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VIDEO: Why many Kenyans who go to study abroad never come back

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BY CHRIS WAMALWA

Over the last 15-20 years, the Kenyan Community in the United States has completely expanded and spread across almost every state in America.

What are the implications of the expansion of the community and how they relate to Kenya?This is a public park in the city of Townsend Delaware on a beautiful summer afternoon on the east coast of the USA.

Kenyans living in the state arrive one by one and by sunset, the park will be full of Kenyans.The event taking place is the annual Kenyan summer flame organized by the Fifty dollar club group.

We meet Dr. Davidi Amakobe, a social scientist and a community leader who has lived in the US for the last 20 years. Amakobe understands the history and development of the Kenyan community in the US and he is particularly glad that the community is indeed expanding and establishing roots in the US.

“The first Kenyans who came to the US came as students when Tom Mboya organized for a lot of Kenyans to come to the US to learn and take over from the British. But again some Kenyans remained and they were accommodated by the system,” says Amakobe.

Prof. Micah Mukabi, a resident from Emuhaya, Bunyore Vihiga County went to the US in January 1976 to study. Mukabi says unlike now where foreigners are treated with hostility, immigrants and students and people were interested in knowing where you came from.‘It wasn’t easy but it was a good environment,” says Prof. Mukabi.

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According to Mr. Amakobe, one of the factors that led to the expansion of the Kenyan Community in the US is the unfavorable social and economic climate in Kenya that has been witnessed since the year 2000.“Around 200, the politics in Kenya was not very conducive. People were finding it unsuitable to go back.

And as the world economy gets interconnected, people find it easy to stay where they can make a living,” said Mr. Amakobe.

The quench for education is considered to be the major factor that has contributed to the growth of the Kenyan community in the US and their story of the American journey is not from grass to grace but rather struggled to pay college fees and graduate.

The main challenge for Kenyans in the US is chasing a pathway to gain American citizenship or at least staying in America illegally. As a consequence, Kenyans engage in fake marriages among other things with the hope of gaining legal status.

But these challenges on top of the inevitable cultural shocks, language barriers, racial and social discrimination notwithstanding, many Kenyans in the US have overcome them and they are now living meaningful lives far away from where they were born.

Mkawasi Mcharo, a resident in Baltimore-Maryland, went to the US in 1997 as a postgraduate student explains how tough life can be for a newcomer in a land where people mind their businesses but she managed to survive.“If you land here and you do not know where to live or you do not have a scholarship that guarantees you a place to live, you are in for a very difficult time,” says Mkawasi.

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Despite spending many years in the US, Mkawasi just like many others constantly experiences the cultural clashes and tensions between where she was born and where she lives now.“Kenyans here have pulled themselves and they are doing very well.

Many  Kenyans started from zero when they got here and now they have done very well for themselves,” said Mkawasi.Remittances increase every year with figures showing that approximate 1.6 billion shillings this year from 1.2 billion shillings four years ago is sent to Kenya from America. This indicates that the Kenyan economy is expanding yearly and the productivity is increasing in the US.

The basic motivational factors that make some people migrate are always constant; the search for better social and economic activities and of course the escape from wars and civil conflicts.The fact that the diaspora contributes immensely to the development of their country through remittances is indisputable.

Unlike before where global migration, permanent relocation or long separation and infrequent encounters with one native’s home, today revolution, and telecommunications and travel, has compressed the spatial and temporal distances between home and abroad.

This has offered immigrants an opportunity to bolster their family relationships and stay in touch despite being miles apart between two continents.

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Kenyans abroad develop tremendous skills and they give it back to their country in the form of remittances and higher education where some of them come back to Kenya and teach others to improve their educational status.“We are seeing a brain gain as opposed to brain drain in the past years where a lot of Africans are now re-engaging with the continent in IT and education, in terms of the economy and more importantly in terms of remittances,” said Prof. David Monda.

The globalization does not only facilitate the rapid flow of capital and commodities, but it also revitalizes all cultural community network. In this case, strengthening the trans-national ethnic, racial and national identity.

-Standardmedia.co.ke


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VIDEO: 28 year old Kenyan woman marries a 60 year old German and tongues can’t stop wagging

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Ciru Njuguna is 28 and her husband Greg Twiss is 60. Please don’t let that age gap fool you, these two deeply love each other and they are living their best life together.

But when people say Ciru is just after Greg’s money and he will end up in a septic tank, that gets to her. She is not ashamed of her relationship and strongly urges the public to let other people be.

“My German husband is older than my father. People say I am his slave and he is a colonial master,” she says.

She sat down with Lynn Ngugi for this exclusive episode of Tuko Talks and this is her story.


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Deep-Dive Analysis: Studying Master’s At Alabama State University

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BY BOB MWITI

Have you ever wondered what it takes to study your master’s in America?. Well, in this episode of Success With Bob Mwiti Show, I take a deep-dive analysis of taking your master’s at Alabama State University. If you like my work, please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

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Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact me at;
success@successwithbobmwiti.com
info@appstecamerica.com
+1 813-573-5619 ext 402


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Deep-Dive Analysis: Studying Master’s At Alabama A&M University

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BY BOB MWITI

Have you ever wondered what it takes to study your master’s in America?. Well, in this episode of Success With Bob Mwiti Show, I take a deep-dive analysis of taking your master’s at Alabama A&M University. If you like my work, please subscribe to my YouTube channel

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

READ ALSO:   Body of Kenyan student who died in US to be flown home for funeral

Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact me at;
success@successwithbobmwiti.com
info@appstecamerica.com
+1 813-573-5619 ext 402


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