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After being denied a Visa, I cried and refused to leave the compound




The tribulations some of us have gone through in the quest for studying overseas, only God knows!

In early 2002, after spending sleepless nights in the last year of high school studying like crazy, sleeping at midnight & waking up at 4am, I managed to score a B+ mean grade in the 2001 KCSE.

I’ve always said that high school education is the toughest that I have ever faced in my entire 8-4-4-2 education journey. College was a piece of cake, especially here in America.

Anyways, this score was enough to land me a software engineering degree course at the London School Of Management.

I had no good knowledge of what this degree course entailed though. I had only started learning computers around that time (MS Dos to be specific).My father was the one who had applied for the course for me.

In order to study in the UK, I was faced with the challenge of convincing the visa officer that I was qualified for a British student visa. In December 2001, I had applied for a visit visa, and was denied but this time round, I needed a student visa.

I prayed hard, fasted, and hoped that this time round the outcome would be favorable.

Those days there used to be no appointment booking at the embassy. It was on a first come, first served basis.

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In the company of my uncle, one sunday afternoon, we left Meru aboard Kensilver Express bus to attend the visa interview. To calm my nerves, we bought some khat (miraa) that were to be chewed througout the journey.Off we left for the city under the sun.

We arrived in Nairobi late that evening and headed to my uncle’s friend’s place in Githurai 44 where we spent the night, before waking up at 4am the following day to attend the interview at the BHC offices in upper hill Nairobi.

We were at BHC by 6am…and to our surprise a throng of people were already queueing.We immediately knew there was no chance for an interview that day.The BHC used to interview less than 20 people a day between 9-11 am. Out of those 20, less than 5 would get the visa😆😆

Unsurprisingly, that day I never got a chance to interview…After talking to a few people, we were told that those that got the chance to be in the front line that day had spent the previous night outside the British high commission offices.

After thinking about it, we decided to spend the night there as well .It was a long night of extreme cold and sure enough a lot of other people were spending the night out there as well.

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The security at the high commission decided to chase us away from the vicinity as we “posed a security threat” to the embassy and we were pushed to stay further up on Mara road which joins upper hill road at entrance of the BHC.

After a very cold night , early in the morning at 4 am, we went and queued in front of the BHC in the hope of getting picked that day……and then BOOM!…..A few minutes after 8am just before the embassy opened, there was a huge commotion and the line disappeared😂😂😂😂..A group of idiots had disrupted the peaceful line and new faces appeared in front of me and I found myself at the rear end of the line😭😭😭.

That day I never managed to get in for the interview. We were back again to the roadside to spend another cold night to try our luck the following day. The following day, I went to queue at 3 am in order to make the cut. Luckily that day, I was among those who were picked for the interview. It was such a relief getting inside the tall gates of the high commission. It felt like the biblical Noah’s ark moment!

This happiness and relief was short-lived as it took me less than 3 mins of visa interview for the visa officer to pass the verdict that I was not qualified for the student visa!..☹️☹️😭😭. I broke down and cried and threw a few expletives in Kimeru 🤣🤣🤣 to the lady who interviewed me before the security guys pushed me out of the building. I was so devastated!

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This is an experience I will never forget. At that time, I told myself I was never going to that embassy again, but I found myself there again 2 more times in the next 7 years, which still ended up in getting denied the visa😂😂.

I then decided to try my luck at the American embassy, and luckily, I managed to get the visa at the first attempt in 2009.

If you are out there facing similar disappointments, never give up. You never know when the doors will open. BUT you need to be well prepared before going for a visa. Never make same mistakes that I did- I lacked the confidence and didn’t know much about my program of study!

Please share with anyone in your life who you know has struggled with visas and needs uplifting. They need to hear this message. Please share!

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VIDEO-Diaspora meet to address Big Four Agenda



Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is also the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development, will be among prominent leaders who will address the Diaspora convention which is taking place in Nairobi between December 17, 2019 and December 19, 2019 at the Ole Sereni Hotel.

Speaking to the Nation in Nairobi, the President of Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) Shem Ochuodho said among the keynote speakers will be Mr Siddharth Chatterjee UN Resident Coordinator, Danish Ambassador to Kenya Mette Knudsen and Mr Jerome Otieno, Group MD Life, UAP Old Mutual, East Africa.

Prior to the 2017 General Elections, Mr Odinga championed diaspora issues, especially voting rights for Kenyans living abroad.

Dr Ochuodho said the theme for this year’s convention is “Diaspora: The Big Four Agenda”.

On the recently launched Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, Dr Ochuodho said despite its many flaws, it at least promises to address contentious issues contained in the dual citizenship clause in the Constitution.

“One is that they are talking of doing away with restrictions on dual citizens holding public offices, or to be State officers. Secondly, it is also talking about finding ways in which diaspora can be infused and incentivised to invest at home,” he said.

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SPONSORED: Optiven Thanks Diaspora Community as Hundreds are offered fully Paid Holiday for a Record 6th Time



Optiven Group has a vision of economically and socially empowering and Transforming the society. As a follow-up to this vision, hundreds of customers whose majority are from Diaspora were given a treat of the end of year at PrideInn Flamingo Beach Resort – Mombasa.

This offer was for all those who had invested during the promotion of Tujibambe Mombasani where one was to purchase and pay a property from 1.7M and above.

This was right on the heels of the prior campaigns as follows:

👉🏽Tembeza Mpenzi – Amboseli

👉🏽Dinner with a LION – Maasai Mara

👉🏽Lipa CashTwende Mombasa SEASON 3

👉🏽Lipa CashTwende Mombasa SEASON 2

👉🏽Lipa CashTwende Mombasa SEASON 1

Optiven is happy to bring these great customers together to network. Know each other & build a strong community

We now look forward to rewarding hundreds of customers who are catching up with our current campaign TAJIRIKA NA OPTIVEN APP campaign.

This campaign rewards customers who purchase land through the Optiven App. It also rewards those who refer others through the App. It is a win win as all parties benefit. This is actually giving every Kenyan globally to have a piece of Optiven.

👉🏽Tajirika Na Optiven App –

Join the Optiven family today and keep enjoying our Philanthropic offers and give aways from time to time.

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I just turned 40…I came to the US when I was 20; What Have I Learned?




It has been 20 years since I arrived in the U.S. from Kenyan – where did time go? I was 20 years old when I got to Atlanta with no idea how life would unfold. Now at 40 years old, What have I learned?

  1. The land of milk and honey does provide opportunities for success but nothing is handed to you…you gotta milk the cow AKA work hard for the milk and honey. My 1st job was a cashier at Wendy’s making $5.50 [500/=] an hour, but that was just the beginning #StartWhereYouAre #StartWithWhatYouHave.
  2. Success is relative and should be defined by you and not by society. My definition of success is being happy doing what I love while experiencing freedom – debt freedom, financial freedom and location freedom – ability to serve my clients/work from anywhere in the world #DefineYourSuccess.
  3. Success requires continued learning/education, breaking away from doing the same ol’ things, with the ol’ same people. Growth comes from finding new circles, friends, hiring coaches/mentors, people who inspire + push you to become who you were created to be. It’s ok to be a small fish in a big pond. It gives you room to grow into a whale #LevelUp.
  4. Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff – have fun, laugh, enjoy your journey, protect your space by decreasing negativity, drama, toxic friendships or relationships that do not serve you. Do not worry about what others think or say about you. Focus on you, be intentional about what you want and make it happen – mute all else #GoGet #NoExcuses #StayHungry #StayHumble
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Read more about my “Coming to America” story on my website.

Atlanta has been good to me…do I qualify for the title #GeorgiaPeach Even though I don’t like sweet tea, fried chicken, pork rinds, biscuits and gravy, grits, waffles and fried chicken…I’m I the only one still very confused by the words chicken fried steak…?? 🤣🤣

Funny enough, I feel as though the past 20 years were simply a rehearsal, a warm up, a preparation of sorts – my life is just now beginning #selfactualized I’m excited….its #GoTime.  Cheers to 20 more 🥂🥂🇱🇷





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