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Majanja’s body received in Nairobi, to be buried Saturday in Kakamega

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

The body of Timothy Majanja, a 71-year-old homeless Kenyan who has been living in the United States and who, at one point, wanted to return home after 46 years in North America, arrived in Nairobi Thursday ready for burial in Lubao Village, Kakamega County on Saturday.

His body was received by Umash Funeral home in the Kenyan capital before it was transported by road to its final resting place in Kakamega.

Majanja died last month at at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta where he had been rushed in an ambulance while in critical condition.

Medical personnel at the hospital said he died from complications emanating to an earlier ailment which led to him having “extremely high blood pressure.”

Soon after receiving the news of his death, Majanja’s relatives in Lubao, Kakamega, expressed their wish that the body could be flown home for burial.

On Thursday, Protus told Ksnmedia that he was very happy that the body arrived home.

“Is this what we would have wished? Of course not…but I can tell you  that we are very delighted to see the body of  Mzee Majanja. This will bring some form of closure,” he said.

“We were devastated by the news and the elders here couldn’t fathom the idea of their son being buried or cremated  in a foreign land, thousands of miles away from his ancestral home,” said Protus Muhanji Shikoli, Majanja’s nephew.

“We have been through a lot as a family….we wished we could see him alive but obviously, it was not meant to be,” he added.

After Majanja’s death, well wishers, friends and family members got together and raised enough money to pay for the services at West Cobb Funeral home where the body was preserved and also to repatriate it to Kenya for burial.

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“Let us never grow weary of doing good,” said Pastor Salania Salania quoting part of a Biblical verse (Galatians 6:9 when Apostle Paul was writing to the Galatians). He was one of the organizers of a  fundraiser held at believers’ Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where close to $7,000 was raised. Most of those who contributed money had not even met Majanja in person. “We didn’t have to know him to help,” added Mr Salania.

According to Ms Catherine Ogembo, Majanja’s niece who lives in the New Hope City in Minnesota, and who is accompanying the boday, her uncle’s final journey will be on Saturday when he will be laid to rest on his piece of land in Kakamega.

Mr Majanja was in the news in 2014 when NTV aired a story about his plight in which he appealed for help to return to Kenya after living in North America for an uninterrupted period of 46 years.

He told the Nation that he had had enough of the US and wanted to go back to Kenya and rejoin his family. He however did not have any travel documents.

Following the story, many Kenyans expressed their willingness to help him return home.

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Majanja left Kenya for Canada in 1968, moved to the state of Georgia in the United States in 1993, and has been living in squalor since losing his job 25 years ago.

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“I have been leading a miserable life here and it is high time I left this country,” he told this reporter in an interview on Memorial Drive in Atlanta, Georgia.

After the story aired, Mr Alphonce Shikoli, his elder brother, told NTV’s Namukabo Werunga that the family was excited to know that their relative was alive.

“We eagerly await the return of our ‘prodigal son’. We are fattening a bull to slaughter upon his arrival,” said Shikoli at his rural home in Lupao Village, Kakamega County.

 

In December of the same year, Majanja was hospialised at Grady Hospital where he had been taken after falling ill.

And in an email to the Nation then, an official at the Kenyan embassy in Washington, DC, said the hospital had been in touch, seeking help in tracing Mr Majanja’s relatives.

“But I was not able to talk to him as I was informed that he is not coherent,” said Ms Evelyn Cheluget, the then immigration attaché at the Kenyan mission.

In the 2014 interview which went viral,  Majanja, however, said he was stuck because he lost all his documents and cannot travel and appealed to the Kenyan Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to help him out.

POLITICAL OFFICE

In 1973, he was recruited by the Canadian government into the prestigious Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he served before venturing into politics.

He run for political office as a city representative in Calgary, Alberta, before unsuccessfully contesting a vacant mayoral seat.

Mr Majanja, however, declined to disclose when or why he left the Canadian police service.

“That matter is confidential,” he said.

After relocating to Atlanta, he worked for a transport company before losing his job.

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“I lost my driver’s license and all the other documents which I had kept in a safe deposit at a local bank,” he said.

Mr Majanja said he has sought help several times from the US and Canadian governments without success.

“I have no single document and can’t travel anywhere,” he said, adding, “I appeal to the Kenyan embassy to give me some travel documents so I can visit my relatives back home.”




MARRIED TO CANADIAN

During the interview with the Nation, he showed photos of his sojourn in Canada in which he looked young and energetic.

“I married a Canadian lady and we had a son, but now I can’t even travel there to visit them,” he said.

“I thought I was strong enough, but now I need help,” added Majanja, who looked weak and a pale shadow of his former self.

Though hardly reported due to the stigma associated with homelessness, drug addiction or mental illness, cases of destitute Kenyans living in the United States have risen in recent years.

In 2012, the body of a homeless Kenyan was discovered in a lake near Boston, Massachusetts.

Early in 2014, police in Atlanta found a homeless and mentally unstable Kenyan man in a forest in Decatur, Georgia.

The authorities handed the man over to the pastor of a Kenyan community church who asked the congregation to raise money for his upkeep and eventual repatriation to Kenya.

In May of the same year, he was reunited with his family in Kenya.

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SPONSORED: Optiven Thanks Diaspora Community as Hundreds are offered fully Paid Holiday for a Record 6th Time

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Optiven Group has a vision of economically and socially empowering and Transforming the society. As a follow-up to this vision, hundreds of customers whose majority are from Diaspora were given a treat of the end of year at PrideInn Flamingo Beach Resort – Mombasa.

This offer was for all those who had invested during the promotion of Tujibambe Mombasani where one was to purchase and pay a property from 1.7M and above.

This was right on the heels of the prior campaigns as follows:

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Optiven is happy to bring these great customers together to network. Know each other & build a strong community

We now look forward to rewarding hundreds of customers who are catching up with our current campaign TAJIRIKA NA OPTIVEN APP campaign.

This campaign rewards customers who purchase land through the Optiven App. It also rewards those who refer others through the App. It is a win win as all parties benefit. This is actually giving every Kenyan globally to have a piece of Optiven.

👉🏽Tajirika Na Optiven App – https://youtu.be/2TGPRXffI28

Join the Optiven family today and keep enjoying our Philanthropic offers and give aways from time to time.

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Call us/ WhatsApp us on: +254 723 400 500
Website: www.optiven.co.ke

 

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I just turned 40…I came to the US when I was 20; What Have I Learned?

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BY JANE MUKAMI

It has been 20 years since I arrived in the U.S. from Kenyan – where did time go? I was 20 years old when I got to Atlanta with no idea how life would unfold. Now at 40 years old, What have I learned?

  1. The land of milk and honey does provide opportunities for success but nothing is handed to you…you gotta milk the cow AKA work hard for the milk and honey. My 1st job was a cashier at Wendy’s making $5.50 [500/=] an hour, but that was just the beginning #StartWhereYouAre #StartWithWhatYouHave.
  2. Success is relative and should be defined by you and not by society. My definition of success is being happy doing what I love while experiencing freedom – debt freedom, financial freedom and location freedom – ability to serve my clients/work from anywhere in the world #DefineYourSuccess.
  3. Success requires continued learning/education, breaking away from doing the same ol’ things, with the ol’ same people. Growth comes from finding new circles, friends, hiring coaches/mentors, people who inspire + push you to become who you were created to be. It’s ok to be a small fish in a big pond. It gives you room to grow into a whale #LevelUp.
  4. Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff – have fun, laugh, enjoy your journey, protect your space by decreasing negativity, drama, toxic friendships or relationships that do not serve you. Do not worry about what others think or say about you. Focus on you, be intentional about what you want and make it happen – mute all else #GoGet #NoExcuses #StayHungry #StayHumble
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Read more about my “Coming to America” story on my website.

Atlanta has been good to me…do I qualify for the title #GeorgiaPeach Even though I don’t like sweet tea, fried chicken, pork rinds, biscuits and gravy, grits, waffles and fried chicken…I’m I the only one still very confused by the words chicken fried steak…?? 🤣🤣

Funny enough, I feel as though the past 20 years were simply a rehearsal, a warm up, a preparation of sorts – my life is just now beginning #selfactualized I’m excited….its #GoTime.  Cheers to 20 more 🥂🥂🇱🇷

 

 

 

 

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Excitement as two young Kenyans get Visas to come study in US through ‘Airlift Program’

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BY BOB MWITI

On November 25th, I woke up to some awesome news in the middle of the night!..I couldn’t sleep anymore!😆😆😆

Congratulations to our 2 Kenya Airlift Program beneficiaries, who just got their US student visas approved! Elosy will be joining University Of South Florida In January 2020, for a Master’s degree in Business Analytics & Information Systems. Neils will be joining Illinois State University In January 2020, for a Master’s degree in Information Systems. We are slowly building a movement of brilliant young Kenyans here in America! Dmk Kiogora..Thank you bro for making this dream a reality! It’s God’s Doing!🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

To learn more about the program, please download the handbook from the “study in USA” page of our website at www.appstecamerica.com

They say, where there is a will there is a way, and this saying is slowly manifesting itself in one of the most ambitious projects for Kenya’s Diaspora since the Tom Mboya days.

Appstec America, A US-based, Kenyan-owned company, whose founder Bob Mwiti was recognized by African Warrior Magazine in 2018, as one of the 40 most inspiring men in the
diaspora in 2018, has embarked on an ambitious project of airlifting brilliant young Kenyans to study IT-related master’s degrees in some of the top universities in America through its study in
USA flagship program, The Kenya Airlift Program.

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Neils and Elosy. PHOTO|COURTESY

In partnership with ABEDS, a Sacco formed by MCA DMK Kiogora of Abogeta West, specifically for the purpose of financing the program, Appstec & ABEDS have so far successfully succeeded in securing visas for 3 beneficiaries to top American Universities (one inAugust this year and 2 others joining school in January 2020). The latter 2 just received their visas, which was proudly shared by Bob & DMK on social media. More other beneficiaries of the program are currently preparing for their entrance exam known as Graduate Management
Admissions Test (GMAT).

Hon DMK was recently recognized for his work in the airlifting program by being awarded the Utumishi Bora Award of 2019. This young energetic leader from Meru County, who is a former University of Nairobi student leader, is transforming his ward and has been hailed as one of the best performing MCAs in the Country.

Bob, who is a former international student faced the many challenges that a lot of African students face in America once they graduate. Challenges to do with good Jobs and long-term  work visa and permanent residency. After he graduated from college in the US, he was not able to secure a job with his MBA and as a result he decided to pursue a career in IT where he trained as a consultant as was immediately able to get a Job as a Systems Analyst working for fortune 500 companies. A job which came with employment-based greencard.

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Airlifting Program Building Strong Movement of Young Kenyans In AmericaA Kenyan-Owed US based Company Is Slowly Building A Movement Of Brilliant Young Kenyans In America Through Its’ Airlifting Program.

The Kenya Airlift program is trying to solve the challenges that African students like Bob face all the time. Challenge to do with finances for tuition and living expenses which a lot of African

students face and drop out of student immigration status, challenge of getting well-paying Jobs and the challenge of getting post-graduation legal working papers and permanent residency
through employment.

Through the Airlifting program, beneficiaries are able to get unsecured international student loans from a US based lender to the tune of up to USD 50,000, they are also able to get
graduate assistantship scholarships worth thousands of dollars and are also able get relocation expenses loans from ABEDS Sacco of up to USD 6,000.

 

The beneficiaries also get FREE training from Appstec America on the IT skills that are highly needed in the US tech industry. This training is offered on the side, as the beneficiaries pursue
their master’s program so that by the time they graduate, they have the Job skills needed. The training is offered in the areas of Oracle and Robotics Process Automation, which are some
the hottest technologies in the tech Industry today.

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Appstec America also intends to help the beneficiaries with Job placement in IT projects in America once they graduate from college. Jobs which will help them repay the loans and also
get work immigration papers and permanent residency through employment.

The program is open to all Kenyans. To learn more about the program, you can download the program handbook from the study in USA page of www.appstecamerica.com.
If you have any questions, you can send an email to scholars@appstecamerica.com or call +1 813-573-5619 ext 402.

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