Mark Zuckerberg has often said that he initially created Facebook as a platform to allow Harvard University students to connect with each other, and later to allow the world to communicate digitally as well, at the touch of a button. But even Zuckerberg, the genius that he is, while coding in his bedroom, may not have predicted the impact his creation would have years later on James Mwaura's family in his small hometown of Molo, Nakuru County.
Mwaura, now a 70-year-old man, disappeared from home 47 years ago, but has now found his way back thanks to the social media giant that is Facebook. Mwaura disappeared when he was only 23 years old in 1974 after he was sent to the store to buy rice for the family. He reportedly got lost in the process, only to find himself in Nairobi with no money and no relatives to turn to when he discovered that his siblings who remained in the city had also moved.
He then hitchhiked to Naro Moru in Nyeri County where he started a new life and then married a woman he met there. Years later, like everyone else these days, he was browsing Facebook when he came across a seemingly familiar face. He messaged the person in his inbox and it turned out to be one of his nephews.
The two struck up a conversation and agreed to meet on Wednesday, before the family reunion finally took place on Thursday. Mwaura, who arrived home in a blue suit, informed family members that he is now married and happy to have three children and four grandchildren.
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