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Angry Kenyans in US accuse Ms Agutu of telling “White Lies” on popular US TV Show



After Kenyan-born Achieng’ Agutu appeared on the popular US Ellen DeGeneres TV Show claiming that she was a struggling student from Kenya who worked multiple jobs to support her parents in Kenya and her education, many Kenyans living in the US have castigated her saying she told “White lies.”

Media reports have indicated that Achieng lives a lavish life traveling to the best destinations such as Qatar in Doha, Machu Picchu in Peru, Bali in Thailand, Tulum in Mexico and even Yves Saint Laurent’s Private Residence in Marrakech, Morocco.

Her Instagram page reveals that Achieng a fashion and Lifestyle blogger saw her parents last year during her graduation, contrary to what she had said on the show that she had not seen them for two years. She also went to the prestigious Braeburn school in Kenya and Richmond High School, Indiana.

Her social media posts also paint a picture of a globetrotter who has traveled to popular destinations such as Doha in Qatar, Machu Picchu in Peru, Bali in Thailand, Tulum in Mexico and Yves Saint Laurent’s Private Residence in Marrakech, Morocco.

 Ellen reunited Achieng with her family “after two years of living apart.”

The comedian called to the stage Achieng Agutu whom she said left for US seeking higher education and later surprised her with a video call from her family members.

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Accoeding to Ellen, Achieng’ lives with a host family, the Graces but has a full time and still manages to go to school.

An excited Achieng’ explained that she is also an Uber driver, babysitter, teacher and sometimes cleans peoples houses and cars for an extra buck.

She further narrated how watching Ellen helped her master the English language.

Ms Achieng Agutu (center) poses for a picture with her family during a graduation ceremony.. COURTESY PHOTO

But her claim that she learned to write and speak good English by watching The Ellen Show when she was young caught the attention of Kenyans, who think she lied.

“People told me that the best way to learn a language is through watching music [videos] or listening to music. And, so, when I use to watch artists on your show, I used to take down notes on the songs that they wrote and then I would go to a cybercafe and look up the lyrics, and, therefore, learn English,” she adds.

“I moved to the USA five years ago. I came here for higher education. It has been amazing, but hard for my family back in Kenya because they have honestly done every single thing that they can do, including selling land to taking loans, borrowing money to be able to pay school fees and ensure that I am comfortable.”

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“I work one full-time job as an admissions counselor at Holy Cross College from 9 am to 5 pm. I also babysit for two families, I wash people’s cars, I clean their houses, I am an Uber driver and then I also teach English to international students,” she notes.

“My parents really want to give back to the community because they feel like they are really blessed. They are helping 10-plus kids from our family and the village that they live in – they pay their school fees.”

Kenyans online also claim she lied about the last time she met her family as her social media activity shows she was with her kin during her graduation in the US in May last year.

Agutu and her family won $50,000 (Sh5,000,000) on the Degeneres’ show.

Here are some reactions from Kenyans online.

Wairimu ngugi @TheFabpreneur says: “Such an unnecessary lie RT @Catewakamaru: @TheEllenShow @TheEllenShow Just so you know, Achieng met her parents as late as May 2018, a year ago. Her parents flew to Indiana for her graduation.”

@juliuskitevu tweets:”Achieng Agutu would have just said she perfected her English by watching @TheEllenShow Twitter DCI wouldn’t be digging her background check.”

@ochieng_adul says:”Achieng’s story didn’t add up. Your parents can’t be struggling to educate you to the extent of selling parcels and at the same time support others in the village. Village schools and cybers don’t teach that accent. Kiraitu studied law at Harvard and never picked that accent.”

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SOURCE: Agencies

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Eko Dydda’s troubled marriage



Kenyan gospel rapper Eko Dydda has finally been exposed by his wife, Cynthia Ayugi, for cheating on her with a friend after months of denial.

Two months ago, the rapper was reported to have kicked his wife and the mother of his two sons out of their home after she confronted him over an affair with another woman.

The rapper however denied the claims by posting a video of himself, his wife and their two sons with the caption:

“Dida ambia wasee wa rumours Psalms 23, What is bound in heaven is also bound on earth.”


He would later do an interview with Edaily where he once again dismissed the rumours.

“You know me. I cannot dare do all that which is being alleged online. My wife and children are with me and I do not know where the rumour came from,” he said.

But from his wife’s latest claims, it is clear that their marriage is now on the rocks over claims of infidelity.


In a recent post, Ayugi accused her husband of cheating on her with a friend, stating that she is not going to remain silent anymore.

“Breaking someone’s marriage is not Godly. I invited you as a friend, today unasema ambia Eko not to bring me home because love yenu haita grow. It’s not a battle @EkoDydda you don’t have to hide it anymore your ‘Dope’ is free to love you, sometimes it’s healthy to walk away. Na leo ndio ile siku I will not hide it for fame, money. I will stand with the truth and will never lie to people,” she wrote.

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When contacted, Eko Dydda said he wasn’t going to comment on any story that isn’t positive.


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The interviewee who hated me





6 years ago a guy looked at me face to face, and boldly told me; “I don’t like you!”

I immediately fired a response, I asked him that day; “Thank you for the honest feedback, but those that you like, how has it made their life better? How does your liking people pay their bills or take a bank loan? My brother keep your like, I need God’s like And that’s what guarantees my future.

Today I joined a CEO friend of mine in an interview Panel to recruit some new staff, it was a long session, as we returned from a coffee break to continue the hectic interview session, here was this same guy walkING in with his grey jacket and CV coming for the interview.

Our eyes kissed by fluke, we immediately recognised each other; “the world is indeed spherical”, I soliloquized.

He felt very uncomfortable through out the interview, one could clearly see the volcanic eruption ongoing in his whole nervous system, he even mistook his date of birth for his last date of employment. It wasn’t yet my turn to ask him questions so I allowed everyone to take their turns with him and deliberately opted to interview him last.

When it got to my turn, the first thing I said was, “I LIKE YOU so much, you look to me like a brilliant and intelligent person, but it seems you are not doing well now because something bothers you, true?”

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“That’s very correct Sir!” He responded.

“Ok look at me straight in the eye, I was never offended that day, it is very normal that sometimes as humans you just don’t like certain people, but I wasn’t bothered either, because whether you liked me or not, it was inconsequential to my life and my success path – as you can see, fate has brought you to my lair”

I stood up and beckoned him to come and embrace me, everyone on the panel at this point were at sea – wondering if we had expeditiously recast an interview session to a Hollywood movie scene.

He hugged me so long and deeply that I felt it. Then I told him, “now get your confidence back bro and answer the questions like a Pro Shark that you are, we all burst into laughter, everyone suddenly liked him and the room became livelier – the interview became more like a discussion, well to cut the long story short, he got the job!

~ Be careful how you treat people when they appear to be in their vulnerable state, your next level may be hanging in their balance; somewhere in the future.

~ If you dislike someone, it is not their fault, it is YOUR FAULT, work on yourself to find good in people and reinvent your Mind to see everyone as likeable.

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~,Don’t spew hatred vocally just because it came into your heart, you may say it to someone who will keep it forever and use it against you when you find yourself in your own low moments and need them.

~ Learn to forgive, overlook people’s dislike and hatred for you, dont punish people just because you have the position and privilege to do so, bless them rather – that’s how you court God’s blessings, favour and protection.
#BestVersionOfYou #prayloveinspire #TransformingNations

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UK retracts travel ban to Kenya hours after issuing it



The United Kingdom has denied that it had issued a warning to its citizens against the risk of kidnapping in the country following an updated travel advisory on Tuesday.

The UK Ambassador to Kenya Nic Hailey, just hours after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) had listed Kenya among the global kidnapping hotspots, said that it was false and not true.

“The UK has not issued a new travel advisory for Kenya. We keep our Travel Advice regularly updated but today’s reports of new warnings or restrictions are false,” said the Ambassador through a tweet.

The UK had in a fresh travel guidance expanded the areas where her citizens should be vigilant for kidnappings to include Kenya’s top conferencing, safari and beach tourism destinations.

“There’s a heightened threat of terrorism, including terrorist kidnappings, across Kenya, including to people travelling in or through Nairobi, the coast and resort areas around Mombasa and Malindi, the towns of Narok, Naivasha, Nanyuki and Meru and their surrounding areas, and the northern border counties,” the FCO statement read.

The advisory lists places frequented by foreigners such as hotels, bars, restaurants, sports bars and nightclubs, sporting events, supermarkets, shopping centres, coastal areas including beaches, airports, buses, trains and other transport hubs as possible areas which could be targeted.

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