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ESPN returns to DSTV 7 years later

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BY KEVIN KOECH

US-bases sports television channel ESPN has announced that it is coming back to DSTv with two channels after 7 years absence.

MultiChoice Group (MCG) and The Walt Disney Company Africa today announced that they have signed a partnership which will result in two 24-hour ESPN channels being made available to DStv customers.

The channels will be available from 29 July, where they will be able to enjoy the very best of US sports.

Featuring every major US sport as well as European football, fans across the continent can now look forward to popular premier American leagues including the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and Major League Baseball (MLB), via ESPN & ESPN2.

The channels will also feature live football from the English Football League (EFL), Scottish Premier Football League (SPFL), Dutch Eredivisie and Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as local sports including the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations and featured boxing tournaments and events.

DStv customers can watch the anticipated return of the NBA from the bio-bubble on 31 July with two live games on the day.

LeBron James and the LA Lakers renew their city rivalry with the LA Clippers on ESPN and later Orlando Magic take on the Brooklyn Nets.

The Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season will also take prominence on ESPN, from 29 July with New York Yankees against the Philadelphia Phillies.

ESPN announced exit from African and other non-US territories in US indicating that the presence in Africa and other markets was not financially viable. ESPN broadcasted on DSTV channel 230 and 231.

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VIDEO: CNN’s Anderson Cooper is so tickled by Kenyan Comic Elsa Majimbo

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American television journalist and primary anchor of the CNN news broadcast Anderson Cooper 360°, struggled to contain himself from breaking into tears of laughter during an interview with Kenyan comic Elsa Majimbo.

The two spoke for 15 minutes during his Full Circle show, with Elsa narrating the story of her meteoric rise to global stardom.

“It actually started out of pure boredom due to the lockdown. Then people started messaging me and telling me how much they enjoyed and related to my stories. That’s when I realised that I was on to something,” she revealed.

She further detailed that her content was derived from what she experiences on an everyday basis.

Kenyan comic Elsa Majimbo
Kenyan comic Elsa Majimbo.
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By this point, Cooper was in stitches as he aired some of her videos that went viral around the world.

It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the 19-year-old, as she took a pensive mood while trying to explain her Kenyan fanbase.

“It’s funny that my comedy has garnered more fans outside my own country. The comedy scene here is quite different with most of the jokes in Swahili and its about tribes [stereotypes],” she remarked.

“That’s not my comedy, mine is all about what’s happening in the world,” she added.

“So, you mean you don’t have a ‘2 Kikuyus walk into a bar’ kind of joke?” Cooper asked, leaving the Kenyan teenager in laughter.

She explained that her content was mostly picked up from American and European cultures.

Rihanna (Left) and Kenyan Comic Elsa Majimbo.
Rihanna (Left) and Kenyan Comic Elsa Majimbo.
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During the candid interview, she alluded to an impression that most Kenyans did not find her funny, ‘I am funny everywhere else except Kenya’ she stated in response to Cooper’s compliment on her content resonating with audiences around the world.

The CCN anchor was visibly in awe of the talented teen and went on to encourage her to aim towards making an appearance at the New York Comedy Club.

“You brought me a lot of happiness and joy during this difficult period and I really appreciate you. Keep doing what you are doing,” he said.

The comic’s story is one of success in an unlikely period. She has not only grown her fanbase across the world, but also was recently got signed up by Rihanna’s fashion line Fenty for a campaign.

She stated she to idolises global comic superstars Dave Chappelle and Kevin Hart, as she works her way up to having a stand-up comedy show of her own in future.

Her funny videos on quarantine life have been shared multiple times by everyday people as well as global superstars, turning her into a phenomenon in just under 6 months.

“I realised that formal education is not my beginning and end, as we have been drilled. I have so much to offer and I am so happy doing what I do,” she stated.

Watch Elsa’s full interview with Anderson Cooper below:


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SAD: Kenyan man in US dies in grisly road accident

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We regret to announce the passing of our brother Enock Bor of Bloomington-Normal City, Illinois, who hails from Ziwa, in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya.

Enock succumbed to death due to a tragic road accident on 9/13/2020 while on his way to work.  He was newly married to Betsy Kosgei, an international student at Illinois State University and the couple were blessed with a lovely 3 month old daughter Gabby Bor.

The Family and the Funeral Organizing Committee is kindly seeking assistance from all well wishers. A fundraising is ongoing and there is a budget of $18,000. This contribution will support Betsy and Gabby to offset bills and cater for their travel to Kenya to pay their last respect to their late husband & Father. Also the money raised will assist Betsy and baby Gabby during the financial transition because the late was the sole source of income.

Kindly forward your contributions through any of the following channels
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Treasurer PHILIP SAINA’S CashApp Handle:
$Philipsaina
913-328-2806

Zelle Account
Philip Saina
#9133282806

Gofundme link: https://gf.me/u/yzt5mk

For fundraising and funeral updates please join the forum by clicking on this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/BKZ00vNoXxD5Arp4zfLMxZ

Be blessed and thanks immensely for your prayers and financial support.

Rev. Emily Lagat: (952) 564-1263

On behalf of the USA Funeral Organizing Committee

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Passaris slammed over statement on Pumwani Hospital incident

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Kenyans on social media turned the heat on Nairobi Woman Rep, Esther Passaris after her “misguided comments on the Pumwani incident.”

On Friday and Saturday, a clip circulated on social media showing a woman delivering by the roadside outside the Pumwani Hospital.

The nurses at the hospital appeared not to attend to her.

Instead, members of the public gathered around the woman to help as she went into labour.

The video clip enraged Kenyans. Many questioned how a country that claims to have free maternal care would allow that to happen.

Indeed, one of the current administration’s talking points has been about providing free maternal care to all mothers.

Speaking to the media, the Nairobi Woman Representative claimed that the huge crowd gathering has scared the nurses from attending to the woman.

“The public that had gathered in the area made a lot of noise, making the few nursing staff in the hospital scared of coming out for fear of being lynched,” Esther Passaris said.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services sent out a press release.

The body apologised for the incident, stating that a nurse’s go-slow caused it.

“The Nairobi Metropolitan Services regrets the incident of a mother delivering at the gates of Pumwani Hospital.

“It has been confirmed that this took place on Sunday, 13th September 2020, two days after nurses began a legally notified go-slow, which has since ended after NMS and the Health Workers agreed on a Return to Work Formula,” NMS said.

Eventually, nurses attended to the patient.

However, what got many Kenyans angry were Esther Passaris comments on the matter.

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