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Sara: So we would have received it around July 20 something?
Sara: Give me your number and i will check on that and call you back.
Me: Sure, sure. May i have your name again?
sara: (hesitantly) "Sara"
Me: O.k well thank you and have a good day.
Tune in tomorrow to see if 'sara' calls me back about my passport and whether he/she will sound different this time.If he/she does not call me by 10:30EDT, You bet i will be calling again. This time, i will have the routing number from usps and the exact date my passport reached the embassy.
Moral(s) of the day:
- Rather obvious but if you've had your passport for 10yrs you would need a new one, so fill out the paperwork for that instead of the renewal paperwork which is what i mistakenly did. (It still does not excuse the embassy for not calling back or sending me a letter)
- Calling the Kenyan Embassy passport renewal office is a waste of time, do not leave a voice message on ext6 - your call will not be returned.( I think i can categorically state that since my call was not returned in a span of 2 weeks) Press 0 for the operator and indicate that you would like to speak with someone if at all possible.
- Have the routing information of the registered package and check on www.USPS.com website for the precise date that the embassy received your passport. (for those in the US - If you are in a different country, please check if you can track the package online)
-Get the name of the person you are talking to and their title.
-Last but not least dont be shocked that Sara's voice might have a tinge of baritone.
Tenth anniversary of Kenya ’95 as Kenyatta Day 2005. Professor Apoya from Michigan will talk on the legacy of Jomo Kenyatta and then the people’s parliament will follow with a fiery discussion of the new Kenyan constitution. Kenyan food will be catered - ugali, sukuma wiki and Nyama au kuku fry.
San Francisco based Kenyan movie director Mike Wanguhu will not only premier his new movie Hip Hop Colony shot on location in Kenya but will also be on hand to discuss the movie. The movie is about the Kenyan entertainment industry and the topic of discussion will be Is contemporary Kenyan music an importation of a foreign concept or an extension of Kenyan culture? The movie has been featured in several American film festivals and is being screened in London this week.
Starts at 2:00 pm and end at 9:00 pm with the movie.
venue:The Upfront Event Center in Brooklyn Center . The charge for the entire program, including the guest speakers, food and movie is only $20.00. Tickets need to be obtained in advance
10:00 pm, kick off at Blue Nile with Samba Mapangala of Orchestra Virunga (famous for the songs Vunja Mifupa, Virunga and Malako) performing upstairs. Dj Top Donn (Donald Owino), Kenyan deejay based in Chicago, IL will be on hand with the best Kenyan music downstairs.
$15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. People with advance tickets will be given priority as we will most likely have a houseful.
Because people will start arriving on Friday 21st, we have arranged for a special entertainment session for the evening at Blue Nile in South Minneapolis. Marimba Africa Band will entertain us with Zilizopendwa upstairs and Dj Top Donn will be downstairs. Friday’s admission is only $10.00 at the door.
**Checked for the address of the event center: came up nada, if you have it please post in comments and i will update.