Kenyan lady from Baltimore survives drowning in Mombasa -Help needed.

Kenyan lady from Baltimore survives drowning in Mombasa -Help needed: Please Help Shiku and welcome her home
By Diasporamessenger
It’s been almost 6 months since our sister Shiku had a near drowning accident in Mombasa Kenya.

She can recognize people, and is still nonverbal but does cry or laugh. She is able to eat and continues to improve muscle strength although has limited mobility. Overall, Shiku is making progress.

Thanks be to God, Shiku has been cleared to travel to a Hospital in the U.S. She will be accompanied by her doctor from Kenya. Please assist us in raising funds for the
travel and medical expenses.

We will gather for prayers and contributions at Shiku’s house on October 3 , 2009 at 2pm.

We appreciate your continuous assistance and we look forward to see you.
May God bless you.

Address: 2219 Bluegrass Heights court Rosedale MD 21237.

For more information please contact Ann Mburu at 4432777962

Kenyan lady from Baltimore survives drowning in Mombasa -Help needed.

By Diasporamessenger


A Kenyan lady from Baltimore, Esther Shiku Mburu Henderson, who had traveled to Kenya to visit her family, is fighting for her dear life in hospital and family members are asking for help with hospital bills to keep her alive.

On Sunday April 26th, while on vacation in Mombasa, Shiku aka Mama Victor had a near drowning experience. The family is not aware of all of the details at the moment, but they do know that she ended up with severe pulmonary and cerebral edema that put her in a coma. Doctors at Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa managed to drain the fluid from her lungs, but her brain was still swollen. After careful evaluation of imaging studies, the doctors suspect that she might have sustained an injury to the back of her head. She is currently not able to see or move.

As of Monday May 4th, the brain swelling had reduced slightly, and Shiku became more alert but still on a ventilator (breathing machine). We have been informed that she seems to be responding to sounds, and has some movements though we are not sure of the extent of those movements. Unfortunately, the doctors are still not sure if she can see.

This event has drained the family physically, emotionally, and financially. They have been paying the hospital approximately $4,000, every three (3) days for her continued care in the ICU and at the moment they are not sure how long she will be in the ICU. We have also been informed that she is too unstable to be moved to Nairobi, where she can be closer to the rest of the family.

From the doctors’ reports, they anticipate that she will be in the hospital for at least a month. The hospital policy does not allow major procedures to be performed before at least half the payment is received. Because of this, the family is requesting for financial support in offsetting Shiku’s Hospital bill so that she can get the treatment she desperately needs. Also they are requesting for prayers for God to heal her and restore her health completely with no permanent injury.

Family and friends are meeting daily for prayers at Shiku’s residence: 2219 Bluegrass Heights Ct, Rosedale 21237.The family is also planning for a fundraising on May 23, 2009 in Baltimore Maryland at a venue to be announced soon. Please keep visiting this page for updates.

Well wishers may please send money through the following account:

Bank of America
Acct #: 446015728164
Name: Esther Henderson


For more information, please contact the following people:

Mr. Kiragu -443 559 2160

Dorothy Njathi (Mugeshi) – 410 905 5197-[email protected]


Ann Mburu (Mugure)- 443 277 7962

KTB turns to movies in effort to market Kenya




Kenya has some of the best filming sites in Africa, but major box office productions do not come over due to numerous restrictions.

April 17, 2009: The Kenya Tourism Board will take part in the largest film location exhibition in the US as it seeks to make Kenya an international film location.

The annual exhibition that will take place this week in Santa Monica is organized by the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) and helps countries to promote their filming locations and production support.

The Kenya Film Commission has been taking part in the exhibition for the last three years but this year hopes to focus on the tourism aspect of the film making industry.

This has led to the involvement of the Kenya Tourism Board which will help sell the country’s tourism facilities and sites to film makers at the exhibition.

“Film makers are potential tourists and they can come and enjoy themselves as they stay here,” said the KTB communications manager, Mr Khalid Salim.

Due to the detailed processes involved in filming, film makers who come to the country stay longer than the average tourist.

This provides them with more time to sample tourism facilities and sites and also to spend more in the process.

According to the Kenya film commissions’ head of marketing Mr Timothy Owase, 99 per cent of film makers are also tourists.

“Most film makers travel on tourist visas,” noted Mr Owase.

Filming locations in Kenya are also mainly located in tourism attraction areas like game parks, reserves and conservancies.

These are in areas like Laikipia, the coast, the Rift Valley, Masai Mara, Amboseli and Northern Kenya.

This is expected to make it easier for Kenya’s tourism marketers to sell the country’s prime facilities and sites.

Kenya has some of the best filming sites in the continent but due to high taxes, restrictive regulations and lack of support services, major box office productions do not come over.

“Kenya has all it takes but the only drawback is the lack of incentives,” said Mr Owase. This had made the country lose out to South Africa which is currently the biggest location.

South Africa has managed to attract major box office productions due to its attractive tax incentives, streamlined regulations and developed film industry which provides support services for international film makers.

The Kenyan government is currently working on developing incentives for film makers which include tax reduction and elimination of cumbersome regulations.

This is hoped to translate the numerous enquiries from film makers into actual production.

The Kenyan delegation to the US also includes the department of film services and local film makers.

AFCI which organizes the annual location exhibition is the official professional organization for film commissioners who assist film, television and video production throughout the world.

It is a non-profit association whose members serve as film commissioners for their respective countries or regions. There are more than 300 AFCI-Member Film Commissions worldwide, covering almost every continent.

The AFCI Locations Trade Show is the first look at locations and production support from all over the world for major film production firms.

Source-Business Daily


Journalist Anne Ofula’s Funeral Video
Masses come to bid goodbye to Anne Wafula.

Ofula laid to rest
Fri, Sep 19, 2008

Renowned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation’s (KBC) news anchor Anne Wambui Ofula was Friday afternoon laid to rest at the Lang’ata Cemetery in Nairobi. Ofula passed away on September 11th at the Karen Hospital in Nairobi after a tragic road accident.
The cortege left Lee Funeral Home in the morning, followed by a requiem mass that at Our Lady Queen Karen Catholic Church near Nakumatt Crossroads.
A somber mood engulfed the congregation as family, friends, relatives, the KBC fraternity and members of the public paid tribute to the late Ofula as they viewed the body.
Ofula passed away on September 11th at the Karen Hospital in Nairobi.
She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit after a tragic road accident along Ngong Road on 21st August.
The late Ofula leaves behind husband, Raymond and children Marlon, Marlene, Brian and Nicholas.
The late Ofula has been in the limelight since March 1983 when she joined KBC, then known as Voice of Kenya (VOK).
A major fundraising exercise to offset medical expenses has been scheduled for October 3rd at KICC in Nairobi beginning at 5pm.
Contributions to offset the late Ofula’s medical bill can be made to the Anne Ofula Medical Fund, Family Bank Account Number 683955 at Fourways Towers or by M-Pesa 0725-042303.


Ofula to be buried Friday

Mon, Sep 15, 2008
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-KBC- veteran Television news anchor and Radio presenter Ann Ofula will be buried this Friday at 11.30 am at Langata Cemetery in Nairobi.
Ofula died on Thursday last week as a result of injuries sustained following a tragic road accident along Ngong road three weeks ago.
Her demise has been a big loss to many.
A section of leaders including the ministry of roads continue to send their condolences to the family and friends of the veteran newscaster.
Prior to her burial there will be a requiem mass to be held on Wednesday at 5.30pm at the Our Lady Queen Karen Catholic Church near Nakumatt crossroads on Karen Lang’ata road.
Meanwhile, friends and relatives continue to meet daily from 5.30pm at the Kenya Cultural Center next to the Kenya National Theatre Harry Thuku road to finalize burial arrangements.
The main burial committee however meets at Segret hotel in Milimani.
You are invited to channel your contributions towards assisting the family to: Ann Ofula medical fund account number 683955 Family bank Four ways towers.
Or send it through M-Pesa to mobile number 0725042303.


Ann Ofula KBC’s veteran anchor dead

Thu, Sep 11, 2008

The late KBC radio and TV announcer Anne Ofula. Ofula died on Thursday Morning at Karen Hospital in Nairobi where she was admitted after being involved in a car accident last month.
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Veteran News Anchor Ann Ofula is dead.
Ofula passed away Thursday morning at Karen hospital in Nairobi. She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit on August 27 following a tragic road accident along Ngong.
She was in an entourage that was traveling from the Jomo Kenyatta international Airport where they had received part of the triumphant Kenyan team to the Beijing Olympics.
She underwent two successful operations one to her head and the other to the chest.
Until Thursday doctors and even friends who had been monitoring her recuperation were optimistic that her condition was stable.
However, suffering from mild diabetes, her sugar levels dropped unexpectedly causing complications, which subsequently led to her demise on Thursday Morning at six a.m.
Ann Wambui Ofula was born 49 years ago, and has been in the limelight since March 1983 when she joined KBC, then known as Voice of Kenya as a Production Assistant.
Fluent in French, English and Kiswahili, she quickly rose to become one of the outstanding Television newscasters.
In early 2000 she retired from television and established a niche as a radio presenter.
Ofula has been featured in magazines, and commercials, her latest merit being a month ago, when she scooped the Miss Palmers’ Smart competition.
She was also extensively involved in KBC internal news presenters’ training Programme.
Her passion for broadcasting saw her join the Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) as well as the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT).
A devoted Catholic, Ofula received her sacrament of confirmation officiated by John Cardinal Njue two weeks before the tragedy.
Following her death, KBC Managing Director David Waweru and the KBC fraternity have sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends.
Waweru said KBC has lost a dedicated member of staff and described the late Ofula as an all rounder who went about her duties diligently. The Managing Director wished the family strength at this time of sorrow.
Ann is survived by her husband, Raymond Ofula, four children Marlon, Marlin, Brian, Nicolas and two grandchildren.


Veteran broadcaster dies
Anne Ofula, veteran broadcaster and wife to Better Days actor Raymond Ofula died Thursday (11.09.08) at Karen Hospital.
By Christine Koech


Anne Ofula, veteran broadcaster and wife to Better Days actor Raymond Ofula died Thursday (11.09.08) morning at Karen Hospital. She was 49 years old.
According to sources, Anne died from injuries sustained in an accident two weeks ago while riding in a taxi.
Anne was rushed to the hospital but she remained in a coma at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.
It is unclear whether she had come out of the coma before her death this morning.
In 2003, Anne was involved in a car accident and broke her collarbone. She recovered fully but the injury affected her mobility.
Anne and Raymond were married for 31 years and had four children, Marlon, 30, Marlene, 29, Brian, 25 and Nicholas, 20.
Anne founded the Association of Media Women in Kenya (Amwik) in 1983 to promote the professional moral and legal interests of women working in th media. As of February, 2006 when Anne was interviewed by TRUE LOVE magazine, it was awarding four scholarships every year to deserving women.
Anne spent 28 years working in the media, starting out at KBC as a presenter of a children’s programme and later became a continuity presenter and a TV previewer.
– Additional information from TRUE LOVE Magazine.
Source-Drum magazine








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