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

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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.

STUDENT LOANS

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.

GIVING PLEDGE

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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Passaris shows off more skin to the haters

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After being subjected to many days of endless trolls from the haters, Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris has now taken the online bullies head-on.

On Saturday, Passaris shared a video of herself dancing to a rock ‘n’ roll hit with a male partner in what appears to have been some sort of a night garden party.

Dressed in a black knee length dress, Passaris rhythmically jams to the beats of the song.

#MYDRESSMYCHOICE

As the song goes on the two dancers really get their groove with Passaris’ dancing partner twirling her around causing her dress to go higher revealing her thighs.

She repeats the move a few more times.

And just to take make sure the point get home, she captions the video with the hashtag #MyDressMyChoice.

‘INDECENT’ DRESSING

The timing of the video is very telling coming just days after Passaris was viciously attacked online by tweeps who perceived her dressing from a past function as ‘indecent’.

Kenyans on Twitter, as expected, shared their varied reactions to the video.

“Wazeeke pekee yao Awesome Mheshimiwa,” Faith Muema said.

“Beautiful! You still got the moves, and the legs look lovely as always!” Ms Kamaitha wrote.

“You’re losing focus now madam. We’ve already moved on,” Njoki commented.

“This is the reason why the position of women rep should be scrapped… hawana kazi… hawanaaaaaa,” Annochr said.

“Uko sawa mum. Wenye wivu itawacosti,”Vivian Mukeni commented.

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DP Ruto most preferred presidential candidate – survey

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A new survey by ISS-Africa shows that Deputy President William Ruto is the most preferred presidential candidate at 30.81 per cent, followed by Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga at 27.50 per cent.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is third at 12.8 per cent, with Amani leader Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka coming at a distant fourth and fifth with 9.3 and 8.5 per cent respectively.

“Raila Odinga and William Ruto are still holding their blocks tight with 66 per cent and 65 per cent in Nyanza and Rift Valley respectively,” Insights Strategists Solutions Head of Research Peter Macharia said.

According to the survey that saw 1,700 people interviewed across the country, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi is the most preferred presidential running mate at 22.4 per cent followed closely by Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana at 18.3 per cent.

Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo is third most preferred running mate at 15.5 per cent while Murang’a Governor is at a distant fourth with 9.6 per cent.

Across the regions, DP Ruto is leading in Nairobi (28pc), Central (51pc) and Rift Valley with 65 per cent.

Odinga, on the other hand, is leading in Nyanza (66pc) and Western (32pc).

On his part, DP Ruto says he is ready to face any candidate whether in Jubilee or otherwise.

It is however not yet clear whether Odinga will run for presidency although a section of ODM leaders have been rooting for him.

A section of Members of Parliament from Central Kenya on Saturday asked those in the Opposition seeking to be endorsed for the presidency in 2022 by President Kenyatta to first join the ruling Jubilee Party.

READ: Opposition leaders seeking Kenyatta’s endorsement for presidency asked to join Jubilee

They said every candidate will have to be exposed to the stiff competition that is informed by his or her ideas and development record, in what appeared to target NASA leader Raila Odinga.

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Kenyan Men from all over the US to gather in Atlanta on June 29 for 2019 KEMEN Summit

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BY KAMNAO ANTHONY

KEMEN Summit 2019 and dinner will take place in Atlanta Georgia on June 29, 2019 starting with Workshop and Networking from 10.00 A.M. to 1.P.M.

This is a special rare occasion to brush shoulders with a diverse group of visionary Diaspora leaders chosen from business, Mentorship, Financial guidance, Literacy, Motivation, Immigration experts, Education, Health, Wellness and many other key speakers with a wide range of topics.

These are men who clearly understand that change and effective progress are only possible with a good vision, determination and ambition,.. therefore your actions and attendance counts greatly as you may be impacted and be part of that change.

In the evening, the program continues starting from 4 P.M. to 11 P.M.

There will be Panel discussions, various speakers, formal dinner and ending with KEMEN awards.

We need you to be the architects of a sustainable future and as Diaspora men that are looked upon as men of impact in all fields, a large representation will make the occasion to arouse the much needed awareness that can make this noble movement a force to reckon with.

KEMEN aims at empowering men to believe in themselves equip them with tools of knowledge through workshops and conferences to enable them attain the grandest height possible.
Men empowerment is the core to sustainable development, wellness, stability, and progressive societies anywhere in the world and as such KEMEN are on track.

Women are now breaking the glass ceiling and as the number increase, men though not competing, should be on the forefront in welcoming them to a world they have already dominated.
The only way to do that, is to remain on top and empower more and more men so that their role as head of households cannot be shaken or taken for granted.

We need all men to work together to pursue a sustainable path that leads to economic growth of the communities that we reside in here in America and still, even extend the same to our motherland.
While doing so, there are many challenges as we have to be the custodian of social justice, economic, health, education, wellness and even political stewardship.

We live in volatile times and hence we should always be on top to make great advances towards eradicating poverty, ignorance, corruption, moral decay and diseases as these are the ills of any society, and the same can only be achieved if we work together as a team.

We all the same must be aware that inequality persists but that can be narrowed to prevent it’s growth.
Real impact presents many challenges but as a united front, we are confident that we can meet them to yield change and the much needed progress.

Most of us grew up in a country that had many problems ranging from unable to get clean water, education to even starvation hence the need to make sure that those issues are addressed and if possible show our leaders back home how it can be achieved.

We live in a developed nation where we see things done in a more perfect way and as Diaspora men that are looked upon, we owe a duty to our children so that they may never go through some of the injustices we had to go through.
When we formed KEMEN we were aware that change does not simply happen by itself for the same has to be pursued with vigor and by all in society.

We hold family conference calls and also conference calls which are not limited to men as ladies also join us to discuss diversified issues.

We in KEMEN will not accept an aircraft that only allow a few to board while leaving the rest behind and that is why we are appealing to all to join our movement and act as ambassadors for the common good to encourage others to join for that is the morally correct thing to do.

It is the smart choice to do to avoid being left behind in this sustainable journey that we all need to take as it is in everybody’s best advantage and interest.
We all know that people in the Diaspora are busy and hence it may somehow demand long-term sacrifice but in the end it will bear fruits.

Everyone therefore has a role to play in empowering men and bring Diaspora men to the table as key partners and to do that, it embodies the spirit of shared responsibility that is essential for achieving a better world.
During the 2019 KEMEN Summit in Atlanta successful businessmen will deliver speeches of great topics that can have a great impact in your life so do not miss this great chance.

We will also honor such men and others nominated in order for them to continue impacting and empowering men in the Diaspora and beyond.
KEMEN will later diversify and touch other areas that can affect the empowerment of men such as Human rights abuses, poor working conditions, health, immigration, discrimination, and even corruption and decision making to determine best suited leaders back home.

We will do that as we strongly feel that the mentioned issues can affect both our long-term investments and growth prospects.
All participants are requested to get involved in KEMEN agenda and also consider how you can use your expertise and resources to help promote and impact all members that have joined and will continue joining.
We need you to advance innovations and forge collaborations with others that have already made great impacts on some of the toughest common issues we face.

KEMEN is firmly committed to the power of partnerships, working with businessmen, scholars, Health experts, Tax experts, immigration lawyers, insurance, Religious men, talented men and women and in short all key stakeholders to enhance progress on all our objectives.

The immediate challenge is achieving the required impact to show a total change that will flow to all our members may it be financial, wellness, benevolence benefits but at this stage we all can boast that we have made great progress.

Much has been achieved since inception as we have held several successful meetings, direct conference talks, and social gathering all with the purpose of impacting men and not leaving behind our women in the Diaspora.
Even though our ladies have been identified as a strategic player in reaching some of our goals, there has been no clear role for combined business in our objectives but where man succeeds, the woman will always be there and with that in mind KEMEN has a UNIVERSAL agenda.

We do hope that after the summit, there will be urgent actions towards a new dynamic movement to push forward our set up goals.
We will need your support though and your attendance, mentorship and participation will be greatly appreciated as we move forward from summit holders to an all financially stable action group that can effectively realize our set up goals.

In KEMEN we will connect the dots in the ever-growing field of responsible business initiatives, Wellness while impacting our men.
We therefore appeal to all to work together on an entirely new gigantic scale – collaborating and co-investing, share risks, realize opportunities by networking here in America and later globally to engage in business by simply using the potentials God has given us.

We have seen how powerful such collaborative efforts can achieve great things and ours is just the beginning and sky is the limit statement is just an understatement for we can go beyond.
KEMEN has helped generate a major shift in Diaspora mindset from the time it was initiated for as of today our members of great impact are now becoming role models of a better world.

Help us to respond to the urgency of our many Diaspora challenges to build a better tomorrow that will be of great impact to our children that we are raising here and the same to be extended to our brothers and sisters back home.

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