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A Kenyan man dies in North Carolina

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The Late Jimmy Musyimi who died in North Carolina

The Late Jimmy Musyimi who died in North Carolina

A Kenyan man has passed away in North Carolina. Mr Jimmy Musyimi Somba passed away on Monday the 14th of June 2010.

He comes from Kalandini, Tala. He collapsed and had a heart attack whilst exercising and paramedics tried in vain to resuscitate him but died shortly after.

He was residing in North Carolina, USA with his beloved wife Grace Mwikali Somba.

He was father to Nick Somba, Luke Kithua, Chris Musyimi, Rita Musyimi (Oxford, UK) and Alex Musyimi. Father-in-law to Beatrice Kavindu, Faith Kakuvi, Sarah Kayombya and Joseph Mwangi (Jose, Oxford). Grandfather to Elvis, Steve, Joe, Courtney, Jolene and Renita.

Friends and family are meeting at Didcot, Oxford (Jose’s place), Durham, North Carolina and Buruburu, Kenya to raise funds to help take the body back to Kenya. For contact Jose: 07933506435 or Rita: 07974866597.

Friends and well wishers who might not be able to make for the meetings and wish to contribute can do so through the following account:

 Barclays bank,

 Rita Musyimi,

 A/C NO: 10151106, SORT CODE: 206518.


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Two Kenyans Natives in running to fill Oprah Winfrey’s shoes in 2011

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Mukami Kinoti a former KTN Anchor is one of the Kenyans hoping to succeed Oprah as the queen of daytime TV takes a bow. Photo courtesy/ Mukami Kinoti

Mukami Kinoti a former KTN Anchor is one of the Kenyans hoping to succeed Oprah as the queen of daytime TV takes a bow. Photo courtesy/ Mukami Kinoti

By Antony Karanja in Dallas, Texas

The Kenyan community in the US is keenly following and casting votes in droves for a real estate agent and a former Kenyan Television Anchor as they seek to succeed the most powerful woman in television, Oprah Winfrey as she takes a bow in 2011.

David Nguah, 40 and Mukami Kinoti-Kimotho, 36, are in the running to have their own shows on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) to be launched in January 2011 and owned by the reigning queen of daytime TV. The two contestants have launched massive Facebook campaigns hunting for votes as Kenyans urge them on. They have both submitted entries in the Traditional Talk show category through Oprah.com

David is currently a real estate agent in Miami specializing in luxury homes and condominiums and is a resident of Miami, Florida while Mukami who is a former television anchor with Kenya Television Network (KTN) is President and Founding partner of MaWazo Media which deals with issues affecting women and children. Until last April, she was Vice President, Manager and Senior Consultant with Bank of New York Mellon in New York. She currently resides in Washington, DC. Mukami covered the inauguration of President Obama in 2009 as KTN’s international correspondent.

At the time of filing this story, David’s audition clip had amassed over 1.2 million votes and in 5th place while Mukami’s submission had garnered 123,000 and holding the 70th position.

The top five (more than 5 will be flown to LA – but the 5 with most online votes are guaranteed to be among them) contestants will be flown to Los Angeles for the auditions and if David maintains his current position, he will make the cut. The competition runs through June 26, 2010. The Oprah Winfrey Show will air for the last time on September 9th, 2011 after 25 years of a tremendously successful run. The show has averaged over 42 million viewers every week.

According to David, he is a private person though he confesses that his entry for the competition is contradictory to that fact. He did not wish to comment further on his background in Kenya and wishes to wait until the competition progresses into advanced stages.

Mukami was born in Nyeri in a family of two boys and two girls. She was howver raised in Nairobi’s Woodley area. She attended Kilimani Primary School and Moi Nairobi Girls High School. She received a degree in Management Information Systems from USIU-San Diego and a Masters degree in Applied Communication and Organizational Development from University of Denver in Colorado.

Mukami is married and has a four old son. Her husband, Kim Muhota and parents, Stephen Kinoti and Tina Kinoti all reside in the US capital and have been very supportive her campaign.

Reacting to the support she has received from Kenyans all across the Diaspora who have heard of her campaign, Mukami could not contain her gratitude. “I have been humbled and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for the overwhelming support that Kenyans have offered me,” Mukami said. “Kenyans have supported me through Facebook, Twitter and even had an interview with a section of the Kenyan media. I am so proud to be a Kenyan.”

Responding to a question on how she would handle such huge responsibilities that Oprah has considering that she is has a young son, Mukami was quick to point out that working in the corporate world was quite as challenging and she believes in personal discipline and personal sacrifice. She says she would make most of her time with her husband and son. “As women we find ourselves proving that we are super women and all this can be done by making sure you balance all aspects of your life,” Mukami said.

Mukami notes that if she lands the plum job, she will seek to tackle globally and socially relevant issues and tell stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She will also seek to show the human element of celebrities and ultimately the viewer will relate, be inspired and empowered by that element that is rarely seen in public.

Oprah has been credited with discovering Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray and Dr. Oz and many contestants have this on the back of their minds. For now, David and Mukami hope to be next in line as they await the results with anticipation as do the rest of the Kenyan community.

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Why wives of boda boda cyclists complain

Posted by Administrator on June 16, 2010

Nairobi — Boda boda cyclists are among the healthiest men in Kenya, easily shrugging off most illnesses, showing good muscle development and well toned bodies.

But now research shows that most of them may not be in good sexual health. According to researchers from local universities, boda boda cyclists in Juja Town near Thika are among those attracting both the good and the bad health effects of constant cycling especially on rough roads.

A study presented at an international conference on physical education and sports at Kenyatta University assessed 48 married boda boda operators for physical fitness and sexual wellbeing.

The majority of the respondents, up to 63 per cent, were found to be somewhat very dissatisfied with their sexual health while about 30 per cent reported a decrease in sexual satisfaction compared to the period before they started the business.

But when the researchers turned to other aspects of health such as heart rate and factors associated with overweight and obesity, they rated normal to better.

The study titled: “Status of selected physical fitness attributes and sexual wellbeing of bicycle taxi operators in Juja”, says the physical exercise gained from cycling leads to increased general health and wellbeing.

“However, when it is performed on rough terrain, it may lead to decreased sexual wellbeing,” says lead researcher, Francis Mwangi.

The scientific study corresponds to an earlier one that was carried out by the Kenya Network for Dissemination of Agricultural Technology, which found similar trends among boda boda cyclists in Mwea in central Kenya and Busia in western Kenya.

The study, while noting the good physical condition of the cyclists, was however perplexed by claims by their wives that since venturing into the business, they were much less sexually active.

“Women who are married to boda boda operators complained about their husbands loss of libido, who on the other hand attributed their lack of interest to long hours of hard work,” said the Mwea/Busia study.

Another paper presented at the same conference last week by Mwangi and his team, looked at the health status of fellow workers at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural Technology and paints a clear picture of what could be happening to the physical health of office workers in Kenya.

The team looked at blood pressure, heart rate, body fat and body mass and other health fitness related variables and returned a very worrying picture.

According to the study, “Majority of the staff are not physically active and are below the recommended health and fitness status. “There is need for aggressive campaigns to educate staff members on the dangers of leading sedentary lifestyles.”

Source: Daily Nation

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Many Kenyan Families See Sex Industry as Only Way of Putting Food on The Table

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By Teresa Rehman,Womens Feature Service

She calmly waits for her turn at the Pumwani Majengo Dispensary at a slum in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, to collect her dose of ARV (Antiretroviral) drugs. Attired in a bright pink Kitenge (traditional African dress), Miriam seems to be oblivious to the frenetic city life outside the gates of the clinic with roadside vendors lined up on both sides of the street loudly alerting customers to their wares – ranging from pineapples and curtains to trousers, winter wear and a wide array of shoes.

Miriam, a former commercial sex worker (CSW), is a towering figure, who speaks fluent English. She has completed her high school education. Coming to Nairobi from a remote village in the central province of Kenya, she first worked in a hair salon in 1992. A single mother, with two children, she had decided to migrate because there was no money or any employment opportunities in her village. The lack of choices forced her to leave her children with her mother and came to Nairobi to join her sister, who was working as a sex worker in a brothel.

Initially, when Miriam went out with her sister and people asked her if they were together, she felt embarrassed. However, gradually she came to realise that her earnings of around 1,000 shilling every month at the hair salon were inadequate since she had to send money home.

The harsh living conditions drove her to join the large community of prostitutes in Kenya. As a UNICEF report puts it, “many families see the sex industry as the only way of putting food on the table.” Miriam too decided to become a sex worker because she would earn more that way. “It was a difficult choice but it was difficult to run a family with the income from a salon, unless you own a salon yourself,” she says in her strong, resonating voice.

She still recalls her first day in the new profession in 1995. She got 900 shilling after catering to 12 clients. “When you are a newcomer in this profession, you are sought after,” she says. Her colleagues taught her the basics and initially bought her breakfast and lunch. They used to share four beds in a single room and there were curtains drawn to separate the beds. They had to pay 130 shillings per head for the use of the room. Despite the nature of her work, she took comfort in the fact that her family and children back home believed that she was working in a salon.

But, now at the age of 46, Miriam is wiser. She decided to retire when she discovered that she was HIV positive. She was tested positive in 2005. She had fallen sick and had come to a clinic. The nurse told her that she had something to share with her. “When she said that, I felt in my heart that I was not positive since I had always insisted that my clients wear condoms. When I was told that I was HIV positive, I really wept,” she says.

Today, her son is working as a taxi driver and Miriam herself sells green groceries. “You enter this profession with nothing and leave it with nothing. Nobody asked me to save for tomorrow,” she reveals, poignantly. She joined a cooperative and borrowed some money to start her present business.

But Miriam is very bitter when she narrates her experiences with clients. According to her, there are of all kinds of clients, some even very decent looking men. And it may sound shocking but at times they even come with their wives, who wait in the car. The men ‘do it’ and then drive off with their waiting wife. But Miriam says she always insisted they wore a condom. Elaborating on the kinds of situations the sex workers encounter, she says that sometimes even though the man agrees to wear a condom, he deliberately tears it by pricking a hole in it. And while the women usually take the money before the act there have been instances when men beat them up and take back the money after the session.

She recalls that once a regular customer, who used to visit over the weekend, took her outside the brothel. They sat and drank in a bar until midnight. Then they spent the night in a hotel and when they woke up in the morning at around 10 am, he refused to pay her. He even told the manager of the hotel that she was his wife. She had wanted to go and complain to the police but thought the better of it. “Who would listen to a prostitute?” she asks.

The brothels had toilets and washbasins and there was plenty of running water. There were times when the clients were very dirty and obnoxious and she wanted to run away. But in that situation there was really no option but to take a shower later.

“I really regret leaving my salon job and ending up as a commercial sex worker. We should realise that AIDS is real and one will definitely die,” she says. Her sister is still in the profession although Miriam keeps asking her to come out of it. She feels that she has been fortunate in that her grandchildren don’t know that she was once a CSW.

Today, Miriam is on ARVs. She comes to the clinic once a month for a checkup and to collect her drugs. She disclosed her positive status to her son, who has promised to take care of her.

Miriam has heard about vaccines being developed for AIDS and she hopes that they become a reality some day. What keeps her going these days is her strong religious faith. “I have accepted Jesus as my saviour. It gives me strength,” she says. Earlier she had no time but now she goes to church every Sunday.

Miriam is living on hope and faith. But never a day goes by when she does not wish that she had been more careful. Now she hopes that her former colleagues, including her sister, learn from her experience and save themselves before it is too late.

Womens Feature Service covers developmental, political, social and economic issues in India and around the globe. To get these articles for your publication, contact WFS at the www.wfsnews.org website.

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Death and Funeral Announcement-The late Esther Wanjiku Nyanjui, (MAMA JOHN)

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The Late Esther Wanjiku Nyanjui (Mama John)

The Late Esther Wanjiku Nyanjui (Mama John)

It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the promotion to Glory of our dear mother, Esther Wanjiku Nyanjui, (MAMA JOHN) after a long illness.

She died peacefully after a brave battle with breast cancer.
She was the wife of the late Nyanjui Waithaka beloved mother to John Nyanjui (Nairobi), Njoki Nyanjui (Mama C.) (USA), Rosemary Wamucii Njuguna (USA), Anne Nyambura Kinyanjui (Nairobi) and Irene Wangari Muturi (USA). Mother-in-law to Wairimu Nyanjui, Njuguna Ndung’u, Titus Kinyanjui and Peter Muturi; grandmother to Kent, Piki, Nyawira, Angela, Chiku, Njuguna, Nyanjui, Ben, Chiku Small, Ndung’u, Nguhi, Wamucii, Njoki, Njambi, Nyanjui, Wanyoike. Great grandmother to Chiku, Njeri, Natasha, Wamucii and Nyanjui. She was an aunt to many.
We know that our mother is in the hands of our Dear Lord.
Our prayer is that we, her family, will dwell in the Lord all the days of our lives so we can see mom again.
Please pray for the family here in Dallas, Tx and in Kenya and for Mama C. as she prepares to travel to Kenya for the funeral.
Family and Friends will be meeting at the address below starting Tuesday, 6/15:
3810 6th Street
Sachse TX 75048
For further information you may contact:
Peter Muturi – 214-680-0846 
Daniel Ndogo: 469-688-1657
David Melly: 214-202-7724
Mainah Kaigi: 469-831-9190
Nelson Agufwa: 214-868-6007
Rosemary Wamucii Njuguna – 214-407-0247 
Mama C. – 214-392-0374

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