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VIDEO: “Churchill Show” to be recorded live in Atlanta, several shows to follow in other US cities

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

For the first time since inception, the popular Kenyan comedy show “Churchill” will soon be recorded live in a US city.  The troupe is set to perform in Atlanta, Georgia in mid April next year.

Speaking to this Kenya Satellite News Network in Nairobi Friday, Daniel Ndambuki, the proprietor of “ Laugh Industry inc” confirmed that he and a team of about ten comedians will hit the road early April and will perform in at least five US cities before flying back to Kenya.

“In the past, I have received very many requests to go and perform abroad but I have always declined. Now is the time..God’s time is the best…Atlanta here I come,” he told this reporter.

The comedians who will tour the US include Teacher Wanjiku, Prof Hamo, MCA Tricky, Captain Otoyo, Jasper Vaite Murume and MC Jesse.

MCA Tricky poses for a photo with this reporter in Nairobi, Kenya. FILE PHOTO.

The Majuu Churchill Show is being sponsored by Atlanta Majuu Cultural Festival under the auspices of the Kenyan American Community Church (KACC) in Marietta Georgia, about 10 miles North of Atlanta.

Atlanta Majuu Cultural Festival is an annual exhibition of a myriad of Kenyan-African cultures. Kenyan American Community Church (KACC) has in the past added to the cultural tapestry that shapes American Society which is increasingly becoming multicultural.

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This year, the organisers are also inviting Kenyans to visit the US and go on a 10 day cruise, among other activities.

The event coordinator, Cate Kariuki says it will be an opportunity of a lifetime for those Kenyans interested in making the trip.

“We are making arrangements for the visas from the US embassy in Nairobi to enable those who have shown interest travel to the US.” she said.

KACC has been leading the Kenya Diaspora in the US in celebrating their cultural heritage with great pride and enthusiasm.

For the last twelve years, the church has with great passion nurtured and celebrated cultural diversity that is exhibited in the rich Kenya-African culture.

Daniel Ndambuki’s lat performance in the US was in mid 2000s when he accompanied the Reddykyulas trio during one of their tours.

“We are very excited about the upcoming tour,” said MCA Tricky who was flanked by Teacher Wanjiku and Otoyo at the Serena Hotel during the Majuu trip launch last Sunday.

More details to follow..

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‘Please help me return home,’ Kenyan legend runner living in the US pleads

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Kenyan distance running legend Henry Rono a broken man. He has been living in the United States of America for the last 32 years, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rono who is now 66, on Tuesday reached out to Nation Sport and sent a passionate appeal:

“I wants a ticket back home, please.”

“Yes, I would like the government to help me get back home by getting me a ticket… I can’t afford living in the USA. I’m getting old… Also, being away from home for over 32 years is too long,” added the legend.

The legend is currently a security guard at the Albuquerque airport.

“Yes, I did retire, but these other jobs are stressful and I’m too old,” he said. “Like now, I’m sick from working hard. Many of my fellow Kenyans are dying from stressful hard working jobs,” said Rono, who was given a lifetime achievement award by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2008.

“I have been given another award in Belgrade but I’m able to attend because of stressful work. Like now, I’m in the bed and I’m unwell.”

But Rono’s daughter Maureen confirmed she had spoken to the legend, and that he has been unwell since last week. “He has been coughing for the last week, and I’ve been in touch with him. If he asked you to send out an appeal for help, you can go ahead and publish,” she said.

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Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei, meanwhile, said his association would be ready to help the legend.

“He did a lot for this country and we can’t fail to get help for him,” said Tuwei. “We need information such as costs of tickets, who he could be travelling with and other details, and then see how we can support.”

The Washington State University star alumnus had taken up coaching after his running career, this after alcoholism dented the highlight years of his spell that saw him shatter world records in the 3,000 metres (seven minutes, 32.1 seconds), 5,000 metres (13:08.4), 3,000 metres steeplechase (8:05.04) and 10,000 metres (27:22.47), all within 81 days across USA (California and Seattle) and Europe (Vienna and Oslo).

Source: nation.co.ke

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Shock as 25 year old Kenyan man passes away suddenly in US

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It is with humble acceptance  of God’s will that we announce the sudden death of Martin Muchene (popularly known as Gushi), which occurred on Tuesday January 15, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mr. Paul and Deaconess Grace Muchene, and brother of Dennis Muchene, all of Baltimore, Maryland.

He was the grandson of Mr Joseph Muchene (popularly known as Babu)and the late Mrs. Hannah Wacheke Muchene of Waithaka, Dagoretti, Kenya; and grandson of Mr. David Kavusyu Munyoki and Mrs. Janet Kavusyu of Kitui, Kenya.

He was the nephew of Lucy Wanjiru, Mary Wangari, Peter Muhia, Sammy Kavusyu, Titus Kavusyu, and Mary Kimanzi. He was a cousin to many.

Friends and family will meet at 6pm daily for prayers & financial assistance at the Muchene’s residence: 2910 Rosalie Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21234.

On Friday Jan 18 and Saturday Jan 19 ONLY, prayers will be held at: Faith & Grace Worship Center, 10012 Harford Rd. Parkville MD 21234.

After Saturday 19th, prayers will continue to be held daily at the Muchene’s residence.

Further information about burial arrangements will be communicated later.

Cashapp donations can be sent to:
Dennis Wairia : 443-676-4668 – $DENNISWAIRIA
David Kimari: 443-326-1759 – $DavidKimari
Eva Kamau: 443-912-7033 – $EvaWangari

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

For more information please contact:

Dr. Rev Paul Mukundi: 443-554-4235
Pastor Samson Onzare: 443-824-4050
Pastor Mugwe: 410-236-5401
Karanja Mwaura: 410-409-9340
Melina Obare: 302-401-8412
Muthoni Mbatiah: 972-800-0342
John Mwaniki (Asante Auto): 443-858-4617
Abby Karanja: 404-542-5099
Racheal Liyayi: 443-570-3226

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American who survived 9/11 dies in Riverside attack

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An American who survived the 9/11 terror attack is among those who were killed in Tuesday’s terror attack at Nairobi’s 14 Riverside Drive.

Jason Spindler’s mother Sarah Sandler told NBC News that her son “was trying to make positive change in the third world in emerging markets.”

Jason’s brother, Jonathan, also confirmed the family’s tragic loss via Facebook.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that my brother, Jason Spindler passed away this morning during a terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Jason was a survivor of 9-11 and a fighter. I am sure he gave them hell!” Jonathan’s post read.

HAVING LUNCH

The US State department confirmed that an American citizen was killed in the Tuesday attack.

Spindler, who was the CEO and Global Managing Director of I-DEV International, was, according to colleagues, having lunch at the Dusit Hotel when the attack happened.

I-DEV is based at Metta, a space for entrepreneurs that is located at the 14 Riverside office complex in the Belgravia building’s sixth floor.

The Metta Africa Head of Community, memberships and operations Essie Mwikali said there were 45 people at the space when the attack happened and accounted for everyone and confirmed the death of Spindler.

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Nailab CEO Sam Gichuru eulogized Spindler as “a strong supporter of the Kenyan Tech Ecosystem.”

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