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Wanuri Kahiu lands in Hollywood to direct ‘The Black Kids’ adaptation

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Wanuri Kahiu, an award-winning Kenyan director -famed for her controversial, locally produced ‘Rafiki’ film – has been picked to direct an upcoming movie in the United States based on the novel The Black Kids.

She revealed this on social media where she shared her excitement for the major, upcoming task.

“New project alert: Excited to be working with Gotham on this,” she tweeted.

Rafiki was banned in Kenya before it premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where it was the first Kenyan film to be selected.

None the less Wanuri has been getting massive support in the US. In her quests, Wanuri will also get to direct Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown in The Thing About Jellyfish for Made Up Stories, and adapting Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed for Juvee Productions and Amazon.

“The worst advice I received was to play it safe, agree with the voices of dissent, and be smaller. This has often been repeated to me by my friends and family since the creation of ‘Rafiki,’” Kahiu said, adding that; “The best advice I received was that people want to work with good people, so it helps not only to excel at your craft, but to be kind, joyful, and generous of spirit.”

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Kenyan man Patrick Macharia Kooro passes away in Texas, USA

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It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the promotion to glory of Patrick Macharia Kooro that occurred in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, 11/28/2020 after a short illness.

He was husband to Ruth Kooro (NJ), father to Stephen and Peris Kooro (both of Dallas, TX) and brother to Jane Njuguna (Delaware). The family lived in Union, New Jersey for many years and is in the process of returning to Kenya.

Macharia was a great uncle, grandpa, and friend to many in Kenya, the US and Diaspora at large.

Macharia’s wish and request from the family is to be laid to rest in Kenya. It is our humble request and with humility that we seek your assistance in prayer and financial support so that we can get our departed brother to his final resting place.

Kindly reach out to support and uplift the family.  Financial assistance can be forwarded via CashApp or Zelle:

  • Ruth Kooro: 908-347-7718
  • Jane Njuguna: 302-379-2298

Those in Kenya, use mama Kooro’s MPesa: +254718746275

For more information, please contact:

  • Dr Isaac Kuria: 301-512-8535
  • George Kihanya: 908-764-6111
  • Cyrus Mbatha: 302-540-7720
  • Esther Njuguna: 302-345-3080
  • Benson Muhuthia: 919-345-1402
  • Gichingiri Muchiri: 732-841-5658
  • June Waweru: +254722408622
  • Stephen Mwaura: +254722302301
  • Robert Chutha: +254722864692
  • Dr George Njoroge: +254707181282
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Be blessed and thanks immensely for your prayers and support.

2 Tim 4:7: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.


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Enough is Enough: Kenyan man in US relocates to motherland to become a farmer

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In a bold move and which took great courage, a former Kenyan Diaspora man Kunga Kihokia who was born and raised in Miami Florida has moved back to Kenya, bought a 20 acres piece of land and established an organic farm in Murang’a.

Initially, Kunga had planned to be in Kenya for three weeks 5 years ago but after what he says was the realization of the problems affecting Kenyans because of western lifestyle which he himself was struggling with, he felt strongly to start an organic farm to address those problems.

Kunga has built a water tower to use gravity that allows the water to get pumped and distributed  through  irrigation into the field. Everything in the farm is powered by solar energy and he has dug a borehole that supplies enough water for the farm. Watch the video, be inspired  and enjoy.

Source: Diasporamessenger.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.

READ ALSO:   Moral Cop Mutua over the moon after court upholds ban on lesbian film ‘Rafiki’

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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