May 29, 2015

Nancy Kacungira: The new face on KTN opens up about her life journey


It’s hard to peg a single verb to her personality. Not only because she is new in Kenya, but more because, she radiates a personality of labile goodness. Enter — Nancy Kacungira — the new kid on the Kenyan screens. “I think I am just a simple person trying to make a difference within my sphere of life,” she says coyly. She is cautious about fame. As such, she says she is down-to-earth, choosing not to soak in the praise and adulation — the worldwide currency for famous personalities. It’s her first interview in the country, and probably the first…

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Kilifi governor gets Sh140m beachfront house


The purchase of a Sh140 million beachfront house for the Kilifi County governor is above board, a top county official said on Wednesday. One county assembly member who spoke to Nation on condition of anonymity insisted that the house should not have exceeded Sh70 million. There has been public outcry especially in the social media with locals blaming the county government for the misuse of public funds. Refuting claims that the five bedroomed fully furnished bungalow exceeds the status of the governor, Kilifi County government Secretary Dr Owen Baya said that the purchase of the house was done above board…

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Ruto ‘was forced to back Raila’ in 2007


NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 21 – It has now emerged that Deputy President William Ruto did not favour Raila Odinga’s candidacy in 2007 and had to be coerced into supporting him. According to the ninth prosecution witness in the case against Ruto and former KASS FM presenter Joshua arap Sang, the then Eldoret North MP was cajoled into campaigning for Odinga’s bid for the top seat, at a meeting at his Eldoret home. Witness P0356 told Trial Chamber V(a) that two individuals, only identified by their numeric codes 1 and 24, told Ruto that the Kalenjin people had already decided to…

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Obama invites President Uhuru, 46 other African leaders to US


President Barack Obama will invite 47 leaders to a landmark US-Africa summit in August, seeking to widen US trade, development and security ties with an increasingly dynamic continent to which he traces part of his ancestry. Obama will send out invites to all African nations that are currently in good standing with the United States or are not suspended from the African Union — meaning there will be no place for states like Egypt or Zimbabwe. Obama will hold the talks on August 5 and 6, seeking to cement progress from his trip to Africa last year. A White House…

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17 reasons we should all probably go live in Nairobi


1. Nairobi National Park: it’s in the middle of the city, it’s 34 times bigger than New York’s Central Park, and it has lions (Wendy Seltzer/Flickr Commons)   2. There’s a hotel where giraffes stick their heads in through the upstairs window at breakfast (Valery Hachie/AFP Getty Images) It’s called the Giraffe Manor, and you can book a trip right this very second here.   3. You can bottle-feed an orphaned baby elephant or even adopt one Elephants graze on Oct. 8, 2013 at Amboseli National Park, southeast of Nairobi. (AFP/Getty Images) The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the most successful orphaned-elephant rescue and…

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JKIA eyes top global fast-food chains in tender


Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is seeking global fast-food chains like McDonalds to open shop at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. The airport’s manager on Monday issued a tender for the development and management of an international brand fast food outlet at JKIA’s new Unit 4, expected to be completed before March. The unit will also host a mini-supermarket and other food outlets meeting global standards as the airport races to cement its status as a regional commercial hub. “Kenya Airports Authority wishes to engage an internationally reputable firm with experience in operating an international brand fast food outlet,…

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LG launches mosquito-repelling air conditioner in Kenya


LG Electronics (LGE) has today launched its latest residential air conditioner model, the Mosquito Away, in the Kenyan market. Specifically designed for the local market, the product incorporates an impressive function that uses ultrasonic waves to combat mosquitoes. “We believe that our new Mosquito Away air conditioner can provide true comfort to Kenya consumers,” said Mr. Joseph Kim, Managing Director of LG Electronics East Africa. “The challenge of designing a product able to provide an effective, non-toxic way of dealing with mosquitoes was one we were only too happy to meet. With ultrasonic wave technology, impressive cooling performance and low-voltage…

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Binyavanga Wainaina’s journal: I am a homosexual, mum


(A lost chapter from One Day I Will Write About This Place) 11 July, 2000. This is not the right version of events. Hey mum. I was putting my head on her shoulder, that last afternoon before she died. She was lying on her hospital bed. Kenyatta. Intensive Care. Critical Care. There. Because this time I will not be away in South Africa, fucking things up in that chaotic way of mine. I will arrive on time, and be there when she dies. My heart arrives on time. I am holding my dying mother’s hand. I am lifting her hand….

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Interview: First Kenyan to win Major League Soccer Cup In US


Lawrence Olum made history as the first Kenyan to win the Major League Soccer Cup with his club Sporting Kansas City. The soft spoken player turned professional with the Portland Timbers of the USL First division in 2007,before moving to Minnesota Thunder in 2009. He later played for Austin Aztex and Orlando City before the big move to Sporting Kansas City in the Major League Soccer in September 2011. Olum sat down with’s Collins Okinyo for an exclusive Q and A the first since winning the trophy. : The readers would like to get a brief history of who…

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Tujuane show leaves KTN


They are the matchmakers. They are the star makers. They are the news makers. They are Yvonne Bulimo and Malonza and they brought you Kenya’s most popular dating show Tujuane.     Tujuane is a first of its kind in which the hosts scout the streets of Nairobi with the aim of hooking up the single people encountered on the street. We have watched the good dates, the bad and awkward dates, the uncanny dates and finally the ratchet dates. News coming in is that the premier dating show is moving to a new home. We first got the admission…

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