MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of AKU is to bring all Kenyans in Utah together with the goal of uniting our community for the common good

OBJECTIVES

~ To be part of the bridge between college and university students and those already in the work force ~
~ To provide for professional fellowship among members, prospective members and related persons in the communities ~
~ To advice/counsel new students regarding tuition, enrollment and any other issues that pertain to new students ~
~ To provide a forum for discussion of matters of professional concern, to foster and support the programs and services of the organization ~
~ To organize activities that bring all Kenyans and their families together ~

Thursday, September 20, 2012

KENYA DIASPORA CONFERENCE 2012
(OCTOBER 5-7, 2012)
Click here for more details!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May 2011 GRADUATIONS!

Dear AKU'ers

May 2011 is a great month for the AKU family. Please, join the AKU Executive committee in congratulating these, our very own, AKU members on their upcoming graduations -- a job well done -- keep shining! These individuals have truly done AKU proud. We all share in their successes and look forward to many more. If we've inadvertently left out any others, please, let us know ASAP and we'll expedite. Additionally, the committee would like to know whenever there is an important event in your lives...keep us updated.

1. May 6, 2011
- James Mulandi graduates with a PhD in Civil Engineering from the U-of-U! Go UTES! :)

2. May 21, 2011
- Sam Mutua graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Lab Sciences from the U-of-U! Again, Go UTES! :)

3. May 26, 2011
- Dunstan Opiyo graduates with a high school diploma from Timpview High School, Provo! Go Thunderbirds! :)

"Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve." Anonymous.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris Olola
AKU VP
(for AKU Executive Committee)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

CHANGE OF VENUE FOR THE MEETING WITH THE RT.HON.PRIME MINISTER ON 17TH APRIL 2011

by Aku Utah on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 12:29pm

Dear AKUers,

Please, note the changes below. This is an important opportunity for ALL of us to meet and/or ask the PM any question that has been in our thoughts, for our beloved country, Kenya -- it's our chance to get our voices heard! because not all of us might travel to LA, I have been in touch with the secretariat in California that is organizing the meeting with the PM, if they could avail Skype capability so that we could all (in Utah) coverage in one central location (e.g, at the Chairman's residence or anywhere else) and use skype to talk with the PM. The secretariat is supportive of this and they're working hard to see the feasibility. The secretary (Seth) cc'ed in here is on the works and will keep us updated. Kenyans in other various regions in the US are also exploring this approach. Please, sambaza. I'll place the same info in our AKU fb page and blog soonest.

Thanks and stay tuned.

Chris

AKU-VP

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This is to inform you that the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya, the Right Honorable, Raila Amolo Odinga, M.P., EGH, will be honoring us with an official visit to the United States of America beginning the 11th of April 2011.

He is scheduled to visit Los Angeles from Saturday the 16th of April,2011, through Monday, the 18th of April, 2011.

One of the highlights of the program will be a meeting with the Kenyan community residing in any of the West Coast States of the USA. The meeting will provide us an update on the current situation in Kenya, along with clarification on issues we might have pertaining to the new constitution and how it impacts the people of the diaspora.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VENUE has been CHANGED from the Wilshire Hote ,Los Angeles , 3515 Wilshire Blvd, LA CA 90010 to the CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, 5151 STATE UNIVERSITY DRIVE, LOS ANGELES ,CA 90032.

The meeting will take place on Sunday the 17th of April, 2011, between 2-5pm at the CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, 5151 STATE UNIVERSITY DRIVE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90032 in the GOLDEN EAGLE BALLROOM. The telephone number is

(323)343-6770 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (323)343-6770 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

The program will have a very tight schedule. For that reason, any questions or burning issues you may wish to discuss with the Prime Minister, should be sent in advance to cg@kenyaconsulatela.com. The deadline for these requests is April 6, 2011.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. The consulate office will take care of parking fees for all attendees.

For those planning to fly in from other West Coast States that fall under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Consulate Office, we have negotiated a discounted rate with WILSHIRE HOTEL, 3515 WILSHIRE BLVD, Los Angeles, CA 90010. The telephone number is (213) 381-7411 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (213) 381-7411 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. The rate will be approximately $99 per night.

For any queries please contact the undersigned through the above email. In the subject line please enter “Query on PM'S visit.”

We look forward to meeting all of you there.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Jane Miano Mugweh

Deputy Consul General and Coordinator of the function.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Congratulations Liz!


congrats liz (now Liz Adoyo JD) on your colorful graduation (may 14, 2010)! thanks for making us proud!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving BASH!

Dear all-

Remember AKU's Thanksgiving Event, Fri Nov 27, 2009; 5pm; University of Utah Married Student Apartments, West Village (approx. 1950 E 800 S (Sunnyside dr)).

COME ONE, COME ALL!!

AKU Executive committee

Thursday, October 8, 2009

AKU BANK DETAILS AND OTHER UPDATES

ASSOCIATION OF KENYANS IN UTAH
c/o Mr Ben Kavila
192 East Handcart Way, Sandy Utah, 84070.
Phone: +;1-801-567-0311 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-801-567-0311 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
AKU's BLOG : http://aku-09. blogspot. com/
AKU's email: aku-09@yahoogroups. co.uk (to all AKU members)
Facebook address..send message to: akuusa09@gmail. com
Yahoo group URL: http://uk.groups. yahoo.com/ group/aku- 09/
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Oct 08, 2009

To all AKU members
State of Utah
USA.

Dear member,

(A) AKU BANK DETAILS

The committee of AKU is delighted inform you that AKU's bank account is now fully operational and AKU is duly register with Utah's regulatory authorities. You are now encouraged to start remitting your annual membership fee ($50, payable at once or in two reasonable installments) . Please, note that AKU's fiscal year ends on June 30 each year. Follow this process for your remissions:

1. Deposit your annual fee into AKU's account (see account details below).

2. Contact AKU's Treasurer (Priscilla Smith, priscilla.smith@msn.com) and inform her of the
transaction or arrange to scan and email your deposit advice/deposit slip to her or choose any other mode of ensuring the information reaches her for records reconciliation. ALL remissions will be receipted or acknowledged.

Bank Details are:

1. Account name : Association of Kenyans in Utah (AKU)
2. Bankers : America first credit union (use any branch within US)
3. Account number : Check your mails or go to AKU yahoogroup page, under FILES.


(B) THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY PLANS


Last week (Saturday, Oct 3, 2009) the committee met at Liz Adoyo's residence. One of the issues discussed was how we can all meet for Thanksgiving. We acknowledge that most of us may not have invites for Thanksgiving and it being an auspicious occasional, we'd all like to mark it as a Kenyan community -- no one should feel left out. So,

1. WHEN: we plan to host this event on the Thanksgiving FRIDAY (Nov 27, 2009) so that Thursday can be left out for families/friends to have their own events.

2. VENUE: Tentatively, we plan to host it at one of the community centers/halls at the University of Utah village (married student housing). ...it's more central to all and it's free if coordinated by one of us who resides there.

3. ROLES: Everyone's active participation is needed. The Reps (Kim, Peter & Eric) and Director of operations (Kobia), will be in touch with you for further details. People will be asked to prepare specific meals or other items BUT AKU will foot the costs. Stay tuned for details from the Reps and Dir of Ops.

4. COST:
(a) The event will be FREE for duly paid up members/AKU- friends ($50 per year). However, AKU's kitty is still very slim so we ask that if you've not paid up your 2009/2010 annual membership fees, please, do so via the details above as soon as you can -- anza hata kidogo kidogo kitambo tufike Nov 15th utakuwa umeitoboa... Kumbuka haba na haba hujaza kibaba!

(b) For those who shall have not paid up membership fees by Nov 15th, we still need you ALL...so you'll still have an option of paying an admission fee of $10 in order to attend the event. This amount should be paid via bank details above and the Treasurer notified to validate and reconcile payments.

(C) AKU CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS


The committee officially adopted the recently drafted (and circulated to you for review) constitution and by-laws. Please, visit AKU yahoogroup page and check for the folder (under FILES) for these documents. It's IMPORTANT that we ALL know what governs us..and keep on top of things. This is still open for any amendments as and when deemed necessary. Your voice is vital.

Remember, AKU needs your support in order to plan and execute various activities for you.
Should you have any questions, concerns and/or suggestions, please, contact the committee members below. Asanteni sana na mbarikiwe nyote! Please, be visiting AKU's website (yahoogroup and/or facebook) for updates.

Sincerely
Dr. Chris Olola
Vice-President, AKU
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President : Ben Kavila (benkavila@yahoo. com)
Vice-President : Chris Olola (c_olola@yahoo. com)
Secretary : Elizabeth Adoyo (lizadoyo@yahoo. com)
Ass. Secretary : Kevin Ogolla (kvoooh@yahoo. com)
Treasurer : Priscilla Smith (Priscilla.smith@ msn.com)
Dir. of Operations : Kobia Eringo (kobia65@hotmail. com)
Regional reps. :
- Eric Sunkuli (ilusukueric@ yahoo.com)
- Peter Mwangi (pemwas2000@ yahoo.com)
- Martin Kimathi (kimathimartin@ yahoo.com

Sunday, July 26, 2009

AKU's 1st (inaugural) social event July 25, 2009!


It was a wonderful AKU social event that enjoyed a superb turnout! Hats go off for the Eringos' (Wambui & Kobia) for their unparalleled organization and hosting skills -- Wambui, the group will definitely miss you...fare thee well! Similarly, AKU's interim officials would like to extend MUCH gratitude to ALL AKU members (and their families and friends) for their turnout, time & material contributions that enabled the event to attain such exemplary success -- the mouth watering nyama choma, kachumbari, rice, chapos, mandaos and a plethora of drinks (just to mention a few), went beyond expectations! THANK YOU ALL!

We welcome all the newly selected AKU-area reps for the various Utah regions -- you'll be very valuable in linking AKU to all Kenyans (and their families) in Utah -- both currently in Utah and those new (future) Kenyans who will come to Utah. All members should keep eyes peeled and alert the officials & reps as the identify/meet Kenyans around Utah. With the reps on board, we'll now engross ourselves in drafting and circulating the AKU's by-laws for your review and implementation thereafter.

We love you ALL! Stay tuned as more events will soon be on. Don't forget to visits with AKU's treasurer (Priscilla) and start remitting your annual membership fee. This is your association, build it and move it to the net level!

Please, see AKU's yahoo group for details on more snaps at the fete, visit AKU's yahoo groups (http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/aku-09/)...under PHOTOS link and facebook, to witness for yourselves! Email me any other different snaps that you may have taken at the event which you may wish to share with others and I'll upload too.

God bless.

Dr. Chris Olola
AKU-VP

Nchi yetu tunayoipenda!!

Nchi yetu tunayoipenda!!
The committee of the Association of Kenyans in Utah (AKU) welcomes you to this blog. AKU is an association of and for ALL Kenyans and their families who reside in Utah, USA. This is a VERY preliminary phase of this blog and therefore, suggestions are highly encouraged. You are also encouraged to:

1. URGENTLY contact the Treasurer and register yourself and family as AKU members.

2. Spread the great news of AKU's registration with Utah authorities as a no-profit and non-political association and encourage them to register as AKU members.

3. Visit the following links and register your emails addresses so that you can keep abreast with events and news in AKU:

(a) Please, subscribe to AKU listserv TODAY...send an email to: aku-09-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk .....and follow any instructions that follow thereon.

(b) Visit AKU's home page for latest updates:
...Group home page :http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/aku-09

...To post message to all AKU group members send it to: aku-09@yahoogroups.co.uk

3. Stay updated with info in AKU's Blog and stay on the loop with others in AKU's facebook:

...visit for mission, objectives, regular updates: http://aku-09.blogspot.com/

To join AKU's FB, invite AKU as a friend via: akuusa09@gmail.com

Welcome and enjoy.

Chris Olola
Interim Treasurer, AKU
(on behalf of the Interim AKU Committee)
July 04, 2009