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Kenyan woman in Diaspora told to shut up over her “life abroad is hell” comments

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

A Kenyan woman has met the wrath of her compatriots in the Diaspora for claiming that many of them live like paupers. In a video posted online, the woman whose name and country of residence we are yet to establish says “maisha ulaya ni magumu” and goes on to paint a very grim  picture of live abroad.

However, most Kenyans who have responded to her comments are not amused. Writing on various social media platforms, most of the Kenyans in the Diaspora seem to be delivering one clear message: “speak for yourself!”

After the video went viral Monday, the hashtag #speakforyourself trended all day Tuesday.

Sample these comments and watch the video below them:

John Ateka says on Twitter: Whereas it is no secret that some Kenyans in the Diaspora struggle to make ends meet, it is also true that there are others who are doing quite well. That is a fact. #speakforyourself.

Wairiimujk writes on Instagram: “It is quite ok to to say all that but for goodness sake, don’t generalize.

Kenyans residing in the US at a past event in Los Angeles, California, USA.  FILE PHOTO

MarionOsosi says: Who makes you the representative of all Kenyans abroad. Please speak for youreself.

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Irene Macknon says on Facebook: I do struggle to make ends meet but I don’t appreciate your general characterization of life in the Diaspora. #seeyourlife.

Annmwaniki writes on Twitter: This is defamation. serikali saidia. She should be charged under the new cybercrime and computer misuse law law for slander.

AnitaJ says: I am embarrased. Just shut up!

Watch the video and be the judge;

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Julie

    May 23, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Am sorry that there are some Kenyans hurting but not everyone is in poverty.We have to make the best of what we have here and appreciate the opportunities that are around us.

  2. Ole Salania

    May 23, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Instead of bashing this lady listen to her as yes some are doing well, but there are those of us who are homeless, jobless and hurting. She’s speaking to those who keep asking money from diaspora yet they don’t know the challenges facings those residing there.

    • Lady Lucille

      May 24, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      I’m surprised by all the title and some of the responses. This lady can speak for herself and for many other Kenyans any day. She is speaking the PURE TRUTH! For those of us who follow her and know her story, she is quite established and living well both abroad and in Kenya. She works hard and deserves to enjoy her money. TUNCHOKAAAA….. Take it or leave it! and, while you are at it check yourselves. She is free to speak her truth.

  3. Mdhuru

    November 5, 2019 at 8:27 am

    You have baseless reasons to criticized this women,what she’s talking about is true and i congratulate her.The people to be criticized is those who are charged with corruption in Kenya and they are free,until today no one has been jailed with corruption.

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VIDEO: Sky News “Identifies” Kenyan who fell from a plane as more questions linger

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On 30 June 2019, a man fell from the sky and landed in the back garden of a house in south London. No one knew who he was or why he took such a risk – until now.

After an exclusive investigation, Sky News believes it has identified the stowaway. However, questions still linger over what exactly happened to the body, which was described by one of the witnesses as “intact because it was frozen.”

The British Media House has spent the last few months trying to determine the identity of this individual – including speaking to his family and friends – and has come to the conclusion that  he is a 29-year-old who worked as an airport cleaner in Kenya.

His girlfriend said they had planned to start a family, but he made a decision that virtually guaranteed his demise.

Earlier, London police released an e-fit image of the stowaway in hunt for his identity, and also released pictures of a bag that was found in the compartment and its contents were also released.

“This has been a very sad incident to investigate. This man has a family somewhere, who need to know what happened to their loved one,” a British police officer said while releasing the images.

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“Our investigations has included liaison with the authorities in Kenya, from where the flight took off, but so far our efforts to identify this man have proved fruitless. I hope by releasing this e-fit someone known to the deceased will recognise him and make contact,” he added.

In the Sky News report, an employee of Colnet, a company that provides cleaning services at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, has identified the man as his workmate who went missing in June, Sky News reports.

Irene revealed that her colleague, Paul Manyasi, had gone missing at the end of June.

“We were at work in the morning…he suddenly disappeared. I called his phone it was off,” Irene, who was Manyasi’s girlfriend, told Sky News.

Manyasi lived in the sprawling Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum which is near the airport.

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VIDEO: Furious Bishop in US tells off Kenyans who go drinking alcohol at funerals

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A US-based Bishop is unhappy with some Kenyan immigrants whom he says are tarnishing the good name of the community. Bishop Dr GG Gitahi of  Kenyan American Community Church (KACC) in Marietta, Georgia, has chastized some of his compatriots for what he terms as “unacceptable habits.”

During his Sermon aptly titled “Let Us Choose,” last Sunday, Bishop Dr GG Gitahi “went after” those who carry alcohol to funerals homes and imbibe while the funeral service is going on and furiously said he wishes some of those people remained back in Kenya to “save us the embarrassment.”

“If you are one of those people, you are an embarrassment to the larger Kenyan community in the US,” he said.

Ni aibu kubwa mnatuletea hapa. Instead of people waiting to go and have their beer at home, wanaenda kwa funeral Homes na kutoa bia na kuanza kunywa. Halafu Director wa Funeral Home anasema Pastor, can’t your people have mannersTabia zingine tuache. Ndiyo sababu tunajiaibisha.”

You can watch the whole summon here courtesy of youtube/kacc:

 


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VIDEO: Pomp and colour as Kenyan journalist receives coveted award in Washington DC

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It was pomp and colour in Washington DC on Thursday as Kenya’s NTV journalist Rose Wangui, the winner of the prestigious 2019 Knight International Journalism Award, received the coveted trophy.

Wangui was awarded for her bold approach in covering sensitive topics and giving a voice to the voiceless, bringing their plight, hopes and dreams to the wider audience.

Speaking at the award event, she pledged that she will carry on with her outstanding work, giving a voice to the voiceless through her unique coverage of sensitive topics such as sexual bondage of young girls in Kenya.

“Each time I tell a story, I try to ensure that every word that I write bears the hopes and dreams of those people in the villages, towns and slums who may never have the opportunity that I have to reach a bigger audience, ”stated Wangui.

Rose Wangui at the awards gala
Rose Wangui at the awards gala

The scribe challenged journalist to have an impact in the society through unique coverage.

“Journalists should strive to tell stories that change people’s perception and make society better,” added Wangui.

Her outstanding works such as beads of bondage and schools of misery have had significant impact in the country and sparked a national conversation, prompting relevant authorities and well-wishers to address the situation.

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“I wanted to show viewers something they’ve never seen, something they’ve never had,” said Wangui. “I decided to focus more on human interest stories and to go to some of the most remote areas in Kenya.” Wanui revealed at a past interview.

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