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The ballots were being cast over 10,000km away, but that did not stop Kenyans from following every minute of it, and with all the enthusiasm.

Debate on who was likely to win between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was hot online and off the net. On WhatsApp chats, Facebook groups and Twitter hashtags, they rallied behind the candidate they were convinced would win. For some of them, it got so serious that bets were placed on the table.

“My brother and I have a Sh15,000 bet on our candidate. I am team, Biden. I have a good feeling about my candidate,” said Christine Semo in Nairobi.

On social media, when Americans posted they had not slept as they awaited results of the tightly contested poll, Kenyans had tongue in the cheek advice for them. “I would advise you not to wink. In Kenya, it is at this hour that tables turn and figures start changing. Do not sleep,” said Isaac Ng’eno, on Twitter.

When Americans talked of the palpitations and anxiety they were experiencing as the results trickled in, again, cheeky comments streamed in.

“At least your palpitations will last a few hours. Ours go for many days. Sometimes, returning officers disappear. Ballot boxes get lost. You can die glued to your TV screen,” said Elijah Musongi, while recounting events that have followed past elections in Kenya. In the comment section, people narrated how it could have been worse if it was a Kenyan election.

“Here, counting of votes is never over until there is a countrywide blackout. When lights are back, your candidate has been floored,” he said, alluding to the power failure witnessed during the 2007 elections.

Memes flowed. Speculations on who will bear the Potus title continued. Comical similarities between the Kenyan elections and the US one were drawn.

“Trump has said he will not accept defeat. What a déjà vu. Next, Miguna will swear him in. Handshake loading in the USA. Then they will have a BBI. We have lived through what America is going through,” wrote Patience Wanja.

Kenyans in the US also spent the better part of the day trying to analyse the unfolding events. Their campaigns and commentaries started way before the day of the elections.

“If you have not voted and are eligible to vote, please consider voting. This is a historic election and your vote may make that difference,” Maggie Kwabena wrote on Kenyans in United States Facebook page that has more than 50,000 members.

Others made videos and even planned for sleepovers for Africans in the US who are eligible to vote. They took the opportunity to reminisce the changes that affected immigration laws and were implemented by the Trump administration. Some of them felt a change in leadership could be what would ease visa restrictions imposed on those entering USA.

“I was put on a forced administrative process at the embassy for two years. I was separated from my family for that long. The visa rules got crazy,” narrated one of the followers.

There was also the group that was aptly called “Team Clueless” on social media hashtags. They said they knew very little about American politics, and why they were not bothered.

“I have spent the whole day on Google trying to figure out what Electoral College is and why it is always mentioned in elections,” said a user identified as Sandra Kims on a post that was discussing Kenya’s obsession with the USA elections.

Others marvelled at how voting in the US always captured the global attention, and why Kenyans particularly seemed to be fascinated by the elections.

US ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter also added his voice to the discussions on his Twitter page when he responded to claims that America was losing its grip on the democracy it had long prided itself in.

When a user questioned why the White House had barricaded itself behind a non-scalable wall just before the elections, McCarter responded that he saw nothing wrong with that. “Walls and fences make good sense to me. Is there one at your house? No lecturing going on, so you can relax. We should be praying for peace in the election in the USA and in Kenya,” he said.

When asked why Trump never visited any African country, Carter responded: “How long did it take Pres Obama?” By last evening, Kenyans who were following the election process on social media admitted that it had been an emotionally draining experience whose results they anxiously waited for.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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Kenyans Woman Spikes Lover’s Drink, Transfers Sh1.7mn From His Bank Account – police

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A woman has been arrested in the Kenyan coast after spiking his drink, and stealing Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

24-year-old Beatrice Mueni Mbiu had been on the run since September 8 when the incident occurred at a night club in Nyali, Kwale County.

“She took off alongside her two accomplices but we got her,” a DCI detective told Capital FM News, “she will be charged on Monday even as we seek the other two.”

The detective said the suspect had been positively identified by the victim.

According to police, the woman first spiked the man’s drink then stole his phone which she used to transfer Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

Detectives said they relied on the club’s CCTV images and footage to identify and trace the suspect.

Drink-spiking is common in night clubs frequented by commercial sex workers in major towns including Nairobi and Mombasa where they target both locals and foreigners.

-Capitalfm.co.ke


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Young African boy creates his own ‘ATM’ that dispenses new notes

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Africa is filled with amazing talents, that goes without much debates.

There have been instances where young people have demonstrated unmatchable skills like a Nigerian man who used pencils to create an amazing 3D drawing.

Young Nigerian boy creates his own ATM

The little boy knelt shyly in front of the camera as he demonstrated how his machine works. Photo: Gidi_Traffic
Source: UGC

A video of a young boy has added to the repositories of Africans whose works have found visibility online.

In the clip, the young boy showcased the contraption he made with carton boxes.

When asked what it is, the boy said it an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM).

He demonstrated how it works as new naira notes dashed out of a hole to the floor.

On one hand, he held what looked like the battery that powered the machine.

His creation became known months after yet another Nigerian kid did something similar but with a different body design that mimics the real ATM.

Meanwhile, TUKO.co.ke earlier reported how a 14-year-old Nigerian boy, named Praise Kelechi, showed off his improvisational skill of using cartons to create robots and other superhero costumes.

In an interview with BBC, the boy, while, displaying the Iron Man suit replica he made, said he was worked on it before the lockdown but had more time to perfect it as school was on a forced holiday.

He gave this piece of advice:

“I want to tell the world that no matter how rich or poor you may be, you can still be whatever you want to be and do whatever you want. It does not matter the resources available or not, you can just be who you are.”

by Tuko.co.ke


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Big bang theory actress Kaley Cuoco heartbroken after her dog dies months after adoption

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In this world, there are different types of people who have varied tastes in nearly everything.

While there are people who would splash a lot of money and emotions on cars and other gadgets, some invest the same in pets, why? I do not know.

Well, pet lovers will tell you they love whatever creatures they are taming because they give them protection and reciprocate the love they send their way.

Popular Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco is among the many people across the globe whose love for pets, specifically dogs is out of this world.

Kaley, being a pet lover adopted a dog a couple of months ago and which she had been living with together with her boo for some time.

The actress and her hubby Karl Cook loved the rescue dog which they named Petunia so much and could do almost anything for it.

However, Petunia made the couple a sad pair after dying, unannounced, in a move that really broke the two.

Hurt by the news the couple took to their respective Instagram account to announced their loss and mourn their rescue dog, Petunia.

Taking to her page, Kaley shared a lovely photo of their late dog followed by a short but touching post.

“We love you dear special Petunia! You are the reason we continue to save dogs just like you. And we will never stop.” Kaley wrote.

Her message was echoed by her bae Cook, 29, who jotted a long emotional post dedicated to Petunia.

”After a life of untold loneliness and hardship she is at rest. For that I am happy. We did what we adopted petunia to do better than anyone else, give her everything. She is resting at peace, with every day’s sunset to warm her. That is what matters most. Petunia it is not the amount of time together, but it’s affects on the soul. You affected everyone who met you. You’re forever my old lady I miss you so much already, sleep my sweet angel❤️❤️❤️,” he wrote.

Following their loss, their fans camped on their respective social media pages to condole with them.

The actress and her hubby adopted the late Petunia from Paws For Life K9 Rescue, which as a California organisation that rescues dogs from shelters.

The organisation then trains some of the dogs to become therapy dogs.


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