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CNN’s Anthony Bourdain commits suicide at 61

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Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who recently visited Kenya to shoot his popular  Parts Unknown Show, died Friday at 61.

CNN confirmed his cause death as suicide. Bourdain, who was also a celebrity chef, took CNN viewers around the world with the popular TV program.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement Friday morning. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series “Parts Unknown.” His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.

Bourdain and his filming crew recently visited several Kenyan joints, including the RoadHouse Grill in Nairobi where they sampled nyama choma, Ugali and local beer, Tusker.

The  Grill, which is a popular nyama choma eatery, is owned by Robert Kingori who is a former Diasporian.

In his American travel and food show, Bourdain travels around the world exploring the culture and local food. The show primarily travels to lesser known places which most Americans may not have heard of.

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From his Twitter page, the chef seemed to have enjoyed Tusker while in Nairobi.

The show which premiered on April 14, 2013 will mostly showcase him sampling delicacies that sometimes make viewers squirm. The show has won 5 Grammy awards.

Boardain was in Kenya working on the latest episode of his CNN TV series “Parts Unknown”. Over the course of an hour-long lunch, he sampled some of the Nyama Mama modern takes on traditional Kenyan foods with W Kamau Bell, the San Francisco-based comedian with whom he is filming this episode of the show.

“Our dream has always been to take Nyama Mama to an international audience” says Ninaa Shanghavi, Director of The Good Earth Company that owns of Nyama Mama, who was on hand at the restaurant to make sure Bourdain got the best out of his experience. “As such we feel that out of all the upmarket eateries in Nairobi, ours is the one best positioned to show Chef Anthony a new and fresh take on Kenyan food”.

The day Anthony Bourdain visited Kenya. PHOTO/COURTESY

 

Bourdain, who devoured his portion of ugali fries and seemed happy to dive into a steaming plate of grilled tilapia, was just coming from a a whirlwind tour of the city in which he has sampled some of the country’s unsung delights. Not eager to divulge whether it was goat’s head soup or mutura (blood sausage) that most tickled his fancy, he nonetheless did confide to have drunk a fair amount of Tusker lager since landing in JKIA last week.

He was a master of his crafts — first in the kitchen and then in the media. Through his TV shows and books, he explored the human condition and helped audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves. He advocated for marginalized populations and campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.
Along the way, he received practically every award the industry has to offer.
In 2013, Peabody Award judges honored Bourdain and “Parts Unknown” for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure.”
“He’s irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious,” the judges said. “People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document.”
The Smithsonian once called him “the original rock star” of the culinary world, “the Elvis of bad boy chefs.”
In 1999 he wrote a New Yorker article, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” that became a best-selling book in 2000, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.”
The book set him on a path to international stardom.
First he hosted “A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network, then moved to “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on the Travel Channel. “No Reservations” was a breakout hit, earning two Emmy Awards and more than a dozen nominations.
In 2013 both Bourdain and CNN took a risk by bringing him to the news network still best known for breaking news and headlines. Bourdain quickly became one of the principal faces of the network and one of the linchpins of the prime time schedule.
Season eleven of “Parts Unknown” premiered on CNN last month.
While accepting the Peabody award in 2013, Bourdain described how he approached his work.
“We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy? What do you eat? What do you like to cook? And everywhere in the world we go and ask these very simple questions,” he said, “we tend to get some really astonishing answers.”
Bourdain’s death happened a few days after fashion designer Cate Spade hanged herself in an apparent suicide at her Manhattan apartment, New York . Spade was found hanged by a scarf she allegedly tied to a doorknob, an NYPD source said.
Suicide is a growing problem in the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a survey Thursday showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.
How to get help: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Travel blogger Susan Wong leaves Capital Fm

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Travel blogger Susan Wong has announced her departure from Capital FM where she worked as the lifestyle editor.

She announced the news to her fans on Wednesday talking about her time working for Capital FM for the last eight years.

“Capital FM is not just my workplace, but over the years, it has been my home and a challenging space that has sharpened and moulded me into the person I am today. @CapitalFMKenya is my family and I leave with incredible lifelong friendships and memories that I’ll cherish forever,” tweeted Ms Susan.

She however did not say what plans she has next.

Susan is popularly known for her blog posts on travel capturing different cities around the world for their beauty and tourism appeal.

She also hosted an online show with fashion blogger This is Ess called ‘Our 2cents’ that highlighted different issues.

Her fans on Twitter were saddened by the move and this is what they had to say.

Rumie Lo tweeted, “You will be missed… when Susan would say “especially” in the our2cents videos…. onwards and upwards Susan.”

Tony BonMbugua said, “You had very in-depth and interesting articles on lifestyle topics… Also, this video is quite sth all the best.

Samih_st wrote, “Godspeed Ma’am” while Anthony ndong commented, “All the best Susan in your future endeavours keep inspiring.”

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Actress Nyce Wanjeri lays it bare on problems that rocked her marriage, leading to divorce

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Nyce Wanjeri, formerly of hit show Auntie Boss, has opened up on her crumbled marriage to Titus Wagithomo.

Speaking to Radio Jambo, Wanjeri said that she is not yet ready to disclose everything, but their nine-year marriage was stretched due to a myriad of issues including disrespect.

She said that their relationship started showing cracks as they clocked seven years together, and when it reached its boiling point in 2018, she could not take it anymore.

“Mizozano huanza, Yetu ilianza tukielekea seven years. Ilkua ngumu kwanza ju pocketwise hatukua sawa lakini tulikua tunapush each other. Fanya hivi nifanye hivi tulete mezani. Tulipatana Kenya National Theatre… Alikua ashakaa mwaka mimi nilikuja nyuma yake. Tulikua na stories similar kidogo lakini wakati miaka saba inaelekea unakuta pia wewe unagrow; kuna mtoto ananiita mama, kuna mtoto anamwita baba.

“Tukiingia seven years pesa kidogo ndizo zinaanza kuingia. Kulikua na disrespect before, but wakati huo ndio nilianza kufeel ugumu kidogo. I am very spiritual. Niliomba sana na tukaweza kuweka utofauti kando na tukaendelea vizuri.

“Then sometime last year, vitu havikua vinaenda vizuri. 2018 wasn’t such a good year. Nikaona siwezi. Tuliongea kama watu wazima.

“Did you involve both your parents in a bid to bring you together?” Posed radio host Massawe Japanni.

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“Kwanza mimi sina wazazi. My mom passed in 2016, my dad was 2004.Wale naangalia sana kama wazai ni my uncles; wananisupport na kuniombea pia…Sohatunge ingisha wazazi sana kwa vile hajawahi kuja kwetu hajawahi ona watu wetu.. Hakuingia but kulikua na hio mipango….

“Why didn’t he?” Japanni pressed further.

“Sijui, nimeuliza hio swala mara kadhaa, kila mwaka, mbona hatuendi…Alinitambulisha kwao lakini cha muhimu pia wazazi wangu watauliza msichana wao alienda wapi…Si kwa ubaya lakini ni tatizo. Pia hio sio reason ya wanawake ya kutaka kutoka kwa ndoa at ju jajakuja kwenu au hajatoa mahari,” she added.

Wanjeri affirmed that their marriage was over.

“Kwa hapo ni vitu kadhaa, zenye ziko ready kwa saa hii kuzitoa lakini ni vitu ambavyo kama mwanamke zingeweza.

“Ya kwanza nimesema ni disrespect… watu wengi waliingilia hii kitu kulingana na ile iliwekwa wakasema ashafika, ashapata pesa, ashaenda Nigeria, ashakua success. Kitambo walikua pamoja leo hii hawako juu ya hio success. Mimi husema hivi pesa huja na huisha, amaterial things are nothing. Kitu ya maana ni je kuna upendo na heshima?”

 “Kwa keli tumeachana, vile alisema tumeachana ni kweli tumeachana…kila ndoa ina matatizo yake na kila mtu ana ako na ile kitu inaleta problems; sitaki kiusema ni mashindano kwa vile watu ambo wanshare blanketi moja hujui, mambo mengi hufanyika.

“Na pia kwenye hii industry yetu kuna ile naita disrespect. If mtu amekudesrespect leo, kesho, kesho kutwa na hiachange pia wewe kama mtu kuna wakati itafika utachoka…. Ukiangalia kivyako unaona either unanyanyzwa hapa kila naambia watu

“Inafika wakati mtu anachoka na unakua kiakili, ushakua mtu mzima kuna vitu vingine you can’t take.

News of the breakup became public after Wagithomo made the revelations on Facebook.

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“Why am I using Facebook? My marriage is over. So painful I swear. I saw it coming though. Success causes absenteeism, lack of bonding and lack of family time. Why did I imagine we last forever? We are both artists. It’s not normal. It doesn’t work,” wrote Wagithomo.

He later hastily pulled down the post.

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Mvita bae is calling: MP leaves Kenyan women drooling over weight loss photos

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Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir has shared before and after photos of himself that has left his followers in awe.

It all started after the MP wanted to Skydive while holidaying in Dubai in 2014 but got rejected in each and every venue because of his weight. Most parachutes are made to hold up to 120kg for men but he was 10 Kgs past the limit.

“They said, ‘You are overweight. You won’t defy gravity and the parachute won’t hold you’,” he recalls.

From this encounter, the MP vowed to work out and get his sexy back, managing to cut from 130Kgs to 84Kgs. Now he’s ranges around that weight and he has always encouraged people to live a healthy lifestyle.

Abdulswamad now has a hot body, and, as expected, Kenyan women are swarming trying to get his number. On social media, women have been openly confessing their lust over the 45-year-old married politician

 

During his free time, Abdulswamad undertakes a lot of charity work. Through, the Sharrif Nassir foundation, a non-profitable organization, Abdulswamad supports the needy members of the society.

He is one of the most influential and richest men in the coast region. He also does shipping and logistics businesses. Besides that Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Radio Rahma.

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