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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.

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“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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Happy Tuesday!

This is just a friendly reminder to invite you and your family to join us for the 2018 Atlanta Majuu Cultural Expo. We are kicking off things tomorrow and look forward to you and your family joining us.

We are happy to host Singer Emmy Kosgei this year as we celebrate our Kenyan Culture.

Everyone is welcome.

Event Agenda:

Friday, April 27th (Indoor 6pm-9pm)-Youth Extravaganza (Indoor)
Saturday, April 28th (Outdoor 9am)-A Taste of Kenyan Food & Vendors, Cultural Expo, Kids Entertainment

(Indoor 6pm-10pm) Youth Cultural Show, Gospel Concert with Guest Singer Emmy Kosgei Sunday, April 29th

10:30 am Church Service

01:00 pm -Lunch for all, Inter-District Traditional Folk Song Dances, Raffle Draw Kenyan American Community Church

Host: Rev. DR. GG Gitahi

770-427-0555 | kacc.marietta@gmail.com

Vendor and Sponsorship Opportunities are available:

Sponsoring the Atlanta Majuu Cultural Festival affords you or your organization an opportunity for

  • Effective exposure to approximately 10,000 Kenyans and their friends living in the Metro Atlanta & neighboring states.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Display and promote your business and services.
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Vital statistics of the community

  • Atlanta reflects a dynamic and growing immigration population representing Kenya and Africa in general. Kenya is, and is continuously becoming the strategic market entry point to Africa.
  • Over 70% are two parent household
  • Average house income is $60K
  • Highly educated community with 80% college graduates.
  • Growing second generation of Kenya-American of 25 years and under.

From pre-event marketing exposure

  •  Extensive pre-event publicity through-out the USA via diaspora media outlets, social media, websites
  •  Your company publicity as a key event sponsor is the ideal way to reach thousands of prospects

The Cultural festival proceeds and sponsorships will help fund Atlanta Majuu Cultural Festival event that is anticipated to be an annual cultural event to be held every spring in Atlanta, Georgia.

This event hosted by Kenyan-American Community Center (KACC) is aimed at promoting Kenya cultural awareness and celebration among the Kenya-Diaspora community in USA there by enhancing cultural diversity and consciousness.

The Sponsorship levels outlined below are designed to be accessible for both small and large organizations alike including individual. Learn how your company can take advantage of this powerful opportunity and complete the enclosed sponsorship forms.

Sponsorships Levels:

  • Platinum Sponsor – $1000 (Five Only)
  • Gold Sponsor – $750
  • Silver- $500
  • Bronze- $250
  • Copper $100
  • Vendor $50

Note: Submission Deadline – April 15th 2018

For Vending and sponsorship packages, please note that due to the nature of these services, there will be no refunds. 

This is a Christian event. Please note that vendors and Sponsorship should be in alignment with our values. 

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Kenyan marries another man in USA

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In a trend where Kenyan men are getting married to other men in countries whose laws allow it, a Nakuru man has tied the knot to his American boyfriend.

The two got married in Michigan in the US on Saturday afternoon.

Soon after the event, the two were seen at the Square’s gardens kissing and fondling in public as friends and family members cheered.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in Michigan last June in a landmark US Supreme Court ruling, which struck down states’ bans on gay or lesbian marriages between two people “as long as they love each other”.

According to a family member who spoke to the Daily Nation on condition of anonymity, the Kenyan man met his ‘fiancé’” in Atlanta, Georgia.

However, a Kenyan marriage and family counsellor immediately criticised the wedding.

Pastor Philip Kitoto, of the International Christian Centre, Nairobi, said: “Culturally and biblically, marriage and sexual relations between people of the same sex is a sin.”

“The Bible is clear that God created us in his image; He created us male and female. Therefore, in the Book of Leviticus 18:22 He warns men: ‘Do not have sex relations with a man as one does with a woman’. God calls this an abomination.”

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Mr Kararu Ririe, a close friend of the couple and a confessed gay Kenyan residing in California, tweeted shortly after attending the wedding: “This afternoon I had a chance to congratulate my friend and his husband on the occasion of their marriage. It is a rare thing to see a Kenyan man so courageous! Congratulations.”

One of the men lived in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to California.

Pst Kitoto added in his reaction: “For the man and a woman, sex was not only meant for pleasure but also for procreation.

“That is why, in Romans 1:27-32, the Bible tells us that as mankind walked in disobedience to the commands of God, this led to a depraved mind where men lusted after other men and women after their own kind. They not only burned with passion for each other but they also recommended the same practice for others.”

“What we need to understand is that God, in his love for us, still loves the sinner. However, he hates  sin. I believe when we turn to him in repentance, he will welcome us back.”

Soon after taking the vows, the two posted the following multiple hashtags — some of which are very popular within the gay community in the US — on his Twitter handle and Facebook page: #HappilyMarried #NewlyWed #GayCouple #GayHusbands #2Hubbies #Blessed #JewishHubby #ChristianHubby #Hubby1 #Hubby2 #4Ever1 #InGodsMath #GetItRight #NoWife #ThankYou!”

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Mr Damelin is a well-known American scholar and professor of Mathematics.

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Blind 70-year-old Kenyan living in US pleads for help to return home – VIDEO

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Kenyans living in the diaspora have formed a WhatsApp group to try and help an elderly Kenyan man living in the United States to return home.

In a message shared in the Diaspora Messenger, a website that connects and updates the East African community abroad, the Kenyans have appealed to well-wishers to help Mr William Mwangi Kagwima, who is aged 70.

“One of our Kenyan brother, migrated to Worcester MA, in 1998. Like every other immigrant, he worked hard until last year when he started losing his eye sight and could not work anymore. He has endured severe hardship and has exhausted his savings. Mr Kagwima is requesting the community to send him back home to his family,” the notice reads in part.

They also shared a short video clip of Mr Kagwima speaking in Gikuyu and explaining how he ended up to be where he is today.s

source:nairobinews

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VIDEO: US-based Kenyan man reunites with daughter he never knew he had after 43 years

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A 67 year old US based Kenyan man who fathered a girl some 43 years ago has been reunited with his daughter.

It was an emotional reunion between father and daughter in Nairobi. Judy Wangui, having never met her dad is now married with two children.

According to K24, Peter Muriu met Mary Wangui, his Class eight sweetheart while he was in Form Three. As fate would have it, the man relocated to the United States. Little did he know that he had left an offspring.

Fast forward, 43 years later, the man traveled to Kenya after getting wind that a woman who looked exactly like him had been spotted.

“As I was roaming here and there, someone told me someone who was your girl back in the day got a baby who looks like you,” he said during an interview conducted on the fridges of the reunion party in Runda, Nairobi.

Innitially, Muriu toyed with the idea of conducting a DNA test.

“But I said before making a decision, I am going to see the girl. After seeing her, I said, Oh Lord, no need for a DNA here.”

The daughter was equally elated.

“Nimefurahi kumuona babangu maanake tangu nizaliwe sijawahi kuitana baba,” said Wangui.

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Her mother, Mary Wambui, whose marriage unfortunately did not work out said all her children are very happy and have accepted him as their father.

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