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PHOTOS: Kenyan woman finds love in Australia, ties the knot

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Phillip Eling was born in Australia 30 years ago with muscular dystrophy, a disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. So from the age of five, he had to use a wheelchair.

Fast forward to 2012 when Phillip published his first book, Life Is What You Make It. On Page 74 is a quote by him predicting that someone would love him wholeheartedly.

Then, in dream-come-true fashion, one Susan Njogu walked into the company he was working for in January 2017.

Born and raised in Elburgon, Nakuru County, Susan had moved to Adelaide, Australia, two years earlier for studies.

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Having got a diploma in working with the disabled, she was invited for a job interview at the company where Philip worked.

“Ours is a story of love at first sight. Nothing about him bothered me, especially because I had related with many disabled people while studying,” Susan says.

They talked for a while and exchanged contacts. Shortly afterwards, they went on their first date.

“He invited me out for coffee, and you can imagine my surprise when I found his mother sitting with him. She was also part of our meeting. I was a bit nervous at first, but it turned out great,” she recalls, laughing.

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That was the beginning of their whirlwind romance, which resulted in their engagement exactly six months later.

“We both knew what we wanted, so there was no doubt about that. We wanted to spend the rest of our lives together,” she says.

“She understood that I had to convince them (Susan’s parents), especially since Africans are usually not as open-minded. I only wanted their approval, above anything else,” Philip offers.

“They gave me their blessings at once. They were completely alright with our decision, and especially because they knew how passionate I was about helping the disabled. I was ecstatic,” Susan adds.

And so Susan became Mrs Eling on January 27, 2018 in a red-themed garden wedding in Adelaide, marking the beginning of their life as a couple.

By then, Phillip had got a job at the National Disability Insurance Scheme as an area coordinator.

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Their wedding went viral on social media, and as much as it inspired and gave hope to many, critics said some nasty things about their union.

“People said I only did it because I wanted to get money from him, but I sort of expected that reaction from them. I was very relaxed and prepared for it. I got comfort from knowing that our union was ordained by God.”

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Saying that she owed no one anything, Susan didn’t bother responding to the negative comments. And although the trolls are still there, she has learnt to live with the mean comments.

It has since been a year and a few weeks since the wedding, and the now Mrs Eling describes their marriage so far as fantastic.

 

 

 

 

 

“I have had the most memorable moments of my life. God has always been on our side. Just as we have plans and goals together, we also have ups and downs like any other couple. But the most important thing is that we always lift each other up,” she says emotionally, her eyes brimming with tears.

“Phillip takes care of me like any other husband would, and I take care of him too. People always assume that I am the one who takes care of him.”

Their future plans? “We are still working on building ourselves, especially our skills, because we would want to move back to Kenya and run an organisation that helps the disabled,” she says.

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: nation.co.ke

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Burial of Kenyan woman shot dead by American granny set for Saturday

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Janet Oyuga, the Kenyan lady who was killed by an 85-year-old granny in the USA is set to be buried on Saturday, 18 January, in Siaya county.

The 37-year-old was shot in her house by Beverly Jenne. The sister Angela got serious gunshot wounds in the attack.

Janet was to be laid to rest on Saturday, 11 January, but the body was yet to be flown to Kenya because of a memorial service that was held in Seattle, Washington on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

The deceased’s body was flown from the US on Tuesday, January 14. The body will get to Kisumu on Thursday in preparation for the burial ceremony in Gem, Siaya county at parents’ home.

 

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ACHIEVEMENT: Kenyan named among top 25 extraordinary people in Atlanta, USA

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Dr Benson Karanja, the President of Beulah Heights University in the outskirts of Atlanta has been named one of  the ‘Top 25 Extraordinary Atlantans’  The Atlanta Business Journal, a leading business news publication in the State of Georgia.

Dr Karanja and 24 others were selected based on the societal impact they’ve made through their work as community influencers in business, government, entertainment, media, religion, education and other areas.

 The annual new designation and accompanying commemorative issue, shares profiles of some outstanding Atlanta residents, who have exhibited excellence in their respective areas, and whose personal and professional efforts are contributing to the greater good of both the local and national community 

The group will be honored during a ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Zucot Gallery in Atlanta.

According to ABJ Digital co-publisher, Kevin C. Pride, these leaders exhibited excellence in their respective industries, and their personal and professional efforts have contributed to the greater good of the local and national communities.

 “Metro-Atlanta has so many incredible people who are working within their individual arenas to make our communities better places in which to live, work and play,” said Mr Pride.

“The amazing individuals selected for this first annual recognition, represent an exceptional sampling of excellence in business and community leadership, and we are excited to celebrate them and share their stories in this special publication,” he added.  

 

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Founded in 1918, Beulah Heights has become known as one of the nation’s oldest and fastest growing Bible institutions.

Beulah Heights University

Located in the beautiful city of Atlanta, Georgia, Beulah Heights University aims to offer higher education founded in the Protestant Christian tradition.

BHU is proud to be acknowledged for its academic pursuits and its dedication to the Christian mission.

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Click here to view the complete list of honorees.

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VIDEO: Duniani Leo – A 30 Minute World News Roundup from VOA

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Watch the latest news from VOA Swahili. International news is updated 24 hours a day.

Voice of America is a U.S. multimedia agency which serves as the United States government institution for non-military, external broadcasting. It is the largest U.S. international broadcaster.

VOA produces digital, TV, and radio content in 47 languages which it distributes to affiliate stations around the globe. Watch:

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