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Why American woman wants to migrate to Kenya

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With her long but neatly kept dreadlocks and a white t-shirt emblazoned with a Kenyan flag, Kea Tiffani Simmons, looks every inch Kenyan.

She even has a Kenyan name, Wakesho Akinyi.

It is only when she speaks that you can hear her rich South Carolina accent.

“I live in one of the most progressive cities in the US, but Nairobi is three times as much home as the city of North Carolina,” she says.

Simmons is leading a group of 30 African-Americans on a five-day safari in search of their African roots.

The visitors drawn from UK and different parts of the US; North Carolina, Texas, New York, Virginia, Missouri, Florida, Alabama, Las Vegas-Nevada, Mississippi, Virginia and Los Angeles, jetted into the country on Wednesday morning.

But already, they say they have finally found their way back home and cannot wait to relocate.

“We are tired of being blacks in America. We are tired of living in fear of being shot because of the colour of our skin. We are tired of being called Americans,” says Simmons. Simons, 37, founder of World Views Organisation, has been coming to Kenya since 2012 and has already invested in property in Juja.

Born in South Carolina, the mother of one is so determined to make Kenya her new home that she has taken up her new name, Akinyi, with gusto.

“My second Kenyan name, Akinyi, means born in the morning. It reminds me how good it feels to wake up in the morning and feel no discrimination or profiling based on race,” she says.

Simmons, is already working on residency papers, and if successful, plans to apply for Kenyan citizenship.

But what exactly is the Kenyan magic that attracts them?

Simmons smiles and goes into a long litany of Kenya’s magic, from the people who she describes as warm and friendly to its rainbow of cultures that blend seamlessly with Western values.

“The Maasai are the last Samurai,” she states with finality.

In their itinerary before flying out on Sunday, Mombasa, where they expect to get new Kenyan names from a team of Mijikenda elders, will probably be the closest they come to their roots.

It is from here that ships laden with black slaves left for America’s cotton and sugarcane farms more than 300 years ago.

It is from here that the story of many African-Americans like Simmons and her group of pilgrims most probably began.

by Standardmedia.co.ke

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Raburu’s wife goes on a self-discovery journey weeks after losing her daughter

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Marya Prude wife to Citizen TV host Willis Raburu has said that she is trying to rediscover herself once again weeks after the loss of her daughter.

The couple, who were expecting their first child, have taken time off after they lost their unborn baby.

Weeks ago Mrs Raburu had questioned God for leaving her when she needed him the most. Well she is making an effort to reconnect with God.

‘I don’t know who you are anymore but I want to embark on a self discovery journey and find you and love you as you deserve coz you only deserve the best.’

Willis Raburu’s wife Marya.

On Wednesday January 8 through Instagram, Prude penned a heart wrenching prayer to God explaining her emotional state.

“EVERYONE IS SO QUICK TO TELL ME ABOUT GOD. WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT EVERY WAY I KNEW HIM, HE WAS TESTED AND HE DIDN’T PROVE HIMSELF,” SHE WROTE.

Adding,

“SO AS THEY SAY YOU SHOULD KNOW GOD FOR YOURSELF, I NOW CAN SAY, I DON’T KNOW HIM. AND I DON’T THINK I WANT TO KNOW HIM COZ HE LEFT ME WHEN I NEEDED HIM THE MOST,” MARYA LAMENTED.

A week later, Willis penned a long post to his daughter saying that she is forever etched on his mind and heart.

‘My beautiful daughter, some days are easy some days are so hard.

Today I woke up trying to imagine what it would be like to watch you sleep, ( that’s the only image I have of you) what it be like you hold warm fingers, what a sleepless night would feel like.

What it would be like to go to work tired Koz you kept me up at night, who you would look like now?

what color of your skin? if you would drink as much milk as I did when I was your age. My daughter, you are an angel now, or so they tell me and when I look up to the sky sometimes I cry, sometimes I sometimes I laugh.’

Adding

‘I want you to make so much noise in heaven, or in the multi-verse you are in,I want you to have all your the people who are with you there say “Yeap that’s Willis’ child” I miss you so much.

It’s funny that I have a picture of you but even before I look at it, your face is engrained in my heart, etched in my soul, tattooed in my very essence.

Willis Raburu

My daughter, my sweet lovely beautiful daughter, I’m sorry that you have to see daddy weak and in grief and not the pillar of strength that you and your mother need.

But my daughter, daddy loves you, since He listens to you talk to Him and tell Him, daddy doesn’t understand but daddy needs help. Rest In Palaces, RIP because you are royalty. 👼🏾👸🏾#QueenAdana.‘

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Betty Kyallo responds to ‘unanona juu unakula kwa wenyewe’ remark

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Kenyans have called out Betty Kyallo for her unending love for food when shooting her show Weekend with Betty which airs on K24.

For those who might have watched the show, Betty has a tendency of asking if there is food, be it lunch or breakfast before the shoot begins.

In instances where the guest does not cook, they always end up eating out and the fans have noticed that owing to that, Betty is supposedly gaining weight.

One fan wrote

‘Huyu @BettyMKyallo ananona juu ya kukula kula kwa wenyewe.’

To which Betty responded.

Kwani sikulangi kwangu?

Below are some more reactions with some people coming out to defend Betty

@SamStep27927131: Yaani Betty akiingia tu kwa mlango ye huuliza ama kuna chai ni ukweli mwili huwa hujengwi na mawe.

@AgapetusWamalwa: Mwambie hata mwili haiendi na kukula au kutokula. Yote ni mapenzi na maumbile ya Mungu.

@Amosdigitals: Betty tell him you know how to cook. Then invite the niggar to a restaurant near you and buy him a lunch.

@oeclaver: Dem akipigwa shtiki poa….pia yy hunona.

@KenyaaObama: Na imgne mi naona kama ni kionjo…bado utaongeza my friend.

@CarlitozCyrus: Betty usiwe na makasiriko cha muhimu ni kujenga mwili

Personally, I think people should just let Betty be, akiskia atanona mpaka apasuke, it’s her life.

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Student dies in Bahati PCEA dorm fire

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A Form Three student has died in a dormitory fire at Bahati PCEA Secondary School in Nakuru County.

Education director Lawrence Karuntimi said the girl was pronounced dead on arrival at the county hospital following the incident on Saturday night.

Mr Karuntimi said the cause of the fire was yet to be established.

“The only thing we know is that there was a girl in the dorm, which had been closed. When the fire was put out and the dorm opened, it was found that she fell and was overwhelmed by the smoke. Investigators are gathering more information,” he said.

“The scene was processed today. A team from the public works department will do its assessment tomorrow and [report on whether] the place can be inhabited. They will look at the structure and advise us.”

Earlier, Nakuru North deputy divisional police commander, Mr Francis Mwangi, said the girl was the only one in the dormitory when the fire started.

“The dorm had been locked from outside but the girl was left inside … It is a puzzle we are unravelling,” Mr Mwangi said.

“She inhaled a lot of carbon monoxide and was taken to Bahati district hospital but was referred to Nakuru Level Five Hospital. She had no burns on her body, which means she only inhaled the smoke.”

He noted that the school had enough extinguishers to put off the fire.

The officer said all the other students at the school had been accounted for.

Several were injured while trying to remove their belongings from the building.

Some were taken to the Bahati facility and others to Mediheal Hospital in Nakuru town.

“The other girls who were treated for shocks and pains are stable,” Mr Mwangi said.

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