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VIDEO: Inside the stunning Sh30M mansion that ex US based Kenyan built her Mom

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Michelle Boit was looking forward to her 2008 graduation at Texas Tech University, USA, where she had been pursuing chemical engineering.

She couldn’t wait to see her parents on the big day. Unfortunately, her father was denied a visa and they agreed that once Michelle settled at work, he would visit her.

He passed away before this dream came true. This meant Michelle being the first born of three, had to step up and take care of the family.

“I had told myself that as soon as I finish school and find a job, I would take care of my parents. I didn’t want them to suffer in their old age,” says Michelle.

But her first goal was to build for her mum. Having secured a job in 2014 at Tallow Oil in Kenya and becoming the first African Petroleum engineer, Michelle began to think of ways of actualising her desire to settle her mother.

She requested her mother to draw a plan of the kind of house that she wanted and Michelle only upgraded what was sent to be a bit modern.

“She wanted a closed verandah, but since it was supposed to be a big house and was in her own compound, I did an open patio. I also made the rooms bigger,” she says.

Getting a reliable contractor wasn’t easy. She opted to work together with her mother to supervise the project.

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“Being an engineer, I held my mother’s hands and told her that we would build the house together.

The arrangement was hectic as I would travel to and from Eldoret to ensure that everything went just right,” says Michelle.

Taking matters in her hands

Her mum and cousins would stay on site to supervise the process and send her photos of the work done each day.

Sometimes, even after finding the right fundis, they would end up not working as she desired and Michelle opted to buy the materials and just pay them for labour.

The construction halted in May 2018 when the family travelled to the US for Michelle’s graduation ceremony for her Master’s degree.

And when they came back, their mother became sick and was admitted in the intensive care unit.

Children responsibility?

“I stopped everything to look care of her. It was mentally, emotionally, physically and financially draining,” Michelle says.

She spent a whole month at the hospital. Even after her mother got better, she would still go for check-up, which required money.

It took seven months before the worked continued as Michelle also had to recover financially and emotionally.

And when it was all done, they did a thanksgiving ceremony, inviting the priest to bless the home before moving in August 1, this year.

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Though some people felt that she wasted a lot of money and that she would have invested in rental apartments rather than a Sh30 million lavish house (nicknamed as White House), Michelle believes that she made the right choice.

“I built it as a legacy, for memories and for generations to come. I am also teaching my children to be independent as I don’t want to extremely rely on them financially when I’m old— maybe just their emotional support.

I want to break that cycle where the children have to take care of their parents as an obligation,” she says.

Caring for aging parents may be a top priority for many adult children.

“Some of our parents could not afford decent housing, while others sold everything valuable to see us through school and support us to responsible adulthood.

It is, therefore, good to think about rewarding parents when one gets at the ‘top’,” says Judy Odhiambo, a psychologist.

According to some experts, though African parents favoured sons more than daughters, saying that girls would eventually get married, girl children are more nurturing and tend to care more for their parents than their boy siblings.

“Girls will build a house for their parents if they had the resources, while boys will care about themselves first,” Odhiambo says.

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Michelle is lucky to have a supportive husband who supported her through the entire process. Unlike other families where such actions would have caused a rift amongst the siblings, Michelle is also lucky that they were all helpful.

“Any contribution was welcome and is the same regardless of whether it’s Sh10 million or Sh1,000.

We agreed with my siblings that I will build the house while my sister who is a nurse, will furnish it. My younger brother’s work was to maintain the house,” she reveals.

“Women step in most of the time when their male siblings are missing in action.

But other women may face obstacles because (those who are married) are considered outsiders.

Though things are changing, the shame that your sister is building a home for your parents and the men are doing nothing still exists,” notes Dr Gladys Nyachieo, a sociologist.

However, Odhiambo says sometime it’s hard to break the cycle of poverty when all we do is continue looking backward.

“That’s why the cycle of poverty carries on with us in Africa. We are expected to correct parent’s failures and our children are expected to correct our failures.

Then it becomes a chain. It’s good that Michelle wants to break that chain in her family,” she notes.

-People Daily

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The 5 things you need to know about H-1B work visa

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BY BOB MWITI

Those very keen on relocating to US on a work visa, or those that are already here in the US on student visa, probably know a thing or two about H1B-visa, but there is quite a very good number of people who do not know anything about this visa that could allow one to live and work here in the US if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

After I graduated from college here in the US, I was able to get a H1B visa before finally becoming a permanent resident. So when I talk about H1B visa, I talk as someone who has gone through the whole process. It can be a bumpy ride, but with determination, you should be able to get there.

So in this episode of Success With Bob Mwiti Show, I give you 5 things you need to know about H1B work visa.Enjoy!.If you like my work, please subscribe to my youtube channel for more content about living and working in the United States Of America.

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

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I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact me at;
success@successwithbobmwiti.com
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+1 813-573-5619 ext 402

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Kenyans in US fall victim to phishing attacks by Sendwave impersonators, lose thousands of dollars

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Impersonators posing as genuine employees of SendWave.com, the popular online money Transfer platform, are sending out emails to unsuspecting customers asking them to update their their account information.

 

Many Kenyans living in the United States have been targeted by the scammers and some have already lost thoundands of dollars, with some reporting that their debit accounts have been wiped out.

 

Sendwave is operated by Chime Inc. and is authorized to transmit money in the US, Canada, the UK and the EU.

 

On Thursday, SendWave administrators confirmed to Kenya Satellite News Network that the emails did not emanate from them and appealed to their customers “not to update their account information as they are going to lose their money.”

 

“Those emails are not from us. Any email from Sendwave must have @sendwave as a handle. Please don’t open them,” the spokesperson said.

Irene Wanjiru Maina, an Atlanta-based Kenyan who regularly uses Sendwave to send money to her family back home said he was amazed by how credible the “fake” landing page.

 

“When you click on the link, it takes you to a landing page which looks almost identical to the genuine Sendwave landing page,” she said.

“I just hope no one has fallen victim,” she added.

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However, two other  customers who did not wish to disclose their identity confirmed to ksnmedia.com that they had fallen victim and their accounts had been compromised.

 

Here is how the fake landing page looks:

 

Here is the genuine Sendwave landing page:
Can you spot the difference?
Below are samples of some of the emails received by Sendwave customers:

Hi

 

This is Norman B. from Sendwave. For regulatory purposes, we’re required to verify the identity of all Sendwave users. Unfortunately, your account has not yet been verified. In order to ensure that you are able to continue to use our service, kindly click on the update your account below:

 

Update Your Account 

 

Please note that if you do not confirm your details within 48 hours, your ability to send money using Sendwave may be disrupted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

At Sendwave, we take the security of your account very seriously and appreciate your immediate attention to this matter.

Best,

Sendwave User Protection Support Team

Hi,
We wanted to let you know that we’ve updated our Terms of Service for all Sendwave users. These updates reflect our ongoing commitment to documenting our procedures clearly as we work to provide you with the safest, easiest and fastest service possible. In order to ensure that you are able to continue to use our service, Kindly click on submit account verification to update your account:

Submit Account Verification   

Please note that if you do not confirm your details within 48 hours, your ability to send money using Sendwave may be disrupted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

As always, thank you for using Sendwave!

Best Wishes,
The Sendwave Team  

Wave only allows you to transfer money via their dedicated smartphone application, available for both Apple and Android phones. Customers in the US, the UK and Canada can send money, and current receiving countries include Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. Although the range of sending and receiving countries is limited, Wave are planning to introduce money transfer services to more countries as the company grows.

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Wave does not charge fees to use its money transfer services and instead makes a profit by offering a worse exchange rate than the base rate. This rate varies between being around 1.5 percent and five percent lower. This can make them more expensive than other providers for certain money transfer needs, so it’s worth comparing.

You can only send money from a debit card linked to a bank account in the US, the UK, Canada or another country approved by Wave. The mobile application can be used anywhere in the world, as long as the payment comes from a bank account approved by Wave.

You cannot use a credit card, PayPal or a direct bank transfer to fund currency exchanges. We did find a couple of references on the Wave website to sending funds to the beneficiary’s bank account, but couldn’t find further details. It looks like they mainly offer to transfer funds to the beneficiary’s mobile wallet, which would explain why the transfers are so fast.

There are limits to how much money people can send. You can initially transfer a maximum of $999/£750/€750 per day and $2,999/£2,500/€2,500 per month.

These limits can be raised to $2,999/£2,500/€2,500 per day and $12,000/£10,000/€10,000 per month if Wave receives proof of identity in the form of a photographic ID.

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Wave, with a website at www.wave.com (part of a business called Chime Inc.) should not be confused with Wave Money, with a website at www.wavemoney.com.mm — they are separate businesses.

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VIDEO: Ghanaian Pastor had threatened wife before shooting her dead in Florida – police

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A video clip showing what transpired before a Ghanaian-born US-based preacher allegedly short his wife dead has emerged.

This as Police in Orlando, Fl. continue  holding a 35-year-old Ghanaian pastor who is accused of fatally shooting his better half.

In the video, the pastor can be heard threatening threatening Barbara that he was going to kill her in front of her brother, who had earlier threatened to beat him up.

Sylvester Ofori was arrested at the couple’s home following the shooting incident which, according to authorities,  was captured by CCTV Cameras.

“You can tell that she is trying to get inside. Unfortunately, he shoots her outside of the establishment,” a police spokesman said.

Ofori, who is currently being held at the Orange County Jail without bond, has been charged with first-degree murder.

The couple had been going through a divorce and had been separated for about three months, a detective told reporters.

The wife, Barbara Tommey worked at the Navy Federal Credit union near mall Millenia in Orlando. A new video which has surfaced on Social media shows moments where the pastor was being beaten by the brother of murdered Barbara.

Orlando police arrested Ofori at his home after he surrendered  when the SWAT team  got to there. He is currently facing a First Degree murder charge.

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