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After Kaikai, Larry Madowo seems to be next as plot thicken at NMG

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Even as NTV’s Linus Kaikai was packing his bags after calling it a day at NMG, NTV news anchor Larry Madowo  left his fan base confused after he edited his Twitter handle and removed any attachment he has with the Nation Media Group (NMG) and the television station he works for. Initially, Madowo’s handle indicated he was, among others, an NTV news anchor as well as the technology editor.

Now, the handle’s profile plainly states he is a journalist, leaving many wondering whether he is about to exit NTV as recent reports have indicated. In addition to editing his Twitter bio, Madowo on Wednesday morning posted a poetic passage from Charles Dicken’s A tale of Two Cities, further heightening the speculation:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it
was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it
was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness,
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

 Madowo has recently been uneasy at how things are panning out at Nation Centre. He first made his stand known last month when he took on CEO Joe Muganda, who has since left the company for Vivo Energy, demanding to know why the management was quiet following threats issued to journalist Justus Wanga by Deputy President William Ruto’s media aide, David Mugonyi.  Muganda curtly responded that he was being “condescending.”

At the same meeting, Madowo revealed how Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi had threatened to discontinue his #FrontRow column in the Daily Nation for attacking Interior Cabinet Secretary  Dr Fred Matiang’i’s style of management.

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Then, on January 30, as the government cracked down on TV stations that defied an order not to air live the NASA mock ceremony at Uhuru Park where they installed Raila Odinga as the ‘People’s President’, Madowo declared he was part of the team behind the coverage and was ready to be investigated. He dismissed Matiang’i’s defence of the move by the Communications Authority to shut down NTV, KTN News, Citizen TV and Inooro TV. The CS had also warned that individual journalists would also be targeted.

“I was in the control room producing @ntvkenya’s coverage when we were switched off. I am stunned by the government’s justification for this flagrant violation of our constitution. If journalism is now outlawed in Kenya, I am ready to be investigated,” Madowo tweeted.

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He, alongside General Manager Linus Kaikai and news anchor Ken Mijungu were forced to spend the night in the newsroom and later at a safe house following a tip-off police wanted to arrest them. They subsequently secured anticipatory bonds.

In the aftermath of the crackdown, Madowo penned an article for the #FrontRow column criticising the crackdown and how media managers responded. It was ‘killed’, or rather not published in media lingo. The article was to find its way to the CNN website and an unhappy Madowo opted to terminate his contract with the newspaper.

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope, the winter of despair’

There has been speculation that he could join Kaikai, who is headed to Communications Centre, the Royal Media Services base, where he is poised to become the new Chief Operations Officer, taking over from Farida Karoney following her appointment as Lands cabinet secretary. Others claim he could go international by, perhaps, joining CNN or BBC.

However, by going for a paradoxical passage from one of the great literary masterpieces, there is no doubt that we are dealing with a mind disturbed by the chaotic happenings in Kenya’s media scene and especially at NMG.

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But as a technology editor, Madowo is well aware that with the advent of digital technology, the media scene is no longer what it used to be and media establishments are struggling to stay above the surface hence the radical restructuring programmes witnessed in recent times.

With competition from digital media platforms, traditional media’s ad revenue is being squeezed and it is an open secret that most are bending over backwards to accommodate government and big corporate advertisers at the expense of professional journalism.

Could Larry Madowo, aghast at what is happening around him, preparing to jump ship? And to where?

 

Source: – BusinessToday 

 

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Sarah Kabu’s big revelation

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Bonfire Adventures co-owner Sarah Kabu has claimed that slay queens have been hunting for her husband Simon Kabu.

In an interview on Radio Jambo, Sarah revealed that since her husband gifted her a Range Rover SUV for her 39th birthday, “slay queens” have been sending messages trying to gain favours from him.

The SUV Simon gifted Sarah for her 39th birthday.

She also revealed that they know the passwords for each other’s phones and social media accounts and advised that couples should do the same.

“During the New Year’s, I was going through his Instagram account, I was going through his DM and a slay queen inboxes him, ‘Happy New Year Simon Kabu, this year my goal is to go out with you, please make it happen.’ I did not respond. We get those DMs almost on a daily basis. The only thing I do is I visit their profile,” said Sarah.

She revealed that she also gets passes from young men especially when driving around in town.

Mr and Mrs Bonfire.

The Bonfire Adventures co-owner gave some tips to struggling entrepreneurs. She revealed that it has not been all rosy through their journey in business.

“Through the internet we look happy and travelling to many destinations but the rest of the time we always work hard till we burn out. In December, we could work from 6 am to 12 midnight,” she added.

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Child birth is honestly a near death experience – Kate Actress cries out

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December mom, Kate actress shed some light on her delivery experience which she believes was a miracle. Kate believes during delivery, one foot is in the grave and the other is hanging on, alive.

Child birth is honestly a near death experience😔..you honestly have one foot n the grave, am still so grateful to God for my little miracle.

However, sharing her life stories and past experiences on her You Tube platform, the charming actress seeks to inspire and empower others whose circumstances, have deprived them of self esteem.

Kate actress speaks motherhood, weeks after successful delivery

Urging masses never to be afraid to ask God what indeed he has in store for them, as many times as they can because persistence wins.

It´s a beautiful feeling when your story continues to inspire, and empower others who because of many circumstances think so little of themselves! I keep saying God is not Man. Ask him what his plan for you is, he will guide you!

The beauty is now a proud mother of a daughter, whom she sired with hubby, Phil Karanja, after a long battle, trying to get pregnant.

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I’m not yet successful- Billionaire Chris Kirubi speaks

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Billionaire businessman Chris Kirubi says he is yet to see himself as successful because he has not achieved his dreams.

He revealed this in an interview with Business Daily, DJ CK, as he’s popularly known, says in spite of battling a sickness this has not made him streamline his day to day activities as he still holds almost six meetings per day at his home. 

“…I’m not yet successful. I have a dream. I work more now in my home than I worked in the office. Many people come to see me because I’m sick. My people want to come and consult with me. I still run my companies. I’ve never switched off.”

Chris reveals achieving a goal and not money is his primary motivation. Though he considers himself a billionaire, he is yet to know how much he is worth. 

“I don’t know (my worth). I never count. Counting means looking back and I don’t look back,” said the Capital Group Ltd Chairman

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