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VIDEO: Kenyan lady in the US who wrote the book titled “Picking up the Pieces” dies in mysterious circumstances



Writer and clothing designer Beatrice Wambui Njuguna has passed away in California.

According to those who knew Wambui, she  initially would always find time to post inspirational messages on Facebook which later led her to writing a book. “At first, she wrote for the sake of writing,” a source familiar with her said. For the most part she said it was just a way of expressing herself and exercising the little lingual skills she had acquired over the years, she added.

Wambui said that the other reason she would write is probably because she got fascinated recording events, feelings, emotions or even intentions that have showed up in her heart, her body, her surroundings or her soul.

She wrote for fun, to discover, to explore, to recover and to express herself.

“I am however thankful that I can put letters together to form words, words to form sentences, sentences to form paragraphs and also put those paragraphs together to form stories,” Wambui told in an interview.

“I am also glad that I able to put those stories together to form chapters, put chapters together to form books and finally put books together to form volumes.” Wambui a former Dallas resident is grateful for the wonderful gift of her book titled Picking up the pieces . “My book Picking Up The Pieces was born out of all what I have been able to put together.”

Wambui added. When she began actively posting her devotions on her Facebook, she realized people were paying attention. They were reading and following through. She had one person tell her that he had been reading the posts out for her sister until he finally convinced her to open an Facebook account and befriend her. Another one told her of how a friend would come to her house bi-weekly to read posts from her page. Other people would inbox her and tell her how they are inspired by her stories. The most humbling was when at least four people decided to go back to school after reading her nursing school story.

In this book, she looks back in my life. She looks at the different experiences she has ever had. She recollects her joys, pains, the good, the bad and the ugly truths. She says this is the combo that makes her. Her failures and successes define who she is. Her life is a song that might have been sung in the midst of adversity, yet Glory is right here. “My tongue becomes like that of a skillful writer with a theme to rescue me from lifelessness. I slowly look at my crumbled life, bend and pick up the pieces,” she adds.


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  1. Marcie

    February 12, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Your title is very misleading. It says she died under mysterious circumstances. But what did she die from? You mentioned her accomplishments which are very good but nothing about how she died. So what killed her? Was she murdered? Did she commit suicide?

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The US embassy in Kenya has issued an alert on the possibility of a terror attack at an unidentified, major hotel in Nairobi County.

On Thursday, the Embassy, through its website said it is believed the hotel in question is popular with tourists and business travellers.

The statement called for increased vigilance when visiting or staying at Nairobi hotels.

“If staying at a hotel, be aware of the hotel’s evacuation plan. Plan ahead of time how you would exit the hotel in case of an emergency,” it said.

It also advised US citizens to  be aware of their surroundings, monitor local media for updates and review their personal security plans.


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It will see American wheat from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington states shipped to Kenya regardless of state of origin or port of export, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement.

For the last 12 years, Kenya has locked wheat from the three states, citing prevalence of a fungal disease known as flag smut of wheat (urocystis agropyri).

“American farmers in the Pacific Northwest now have full access to the Kenyan wheat market,” USDA Undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programms Greg Ibach said in a statement.

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) and APHIS/PPQ of the US signed the Export Certification Protocol allowing the wheat imports to Kenya on January 28.

The protocol gives US exporters full access to Kenya’s wheat market, valued at nearly Sh50 billion ($500 million) annually.

Kenya is a net importer of wheat, bringing in two-thirds of its requirement to meet the annual consumption of 900,000 tonnes against the production of 350,000 tonnes.

Kenya charges 10 percent duty on all imported wheat, which is cheaper than the locally-produced commodity.

As part of the technical agreement, APHIS of the US will enhance general surveillance for the fungal-disease-prone wheat.

The win for US farmers comes amid discussion for a free trade pact between Nairobi and Washington.

“Going forward, the USDA team looks forward to building on this success and further strengthening our relationship with Kenya as we pursue a new bilateral free trade agreement that will create additional market opportunities for US producers and exporters,” said US Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney in a statement.

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President Kenyatta had said a new trade deal could make Kenya a hub for US companies doing business in Africa.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today implemented the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule. Under the final rule, DHS will look at the factors required under the law by Congress, like an alien’s age, health, family status, assets, resources, and financial status, education and skills, among others, in order to determine whether the alien is likely at any time to become a public charge. The rule now applies nationwide, including in Illinois.

Self-sufficiency is a long-standing principle of immigration law. Since the 1800s, inadmissibility based on public charge has been a part of immigration law. Since 1996, federal laws have stated that aliens seeking to come to or remain in the United States, temporarily or permanently, must be self-sufficient and rely on their own capabilities and the resources of family, friends, and private organizations instead of public benefits.

“President Trump continues to deliver on his promise to the American people to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. After several judicial victories, DHS will finally begin implementing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule,” said Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. “This rule enforces longstanding law requiring aliens to be self-sufficient, reaffirming the American ideals of hard work, perseverance and determination. It also offers clarity and expectations to aliens considering a life in the United States and will help protect our public benefit programs.”

The final rule defines “public charge” as an alien who has received one or more public benefits (as defined in the rule) for more than 12 months, in total, within any 36-month period.

The final rule defines “public benefits” to include any cash benefits for income maintenance, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, most forms of Medicaid and certain housing programs.

Applicants for adjustment of status who are subject to the final rule must show that they are not likely at any time to become a public charge by submitting a Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, when they file their Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

To determine whether an alien is inadmissible on the public charge grounds, USCIS will not consider, and applicants and petitioners do not need to report, the application for, certification or approval to receive, or receipt of certain previously excluded non-cash public benefits (such as SNAP, most forms of Medicaid, and public housing) before Feb. 24, 2020. Similarly, USCIS will not consider as a heavily weighted negative factor receipt of previously included public benefits (such as SSI and TANF) before Feb. 24, 2020, in a public charge inadmissibility determination.

The final rule requires most aliens seeking to extend their nonimmigrant stay or change their nonimmigrant status to show that, since obtaining the nonimmigrant status they seek to extend or change, they have not received public benefits (as defined in the final rule) for more than 12 months, in total, within any 36-month period beginning Oct. 15, 2019. Due to litigation-related delays in the final rule’s implementation, DHS is applying this requirement as though it refers to Feb. 24, 2020 rather than Oct. 15, 2019. Therefore, with respect to applying the public benefits condition to applications and petitions for extension of nonimmigrant stay and change of nonimmigrant status, DHS will not consider, and applicants and petitioners need not report an alien’s receipt of any public benefits before Feb. 24, 2020.

Certain classes of aliens are exempt from the public charge ground of inadmissibility (such as refugees, asylees, certain VAWA self-petitioners, U petitioners, and T applicants) and therefore, are not subject to the Final Rule.

After today, USCIS will reject prior editions of affected forms, including in Illinois where the rule remained enjoined until Feb. 21, 2020, when the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the statewide injunction. If USCIS receives an application or petition for immigration benefits using prior editions of the forms postmarked on or after Feb. 24, 2020, then USCIS will inform the applicant or petitioner of the need to submit a new application or petition using the correct forms. For applications and petitions that are sent by commercial courier (such as UPS, FedEx and DHL), the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt.

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