‘They don’t accept me’, Kenyan in UK explains why he invests back home

Kenyan in UK Dr Samuel Njenga
Kenyan in UK Dr Samuel Njenga. [Photo: Courtesy]

Dr Samuel Njenga has lived in the UK for the last 30 years. He has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly from the other side of the world.

And like other Kenyans who invest back home, he has also invested back home.

However, he says that his decision to invest back home was primarily informed by how systems in the UK treat him and people of color.

Dr Njenga while appearing as a guest on Metha Ya Kagoni YouTube show, said he is comfortable investing in a place where he is accepted, and that’s is back home.

“What made me think of investing back home was, if you travel to a place and you are not accepted, you will be foolish to invest there,” he stated.

He added that he realized that he was not accepted in the UK as he would like to be, and it spurred his thoughts to channel investment back home.

“When I saw I am not accepted here; I had to think of my country where I am accepted. I said I would plow back my money home. So who loses? It is the host country,” he notes.

Now in his early 60s’, Dr Njenga started preparing for his retirement when in his 30s.

Born and bred in Dagoretti, Nairobi, he moved to the UK in 1990 on a visitor’s visa. Back then, he says, immigration rules were not as stringent as they are today.

He later decided to stay in the UK and study law, but his heart was into the Gospel; therefore, he studied Theology.

He is a Reverend at the Church of England, known as the Anglican Church in Kenya.

Before he started on ministry, he juggled school and a night job to make ends meet. He had just met his wife and had their first kid.

Dr Njenga calls for discipline for Kenyans in the diaspora if they want to make it in life.

He describes life abroad, especially in Europe, as ‘fast-paced’ and ‘draining,’ all of which can ruin a person’s life if they lack discipline.