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Story of a Kenyan family in US buying a car for their son sparks outrage, nasty comments

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After Kenya Satellite Network posted a feel-good story on Monday about a family that felt it necessary to reward their high school graduate son with a car, (read: Kenyan parents in US reward son wit an Audi A6 for excelling in school), reaction on the social media was fast and furious (literally so).

The story was shared in many Kenyan Diaspora groups. However, the comments appearing under the post in a group named Kenyans in the Unites States (USA) have caught our attention.

Whereas some of the comments are generally encouraging, most are outright nasty, with a few even wondering whether the story was newsworthy.

Check them out and tell us what you think.

Here are some of the comments:

 

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Kennedy Ken Kenny Is this something to share? is it like strange?mmekosa ya kupost hii page sasa,ngoja mwingine anaitwa mungai ako karibu kupost jubilee propaganda tena,

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Wacera Wa Kamau Peleka ukabila na hukoooooo 😒😒

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Tecla Gift hahahahaaaa hapo sasa kennedy ken kenny

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Koech Kip Good luck to kijana but this is definitely not news

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Waziri Baba Olivia Mheshimiwa Hiyo siyo Audi A6 brand new jameni.

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Musa Conglomerate Some folks can be assholes I tell you. We know that it’s not NEW. But it’s New to him. I’m sure you’ve used or heard that “New” car but it’s basically used. Geez guys losen up. Kama mzazi wako didn’t buy you a German machine stop pararira mingi n congratulate the guy….if he was an Akataa,Asian,Mzungu y’all would be kissing their ass and worshipping them. SMFH.

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Willie Butia Most parents in the USA gift their kids a car of some kind as they come of age.

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Symo Mwangi And the monthly payments start officially on August 1st lol!

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Nathan Muya Maingi You got that right!

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Eva Wanjiru 😂 😂 i was thinking the same thing

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Patrick Mbarua Nkt audi can cost $48.00. Thumps up young man

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Ann Pat Is ths really newsworthy?

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Silas Kanyua This is non news. Looks more like bragging.

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Nixon Muiruri Why can’t we be happy for the family ? Why be so petty ? Brand new, used who cares ? The parents promised the child a car and he performed and got one. Look at it this way, remember when you were a kid and you were promised a bike if you became number 1 in school ? Well from this chat I can see those who didn’t get a bike .. 😎😎 let the parents and their child have the spotlight .. congratulations young man, hope you continue the trend in college.

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Stl Estelle You tried tho lol

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Musa Conglomerate Thank you. You hit it.

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Martin Ireri I should also post my 11th grade son with his ride

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Eunice Nyokabi Good encouragement Dad , I know through God’s grace your son will continue doing great. I bless God for this

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Pavlov Viktor this is not new is oldes model 2008

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Margaret Joan Njunge Now teach him responsibility and have him pay his car note or insurance that way he’ll know the value of a dollar.

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Peter Peter For ones the parents didn’t loot the money from some public account. Congrats hard working pple!

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Richard Gachomba Pride Second hand car, almost 10 years old😉

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Flo Karis Ur point?

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Richard Gachomba Pride It,s ok since its a present for the son.

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George Mbugua Mwaniki Bmj style up with your news!!! Am happy for the graduate but…

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Philip Manga Who cares? Do you?

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Peter Njenga Macharia Kweli hii Dubai nikubwa…and i have been struggling to get a second hand car to help me to evangelize here in Maasailand invain.

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Cedric Makwaka You will in Gods name

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Stevox Et Al That car does not look brand new. The last model of A6 3.2 was produced in 2008. 2017 audi A6 is a 3.0T and the front bumper, grill and headlights looks very different from the one in the picture.

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Mike Wallace Kenyans in US are so toxic, they like bad news like ” kenyan youth killed and ate his friend hearts” noogle

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Stevox Et Al Not everyone.

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Robert Ratemo Good for the young man

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Mercie John’s I have an “AUDI-O” but i don’t advertise!!!LOL

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Mercie John’s I know fake publicity….kelele.

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Catherine Kibiku New or old am proud of the dad for taking his son through school,proud of the son for his achievement….

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Shiro Muitungu We have this one problem Kenyans na sijui kama ni wivu ……we don’t know how to appreciate each other,some comments here stinks

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Cedric Makwaka I don’t think ni wivu it’s just that I think everyone does this and it’s not newsworthy and we all know how a car is easy to come by but we do appreciate good stuff like a guy discovering stuff for science

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Beryl Ondiek Damn Kenyans are there own worst enemies… why the jealousy?? This is not unusual, keep hating on pple success and no blessings on you.
Congratulations to the boy and have a successful future..

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Gathu C James First Congratulations! to the boy. secondly i dont see why this is news unless its a tailor made to show off. (shamrack is good at that) which has benefits and disadvantages equally the same. we buy stuff to kids including food all the time and none is in the news.(other kids buy their own cars with no problem) being the only two black kids is overkill. white people are more in US than black(13.5%), so delete that its insulting and sensless like what did you expect(to go get black people and enroll them in ugh!) and bring them in the school?. so that they are not the only two…..

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Fazza Mkallah Na siringi

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Kioni Caroline Education is the key which unlock every door#Congratulation student!

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Maina Wa Njoki I see very bitter people here.if you don’t want to celebrate others,others will celebrate them.be happy for others achievement and God will bless you too.Wacheni chuki ndogo ndogo.

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Wairimu Mahinge Congratulations to the young man.

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James Wachai Wow! Petty jealousy. Ati payment kicks on August 1st. The dealership sold to them after it determined they could afford to pay. That’s, they had good credit. Who in this country pays cash for a car? Even drug dealers won’t do it for fear of arrest. These parents have a right to reward their child in whatever way they choose.

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Wairimu Mahinge Life is short and to each their own.I would give anything to my kids too.Tomorrow is never promised.

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WA Kinyua Congratulations to the graduant and his parents it is a great achievement.Some comments jameni are like from enemies of progress.I only hope some of these comments are not coming from parents.

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Gosborn Nyambati Meroka Waa

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Wangeci Mbugua Why not. If they can afford it and he is a good student

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VIDEO: Emmy Kosgei in town as Atlanta Majuu Cultural Expo opens this Friday, runs through Sunday

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Kenyan Cultural Expo –April 27th – 29th, 2018

The annual Kenyan American Cultural Expo is here. Beginning this Friday, Kenyan American Community Church (KACC) will be hosting the “Atlanta Majuu Cultural Festivals” from April 27th–29th, 2018. The event will be held at the Cultural Center located in Marietta, Georgia and will be graced by popular gospel artiste, Emmy Kosgei among other guests.

It showcases cultural diversity, bringing together participants from different US cities as well as invited guests from outside the country who exhibit an extravaganza of different cultures and lifestyles.
During this festival, minority groups and local communities will tell their story through music, dance, story-telling, poetry and drama.
The festival also brings together inter-generational artistes who display among others, traditional dances, children and youth cultural fashion shows.
Booths and traditional huts will be on display showcasing Kenyan diverse ethnic groups’ cultures.

This year’s event coordinator, Ms Catherine Nogu, told this reporter that the event is expected to be bigger and better than last year’s.

“The event is aimed at promoting Kenya Cultural awareness and celebration among the Kenya-Diaspora community in USA thereby enhancing cultural diversity and consciousness,” she said.

“Those in attendance may also win a one week vacation for two in Jamaica too,” she added.

In a nutshell, this weekend’s Festival will be featuring the following key events;

 

  • African Cultural show – “The African Village”
  • Vendor booths
  • Traditional African Music & Dance
  • Art & Crafts Display & Show
  • Youth & Children Cultural Show
  • Children Entertainment
  • Taste of Kenyan Cuisine

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SA-based Kenyan journalist Christine Esipisu speaks to VOA on the unrest in the country

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BY BMJ MURIITHI
The situation in North West province of South Africa escalated Friday as violence mounted on the third day of riots that paralyzed the city of Mahikeng as the locals protested against corruption, lack of jobs, hospitals and better living conditions, among other things.
It got so volatile that it forced the country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, to cancel his engagements at this year’s Commonwealth Summit in London, where he was also pitching to multinational investors with a message that “S Africa is open for business.” He had to hurriedly return home to try and contain the situation in the town that is about 300 km West  of Johannesburg.
For three days in a row, crowds had taken to the streets in and around the capital of the province  calling for the resignation of the territory’s premier Supra Mahumapeloa.
In recent weeks, unions and businessmen in the region have been calling for Mahumapelo to resign over allegations of corruption in the award of state tenders but he has denied any wrongdoing.
Speaking to Voice of America’s Harrison Kamau Friday, Ms Christine Esipisu, a South Africa-based journalist said the premier was being accused of corrupt tendencies.
She said that upon arrival from London, Mr Ramaphosa went straight into meetings with the local leaders in an attempt to quell the situation.
“Soon after arrival in the Northwest Province, to try and quell an outbreak of violent protests that forced him to cut short a visit to a Commonwealth summit,” She said. “
“He is holding meetings with officials to discuss the demonstrations against corruption, poor public services and the local government which is led by a member of his ruling African National Congress (ANC),” she added.
Listen to VOA’s Harrison Kamau as he  interviews South Africa-based Christine Esipisu on the radio show, “Indepth:

“We want the president to tell Supra he must go. That man is full of corruption,” 25-year-old Oratile Seadira, a construction worker who lives in a shack on the outskirts of Mahikeng, was quoted  as saying.

Ramaphosa, who replaced Jacob Zuma as president in February, has staked his reputation on rooting out the corruption and mismanagement associated with Zuma’s nine scandal-plagued years in power. His critics have however accused him of abetting the vice by “appointing people who have been accused of corruption into his cabinet.”

“We have nothing. No houses. No good schools. No hospital. People are saying they will burn the city if he doesn’t go.” The streets around him were quiet as Ramaphosa arrived.

 

Miriam Visage, 52, told the media that she and other South Africans in the region had been neglected.

“We have been neglected. We want Cyril Ramaphosa to come and see how we live, to scramble in the mud like us,” She said.

She added that she lives in a two room township house with her six children and seven grandchildren.

“The ANC is full of empty promises,” said Visage, accusing the police of firing live rounds during the protests. “We were very peaceful. Do they think we are wild animals to be shot?”

South Africa-based Kenyan-born journalist, Christine Esipisu. She spoke to VOA’s Harrison Kamau about the escalating situation in Nort West Province. PHOTO/COURTESY

 

 

 

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I truly love my 54 year old American boyfriend, says 21 year old Kenyan woman

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A Kenyan student in the United States is the subject of discussion after her relationship with her American boyfriend became a trending topic over their age-gap.

Speaking to Mail Online, Rehab Kimani, 21, said she met Joe Singiser, 54, through work at a nursing home in New Jersey.

 A student and home health aide, Rehab said that her friends got disgusted by her choice of boyfriend. They even stopped her from talking about her man whenever she was around them

“I thought he was very attractive and immediately wanted him,” she revealed. “I really liked his big muscles and that everyone at work was afraid of him.”

Rehab with Joe [Courtesy]

Rehab also reveals that despite being very comfortable on their first date, it was hard for her to deal with the way her family reacted as they did not take it positively.

“I just see him as my boyfriend and my best friend. If anything, the difference is that I take this relationship as more serious than previous ones. It took everyone a long time, but they are finally understanding of us being together.” She said.

Mr Singiser is a father of four and Rehab’s supervisor at work. He says he was ‘startled’ when he got interested in his younger employee but opted to press on with the relationship because he knew it was true love.

He says he noticed her beautiful smile from the across the room and would find excuses to come out of his office just to see her.

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Rehab says that she no longer sees the age difference. However, they do draw looks from strangers on the streets.

“We get looks while in public all the time,” she said. “Someone even came up to me once and said I should be ashamed of myself because I just want his money. I did get sensitive, but I just walked away.”

The couple, who have been together for a year now, lives together and are planning on starting a family together having started discussing the possibility of marriage and having children.

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