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Joy as Alikiba and his Kenyan wife celebrate their new baby

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Bongo flava artiste Alikiba and his Kenyan wife, Amina Khalef Rakeesh, have welcomed their first child.

The couple, who wedded last year, welcomed their baby boy on Wednesday evening.

Alikiba, who is well known for his private lifestyle, couldn’t help but break the good news to his over 3 million followers on social media.

The singer however only posted pictures of their newborn’s feet and hands on Snapchat.

With the newborn baby’s arrival, Alikiba now becomes a father for the sixth time.

He lost a son years back, but also has four children from his past relationships.

Alikiba wedded Ms Khalef in April last year in a colorful wedding in which he reportedly spent more than Sh50 million, with his close friend Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho being one of his financiers.

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Call me ‘ugly’ but my looks earn me good money – Simple Boy tells it all

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Fame first came to Steven Otieno, alias Stevo Simple Boy in form of a meme. Someone took his mugshot, inserted a cheeky message and shared it on Facebook, teasing him for his looks.

The year was 2016. Within a short time, there were variations of the meme, but the theme remained the same: they thought his face was interesting. The comments on his photo bordered on cyber bullying, but Otieno says he stood unnerved despite the many times people said he resembles a baboon.

“It was not the first time I was being called names for how I looked. It was worse when I was growing up. Children would make up songs about how ugly I was. They would block my path and call me a squirrel. I am used to my face getting all the attention,” he says.

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He has been called many things on social media and off the net. There are people who face him and tell him he is ugly and scary. On social media, the abuses he gets cannot be put in print.

His experience is perhaps what led him to release the song: Inauma Lakini Itabidi Uzoee, that was released last month. He sings about how life situations can be unfair, and that what cannot be changed must be endured.

On whether he is dating, Otieno says he is yet to meet a woman who meets his standards. He is looking for a submissive woman, born again and not afraid of being with a man who is in public space.

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“For now, I am not thinking so much about women. When the right one comes, I will get into a relationship, he says.

He says his face, as unattractive as people have often pointed out, is his selling point.

The more people call him ugly and follow his social media platforms to mock him, the more famous he gets.

“God created me like this. What do people expect me to do?” he asks during an interview at the Made in Kibera production centre in Kibera, where he produces his music.

It is a temporary structure made of iron sheets, but he says it is where his dreams took off.

When he released the song: Vijana tuwache mihadarati in 2017 to warn youth about the effects of drug abuse, he never imagined it would fling him into the world of social media fame reserved for socialites and celebrities.

He is currently at more than 700,000 views on YouTube with his mihadarati song. His latest release is edging towards 500,000 views, a feat even established musicians who have been in the industry longer, are struggling to achieve. Many believe the fascination with his music is not so much on the lyrics, but on the face behind the music.

“You look at his face and how he talks and you just want to watch what he is doing. I have watched his videos many times,” says Saumu Ahmad on her Twitter account.

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His producer Geoffery Ochieng says Otieno has been getting invites to perform in shows and the reception is unexpectedly good.

“If he is making some money from his art, it does not matter if people are calling him ugly,” says Mr Ochieng.

At 29, Otieno says he has never allowed the negative energy thrown at him slow him down.

He is aware of the burden of having many followers and the scrutiny it brings.

He remembers an incident when he wore a robe in a photo and he got a lot of flak, with people questioning if he is on the drugs he cautioned his fans from using in his mihadarati hit.

“I sometimes look at the comment and I have to remind myself that people will say whatever they want about you. You cannot control that,” he says.

The young artist is changing a few things about himself, not for the vanity of looks but because he believes a man should be allowed to do things that bring him pleasure.

“People have been asking about my new hairstyle. It is called buruwein,” he says with a chuckle.

He also got braces to align his teeth and improve his pronunciation. He also changed his wardrobe, and has added more jeans and casual wear to the mix.

Progressing in life

“You can see how he is progressing in his personal life and as an artist,” says his social media manager Erick Matunga.

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Mr Matunga admits that being his manager, he has had to shield Otieno from the extremely hateful comments that he gets, especially on his Instagram page.

“There are people who are just mean. Fortunately, he also has a lot of supporters and they are the ones who fight the online bullies,” says Matunga.

Otieno started his music career in 2008 when he was working as a watchman in Kibera. Anytime he had a break, he would call children around him and sing for them. They provided a good audience – they were non-judgemental and they would dance to my songs without talking about his looks.

His break came almost a decade later when Ochieng, a producer from the Made in Kibera initiative discovered him singing at a bridge they were constructing.

“I was amazed at how music seemed to be flowing from him without much effort. I told him to come and we recorded him without pay,” says Ochieng.

Otieno has plans for the future, and he is thinking of doing big collaborations with musicians he admires. His numbers keep growing and he has been getting followers from all over the world.

In a few years, he believes he will be a force who competes with top musicians and artists.

Until then, he continues to focus on inspirational music and block out voices that tell him he is a one time wonder – including the ones who whisper that he is mentally ill.

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Celebrity breakups that made us realize Couple goals is a SCAM- List

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2019 saw many celebrity relationships breakups that we can’t help but feel sad about how some ended. There were cracks but we still wish they survived.

Below are celebrity breakups that left us feeling woiye.

  1. Eric OMondi and Chantal

Eric Omondi and his ex-lover Chantal Grazioli broke the hearts of many when they announced that they had indeed broken up.

They were couple goals and we are yet to come to terms with the break up, after all we are Instagram-in-laws.

According to Chantal, the breakup was as a result of discussions they held together from the month of April where they resolved to amicably part ways.

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2. Otile Brown and Vera Sidika

Vera Sidika and Otile Brown’s break up hit us like thunder, the signs were there but we did not expect it to happen so soon.

The couple parted over irreconcilable differences such as poor Twa Twa Twa skills and borrowing money from Vera.

They broke up late last year.

Vera Sidika and Otile Brown

The ex couple has since moved on to new mates. Otile is currently dating an Ethiopian babe Nabayet. Vera Sidika on the other hand is dating Jimmy Chansa.

It might have been last year but we are still heartbroken.

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3. Chepchumba Cherus

Cherus, a TV producer and host, parted ways with her husband Josh known by many for his performance in Tusker Project Fame along side Amos hence the duo ‘Amos and Josh’.

In the last few months, the two young lovers have had endless squabbles over personal differences and they finally called it quits, with ‘Chep’ moving out of their home.

“Yes Josh and I broke up like three months now. Being a single mum is amazing since I get to enjoy my own space.

Furthermore, my parents separated when I was barely 13 years and my mum took over the parenting mantle so I don’t consider this an issue, I probably am following her footsteps,” she says.

The pair had been together for three years and are blessed with a cute one-year old daughter whom they are co parenting very well despite their squabbles.

Merlyne,ex wife to Josh of ‘Amos and Josh’ Duo.

4. Natalie Tewa and Rnaze

Kenyan Youtuber Natalie Tewa and her ex left Kenyans in shock after breaking up.

The news of the breakup hit social media the moment Rnaze took to Instagram to reveal that the two are no longer together.

Natalie also revealed that they had parted ways due to physical abuse in their relationship.

“I was basically physically abused . If anyone saw what happened please speak out. Men should not ever get that far no matter what.

If you know Rnaze you know he aint shit. Brokest nigga I have been with, always prancing around creating a façade.

Selfish AF and always riding on my wave to be famous. If you know you know,” she posted.

5. Maureen Waititu and Frankie Kiarie

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Kenyan Youtuber-cum-businesswoman Maureen Waititu is among celebs who broke up in 2019. Maureen was married to fitness trainer Frankie KIarie also known as ‘FrankieJustGymIt.’

The couple are blessed with two kids.

Maureen Waititu and her ex husband Frankie
Maureen Waititu and her ex husband Frankie
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Learn from us, says Omondi as he reveals ex-lover’s new move

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There is no love lost between comedian Eric Omondi and his Italian ex-girlfriend Chantal Grazioli.

This is after Omondi in a message to his followers advocating against suicide and murder over love, revealed that Grazioli will be in Kenya for Christmas.

Omondi stated that the youth need to learn from his relationship with the beauty that breakups are never that serious and do not need to end badly. 

“Guess whose back for Christmas? This still goes out to all the young people out there, I hope this will be a good lesson that it doesn’t always have to end badly. Don’t kill yourself or physically hurt people because you are separating or can’t be together anymore. It’s never really that serious.

On whether they are getting back together, he noted that they were friends before turning into lovers; a fact, he said, will never change.

“The people you meet in your life are precious, they may leave today and be back in the future or never at all. Chanty and I were the BEST of friends before anything else and that will never change. Chanty amekuja Krisi, hebu let’s welcome her to Kenya,” added Omondi.

The split

According to Chantal, their breakup was amicable. A decision they took after having a sit down early in the year after four-years of dating.

In a post after Omondi made their split public in April, Grazioli stated that she will always cherish the moments she shared with the comedian.

“Hello guys, I hope this finds you well I have been silent for a while…Eric and I have had long discussions for the past one month. As you all know my family lives in Italy and it’s been really challenging for both of us.

“I love Eric and I will always love him and we are okay; we created the best of moments together, we shared our dreams and visions but most importantly we shared our lives. And I will always cherish every single moment.

As I write this post I want to ask God to always protect you and your dreams until our paths meet again. I hate goodbyes so it’s not a goodbye it’s more like a see you later. I will always be here for you anytime, any day Eric Omondi,” she wrote.

Divulging further, Omondi, at the time, revealed that Grazioli had also requested to permanently stay in Italy after years of travelling back and forth to exclusively visit him.

“Whenever she jetted into Kenya, she always came to visit me. With her tourist visa, she cannot work in the country. And, she recently asked me if I can allow her to permanently stay in Italy and get formal employment there.

“And because I had seen her stay in my house doing nothing meaningful, I saw it wise to grant her request. Given we would stay far apart from each other over an unknown period, we reached a mutual agreement to end the relationship.”

Omondi has a son with media personality Jacque Maribe.

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