If you are a customer at KSB, you will admit that I have been using the word “Odiangabuks” for quite some time now. However, some readers have now decided to go “that extra mile” by combing up the word in dictionaries while others have been trying to google it in a desperate bid to establish the word’s meaning or legitimacy.
When they failed, some of them gave up and sent me mail seeking for any information about the word. What I would say is that it is not an English word. I picked it from my Uncle when I was growing up in Kisumu district in Kenya. Later, I continued to hear it being used several times within the context of Luo language.
The real meaning of “Odiangabuks” could be wide ranging, from numskulls, nincompoops to mavi ya kuku and other washenzi who keep upsetting you when you need some peace of mind. An Odiangabuk could be someone who is uninformed.
For example, when the Kenyan Ambassador to Scandinavia H.E Ambassador Purity Muhindi was posted to Stockholm, she decided to surround herself with Kenya-Stockholm Odiangabuks instead of getting close to “Opinion leaders”. These are the people who mislead the Ambassador that Kenyans in Stockholm ni walevi, prompting the Ambassador to begin distancing herself from Kenyans.
I am not an opinion leader myself but a trouble maker at KSB. However, I know Kenya-Stockholm opinion leaders who could have helped the Ambassador understand the political terrain in Kenya-Stockholm but whom she kept at a safe distance.
The problem with these Odiangabuks is that once they have met the Ambassador, they feel big and begin to call KSB to reveal what they have been doing with the Ambassador. They are Odiangabuks because they don’t understand that a conversation with KSB that may appear perfectly normal could also lead to significant “Intelligence gathering” about the Embassy and when they begin to ropokwa, one gets to know how deep they are in the pit of Odiangabuks.
I mix the word “Odiangabuks” with English because I am trying to promote it to see if it could, in future, be smuggled into other world languages. The word is already gaining acceptance among Wakenya in Stockholm and this is good progress. Don’t get me wrong.
You can be a Professor but still an Odiangabuk in certain circumstances especially if you begin to act in a way that is not compatible with your Professorship. You could also be treated like an Odiangabuk (even if you are not) because someone wants to embarrass you in a given situation. For example, an Alkizz could tell you in front of people that “wewe ni jinga kabisa”, probably because you disagreed on something.
The word Safari is derived from Swahili language but over time, it has gained acceptance as an English word and now, it is found in English dictionaries. To get it closer, there are words like Gichagi (with shags or oshago variants) and Wira drawn directly from Kikuyu lannguage but among Wakenya, these words have been accepted within the Kenya Sheng community as legitimate.
I was once told by a Luo contact many years ago that the bit “buks” in “Odianga-buks” means that the subject never went through any books. I am still researching the origin or meaning of the “Odianga” part of the word and anybody out there is welcome with an explanation.
Recently, words like Obamanomics, Obamamania, Obamology, Obamanize, Obamanization and Obamatic have all been trying to get their way into the English dictionary.
At the future “Obama University” at Kogelo village, it is possible that Obamanomics will become a key field of study although some odiangabuks and their nincompoop friends might dismiss this thesis as an absurd theory based on the on going obamanization of the world especially among obamamaniacs in the United States of Obama. If you are a true obamacon, then you obamastand what I am obamaring (saying) within the framework of obamarythmics and that is just obamatastic! Cheers!
The family that was involved in a wedding in which Kenyans who attended the Pre-wedding Party failed to get invitation to the main wedding has clarified the matter.
Speaking to KSB, a family member said that it was unfortunate that some Kenyans felt left out of the wedding because this was not the intention. According to the family member, information had been relayed at the Pre-wedding Party to the effect that the evening’s event was the “Kenyan part” of the wedding but that not everybody seem to have received this information.
The family member said that by the time the Pre-wedding was organized, the date and other details of the main wedding had already been fixed. According to the family source, the position of the family is that the Pre-wedding was the end as far as Kenyans and the African community were concerned because the general understanding was that the main wedding would be a private affair.
The family source said that there appears to have been a big “break-down in communication” that could have led to the misunderstanding that everybody who was at the Pre-wedding would be invited to the main wedding.
The family appeared very concerned about the reaction of a cross section of Kenyans who expected to be invited to the wedding although the family blamed the hitch on “communication breakdown”.
Angry Kenyans who were at the Pre-wedding but who failed to get invitations called KSB to express their anger. They found it strange that the family sent clear information through public channels about the Pre-wedding but failed to do so about the main wedding, leading to feelings that they had been left out of the main wedding.
The issue has provoked heated debate among Kenyans in Stockholm about pre-weddings, fund raisings and economic exploitation of the Kenyan community in Stockholm.
Do not miss the Conference in which Dr Kiiza Besigye, the heroic Ugandan Opposition leader, will deliver a speech on conflicts in Uganda in particular and the entire region in general. Dr. Kiiza Besigye is the leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (website: http://www.fdcuganda.org)
Conference on conflict and conflict resolutions in Africa:
Place: ABF Stockholm, Sveavägen 41, Saturday 4 October 2008;
Time: 9:30- 16:30
Three workshops, about conflicts and conflict resolutions in Uganda, about conflict in the Sudan and about the conflicts in the horn of Africa
Speakers at the Conference.
1. Pierre Schori talks about those conflicts in Africa but mainly focusing on West Africa. He also talks about his role as a UN ambassador and chief for the UN peace keeping forces in Ivory Coast,
2. Warren Kizza Besigye talks on armed and other conflicts in Uganda, its impact on human development and the process of democratization in Uganda .
3. H.E. Jacqueline Mutangira, the situation for women in Rwanda and their role in society today after the genocide.
4. Representative of the government of Uganda talks on the Ugandan experience, of the balance between conflict and democratic reforms
5. Joe Frans, Chairman of Forum Syd tells about how the Swedish NGO’s work with aid in the conflict areas.
6. H.E. Moses Akol, the Sudanese Ambassador, talks on the conflict in Southern Sudan and its resolution.
7. Etienne Tshisekedi, talks on the developments and situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bengt Nilsson (unconfirmed) Journalist and writer on Africa.
Conference arranged by the OLOF Palme center.
Ugandans and other African friends are arranging a fund raising dinner dance in honour of Dr Kiiza Besigye and to support his Party, the Forum for Democratic Change. More details about it will follow soon. Reserve that night for the dinner dance.
Mrs Nyambura Ngatia, a Kenyan resident in Stockholm, has lost her brother in Kenya. The brother died abruptly. KSB sends deep condolences to the family of Mr. and Mrs Ngatia during this time of great shock and sorrow. We hope that the family will have the courage to go through this difficult moment. Friends, relatives and well-wishers are gathering at the Ngatias in Norsborg to condole with the bereaved family.
Mr. Paul Njenga is in involuntary camp here in Sweden. Friends have organized an Itega (a show of solidarity) with Njenga and you are invited to the function which will take place tomorrow Friday, 26th September at Friggsvägen 15 (opposite Hallunda Riksteatern) from 16.00-22.00. Tube station is Hallunda. There will be food, drinks and discussions. You are all welcome. Info: 0736779031.
Whoever said that Kenya-Stockholm is a complicated arena may have been right. In a case that has stunned a cross section of the community, Kenyans who have been waiting patiently to attend a wedding that was held last Saturday were strategically excluded from the function because they were considered Odiangabuks.
If you are new inna-de area, Odiangabuks are ordinary and worthless people, sometimes considered uncouth and unworthy of attention. They are the kind of people whom President Mwai Kibaki could call Mavi ya kuku (Chicken shit) or pumbaf.
A few weeks before the wedding, the lucky couple and their friends had thrown a Pre-wedding Party that was not just well attended but that gave a clue as to what to expect at the real wedding that was expected in a few weeks.
It was a big shock when some Odiangabuks (who did not even know their status in relation to the wedding) got the breaking news from BBC-Stockholm that the wedding had already taken place. Unlike during the pre-wedding when the “Organizing committee” sent an SMS to Wakenya while a notice was also placed at KSB, there was no single announcement about the wedding as the date and venue were converted into a “top secret” that even the FBI or the M16 could not have cracked.
Since the Muraya and Lissa wedding in September last year, Kenyans have been starved of public weddings and when news went around that a Kenyan man and a Swedish woman had called a pre-wedding Party, both men and women, boys and girls walijiseti and they landed at the pre-wedding in style.
A big factor at the Pre-wedding was that there was a “contribution book” where wedding-lovers could register their names together with the amount they had coughed towards the big day. A Kenyan bachelor who called KSB lamented that after undergoing a serious financial stress to make it known that he was one of the contributors towards the big day, it was a “fore-gone conclusion” that he would be invited to the wedding, so he thought in his amorous bachelor brain.
He was one of the Odiangabuks who was left out and another problem was that the miss cost him a precious opportunity to get close to a cute Kenyan lady he met at the Pre-wedding because they had an agreement that they would deepen their contacts at the wedding where they both expected to be invited. He never took her number and now, she is gone, may be, not for ever.
What has stunned Kenyans especially those who attended the pre-wedding is that when the couple needed their money to organize the wedding, they were treated like Kings and Queens with SMS messages making it to their mobile phones but once the money was in, the couple disappeared to organize a secret wedding somewhere in Stockholm.
PRE-WEDDING COMMITTEE SHOULD ACCOUNT
According to a KSB agent who did make it at the wedding albeit incognito, the event was packed with Swedes with only 5-10 Kenyans blackening the white faces in the crowd.
The situation was serious because even some committee members who were seen working overtime at the pre-wedding appear to have been kept out for unknown reasons. A Kenyan DJ who entertained the audience the whole night during the pre-wedding was among Odiangabuks who were kept in the dark about the event.
The KSB agent posted at the event said that according to information he gathered, the wedding “had been taken over” by the Swedes who organized it according to the “Swedish culture” which has it that only close friends and relatives are entitled to attend such events. “It is possible that this kind of classification could have rendered many Kenyans “strangers” in the situation”, he theorized.
It was even rumored that the Committee which organized the Pre-wedding and which raised funds for the event was given “five slots” ie, allowed to invite only five people. This could be true or false. In case it is true, then the next question that arises is why a group of Kenyans had decided to go public with a Pre-wedding Party to raise funds without informing the audience that they might not be invited to the main wedding because of circumstances.
Kenyans who contributed cash and who were excluded from the wedding without explanations told KSB that the pre-wedding fund-raising might have been a fraud because they cannot understand how the Swedes could have taken over the event to an extent that they decided to keep away people who had contributed money that was being spent at the wedding and without any information whatsoever.
“There is need for an investigation into fake fund-raisings among Kenyans in Stockholm because the matter is getting out of hand”, a Kenyan who contributed at the harambee told KSB.
He is convinced that the Committee walikula pesa, arguing that if it was a Swedish thing as is being propagated in some quarters, the Swedes could not have sent a group of Kenyans to fund raise for them among Wakenya. Many theories by “Kenyan experts” have began to emerge to explain what may have happened and KSB might be full the whole week!
“The Committee of Kenyans which was behind the pre-wedding should not just account for public funds contributed at the event but should also give Kenyans an explanation why people who had contributed money were left out of the main wedding and without a single explanation”, said the Kenyan.
A lady who was at the pre-wedding was so much affected because the people who were behind the pre-wedding “are learned people” whom she respected. “I cannot force myself to someone’s wedding but since I was invited at the fund raising, I deserved an explanation if I was going to be left out of the main wedding after contributing my money. I now feel cheated and exploited”, she said, adding that she will have to be more careful with Kenya-Stockholm harambees.
KSB has gathered that invitation cards were sent to a “special selection” of people although the criteria of selection could not be established. It looks like in future, Kenyans may have to enter into a legal agreement that if a Kenyan attends a pre-wedding Party and contributes, there must be an invitation to the main wedding.
In the meantime, it might take time for some Kenyans to recover after they discovered that they could easily be converted into Odiangabuks after responding to a call to help raise funds so that some young couple could get married.
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Africa Unitez, a Kenyan music group based in Stockholm, is the latest sensation to have hit the music scene with this brand new Video. The group features Jay-Jay, Daty Natz and Jo, three young artists with big ambitions. Jay-Jay has no relationship with J-Jay, another prolific Kenyan artists also linked to the group, “Vibetricks”, which also released a video recently. It seems like a younger generation of Kenyans in Stockholm are leaving nothing to chance. They have started exposing their talents and it will be interesting to follow their developments. KSB will continue to expose them to readers of the blog. Watch out for you never know when another bang will hit the KSB Music headlines. For now, it is Africa-Unitez that is booming.
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Purity can still relax because there is something urgent. There are some Kenyans who have been pestering me to write about two issues but I am not sure whether their ideas are good and how Kenyans in Stockholm might take the comments. I will take up one of the key issues today.
You have a very good Kenyan friend who respects you very much. She has two kids and the elderly child is having a birthday. As a buddy who is in her “white books” (you are almost topping the list), you are one of the first Kenyans and friends to be invited to the birthday bash, sometimes 30 days before the extravaganza.
The big day comes and then you arrive without a present for the child. It could be understandable if you didn’t have time to buy the present because your schedule is very tight. But then, you also fail to “put something” in an envelope which could later materialize into a present for the young lad who is turning I don’t know how many years.
Then, a small discussion about birthday presents suddenly pops up on a light note and, like a radio with new batteries (to borrow from comrade Martin Ngatia), you take over the debate, proselytizing about the general concept of birthday presents. According to your innovate theory, birth day presents are part of “white culture” because “our fore-fathers” never even used to celebrate birthdays in the first place.
According to your so called theory, the most important thing is that you have left all your stuff to attend the birthday Party. Your argument is that your presence at the occasion is itself the ultimate “birthday present” that is even “beyond purchase”.
In the meantime, you did not come alone. You pulled a friend who is totally unrelated to the family that had “specially invited guests” to come along and the justification for the extra company is different depending on whom you talk to.
According to you, “we are Africans” and not everybody needs to be invited to a birthday Party. “My friend called me and asked if we could go out. I told him that I had been invited to a birthday Party. WE THEN DECIDED that why not? We could hook up and zoom to the Party together. That’s the good thing with us Africans, you don’t have to be invited to such parties”, you roar.
WHEN THE “STAR OF THE PARTY” BUST INTO TEARS…
By then, your beer level is about 4-5 cans and as you speak, you are at the same time throwing tiny bits of saliva on your listener’s face because you can’t shut your big mouth. Your hands are in the air and as you dinya your points, you are pointing in the direction of Kenya, saying “huko nyumbani, people don’t care”. Just to rewind, you opened a fresh drink, took two sips and forgot the can in the kitchen. Noticing that your system is still not yet saturated, you call for a new drink simply because vinywaji are freely available.
The thing izz, You have forgotten that the Party may have cost the host between 5-10 thao in krona (Ksh 50-100,000) and that probably, the budget was based on a simple arithmetic on the number of expected guests.
To counter any possible argument to the effect that uninvited guests (like the one you came with) are being unrealistic, you posit that “if you don’t have money, don’t call people to a birthday Party”. This is where we are. If it was your rib or some soft flesh your fingers are walking over, it could be understandable if she is the uninvited baggage. You have arrived with a functional alkizz (alcoholic) whose first demand is a whisky.
He is functional bcozz at least, he knows where to take the last train or the night bus. Even then, you have to call him in the morning to confirm that he arrived in his one roomed shabby flat because he has a tendency of feeding you with stories the following day of how he slept in the night bus and that he had to be woken up by the driver in the middle of nowhere. He enjoys telling you these stories because he likes remembering how drunk he was last night. That is his hobby.
As for him (who arrived without a birthday present if you have 4gotten), there is a different explanation as to why he is there – eti it is always good to have friends because “they make things happen”. The truth is that he was supposed to spend money on drinks at Vasa but once he discovered that some free drinks might have been packing somewhere at a birthday Party, it was time “to go and meet Wakenya”.
Gate crashing within the context of African culture is not wrong per se. But why can’t you also contribute the cash you were supposed to spend at Vasa for the kid to have a birthday present or to appreciate the effort? We are Africans but we are not in Africa. We are in the “Krona world”. Even in Africa, there is what is called “communal contribution” in certain situations because life has become “hard”. If I were Leonard Mambo Mbotela, I could have asked: “Je, hu ni Ungwana kweli?”
I was one day very embarrassed when I got to a birthday Party and suddenly, the kid who was celebrating her birthday started crying mysteriously. The mother was around and I was making a corner, (just on time) to download at the small room. Surprised, I stopped to ask the mother why the “star of the Party” was crying. With some difficulty, she said that there is a guest who had arrived without a present and the child could not understand.
“MPANADA NGAZI HUSHUKA”
The problem is that all along, both the mother and the child had been positioned strategically to receive visitors and things appeared to have been going well. Guests were either carrying presents or envelopes with others requesting for envelopes if they hadn’t carried any but had planned to “do something”. It was not a “police marking” kind of situation but those who did not carry presents quickly explained to the mother (that they had something) then the Mom relayed the explanation to the kid (a present would be purchased) with the result that the kid kept her cool. Every time a guest arrived without a present, the kid expected an explanation.
Suddenly, a guest arrived without a present and since the guest did not indicate that something was on the way, the mother too could not relay back any signals. Haya.
The kid questioned why there was no present and at first, the mother tried to ignore in some kind of cover up. The kid insisted and the mother still tried to brush the issue aside because it was embarrassing. When no explanation was fourth coming, the kid burst into tears shouting aloud where the guest’s present was. A crisis of sorts started brewing as the kid persisted in the middle of a deep cry: “where is his present?”
When I enquired why the kid was crying, the mother whispered to me the explanation as we entered into an emergency brain-storming session to contain the crisis because if the news were to spread at the Party, the guy ran the big risk of being the “talk of Kenya-Stockholm” (if you know what I mean yeah!).
“And did you hear what happened at the birthday Party of Nani’s kid?”, so it begins. Nani ali-arrive without a present halafu, mtoi ndiyo huyo…”. The Kenya-Stockholm professionals normally break-down the story in bits, leaving you hooked.
The Question is: Should people carry birthday presents when they are invited to birthday parties or should the practice be left at the level of individual discretion? What I know is that there are few birthday hosts who will criticize a gate crasher who tucks some quid in an envelope “in solidarity”.
If they were to pass comments in the situation, I know Wakenya and they will, most likely, say that even though he/she was not invited, alitoa kitu. He/she “is better than nani who was invited aka kuja mkono mtupu”. They might even add that the invited guest came empty handed even though “yeye huringa sana”.
To try and explain why the guest did not carry a present, they might say that these days, “amefirisika”. Some Kenyans might even turn philosophic eti mpanda ngazi hushuka and in some cases, they might conclude that ameisha kabisa! Just because you arrived without a present. To carry or not to carry, always remember that the consequences are lurking in the shadows, at least, in Kenya-Stockholm as we know it.
Some times back, I wrote about Masumbuko, a Kenyan national who has sought asylum in Sweden after fleeing from post election violence in Kenya. He is a daily consumer of KSB propaganda and although he would like to get in contact with Kenyans and introduce himself, he is afraid because he has been told that Kenyans in Stockholm ni wanyama and can spoil his case at the Immigration causing him to be deported to Kenya.
Although he was at the Nyama choma that was organized by the Sound of Blackness at Fittja Beach on July 26th, he told KSB that he would like to keep a low profile for now although he also accepted to be feeding KSB “with propaganda” he comes across in the process of his struggles za mapepe. He admits that he has met a few Kenyans although recently, he had to go underground because a Kenyan male got angry after he suspected that he (Masumbuko) was getting too close to the Kenyan’s girlfriend who is Swedish.
Now, Masumbuko says that he has himself fixed a Swedish girlfriend after many trials. “It was like a manner from heaven because it’s her who first smiled at me before I made the move”, he told KSB happily. His major problem though is that he is not sure how to behave when in the girl’s company and he fears that if he makes a mistake, he may be dumped, forcing him to start from scratch.
The thing is, Birgitta, the Swedish lassie, is Masumbuko’s first contact with a white girl and Masumbuko admits that each and every date is like a big test. For example, Masumbuko is just learning to kiss a white girl in public, an activity that he says, has become so important for the girl.
He has also learnt to keep time, to hold hands almost on a constant basis when they are together and to say “I love you” at every opportunity. In fact, he admitted that he is almost replacing the girl’s name with the word “sweet heart” because “that is what is rocking at the moment”. He had to find out what the word “puss puss” means exactly because the girl had been slipping it in her parting shots after every phone contact.
Another problem is that since they met about two weeks ago, Masumbuko has been overwhelmed by the number of contacts the girl has been taking in terms of phone calls, SMS and email. He told KSB that although the girl is working very hard to impress her, he is working overtime to try and understand her and that the mix has produced “some excitement”.
Now, the relationship is going so well that the girl is planning to introduce Masumbuko to her friends and later he is slated to meet the girl’s parents as they get to know each other even better. The problem is that Masumbuko has not told the girl that he is a refugee in Sweden.
When asked why, he said that he has been unable to further his romantic agenda with almost every Swedish girl who has come an inch to giving him attention with his refugee profile. “As soon as I give my status as a refugee, they have always slipped through my fingers and I wasn’t going to take chances with further refugee talk”, he said.
POLISHING HIS DRESSING STYLE
Instead, he told the girl that he is a student, studying Economics at Stockholm University. He added that he is on a 2 year government scholarship, having been sponsored by the Kenyan government.
To add more sugar to the tale, he said that he had studied Sociology in the United States before he moved back to Kenya to take up a job that involved a lot of travelling to other countries.
When he first mentioned that he comes from Kenya, a question that came up is whether he could run. He then got the opportunity to explain the difference between Kenyan runners on TV and Kenyans like himself.
Masumbuko comes from a “certain community” and he had to go all the way, clarifying that Kenya is not a den of wild runners but a mixture of different ethnic groups and how Kales are the most talented when it comes to athletics in Kenya. He told KSB that he really enjoyed this bit of explanation because it gave him the opportunity to talk about something that appeared to catch the girl’s attention.
Since he met Birgitta, he has been trying to polish his dressing style although he has no money to go for expensive stuff because he has no job while his tiny refugee allowance cannot allow him to live a normal life of a youth on adventure. He has had to cancel at least one date because he didn’t have the money to spend and this also worries him.
The girl proposed a dinner after which they were to watch a movie before taking it easy at a discotheque all night long. When he did the mathematics, he discovered that he may run bankrupt if he accepted the date because his budget is tight. He doesn’t want to expose his financial difficulties at an early stage of the relationship.
For now, Masumbuko says that things are delicate although he hopes that the relationship will work out on a long term because he says he has been very lonely since he came to Sweden. In Nairobi where he grew up, he had plenty of girls to choose from but when he came to Sweden, the Swedish girls were not in a rush to go for him as he had expected since he believes that he is not bad looking besides his youthfulness.
He is happy that there is a Kenyan friend who has been giving him very good advice on how to go about his ways in Sweden although at times, he found the Kenyan a bit paranoid and ignored some of his pieces of advice. He is still looking for a job and has appealed to any Kenyan with good connections to help.
He once got a job in Märsta involving door to door distribution of adverts (reklam) but left because the volume of work he was doing was far too bigger that the 800 kr he was earning monthly so he decided to quit. Although he is well educated and sounds very urbane, he says that he doesn’t mind taking up junk jobs because at this point in time, he basic agenda is to try and “survive”. He will be happy for any job offers from a good Samaritan.
Kenyan women in Sweden continue to make their presence known at various functions. In a recent cultural event in Solna, the Voice of Women (VOW) was at hand to articulate issues affecting Kenyan women in Sweden. VOW was represented at the function by its top officials led by Pastor Beatrice Kamau.
VOW works in conjunction with other women’s groups in Sweden and has been in existence since last year when it was launched. The event in Solna was attended by organizations and groups from different countries of the world.
Margarette Njihia, a member of VOW, told KSB that the agenda of VOW is to unite Kenyan women in Sweden so that they can speak with one voice on matters affecting women in Sweden. She said that VOW is going strong and appealed for support from Kenyan women in Sweden.