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Kenyan scholar to be feted in the US



A Kenyan legal scholar has been listed for honours at the 2019 Annual Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit.

Prof Patricia Kameri-Mbote, who has been an advocate of the High Court for more than 25 years and the School of Law dean at the University of Nairobi, entered the coveted list with 21 other women from across the world.

The Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit showcases great contributions of women in law and policy.

Prof Mbote will be among those to be feted by the women of Harvard Law School at the sixth chapter at the Wasserstein Hall from today to Sunday next week.

“The exhibit features inspiring women working in the fields of law and policy,” says the award website where the honourees are listed in a page under the heading ‘Women Inspiring Change’.

The keynote lunch reception will be at Milstein West A on March 11, with Ms Sarah Leah Whitson, an American lawyer who is the director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, being the speaker.

She has led dozens of advocacy and investigative missions focusing on armed conflict, accountability, legal reform, migrant workers and political rights.

Others to be to be feted include Stacey Abraham, Claudia Escobar, Menaka Guruswamy, Yee Htun, Dehlia Umunna, Diane Wood, Dinesha Samararatne, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Beatrice Mtetwa and Allegra Love.

“The honourees – nominated by Havard Law School students, faculty or staff – are powerful voices in their respective fields, whether they are sitting on a high court bench, standing in front of a classroom or marching in the streets,” reads a post on the site.

Prof Mbote, a Senior Counsel, will not only be holding the Kenyan flag high at the event but also representing Africa.

In her CV, Prof Mbote’s mission is to live, learn and leave an enduring legacy in life,

research and other intellectually creative enterprises.

The resúme also quotes former US President Woodrow Wilson: “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enrich the world.”

The scholar has been engaged in legal teaching and research at universities in Kenya, South Africa, the US and Zimbabwe.

She led the planning, initiation, launch and implementation of Strathmore Law School from 2009 to 2012 and served at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in 2006.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi, Master of Laws from University of Warwick and Master of Juridical Sciences and Juridical Science Doctorate from Stanford University.

Her interests are in human rights, gender equality, social justice, land reform, environment, intellectual property and legal scholarship. She has published widely in these areas.

Her recent publication is Breaking the Mould: Lessons for Implementing Community Land Rights in Kenya.

Source: Sunday Nation

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US government releases the number of Kenyans sworn in as Citizens last year – 2,685



2,685 Kenyans became naturalized United States citizens in the first three quarters of the 2018 fiscal year, data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicates.

Over the same period, a total of 544,475 foreign nationals holding US permanent residency became naturalized, with 44,095 of them being from African countries.

A total of 4,348 Kenyans became US citizens in the 2017 fiscal year, and 4,834 in fiscal year 2016.

In 2017, a total of 707,265 immigrants got naturalized in the United States.

To qualify for naturalization, immigrants must have been permanent residents (hold a green card) for at least five years, or at least three years if married to a US citizen.


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Meet the young Kenyan pastor with a vibrant church in USA



Pastor Kariuki

Pastor Evans Kariuki of Eternal Life Harvest Centre is currently changing lives in the United States thanks to his church ministry.

Unlike most young men who would prefer to venture into other well paying careers: Evans Kariuki, a firebrand is using his heavenly gift of preaching to spread the word of the Lord around.

His Firebrand ministry has created a platform for him to reach out to both the young and old. Apart from running his ministry in the United States, pastor Kariuki has also been moving to different countries where he uses his ministry to reach out to many.

Pastor Kariuki

Youthful pastor

Judging from his social media pages, it is clear to that he also has a huge online following that admires his work. Being young has also made it easy for him to relate with the youth in his church.

Apart from running this successful ministry pastor Kariuki also happens to be a an award-winning author and world traveler who enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures!

Pastor Evans and Ashley Kariuki are two ministers of God on a quest to bring about the power, presence and purposes of God into the earth.

Ashley, a native of Knoxville, TN USA and Evans a native of Nairobi, Kenya, Africa, the two set out on this journey together heading Jesus Is Alive Ministries USA with the blessing of the headquarter ministry Jesus Is Alive Ministries – Nairobi Kenya under founder and Bishop, Dr. Margaret Wanjiru.

JIAM USA is one of four international branches of Jesus Is Alive Ministries throughout the world. Evans and Ashley maintain a standard of excellence in life, family and in ministry. Both are graduates of Valor Christian College (formerly World Harvest Bible College) where both received ordination into ministry.

Most recently Pastor Evans and Ashley both received Masters Degrees; Pastor Evans from The Ohio State University and Ashley Kariuki from Liberty University.

The focus of JIAM USA is simply put as 3G – GO, GET, GROW. By awakening firebrands for God, it is essential to send them out as Jesus declared in the great commission of Mathew 28:19

Secondly there must be a compelling draw for them to come in accordance to Luke 14:23. This is accomplished through meeting the needs of those we encounter spiritually and physically.

Finally, we must make disciples of them all, by raising up Holy Ghost filled, Biblical based, and Gospel dominated churches and bodies of believers. Doing all this according to the Great Commission and in the name of Jesus.

You can easily reach out to the pastor through;

Instagram: Evans Kariuki
Facebook: Evans Kariuki
Twitter: Firebrandnation
Youtube: Firebrandnation

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American billionaire surprises students with Sh4 billion pledge to pay their loans



A billionaire technology investor and philanthropist on Sunday surprised graduating students with a promise to wipe out their debt for the entire 2019 class at Morehouse College.

Robert F. Smith made the announcement in front of nearly 400 graduating seniors, eliciting the biggest cheers of the morning.

“My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans,” Smith said, according to a tweet from the school.


The 56-year-old, a former chemical engineer and investment banker – who was ranked by Forbes as the 163rd richest person in America last year will pay an estimated Sh4 billion ($40m) to cover the debts.

“On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus,” he told the graduates at the private, all-male, liberal arts, historically black college.

He added, “This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans. I know my class will make sure they pay this forward… and let’s make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward because we are enough to take care of our own community.”

Morehouse College is an all-male historically black college located in Atlanta.


Smith is the founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in software, data, and technology-driven companies.

According to Forbes magazine, Smith’s net worth is about $5 billion. He has given generously before, to Cornell University, one of his alma maters, and cancer research and the arts.

Smith is the first African American to sign the Giving Pledge, a campaign started by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett that encourages the world’s wealthiest individuals to commit to dedicating the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.


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