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LOVE TALES: Love brewed on the internet



Love can be found in the strangest of places. For some it starts in a café, others at work, others at social gatherings, others when they are introduced by mutual friends, while others bump into each other in the most awkward of places and something beautiful blossoms.

For Metienne (Metrine, a Kenyan, and Adrien, a French national from Reunion Island), their love was brewed on the internet. A look at the couple shows you the love long matured and it can only get better with time. It has been three years of love, a long-distance relationship, and trying to find a way to close the distance between them.

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Adrien: I met my princess online through her blogging platform. She used to write articles and share them on ‘NearbyLive’. I would read and think, “Wow, she can be a good catch”. One day I took the bold step and sent her a message. We fell in love right away! After six months of online communication, I flew to Kenya to finally meet the love of my life for the first time.

Adrien Etienne and Metrine Bwisa. PHOTO | COURTESY

What we love doing as a couple

Adrien: We love vlogging for our YouTube channel (When I am in the mood of course, hehe). We also enjoy shopping together because we laugh most of the time.

Metrine: I enjoy watching movies and travelling with Adie. This is ironic because I am not a movies person and I rarely travel but when Adrien comes into the picture there is an excitement and sense of safety that comes along with it.

How do you resolve conflict?

Metrine: We talk about it and take our time to find a solution. We have learnt not to postpone problems and to listen to what the other person has to say. When we are together, we go on a date and talk about it to get a middle ground.

What challenges have you faced as a couple?

Adrien: The loss of Metrine’s dad. I had to be fully supportive because I know how much he meant to her.

Metrine: Language barrier. We have different native languages hence socialising with friends and family can be hectic, but I am learning French.

Being in a long distance relationship was quite challenging, but it is worth it when you are with the person who means the world to you. You just have to plan it out well and be sure of where both of you want to go. When that is sorted, it becomes an exciting adventure.

Plans for Valentine’s Day

Metrine: This is a special Valentine’s Day for us as it is the first one we will celebrate together. We believe in celebrating love every single day but I am planning to surprise Adrien with a special dinner date, my treat.

The most romantic gestures:

Metrine: Adrien does so many romantic things for me, but let me single out two. He proposed to me in front of my family and friends. It was a very special moment for me, romantic and well thought out. The ring was really beautiful. I couldn’t help but shed tears of joy. Also, despite Adrien being in a different profession, he has always helped me study for my exams. I find that super romantic.

Adrien: I find the little gestures that Metrine does for me romantic. She gives me gifts, cooks for me special meals, and makes special videos.

Things that strengthen our love:

Communication, romantic gestures, and planning and setting our goals and ambitions together. This keeps us going.


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Kenyans in the diaspora agonise as the deadline for e-passport nears



Kenyans living in the diaspora are concerned that they might not get the new e- passports on time despite a deadline extension announced recently by the government and a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta that the documents be issued in their countries of residence.

Citizens living overseas who spoke to the Nation pleaded for the government to intervene and put things in order at its embassies abroad.

On Friday, Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau told the Nation his ministry was working with the Immigration Department to ensure centres for passport applications abroad started working.

“We have identified missions where the programme will start. It is a process that has already been initiated,” he said.

Embassies will first have to deploy more personnel, but Kenyans abroad were being encouraged to register on the diaspora portal.

This, the ministry says, will help establish the areas to prioritise for the centres. Initially, the Interior ministry, which houses the Immigration Department, said it would start with a centre in North America, another in the Middle East and South Africa before expanding gradually.

So arrogant

But a Kenyan residing in Germany expressed displeasure at the kind of services offered at the embassy in Berlin.

“When we call at the Berlin Embassy it is hell on earth! They pick no calls and when they pick, they are so arrogant. How will we be able to travel? Even after protesting at the Berlin Embassy there is no change,” she said, requesting anonymity for fear of reprisals.

But Ms Selline Branis Onalo, who represented Kenyans in Mexico and other central American countries described the tribulations they go through. As Kenya doesn’t have a resident embassy in Mexico City, it runs relations through the mission in Washington.

“It is like the Embassy has forgotten its role in Mexico. Some of us tried to write to the authorities including emails to the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC, which covers Mexico. We haven’t heard anything from them,” she told the Nation.

In the entire Americas, Kenya has embassies in the US, Cuba, Brazil and Canada, collectively serving more than a dozen countries.

Officially, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs manages diplomatic missions abroad. But specific services like passport issuance are provided by the same departments as at home. That means the Immigration Department will have to send attaches to all embassies to ensure the service is provided there.

In September last year, Kenyans held peaceful demonstrations in Berlin to protest against poor services at the embassy.

They also complained about how they were forced to travel back home to renew their passports. Later in December, Deputy President William Ruto announced that the deadline for obtaining new generation passports was extended from August 2019, to an unspecified date in 2020.

source:Daily Nation

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PHOTOS: Uhuru arrives in Mauritius for four-day State Visit



President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday evening arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius for a four-day State Visit.

The plane carrying Mr Kenyatta and his entourage touched down at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport shortly before 7pm local time.

On arrival, the President – who was received by Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth – inspected a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the special mobile force of the Mauritius Police Service followed by a 21-gun salute.

After the arrival ceremonies,  Kenyatta paid a courtesy call on the Acting President of Mauritius Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory at State House, Le Reduit.

His visit to Mauritius is largely aimed at boosting the economic, cultural and social ties between the two nations, according to PSCU.

The forum will be used to showcase trade and investment opportunities in Mauritius and Kenya.

President Kenyatta is accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs) and Prof. George Magoha (Education) among other senior government officials.


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Death Announcement: Edward Kimando Of Lowell, Massachusetts



It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Edward Kimando (Baba Ian). He was husband to Salome Kimani of Calvary Evangelical Church, father to Ian Kiuna (PCEA Imani), Faith Kiuna & Mercy Kiuna.

Son of Samuel Kimando & Jane Nyambura of Uplands Kenya. Son-in-law to Geoffrey Gìtua & Sarah Kimani (Dada Sarah) of PCEA Neema church Lowell. Brother in law to Mary Kimani (Hairdresser) & John Micheal (Tush) of Christian Community Fellowship (CCF) Lowell among others.

Prayers will be held daily at their residence 64 WEED ST, LOWELL MA  Daily from 7pm starting tonight for funeral arrangements and sending the body back home to Kenya.
For more details pls contact;
Salome Kimani……..9783284492
Geoffrey Gitua ……..9783282092
Mary Kimani…………9784839408
John Micheal……….5084843034
Pastor Kìhìko……….9789962519
Pastor Nyagah……..9787616214
Pastor Karìmi……….9783190056

Your prayers, presence and contributions will be highly appreciated.
God bless you!!


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