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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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NTV journalist Dennis Okari on Saturday proudly flaunted his wife Naomi Joy on social media.

The two got married a week ago in an invite-only ceremony and the journalist has now updated his profile across all platforms.

On Instagram, he added, “Husband to my Joy.”

Source: U-report 

 

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How lawyer stole Governor Waiguru’s heart: The beautiful love story of the newly engaged couple

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Ululations from the negotiation tent followed by wild cheer, song and dance sealed the deal in which city lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo won Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru’s heart. The date was February 16, two days after Valentines Day, the setting in picturesque Kiamungo in Kirinyaga. Gathered to lent ear, eye and mouth to the traditional engagement event between the two lovebirds were invited guests, friends and family.

No photos were allowed.Dressed in African regalia, Waiguru shyly walked to her soon-to-be husband, with her gaze fixed on the ground.

Kamotho had paid dowry, gone through the Kikuyu custom of paying for the locked gate to be opened, and identified her among women who had covered themselves to gauge his familiarity with his love.

“It was a beautiful ceremony. The time was right for us to take our relationship to the next level,” Kamotho told the Saturday Standard.

Kamotho Waiganjo

The event brought to an end speculation and hushed conversations on the status of their relationship. In their own words, the love starts from a ferry in Likoni channel, Mombasa 10 years ago.

At the time, they were travelling for constitutional conference and in the heat of Coast, they shared a simple meal – bread and Soda – that struck Kamotho’s heart.

“I realised she was a basic girl,” the former commissioner for Commission for Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) says.

They were both consulting for parties that were negotiating the constitution. Kamotho was a team leader and Waiguru had been sent to advise them on public finance chapter.

He decided to pursue her further. After several phone conversations, she submitted to his requests for a date.

He took her to a Thai restaurant in Nairobi, and it is there that they had their first fight.

Source: Standard Media

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Meru Senator Mithika Linturi who is embroiled in a bitter battle with his estranged wife Maryanne Kitany, now claims she is after some of his assets, conservatively valued at Sh762 million.

Responding to the divorce and matrimonial property dispute filed by Kitany, Linturi, in an affidavit filed at Milimani Commercial Court in civil suit number 78 of 2018, stated that he was never married Kitany since he has been in a monogamous marriage with Mercy Kaimenyi Mithika since April 8, 2000.

“The application and supporting affidavit are a cloak for Kitany’s vicious and fraudulent scheme to deprive me of my rights, interests, and ownership of the company Atticon Limited and other properties. I have never celebrated a customary marriage or any other form of marriage with her,” he states.

He adds that Kitany was in a monogamous marriage with her ex-husband up to and including January 3, 2016 and hence, legally incapable of entering into marriage with him in 2015 as alleged in her affidavit.

Part of Linturi’s presentation to court is an affidavit by his daughter who claims her father introduced Kitany to her and her siblings around December 2017.“My father informed us that Kitany was a friend in distress.

My father also informed us that he had previously allowed her temporary stay at our Runda home,” her affidavit states.

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi’s Runda home. [File, Standard]

She says Kitany put on the façade of a nice, friendly and supportive guest and would in the initial days take them out for dinners and shopping.

According to her, things spiraled out of control in January this year, when Kitany found out that her daughter got a navel piercing with her help.

“She even accused me of being in possession of marijuana and orchestrated my detention at a rehabilitation centre on the pretext that I was addicted to marijuana, while her real motive was to create a wedge between my father and I,” read part of Linturi’s daughter’s affidavit.

She states that when she was released from the rehabilitation centre, Kitany warned her that she needed to ‘behave’ and refrain from sabotaging her (Kitany’s) relationship with her father.“Ever since that warning, our relationship has been incompatible, like water and oil,” she adds.

On October, 25 last year, Kitany, a former chief of staff in Deputy President William Ruto’s office, obtained orders barring Linturi from entering their Runda home where they lived together.

Source: Nairobian

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