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Why Chinese husband, African wife found fame online



Sandra Made and her Chinese husband Zou Qianshun are, in many ways, like millions of newly married couples around the world.

Made, 27, is a housewife who looks after their 10-month-old baby, while Zou, 43, is a fishing captain and the family breadwinner.

But in China, they have become an online sensation.

The couple began live-streaming funny skits of their home life on Chinese social media platform, Kuaishou, in February. They now have 120,000 followers.

Made says their videos are popular because people are not used to seeing an African woman with a Chinese man. “Everyone loves Sandra and thinks she’s outgoing,” says Zou.

The couple makes about 5,000 yuan (Ksh.72,700) a month through virtual gifts donated by fans on the site, which can be exchanged for money, he adds.

They met three years ago when Zou was working in Cameroon, where Made ran a hair salon. A year later, Zou proposed and the couple married in March 2017.

Soon after, they relocated to Zou’s hometown near Dandong, Liaoning province, in northeast China.

In 2016, there were just 1,700 mixed marriages in Liaoning, which is home to 43.7 million people, according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics.

But Zou says there are five other Chinese men in his town with African wives. “They all met in Africa,” he adds.

The most-viewed video on Made’s feed is a comedy sketch of her pretending to feed her baby, Daniel, but instead putting all the food into her mouth.

Reactions on Kuaishou to the couple’s humorous skits include “666,” which means cool, and “Sandra! You’re so beautiful,” “Pretty eyes,” and “You speak good Dandong dialect!” Made says she improves her Putonghua by talking with fans online.

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Akothee’s selfless act during emergency honored in London



Flamboyant singer Esther Akoth popularly known as Akothee has been feted with the Diamond Special Recognition Award, 2020, for her selfless actions during the Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya. The colorful gala was held in North London and broadcast globally via Zoom on August 31 where Akothee’s efforts of traversing the country handing out essential items, providing free medical care and other charitable actions were recognised.

“Hey guys, thank you so much for tuning in during the Zoom live as I am receiving my award. I just love you guys so much,” she said, moments after receiving her award. The founder of Akothee Foundation went on to reveal that the broadcast hit the 2 million mark in terms of active viewers, adding that Kenyans topped the list across the African continent.

The gala was organised by Bustline Media, an entertainment, event planning & marketing company based in London, United Kingdom. The 10th year gala featured other great African artistes such as Nigeria’s Davido and Don Jazzy. Yetunde Oduwole, a popular writer, columnist, blogger and event planner/organiser, is the founder of Diamond Special Recognition Awards Worldwide. Through her Charity Foundation, the self-proclaimed president of single mothers saw at least 100 families fed in Mtwapa, Kilifi County on June 3. On May 7, she was part of the team that trooped to Kahawa West after she was alerted about the plight of a family of 7 children who were all deaf.

They brought along bales of food items only to realise that the family did not have a kitchen within their mabati house. Akothee promptly shared their story through all her social media platforms and was able to raise enough funds from well-wishers to pay the family a second visit to sort out the kitchen issue and visited with more essential items.

Last month, the Lake Region Economic Bloc appointed Akothee as part of a 17-member Covid-19 resource mobilization and advisory committee in a bid to help its members combat the spread of Covid-19. The committee is made of celebrities and investors in the region with the bloc hoping that their inclusion in the fray will help transform the fight against Covid-19.

In a press statement sent to newsrooms, the chairman of the bloc and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said that the committee will play an integral role in helping mobilise resources to help steer the counties to economic recovery. “The partial opening of the economy and cross border movement of people increased the spread of  Covid-19 and requires additional commitments and efforts,” said Oparanya.

Oparanya added that the bloc is focused on ensuring that they do proper resource mobilization to help cushion the region even after the pandemic.


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Covid-19: Tale of Kenyan couple who tested negative in US, positive in France



A Kenyan couple has been forced to head into quarantine in France after their second Covid-19 test results turned out positive despite testing negative in the US days before they commenced their travel to Kenya.

The couple who only identified themselves as Brian and Mary said they were traveling back home to attend their sister’s funeral but were detained in Paris after they tested positive for the virus.

Narrating their ordeal to Diaspora Messenger, a blog site that reports on Kenyans in the Diaspora, they said trouble started after French officials told them that by the time they land in Kenya their clearance certificate will not be viable as the mandatory 14 days would have lapsed.

They said their journey started well in Atlanta Georgia, where they boarded their flight destined for the French capital on Tuesday August 11 2020.

They arrived in Paris on Wednesday, August 12 on time and they proceeded to the gate for the connecting flight to Nairobi with Air France.

“When we got to the gate,they told us that the negative Covid-19 results which we had received on Monday August 10, was done too early because the Kenyan Government had passed a directive that one can only enter the country if the test is done within 72 hours which meant that since we were arriving on Thursday the 13th at 8.00 pm Kenyan time, it will be  too late and the certificate will have expired,” they said.

The couple was forced to take another Covid-19 test in Paris, with the results for this test returning positive for both.

As a result, they were briefly held at the police station but were later released and given temporary 14 days’ French visas to quarantine in a hotel before they are cleared to proceed with their journey to Kenya.

The sad part, they said, is the fact that they not only missed their sister’s burial but also ended up spending a lot of money that was not included in their budget.


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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe’s Anne Mutahi wife appointed to a prestigious board



UK Ambassador Jane Marriot has appointed Health CS Mutahi Kagwe’s wife Anne Mutahi to the Innovation and Research Challenge Board alongside nine other individuals.
Speaking to, Communications Manager at the British High Commission in Nairobi, Janet Sudi disclosed that the appointments were made on the evening of Monday, August 17.
Marriot launched the UK Innovation Cluster and an advisory Board on research and innovation aimed at bringing together expertise and experience to build more ambitious, mutually beneficial innovation partnerships between Kenya and the UK.


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