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Fourteen-year-old girl awes all with her rare, multiple talents



It is said that dogs are man’s best friend and for 14-year-old Abigail Fick, this seems to be a fact.

From the time she was two, her affection for dogs has grown immensely and today she is a dog trainer.

She loves dogs so much that she has read books of various dog breeds and can easily differentiate them even when strolling on the streets.

Speaking during an interview with the Nation at their Nyali home in Mombasa County, she said her interest in dogs began a long time ago and in 2015, when her family moved to Kenya, she managed to get one.

“We have two dogs, Oreo and Sky, but Oreo is my favourite. I didn’t have a dog until 2015, but even before that I had an interest in them. I wanted a dog but had to wait until we moved here,” she says.

“Oreo has basic skills and can sit down, stay, heel, wave, spin, shake hands, go between someone’s legs, march, jump and touch objects,” she said.

She says Sky does not know much as she is still young, about a year old since she got her. “She can sit down, stay, shake hands and go between my legs,” she adds.

Training dogs is not easy, but she says the trick lies in giving them treats that are not part of their usual meals every time they do something new.

Other than training the dogs, she trains cats too. They have two cats, Shadow and Rocky.

“I also train Rocky the cat, which proves a bit hard to train. Shadow is always hiding,” she says.

Unlike many teenagers her age, Ms Fick is unique in many ways as she is able to draw, write books and plays the piano. She started drawing when she was a little girl and this was inspired by her love for dogs.

“Basically, my love for dogs drove me into drawing them and I found out that I was also good at it. Most of my drawings are dogs, cats, horses, objects, humans and at times comic books,” Ms Fick says.

She adds: “I started drawing horses in 2016. It has become my latest interest after dogs. I have drawn other things occasionally, I look at still objects and draw them.”

She says she has entered a few competitions online and still hopes to be successful. She has so far written at least seven books about dogs, mysteries, adventures, comics and comedy with the hope of publishing them someday.

She hopes in future to be a vet or a dog trainer, adding that she draws and writes for fun.

She also has a good ear for music, and is a good pianist. As her mother, Ms Divya Fick says: “At a tender age she had a toy keyboard and that is where she also got interested in music. As a family we are proud of her. We at times get surprised at the variety of interests she has.”

Her mother says Abigail reads odd books, many of which people would not normally read.

The teenager is so committed to her training that she has created time in her daily schedule for dog training.

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Official video of Kenyan MPs participating in ‘Jerusalema Challenge’ released



The awaited video of Kenyan politicians dancing to the ‘Jerusalama’ hit song has finally been uploaded on their Kenya’s National Assembly YouTube.

This comes just a few weeks after Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo proposed this motion in parliament; hoping to be the first parliament in the world to take part in the challenge. And for a minute many assumed that this could not work; until the video finally surfaced on online on Wednesday, 21 October.

Probably because this challenge had already been exhausted by many judging from the many videos of the challenge circulating on social media.

Kenyan politicians participate in Jerusalema video

Anyway, whether you like it or not, Kenyan politicians have gone ahead to release a new video; showing off their dance moves in their ‘Jerusalama challenge.‘ In a video shared less than 2 hours ago, the many politicians are seen grooving to the South African hit song….. and we love it!


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Governor Kingi tell off DP Ruto over hustler movement




Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has torn into wheelbarrow initiatives by Deputy President William Ruto terming it a political gimmick that has no benefit to Kenyans.

While addressing Kilifi residents during this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations at Pwani University grounds the governor said Kenyans will only be freed from poverty, tribalism, and unemployment through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

“The same that are opposing the BBI are the ones going out to give out wheelbarrows as handouts. So they are blocking you from getting the benefits of the BBI and think that they can blindfold you with wheelbarrows,” he said.

Kingi who was in the company of Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said that the BBI report has outlined various interventions including increasing money to counties from the current 15 per cent they are receiving, a situation he said will improve the lives of the residents in counties.

“We have been pushing for the increase of funds to counties from the current 15 per cent and that has been addressed in the BBI report. But it baffles me that someone would go to an extent of opposing the document with all these interventions and then the only thing he gives is wheelbarrows. This is unfair and such people should be ignored,” the governor added.

Kingi downplayed the hustler narrative saying that the DP is far away richer than the people he wants to lie to always.

“If you are hustler like him, then show me your chopper, your luxury houses not one and the luxury cars you own and then we shall know that you are like him. Other than that, then you are cheating yourself away,” he said.

He called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to immediately release the contents of the BBI report to Kenyans so that the speculative agenda by the Tangatanga team can be silenced.

“If we continue to withhold the report, the prophets of doom will continue to speculate and continue to lie to Kenyans about its contents, I am asking the President and Mr Odinga to release the report,” he added.

Kingi also promised to help deliver and explain the BBI document to his residents, insisting that he will lead in ensuring that Kilifi gets to know the importance of what is contained in the document.

“I will move out as a Governor in 2022 and another person will come in but if BBI is not addressed then the challenges that are there will still exist. I will be in my most pains when after retirement, the only thing I will see in Kilifi is wheelbarrows. That is not what we want as Kilifi residents,” he said.

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Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee named the new Harambee Stars coach




Celebrated coach and media personality Jacob Ghost Mulee has made a return to the National team.

This comes just a day after Head coach Francis Kimanzi and his entire technical team was shown the door.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) confirmed the appointment of Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and has since unveiled him.

Mulee first assignment is to prepare the team that will face Comoros in AFCON Qualifier match that’s set to be played in November.

Kimanzi left the scene after he masterminded what had been tipped to be an unlikely friendly win against Zambia on October 9 at Nyayo Stadium.

He was appointed in 2019 to replace Sebastien Migne who he worked with as an assistant coach.

Mulee return reminds Kenyans when national team charges helped to qualify for the 2004 Afcon edition in Tunisia.

He is also credited to have mentored the current J1 League top scorer Michael Olunga and his appointment has provided an opportunity for the duo to work again at national level.

Under Nick Mwendwa Mulee becomes the fifth coach to have been appointed since he took office in 2016.

Stanley Okumbi took over in February 2016 and exited in October 2017 while Paul Put who led Kenya to Cecafa title took over in November 2017 and left in February 2018.

Migne who led the country to the 2019 Afcon finals but, a Chan qualifying setback against Tanzania saw him part ways with the team on mutual consent paving the way for Kimanzi’s rise to the helm.

Kimanzi remained in charge from August 2019 to October 20, 2020, and he left just days after Mwendwa had secured another four-year term as the FKF president.

Mulee and his technical bench are expected to help Harambee Stars fight for back-to-back Afcon qualifications with two matches against Egypt and Togo already played.

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