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VIDEO: Jeff Koinange’s comments about life in US rile some Kenyans




Some Kenyans in the United States are not happy with Jeff Koinange. In one of their shows on Hot 96 FM, the celebrated journalist

and his colleague, Jalang’o,  spoke about life in the diaspora and how much money Kenyans are left with after taxes and expenses.

It all began when a Kenyan living in the state of Kansas sent in a message during a live recording and said he/she was about to begin an 18 hour straight shift.

Banter ensued as the two hosts broke down the salaries of Kenyans in he US. At one point, Koinange appeared to suggest [perhaps inadvertently] that it is easy for someone to make between 30 and 50 dollars an hour.

He however said despite earning a lot in the US, Kenyans  are heavily taxed and are forced by circumstances to work long hours in order to make ends meet.

Koinange said he worked at a McDonald’s  earning a minimum wage of 8 dollars an hour but added that he used to get free burgers.

While some Kenyans thought it was a sincere studio banter, others think Koinange’s utterances were demeaning to the Diasporians.

Watch the video below:





Alex MachariaWah. I have been a big fan of you guys but today, Jeff, you have lied and misled people. Everything you have said is a BIG FAT lie. I have been in the USA for 22 years and nowhere is the situation on the ground anywhere close to what you said. Please stop lying to your fans since your program is followed all over the world. Am disappointed. The only fact I agree with you is that it is not easy. But where is life easy?


Jeff, 30 to 50 bucks an hour is for seasoned, well qualified professionals. Regular folks earn anywhere from 7-15 dollars an hr. Always fact check!


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Alex Macharia
Wah. I have been a big fan of you guys but today, Jeff, you have lied and misled people. Everything you have said is a BIG FAT lie. I have been in the USA for 22 years and nowhere is the situation on the ground anywhere close to what you said. Please stop lying to your fans since your program is followed all over the world. Am disappointed. The only fact I agree with you is that it is not easy. But where is life easy?


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Hilda ambasa
Odi ati hujaenda dunda


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Guys from US are coming out to defend themselves and the life they portray when they come back home… Jeff was just giving estimates, life in Abroad is tough esp for non-professionals/ semi-skilled workers. We know


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Jackline Ngigi
Aii Jeff hesabu yako inaharibu soko.schools are free here unless you choose private schools. Wacha kupandisha jalas Sukari woiyee.


mejja Kim
Kumbe US sio tafadhali


I’m in America. Let me confirm how false that is.


Bullshit-meter is high on this one


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Ng'ash Waqaba
Jeff you are such a poor mathematician. Schools are free. You should be talking about daycare


One Mic
Which year was this Mcds was paying $8/hr?


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Mathias Kiyabo
500$ a month on gas. Kwani watu wanaendesha bulldozer


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One Mic
My friend JEFF UMMMMMMM Hapo UMENOA budah…………………………..


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sos artur abubakar
i wonder wea i am living


Alice Raine
Umewacha insurance


Benjamin B
the guys struggling in USA have come out in big guns to defend their lives there. truth is life is tough in USA


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Diana Mbugua
Jeff,your math is so off… pls check ur facts!…in addition, school here is free..unless u are in a private school and college or were you referring to daycare?….any..please double check your facts!!


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Moses Ibrahim
Jeff, which US are you referring to you? Life in US is not miserable as you paint you. Some of us live, not survive. Not everyone work in McDonald. Shame on you


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J Olisa
Jeff watu wa Atlanta tuseme aje? Jeff, when were you last in the states?


ace Garthie
NJeff? You aaight mblo? . Even NYC ain’t that bad.. But its muhimu u feed kenyans those lies so they stop asking us for money everytime…


Brenda Ondieki
Jeff caring for the elderly it’s 10 to 14 dollars an hour for starting. Let me start on the expenses health insurance, rent, electricity, wifi – Internet, car loans, gas or rather fuel, food, car insurance but we try our best and survive but if you have a degree let’s say in nursing you paid good money.


Mush Fliqs
Jeff STOP LYING on public radio. First off public schools are free.


Some of us make that $50 but believe me, we are living the life we always dreamt of. I did survive on $8 an hr before n was comfortable working 60 hrs a week. Had more fun during this period but lived paycheck to paycheck. Making $15-25 an hr is enough to provide a decent life in a place with low cost of living. That being said, $15 in the midwest is equal to $30+ in California. Cost of living etc.


kelvin zaidi
that is impossible. The average pay, per hour cannot be 50 or 30 dollars. Maybe 7 to 10 dollars per hour. Only in a super oil rich country like Norway is the pay 25 dollars an hour


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No Matusi
I have lived in USA for more than 20 yrs na hapo Jeff you are lying. Taxation is not 50%. Minimum wage in 1980s was not $8 may be $3. Those who make $30 or $50 are seasoned professional. People save money ndio you see people buying houses in Kenya or else where. Uongo tupu


Life in America is tough tell me about it.But the way you did your calculations eeeeeh lies lies.


…the only truth here is the traffic on Ngong road


Whoa! Didn’t know we’re that many. It’s good to see people coming out to defend their positions. Jeff’s figures are way off…at least for many immigrants…the average is 15, give or take, while the “feel good” bracket begins in the mid 20s and up.


Unknown Unknown
This hassler came back after frustration he couldn’t cope. Sounds extravagant that’s why with that budget,Nairobi life is difficult.


Mwana Nchi
He’s not lying.  He is giving an example and there are people who earn $30 an hour and even double that amount.  If you have a college degree and masters in the professional field, you will make a lot of money.  But life is expensive so one has to learn how to budget and live within their means.


Dynamic 36
Jeff mazee, been US 21 years. You’ve seriously overestimated the average US cost of living. Next time just uliza.


Ng'ash Waqaba
It’s an average of $10 per hour


Misreprentation of facts by Jeff


Naomi Chumba
No. A nurse here in Kansas City, those figures are exaggerated . Just a few professionals bring in those numbers.


victor ogega
Credit card 600 Elec 200 Cable 200 Cell phone 150 Water 70 Rent 1800 Entertainment 600 Pesa ya nyumbani 1000 Car note 700 Average pay 30 per hour for a professional, piga hesabu

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Ezra Momanyi
Jeff $50/he hapo umewadanganya.


Grace Jibril
Jeff is totally on point and correct. He forgot, home gas, electricity, water, car lunch at work, $1,500 per meal imagine…


Charles Kahiro
Big FAT lie Jeff!


ann njambi
That’s true Jeff


Jeff nurses taking care of old folks are the most poorly paid jobs and many are quitting especially in Germany because many homes are privatised, it has become a lucrative business !


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genoveva murorunkweri
Jeff l have to interject $30 an hour is not average that is probably close to a Doctor in the states and in Canada a nurse would get that,average is minimum wage depending if he is legal in the States


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Allan Kangethe
Jeff you lie …lol


Ruthie Mill
These are extreme lies. The highest tax bracket is taxed at about 40%. What kind of calculations are these? $500 for gas? Kwani dude drives a Ferrari?


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Waithera Murache
And the highest tax bracket is 39.6% that is for guys making over $415k per year. And most guys from Kenya don’t work professional jobs so they make on average 15bucks an hour.


Fredy Nsenga
What a lie !What a lie !What a terrible lie!…love the show, but most of the things said by Jeff today are misleading lies.Representing Urbandale, Iowa.


Mwai Kelvin
Misleading facts


Mnashon Paul Okeyo
Jalas yawa…ati ang’owa ….


Frederick Omondi
its everywhere the same even in Kenya most work hand to mouth


Hilda ambasa
Ngong road is a mess

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