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The making of Young Muiru

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Andrew Young Muiru, son to raspy-voiced televangelist pastor Pius Muiru of the famed Kuna Nuru Gizani show is a clear testimony that an apple does not fall far from the tree. He tells us of his journey to the pulpit and furthering his father’s dream

My upbringing was strict with limited TV time. We prayed, but it was not imposed on us. However, with all these liberties, it was mandatory that we went to church,” says 38-year-old Andrew Young Muiru, son of renowned televangelist Bishop Pius Muiru.

They had a wall unit where the family TV was kept under lock and key by Andrew’s mum, Lucy Muiru. “I would go out and play with my friends. Sometimes I would visit our neighbours so as to watch movies or exchange them,” he adds.

He was born and raised in Nairobi, but went to school at Sawa Sawa Academy in Meru where he sat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) before joining Dagoretti High School in 1993. This is where his creative side was nurtured. He joined a music group and within no time became a leader of the brass band (a brass band is a musical group consisting entirely of brass instruments with a percussion section).

Peer pressure

But while his talent was being nurtured, on the other side, he would succumb to peer pressure. He would rave and smoke, but never got into women or alcohol. However, his parents never found out until later in life when he confessed as he preached. He changed his ways soon after high school when he decided to live the life of a Christian believer.

Many would remember Andrew leading Maximum Melodies Evangelistic Kids as the group danced to gospel songs during his father’s crusades. He recalls with nolstagia how the music group was formed. “One day, my parents were hosting dinner for some church members. There was a song playing in the background and Andrew mobilised children present to dance to it. The parents liked it and his mum encouraged them to perform a dance in church in the next Sunday service. We danced to the song in church and the crowd went crazy. The following week, we met on Friday and on Saturday, perfected the dance moves and danced again. The response was overwhelming,” he recalls.

They would go on to dance to new tunes. Andrew ended up becoming the choreographer and eventually the leader of the group, which danced during his father’s crusades. By 1997, the group has grown to 37 members as a result of estate crusades. “We performed for the former President Daniel Arap Moi many times, especially at Nyayo Stadium. I loved Maximum Melodies Kids. As the leader of the group, I had to learn to play almost all the instruments such as the clarinet, trumpet and saxophone,” he says.

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Andrew and his wife Edna Wairimu. PHOTOS: COURTESY

As the group grew in numbers, so did the church’s popularity and people’s expectations of him as a pastor’s child, which restricted his freedom. “I found that people had high expectations of me. I couldn’t go anywhere or be seen with anyone. My life became peoples’ business,” he recalls.

He couldn’t hold a woman’s hand or go to a movie theatre as that was

considered sin. He is glad that this has changed and he can now go to Westgate and catch a movie.

And because of discipline issues and individual band members getting opportunities elsewhere, the group went down to 12 members. In 2004, they released their first album Mwamba. “I had a Nokia 3310, which could only record a voice tag. I got the chorus, recorded it in my phone and gave it to Billy Frank because he knew how to play the keyboard. I wrote one verse, while another member wrote the other verses, and we went to a recording studio.” Andrew says. Music producer. Gideon Kimanzi assisted them in perfecting the track. The video was shot at the coast. It became a major hit and won many awards.

“We won the Kora and Kisima awards in 2005. We went to South Africa to receive the award and were so late that by the time we entered the hall, our names had already been called out. Esther Wahome received the award on our behalf,” he remembers.

Career and family

” Winning the awards encouraged them to do work harder and win 1 more awards. They ref leased other albums such as Emmanueli in 2007 and Ebenezer in 2008.

In 2007. Andrew’s father declared his intention to vie for presidency. Despite Andrew being abroad launching his album while his father campaigned, it was a tough period for the family. “To assume that people would understand his decision was the hardest part. People would look at us and call us watoto wa president,” he says.

Even after Bishop Muiru failed in his presidential bid, the family kept preaching. In 2016, Maximum Miracles opened a church in Mombasa and Andrew was appointed to take charge of it. Though he attended Bible School, he never anticipated the call in his life. Later on, in 2017, they launched Nuru TV. Andrew oversees the production of various documentaries, preachings, features and talk shows.

He met his wife. Edna Wairimu on social media. As he recalls, they used to like each other’s photos and later on exchanged contacts. They would later on establish their friendship and after eight months, Andrew decided to take the relationship a notch higher and proposed. His wedding held on June 9, 2018 attracted media attention some questioning the source of the money to fund such a lavish affair.

“I’m a grown up. So, nobody should talk about my father spending cash on my wedding. People supported us. You can’t stay in God’s vineyard and not have people support you,” he says.

AT A GLANCE

■ Andrew Muiru pursued Mass Communication before studying theology for two years.

■ He founded Maximum Melodies Kids.

■ Once, GSU band desired that he Join them. However, when they contacted Andrew’s mum, she refused as she didn’t want him to become a policeman.

■ He is married to Edna Wairimu, and they are expecting their first child.

source:People Daily

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Nick Mutuma: I do romantic movies for my female admirers

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Babe magnet, actor and film producer Nicholas Munene Mutuma better known as Nick Mutuma, has explained why he makes romantic movies.

The hunk, whose good looks drive many women crazy, says he develops such movies because of the ladies.

ROMANTIC MOVIES

Drawing comparison from American rapper and actor 50 Cent, Mutuma has revealed that he studied his market and realised most of his clients are ladies and as such, he is compelled to create or feature in content that they like and would want to see from him.

“50 Cent has done the take. What works with 50 is that he tells stories that are relatable to his target market. He knows what people want to see. So even for me a very common question I always get is ‘why do I always make romantic comedy’, ‘why do you always make movies that are more female skewed’. You know it’s understanding your market. These are the people who put food on my table,” Mutuma explained in a conversation with radio presenter Shaffie Weru.

IN A RELATIONSHIP

When asked how he keeps at bay ladies who are always thirsting for his attention the 6 foot lady-killer said he prefers staying at home if he ain’t working.

He was however quick to put a disclaimer stating that he is in a relationship with actress Bridget Shighadi.

“Every time I talk about this stuff she is normally upset because she is a very private person. She doesn’t like her stuff out there. I’m in a relationship, I’m a dad and I’m gonna leave it at that,” the actor said.

Mutuma and Bridget have been together for years now and are blessed with a two-year-daughter Dua.

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Autopsy shows Churchill Show comedian Kasee was poisoned

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An autopsy report released on Friday, July 3, from the Chiromo mortuary has revealed the late comedian Kasee was poisoned.

The news was made public by by Kenya Comedians Society chairman, Ken Waudo, who quashed reports linking Kasee’s death to alcoholism and depression.

According to Waudo, the deceased, born Joseph Musyoki, received a call from friends on Sunday, June 28, early morning to join them for drinks at a local joint.

He then left his wife and kids to honour his friend’s wishes but never returned home.

“Kasee was chilling at home with his wife and kids when he was called to go hang out with friends and have some drinks.

“He later felt unwell saying his stomach was disturbing him and even called his dad to inform him of the same,” Waudo said.

Kasee had promised to call his dad immediately he got home but never did.

Waudo said at the place the comedian was found dead, there were some kids who revealed he had complained of stomach problems and decided to take a nap before going home.

This was the exact place that the comedian was confirmed dead on the evening of Sunday, June 28.

“It was around 6 in the evening and cops who arrived on the scene confirmed he was dead.

“The examiner said his brain was clear and nothing to do with depression and his liver was not that bad, so he was probably poisoned,” Waudo added.

Waudo also revealed investigations were ongoing.

Kasee is survived by two children and a wife.

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PHOTO: Ken Mijungu unveils own startup company days after being fired from NTV

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Days after being axed from NTV, journalist Ken Mijungu has revealed his next move.

Mijungu took to his social media pages on Monday, July 6, where he announced he was diving into the legal field.

Ken Mijungu unveils own startup company days after being fired from NTVKen Mijungu has announced his next move days after he was axed from TV job. Photo/Source: Ken Mijungu.
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Posting on his Instagram account, Mijungu, a trained lawyer, shared a photo of his new business with his name boldly encrypted on the wall.

From the photo, it was clear that the former TV journalist was shifting his focus from media to focus on legal consultancy.

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Believers will always be believers Mathew 6: 26-34

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According to the photo, the former anchor’s firm will be offering legal consultancy on immigration, finance, property, imports and exports.

To affirm that his achievement was a matter of faith, Mijungu captioned the post with a Bible verse.

“Believers will always be believers Mathew 6: 26-34,” he wrote.

Mijungu who many considered as bold and intelligent was among those who were shown the door at Nation Media Group on Friday, July 3.

He shared the news of his firing through a touching Twitter post that saw most of his fans take to the comment section to encourage and console him.

According to his post, the journalist said he was given his termination letter after working for NMG for seven years.

He thanked the station for the opportunity and thanked God for always been there for him.

The NMG firing came a couple of weeks after Mediamax laid off over 100 workers via text messages.

By Tuko.co.ke

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