KCK Newsletter: Our Outstanding Envoy!

10665690_10152227013792723_4267474266347066792_nKCK’s Jambo Kenya Korea is hereby published online. The publication featured our outgoing Ambassador, Ngovi Kitau, his life, and achievements as Kenya’s diplomat to the Republic of Korea.

We celebrate him and wish him well in his future endeavors. We also welcome the new Ambassador and his team. Read on…

Read the newsletter here: Jambo Kenya Korea Special Edition 2014

Please send your comments and articles to:  kenyakorea@gmail.com

Big thanks to our committed Editors: Christine Kathurima, Cheryl Wanderi and Benson Kamary.

KCK KEN-KOR Awards 2014

546317_10151179258492698_538841302_n KCK Awards 2014 Committee now welcomes nominations for vetting:

CATEGORIES
a. KCK Educational Excellence (Usomi Award)
b. KCK Social Responsibility (Kujitolea Award)
c. KCK Friendship (Urafiki Award) Non-Kenyan
g. KCK Concord Award (Umoja Award) Regional Award (Seoul, Cheonan, Busan, Gwangju, Daegu/Ulsan)
h. KCK Patriotism (Uzalendo Award)
i. The Ambassador’s Award (Simba Award)

CRITERION FOR VETTING
- The people to be considered will be KCK members all over the world.
- Persons in Korea associated with Kenya e.g. Kenya Embassy officials.
- Friends of Kenya in Korea e.g. Koreans, Americans, Ethiopians, dual citizens etc.
- Kenyans who have visited Korea even briefly but have impacted on Kenyans in Korea.
- The persons to be awarded must have had positive impact on KCK, its membership, and Kenya as a whole. – The act/action/gesture/project could be social/economic/philanthropic/ educational/ achievement/ award/ etc.
- The person must have not had any criminal/corruption history/complaints against them.
- They must be persons of high integrity.

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS
- AGM September. 27th during the AGM
- Certificates and maybe a medal or returnable trophies

HOW TO NOMINATE
- Please nominate the awardees on Kenya Community Facebook Event Page OR
- Send email to: ntonjapat@yahoo.com or kwemoi@gmail.com or jullietokoth@yahoo.com

NB: Write the name of the person and the award nominated for (Mkenya Halisi – Uzalendo Award).

DEADLINE: Sunday September 21st

AFRICA RISING : A Survey of Korea-Africa Bilateral Interactions

(Paper presented at the Open Lecture, Busan Foundation of International Activities (BFIA))

By B.K. Kamary

africarisingThe narrative of “Africa rising” vis-à-vis the West’s (Europe and USA) involvement in Africa and the recent ‘aggressive’ entry of the People’s Republic of China to the continent has elicited both tribute and controversies. The West-China politico-economic ties with Africa continue to impact Africa in diverse ways.

Africa’s relationship with developed nations has often been laced with overbearing political influence and related economic interests as ‘superpower’ nations seek to maintain or earn prominent voice on global matters. In spite of cravings for Africa’s resources and reconnaissance for new markets by the so called development partners, Africa has been making Continue reading

KCK Newsletter is Back! Read online here…

Untitled-5After a shot hiatus, KCK’s quarterly newsletter, Jambo Kenya Korea, is back!

Read the newsletter here Jambo Kenya Korea Spring 2014

KCK wishes to thank the Communication Committee and all who contributed to the success of bringing this publication back to readers. Your continued support is highly appreciated.

We call upon anyone who wishes to be part of this newsletter (as a writer, photographer, layout designer, columnist humorist etc) to contact kenyakorea@gmail.com .

Meanwhile articles for the Summer Edition 2014 will be received as from June 1st, 2014.

Enjoy the reading…

KCK Annual General Meeting and the Goodies for All

AGM is a very important event in the calendar of KCK which is engraved in the constitution; the document that guides all members of this community. KPBA members were among the Kenyans who enjoyed the hospitality of our host ‘Bethany Methodist Church’ in Dearim, Seoul.

The warm reception to the delicious lunch and snacks provided just melted every attendee’s heart in a very special way. Thank you so much Pastor Jackson Ngari and your Senior Pastor. The gifts were pleasing, too. KCK members together with the friends of KCK gathered to listen to inspiring annual reports and speeches from speakers whom graced the occasion. KPBA was well represented led by the Chairman and the Secretary General and many other valuable members. A presentation on the developments made since the formation of KPBA was given by the Secretary, Mr. Mark Rotich and later expounded on by Continue reading

They came to maim Kenyans but instead heroes emerged

The Somalia-based Al-shabab militia group and Somalia pirates are not new to Korea and certainly familiar to any country that has borne the pains of abductions, loss of life and property, or disrupted trade routes. It was just last December when Somali pirates released four Korean seamen they had held for 19 months; mind you a ransom had to be paid. In our archives we have some indescribable stories about terrorism but those are for another day.

The recent terror attack in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall in which about 70 people died and more than a hundred injured is still fresh in our thoughts. Yes, agonizingly vivid. May the bereaved families will find immediate solace at this time of grief.

Without a shred of doubt, the Westgate attack was one of the most brutal acts against a population. How could they kill children, pregnant women and guiltless lives? Kenyans hearts are chockfull with many questions and our thoughts laced with sundry reflections to ponder.

But there is counter story. While watching the happenings of the Westgate Mall miles away in Korea, I was supposed to feel stranded, helpless and wasted. Allow me to confess that yes, I felt that way at some point. You see, I am a trained first-aider and a certified fire rescuer but all these vestments were comfortably lazed within me miles away. I should have been angrier were it not for the inspiration of my fellow countrymen and women. Kenyans and foreigners alike defied their political, religious, social class and race barricades to offer a hand for the love of life. Now that is heroism.

Again, the reports that Kenya Red Cross had to turn away people who had come to donate blood Continue reading

Jambo Kenya Korea Newsletter (Summer Edition) Published

July-SeptKenya Community in Korea (KCK) has published its quarterly newsletter, Jambo Kenya Korea.

Read the newsletter here Jambo Kenya Korea Summer Edition 2013 July-September

KCK wishes to thank the Communication Committee and all who contributed to the success of this publication so far. Your continues support is highly appreciated. We call upon anyone who is good in layout design to contact kenyakorea@gmail.com soon.

This Summer Edition 2013 marks the end of an era for the founding Managing Editor (and Layout Design Editor), B. K. Kamary. We wish him well as he completes his stay in Korea.

Together we stand.