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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.

RELATED: Linus Kaikai to take up a new job after being fired from NTV

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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Newly-wed star Nyashinski to represent Kenya in Texas

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Dancehall king Wyre and newly-wed Nyashinski will represent Kenya at the 2020 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

There will be more than 2,000 artistes from around 60 countries who will take part in the gig that will go down in March.

“Not limited by genre or regional focus, everyone from fellow musicians to industry professionals and creatives from every field can enjoy a variety of musical styles at SXSW,” reads the website of South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals that fist ran in 1987.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Veteran journalist Emmanuel Juma of Bulls Eye fame sacked by NMG
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Benachi flaunts car in a warm message on his struggles in Nairobi

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US-based Kenyan singer Benson Ongachi alias Benachi is having the time of his life in North America since relocating and getting married to his wife , Joan.

The Mwanake hitmaker star has in past years not shielded away from showing his ups and downs and finally making it in the United States.

Benachi still sings and is an occasional minister in Donald Trump’s new-age America and has a travel catalog that stretches through Dallas, Atlanta and New York among other cities.

He is happy with his achievements, he resides in a cozy neighborhood and once in a while shares bits of it and experience with his wife.

The recent post he shared how he struggled to break through the music industry while in Nairobi.

“Nilitembea sana nikihustle Nairobi,kupiga root 11 ju ya kukosa bus fare. I never thought that one day I will be able to own a car. Enyewe you don’t know about tomorrow. God is Good, God is faithful,” he wrote.

He added: “Struggles are part of life, but they are not a totality of what life entails. So we must remember to discover all the other ingredients that make life worth living. Victory belongs to Jesus.”

He hit the limelight when he did a collabo with the late Kaberere in 2014 following the release of mwanake.

The couple also has a daughter, Olivia.

READ ALSO:   Larry Madowo pens emotional message to his late dad on Fathers' Day
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‘Help me beg for forgiveness,’ – Nyota Ndogo thrown out by her husband

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Mombasa based artiste Nyota Ndogo spent the night in the cold after being thrown out by her mzungu husband over disrespect.

Nyota had told her husband to wear a dera, a unisex cloth worn by people from the coastal region but he did not take it lightly.

‘I gave my husband a dera to wear, I told him that here in Africa a dera is worn by both men and women. I did not even know how I found myself outside. I did not even know that I could run this fast, but it is so cold outside I can’t deal with it. Let me go and try beg my husband from the window. I was only joking, maybe I should tag him so that you can help me beg him to let me into the house,’ Nyota Ndogo said.

Her post, written in Swahili read: “Nimempa mume wangu Dera avae nimemwambia huku africa tunatumia dera kulalia waume kwa wake hata sijui nimefika nje vipi sikujua naweza kua na mbio hivyo lakini hii baridi hapa nje ndio yanishinda ngoja nikabembeleze kwa dirisha ilikua matani tu sijui nimtag munisaidie niingie ndani.”

Nyota Ndogo

Just days ago, she posted something on her social media that left more question than answers saying even if she got dumped she would get married over and over again.

‘I cannot stay in a marriage that has no peace.

I cannot stay in a marriage where I am constantly getting trouble just to show people that I am OKay.

I Cannot stay in a marriage where I am being oppressed just because I have a husband who has money.

If I am dumped I will get married again and again and again and again. Even twenty times if need be.’

Adding,

‘Don’t be a person that constantly cries foul don’t mind being laughed at keep your happiness first.

At the end of the day I pray that God sustains my marriage for 100 years because I love this man.’

Nyota Ndogo

Her post continued, “Siwezi kukaa kwenye ndoa isiokua na Amani.siwezi kukaa kwenye ndoa ninayo pata tabu ili kuonyesha watu AM OK AND AM NOT.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Angry Kenyan TV reporter slaps passerby who got into his shot

siwezi kukaa kwenye ndoa ya mateso kisa nipo na mume mwenye pesa nikiondoka ntateseka sasa najiganda tu haponikionyesha watu tabasamu la uongo.ya mwisho NIKIACHIKA NITAOLEWA TENA NA TENA NA TENA NA TENA. HATA MARA ISHIRINI.usiwe mtu wa kulia lia usijali kuchekwa jali furaha yako.MWISHO WA SIKU NAMUOMBA MUNGU AILINDE NDOA YANGU MIAKA MIA MOJA COUSE I LOVE THIS MAN.

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