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80s & 90s California Diaspora Kenyans Get-Together

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(Seated Left) Ngugi wa Thiongo, Bui Thuo (Center) and, Other 80s & 90s CA Diaspora Kenyans during get together in Bakersfield, CA. (Seated Left) Ngugi wa Thiongo, Bui Thuo (Center) and, Other 80s & 90s CA Diaspora Kenyans during get together in Bakersfield, CA.

A get together by Diaspora Kenyans who arrived in California before 1980, in the 1980’s and in the 1990’s was held at Bakersfield, CA. Bui Thuo who arrived in the U.S in the 1980s said it was attended by more than 100 persons residing in South California, Northern California and a Group that has since relocated to Seattle.

Present in the get-together were renowned writer and academic Prof. Ngugi Wa Thiongo who migrated to the U.S in the 1980s and first settled in the East Coast, New Jersey before relocating to the West Coast, California. Also present was Njeri Karoga, the Consulate General in the L.A office, who attended the get together as a former Diaspora member of the California Diaspora Kenyans community.

Bui says they get together was a great time of remembering when we arrived. Remembering how we found America them and how it has changed. It was also a great time of seeing persons who one saw last when they were teenagers and now have now aged.  

As the Diaspora Kenyans remembered the 20 years and 30 years plus they have lived abroad, Bui also introduced the Diaspora University Town development plan that Diaspora Kenyans are working on. The plan is led by Kenyans who arrived during the 80s and 90s. Bui says, “I think the 80s and 90s Diaspora Kenyans have that innovative thing in them. We had to try many things before we settled in a career path.”  

Bui a Registered Nurses (RN) is working on the Diaspora University Medical Hospital Plan. She also took some time to introduce the project and particularly communicate with other Nurses to join in growing the healthcare system.  

The U.S healthcare system has today developed to over $3.5 trillion GDP for the 325 million persons or about $10,700 per person. Bui says the Diaspora Kenyans have contributed to the progress of the healthcare system of the U.S. that has its largest GDP expansion in the last 30 years. She adds that the Diaspora can play a big part in the Big 4 healthcare plan of President Uhuru Kenyatta.  

Bui who was happy to be together with Diaspora Kenyans who arrived in the 80s and 90s also took some time to work on the Diaspora University Town Medical Hospital Plan. She says, Diaspora Kenyans will contribute to expansion of Kenya healthcare to achieve the right envisioned in Kenya Constitution article 43. (1) Every person has the right— (a) to the highest attainable standard of health, which includes the right to health care services, including reproductive health care. (2) A person shall not be denied emergency medical treatment.

 

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