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Excited fans of Emmy Kosgei celebrate as she lands in Atlanta for 2017 Majuu Cultural Festival

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

The social media was abuzz Friday as photos of Kenyan celebrated gospel artiste Emmy Kosgei surfaced online after she landed at Atlanta’s  Hartsfied Jackson International Airport for this year’s Atlanta Majuu Cultural festival.

The musician was received by the head of the Kenyan American Community Center (KACC), Rev Dr GG Gitahi and Atlanta-based gospel artiste, Naomi Karanja.

On arrival, she posted the following message on Instagram: “Thank you Jesus!! All set.. we kick off this evening #Atlantamajuufestival#KACC He makes everything beautiful at His time! Keep waiting upon the Lord…”

 The event, which  is organised by the Kenyan American Community Church, has been billed as an exhibition and extravaganza featuring a myriad Kenyan-African inter-cultures. KACC has, through such events in the past, added to the cultural tapestry that shapes the American Society which is increasingly becoming multicultural.

Emmy will be the guest performer at  this year’s fete, expected to pull thousands of guests, including other musicians from around the US. She was supposed to grace the first ever Majuu Cultural Festival two years ago but could not make it.

“We are so excited to have her with us,” said Timothy Ndegwa, the KACC administrative secretary and proprietor of Mykenyanlink, an online platform which seeks to connect Kenyan entrepreneurs around the world.

Kenyan gospel artiste Emmy Kosgei takes a selfie with fellow singer Naomi Karanja on arrival at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport on Friday April 28, 2017. PHOTO|COURTESY.

“KACC has been promoting and supporting other Kenya Diaspora communities in celebrating their cultural heritage with great pride and enthusiasm,” wrote Dr Gitahi on Atlanta Majuu Festival’s website.

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For the last ten years, the church has, with great passion nurtured and celebrated cultural diversity that is exhibited in the rich Kenya-African culture.

However, Majuu festival was launched some two years ago.

Last year, the festival saw performances by intergenerational artistes. There were also – among other activities – traditional dances, children and youth cultural fashion shows, booths and huts showcasing Kenyan diverse ethnic groups’ cultures and traditions.

“The festival seeks to inform, educate, inspire and entertain those in attendance even as it mesmerizes those who will be experiencing the Kenyan African Culture for the first time,” said Dr Gitahi.”

The event runs through Sunday evening.

Emmy Kosgei-Madubuko is best known for her 2009 hit song, Taunet Nelel, among many others.

Below are some of the social media comments as written by fans of the renowned musician.

Chebet Kibet
Chebet Kibet Amen! soar on

 

Jane Wanjiru
Jane Wanjiru Hope to see you live. All the best

 

Wangui Wa Renato
Wangui Wa Renato Glory to God. Looking good servants of God. Pass my love to Mum Naomi Karanja. Penda nyinyi Sana!

 

Korir Lenny
Korir Lenny Amen injili isonge mbele mamas be blessed emmy k.m

 

Keter Cheptoo
Keter Cheptoo the beauty of serving the almighty God.

 

Ednah Maru
Ednah Maru Mmm beautyful emmy love u ooh

 

Gloria Godwin-Nwachukwu
Gloria Godwin-Nwachukwu Beautiful mama, more grace😀

 

Nayomi Chepchumba
Nayomi Chepchumba Amen mum ,thank God for his goodness

 

Abraham Ndumia
Abraham Ndumia Kumbe wewe iko area

 

Yach Yach
Yach Yach Looking Suer pic

 

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“I got kicked out from home,” Bien’s brother Melvin painfully admits facing great rejection and resentment from their father

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Sauti Sol’s Bien-Aime Baraza’s eldest brother, Melvin has come out to reveal how his father rejected him at a very tender age.

The eldest of the three boys of the Baraza family took to his social media page to tell his story as a child, growing up without the foundation of a father’s love who was present but with no love towards him.

Melvin Alusa Baraza

Sharing a sweet photo with one of his daughters lying on his back, Melvin attested that a father’s love is the foundation of his children. A love through which the young ones build on and are able to face storms the world throws at them.

Melvin with his daughter

The sad narrative

However, that was never the case of his childhood.

I grew up facing great rejection and resentment from my father. I was fearful, felt unworthy and for the better part of my childhood longed for his affirmation, painfully narrated Melvin.

Unfortunately, the more he kept seeking affirmation from his father, the more it got worse.

…it only got worse to the point of being kicked out of the home I knew at the tender age of 17,” he continued.

Bien Aime’s eldest brother, Melvin

Looking back, it is not the tears or the pain he underwent that matters, but the lessons his childhood taught him that have seen him become a present and loving father to his 6 children. Because for him, breaking the curse of rejection is what matters most!

Today God has blessed me with 6 children whom I love with my life, an opportunity to break the curse of rejection and change the narrative.

Melvin Alusa Baraza with his children

His post caught the attention of many including his brother, Bien Aime who could only comment:

bienaimesol ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

The Baraza sons

Mixed reactions

Fans and followers, felt for him, painful memories of the past that might never fade away but he keeps a strong face for his young boys and girls.

waihenya A father should b the most important/best influence to his children. Lakini wasita babaaa?? 👨‍🎓👨‍🎓💪💪Hapo sawa
msosendo Sending you love and light!!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
betty.wangeshi ❤❤❤❤❤Mello you have indeed broken that curse and you’re such an inspiration to many 🥰🥰🥰. To all those deadbeat dad’s it’s your loss not the child’s!!!!
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Beautiful Anita Nderu leaves Team Mafisi confused after declaring that she is a member of LGBTQ Community

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Kenyan media personality Anita Nderu has sparked mixed reactions online after announcing she is a member of the LGBTQ community.

 

Nderu, a former presenter at Capital FM, revealed this through a post on her Twitter page on Thursday, saying she hopes her kids will not be subjected to what she has gone through for being LGBTQ.

“I hope my kids never have to go through what I have gone through for being LGBTQ+,” Anita wrote.

Her announcement comes weeks after she came under heavy criticism from social media users for hosting two gay men on her YouTube show. Anita later defended her show, saying her guests were only friends who decided to show their real selves.

In July this year, Nderu said she would not apologise for hosting members of the LGBTQ community on her cooking show, ‘The overdressed cook’.

The video, which was meant for viewers over the age of 18, caught the attention of many, which led to her trending for days.

Speaking to Massawe on Radio Jambo, Anita said she respects people’s opinions but she will not apologise.

She said she has always been open about different things happening around, and so this being pride month, she decided to invite some of her friends on the show.

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“I simply asked my friends to come on my web show and be themselves. What any of us have chosen to do on the show is how each of us is. Nothing about my show is scripted. What you see from the guests, food to outcome is what actually genuinely took place,” she said.

Anita has not been secretive about being a staunch supporter of Kenyan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons.

“As people, we should celebrate our differences, encourage authenticity & wonder at the diversity of humanity. We all have a right to love and be loved. Have an amazing day,” she added.

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Here is why people think I am gay, Kenyan woman opens up

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The Kenyan woman had been rumored to be a lesbian for a long time but no one was quite sure whether that was indeed true.

Not that being gay ia an unusual or a new thing. However, a lot of eyebrows are still being raised when it comes to the issue perhaps because homosexuality is considered an illegal activity in Kenya

Sometime in October 2017 Patricia Kihoro was rumored to have been caught pants down in a lesbian threesome with some other Kenyan women.

But now the Popular Vlogger, actress and singer says her efforts to keep her love life private was the sole reason that led to speculations that she was lesbian.

At the time, it was reported that Kihoro was in a relationship with a well-known female Kenyan rapper and as well as another female media personality.

But the 34-year-old says she has always dated men but kept her relationships low key, which explains why people started speculating she was playing for the other ‘team’.

DATING MEN

“For the longest time, I was dating men. If you go through my Instagram over the years I didn’t even hide. I would post people but it wasn’t like lovey-dovey stuff, if you were keen you would see who I was dating at the time. I would post them in the context that this is somebody in my life but I wouldn’t reveal in what way they are in my life. I think of how private I kept that side of my life, people then speculate, start to make up things,” Kihoro said.

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Kihoro shot into the limelight back in 2009 when she took part in the singing competition Tusker Project Fame 3 where she was among the finalists.

She later landed a job as a presenter for Homeboyz Radio and also ventured into acting. Over the years she has also been a very active YouTube vlogger and brand influencer.

“I have been accused of being a lesbian but first of all, it is not an accusation, because calling me a lesbian is not an insult as I have met wonderful human beings who are homosexual and are far better than people who have stood in certain standards of judging others.

So that is why I never speak about it. I am who I am, you know! I know what I stand for and my family knows what I stand for,” said Patricia.

Patricia further revealed that her mother has been very supportive of her work and opinion. She reveals that her first interaction with gay people was courtesy of her mother.

“My mother has supported my work from the start and she always respects my opinion. The first people I ever met who were openly gay were friends of my mum. I was probably 16 years and she didn’t make a big deal about it, and therefore I also did not learn that was a big deal,” revealed Patricia.

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