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If Brian Otieno were to get one curse each time he sees a naked woman, he would be a social write off. He has seen hundreds of them stark naked for more than five years; because this is what he does for a living.

Otieno describes what he does as ‘Fine Arts Nude photography’ in attempt to dispel the aforementioned ‘taboo’.
“Many people think it’s unspeakable to entertain nudity, that is why I decided to do it artistically to change perceptions and love the bodies we we live in,” said the 25-year-old.
Even though he pursued Psychology at University, Otieno has been doing this to supplement other genres of camerawork after developing interest in understanding human body.
The photographer however points out that he must do due diligence before models drop all their clothes for him.
Apart from insisting on an Identity Card, “We must sign a release form with clients where we agree on certain issues including sharing photos on social platforms; then we agree on the idea of the shoot and the date,” he said.
Most of his female clients are aged between 22- 26. Then there are the mature group of 30 and above who are very expressive about what they want.
Otieno’s first time to be locked in the studio with naked woman was, he says: “A bit challenging. In fact I was uncomfortable but after few shots I got used to it.”
He adds, “Even though, it is said that men lose interest in women after seeing hundreds of them stark naked, the only thing that comes to my mind during the shoot is how these women are expressing themselves.”
Otieno says while some clients prefer undressing in his presence, others like being left alone to strip before shoots.
For Sh15,000, clients get naked shots without any artwork, explains the photographer.
“Other clients prefer artwork; which calls for a make-up artist, and in such cases, they pay Sh35,000 because it falls under the half day shoot,” he told CityBiz
The artistic bit includes painting clients with different shades, tactfully holding transparent clothes to cover some areas and even planting attractive flowers in shaved privates parts to make them appealing.
The photographer says, during the business hour, a lot of things ought to be observed including tone and language. One must also refrain from touching clients.
“Most women prefer full body shoots and not necessarily their faces, that way I’m allowed to capture the beauty of one’s body from all angels, he said. “In a month I do around three naked shoots. Men are not much into this this sort of art,” he explains.
Brian’s hustle was initially not received well by family and friends but with time he claims they have accepted and moved on.
“I think my psychology training has assisted me in terms of handling clients,” he said.
So far, satisfied clients have done a good job marketing his work through word of mouth.
In the near future, Otieno plans to establish a modern studio.

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World Bank pushes G-20 to extend debt relief to 2021

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World Bank Group President David Malpass has urged the Group of 20 rich countries to extend the time frame of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative(DSSI) through the end of 2021, calling it one of the key factors in strengthening global recovery.

“I urge you to extend the time frame of the DSSI through the end of 2021 and commit to giving the initiative as broad a scope as possible,” said Malpass.

He made these remarks at last week’s virtual G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting.

The World Bank Chief said the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the deepest global recession in decades and what may turn out to be one of the most unequal in terms of impact.

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People in developing countries are particularly hard hit by capital outflows, declines in remittances, the collapse of informal labor markets, and social safety nets that are much less robust than in the advanced economies.

For the poorest countries, poverty is rising rapidly, median incomes are falling and growth is deeply negative.

Debt burdens, already unsustainable for many countries, are rising to crisis levels.

“The situation in developing countries is increasingly desperate. Time is short. We need to take action quickly on debt suspension, debt reduction, debt resolution mechanisms and debt transparency,” said Malpass.

ALSO READ:Global Economy Plunges into Worst Recession – World Bank

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Kenya’s Central Bank Drafts New Laws to Regulate Non-Bank Digital Loans

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The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) will regulate interest rates charged on mobile loans by digital lending platforms if amendments on the Central bank of Kenya Act pass to law. The amendments will require digital lenders to seek approval from CBK before launching new products or changing interest rates on loans among other charges, just like commercial banks.

“The principal objective of this bill is to amend the Central bank of Kenya Act to regulate the conduct of providers of digital financial products and services,” reads a notice on the bill. “CBK will have an obligation of ensuring that there is fair and non-discriminatory marketplace access to credit.”

According to Business Daily, the legislation will also enable the Central Bank to monitor non-performing loans, capping the limit at not twice the amount of the defaulted loan while protecting consumers from predatory lending by digital loan platforms.

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Tighter Reins on Platforms for Mobile Loans

The legislation will boost efforts to protect customers, building upon a previous gazette notice that blocked lenders from blacklisting non-performing loans below Ksh 1000. The CBK also withdrew submissions of unregulated mobile loan platforms into Credit Reference Bureau. The withdrawal came after complaints of misuse over data in the Credit Information Sharing (CIS) System available for lenders.

Last year, Kenya had over 49 platforms providing mobile loans, taking advantage of regulation gaps to charge obscene rates as high as 150% a year. While most platforms allow borrowers to prepay within a month, creditors still pay the full amount plus interest.

Amendments in the CBK Act will help shield consumers from high-interest rates as well as offer transparency on terms of digital loans.

SEE ALSO: Central Bank Unveils Measures to Tame Unregulated Digital Lenders

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Scope Markets Kenya customers to have instant access to global financial markets

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20 – Clients trading through the Scope Markets Kenya trading platform will get instant access to global financial markets and wider investment options. 

This follows the launch of a new Scope Markets app, available on both the Google PlayStore and IOS Apple Store.

The Scope Markets app offers clients over 500 investment opportunities across global financial markets.

The Scope Markets app has a brand new user interface that is very user friendly, following feedback from customers.

The application offers real-time quotes; newsfeeds; research facilities, and a chat feature which enables a customer to make direct contact with the Customer Service Team during trading days (Monday to Friday).

The platform also offers an enhanced client interface including catering for those who trade at night.

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The client will get instant access to several asset classes in the global financial markets including; Single Stocks CFDs (US, UK, EU) such as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google, BP, Carrefour;  Indices (Nasdaq, FTSE UK), Metals (Gold, Silver); Currencies (60+ Pairs), Commodities (Oil, Natural Gas).

The launch is part of Scope Markets Kenya strategy of enriching the customer experience while offering clients access to global trading opportunities.

Scope Markets Kenya CEO, Kevin Ng’ang’a observed, “the Sope Markets app is very easy to use especially when executing trades. Customers are at the heart of everything we do. We designed the Scope Markets app with the customer experience in mind as we seek to respond to feedback from our customers.”

He added that enhancing the client experience builds upon the robust trading platform, Meta Trader 5, unveiled in 2019, enabling Scope Markets Kenya to broaden the asset classes available on the trading platform.

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