Tag: Kenyans in America

Kenyan-born actor, Raymond Watanga, makes moves in Hollywood

By ELVIS ONDIEKI

A young Kenyan-American is trying hard to make an impression on the American movie industry. Raymond Watanga, 26, left Kenya in 2006 at the age of 12 with his mother and elder brother.

This was after his mother won the Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card) to live and work in the United States.

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Meet X-Men Star You Didn’t Know Was Kenyan

Kenya is famous for numerous personalities who have flown the country’s flag high. From athletes like Eliud Kipchoge to football stars like Victor Wanyama to music personalities such as Sauti Sol who have set the entire continent alight with their music. Little is, however, known of international actors who have made it on the international stage and were born in the country. Lupita Nyong’o the obvious name that comes to mind. The next should be X-Men star Edi Gathegi.

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Trump, Kenyan leader Uhuru talk positive about US-Kenya trade deal

By Darlene Superville, Tom Odula and Cara Anna | AP 

President Donald Trump and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sounded positive notes Thursday about a future trade deal between their countries. Trump said the first such agreement between the U.S. and a nation in sub-Saharan Africa “probably” would happen.

Kenyatta arrived at the White House on a rainy afternoon for his second meeting with Trump. Trump stepped out beneath an awning to greet Kenyatta and escort him to the Oval Office, where they were to discuss trade and other issues.

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Kenyan-born MSNBC news anchor Ali Velshi who is making waves in America.

By DERRICK OKUBASU

Kenyan-born news anchor Ali Velshi who was born in Nairobi in 1969 before his family moved to Canada in 1971 has worked diligently and climbed the corporate ladder to host his own show on MSNBC called Velshi & Ruhle, complete with an office on the esteemed NBC headquarters in New York.

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Kenyan Themed Restaurant Overwhelming US Capital


By EZRA MANYIBE

Located at the heart of Washington, District of Columbia, USA is a restaurant, Safari DC famed for the Kenyan cuisines it dishes out and is the only Kenyan themed eatery in Washington DC.

The restaurant has hosted a number of prominent persons from Kenya when they made their trips abroad, most notably President Mwai Kibaki, ODM leader Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Keneth Matiba, and Mama Sarah Odinga the Standard reported.

Many people that have visited the restaurant, shower it with praise stating that it gave them a taste of Africa and the zeal of African food. It has established itself as a fan favorite among Kenyans and Africans in the larger DC metro area.


“Once you walk in here, you are an African and we love to eat, talk politics and interact with each other,” Everitus Kalaba then a Consular official from Zambia described the restaurant.

The restaurant was founded by William Mukabane and his wife Alice. Coincidentally, Mukabane left for the US to pursue the American dream the same day President Jomo Kenyatta passed on, August 1978.

After doing manual jobs at various restaurants, he pursued hotel Management and classical french cuisine, served as a chef and later branched out to start the restaurant.

A yearn for Kenyan food ignited the desire to establish a restaurant majoring in African delicacies.

Talks of the restaurant as an authentic Kenyan cuisine joint attracted people across Washington DC, inking its name among fan favourites.

A corner of the restaurant is dedicated to US’s 44th President Barack Obama and was christened the Obama shrine.

During Obama’s inauguration, it hosted his grandmother, Mama Sarah Obama and several Kenyan dignitaries who were set to attend the function.

A section of Safari DC, a Kenyan-themed restaurant in Washington DC.
A section of Safari DC, a Kenyan-themed restaurant in Washington DC.
She came in at around 10 am and left at 3 pm. I treated them to Tilapia, Samosas, Kenyan sausages, chapatis, nyama choma,” Alice recounted.

The hotel features cuisines such as grilled meat, staples such as collard greens, cassava, and grains.

In 2017, the restaurant was acquired by David Laichena, a Kenyan, and he along with his partner continued the Kenyan theme for the restaurant.

According to American publication Petworth news, some of the chefs at the restaurant are Kenyans. And Laichena constantly liaises with the Kenyan embassy to import Kenyan chefs for the restaurant.

For its African dominated menu, the restaurant imports a majority of the foods from Kenya. Kenyan tea including spiced masala tea, Arabica coffee from Kenya, Tilapia from lake victoria, Farmer’s choice pork sausages.

The soothing Kenyan music that plays in the background adds to the African experience the restaurant’s clientele seeks.

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Victory for US-born Kenyan ambassadorial nominee Mwende Mwinzi in citizenship battle

By SAM KIPLAGAT

A High Court ruled on Thursday that Mwende Mwinzi, the ambassadorial nominee to Seoul, South Korea, cannot be forced to renounce her US citizenship as it was acquired by birth.

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Peter Nyong’o Father of Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o visits Memphis and combines Movie Harriet & Kennedy, King & Obama

History happened in Memphis, Tennessee when a group of African dignitaries landed in Memphis, Tennessee headed by Professor Peter Nyong’o father Lupita Nyong’o.

Unknown to most Americans and Kenyans if it was not for a 26 year old African by the name of Tom Mboya who came from then “British East Africa” coming to America on August 15, 1956 there might not have been a Kenya, President Kennedy, President Obama and a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we know him. Dr. King mention Nairobi, Kenya in his last speech in Memphis.

At Home with Oprah with Lupita Nyong’o Star of the Black Panther and Cynthia Erivo Star of the Harriet Tubman movie “Harriet.”
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Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei Breaks Marathon World Record in Chicago

A record that seemed untouchable for years fell in 2:14:04. The run whacked 81 seconds off the previous women’s mark. 


By Matthew Futterman and Talya Minsberg

This city lived up to its billing as host of America’s fastest major marathon on Sunday as Brigid Kosgei of Kenya set a women’s world record.

A day after Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour barrier for the 26.2-mile distance, albeit in an event that did not count as a world record, his countrywoman Kosgei shattered Paula Radcliffe’s world marathon record, which no woman had come close to in the past 16 years.

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The resilience of Kenyan immigrants in the US

The land of opportunity promises wealth and a new beginning for many Kenyans at a crossroads with needy relatives back home, but life in America is not a bed of roses

• Of the 120,000 Kenyans in America, 35% (42,000) don’t have legal resident status

• They live in constant fear, cannot travel freely, and do odd jobs for a living, but many have overcome the odds to succeed 

By Elizabeth Mwarage

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Kenya President Uhuru Visits Amherst College in Massachusetts.

By John Wanjohi 

President Kenyatta this week visited his alma mater, Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Uhuru visited his former college on Thursday where he met with Kenyan students, according to Citizen Digital.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta woos American investors to Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked US investors to make Kenya their investment destination of choice in Africa.

The President said his Administration’s Big 4 Agenda, particularly the manufacturing component where the Government’s plan is to lift the sector’s contribution to the economy from the current 8.4 percent of GDP to 15 percent by 2022, offers limitless investment opportunities for US companies

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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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