How A Mobile Phone Has Changed My Life As Advocate In Kenya

My first cellphone was a Nokia 3310.

Nokia 3310 MEME

My mother bought it for me when I joined university in 2005. I had a sweet tooth, probably from all the candy and waffles eaten as a teenager. One day my sweet tooth could not take the sweetness anymore. I boarded a matatu and went to the dentist. That day I lost a phone and a tooth. I forgot my phone on a seat.

My father gave me a blue Ericsson cellphone, one of those with a flap. Its screen was green. It did not fear water. It fell into a bucket of water and survived. I had to charge it constantly.

Sheer joy when mum bought me a Nokia 1110. I fell in love with it. It was brand new. It smelt so good. The Nokia tone, I loved. It served.

Then I graduated to phones with internet settings, two Nokias first and then a Samsung.

I could now access the internet. I could now read articles online, read the news online, chat with my friends, snoop the walls and pages of friends, foes and frenemies.

2015 was a great year. I got a touch screen phone. I downloaded many apps. Crucial to my day to day work was WhatsApp and Instagram. From the palm of my hand I am able to send and receive information, do legal research.

I can read e-mails at any time of day especially from the Law Society of Kenya informing members on seminars and training.

I am able to get ,through a WhatsApp regional group , notices, court orders, Kenya Gazette notices, campaign manifestos etc. it is in this group that top notch discussions take place.

All advocate has to do when he cannot attend court due to unavoidable circumstances is post a message to other members and request someone to hold his brief.

I also search the Law Society of Kenya website to find out the practicing status of an advocate. An advocate is not allowed to practice law in Kenya without the annual practicing certificate that expires on the 31st day of December every year.

I have subscribed for daily internet bundles worth 30Kshs.

With this, I am able to travel the world. I am able to learn every day. I am able to connect and communicate. This is the information age. I am happy to be a member of this generation.

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Sharon Muriuki

About Sharon Muriuki

A law graduate of Moi University and Kenya School of Law. An advocate of the high court with an interest in Internet of Things, Internet Governance and Policy

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