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VIDEO: Jeremy Damaris rewarded by YouTube on reaching 100,000 subscribers milestone

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Mr Jeremy Damaris. PHOTO|FILE

BY BMJ MURIITHI

US Based Kenyan Diaspora Media Personality Jeremy Damaris is a happy man. He has now joined the exclusive club of Youtube Silver Plate/Youtube Play Button winners. Jeremy was recognised by the American video-sharing platform which is owned by Google after his channel hit the coveted 100,000 subscribers mark.

The broadcaster who is also the CEO and Founder of Kikuyu Diaspora Television USA could not hide his joy after receiving the plaque. He video-recorded the moment as he carefully unpacked the “gift” which  is made of a silver-plated metal with a crystal in the middle that is shaped like a play button.

As he prepared to unwrap it, he joked that he was ready for anything and even took three knives, a sufuria (cooking pan), miiko  (cooking sticks), a ladle and a chapati roller “just in case it was something edible which might require some cooking.”

“Congratulations on your subscriber milestone. We are honored to take part in recognizing your achievement and want your experience to be exceptional,” Read a card accompanying the wrapped gift.

YouTube CEO Susan Diane Wojcicki  wrote the following to Jeremy:  “You’ve just done something that very few YouTube creators accomplish. You achieved a milestone with hard work, perseverance, and probably a healthy sense of humour, too,” adding, “What you’ve accomplished can’t be taken away from you. And we’d like to recognize you and all your hard work with this award, a small token of our esteem and respect.”

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“Each and every person who has subscribed to your channel has been touched by what you created. They were inspired, challenged, or entertained,” she added and challenged him to work hard towards the next milestone; 1,000,000 subscribers.

“I don’t think there are many in my Kikuyu Community who have received a gift like this,” an elated Jeremy, who currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama said. Watch:

 

Jeremy Damaris is the proprietor of Kikuyu Diaspora Media the mother company of Kikuyu Diaspora TV and Radio.

YouTube  rewards content creators that proved their commitment in keeping it alive. For this reason, since 2012 the most popular social network for videos has introduced the Creator Awards, a prestigious prize that rewards the commitment and quality of YouTube channels.

The Creator Awards offered by YouTube value the commitment and quality showcased by the most interesting channels, and is divided into:

  • Silver Button Creator (Silver Button), a silver plate that rewards channels and creators that achieve 100,000 subscribers.
  • Golden Button Creator (Golden Button), a gold plate that rewards channels and content creators that achieve one million members.
  • Diamond Button Creator (Diamond Button), which rewards channels and content creators that reach 10 million subscribers.

Since the introduction of the Silver Button, back in 2013, the way prizes are given have changed slightly: in addition to considering the number of channel subscribers, YouTube now also evaluates the number of views and the average viewing time for each video. Channels have the right to claim their license plate once they exceed the subscribers threshold for each prize.

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Here is a copy of the letter sent to Jeremy by Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki;

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GOFUNDME: Kindly help Jackie Koli bury her mom and get justice

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Jackie Koli’s mom, Beatrice Wanjiku Gitura (pictured above), was murdered in cold blood after she went missing on Friday, May 22, 2020.
On Saturday May 23rd, her body was found in her car a few Kilometers from Embu Town.  Her throat had been slit, hands tied with a rope and a piece of cloth tied across her mouth. It was double tragedy since the sister to her mom (Jackie’s auntie) passed on the same day- Friday morning after battling with cancer.Jackie, an only child, needs our financial support as she prepares to bury her mom and seek justice. Any help will be highly appreciated.

Kindly donate here via Gofundme

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VIDEO: Mom to Kenyan lady in US murdered in cold blood

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With great sadness we wish to inform you of the sudden and unexpected passing of Jackie Koli‘s mom, Beatrice Wanjiku Gitura.

She went missing on Friday May 22 and later found murdered in her car. Her throat had been slit, hands tied with a rope and a piece of cloth tied across her mouth.

The body was in the passenger’s seat and the car was abandoned on the roadside. Beatrice, 57, went missing on Friday after leaving work. Her body was found in Njukiri, Embu, about 20km from her residence.

The late Beatrice Wanjiku

It’s a double tragedy since the sister to her mom (Jackie’s auntie) passed on the same day- Friday morning after battling with cancer.
Jackie, an only child, needs our financial support as she prepares to bury her mom and seek justice. Any help will be highly appreciated.
Jackie Koli lives in Seattle, Washington State.

Kindly make your donation through either of these channels:

GoFundMe-Help Jackie bury her mom and seek justice

CashApp:

253-245-6057 – ($PriscillaMuiruri)
206-372-2899 – ($Jacklinekoli)
Zelle: 206-372-2899 – (Koli Ann)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Diaspora remittances decline by Sh2.2b in April

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Money coming in from Kenyans living and working abroad dropped by Sh2.2 billion in April to total $208.2 million (Sh22.3 billion).
This is compared to Sh24.5 billion received in March, according to the latest data from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). It was the lowest monthly remittance since February last year when Kenyans overseas sent back home $199 million (Sh21.2 billion at today’s exchange rate).
However, the cumulative inflows in the 12 months to April were higher at $2,801 million (Sh299 billion) compared to $2,750 million (Sh294 billion) over a similar period last year.
“Remittance flows from the US and Canada (contributing about 58 per cent of all remittances in April) remained largely unchanged from March, while inflows from UK, Germany, South Africa, EAC region, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia declined, reflecting the impact of Covid-19,” said CBK in its weekly bulletin.
CBK expects the Covid-19 pandemic which has disrupted economic activities around the world, to curtail the remittances, which have recently been critical pillars of the country’s exchange rate.
Foreign exchange
In March, diaspora remittances generally went up but inflows from South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Mauritius and Oman declined, reflecting the impact of the coronavirus disease on a critical source of foreign exchange for the country.
Nearly 40 million people in the US have filed for unemployment as Covid-19 wipes out livelihoods in the world’s largest economy, and where a lot of Kenyans live and work. So far, remittances from these regions have continued to flow in steadily. However, the tide of money from North America and Europe will not last forever as the pandemic hits these regions hard.
An article by CNBC showed that 70 per cent of companies in Dubai expect to go out of business in the next six months, a situation that would affect a lot of Kenyans working in the Gulf states.
Economists have noted that most Africans in the diaspora are employed in jobs that do not have safety nets, and are not eligible for the welfare cash that a lot of industrialised countries have provided for businesses and households in distress.
Currently, most of those abroad might have raised their remittances due to increased distress calls from relatives and friends back home who are feeling the heat of the pandemic.
Many Africans working overseas have either been laid off or sent on unpaid leave and are now living on their savings. Diaspora remittances have become Kenya’s key source of foreign exchange reserves, more than even tea, coffee and tourism.
In the region, the World Bank expects diaspora remittances to decline sharply.
Expected to drop
“In 2020, remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries are expected to drop by around 20 per cent to $445 billion (Sh47.6 trillion), from $554 billion (Sh59.2 trillion) in 2019,” said the global lender in a new report on remittances and migration.
“In the midst of this sharp decline, the relative importance of remittance flows as a source of external financing for low- and middle-income countries is expected to rise.” Nigeria remains the largest recipient of remittances in sub-Saharan Africa and is the sixth-largest beneficiary among low- to middle-income countries, with an estimated amount of $23.8 billion (Sh2.5 trillion) received in 2019, an increase of more than half a billion dollars compared to 2018.
Ghana and Kenya are ranked a distant second and third in the region, with $3.5 billion (Sh374 billion) and $2.8 billion (Sh299 billion) received, respectively.

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