Face of Kenya 2017 – 5th Anniversary

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Throughout the FOK campaign we hear from the youth and  leaders , founders of FOK foundations. For example, They share experience of community and provides examples of how to lift people out of poverty through access to sponsorship . FOK believes “exclusion leads to poverty” and shares that the FOK “vehicle for creating opportunities to those who have been excluded “philanthropy is a very personal initiative, which has to be conducted by your heart and not your head.

When we spoke to some of youth contestants our most generous regular givers, what emerged again and again was their sense of duty to give back to society and tackle inequality – the desire to use their own good fortune to help others.

This should be the driving motive of each and every one as a community. Face of Kenya is one amongst many platforms we could use . I am encouraged by the many charities benefiting from the efforts of the young men and women. Thank you to all those that made time to support or attend this year’s event .

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Janet , Ken and the entire team for a Job well done . Bring on FOK USA.

Charagita Ward Oljorok Constituency – Engaging The President .

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2.1 Rationale for developing the Policy

The Constitution of Kenya and the Kenya Vision 2030 recognise the potential of Kenyans Abroad in contributing to national development. This potential has not been fully exploited, partly due to the absence of a policy to engage them.  This policy, therefore, contains specific measures and interventions, including, the requisite legal and institutional framework that will be put in place to address past weaknesses that have impeded full participation and contribution of Kenyans Abroad in the development of the country.

Moreover, Kenyans Abroad are passionate about their homeland and are eager to share positive information about their country in their respective countries of residence, making it easy to leverage on their presence with a view to promoting Kenya’s tourism, export, image, culture and goodwill.

Further, it is noted that Kenya has a well-trained labour force. Past experience has shown that Kenyans who have gone to work in other countries have performed very well. With a constrained labour market in Kenya, it is imperative that Kenya plans to deliberately export its labour, and hence, put in place, the necessary regulatory framework that will protect Kenyans who migrate abroad under this arrangement. This will generate  the highly needed foreign exchange.

2.2 Policy Objectives

The broad objective of this policy is to mainstream and empower Kenyans Abroad to effectively make a significant contribution to the development of the country.  The main thrust of the policy, therefore, is to harness and maximize the potential of Kenyans Abroad to contribute to Kenya’s transformation agenda while at the same time meeting their needs and expectations through a mutually beneficial and lasting partnership.

The specific objectives of this Policy are to:- 1. Develop and implement strategies to engage, empower and  mainstream Kenyans Abroad  into national development process; 2. Mobilize Kenyans Abroad to form town, city or country specific umbrella associations  which have a national outlook  as well as regional and global umbrella associations for effective engagement and representation;

3. Develop measures to enhance protection of Kenyans Abroad; 4. Develop mechanisms for dialogue and partnership  with Kenyans Abroad; and  5. Establish the necessary institutional mechanism for co-ordination and administration of issues affecting Kenyans Abroad. 2.3 Guiding Principles

This policy is based on the following principles:- a) Recognition of the important role played by Kenyans Abroad in the socioeconomic development of the country and the need to synergise the efforts of all stakeholders in the Diaspora issues;

b) Participation.  All the stakeholders will  be involved and fully participate in policy formulation together with all the issues that directly affect them, to enable appropriate responses that specific expectations into account;

c) Engagement: Kenyans abroad will continuously be engaged in the  implementation, monitoring and evaluation to provide feedback and facilitate timely policy interventions;

d) Empowerment -through this policy, Kenyans Abroad will be empowered to invest in Kenya, leverage remittances and deepen knowledge and technology transfer;

e) Coordination. This policy will provide a mechanism where all the activities relating to Kenyans abroad will be well coordinated among all the stakeholders to eliminate overlaps and duplication;

f) Gender and youth responsiveness- this principle will seek to recognize that a gender-balanced Policy can lead to appropriate responses that take specific expectations into account;

g) Decentralisation-in conformity with the Constitution of Kenya critical functions of the national Government have been devolved to the County Governments. Initiatives aimed at harnessing the potential of Kenyans Abroad will be facilitated for the mutual benefit all Kenyan, in and outside the country. The Ministry will work closely with County Governments to facilitate mutually beneficial engagements with Kenyans Abroad.

Jubilee Objectives as a party as per Manifesto :

Putting Kenyans First
The Jubilee Party is committed to helping all Kenyans build communities. We
want to ensure that no one is left behind as we work together to deliver growth
and prosperity that reaches and uplifts all Kenyans.
More Kenyans than ever before can now rely on continued electricity to light
their way and enable them to relax with their family, complete their school work
and continue economic activity into the evenings.

The Following is a Comparison of Two Nairobi and Charagita :

The Abject Poverty and Challenges is prevalent across The County . This is not a presidential fault .

The County Government and Local Leadership is failing in Most areas . We must engage Diaspora or Urban Communities to support this communities .

This is across the Nation with some areas just about Managing . The government must do the following to support :

1. Civic Education

2. Youth and Leadership empowerment Workshops .

3.New agricultural and Employment Strategies .

4.Support for community projects .


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Uhuru Kenyatta Meets Kenyans In the Diaspora :

H.E President Uhuru Emphasise the Progress and Steps taken by his government to implement and Integrate the Diaspora Policy . “As a community In the Diaspora the Remittances and support you give to families and community Projects is really appreciated.”

Highlighting the challenges the IEBC had to ensure Kenyans in the Diaspora could play a part . “Devolution has its own challenges with good leadership a lot can be achieved “. The diaspora must and should continue to offer support where possible , He was impressed with Professor Langat’s Incentive and Initiative on research on Pyrethrum as an Alternative agriculturAl product.

Earlier Councilor Kangethe of Barking and Dagenham had read a speech highlighting the Issue of Dual Citizenship which the President Directed the Attorney General who was Present to take Personal charge . Mr Shihundu to Commended the President on the Continued Support for Kenyan Diplomats to International Duties , He cited the Recent Secondment of CS Amina Mohammed Who has been an Exemplary example Foreign Affairs Secretary .

The presidents Meet was very rushed due to other Commitment . Overall Kenyan Representatives were grateful for the opportunity and remain confident that the work to have a single umbrella body representing the Kenyan Community can be found . Quote H.E Lazarus Amayo High Commissioner . The High Commissioner recognised a few Kenyans who had made milestones in their Career Path Amongst them 3 professorsIMG_7439 IMG_7434 IMG_7430 IMG_7447 IMG_7423 IMG_7422 IMG_7419 IMG_7415 IMG_7436 IMG_7410 , 3 councillors he also paid a special tribute to the founder and organiser of Face Of Kenya UK  - Janet Wainaina and Ken ukentv.

The President was today hosted By Prince William at Buckingham Palace as part of his official Trip.

President Uhuru In London for the Somali Conference .

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The President is in town to attend an international conference on Somalia opens today (Thursday 11/05/17 ) in London, the capital of the United Kingdom (UK). It is organized under the auspices of the UK and the United Nations as part of efforts to put Somalia back on track.

The Horn of Africa nation is currently suffering from insurgency by the Al-Shabaab group plus piracy on its coast, there is currently a humanitarian crisis that is threatening the lives of thousands. Political reforms and the economy will also feature at the event.

The conference will convene Heads of State and Government from across East Africa and other key partners, along with senior figures from international organisations and takes place at the Lancaster House. The first two editions of the conference were held in 2012 and 2013.

He was Welcomed by the Kenyan High Commissioner Lazurus Amayo ,Deputy Head of Mission Mrs. Grace Cerere , Amongst other key Personnel . The presidents schedule is indeed very tight as he is due to fly to China in the Weekend . Many Kenyans Have expressed the wish to seek an Audience with such a tight Schedule it May only be a challenge .

Some are of the Opinion he wants to focus on the more important tasks with the Host Country before embarking to the Political arena . The Diaspora Community is one of the Most versatile and dynamic in the set up . It is paramount to keep a low tone whilst managing Key Business Matters .

The Entourage accompanying the President spoke volumes and Indicative of his low Key assignment .



Optiven and Investing in Kenya .

George Wachiuri Promoting Victory Gardens in Reading Last Week .

George Wachiuri is the founder and C.E.O Optiven Group. He is an astute Business man & Entrepreneur, Author, Motivator, Philanthropist,Lecturer, serves in the Church as an Elder among others.


  • Currently Pursuing PhD Degree at Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology (JKUAT)
  • Masters of Business Administration from University of Nairobi
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing Option)
  • Certified Public Accountant – CPA (K).
  • Awarded a global award in the US Mashujaa Awards (Business & Entrepreneurship category) as the Best & Most Innovative Entrepreneur.
  • Awarded the Best & Most Entrepreneurial Student at the University of Nairobi in 1997.


  • Over 17 Years working experience
  • Worked with International firms e.g. United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), World Vision Somalia (WVS), And leading local companies like Uchumi Chain of Supermarkets
  • He has lectured at Daystar University
  • Sits as a Board Member at the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)
  • Sits as a Board Member at the Kenya Property Developers Association
  • A member of board of Brookhurst International School

George Wachiuri has authored three books

  • First one titled - Soaring like an Eagle
  • Second one - Unleash your Full potential
  • George has authored the third book Heal our land in Collaboration with Sam Okello From Sahel Publishers

The proceeds from these Books go to Optiven Foundation, a charity that gives back to the Society through Sponsoring Bright needy average Students, Promotion of Health, Poverty alleviation, among others.” George Wachiuri is a Trustee for Optiven Foundation.

Optiven exists to socially & economically transform the Society; settle Kenyans in their own homes through offering real estate/ property solutions, securingtheir Investments Optiven Insurance with an aim Optiven was crowned as The Best Company in Kenya, in the Customer Orientation & Marketing (COYA AWARDS).IMG_6559 IMG_6560 IMG_6563 IMG_6565 IMG_6589 IMG_6559 IMG_6563 IMG_6566 IMG_6567 IMG_6568 IMG_6569 IMG_6570

KCB investment workshop

IMG_6825 IMG_6822 IMG_6821 IMG_6820 IMG_6819 IMG_6817 IMG_6815 IMG_6814 IMG_6813 IMG_6812 IMG_6810 IMG_6809 IMG_6807 IMG_6805 IMG_6804 IMG_6803 IMG_6802 IMG_6800 IMG_6801 IMG_6797 IMG_6796 IMG_6794 IMG_6795 IMG_6793 IMG_6791 IMG_6787 IMG_6786 IMG_6785 IMG_6784 IMG_6783 IMG_6782 IMG_6780 IMG_6778 IMG_6777 IMG_6774 IMG_6771 IMG_6772 IMG_6770 IMG_6769 IMG_6768 IMG_6767 IMG_6766 IMG_6764 IMG_6763 IMG_6759 IMG_6758 IMG_6757 IMG_6756 IMG_6755 IMG_6754 IMG_6753 IMG_6752 IMG_6751 IMG_6750 IMG_6749Mr. Joshua Nyamweya Oigara has served as Group Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of KCB Group Plc since January 1, 2013. He served as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of the Company between January 12, 2012 and January 1, 2013. He also serves as Group Chief Financial Officer at KCB Bank Group for East Africa. He joined the Bank in November 2011 from Bamburi Cement Ltd where he served as Executive Director and Group Financial Director and Chief Financial Officer for the East Africa region. During his professional career, he was also Group Controller, Finance at Bamburi Cement Group for East Africa, a function he held between 2006 and 2008. From 2004 to 2005, he served as Manager, Business Performance at Hima Cement Ltd, a function he assumed after his service at Bidco Oil Ltd as Group Business Performance Manager for the period between 2002 and 2003. From 1999 to 2001, he was Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nairobi, Kenya. In 1997, he became Associate of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nairobi, Kenya, a post he held until 1998. He is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya, a title he obtained from the School of Accountancy, the Strathmore University, Kenya in 1997 and Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He obtained a Masters of Business Administration degree in International Business Management from the Edith Cowan University in Australia in 2011. He also completed the Advanced Management Program from INSEAD or Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires, France in 2010. He completed the Program for Management Development at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina, the United States in 2006. Prior to this, he received a degree in Accounting from the Strathmore University in 1997. He is Member of the Risk Management Committee, Member of the Credit Committee, Member of the HR & Nomination Committee, Member of the Procurement Committee, Member of the Finance & Strategy Committee, Member of the IT & Innovation Committee of the Company. ( source : http://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/officerProfile?symbol=KCB.NR&officerId=1738137)


KCB Investment Forum Feedback .

KCB Report

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The primary goal of this workshop was to bring together the diaspora and theKCB executiveprofessionalsaswellasfriendsandpartnersofKCBinanopendialogue,underone rooftodiscusstheissuesfacingournationandtodeveloppossiblestrategiesastohowthe diaspora can become aware and more engaged in initiatives taking place in Kenya.

We believe that our diverse and dynamic group of speakers and panellists provided in depth insight ,  as  well as, actionable and practical tools of engagement models, methods and innovation. We were able to share extensively how we are adapting new ideas that could be utilized to aid the Kenyan Diaspora to become more effective in the on-going development efforts of Kenya in key areas such as: Investment, Banking and Business.


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Kenyans In London Celebrate a Lengend – Douglas JNR Kigo Kimemia

It is with humble with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the death of Douglas Jnr Kigo Kimemia on 22nd March, 2017, in Kenya. He was the Loving Son of Douglas Kimemia Mukono and Jane Wanjiku Kimemia. Loving and supportive husband to Beatrice Nyaroita Kigo and an amazing Dad to Alexis Wanjiru, Isaiah Njunge Kigo (Kababa), and Gabriel Mungai Kigo. Brother to Mukono and Faith Waceke Nyanjiru Kimemia (USA) and Lincoln Kariuki Kimemia (USA). Loving son-in-law to Mr. & Mrs. Peter Unitt and Grace Wanjiru Unitt. Nephew to Dainah, Francis Macharia Kigo, John Kamau Mukono and among many others. Uncle to SupaDupa Chiku, Kimemia, Adobe and Baraka.

The family of the Late Douglas are overwhelmed by the love shown to him and his family. As we prepare for the burial we would ask all to continue supporting in every way possible .

For those who would like to assist financially, you are kindly requested that you put your name & payment reference for transparency & accounting purposes.

Bank: Nationwide Payment Ref: Your/Kigo Account Name: Mark Njuguna

Account No: 13496644

Sort Code: 070246


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UK – Kenya Trade and Investment Forum – 15/09/2016

The Kenya High Commission , London in collaboration with DMA organised a high profile of  institutional investors focused on investment into Africa, and those considering the increasing merits of doing so. These investors included Sovereign Wealth Funds, Supranational investors, listed equity and private equity investors, African regulated asset managers, alongside impact investors such as DFIs and microfinance focused investors .

The Kenyan government was very well represented with its Number one Foreign Office Cabinet Secretary  Hon DR Ambassador Amina Mohamed a Lady who has transformed diplomacy to its best pick for years .( Her efforts to define kenya as an African Giant has truly paid off ). Ambassador Lazarus Amayo (Kenyan High Commissioner ) , Cabinet Secretary Hon Henry Rotich National Treasury , Cabinet Secretary Hon Joe Mucheru Ministry of Information , Dr Patrick Njoroge  Governor Central Bank of Kenya , Mr Kiprono Kitonny Chairman Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry , Mr Andrew Kamau Principal Secretary Ministry of Energy and Petroleum ,

The Key Note address was by Hon Tobias Ellwood MP UK Minster for the Middle East Africa .IMG_4006







Hon Tobias was acknowledged  the huge steps the Kenyan Government has taken to Improve Infrastructure . Kenya has become the new Economic Giant in East Africa . Kenya was seeing off the Likes of Nigeria and South Africa . This was the new investment Hub he quoted. Overall the tone was positive highlighting the 5.6% growth.

IMG_4008Hon Amina Mohamed . reassured investors with the continued credentials and recognition kenya continues to boast from a host of International organisations including the world bank whose continued support in infrastructure and capacity building has seen kenya in a new twist of tale.IMG_4025 IMG_4030 IMG_4031 IMG_4035 IMG_4038 IMG_4044 IMG_4048 IMG_4047 IMG_4050 IMG_4052 IMG_4055 IMG_4058 IMG_4059 IMG_4061 IMG_4071 IMG_4074 IMG_4075 IMG_4080 IMG_4083 IMG_4086 IMG_4090 IMG_4093 IMG_4095 IMG_4097 IMG_4098 IMG_4099 IMG_4102 IMG_4104