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Can money buy happiness? Billionaire giving Sh900 million to his Twitter followers

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By JUDITH GICOBI

A Japanese billionaire is philanthropic such that he is giving out Sh900 million ($9 million) to his twitter followers to test if that will increase their happiness.

Yusaku Maezawa, the billionaire explained that he will share the money to 1,000 of his Twitter followers. The giveaway is a social experiment project.

Those who wish to take part in the lottery just had to retweet his post. “Hope your life will be happier with 1 million yen,” posted Maezawa on Twitter.

The move was to experiment and see if money really does buy happiness.

The competition was closed and Tuesday and anybody could partake.

Over 4 million people took part in the competition. A lottery will be used to get the winners. Maezawa will send a direct message to the winners within two to three days.

The billionaire would later ask the winners how the money changed them. He also called on social scientists to help examine the results of the experiment.

 

 

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Chaos as ex-street children, UK family fight for missionary’s body

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Patricia Botwright moved from Britain to Kenya with a noble mission two decades ago. Through her Hingham Christian Fellowship, she set up a church and a home where street children found refuge.

For years, she offered them what any good parent would — good education. In her, the children grew to see their only mother and father, all in one. In them, she saw a family. But the over 500 reformed street families at Covenant Community Orphanage are now grieving. Botwright died last week.

Their grief has been exacerbated by her family from the UK, who, understandably, are keen to give their daughter a deserved send-off. The two groups want the bigger part of her, even in death.

Burial rights

Yesterday, the two sides clashed in Kisumu’s Dunga estate as her UK family fought with the residents for burial rights of the deceased missionary.Hingham Christian Fellowship started in Uganda before Botwright relocated to Kenya and established Covenant Community Orphanage in 1999.

But when donors pulled out in 2014, she transferred the land on which covenant stood to another charity organisation which renamed it Victory Orphanage.

Botwright, 80, is said to have relocated to Mamboleo area and opened another home, calling it Covenant Orphanage. When the missionary died several days ago, the Dunga family insisted that they would bury her at the orphanage while the deceased’s family, which sent representatives, maintained that she had requested to be cremated.

Her body, which was moved from her home in Mamboleo where she died and taken to Avenue Hospital, had been brought for viewing after several agreements were reached between the parties. However, chaos erupted when the Dunga family, which consists of adults she rescued from the streets as children, refused to have the body taken from the site where it was being viewed to the hearse.

They stood in front of the hearse, blocking bouncers from taking away the body. The Dunga family claimed it was too early to have Botwright’s body taken back to the morgue and wanted to view it until evening. When bouncers attempted to forcefully take the body inside the hearse, some youth overpowered them and grabbed the coffin, placing it on their shoulders and marching with it within the compound while chanting. The rowdy crowd, who ignored Covid-19 guidelines of social distancing, marched around the compound and placed the body at three different points.

“We can’t allow mama’s body to be taken away this early. It was agreed that we remove her in the evening,” Peter Okumu, a former street child said.

They then left with the coffin and started marching with it along the streets. Police who were at the scene to ensure Covid-19 guidelines were adhered to, were forced to use teargas to disperse the rowdy crowd.

According to Charles Otieno, one of the leaders of the organisation, the family had been given until 1pm to view the body and take it back to the morgue. However, they insisted that the body be viewed until 4pm.

Last will 

A grave dug in preparation for the burial had been barricaded with boulders to prevent an abrupt burial. The Briton’s UK family claimed Botwright had written a will directing that her body be cremated when she dies.

However, the Dunga family held that their mother wanted to be buried within the organisation. “Mama told us to bury her body here,” Marvins Opande said.

Kisumu Central OCPD Martha Ng’etich said the two groups had agreed to have the body viewed and taken back to the morgue. “When we got report that things were getting out of control, we had to send police to restore order,” she said.

Ng’etich said the body would be interred as agreed by the two families.Yesterday, Erick Latet, an official at the orphanage, told The Standard that the missionary’s body was cremated at 11am yesterday.

“Madam Patricia was cremated. Her will was that her body be cremated, and that is what we did,” Latet said.

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Victoria Kimani: I’m still single

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Just so you know, singer Victoria Kimani is still single and thinks dating life is horrible.

Speaking while she appeared on the We Are One Africa Show, Victoria said she has been single for the longest and hasn’t even been asked out by a man for a while now.

“The last time I went out on a date was September last year.” She revealed.

The 34-year-old noted that she doesn’t think she is ready to date again at least not at the moment.

“Dating life is horrible. I don’t know why I’m talking crap as if I’m dating. I’m not dating anybody”. She added.

The last time she was in a relationship was three years ago.

The sexy singer dated hunk Nigerian Stanley Obiamalu, a video producer and director who at the time was understood to be residing in South Africa.

They broke up in June 2017 and ever since Victoria has on several occasions been quoted saying she is still single.

Despite still being single, April last year in an interview with K24, Kimani opened up on her desire to get married and have children in the future.

Victoria, however, noted she was willing to wait for as long as it takes until the right man comes along because she is “tired of falling in love with bad boys”.

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SAD: Kenyan man, James Njuguna Kimani (Giant), dies in grisly road accident

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It is with deep sorrow, and acceptance of God’s will that we announce the promotion to glory of James Njuguna Kimani (Giant) on Sunday, June 28th, 2020 that occurred in Nairobi, Kenya after a tragic road accident.

He is husband to Margaret Wanjiku Njuguna of Nairobi Kenya, father to Ben Gichuhi and Peter Kimani.

He is brother to Irene Wanjiru Toomer, Liz Muthemba and the Late Jane Njeri Muthemba of Baltimore, MD. Brother-in-law to John Waithaka and Dorothy Mugeshi of Baltimore, MD.

Cousin to Carol Muthoni Githua, George Githua, Mary Muthoni, Caroline Muthoni of Baltimore, MD and Racheal Wanjiku, Esther & Paul Kamaru, Pauline Njuku, Shiro Njuku, Beatrice Wairimu all of TX, Lydia & Joe Mathu, George Njuku of Canada and Lillian Muthoni Njuku of UK.

Uncle to Gloria & Moses Kuna, Hellen & Kimathi Njuguna, James & Imna Muriithi, Peter & Akira Muriithi, David Muriithi and many more nieces and nephews.

The proposed date for the funeral is Thur, July 2, 2020 at the family farm in Wangige Lower Kabete at 10AM. Memorial service zoom information will follow.

Your prayers for the family during this difficult time is highly appreciated.

For questions and gifts, contact.

  • Irene Toomer: Cashapp:$IToomer 4436258006 Zelle: 443-625-8006
  • Liz Muthemba: Cashapp: $lizmuthemba 4436802517
  • John Waithaka: 443-851-7830
  • Carol Muthoni: 443-939-0101
  • Gloria Kuna: 410-371-9996
  • Pastor Mugweh: 410-236-5401

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