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Angry Kenyans in US accuse Ms Agutu of telling “White Lies” on popular US TV Show

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After Kenyan-born Achieng’ Agutu appeared on the popular US Ellen DeGeneres TV Show claiming that she was a struggling student from Kenya who worked multiple jobs to support her parents in Kenya and her education, many Kenyans living in the US have castigated her saying she told “White lies.”

Media reports have indicated that Achieng lives a lavish life traveling to the best destinations such as Qatar in Doha, Machu Picchu in Peru, Bali in Thailand, Tulum in Mexico and even Yves Saint Laurent’s Private Residence in Marrakech, Morocco.

Her Instagram page reveals that Achieng a fashion and Lifestyle blogger saw her parents last year during her graduation, contrary to what she had said on the show that she had not seen them for two years. She also went to the prestigious Braeburn school in Kenya and Richmond High School, Indiana.

Her social media posts also paint a picture of a globetrotter who has traveled to popular destinations such as Doha in Qatar, Machu Picchu in Peru, Bali in Thailand, Tulum in Mexico and Yves Saint Laurent’s Private Residence in Marrakech, Morocco.

 Ellen reunited Achieng with her family “after two years of living apart.”

The comedian called to the stage Achieng Agutu whom she said left for US seeking higher education and later surprised her with a video call from her family members.

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Accoeding to Ellen, Achieng’ lives with a host family, the Graces but has a full time and still manages to go to school.

An excited Achieng’ explained that she is also an Uber driver, babysitter, teacher and sometimes cleans peoples houses and cars for an extra buck.

She further narrated how watching Ellen helped her master the English language.

Ms Achieng Agutu (center) poses for a picture with her family during a graduation ceremony.. COURTESY PHOTO

But her claim that she learned to write and speak good English by watching The Ellen Show when she was young caught the attention of Kenyans, who think she lied.

“People told me that the best way to learn a language is through watching music [videos] or listening to music. And, so, when I use to watch artists on your show, I used to take down notes on the songs that they wrote and then I would go to a cybercafe and look up the lyrics, and, therefore, learn English,” she adds.

“I moved to the USA five years ago. I came here for higher education. It has been amazing, but hard for my family back in Kenya because they have honestly done every single thing that they can do, including selling land to taking loans, borrowing money to be able to pay school fees and ensure that I am comfortable.”

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“I work one full-time job as an admissions counselor at Holy Cross College from 9 am to 5 pm. I also babysit for two families, I wash people’s cars, I clean their houses, I am an Uber driver and then I also teach English to international students,” she notes.

“My parents really want to give back to the community because they feel like they are really blessed. They are helping 10-plus kids from our family and the village that they live in – they pay their school fees.”

Kenyans online also claim she lied about the last time she met her family as her social media activity shows she was with her kin during her graduation in the US in May last year.

Agutu and her family won $50,000 (Sh5,000,000) on the Degeneres’ show.

Here are some reactions from Kenyans online.

Wairimu ngugi @TheFabpreneur says: “Such an unnecessary lie RT @Catewakamaru: @TheEllenShow @TheEllenShow Just so you know, Achieng met her parents as late as May 2018, a year ago. Her parents flew to Indiana for her graduation.”

@juliuskitevu tweets:”Achieng Agutu would have just said she perfected her English by watching @TheEllenShow Twitter DCI wouldn’t be digging her background check.”

@ochieng_adul says:”Achieng’s story didn’t add up. Your parents can’t be struggling to educate you to the extent of selling parcels and at the same time support others in the village. Village schools and cybers don’t teach that accent. Kiraitu studied law at Harvard and never picked that accent.”

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Shock after man kills son before taking his own life

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Residents of a Naivasha village woke up to rude shock after a middle-aged man killed his three-year-old son before hanging himself on a tree.

The man strangled his son in Kipkonyo Village while the mother was away before committing suicide, plunging the area into mourning.

Tears flowed freely as relatives and friends tried to come to terms with the incident before police moved in to collect the two bodies.

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The 30-year-old man, after killing his son, threw the body into a latrine under construction before stripping naked and hanging himself.

Naivasha police boss Samuel Waweru confirmed the incident, adding that security officers had collected the two bodies and opened an inquest.

He said they would be seeking the wife who was not present during the incident to record a statement as part of their investigations.

“Initial investigations indicate that the man first killed his son by twisting his neck and dumping the body in the family latrine before using a rope to hang himself,” said the police boss.

A neighbour, Isaac Lang’at, said the deceased had for a long time clashed with his wife leading to a separation before he decided to kill himself.

By PD.co.ke

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Meet young Kenyan lady playing key role in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign

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Esther Ongeri, a young Kenyan living in the US is the talk of the town after Kenyans learnt that she plays a key role in the Joe Biden presidential campaign.

According to Biden’s campaign website, Ms Ongeri is the Director of Special Projects in the Biden 2020 campaign and has served in the position since July.

Previously, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the Campaign Manager and Special Projects Coordinator in the same campaign team from June 2019.

Ms Ongeri held the posts of operations coordinator from September 2017 to February 2018 and special projects assistant to the CFO from February 2018.

She is an alumnus of Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and government in 2017.

According to her LinkedIn profile, the brilliant Kenyan was a staff assistant to New Jersey senator Robert Menendez between May 2016 and July 2017.

Ms Ongeri started off as an intern in the office of Senator Menendez between August 2015 to May 2016.

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She attained her high school diploma at Saint Dominic Academy in 2013 after joining the school in 2009.

In the November 3 US elections, former Vice President Joe Biden is seeking to unseat incumbent president Donald Trump and both are busy on the campaign trail.

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Woman brings 23 relatives on date with lover to test his generosity

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A Chinese woman has made headlines after bringing 23 members of her family on a blind date to test her lover’s generosity.

Woman brings 23 relatives on date with lover to test his generosity

Chinese people enjoying a meal in a restaurant. Photo: Quora.
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According to the Daily Mail Online, the unknown woman tagged along with her large clan to the romantic occasion without informing her date in advance.

After enjoying the meal, the man decided to teach the woman a lesson and fled away after receiving the bill which amounted to KSh 382,000 ( £2,300).

According to a Chinese newspaper, Taizhou Evening News, the anonymous woman went on a blind date with a 29-year-old man identified as Liu in eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.

Reports indicate that the date was organised by Liu’s mom who was worried about her son who had been single for long.

The man had offered to pay for the meal with the thought that it would be a romantic dinner for two but shock on him.

Speaking to the media, the woman said she wanted to test her potential boyfriend’s generosity in catering for the large crowd of 25.

According to reports, the lady and her family enjoyed expensive dishes and alcohol.

Interestingly, Liu failed the test and his potential date ended up paying for the meal herself.

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It was later agreed that the man pays for a small part of the meal and the remainder of the bill be shared among the woman’s 23 family members.

In other news, TUKO.co.ke reported of one bride who has since gone viral after she took to social media to convince her friends and family to fund her special day.

According to the post on Reddit, the bride wants a huge amount of moneythat will enable her and her fiance’ to tour Europe for a one month honeymoon.

According to the post, the couple will be tying the knot in December and the bride hopes the guests will not change their mind due to coronavirus.

“Hope you all are doing great and getting all of you all wedding gifts (haha) prepare your cold hard cash and your large housewarming gifts…We really cannot wait to see you all (and receive your gifts LOL) this December,” read the post.

The bride advised her friends against pulling out due to COVID-19 saying they have a monetary goal of KSh 2.2 million ($20,000) minimum.

She indicated that the guests are expected to donate over KSh 3.2 million ($30,000).

By Tuko.co.ke

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