UK Awards to Attract Record Number of Kenyans

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Hundreds of Kenyans are expected to attend UK-Kenyans Achievers Awards ceremony in London on Friday.

There has been a scramble for the limited tickets after two Kenyan artistes, comedian Churchill (Daniel Ndambuki) and gospel musician Jimmy Gait confirmed their attendance and performance at the ceremony to be held at Holiday Inn Hotel Broomsberry, London.

The organizers, led by Mr Kenneth Mathiu and Ms Pauline Long, said a large number of Kenyans were showing interest in the event.

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"We have blended diplomacy, politics and entertainment for this prestigious event," said Mathiu, a hotelier in London.

It will be the first time that two Kenyan artistes are performing at the annual Gala. The Gala awards Kenyans who have had tremendous positive influence among the Diaspora community and back home in Kenya.

Foreign Affairs Assistant minister Dr Richard Onyonka will be the chief guest and Kenya’s High Commissioner Waweru Ngare will play host.

Last year, Tourism minister Najib Balala graced the occasion that coincided with World Tourism Expo.

Dr Onyonka is keen on the Diaspora community.

The Diaspora community is estimated to have about 3.4 million voters, 60,000 of them residing in London alone.

At the weekend, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka was in London where he told a small gathering of Kenyans to lobby with their Members of Parliament for representation in the august House as recognition of their economic contribution.

As at now, the Diaspora remittances stand at $475 million. The new Constitution provides for dual citizenship, a move that has widely been welcomed by the Kenyan Diaspora, who will cast their votes away from home for the first time in the 2012 general election.

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