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

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BY BOB MWITI

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!

To know more about me and my amazing programs for internationals students who wish to come and study in USA, please visit my website at www.successwithbobmwiti.com.

You can also send me an email at success@successwithbobmwiti.com


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VIDEO: Kenyans in Diaspora reject BBI report, referendum

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A lobby for Kenyans  in the diaspora is urging voters to reject the  Building Bridges Initiative report in the  referendum being championed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

According to Commonwealth Voter Privileges Right Association (COVPRA) the report is being imposed on Kenyans after the views of  certain groups and  elected leaders views were rejected..

Uhuru and Raila have rejected amendments to the final report saying those opposing it had time to give their views to the fourteen member committee they appointment.

 

The lobby avers that the recommendations in the final report do not represent the position of all Kenyans and a contested referendum would divide Kenyans.

“Kenyans should reject the BBI report. It is two man initiative that is being imposed on the people. The clergy have rejected it, several groups have rejected it. It’s not a Wanjiku Initiative. A few people and their surrogates want to change the Constitution for their personal gain,” Mr David Kimengere Waititu, the association’s Organising secretary told the Nation.

“It would have been  necessary to allow debate on all the issues that  arose in the final report  before coming  up with a bill. Kenyans are being taken for a ride,”  he said.

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In June the group petitioned the committee  led by Garissa senator Yusuf Hajji to allow views from all dissenting voices saying all Kenyans should be allowed to participate.

“Freedom to Assembly, Freedom of expression and Freedom to political participation are so important in a  process like this one. It would be a sham  if the BBI Team was to ignore the views of some Kenyans. During the  meetings to sensitize the public on the initiative,” Kimengere said.

Leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto and civil society are opposed to some of the proposals in the final report.

The group says a contested referendum would leave the country divided.

“We do not want a process that would leave Kenyans more divided. Let all Kenyans reject this report in a referendum to save their country from a few people who think they own Kenya.  We in Covpra, have our motherland at heart,” he said.

 Covpra said that the future of Kenya lies in the hands of the hollo polloi and not it’s leaders.

“ We call upon the Kenyans poor not to buy to the schemes of the dynasties. Let us protect our country by rejecting this monster called BBI if it goes to the referendum.

The group said in a statement that Kenyans should reject plots by politician to engage in chaos.

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“At the end, this might result to   a badly contested referendum and  create a poisoned society ahead of the 2022 general elections. Let’s refuse any incitement to violence and stand up against the dynasties to shape the future of Kenya,” he says.

In their June petition, the group cited the strained relations between the Executive and the Judiciary and the fall out in the ruling Jubilee party over the process as a matter of concern.

“Our position stands that there is no proposal  to fix the simmering tensions between the two arms of government and between the two leaders of the Executive,” Mr Kimengere stated.

-nation.co.ke


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Life In America No One Tells You About

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BY BOB MWITI

Life in America no one tells you about. In this video, you will learn the following.

1.My journey to the US

2.Opportunities in USA

3.Challenges immigrants face in USA

4.How to transition from a student to a skilled worker in corporate America

5.The attractions & opportunities in the city Of Tampa

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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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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