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Why American woman wants to migrate to Kenya



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.


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Kenyans spending most of their cash on airtime



Airtime is now the single item that takes up the most income for Kenyans.This is after the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) reviewed its Consumer Price Index (CPI).

After the review of the basket of goods and services used to compile CPI, KNBS gave airtime a weight of 5.496, the largest of any single consumer product.

Kenyans are putting more of their money in airtime than even rent, which had the heaviest weight three years ago from 2019. Kenyans, according to the review, are also spending more on airtime than on health or education.Matatu fares and rent for a single room are the second and third consumer items respectively.

Other expensive items that take a lot of money include white bread, milk, and beef with bones.KNBS said these revised figures will begin being used today when it releases the new CPI indices and inflation rates.

“The new numbers will reflect both the Household Final Monetary Consumption Expenditure patterns as captured in the 2015/16 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey, as well as the monthly survey retail prices,” said Director of KNBS Zachary Mwangi in a statement.

The national statistician has also revised the income categories for Nairobi residents.

Following changes in lifestyle, consumer behaviour and tastes, several items were kicked out of the basket, including kerosene stove, radio cassette, CD player and video cassette hire.  

Decorder charges

But there were new ones such as mobile money transfer fees, university boarding fees, and TV subscription fees, for example DSTV. Other new additions to CPI include decorder charges, courier services, garbage and refuse collection. Airtime has become the new craze in Kenya. It has catapulted Safaricom to one of the largest firms in East and Central Africa. This new mobile phone craze has sneaked its way into the cost of living basket or the CPI, which policymakers now consider a serious expenditure for most individuals and households.

Today, airtime is a need that most Kenyans can’t do without. Bitange Ndemo, a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT and currently a senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi, in an earlier interview said airtime was no longer a luxury.

If anything, he observed, it was a matter of “life and death” for some individuals. “Airtime is so critical,” says Prof Ndemo. “Some people are using the airtime to call so they can find a kibarua (menial work).”

Between July 2016 and June last year, Kenyans spent a total of 75 billion minutes talking on their mobile phones, or 143,086 years. They sent a total of 55.2 billion SMSs during this period, according to the Communications Authority of Kenya.This means that for the entire year, the average Kenyan spent a total of two days just talking on their phone.

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Amy Shircel: What each day feels like when you have coronavirus



Since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, more than 700,000 people have tested positive globally resulting in more than 33,900 deaths.

Out of those, more than 151,000 have recovered and some have come out to share their experience.

One such person is 22-year-old Amy Shircel who took to her social media to share her experience on what it is like to have Covid-19.

She shared a day-by-day account of what was happening to her body, hoping that by sharing her experience other people would stay at home, a measure the world has been forced to embrace to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“I’m 22 and I tested positive for COVID-19. Take it from me – you do NOT want to catch this hopefully hearing about my experience will help the rest of you to stay home (for real)” she start her thread.

Here are the rest of her tweets:

The first couple of days of symptoms were manageable. I had a fever, a mild cough, chills, headache, runny nose. Since I had been to Europe, they allowed me to get tested on my second day of symptoms.

By the third day, I couldn’t keep anything down. I was vomiting constantly. I couldn’t sleep, I obviously couldn’t eat. At this point, I still didn’t have my test results back.

4th day: test back positive. I developed shortness of breath. It’s scary, it feels like your lungs are shallow and you can’t take a proper breath. I was weak, had a 102 degree fever and rising.

5th day. Things got worse and worse. I had never been this ill in my entire life. I was genuinely afraid I would die, because that is what it felt like.

By the 6th day of symptoms, I was so weak I couldn’t even walk. I crawled to the bathroom to vomit. I became so dehydrated I called 911, and they took me in an ambulance to the emergency room. I stayed there for a day where they rehydrated me and got me some anti-nausea meds.

7th-11th day of symptoms: ER again. I had never been that weak or fatigued by fever in my life. I either violently shivered in bed all day, or would wake up in a literal puddle of my own sweat. I couldn’t eat for 9 days. I was completely miserable.

Right now I am on my 12th day of symptoms, and I have my appetite back, but the end is nowhere in sight. I still have all the major symptoms.

The American ended her tweet thread by her warning that those in their 20s are not immune to the coronavirus as she was a living testimony.

“A coronavirus diagnosis is dehumanizing and lonely, and I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. You aren’t invincible just because you’re in your 20s. Take it from me, and quarantine like your life depends on it (it might),” she wrote.

The post got a lot of reactions as the reality of the impact of the deadly virus sunk into the minds of many young people, even as many states countries grappled with the overwhelming effect of the virus on their health systems.


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Eliud Kipchoge’s bizarre dress code excites fans



Marathon icon Eliud Kipchoge has thrilled fans with a unique yet bizarre dress code staged during a recent shoot for prestigious American fashion magazine, GQ.

In a string of photos which have since surfaced on social media, Kipchoge can be seen rocking afro fashion outfits as he pulled incredible poses for each shot.

Eliud Kipchoge's bizarre yet expensive dress code thrills fansIn this outfit, Kipchoge appears to give musician Stivo Simple Boy a run for his sense of fashion. Photo: GQ.
Source: UGC

In one of the photos, the legendary marathoner sports an all-black 70’s bell bottom trouser, complete with a Nike top which he harmonizes with a pink blazer.

So bold he was with his latest style that he, in a different shot, settled for a multi-coloured suit by Ermenegildo Zegna which he wore with Gucci shoes.

Eliud Kipchoge's bizarre yet expensive dress code thrills fansWith major sporting events currently suspended over the outbreak of COVID-19, Kipchoge will have to wait a little longer to return to the track. Photo: GQ.
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In another, he appears to give musician Stivo Simple Boy a run for his sense of fashion as he donned cream shorts by Fendi Men’s which he complemented with a two-button coat and a white shirt.

A spot check on how much the outfits cost established it would set one back huge bucks to attain Kipchoge’s distinctive appearances.

Eliud Kipchoge's bizarre yet expensive dress code thrills fansSinger Suzanna Owiyo was excited the marathoner will be appearing on the GQ cover, but still had an opinion about one of Kip’s pair of shoes. Photo: GQ.
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The 35-year-old’s classical look has seen thrilled Kenyans take to social media hail the marathoner, with some hilariously suggesting the long-distance runner was misled.

@Kipengeli tweeted: “Whoever did the shooting Fire. Kipchoge kipchoge kipchoge is the #NextSuperStar.”

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