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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

 

MESSAGE

 

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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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Atlanta based Kenyan woman in dire need of help

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BY CIRU GIKANGA

I am reaching out to all of you because I urgently need your help. In the many years we’ve not seen each other the Rheumatoid Arthritis has taken over and deformed most of my joints. I have put up this video to explain what help I need and why. Please watch to the end.

Here’s the brief part that sounds off in the beginning: “My name is Christine Ciru Gikanga and l have have been suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis for 29 yrs going to clock 30 yrs in September 2018, having been diagnosed back in 1988 while in my 2nd yr in high school. Here is the GOFUNDME LINK

Watch the video below:

Attached are the pictures showing the progression of the disease: 1st picture was taken in 1999:

 

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US warns Kenyans over fake marriages, says they won’t be allowed to fly out

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The US embassy in Nairobi on Monday issued a warning to Kenyans getting duped into fake marriages to acquire a visa.

Through their official social media pages, the embassy advised caution in the event somebody offers to get you a green card using dubious means.

“Has anyone ever told you they can get a green card for you? Don’t believe them! They are lying and just trying to steal your money. Don’t believe them when they say you can have a fake marriage and still get your green card.

“If you apply with a fake marriage, you will get caught and you will not get your green card. You will become permanently ineligible to ever go to the United States, and you will never be able to get a U.S. visa or a green card,” the embassy warned.

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Kenyans were further urged to apply for a visa or the green card lottery by themselves.

The statement conveyed: “You don’t need to use a fixer to apply for the diversity visa or green card lottery. You can do it yourself and pay the required fee.”

The embassy stated that one should only apply through the Embassy’s official website.

“If you know about anyone promising they can get a green card for you if you enter into a fake marriage, go to the police and report them. You should also report them to the U.S. Embassy,” the statement concluded.

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Earlier last week, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec announced that the United States government was gearing up to fight fake news in Kenya adding that it had eroded confidence in Kenya’s real news media.

Speaking during an interview, Godec stated: “Fake news is being weaponized. It’s undermining democracy in Kenya.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta with US Secretary of Transport Anthony Foxx (C) and Ambassador Robert Godec when he led a US business delegation to State House, Nairobi on June 25, 2015. PHOTO | PSCU

He further remarked: “We’re not asking them to believe any particular thing. We’re just urging people not to take everything they see on their phone via WhatsApp as the truth because it may not be.”

Source -Kenyans.co.ke

 

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Kenyan women in US gather in Atlanta this weekend for third KWITU reunion

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KWITU, a group of Kenyan women living in the USA are in Atlanta starting August 2nd to August 4th for the 3rd Annual Grand Reunion. The reunion is the largest gathering of Kenyan Women Living in the USA.

The theme this year is; “Unity and Integrity among the Kenyans Living in the Diaspora.” The line up and details of the three-day event are as follows:

August 2nd Karibu Night: ‪Thursday the 2nd of August will be “Karibu Night”.

Guests will have a meet and greet in a lounge, to welcome all who will be arriving from all corners of the USA and Canada! Karibu Night will be at: La Pura Vida 1995 Windy Hill Road Smyrna GA 30080

Networking & Panel Sessions:

Friday the 3rd, will be the networking and panel sessions.

There will be a keynote speaker and panels of speakers. Discussions will include issues affecting our Kenyan Community here in the USA, among others.

Hors D’oeuvres will be served on Friday. The topics of discussion on Friday includes:

1. Single Parenthood

2. Drug Addiction

3. Mental illness & Suicide

4. Domestic Violence

5. Access to education

6. Women in Business August

4th – Grand Gala: Saturday will be the Grand Gala event. There will be entertainment, a three-course dinner, keynote speaker and various presentations. KWITU – Women uplifting one another!

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According to the group’s mission statement posted on its website, KWITU aims to provide Kenyan women in the USA the sense of empowerment and see them soar to the heights of success. “As an organization, we aim to eradicate the factors holding back Kenyan women. By alleviating their difficulties, it’s possible to make Kenyan women realize the true potential that lies within them,” adds the statement.

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