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Annrita Kiriamiti: Daughter of author and bank robber John Kiriamiti speaks out

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The daughter of renowned author and reformed bank robber narrates how she finally found peace with her identity.

Until a few years ago, Annrita Wanjiru avoided using her surname. The decision was as much about self-preservation and protecting her privacy as she was escaping the looming shadow of her father.

“I was ambivalent about it,” she says. “There’s a lot to it — both good and bad.”

Annrita is the daughter of author John Kiriamiti, whose life as a bank robber spawned several best-sellers in the late ’80s, notably the seminal tome, My Life in Crime — which he wrote while serving time at the Naivasha Maximum Security Prison.

His eventful life would go on to inspire several other successful books including My Life with a Criminal, Son of Fate, among others.

Annrita’s ambivalence about her identity was not unfounded.

Carving one’s identity apart from that of a well-known family member, especially a parent, is something nearly all children grapple with as they come of age.

Annrita, 26, is the firstborn of Kiriamiti’s three daughters. She grew up in Murang’a town, a place she says “everyone knows everyone else”. Growing up she didn’t understand why everyone seemed to know her father.

“I am dad’s girl,” she told the Nation. “My father took me everywhere, from walks to shopping. People would stop us to talk to my father. It became so common that I began getting weary.”

Annrita really is her father’s daughter — she has her father’s inquiring eyes and slightly oval chin that gives her an exotic look.

She is also pin-up beautiful. And like her father who, despite the fact that he never went past Form One and still became a prolific author, is a talented writer (she has ghost-written several online works and magazine and newspaper articles), a screen writer, actor and model.

Early life

She grew up in the company of books. “Sounds funny but when I was young, it appeared to me that we had more books than furniture!”

It was the ideal environment for her. Annrita would spend hours alone, poring over books, some way beyond her reading-age bracket, the outcome of which was an edge over her peers.

“My compositions always took top position in class,” she says. “Teachers from other schools would borrow them to read out to their students. It wasn’t a big fuss for me because writing came so naturally and effortlessly to me.”

When Annrita discovered her father’s My Life in Crime, she didn’t know what to make of it. Her parents had covered the tracks well enough; they wanted her to know about her father’s PG- rated, seedy past at an appropriate age. And now here she was, reading the story of a man she didn’t know.

“It was an uncomfortable situation,” she says. “But we talked about it.”

The reality of her father’s life fell like a mallet on a nailhead; the halo was no longer a perfect circle. “I was reading and thinking, This surely is a character and not my father,” she says.

“Other times I would recognise him in the book, the man I had known. But it was a bit jarring.”

Out from the shadows

Annrita attended Moi Girls-Eldoret for her secondary education. But in the wake of the violence that broke out after the 2007 General Election, she transferred to State House Girls’ High School. Soon after enrolling she got a glimpse of her father’s renown.

“Many of the students in the upper classes were familiar with my father’s works, and soon I was thrown into the limelight,” says Annrita, laughing. “They wanted to hang out with me.”

But the notoriety came with a price. Every now and then she would discover her uniform missing from the clothesline; the thievery was the equivalent of an autograph or a collector’s item.

“I said, ‘Could I be paying for my father’s sins?” she jokes.

After high school, she enrolled at Jomo Kenyatta University for a course in Information Technology.

She had reservations about the course from the beginning but chose to grind it out; all the while her mind duelling with her heart. Two years into the course, the heart won.

“I arrived at the conclusion that I was studying for the wrong course,” she explains. “I wanted to be in media and the creative arts.”

And so after two years of college, she picked up her bag and left. It was a decision that might have caused friction with her family, but luckily didn’t. Her parents, while initially disappointed with her decision, encouraged her to go for what she loved.

Annrita began looking for opportunities in acting and theatre. At first she included her surname while auditioning for a role, but soon realised that anytime she mentioned Kiriamiti, the panel would do a double take; she was no longer Annrita but Kiriamiti’s daughter.

The name was a blessing and a burden. “I didn’t want to slip in on the back of my father; I wanted to be taken in on merit.”

Annrita won a role in the Web series, Because Love and the film, Sumu la Penzi. The roles have galvanised her resolve to reach the plateau in the movie/TV world. She has also featured in corporate ads. Until last year, she was working as a marketing executive at 254, the events company owned by musician and self-styled Hypeman, DNG.

Currently, she’s developing a blog that will tackle various issues affecting society, especially girls.

“I am deliberate about being a role model for young women and girls,” she says.

“The media, especially the social networks, are awash with negative images of what greatness is. We need people to say that one doesn’t have to chase stardom or be a ‘slay queen’; that you can work your way up and still be decent.”

She already has a platform. “My father travels to schools to talk to students about the consequences of choice, and how to avoid being entrapped,” Annrita says. “This year I want to accompany him. I have a message. You know I am the firstborn in my family; I want to be a big sister to girls as they come of age.”

Annrita is finally at peace with her identity as a Kiriamiti. There is no shadow to duck out from; no embarrassment in accepting the bad that happened. She is free.

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When online Mafisi crush on your spouse

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Frankie and Maureen

“I love your lips. “You look so yummy!” “So sexy. Would you be mine?”… If you thought these cheesy love lines are from a lover, you are wrong. In fact, the people involved are strangers and the person being addressed is taken. The platform? Social media. So, what do you do when people openly declare their love for your partner in front of your eyes?

Francis Kiarie aka Frankie of Just Gym It, who runs a YouTube channel Alpha Beta, with his wife Maureen Waititu, says online crushes are not a strange thing. Flowever, overtime he has learnt to ignore them. Flowever, some are difficult to deal with, so he blocks them. The most annoying are gay men who outrightly hit on him. “It is so annoying. I wonder why people cannot respect that I’m married, respect my space and just leave me alone,” he says.

Frankie and Maureen

Frankie and Maureen

Many followers

FI is wife, Maureen, says the hardest bit of living a life online is having to deal with disrespectful people without boundaries. “I once had to deal with a woman, who was crushing on Frankie. The stalker went to an extent of creating a pseudo account and kept on messaging me on how Frank will leave me, claiming they had a relationship,” she recalls.

The couple are open to one another and share their experiences. “Our line of communication is always open. When crushes become too much, we block them,” she adds.

Having many followers means getting our online posts viewed. No wonder, many couples in the limelight such as musicians, journalists, leaders, among others, are bound to face such issues. And while back in the days, it was almost impossible to be in touch with your crush, social media has brought them closer. The anonymity of it makes it even worse, because some admirers use pseudo accounts to post and comment their hearts out.

Radio personality Anita Nderu, also knows this too well. “Sometimes I go through my comment section and just laugh. But I’m happy they don’t get into my love or me. He trusts me. So when he sees those suggestive comments on my posts, he just ignores them,” she says. However, when it gets worse, Anita doesn’t hesitate to press the block button.

Peter Kabi alias Kabi Wa Jesus, founder of Bantu Films, a videography and photography company, says he and his wife Milly wa Jesus do not entertain suggestive comments on their social media platforms. “We only appreciate those great comments we get from fan love,” says Kabi.

However, he says whenever he sees suggestive comments on his wife’s post, he ignores them. “It is okay to get comments, especially if you are in the limelight. But of course, we know some comments are not meant for good,” he says.

Peter Kabi and his wife Milly wa Jesus have learnt not to entertain suggestive comments on their posts.

Peter Kabi and his wife Milly wa Jesus have learnt not to entertain suggestive comments on their posts.

But not all are understanding of the situation. Despite being open with her husband, Jasmine Wambui says every suggestive comment or compliment she gets irks her husband. “On many occasions, we talk about understanding each other and how it would be great if trust was built between us. But he still raises questions,” she says. One day it got worse and she had to delete some comments. “I delete suggestive comments to date. I do not want to have issues with my husband,” she says.

Uninvited spectators

Ken Ouko, a sociologist at University of Nairobi, says social media has created a new dilemma in human relations known as ‘existential in congruence’. “Social media has today invited a new complication in domestic or romantic relationships. It has replaced relational exclusivity with uninvited spectatorship. Instagram, for example, makes it appear as if relationships are on a thespian stage complete with a clap-or-boo audience,” he says.

Also, in many instances, Ouko says saturated positive reviews may cause the other partner to feel relegated, ignored or shadowed, sometimes leading to jealousy. Intense negative reviews may carry the impact of causing the other partner to feel slighted, disrespected, offended or exposed, sometimes leading to doubts.

Ken Munyao, a psychologist at People Centric Management Company, says that is why it is good to try and moderate crushes through the posts you share. “It is not bad to have crushes because it means someone is admiring you. But how far does it go? How much do you entertain the person and do you let them know that there are boundaries?” he poses.

When you get crushes, it is good to reach out and tell them to stop, That is if they get in the way of your relationship. It is also good to declare your relationship online. “You need to come out and say you are taken. This way, maybe some would stop going too far. You will be able to stop jealousy through acknowledging,” he says.

source:People Daily

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Maina Kageni: I’ve seen what marriage is and I’m not tying the knot

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Classic 105 radio presenter Maina Kageni has revealed that he’s not planning to marry any time soon despite the pressure piling up on him.

Maina recently responded to Mwalimu King’ang’i on their morning show at Classic 105 on when he’ll get married, saying he doesn’t plan to do it at all.

Mwalimu told him that he shouldn’t judge married men because they go through a lot something that Maina can never understand because he has never been in that position.

In response, Maina, who is approaching his 50s now, shared that he doesn’t want to be married because of all those shocking stories that men go through.

“From what you keep telling me do you think I will get married? I see the hell you are all going through. One of these days we should actually discuss what the real importance of marriage is.” he shared.

Maina Kageni together with the humorous Mwalimu King’ang’i have captured Kenyans hearts and ears with their breakfast show ‘Maina and King’ang’i in the morning’, playing out in most matatus and private vehicles ferrying people to work and their various activities.

Maina Kageni rose from the ranks and established himself as an entertainment guru uniquely possessing the ability to charm the ladies with his sensitive approach to gender issues.

He is also widely known for sharing relationship tips with his male counterparts.

This article will share with you Maina Kageni’s photos in and out of studio as well as some interesting facts that you may not have known.

Check it out and get to know Kenya’s top radio personality!

Interesting facts about Kenya's greatest radio personality Maina Kageni

Maina Kageni salary

Loved by women and envied by men, Maina Kageni is a household name thanks to his gift of the gab and has managed to reap big bucks out of this extraordinary talent.

How much is Maina Kageni worth exactly?

A question that is rather intriguing and is most likely to leave most peoples mouth agape as the Classic 105 host is rumoured to take home roughly KSh2 million a month, a colossal amount by any given standard.

And it doesn’t end there, Maina is a shrewd business man with global investments worldwide.

Maina loves to dabble in real estate and has property in Kenya and overseas in big cities like Miami, Florida and Lagos, worth millions of shillings.

Interesting facts about Kenya's greatest radio personality Maina Kageni

Maina Kageni wedding

Not much is known about Maina Kageni’s personal life and as much as he is outspoken on radio he ironically does not reveal much about himself regarding personal relationships.

What is known is that he is currently single and yet to marry.

Maina Kageni cars

The Manchester united fan loves to spoil himself to the best of German machines and his list of flashy cars validates his obsession with big boy toys.

Take a look at some of Maina Kageni’s sleek cars from his jaw dropping collection;

BMW X6

Interesting facts about Kenya's greatest radio personality Maina Kageni

Jaguar XF

Interesting facts about Kenya's greatest radio personality Maina Kageni

Mercedes

Interesting facts about Kenya's greatest radio personality Maina Kageni

Specially customized (Manchester United) Chevrolet

Interesting facts about Kenya's greatest radio personality Maina Kageni

Maina Kageni age

Although he depicts a vibrant and youthful man in his shows, Maina is not as young as most would think, you would likely be amazed to know that he is 43 years old!

Maina doesn’t seem fazed by his age as his versatility and skills in the media industry seem to mature over the years like fine wine.

Interesting facts about Kenya's greatest radio personality Maina Kageni

Maina Kageni house

Maina Kageni’s residence falls nothing short of his personality with the radio host boasting a stunning multi-million house situated in the serene leafy suburbs of Karen.

The area is known to be the residence of Kenya’s crème de la crème.

Mystery enshrouds Maina’s personal life with some people claiming that Maina Kageni is gay.

These unconfirmed rumors and notions may be rooted in the fact that Maina has remained unmarried despite his wealth and age.

Interesting facts about Kenya's greatest radio personality Maina Kageni

In a typical African traditional setting this behavior may be viewed as strange because it goes against the norms and culture that expects men to marry at a certain age and status.

An inspiration to many and villain to some, it suffices to say that Maina Kageni’s impact in the Kenyan media industry is a fete that few have accomplished, hence the great admiration and respect showered upon him as one of Kenya’s finest radio hosts.

Source: Tuko

 

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Welcome to motherhood! Kenyans congratulate Kambua

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Kambua

Dozens of celebrities have today joined Kenyans in celebrating news that gospel singer and TV host Kambua is expectant.

From Papa Shirandula’s Jacky Vike, singer DK Kwenye Beat, spinner Dj Mo to radio presenter Mwende Macharia, messages of goodwill have been pouring in after Kambua posted a photo gushing over her growing baby bump.

In 2018, the ‘Nishikilie’ singer narrated to Amina Abdi her anguish on being asked frequently why she was yet to get children six years after getting married to Jackson Mathu.

“Today I saw a comment and deleted it because this guy commented on my Instagram and he says ‘When are you going to get pregnant, you’re getting old. I remember thinking, the reason why it angers me is because people don’t even know what your journey is like. They don’t know what you’re struggling with.

“They don’t know if you even what to have children. They don’t know if you can have children and there are so many people especially today who are struggling with infertility. It so unfortunate that we become such a culture of being so intrusive and putting people down,” said Kambua.

Her splendid garden wedding took place at the grand Windsor Golf hotel and was befittingly dubbed as 2012’s wedding of the year.

On hand to share the milestone with Kambua were showbiz heavyweights; Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki, Mercy Masika and Esther Wahome among others.

source:SDE

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