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Did you make it to the 2017 list of most influential Diasporans?

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Kenyans in the Diaspora are always treated as ‘others’ until such a time when they win a major award, à la Lupita Nyongo. This norm is fast changing with more Kenyans domiciled abroad being more pro-active in every facet of Kenya’s dynamics-from politics, entertainment to whatever you fancy and leaving a mark in their host countries. We take a look at the 20 Kenyans who have excelled in different fields in 2017.
Celebrating Kenyans In The Diaspora Who Have Excelled In Different Fields In 2017
Dr Kefa Otiso-Bowling Green State University
A renowned geographer at Bowling Green State University is shattering glass ceilings, thanks to his exemplary service to Kenyans students in the diaspora. He is the Director of Global Village Learning Community, a program that brings together American and international students at the University. He has a number of projects under his belt including the Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA) which is the premium association for academics outside of Kenya. His immense contribution to the geography society has put him on the map internationally through various fellowships including the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Through acts of community service, he has uplifted the lives of many. He is clearly lifting the Kenyan flag higher in his field.


Celebrating Kenyans In The Diaspora Who Have Excelled In Different Fields In 2017
Zeddie – Fashion Designer

Zedekiah Lukoye, popularly referred to as Zeddie in the fashion fraternity, is the man behind lucrative menswear brand NAROK NYC. The Kenyan- born ,New York – based designer has worked with many celebrities including New York fashion mogul Alexander Nash, NBA player Chris McCullough and Rohan Marley just to mention a few. He was named 2016’s most stylish African in the Diaspora by Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards. With NAROK NYC having launched in Kenya in mid 2017, the sky is the limit for this top designer.
Ms Lily Okech Richards
Lily Richards-KWITU Founder
Ms Lily Okech Richards is the founder of Kenyan Women in the USA ( KWITU), a non- governmental organization established in 2015. KWITU is aimed at connecting, empowering and supporting Kenyan women in the US and has gone to establish itself as a respected community. With a great online presence, the organization has managed to reach many. KWITU most remarkable project was a peace campaign during the divisive 2017 election period.

Celebrating Kenyans In The Diaspora Who Have Excelled In Different Fields In 2017
Dr George Njoroge
One of Kenya’s biggest brains is clearly headed for the kill in the field of Science. Dr Njoroge, a senior research fellow at Eli Lilly and Company, he is credited for leading the team that discovered and managed to get approval of potential Hepatitis C drug Victrelis. He is the first African to be granted over 100 patents, talk about black excellence!The Us- based researcher was inducted to the scientific hall-of – fame in 2012 for his remarkable contribution to the world of medical research.




Celebrating Kenyans In The Diaspora Who Have Excelled In Different Fields In 2017

Dr Pam Obare Mogaka-DEAR Award Founder (USA)

She has become a darling of many courtesy of her incisive yet informative Facebook Live episodes on matters to do with health and relationships. Dr Pam Obare Mogaka interactive shows on social media has seen her earn legions of loyal fans. The straight shooting Pam is the brains behind the highly rated Diaspora Entertainment Awards & Recognition (DEAR). The annual event recognizes and awards Africans who have succeeded in various fields. The Dear Award founder also runs Kilimani Mum and Dads Diaspora Facebook Group where the most uncomfortable subjects are discussed.

Top 15 Kenyans Who Have Excelled In The Diaspora In 2017
Mr David Karangu
Business magnate David Karangu is without a doubt eating life with a big spoon but that was not always the case. Though known for his Ivory Chevrolet car dealership in Atlanta now, back when he moved to the USA, he took a job as a dishwasher. With a classic rags to riches story, the mogul now boasts a luxurious life courtesy of hardwork and brains.

Top 15 Kenyans Who Have Excelled In The Diaspora In 2017
Edi Gathegi
He is the the Kenyan actor taking over Hollywood by storm. His role on the series ‘ Start Up’ earned him a massive following in Kenya. The 1979 born actor has appeared in several productions including Twilight, Blacklist and House just to name a few.

Top 15 Kenyans Who Have Excelled In The Diaspora In 2017
Lydia cutler-Founder Aberdeen Fashion Week
She is the founder and director of Aberdeen Fashion Week. The Uk- based fashion designer has won many accolades including the best runway event organizer at the 2017 International Runway Achievers Awards in Dublin, Ireland. She is also a mentor to young Kenyans in the fashion industry.




Terry Atieno
Terry Atieno-Host African Heritage Radio Germany
Commonly known as Proud Chocolate, Terry is a mass communications graduate with years of experience in Kenyan production. She has worked with some of Kenya’s top television networks such as the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation ( KBC) , Kenya Television Network (KTN) and Royal Media Services. She is currently a host of African Heritage on Radio Germany.

Sanni M'mairura
Sanni M’mairura
He is the half-Kenyan, half-Tanzanian former American idol contestant who wowed the judges with his gracious voice. At only 16 years old at the time, his rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Who’s Loving You’ earned him a large fanbase and judges approval.

Top 15 Kenyans Who Have Excelled In The Diaspora In 2017
Mercy Koech, Model, 2017 Face Of Kenya Winner (USA)
29 year old Mercy Koech was crowned the winner of Face of Kenya USA 2017 for her noble causes back home. The model who resides in the USA is involved in a number of initiatives in driven to empower the underprivileged in Kenya. Mercy supports Bethel Children’s Orphanage in Londiani and upcoming athletes. According to the founder of Face of Kenya Janet Wainaina, the pageant “is not focused on the beauty or the catwalk, but the initiative and hard work put in by its ambassadors to elevate the lives of the underprivileged back at home.”

Top 15 Kenyans Who Have Excelled In The Diaspora In 2017
George K Mbugua-The Prudential Show Co-Founder (USA)
Those who have cared to watch George K Mbugua, the host of The Prudential Show, will agree with me that he is good at what he does. His Facebook Live Shows have grown in stature if his guests are anything to go by.

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Top 15 Kenyans Who Have Excelled In The Diaspora In 2017
James Thairu-Mwakilishi Blog (USA)
Mwakilishi has established itself as the number one source of trusted news from the Diaspora. The blog covers local news and as well as news in the diaspora with objectivity. James Thairu-who doubles as the online news outlet writer and editor-, has done a good job in steering Mwakilishi from the toxic and obviously biased blogs out there.

Top 15 Kenyans Who Have Excelled In The Diaspora In 2017
Gladys Mwango-Founder KAWACO Organization (USA)
Kenya All Women & Children Organization (KAWACO) founder Gladys Mwango contribution to the vulnerable in rural Kenya is worth a mention. Through her organization, Mwango continues to empower women and children in Kisii and Nyamira counties. She founded KAWACO in April 2015.

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Sossion daughter celebration: MP reveals child’s enviable journey to top Law Company

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Nominated Member of Parliament Wilson Sossion on Saturday held a thanksgiving ceremony at his Motigo Village home in Bomet County to celebrate his daughter, Rosemary Chepkorir Sossion, for achieving admirable academic feat.

Rosemary holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Nairobi (UoN), and is an Advocate of the High Court after she was admitted to the Bar in February 2020 following her successful completion of her post-graduate education at the Kenya School of Law (KSL).

Speaking at the event, which was attended by among others, ODM leader Raila Odinga, COTU chief Francis Atwoli, KANU Secretary-General Nick Salat, Senate Minority Leader James Orengo, Sossion said he was proud of his firstborn child, who overcame turbulence of losing a mother, to still post top grades in school.

Sossion’s first wife-cum-Rosemary’s mother, Monica Sossion, died in a road accident in 2010.

“She (Rosemary) has graduated with two degrees: a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations from the University of Nairobi. She also successfully completed her post-graduate diploma at the Kenya School of Law, and was subsequently admitted to the Bar in the month of February [2020]. She was, thereafter, taken up by one of the most reputable law firms in Kenya, Oraro & Company Advocates. She is now a practising lawyer,” Sossion said while addressing invited guests at the ceremony.

“Mine as a father, is to congratulate and thank her. She is my firstborn [child]. When her mother died, she was in Form Two. She has been a very strong girl in every way. When she graduated with her first degree, Bachelor of Law, I rewarded her with a car. When she graduated with a degree in International Relations, I paid for her trip to the United Kingdom. Today, I am not giving you any gift; I am handing you over to the public so that you can serve the public. Deliver justice to the people that you will represent,” added Sossion.

“This country’s democracy and human rights must be promoted, and it is lawyers who are supposed to do it, and you are one of them. As a father, I can tell you that I have presented a competent lawyer to you. Parents, let us not be shy to celebrate children when they do well.”

About Rosemary Sossion’s employer, Oraro & Company Advocates

Rosemary Chepkorir Sossion is an employee of Oraro & Company Advocates. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

Oraro & Company Advocates on its website describes Rosemary Sossion as “an associate in the litigation department, who specialises in dispute resolution, employment law, family law, environmental and land law”.

“She (Rosemary) is part of a team acting for a renown commercial bank (under receivership) in a recovery suit after massive theft and embezzlement of funds worth USD 220 million (Ksh23.8 billion) from individuals and companies,” says Oraro & Company Advocates on its website.

“She is also part of a team representing directors in a Kenyan company concerning the fraudulent and unlawful transfer of the shares which resulted in the unlawful transfer of the company’s property.”

Established 38 years ago, by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates is a top-tier, full-service Kenyan law firm.

The firm’s areas of strength include Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Conveyancing & Securities and Tax.  Its partnership includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds and its lawyers are recognised by several international leading legal directories.

The firm is also well-recognised for its contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence (through its formidable dispute resolution team), work on some of Kenya’s largest deals and its significant contributions to Kenya’s legal profession.

In April this year, Oraro & Company Advocates achieved a top ranking in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA rankings.

The company was ranked a Top Tier Firm in the Dispute Resolution and Employment practice areas. The firm’s banking, finance and capital markets practice area was also highly recommended by the directory.

500 EMEA affirmed the company’s ‘exceptional record in big-ticket disputes’ and noted that it remained a notable name in insolvency and tax disputes.

The firm’s senior partner, George Oraro, and managing partner, Chacha Odera, were ranked as ‘Leading Individuals’ in law.

BY K24

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I have not left my wife: Ex-president Jakaya Kikwete

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Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has denied allegations that he has parted way with his wife Salma. Addressing a Chama Cha Mapenduzi (CCM) rally in Arusha on September 9 ahead of the October 28 General Elections, Mr Kiwete sought to put to rest the rumours propagated on social media.

“Should I, or should I not say?” Mr Kikwete posed to the crowd which cheered him on.

“I’ve heard that people were saying that ‘this lady has been dumped and that’s why she wants to become a Member of Parliament’. Do you want to take my wife from me? I have not left her,” said a laughing Mr Kiwete.

Making history

Mama Salma, as she’s popularly referred to by Tanzanians made history in 2017 after becoming the first former first lady to become MP after being nominated by President John Magufuli. Mrs Kikwete’s nomination was, however, viewed as a move to reach out to politicians with a big influence within CCM, as they were seen to be drifting away from the president.

After Mr Kikwete stepped down in 2015 after serving 10 years as president as per the constitution limit, Mrs Kikwete vigorously campaigned for Mr Bernard Membe, a close family friend to clinch the CCM seat and succeed her husband.

Soon after clinching the seat, rumours started swirling that President Magufuli’s crackdown on tax evasion at the Port of Dar es Salaam put him at odds with the Kikwete family as firms they were in business with were under investigation.

However, Mr Kikwete and President Magufuli both dismissed the allegations as a mudslinging campaign.

Women empowerment

During her tenure as First Lady, Mama Salma was hailed for being at the forefront of empowering women. She founded the Wanawake na Maendeleo (Wama), a non-profit dealing with women empowerment. She also founded Wama Secondary School, an institution that enrols bright but disadvantaged girls.

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Britam apologizes for horrible cake made to celebrate Uganda Airlines’ first anniversary

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Britam Uganda has apologized to Uganda Airlines after the unflattering photos of a cake they backed for the carrier in celebration of their first anniversary went viral.

The photos of the cake went viral for the wrong reasons, the cake may as well have been in celebration of a plane crash, online audiences commented.

“We tried baking a cake and fell flat on our faces! You may have seen unflattering photos of what was our attempt to celebrate Uganda Airlines’s first anniversary online,” the insurance firm said while owning up to the embarrassment of a cake.

To make amends, Britam Uganda chief executive officer, Allan Mafabi, announced a bake-off challenge for a cake to be presented to the Ugandan airline.

“The best design will be funded to bake and personally present the cake to Uganda Airlines in addition to delivering a donation to a charity of their choice courtesy of Britam Uganda and Uganda Airlines,” said Mafabi.

The firm said the top four bakers will get a contract to bake a cake for four charities within Kampala.

Those interested in participating in the challenge have been asked to upload their digital profile and cake design on http://bit.ly/BritamBakeOffChallenge

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, September 2020.

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