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



Mr Jeremy Damaris. PHOTO|FILE


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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SAD: Kenyan man dies in a road accident in US



It is with great sorrow and grief that we announce the passing of our son Eric Kyalla in a road accident on Sunday March 22, 2020 in Columbia, Maryland at the tender age of 27.

He is the son of Boniface Kyalla and Susan Waithera Kyalla of Columbia, Maryland. He is brother to Edwin Kyalla. Brother in law to Yudelle Shiro Kyalla. Uncle to Isabel Kyalla.

Nephew to Andrew Kanyote, Patricia Njenga, Catherine Njenga, Pastor Lilian Mwatha, Dorcas Njenga, and Ruth Itotia.

Grandson to Dorcas Kanyote and Hellen Njenga.

Cousin to many in Maryland and in Kenya.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not have meetings. Burial will take place in Maryland. Details to follow.

For financial support please send CashApp to:
$SusanKyalla 4109007275 and $BonifaceKyalla 4435540614

For more information please contact:
Andrew Kanyote: 443-622-4226
Karanja Mwaura: 410-409-9340
Patricia Njenga: 410-925-5029
Julie Weche: 410-303-3335
Edwin Kyalla: 925-961-2413
Pastor Lilian: 443-759-1086
Joshua Nzueni: 240-593-3403

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

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VIDEO: It’s a living hell for Kenyans flying back from overseas



Overwhelming numbers, poor planning and Kenyans’ indiscipline have been blamed for the mess that is the quarantine plans for passengers arriving from abroad.

With the government expecting at least 3,000 international passengers, the selected hotels for self-quarantine had not anticipated such numbers.

The reality of being a passenger arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) during this Covid-19 season hit hard for 22-year-old Okari Wabunya and 20-year-old Jamie Nyamongo when their KQ plane from London touched down Tuesday at 4:30am.

The two are university students in London and among dozens of passengers who were Tuesday held at JKIA for about four hours before they could be screened and allocated a National Youth Service (NYS) bus to transport them to selected mandatory quarantine facilities.

The Nation caught up with them outside PrideInn Rhapta in Westlands. They were stranded and confused after missing space at the hotel, with their parents following behind but keeping a safe distance.

While for them their main problem was not how to pay for their 14-day stay at any hotel, other passengers who had travelled in the same bus with them had to get alternative accommodation because they could not afford to stay at the hotel.

They said the hotel was charging $60 (Sh6,380) per night, an amount they felt was too expensive.

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“Initially, we had been told there were 16 spaces at the hotel but upon arrival, the management said it had been fully booked. We are waiting to see what will happen. We are willing to quarantine ourselves even here but the whole process needs to be better planned,” Mr Wabunya said.

The two came home for the upcoming Easter holidays now that schools in London have closed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

“There was no point of staying there when we just wanted to be with family,” said Mr Nyamongo.

After waiting outside the hotel for several hours, the team was driven to the University of Nairobi’s School of Business in Lower Kabete, where they met with another team that had been ferried to the venue by a NYS bus. But for some reason, both teams could not be accommodated there.

In the midst of the confusion, the two teams mingled with each other, made contacts with family and the officers escorting them, oblivious of the danger they were exposing each other to.

Later, the two buses were sent to different locations. The Nation followed a team of about 10 passengers, including a child, who were driven to Corat Africa, next to Catholic University of Eastern Africa. They arrived at about 2pm, hungry and still nursing some jet lag.

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Mr John Mutwiri Miriti, a master’s student at the London School of Economics, said they arrived at JKIA on Monday night and were only allowed to leave the airport yesterday at 7.20am.

He said they spent almost an entire day in a bus looking for accommodation. From JKIA, they were driven to Kenyatta University, where they were denied access. They were then driven to PrideInn Hotel, then UoN and finally to Corat Africa, where accommodation was available for nine.

“This is a new phenomenon to all of us, but we are asking the Ministry of Health to make the logistics more bearable. At least ensure that we get water, meals and accommodation with no much trouble,” said Mr Miriti.

Sources at Kenyatta University said the institution opened its doors to over 60 passengers on Monday night. They are staying at the conference centre. The sources said the university did not have extra accommodation as students left their belongings in the hostels.

PrideInn Hotel, which had been closed temporarily, was reopened on Monday night to accommodate passengers arriving via JKIA. A team that arrived Tuesday from Addis Ababa, Juba and other cities mingled with each other as they shared a breakfast meal that was served in a buffet.

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Despite the hotel indicating that all customers would be subjected to utmost screening using thermo guns by trained staff, passengers who are booked there said they are yet to be taken through any procedure. Staff at the hotel served the passengers without wearing face masks.

One passenger, who requested anonymity, said he had sat next to a woman who arrived from the US inside the bus that took them to PrideInn.

“While I had my face mask on, she had no protective gear, but we kept talking and sharing our experiences,” the passenger said.

“We came from different cities but have shared utensils and mingled freely. Is this how quarantine is conducted? Our company had made reservations for us at a hotel on Thika Road, where the firm’s doctor was meant to attend to us, but we were forced to come here.”

“The bills are high, who will cater for them? We arrived at a time when they had closed due to lack of customers but they opened and called in some few staff, who helped us to settle. The rooms are dusty, we are mingling freely and it’s chaotiC.

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BREAKING: Kenya Airways offers free one-way air tickets to Kenyans in US returning home



Message from CEO

I appreciate the unwavering support you have given Kenya Airways over the years. We are committed to safeguarding the health and wellbeing our staff and customers whenever you fly with us. Amidst the rising concern of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), I would like to assure you that we have in place measures to maintain the highest levels of safety, security and hygiene.

We are working closely with both local and global health authorities, as well as following guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation and IATA to protect you whenever you are on board any of our services. Once again I thank you for choosing to fly with us and assure you that we will continue implementing measures to mitigate against the effect of Coronavirus.

Allan Kilavuka


We care for your Safety, Security & Hygiene

In response to the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, the following measures have been put in place to maintain the highest levels of safety, security and hygiene:

  • Activation of our Crisis Management protocol to proactively address situations as they arise and implement appropriate actions.
  • Working closely with both local and global health authorities, as well as following guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation and IATA to protect your well-being.
  • We have stopped issuing headsets for use across all flights. This is to support other efforts that minimise person-to -person transmission of communicable diseases. We advise you to carry your own headsets/ earphones that are compatible with a 3pin jack, which can be purchased at duty free stores across all airports.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures in all our aircraft before a flight. These procedures cover: seat armrests, seat pockets, headrests, tray tables, seatbelts, galleys, overhead luggage compartments, windows, carpets and lavatories.
  • Increased the frequency of layover cleaning of our aircraft from once every fourteen days to once every seven days.
  • Availing hand sanitizers in our aircraft, offices and other service areas.
  • Availing personal protective equipment to our staff based on the level of risk they are exposed to in their respective workstations.
  • Training and sensitizing our crew and staff on various measures to ensure they protect themselves.
  • Ensuring all our cabin groomers wear personal protective equipment.
  • Encouraging handwashing and healthy hygiene practices among our staff and other stakeholders.
  • Using disposable hand towels on all classes of travel.
  • Installation of High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration systems in all our aircrafts to clean the air during flights.
  • Replacing all blankets, linen, pillow covers and headrest covers with fresh sets.

Your latest schedule update due to Covid-19

We in Kenya Airways have been working hard to help our passengers return to their homes given the increased travel restrictions across the world.

We have been forced to reduce our network by over 70% and it had become increasingly difficult to continue offering international passenger services. Today March 22, 2020 the Government of Kenya has issued a directive that requires all incoming and outgoing international passenger traffic to and from Kenya to cease from midnight on 25th March 2020.

To comply with this directive, we have therefore temporarily suspended all international services effective midnight 25th March 2020, until further notice.

We will continue to operate cargo flights particularly so that we are available to offer emergency services or much needed supplies. In the meantime, our domestic flights to Mombasa and Kisumu remain operational.

We aim to provide affected customers with updated information as early as possible hence;

  • Please make sure your contact details are up to date on our Manage My Booking.
  • We encourage all guest to check their Flight Status on upcoming travel due to the rapidly evolving schedule changes.

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