Tag: Kenyans in America

Kenyan wins 2019 Montreal Marathon after race starts with 50-minute delay

Boniface Kongin of Kenya won the Montreal marathon on Sunday, finishing the 42-kilometre race in two hours, 15 minutes and 18 seconds. He beat Mohamed Aagab of Morocco (2:19:43) and fellow Kenyan Isaac Maiyo (2:23:17) to the finish line at Place des Arts.

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Former Kenyan Athlete to be Inducted into Athletics Hall-of-Fame in Iowa


Retired Kenyan athlete Barnaba Korir is to be inducted to Iowa State Athletics Hall-of-Fame.

Korir, who currently serves as Athletics Kenya (AK) director in charge of youth and development, is among six sports personalities who will be inducted to Iowa State Athletics Hall-of-Fame.

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Kenyan who is World’s best teacher meets US President Donald Trump in White House

Peter Tabichi from Kenya, who was named World’s Best Teacher earlier this year, has met US President Donald Trump at the White House ahead of a speech he is giving at the UN General Assembly.

Brother Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order, won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize in March.

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Part two: Why Kenyans going to diaspora never come back

Over the last 15-20 years, the Kenyan Community in the United States has completely expanded and spread across almost every state in America.What are the implications of the expansion of the community and how they relate to Kenya?

This is a public park in the city of Townsend Delaware on a beautiful summer afternoon on the east coast of the USA.Kenyans living in the state arrive one by one and by sunset, the park will be full of Kenyans.

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Lupita Nyong’o’s take on Chimamanda’s Americanah set for airing on HBO

By Ciku Kimeria

The long-awaited on-screen adaptation of Chimamanda’s bestseller, Americanah, is finally coming to life as a ten-episode HBO series starring Lupita Nyong’o and directed by Danai Gurira.

The duo of Nyong’o and Gurira have become a formidable force in Hollywood when it comes to their devotion to telling authentic African stories and especially the stories of women. These days, of course they’re both best known for their lead roles in 2018 blockbuster Black Panther set in the Marvel-created African country of Wakanda.

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Kenyan professor to discuss tensions between Africans and African Americans in Nebraska

Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an associate professor of English at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He will also be leading a discussion titled “Blackness, Africans and African Americans: Complex Solidarities and Beauty” at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Sept. 11, in the Nebraska Union Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. He will be discussing how the relationship between Africans and African Americans is not as simple or straightforward as it would seem. 

By Allyssa Gutierre

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Kenyans abroad share their “American dream” experiences

Chris Wamalwa is a Kenyan journalist based in the United States who has started a documentary called Diaspora Life. In the program, Kenyans across different states in the United States share their experiences in the United States.

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Kenyan-Born Hodgen Mainda Appointed into Tennessee State Government


A Kenyan-born man has been appointed into the Tennessee State government. Hodgen Mainda has been named the new commissioner of Commerce and Insurance by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Chattanooga.

The appointment was announced in statement from The Office of the Governor.

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Prince Georges County Executive Fulfills Promise, Sets Up African Diaspora Advisory Board

In keeping with a promise made to the African diaspora in Prince Georges County, Maryland, the County Executive, Angela Alsobrooks, has inaugurated an eight person African Diaspora Advisory Board

Prince George County is one of the richest black counties in the United States of America with an annual budget close to $5 billion and a population close to a million people and median household income of $110,133.

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Kenyan-Born Karen Gitau Eyes Kennesaw (Goergia) City Council Seat

By John Wanjohi

A Kenyan-born woman in Georgia is seeking to be elected to the Kennesaw City Council in the upcoming election.

Ms. Karen Gitau, who was recently nominated for the 6th annual Cobb County Community Service award, will run in the November 5th elections, according to KNS Media.

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Afropop Queen Victoria Kimani Is Kenya’s Best Kept Secret

The “Wash It” singer tells the Recording Academy about her multinational background, growing up in L.A., Tulsa, Nigeria and Kenya and breaking out of what can sometimes be an isolating music scene

By RACHEL BRODSKY

Everyone has an origin story, and R&B/Afropop singer Victoria Kimani‘s is especially memorable. Born in Los Angeles to Kenyan parents, the 34-year-old moved all over the globe—specifically to Tulsa, Okla., Nigeria and finally Kenya—during her teen years.

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Parliamentarian Proposes Diaspora MP Seat for Kenyans Living Abroad

Saboti MP Caleb Hamisi has proposed the creation of a diaspora Member of Parliament position in the Kenyan Parliament.

In his memorandum to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task force, which was formed after the handshake between President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, Hamisi says the role of the occupant of the diaspora MP seat would be to push for the interests of Kenyans living and working abroad.

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LUPITA NYONG’O TALKS BEING THE ‘VOICE OF GOD’ WHILE NARRATING THE MAJESTY OF ‘SERENGETI’ IN DISCOVERY CHANNEL NEW DOCUSERIES

BY JANICE WILLIAMS 

Viewers will soon be transported to the vast and magical grasslands of Africa when Discovery Channel’s new series, Serengeti, premieres on Sunday. The docuseries follows the heartwarming and harrowing tales of wildlife living within Tanzania’s largest national park.

Kenya native Lupita Nyong’o narrates the six-part series, produced by Emmy-winning filmmakers Simon Fuller and John Downer, who also directed the show.

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Millennial from Kenya is ‘sickle cell warrior’ – Florida Courier

“Marie Ojiambo’s outstanding success as a research scientist is truly inspiring as she did not allow the challenges of Sickle Cell Disease to prevent her from achieving her professional career goals.”

BY LAUREN POTEAT

It has been more than 100 years since sickle cell disease was first discovered in America. Today, the rare hereditary blood disorder continues to affect millions of people throughout the world.

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Kenya’s Jepkosgei, Korio win 2019 Beach to Beacon

By  Liam Nee

CAJoyciline Jepkosgei and Alex Korio, both of Kenya, won 2019 TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth. Jepkosgei, 25, finished in 31:05, averaging about 5-minute miles. It’s the race’s fastest time since Mary Keitany’s 30:41 course record set in 2017.

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