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VIDEO: Khamis Themo and Anaklet Araba’s demise a blow to broadcasting

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The passing on of two veteran Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), then known as the Voice of Kenya (VOK), has sparked an avalanche of nostalgia among Kenyans belonging to Generation Z amid comparisons with the current generation that is more obsessed with image branding rather than professional excellence.

Anaklet Araba and Khamisi Themo are among a rare breed of journalists who dominated the airwaves in the 1980s and 1990s thanks to their eloquence, mastery of language and confidence that left many Kenyans breathless.

As one writer recently noted, unlike the current crop of newscasters that is fond of ‘cat walking’ in the studio and making every effort to impress the day, back in they day, news reading was a serious affair with the anchors reading while seated, with serious looks on their faces.

Others in this generation include Ngulamu Mwaviro,  Leonard Mambo Mbotela, Mohamed Juma Njuguna, Billy Omalla, Catherine Kasavuli,Raphael Tuju, Prof Joseph Nyasani, Salim Juma, Beatrice Marshall, Njoroge Mwaura, Elizabeth Obege, Elena Shiveka, Gladys Erude, Wilkister Muga, Ali Salim Manga, Jack Oyoo Silvester, Charity Karimi, Badin Mkusin, Anunda Sakwa, Jacob William Maunda, Ndinda Kasalu, Nzau Kalulu, Githombe Maina, Ken Walialu Walibora, Edward Kadilo, Odongo Wandago, Khadija Ali and Charles Omuga Kabisaye.

Anaklet Araba.

“News was news in those days because the newscasters were so engrossed in reading news that you could think they were already at the scene of action or they read news with gestures, while some shed real tears, when reading sad and emotional stories. Those were the good old days when all the children wanted to be newscasters. We knew the newscasters’ names by their voices. If it was time of news to be read, there was a great debate on who was favoured that day to read news, but nowadays a newscaster can read news the whole month,” Veronica Onjoro once reminisced in a blog post.

“Each child had a favorite newscaster and you won the bet if your favorite newscaster was the one reading. This also applied to newspapers. People bought newspapers especially Sunday nation and standard so as to read about the late Whispers, Gado and Maddo cartoon, Surgeon diaries and the fiery Kwendo Opanga whose fire has now been extinguished.”

Following Araba’s demise, Odeo Sirari wrote in a long tribute on Facebook: “Anaklet Araba was a reclusive fellow, yet a very gifted broadcaster who had read the news in Swahili with ease for decades. His authoritative baritone was trademark on VOK lunchtime news.”

“When I first entered the KBC Newsroom as an intern way back in 1999, I was received by a polite and smartly dressed gentleman. Back in the day when I was growing up, I used to enjoy listening to him on VoK and later KBC presenting Kiswahili news. His voice was deep and the flow of the Nyerere language was admirable. “Inafuata taarifa ya habari, kwanza ni mkhutasari wake, msomaji ni Anaklet Araba”… and the news started… Then after news, there was Maelezo baada ya habari, and the man brought it out very well. So, when I stepped into the KBC Newsroom, he greeted me. He was seated next to other veterans Mr. Khamisi Themo and Esther Githui. After introduction, he told me, “kijana una kiswahili kizuri sana”… I shyly told him, “ahsante sana”…,” wrote ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale wrote.

“He was a gentleman with very few words. Today I have learnt of his death. I am so saddened to lose a man who help mentor my journalistic skills. He taught me translation from English to Kiswahili. He taught me how to read news and I tried as much as possible to emulate him. RIP Senior Anaklet Araba,’ he added.

Araba was buried on July 7 at his home in Rukunga village, Budalangi in Busia County. He quit the airwaves in 2004.

SOURCE: businesstoday

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    July 28, 2018 at 2:49 pm

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Michelle reveals boyfriends she had before Obama, details of her first kiss ever

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In her new memoir, Becoming, Michelle Obama not only talks about her public role and her family but also delves into her love life revealing, for instance, the first time she had a kiss as a teenager.

“I arranged my first kiss, in fact, over the phone,” she writes.

“It was with a boy named Ronnell. Ronnell didn’t go to my school or live in my immediate neighbourhood, but he sang in the Chicago Children’s Choir.”

At the time, Michelle would observe how other girls her age were changing due to the onset of adolescence and how the rush of hormones made her accompany her friends to watch boys play. To increase her chances of being noticed, she would often tag one of her popular friends along.

“Being around boys, I was slowly coming to realise, was fun,” she writes in the book that comes out this week and for which she and her husband, former US President Barack Obama, were paid a joint advance fee of $65 million (Sh6.5 billion).

In her gap year, she worked in a bookbindery, where she met another prospective boyfriend, David.

And when it was time for her to join Princeton University, David and her father drove her all the way to the campus.

However, she says that even by then, she had made up her mind to move on.

“David was easy-going and also more of an adult than any boyfriend I’d had. He sat on the couch and watched ball games with my father. He joked around with Craig and made polite conversations with my mom… We fooled around and smoked pot in his car…”

MEETING OBAMA

Once in Princeton, a new vista opened up for Michelle and, in time, she met another boyfriend, Kevin, a football player but it did not work out.

He eventually became a doctor and married a college mate of Michelle’s.

She, too, graduated with a law degree and joined a prestigious law firm in Chicago, Sidley & Austin, and that was where one of the senior partners asked her if she would be willing to mentor one of the young lawyers, known as summer associates, that the company was grooming.

“Of course you will,” she writes. “You have yet to understand the altering force of a simple yes … Next to your name is another name, that of some hotshot law student who’s busy climbing his own ladder. Like you, he’s black and from Harvard. Other than that, you know nothing — just the name, and it’s an odd one.”

And that is how she met Barack Obama, the son of a Kenyan student.

Obama would later become the 44th US President before handing over power to Donald Trump.

Michelle has made it clear that there is no love lost between her and President Trump.

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Maribe arrives at a wedding in a chopper accompanied by Moses Kuria

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TV journalist Jacque Maribe on Saturday made her first appearance in public since her release from prison.
Maribe landed at the wedding venue in a chopper flanked by Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria.

The Citizen TV news anchor was among the dignitaries who attended the wedding of Samburu West MP Naisula Lesuuda at Lesirai in Samburu County.

The embattled journalist, who Nairobi News understands was among the invited guests, landed at the venue in a chopper alongside Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria.

Dressed in a golden-cream sleeveless dress with matching accessories, Maribe appeared cheerful in several photos which the lawmaker shared in his Facebook time.

 

TV anchor Jacque Maribe (second right) flanked by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (second left) and two other legislators. PHOTO | COURTESY
TV anchor Jacque Maribe (second right) flanked by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (second left) and two other legislators. PHOTO | COURTESY

“Off to Samburu for the wedding of Hon Naisula Lesuuda, colleague and long time close friend since media days,” Kuria captioned the photos.

In one of the photos, Maribe, Kuria and two other legislators posed for photos with a chopper right behind them.

TV anchor Jacque Maribe (second right) flanked by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (second left) and two other legislators. PHOTO | COURTESY
TV anchor Jacque Maribe (second right) flanked by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (second left) and two other legislators. PHOTO | COURTESY

 

WEDDING 

Lesuuda and her longtime lover Robert Kiplagat exchanged vows at a lavish wedding at ACK St. Phillips Lesirai in Samburu County.

Maribe, who is battling murder charges in related to the gruesome murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani, is currently out on bail after spending five weeks in custody.

TV anchor Jacque Maribe (second right) flanked by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (second left) and two other legislators. PHOTO | COURTESY
TV anchor Jacque Maribe (second right) flanked by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (second left) and two other legislators. PHOTO | COURTESY

Understandably, the journalist has opted to maintain a low profile since she secured temporary freedom amid strict warnings from the court on what she should and shouldn’t do.

Her fiancé Joe Irungu alias Jowie who is the main suspect in the murder case remains in custody having been denied bail.

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Betty Kyallo posts sexy photo of self, keeps Kenyans guessing her next move

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Long after Kenyan news outlets announced that former KTN News anchor Betty Kyalo was set to make her debut as an anchor at K24 TV station after ditching the Moi family owned media House along Mombasa Road, she is yet to grace the screen.

On Saturday she took to Twitter with a sexy photo of herself captioned: Weeeuuh it’s been a while… mko poa lakini? Kupitia tu😘😘😘

According to sources, Managers at MediaMax Network were to repackage K24’s English evening news team with Kyalo set to replace Anjlee Gadhvi, who currently hosts the Weekend Edition from Friday.

“Gadvhi might be pushed to Sunday as Betty is expected to take up the 9 pm bulleting on Friday and Saturdays,” opined Kenyans.co.ke, a leading Kenyan online publication.

Gerorge Omwami wrote: I am tired of waiting, but happy to see your beautiful self.

Weeeuuh it’s been a while… mko poa lakini? Kupitia tu😘😘😘 pic.twitter.com/zrS3hhMjoW

— Betty Kyallo (@BettyMKyallo) November 15, 2018

It is not clear when or even whether the controversial beauty will report to the new work station.

News anchor Betty Kyalo

According to sources, Betty was expected to fill the gap left by Richard Kagoe, who joined BBC, and Michelle Morgan, who quit to pursue personal interests.

K24 has been said to be planning an extensive makeover to position itself as one of the leading broadcasters in the region.

“The Kijabe Street-based TV station has been giving viewers teasers of what to expect with a series of short clips meant to arouse expectations,” wrote Kenyans.co.ke.

K24 studio

The move is aimed at updating studio equipment, redesigning the television studios as well as possibly introducing brand new anchors and presenters to give the channel a fresh appeal.

Top NTV Journalist Dennis Okari is officially taken!

According to a Heads Up source, the born again journalist tied the knot at a secret traditional wedding held in Ukambani.

Betty Kyallo’s ex husband Dennis Okari (Right) got married to his girlfriend (left) in October 2018. FILE PHOTO

The father of one has been dating his new wife for a while now, though he kept it on the low to avoid another bad omen after his highly publicized first marriage to a fellow TV anchor Betty Kyallo hit a dead end just weeks after their honeymoon.

The red and white themed traditional wedding was held on October 27.

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