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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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Televangelist James Ng’ang’a arrested for “threatening Linus Kaikai”

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Controversial televangelist James Ng’ang’a of Neno Evangelism was Sunday night arrested for threatening Citizen TV journalist Linus Kaikai.

Pastor Ng’ang’a was picked up from his church in Nairobi at the junction of Haile Selassie Avenue and Mombasa Road and locked up at Muthaiga Police Station after Kaikai had complained he felt threatened following a video footage that the pastor produced attacking him.
Police said he was praying with other worshipers when he was picked up after being informed of his crime at about 11pm.
Police said Ng’ang’a will be arraigned later.

In a viral video released last week, the pastor, dressed in military-like regalia and calling himself a “Chief General Commander” threatened unexplained “consequences” believed to be directed at Kaikai.
Kaikai, who is one of the panelists in a news show, News Gang, went viral with his take seeking to regulate pastors he referred to as spiritual fraudsters who are profiting off unsuspecting Kenyans.
“The people behind these so called churches have gone rogue in the name of Jesus, in the name of God,” Kaikai said.

“We are dealing with thieves not men of God. These are cold blooded evangelical vampires living off the blood of their flock in the name of Jesus. They are conmen who must have their date with our police and our law courts. Some of them preach prosperity but only they profit.”
“To these characters, Sunday, a day ordained as the Lord’s Day of rest and worship has become the most profitable day on the trading floor. Offerings flow like a mighty river and onward into their private accounts in the Lord’s name.”

Kaikai listed few instances when pastors have made the news for conning members of their churches and minting millions off illegal schemes.
This prompted Ng’ang’a to shoot his video with the attacks on Kaikai.
“I am telling you like a Chief General Commander, you have to stop that, if you don’t stop you will face the consequences…” said Pastor Ng’ang’a.
“…. I can’t hide you but you can hide me.”

-standardmedia.co.ke

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DJ Mo slams haters for fueling rumours of his ‘troubled’ marriage to Size 8

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Gospel DJ Mo has for the first time responded to rumours of him ‘cheating’ on his wife of five years, celebrated gospel musician Size 8 Reborn.

Sometime last year rumors circulated alleging that Size 8 had walked out of their matrimonial home after she found out Mo’s alleged infidelity.

The claims were almost made believable when DJ Mo later appeared on NTV’s weekly comedy show, The Wicked Edition, where he admitted that at some point in their marriage, Size 8 left their home from for about a week after a disagreement.

Size 8 would later appear in a radio interview to defend her husband, terming the claims as false although she admitted that their marriage is not perfect.

‘HATUACHANI’

All this time DJ Mo remained silent on the allegations until recently when he weighed in on the matter while attending the Malaika Tribute Awards.

While telling off his critics, DJ Mo said they should be ashamed of themselves for fueling the rumours as his family is still intact.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion and so if we are still together someone should be ashamed. Hatuachani,” DJ Mo said.

The couple, who got married in a private civil wedding at the Attorney General’s Chambers, just weeks after Size 8 announced her salvation, are blessed with one daughter Wamboi.

Last year they lost their unborn child through miscarriage.

source:nairobinews

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VIDEO: Marking her 30th birthday, Betty Kyallo spills the beans about her personal life.

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To mark her 30th birthday, K24 news anchor Betty Kyallo has spilled the beans about her personal life.

In a tell it all interview with comedian Jalang’o on Friday, Betty talked about her life, career and marriage to NTV investigative journalist and news anchor Dennis Okari.

Among the issues she talked about was her baby daddy’s (Dennis) recent nuptials and rumours about the bride having been her maid of honuor during her wedding to Dennis.

“I wish nothing but the best for Okari and his new bride. Because I moved on with my life since our divorce and managed to find happiness again. And I would not want him to still be affected by our separation but to be able to move on and find happiness like I did,” Betty said during the interview.

“And about that rumour that has been going around that my ex’s bride was my maid of honour at my wedding to Okari is just lies. I do not know her, and we have never met before. The maid of honour at my wedding was gospel artiste Rosy Ohon,” she added.

However, what has left netizens with raised eyebrows was Betty’s mother’s comments during the show.

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Betty’s mother said she warned her celebrity daughter about something in the past but she did not listen to her.

This in turn led to things not working out in Betty’s life.

She however wasn’t specific in the matter, leaving it to the audience to speculate whether her warning had to do with Betty’s failed marriage or her romantic relationship with a prominent public figure at the time of her marriage.

According to media reports, it is alleged that Betty dated Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, although she has in the past neither accepted or denied the allegations.

Well, that was until last night when Jalang’o probed her about the matter.

Here is how part of Betty’s conversation with Jalang’o went:

Jalang’o: After dating the governor you know you can only date a president.

Betty: No no no, that is not true.

Jalang’o: You can’t go below that.

Betty: Who said first of all I am happy (giggles uncontrollably as Jalango continues to taunting her). I’m happy financially, I said I would never date anyone who is in the public limelight again.

Source: Nairobi News

 

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