DIASPORA NEWS

Tue, 05/20/2014 07:10 PM | By Mwakilishi

Dennis Itumbi, the Director of Digital Strategy, Innovation & Diaspora Relations in President Kenyatta's administration today announced that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is fully in charge of the Diaspora agenda and Policy, with the Diaspora unit at the President’s...

Tue, 05/20/2014 12:13 PM | By Mwakilishi

Lorna Ogolla Omondi, from Kenya, has won an international Gates Cambridge Scholarship, a competitive full-cost scholarship that will allow her to pursue an MPhil in management science and operations at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. After completing th...

Tue, 05/20/2014 08:24 AM | By Mwakilishi

Recent terrorist attacks in Kenya have not stopped majority of Kenyans living abroad from seeking opportunities to invest in their motherland, a leading banker has disclosed.

Vincent Aberi, the head of Diaspora Banking at KCB said over the weekend in Delaware that,...

Mon, 05/19/2014 08:59 AM | By Mwakilishi

Remittances from the diaspora increased by a significant 16 per cent to (Sh10.4 billion) $119.6 million in March from $103.4 million in a comparable period in 2013, Central Bank of Kenya said on Friday.

The statistics showed the 12-month cumulative remittance inflo...

Sun, 05/18/2014 04:59 PM | By Mwakilishi

Addressing Kenyans who live in Atlanta and its environs, Kenya's ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Mr Macharia Kamau has said the Kenyan Diaspora should emulate the Jews who always stood with their country.

Sun, 05/18/2014 04:28 PM | By Mwakilishi

Oscar-award winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has been nominated for a BET award.

Lupita has been nominated in the Best Actress category. She will be competing for the award along with Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, and Oprah Winfrey.

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Sun, 05/18/2014 11:09 AM | By Mwakilishi

Former Nairobi-based radio presenter Nungari wa Muchai, has started two online TV shows in the US. Vibe with Nungari and Mahaslaz TV Show are the two shows she is doing from Seattle, where she is co-hosting with Bwana Morioz, Ahmed Mwidadi and Mike King.

The shows...

Sun, 05/18/2014 10:25 AM | By Mwakilishi

He has been described as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer, and lives a flashy lifestyle true to his worth as one of the world’s highest paid sportsmen. And when early this month Floyd Mayweather Jnr chalked up his 46th win in professional boxing, beating Argentina’s res...

Sat, 05/17/2014 08:44 PM | By Mwakilishi

The Embassy of the Republic of Kenya will carry out a National Identity Card Registration exercise during the Memorial Day Weekend in Dallas, Texas from May 23rd – 26th, 2014.

The exercise is aimed at granting National IDs to Kenyans who have never had the ID, thos...

Sat, 05/17/2014 11:50 AM | By Mwakilishi

Deacon Peter Patrick Kimani sometimes refers to himself as the biblical Jonah who tried to flee from God’s call.

The middle of Samuel Kimani and Mary Wambui’s five children, Deacon Kimani, 39, said his first vocational stirrings came during high school, but for var...

Sat, 05/17/2014 02:35 AM | By Mwakilishi

When Kevin Kararwa was diagnosed with leukaemia, he had a lower chance of survival than most purely because of his East African background.

He needed a bone marrow donor and the chances of finding a match were about one in 100 thousand. A 50 per cent matched donati...

Fri, 05/16/2014 08:45 PM | By Mwakilishi

'Mama' is a song that was written and performed by Karey, a Kenyan diaspora artist based in Boston, two days after her mother passed on.

Her mother, Nancy Kimani, was an amazing mother, wife and grandmother who died in the hands of negligent doctors in a Nairobi Ho...

Fri, 05/16/2014 02:32 AM | By Mwakilishi

A local technology firm is eyeing a share of the international remittances with an application that can be integrated with any mobile money network for direct cash transfers using phones.

Information technology firm AVLC Group has developed Instant Matrix, an andro...

Thu, 05/15/2014 06:37 PM | By Mwakilishi

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and boyfriend K'naan may have initially been shy about taking their relationship public, but the world seems to have caught up with them.

The two, both of whom have Africa roots were most recently spotted out at a fun filled romantic din...

Wed, 05/14/2014 04:05 PM | By Mwakilishi

A Kajiado chief was produced in court but failed to take the plea in a 28 million shillings land case.

Simon Letiya Kirati, chief of Lentoko location in Kajiado county allegedly signed on behalf of land owners who obtained the cash from a USA based businessman in e...

Tue, 05/13/2014 10:19 PM | By Mwakilishi

Carne Mururi Mwangi, a Kenyan man living in the US who was yesterday reported by his family in Kenya to be missing, has been found in a Denver jail.

Mururi is reportedly being held at the Denver City jail on a $50,000 bond after being arrested in January on several...

Tue, 05/13/2014 03:47 PM | By Mwakilishi

Kenyans in the diaspora circumvented the commercial banking system to send home more than Sh2.3 billion in the first three months of the year, highlighting the growing influence of alternative channels such as M-Pesa and sacco money transfer systems.

Data from the...

Tue, 05/13/2014 12:57 PM | By Mwakilishi

Footballer Divock Okoth Origi, the son of former Harambee Stars player Mike Okoth has been named in the Belgian’s 24-man squad to play in the World Cup next month in Brazil.

The 19-year-old striker becomes the first footballer of Kenyan descent to feature in a Worl...

Tue, 05/13/2014 10:50 AM | By Mwakilishi

Award winning and Bongo’s number one, Diamond Platinumz failed to show up in London at rugby 7s after party that was organized by Kenyan promoters who live in UK.

The towering musician who was set to perform on Saturday night in London, apologized to his fans throu...

Mon, 05/12/2014 08:42 PM | By Mwakilishi

Carne Mururi Mwangi, 32, a Kenyan living in the US, lost communication with his family back in Kenya in August, 2013.

The family says they last heard from Mururi in August, 2013 when he informed them he would be traveling to Kenya in December of last year, a trip t...

Mon, 05/12/2014 08:31 AM | By Mwakilishi

Kenyan banks have stepped up their recruitment of expatriates and high-flying diaspora bankers to drive growth, regional expansion and adoption of new technologies.

KCB, Equity, NIC, Barclays, CfC Stanbic, StanChart and National Bank have all signed new talent from...

Mon, 05/12/2014 02:58 AM | By Mwakilishi

Two universities in western Kenya have collaborated with an American university in a media project to disseminate videos and articles about how foreign and local aid is changing lives in the region.

The project is called Pamoja-Together. It is jointly undertaken by...

Sat, 05/10/2014 02:59 AM | By Mwakilishi

Why not change the world? That's the charge Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) students are given and Ivy Muchuma is planning on doing just that! When she is not competing in multiple events in track and field, she is making plans to provide sustainable infrastructur...

Fri, 05/9/2014 07:51 PM | By Mwakilishi

Kenya will showcase the country’s culture and host an investment conference at this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. The event seeks to attract tourists and foreign investors.

The fete is expected to reassure both tourists and investors in th...

Fri, 05/9/2014 08:27 AM | By Mwakilishi

Hunched over the kitchen table in an East Baltimore row home, E'Lexus Cole carefully arranged photographs of David Mbugua into a collage. It was important that she get the close-up photo, the one with him wearing a black knit hat, in the middle. Everyone agreed it was the...

Thu, 05/8/2014 01:20 AM | By Mwakilishi

Wealthy Kenyans are seeking alternative citizenship in exchange for minimum qualifying investments in real estate, according to a citizenship scheme concessionaire.

South Africa-based Henley Estates told the Star it has received numerous enquiries from Kenyans inte...

Wed, 05/7/2014 09:29 PM | By Mwakilishi

Cosmas Mbugua made a brief appearance in Haverhill District Court after prosecutors asked a judge to move his dangerousness hearing to a court accessible to his alleged victims.

Those alleged victims are two men, both over the age of 60, who are mentally and physic...

Wed, 05/7/2014 08:22 PM | By Mwakilishi

Eight years ago on a cold winter morning, Nancy Mwirotsi walked into a local hospital to assist with an interpretation and discovered a woman with two sons, neither of whom were wearing a jacket.

So Mwirotsi took action. She drove to Walmart and bought each of them...

Wed, 05/7/2014 02:26 AM | By Mwakilishi

Lupita Nyong’o joined a long list of celebrities and journalists who attended the 100th Annual White House Correspondent’s dinner in Washington, DC.

Before the dinner, Lupita met with US President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. The presiden...

Wed, 05/7/2014 12:27 AM | By Mwakilishi

Debe Castro was an in-patient at The Medical Center of Plano in January 2013, preparing for a heart procedure. Medicated but conscious, she said her nurse — Wilson Karago — came to her bed in the middle of the night.

“He woke me up. He kissed me. He said, ‘You kiss...

Tue, 05/6/2014 09:04 PM | By Mwakilishi

John Wachaga, 20, of Lowell, Massachusetts was on Sunday arrested by the Lowell Police Vice Unit and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and operating a motor vehicle without a license, reports the Lowell Sun.

Police say they found Wachaga with a loaded ....

Tue, 05/6/2014 05:35 PM | By Mwakilishi

One of the three teenagers charged in the brutal beating of a man during a carjacking of Mike Wasike, a native of Kenya last year has pleaded guilty. His is the last of the attackers' cases to be adjudicated.

Kenneth Barry, 17, pleaded guilty of robbery and conspir...

Tue, 05/6/2014 05:08 PM | By Mwakilishi

A Kenyan man was fatally stabbed on his chest early Saturday morning in Baltimore, Maryland.

David Mbugua, popularly known as DJ Davie, was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital following the stabbing that took place near the intersection of Charles and Ba...

Tue, 05/6/2014 02:48 PM | By Mwakilishi

The media, both in Kenya and around the world, have in the past few months been abuzz with the success of Lupita Nyong'o. She is an example of Kenyans whose artistic exploits went virtually unnoticed at home before success exploded abroad.

Miriam Chemmoss a multi -...

Tue, 05/6/2014 09:22 AM | By Mwakilishi

Ms Zeituni Onyango, the aunt of US president Barack Obama, was buried at the Kisumu Muslim cemetery on Tuesday morning.

Ms Onyango was buried three hours after her body arrived at the Kisumu International Airport from the US.

The body was taken for dressing...

Mon, 05/5/2014 10:47 PM | By Mwakilishi

A Kenyan fraudster living in Birmingham stole more than £26,000 in benefits – after being denied permission to stay in the UK.

Lucy Mbugua had already been ordered to leave the country when she launched the four-year scam.

Then – after being charged over her...

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Kora Hardy, the reigning Miss Kenya USA, is the Kenyan delegate in this year’s Miss Africa USA pageant, which takes place August 9, 2014 in Rockville, Maryland.

Born in Kenya and raised in Maryland, Kora Hardy is running on the platform of...

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When Kevin Onyona took a flight to the US on September 23, 1999, his heart was pulsating, blood throbbing and mind racing for only one thing: his girlfriend in Maryland.

But upon touching down at Washington Dulles International Airport two...

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It's official: Lupita Nyong'o is having the best year ever!

In March, she won an Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave. Three months later, the Yale University graduate joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. And now, Nyong'o's landed h...

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Prof Ngugi wa Thiong’o has congratulated and praised a Kenyan student studying in the UK for achieving an outstanding First Class honours degree in Aerospace engineering. The world-renowned writer said: “I would like to congratulate Jepleting fo...

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