DIASPORA NEWS

Fri, 02/5/2016 01:23 PM | By Mwakilishi

Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home, watching as the last few mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral — her funeral.

Finally, she spotted the man she’d been waiting for. She stepped out of her car, and her husband put his hands on his head in horror...

Fri, 02/5/2016 09:38 AM | By Mwakilishi

Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) to ensure that all Kenyans in the Diaspora and especially those in East Africa countries participate in the 2017 General Elections.

Mutua proposed that the electio...

Wed, 02/3/2016 05:19 PM | By Mwakilishi

There are about three million Kenyans in the diaspora. Some have travelled legally, but many others have moved via perilous illegal routes, often putting their lives in danger. Some spend months or years in transit before they arrive at their final destinations. For many...

Wed, 02/3/2016 03:06 PM | By Mwakilishi

On April 1, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") will begin accepting new H-1B visa petitions for employment that will begin on October 1, 2016. The H 1B visa is a popular choice for companies that plan to hire a foreign national to fill a "profes...

Tue, 02/2/2016 10:35 PM | By Mwakilishi

Oman has stopped issuing visas to domestic workers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Guinea and Cameroon.

The decision came into effect on January 31. Talking to Muscat Daily, Maj Rashid al Abri, a senior ROP official, said, “We have issued a circular on Sunday in thi...

Tue, 02/2/2016 11:42 AM | By Mwakilishi

Since they first started playing cricket in 2007, the Massai Cricket Warriors have become a semi-professional team, traveling the world and promoting social change.

Captain Sonyanha Ngais said that while cricket was new to Massai tribes, some of the skills involved...

Mon, 02/1/2016 09:06 PM | By Mwakilishi

From being in a coma to becoming a college graduate. That's the path Elizabeth Kogo has taken over the past five years.

Eyewitness News shared her story in 2011. Kogo's husband at the time, Gideon Maiyo, was arrested and convicted of trying to kill her after a brut...

Mon, 02/1/2016 01:13 PM | By Mwakilishi

The increasingly widespread usage of new technologies in Africa is fueling innovation and creating winds of change across the continent. Africans in Diaspora are helping to lead the charge in driving innovation, as more are returning to their home countries in greater num...

Sun, 01/31/2016 03:09 PM | By Mwakilishi

A manager, who was drunk when he kissed a receptionist at a luxurious hotel in Palm Jumeirah, won a lenient punishment after the woman dropped her case against him.

The Kenyan receptionist dropped her molestation complaint against the British manager, A.H., after h...

Fri, 01/29/2016 04:46 PM | By Mwakilishi

Kenya's Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala, has praised Kenyans living abroad for upholding a good reputation which helps in building the preferred image of the country. He described Kenyan diaspora as hard workers, positive and productive.

Speaking at the Ken...

Fri, 01/29/2016 01:25 AM | By Mwakilishi

A few years ago, Edward Kemboi knew little about what wine goes with which food and even the taste.

On his first ever flight when he was leaving for the US on an athletics scholarship, a British Airways flight attendant asked him; ‘‘Pasta or chicken, white or red?’...

Wed, 01/27/2016 08:50 PM | By Mwakilishi

Cash remittances from Kenyans working abroad rose 9.3 per cent last year cushioning the shilling from further drop.

Data from Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) shows diaspora remittances rose to Sh154 billion last year from previous Sh141 billion, cementing the source as...

Wed, 01/27/2016 05:54 PM | By Mwakilishi

By Pastor Boniface Gitau

On January 23rd, 2011 a quiet neighborhood in Wichita, Kansas was struck by a tragic attempted homicide that caused chills to the residents that witnessed the aftermath or saw the news in the media. That afternoon, a young woman was fightin...

Wed, 01/27/2016 12:11 PM | By Mwakilishi

On Tuesday, a judge denied Matthew Durham's request for a new trial, but also acquitted him of three convictions. A jury found the Edmond missionary guilty of illicit sexual conduct with children at a Kenyan orphanage.

As you can imagine, Tuesday was a day of mixed...

Tue, 01/26/2016 06:21 PM | By Mwakilishi

Controversial Kenyan evangelist Gilbert Deya has denied claims by a British newspaper that he has been selling ‘anointed’ olive oil to cure cancer and HIV.

Speaking to the Nation on phone from the UK on Tuesday, Mr Deya confirmed that there were two undercover jour...

Tue, 01/26/2016 05:01 PM | By Mwakilishi

A federal judge Tuesday acquitted an Oklahoma man on three charges accusing him of sexually abusing children at a Kenyan orphanage but rejected his request for a new trial on four other counts.

Matthew Lane Durham, 21, of Edmond, was found guilty by a 12-member jur...

Mon, 01/25/2016 08:30 PM | By Mwakilishi

Kenyans living in foreign countries may vote in the 2017 General Election after the electoral agency adopted a policy to guide the process.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba however said they do not have suf...

Sun, 01/24/2016 05:41 PM | By Mwakilishi

On a crisp and cold day in Washington, standing on the steps of the Capitol building, Sylvester Okere says his African immigrant community has to educate itself now in how the outcome of this year’s U.S. presidential election is going to affect them. 

"Many of...

Sat, 01/23/2016 06:54 PM | By Mwakilishi

Nobody is perfect, but when people work together, they make this world a better place. By putting away our differences and focusing on what is important in life. This is possible if we use our common sense, but what I have come to realize is that common sense is not that...

Sat, 01/23/2016 03:24 PM | By Mwakilishi

A presidential directive easing importation of cars by the diaspora is being implemented, the National Treasury has said.

But a section of Kenyans living in the US, who have sought to take advantage of the duty waiver, claim that the directive had been ignored.

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Fri, 01/22/2016 01:15 PM | By Mwakilishi

The Canadian province of Alberta will soon reopen its doors to newcomers who wish to settle in one of Canada’s most beautiful and vibrant provinces. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, will begin accepting new applica...

Wed, 01/20/2016 06:02 PM | By Mwakilishi

Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has added her voice to those expressing displeasure over the fact that all the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are white.

Ms Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for best supporting actress in 2013 f...

Mon, 01/18/2016 02:29 PM | By Mwakilishi

Lack of political good will, corruption and a non-friendly investment environment are hurting the country's chances of tapping investments from Kenyans living abroad, the Kenya Diapora Alliance has said.

According to the lobby group, the diaspora community are stil...

Mon, 01/18/2016 01:08 PM | By Mwakilishi

Kenya was the fourth highest recipient of remittances in 2015 in Sub – Saharan Africa, receiving $1.6 billion (Sh163.7 billion), which is a growth of 16.6 percent from the previous year.

This is according to World Bank’s Migration and Remittances Factbook 2016.

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Mon, 01/18/2016 12:43 PM | By Mwakilishi

Several MPs from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) have expressed concern over the Diaspora voter registration process.

A number of ODM legislators led by party chairman John Mbadi argued that the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had not given...

Sun, 01/17/2016 05:23 PM | By Mwakilishi

Hardly a day passes without Anne Wangui thinking of her daughter Anita Njoki, 32, who is serving a 12-year jail term in Hong Kong.

According to Ms Wangui, Njoki was arrested in 2008 with an unknown amount of cocaine.

Wangui said she gave her daughter Sh10,00...

Sun, 01/17/2016 03:19 PM | By Mwakilishi

The Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline for state driver licenses to meet REAL ID standards until Jan. 22, 2018.

That's good — though not entirely surprising — for people in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington and American Sa...

Fri, 01/15/2016 05:12 PM | By Mwakilishi

Kenyans residing in other countries around the world will for the first time participate in August 2017 polls following the electoral commission's assurance that it is ready to conduct the elections.

However, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEB...

Thu, 01/14/2016 01:37 PM | By Mwakilishi

Kenyan actors and actresses are slowly becoming a force to reckon with in Hollywood.

Lupita Nyong’o set the pace with her mercurial Oscar win in 2013, thanks to her stand-out role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.

Before her, another Kenyan actor Edi Gathegi ha...

Thu, 01/14/2016 09:43 AM | By Mwakilishi

On February 29, 2016, when Gordon Okumu will be boarding a plane to California, US, nothing about him will tell of his days as a security guard in Loresho estate, gate number 148.

Growing up in Kangemi, Nairobi, Gordon had known little outside the hand-to-mouth way...

Wed, 01/13/2016 09:45 PM | By Mwakilishi

Kenyans in the diaspora defied the grim state of the global economy sending to their motherland a record $1.6 billion (Sh163 billion) in remittances, says a new World Bank report.

Kenya was among the highest recipients of remittances in 2015. This is a 16.5 per cen...

Wed, 01/13/2016 05:14 PM | By Mwakilishi

Kenya is set to take another crucial step in its bid for direct air link to United States as the Attorney-General prepares to forward the draft Civil Aviation Bill 2015 to Parliament.

The proposed legal change is one of the conditions Kenya is expected to fulfil be...

Wed, 01/13/2016 02:36 PM | By Mwakilishi

A London court has declined to order the extradition of a Kenyan politician wanted in Nairobi to face fraud charges, citing Kenya’s poor remand conditions and sluggish justice system.

The decision made on Wednesday at the Westminster Magistrate’s Court means Daniel...

Tue, 01/12/2016 01:43 PM | By Mwakilishi

When Lupita Nyong'o, in a dazzling "Nairobi blue" dress, won the Oscar for best supporting actress, she validated the dream of every Kenyan actor who has ever fantasised about summiting the dizzying heights of success. Afterall, she is "one of us" and if she can do it, wh...

Sun, 01/10/2016 05:14 AM | By Mwakilishi

Kenyans with American citizenship and dreams of life-changing riches have a chance at winning the record $948.9 million jackpot, the largest in US history.

Eleven years ago, a Kenyan won the Iowa State's Hot Lotto on the same day he took the oath of citizenship....

Thu, 01/7/2016 05:33 PM | By Mwakilishi

Kenya has met the threshold required for a category one airport status for direct flights between Nairobi and the US.

This follows an audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation on the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and Kenya Airports Authority between S...

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You have finally taken that step of courage and decided to return home. Back to the motherland full of opportunities and where you are determined to make a change.

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When most people leave the country to  study abroad, they usually do so with  the hopes that it would make finding a job once they return much easier.

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