The interest rate (on the bond) will be higher than the interest rates payable on small deposits by commercial banks and other investment channels, and as an infrastructure bond, interest payments to investors will be tax free,” Mr Rotich added.

Local banks currently offer between two and seven per cent for funds in fixed deposit and savings accounts. This means that Sh3,000 will earn you just Sh60 at savings account at two per cent interest rate.

M-Akiba bond will enable you to lend the government money repayable within specified periods. The final interest payable will be lumped together with the principal that you invested, providing you with a guaranteed and more profit than what you would get from your bank.

At 14 per cent rate, an investment of Sh3,000 is set to give investors a return of Sh210 every six months and Sh420 at the end of the year.

More Grownups relying on their Parents to Get By

Society of Grownups, a financial advice firm in the US, has conducted a survey that answers how grownups are planning financially for their goals today.

The great revelation from the survey was that a good number of grownups (representing 35% of those polled)  still depend on their parents for upkeep beyond college.

While the survey was targeted at Americans, the results seem to reflect on the financial trends witnessed among young growups in developed and developing nations across the world.

According to the research which was conducted in partnership with Wakefield Research, most of grownups are seen to be going back to school, getting married, planning to pay off student debt, and they eventually want to buy houses and consider having kids. And those are in addition to other big goals, like taking a trip, pursuing freelance work, and purchasing a car.

In Kenya, like the world over, most parents especially those who are financially stable are seen to play a major role in the lives of their children beyond basic education. Paying for higher education and even expensive weddings for their children is not uncommon.

The research explains this trend as a necessary evil that is a as result of the Great Recession. Even grownups with families are also dipping into the pockets of their parents which means that the arrangement can last for decades. Companies such as Society of Grownups, based on the research are willing to provide education and tools to help individuals become independent.

The good news is that this group is willing to pay it forward, to the benefit of younger generations.

In case you are wondering about the classification of generations, the following table is precise-:


generation name

born (range, loosely)

characterizing features typically described (loosely)

The Lost Generation 1880-1900 The term reflects the unthinkable loss of human life in the First World War- approaching 16 million killed and over 20 million wounded. This happened in just four and five years (1914-1918). We cannot imagine this today.
The Interbellum Generation 1900-1913 Interbellum means ‘between wars’, referring to the fact that these people were too young to fight in the First World War and too old to fight in the Second.
The Greatest Generation (The Veterans) 1914-1930 These people are revered for having grown up during the Great Depression and then fought or stood alongside those who fought in the Second World War (1939-45). As for other generations of the early 1900s, life was truly hard compared to later times.
The Silent Generation 1930-1945 Characterized as fatalistic, accepting, having modest career and family aspirations, focused on security and safety. These people experienced the 1930s Great Depression and/or the 2nd World War in early life, and post-war austerity in young adulthood. They parented and provided a foundation for the easier lives of the Baby Boomers.
Baby Boomers 1946-1960 Equality, freedom, civil rights, environmental concern, peace, optimism, challenge to authority, protest. Baby Boomers mostly lived safe from war and serious hardship; grew up mostly in families, and enjoyed economic prosperity more often than not. Teenage/young adulthood years 1960-1980 – fashion and music: fun, happy, cheery, sexy, colourful, lively.
Generation Jones 1953-1968 Acquisitive, ambitious, achievement-oriented, cynical, materialistic (a reference to the expression ‘keeping up with the Joneses’). Generation Jones is predominantly a US concept, overlapping and representing a sub-group within the Baby Boomer and Gen-X generations.
Generation X (Gen-X) 1960-1980 Apathy, anarchy, reactionism, detachment, technophile, resentful, nomadic, struggling. Teenage/young adulthood years 1973-2000 – fashion and music: anarchic, bold, anti-establishment.
MTV Generation 1974-1983 MTV Generation is a lesser-used term for a group overlapping X and Y. Like Generation Jones is to Baby Boomers and Gen-X, so MTV Generation is a bridge between Gen-X and Y.
Generation Y
(Gen-Y or Millennials)
1980-2000 and beyond (?) Views vary as to when this range ends, basically because no-one knows. Generational categories tend to become established some years after the birth range has ended. Teenage/young adulthood years 1990s and the noughties – fashion and music: mainstream rather than niche, swarmingly popular effects, fuelled by social networking and referral technology. Also called Echo Boomers because this generation is of similar size to the Baby Boomers.
Generation Z (Gen-Z or perhaps Generation ADD) after Gen-Y Too soon to say much about this group. A name has yet to become established, let alone characterizing features. Generation Z is a logical name in the X-Y-sequence. Generation ADD is less likely to establish itself as a name for this cohort – it refers ironically to Attention Deficit Disorder and the supposed inability of young people in the late noughties (say 2005-2009) to be able to concentrate for longer than a few seconds on anything. Gen-Z is difficult to differentiate from Gen-Y, mainly because (as at 2009) it’s a little too soon to be seeing how people born after Gen-Y are actually behaving, unless the end of the Gen-Y range is deemed to be a few years earlier than the year 2000. Time will tell.

Source: Generations nicknames and groupings theory (