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

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BY JANE MUKAMI

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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Kenyan woman Charity Gathoni Kihato passes away in US, family appeals for support

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Friends and family are saddened to announce the promotion to glory of Charity Gathoni Kihato on August 1, 2020 at Gilchrest Hospice in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, after a long illness.

Charity was the mother to Susan Wanjiku of Kenya. She was a woman of faith and participated in fellowship with other believers.

Charity does not have any family members in Maryland and was living with a friend who supported her until her demise.

The budget for the burial is $11,000.

The Baltimore community is appealing for funds to afford Charity a decent burial.

Please send your contribution through Cashapp or Zelle to:
Pauline Wangui: 443-722-5772 – $Pwangui1
Moses Gichuhi: 443-653-5650 – $RichMoh

For info contact:
Pst Mugweh: 410-236-5401
Pst Beth Lewis: 443-608-0155
Pst Kiguru: 443-564-9930
Pauline Wangui :443-722-5772
Moses Gichuhi: 443-653-5650
Karanja Mwaura: 410-409-9340
Julie Weche: 410-303-3335
Racheal Liyayi: 443-579-3226

Matthew 25:40 “ The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the lease of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me.”

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Kenyan nurse in US among six arrested in connection to inmate’s death

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Six people, among them a Kenyan nurse, have been arrested and are being indicted on charges of manslaughter, criminal negligent homicide and tampering with government records in connection to an inmate’s death at the Midland County Jail.

Lilian Okeri, 27, and five other nurses have been charged in the death of Savion Hall, who died in July, 2019, at a hospital in Texas.

Okeri was an LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) at the time of the inmate’s death, but has since become a Registered Nurse (RN).

Others charged alongside Okeri, are Adeola Adesomi, 41, Flor Estrada, 30, Timothy Forbush, 28, Kelly Robins, 52, and Esther Ihediwa, 45.

The six, according to court documents, are being accused of failing to maintain proper and adequate records for the victim to get proper medical care.

The second charge according to CBS 7, states that, by failing to keep medical records, Hall did not receive the “proper medical care.”

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The six individuals, are also accused of making false entries on Hall’s medical records.

According to court documents, Texas Rangers were called in to investigate the death of Hall who was in the custody of the detention center.

The investigation was then turned over to the Texas Rangers. After a lengthy investigation, the case was presented to the Midland County District Attorney’s Office.

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As a result of restrictions due to Covid-19, the State could not present the case to a Grand Jury until this summer.

By Nairobi News

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Kenyan woman in US who was sexually assaulted found by family after 7 years

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A Kenyan woman who last year told Jacksonville, Florida police that she was sexually assaulted outside the First Baptist Church in the downtown area has been traced after her worried family said she hadn’t been in touch for a whole seven years.

The family of Beatrice Adhiambo Olwal Aka Betty Olual was last in touch with her in October 2013 by phone.  Since then, they had tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with her until an article dated 2 August 2019 showed up on google search, indicating that she had been sexually assaulted.

On Friday, sources told Kenya Satellite News Network that they were finally able to trace her.

According to a report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the woman told police on July 23 2019 that she was dropped off by a taxi near a bus station and was walking along the sidewalk by the church when she was approached from behind by a man on a black mountain bike.

According to the report, around 1:30 a.m., the woman said the man dropped his bike, walked up to her, held her at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her. He then left the area on his bike.

Local news outlets reported that she had told the police that she walked to a nearby hospital and checked in at about 2:38 a.m., where she told staff what happened. Officers noted in the report the man went by the name Derek.

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“Officers went to the scene and found a wristband on the sidewalk next to the church,” noted a police report.

A statement from First Baptist Church reads in part:

“Our church is locked and secured at night, and we have security present during our work hours. We work with JSO to provide a safe place for worshipers. We are grieved by such horrendous acts of violence.”

Betty used to frequent the area.

“What happened is unnerving. I stay near the church because I feel  secure there,”  she is quoted as telling a local station, who described her as homeless.

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