From olunga to Salah: African stars set to shine at the 2019 AFCON

After months of looking for 24 countries that will battle it out for the African cup of nations trophy, the qualifiers curtains finally drew over the weekend.

Kenya who lost their final qualifying match to Ghana had already booked their ticket way before the match.

Harambee Stars are set to appear at the continental showpiece for the first time after a 15-year absence.

East Africa will be represented by four teams including; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi with the latter making their debut in the tournament set to be staged in Egypt in June and July.

Other teams set to make their debut include Madagascar and Mauritania.

Below is a list of teams which managed to book their tickets for this year’s AFCON tourney.

Egypt, Madagascar, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Mali, Guinea, Algeria, Mauritania and Ivory Coast.

Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Namibia, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Benin, Tanzania and South Africa.

I take a look at a number of stars across these nations who are set to light up the much anticipated tournament.

  1. Michael Olunga – Kashiwa Reysol Forward, Kenya
  2. Francis Kahata – Gor Mahia midfielder, Kenya
  3. Eric Bailly – Manchester United defender, Ivory Coast
  4. Alex Iwobi – Arsenal forward, Nigeria
  5. Musa Ahmed –  Al-Nassr forward, Nigeria
  6. Sadio Mane – Liverpool midfielder, Senegal
  7. Kalidou Koulibaly  – Napoli defender, Senegal
  8. Denis Onyango – Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper, Uganda
  9.  Adama Traoré – Wolves winger, Mali
  10. Saido Berahino – Stoke City forward, Burundi
  11. Mohammed Salah- Liverpool forward, Egypt
  12. Medhi Benatia – Al-Duhail centre back, Morocco
  13. Kwadwo Asamoah – Inter Milan defender, Ghana
  14. Tomas Partey – Atletico Madrid midfielder, Ghana

Mesut Ozil wows Kenyans after sending signed jerseys and boots to young herder

There is a reason Mesut Ozil is known as the king of assists! He effortlessly helps his team mates score a few goals on the pitch as well as assist the needy in the society, off the pitch.

The Arsenal midfielder, is the talk of the nation right now after he sent a number of signed Arsenal jerseys bearing his name and sleek Adidas boots to a young Kenyan herder named Lawrence and his brother.

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This comes months after one journalist Erik Njiru captured a moving photo of a young herder wearing a self made Ozil shirt while grazing in Nairobi, went viral.

Njiru posted the photo on Twitter and narrated Lawrence’s story, highlighting his love for Mesut Ozil, with hope that the picture would one day reach the German midfielder and in return send the young boy a real Arsenal shirt.

“He wants to make everything perfect,” says Mesut Ozil of manager Unai Emery

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He tweeted;

I saw this kid today grazing in the streets of Nairobi – a city without really grass for cows. He told me he loves so much(You can see his shirt). Maybe one day this can reach Ozil and get a real shirt.

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The tweet blew up, attracting over 9,000 retweets and 12,000 likes with thousands of Twitter users tagging Ozil.
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Three months later, the World Cup winning star reached out to Njiru and sent the merchandise much to the delight of Lawrence and his family. Call it the power of social media!
Ozil tweeted;
The picture of a Kenyan boy with a self made shirt on Twitter touched me so much. 🇰🇪❤ And look at Lawrence now – it’s so heartwarming to see him and his brothers happy🙏🏼😘 💪🏼
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Ozil also thanked Njiru for making Lawrence’s dream come true!!

Thank you @Erik_Njiru for making this possible 🙏🏼 #M1Ö

This sweet move by the Germany legend saw Kenyans even rival fans flood his post with praise.

Read some of them below.

Romanna: Months later, it actually came to pass. Good job

 

Smooth operator: Touch of class as always.

Noel: 🇰🇪🇰🇪 thank you mesut.

Binti Baraka: Asante, na karibu Kenya.

Atwoli: Kenyans will hunt down corrupt officials

Kenyans will take the law into their hands and hunt down people looting public resources and punish them if the government fails, Cotu boss Francis Atwoli has said.

Atwoli said people who “are taking advantage of us and stealing the resources meant for our children seek to make our children languish in poverty as they swim in wealth” must be stopped at all cost.

He spoke on Wednesday during the Pan-African Trade Unions conference held in Hilton Hotel, in Nairobi.

Atwoli said workers in the country toil to earn resources which are hardly enough for them and it is unfair to have a few people looting a way easy.

The vocal trade union boss also blamed unnamed politician with presidential ambition of being “linked to every corruption scandal.”

“You cannot surround yourself with every corruption person and also be named or suspected to have a hand in every corruption case and still expect to be a leader,” he said.

There have been unending reports of mega corruption scandals in the country running to the tunes of billions of shillings involving senior government officials, including Cabinet secretaries and even the aide to DP William Ruto.

He said workers will take matters into their own hands if people accused of corruption are left to roam free.

“If some of them will not be put in jail, I can tell you, your Excellency, that citizens are going to take action,” Atwoli said.

Atwoli told the participants from various countries in the continent that the workers support President Uhuru’s war on corruption.

“I want to tell the President of this country that workers are behind him in the fight against graft,” Atwoli said.

The conference was attended by AU envoy Raila Odinga who opened it.

Others included Education CS Amina Mohammed and the labor chief administrative secretary Abdul Bahari.

Siaya senator James Orengo also attended.

Nurses’ strike is off, Panyako tells court

The Kenya National Union of Nurses has called off the nurses strike that has paralyzed operations countrywide for the better part of the month.

Union’s Secretary General Seth Panyako told a labor court on Tuesday morning that  the countrywide nurses’ strike has been called off.

The outspoken union leader had been summoned to court to show cause why he should not committed to jail for contempt, for disobeying orders stopping the strike.

Panyako, in his defense, told the court Justice Nelson Abuodha that he had not been served with court papers requiring him to have the industrial action stopped, adding that the strike had been called off.

The judge cautioned him not to disobey court orders in future.

With the explanation by the union boss the that the strike was now off thereby complying with the court order, justice Abuodha discharged all KNUN officials from the contempt.

But speaking to the press after the court appearance, Panyako said that he was not the one who called off the strike.

He said that a lot of misinformation was given to the judge during the hearing.

He maintained defiance, saying the union will only negotiate with their employers and not anyone else.

“The issue of conciliation is very tricky. We want to talk with the council of governors who are our employers,” Panyako said.

“The employer must come back into the court and declare that the strike is ongoing and declare it illegal. We will not backtrack on the issue of the return to work formula..the government must respect it,” he added.

Panyako insisted that they have only suspended the strike to pave way for the ongoing reconciliation with governors but have not called it off altogether.

He warned that no one is above the law in Kenya. “Even the president is not above the law. You cannot wake up and fire the employees,” said Panyako.

On February 13, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered all nurses to return to work or face dismissal by the county government and the Health ministry.

REVEALED: Most generous countries in the world

When it comes to countries being generous, a person may think only superpower countries or countries in the G7 can be generous, in terms of grants and loans. However, this year, some countries have proved wrong.

Certain countries whose economies are still growing have been ranked to be some of the most generous countries in the whole world.

A recent survey was done by Gallup, an American management consulting company. Founded by George Gallup in 1935, the company became known for its public opinion polls.

It provides research and strategic consulting to large organizations in many countries.

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It did a survey on up to 140 countries before coming up with the current findings. Kenya was ranked to be the most generous country in Africa, while Indonesia topped the global chart.

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Jacque Maribe’s dad surprises her with a birthday cake outside court

 TV Journalist Jacque Maribe who is facing murder charge will not get her car yet because the state says it is an exhibit in the matter.

On Tuesday, the Prosecution informed the court that government chemist is not done analyzing the car due to lack of some reagents and once the analysis is completed and the vehicle can be handed over to her.

Jackie Maribe and Joseph Irungu (Jowie) at a Milimani court on Wednesday, October 17. /COLLINS KWEYU

It also emerged in court that the prosecution is yet to supply both Maribe and her fiance Joseph Irungu aka Jowie with statements from protected witnesses because the witness protection agency is in the process of reducing them. Maribe and Irungu are facing murder of Monicah Nyawira Kimani which occurred on the September 19.

Jacque Maribe and Dennis Itumbi

Even though Jacque spent part of her day in court,some of her friends did not forget to wish her a happy birthday. This was after Dennis Itumbi took to his social media page to write an emotional piece as he wished her Happy Birthday.

Dennis Itumbi writes an emotional message to Jacque Maribe on her happy birthday

Jacque however, got a surprise gift from the dad when he went to court and brought her a birthday cake .It was a nice gesture done out of love and from the picture, she seems to have had her day made.

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Happy birthday to her!

Dennis Itumbi writes an emotional message to Jacque Maribe on her happy birthday

Diaspora Innovations and Diaspora Communications secretary, Dennis Itumbi took to his social media page where he wrote an emotional message to Jacque Maribe as he wished her a happy birthday.

He expressed himself saying how the year had been tough for Jacque and reminded her of how strong she is.

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He has at numerous occasions expressed his love to her saying that she is a dear friend to him. Dennis the other day revealed that he is not Jacque’s ex but revealed that she is his friend and that he is glad to be there for her.

‘I am not Jacque Maribe’s ex-boyfriend because we have never been lovers,’ – Dennis Itumbi (AUDIO)

Dennis wrote this emotional poem as he wished her a happy birthday.

“I wrote this one late,
Kindly carry it to the car as you go to court today,
That is why I slip this under your door,
Happy Birthday Jacque Maribe,
Been standing outside your door,
With pen and notebook,
Thinking how Tragic a year you had, 
Impressed by the Magic you have,
Aware that like someone said, 
A challenge, only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.
So here my birthday note,
At least one day this year find a very rainy mid-morning, I will come with an umbrella,
So that, I can hold just one raindrop for you, place it on your bicep and watch it roll down.
I ask for no more, 
Just a chance to watch you re-introduce yourself in 2019,
With your wounds – Yes.
With your visible scars – Yes.
But with fresh stamina.. Undettered passion
Because you are,
Jacque Maribe.
Happy Birthday!”

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I wrote this one late, Kindly carry it to the car as you go to court today, That is why I slip this under your door, Happy Birthday Jacque Maribe, Been standing outside your door, With pen and notebook, Thinking how Tragic a year you had, Impressed by the Magic you have, Aware that like someone said, A challenge, only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it. So here my birthday note, At least one day this year find a very rainy mid-morning, I will come with an umbrella, So that, I can hold just one raindrop for you, place it on your bicep and watch it roll down. I ask for no more, Just a chance to watch you re-introduce yourself in 2019, With your wounds – Yes. With your visible scars – Yes. But with fresh stamina.. Undettered passion Because you are, Jacque Maribe. Happy Birthday!

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KCSE results 2018 to be released this week

Many form four 2018 leavers have today woken up with shock finding out that the KCSE results will be announced this week. Cabinet Secretary for Education in Kenya Amina Mohammed is set to release the results.

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This was after it was revealed last week that the results would be released between today the 17th of December to Thursday the 20th of December 2018.

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Many Form four leavers wait anxiously to know their fate when it comes to joining Universities and colleges. However, it is also a sigh of relief after the Deputy president revealed earlier that all form four leavers will get an opportunity to join a University and that no one will be left out.

 

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REVEALED: Julie Gichuru one of the best dressed media personalities

Julie Gichuru is a Kenyan Entrepreneur and Media Personality with investments in media, fashion retail and entertainment sectors. She is an Independent Director at Acumen Communication Limited and is a trustee of the Africa Leadership Initiative EA.

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She has made great highlights when it comes to being in the media and has built her name all over Africa. She is well known for doing great interviews with high profiled people and also fighting for humanity.

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Her fashion sense is quite interesting whereby, she loves having an African print to what she is wearing. Just like the first lady of the republic of Kenya, she embraces her heritage, her culture and is never shy when it comes to expressing her love for the nation.

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Things you should make sure you do while in Kenya

Even though Kenya is known for Safaris there other activities which one may do, that people might not be knowing. If you like having an adrenaline rush or you like facing your fears then you might love these activities.

If you are not daring enough then I would advice that you go face it or just keep off for the sake of the greater good. It’s good to experience Kenya differently for this holiday season.

1.Cliff Jumping

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Those who love jumping from high places but have nothing to hold you back, and also for those who know how to swim this is the kind of sporting event or rather fun activity that you need to do. Jumping off a cliff and diving into the water is just but a whole experience which many guys would love doing.

In Kenya there are different places where one can do this.

2. Skydiving

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If bungee jumping and cliff jumping is not enough for you, then you should try sky diving. The practice is also done in Kenya but mostly at the coastal region of Kenya. You take a plane and after reaching a certain height you jump off the plane and start diving.

For those who are not used to it tend to have someone who will be strapped to them, mostly a professional. The thrill and rush is quite exciting and one usually has amazing views of the surrounding.

3. Rock climbing

 

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Rock climbing is also not for the faint hearted since one has to be careful with every step they take. It requires practice in order to manage to do the actual thing. Most of the time the activity is done in Hell’s Gate National Park.

4.Bungee jumping

IMG_8905Cropped-700x850For those who do not have the fear of falling from high places this is also an activity you would really enjoy and love it.  Besides falling the straight lace which you are strapped to usually pulls you back up and to make it even more scary the river which one bungee jumps over is filled with crocodiles.

5. Fly Boarding

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This is the sport which has taken the Kenyan coast by storm since it involves on being shot up from the sea. It was introduced introduced to East Africa only last year, madcaps wearing boots with jet nozzles beneath them stand on a board on the sea and are propelled into the air.

This is quite enjoyable to many people and even if one is afraid of heights or rather falling this you will enjoy.