How To Email Your Professor About Getting A Better Grade

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Originally from WordProConsultancy There comes a time in the course of a semester, when you look at your grade and realize that you are a few (or many) points away from the grade you need: to get to that GPA required to apply for the scholarship your mom told you about, to keep your sports scholarship, or to simply pass that… Continue reading How To Email Your Professor About Getting A Better Grade

Chronicles of an Intercultural Cultured: ‘Narudi Nyumbani!

In less than two months, I will be traveling back to Kenya for a two-year stay having been away for four years. To say that I am terrified is an understatement. I am scared that having lived in the Midwest for the past four years, my street smarts have gone down the drain, personal space has become my new normal, and I don’t hold onto … Continue reading Chronicles of an Intercultural Cultured: ‘Narudi Nyumbani!

UNSUNG HEROES: Five Reasons Why Kenyans Who Host Diversity Immigrant Visa (Green Card) Winners are Unsung Heroes.

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It is that time of the year when most of us Kenyans living in the United States and in Canada are reminded of the vast differences between our adoptive countries and our biological one. The trees are changing from summer green to vibrant yellow, orange and burgundy colors that signal the change of season from hot, bikini and short shorts to chilly, boots and scarves. Stores and neighborhood are filled with scary skeletony spookiness, while pumpkin spiced latte is the go to drink for Starbucks snobs.

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Books: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Why Every Kenyan Abroad Needs to Read Americanah By  Chimamanda There’s no book more deserving to be the Editor’s Pick for our first issue of African Vines® magazine than Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s Americanah. I chose this book because of the way it addresses the issue of culture shock especially for an African. It doesn’t matter how long you have been in the United States or … Continue reading Books: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

At the hospital after being diagnosed with latent TB and stage 5 kidney disease.

Let’s Help Singer Get A Kidney Transplant

An Up, Close and Candid Interview with Kenyan Born Gospel Artist, Gerriey Wainaina.

Gerriey Wainaina is a Kenyan born gospel artist in need of a kidney transplant.
Gerriey Wainaina is a Kenyan-born gospel artist living in Seattle, Washington.

African Vines® gets up, close and candid with Gerriey about his life before and after he was diagnosed with a kidney disease, and how we can help him and his family get through one of the most challenging periods of their lives.

In January 2018 Gerriey Wainaina — an award-winning Kenyan gospel artist — went to the doctor for a physical as part of the requirements to be recruited into the United States Armed Forces. A TB (Tuberculosis)  test was one of the many tests he had to take as part of the physicals. What was supposed to be a routine check-up would result in a diagnosis that would put his dreams of joining the Armed Forces on hold, but leave his faith in God unwavering.  Continue reading “Let’s Help Singer Get A Kidney Transplant”

Raw Talent: We Need To Give Talented Kenyans Gigs

Anyone who has been through the Kenyan education and professional system is familiar with how extremely challenging it is to get a job — either as a university/college student or as a university/college graduate. There has been a growing number of jobless university graduates in Kenya in the past two decades and there’s no sign of that  situation changing anytime soon. Almost all Kenyans know … Continue reading Raw Talent: We Need To Give Talented Kenyans Gigs

Parenting Abroad: A Kenya-Born Single Mother Shares Her Story

A Chat With Suzie Njoroge, A Kenyan-Born Single Mother, On How She Does it.

Raising children in a country and culture that is different from where you grew up can be challenging; as is the case if you are a Kenyan raising a child in the United States or in Canada. Whereas many people in Kenya can afford a live-in nanny —who in many Kenyan households plays the role of housekeeper, cook, personal shopper and cleaner —here, it is a luxury only reserved for the rich who can afford to pay a nanny, a housekeeper, a cook, a personal shopper, and a cleaner; five different people for the five duties. Moreover, many Kenyans do not have close family members in their adopted countries and if they do, they live in different states —which in some cases, the distance is equivalent to flying from Kenya to South Africa, or from Kenya to Nigeria, or from Kenya to Egypt (Ok, you get the picture). So, all the spouses have is each other to go to work, take children to sports, take children to school or daycare, pick them up, cook, clean, be on call in case of an emergency at their children’s school, among other responsibilities.

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