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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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VIDEO: Tanzanian woman wants to be President Uhuru’s wife but Kenyans online are not amused

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It appears Tanzanian singer Rehema Chalamila popularly known as Ray C infatuation with President Uhuru Kenyatta is not going anywhere anytime soon, if a picture she has shared on social media is anything to go by.

In the photo, the sassy songbird is captured wearing a revealing bodysuit with fishnet stocking while posing near a pool.

“Future Mrs Uhuru!jah love!,” the photo is captioned.

Predictably, the post has attracted great interest from the online community.

“Jamani huyu ashindwe kwa jina la Yesu, Juzi ukitembelewa na malaika akakutia ufahamu, Leo,” said reymsemo.

“Hivii ni wewe juzi ulieongea maneno ya kiroho hapaa mpka nikajua Umeokoka!!!?” asked wilkins_ms.

“Not our president… we love our first lady,” commented roselynatema.

“Ray C all reckless. She’s ready to risk it all,” said ayuma.

“Uhuru wetu wa Kenya ama mgani?” asked stacy 254.

“Haki ringtone apoko anatusumbua atahitaji jiko. Si umchukue tu,” suggested angel_johnson.

Ray C publicly declared her “undying love” for President Kenyatta last year while on a music tour in the country.

She claimed that Mr Kenyatta was the ideal husband for her and this has added to her love for Kenya.

 

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‘Lustful’ Ray C can’t get enough of Uhuru

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It appears Tanzanian singer Rehema Chalamila popularly known as Ray C infatuation with President Uhuru Kenyatta is not going anywhere anytime soon, if a picture she has shared on social media is anything to go by.

In the photo, the sassy songbird is captured wearing a revealing bodysuit with fishnet stocking while posing near a pool.

“Future Mrs Uhuru!jah love!,” the photo is captioned.

Predictably, the post has attracted great interest from the online community.

“Jamani huyu ashindwe kwa jina la Yesu, Juzi ukitembelewa na malaika akakutia ufahamu, Leo,” said reymsemo.

“Hivii ni wewe juzi ulieongea maneno ya kiroho hapaa mpka nikajua Umeokoka!!!?” asked wilkins_ms.

“Not our president… we love our first lady,” commented roselynatema.

“Ray C all reckless. She’s ready to risk it all,” said ayuma.

“Uhuru wetu wa Kenya ama mgani?” asked stacy 254.

“Haki ringtone apoko anatusumbua atahitaji jiko. Si umchukue tu,” suggested angel_johnson.

Ray C publicly declared her “undying love” for President Kenyatta last year while on a music tour in the country.

She claimed that Mr Kenyatta was the ideal husband for her and this has added to her love for Kenya.

by nairobinews

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The last words of John DeMathew

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The late Kikuyu Benga musician John Mwangi Ng’ang’a, popularly known as John DeMathew left a message to Mt Kenya region and to the upcoming musicians ten minutes before he met his death on Sunday when his car rammed a lorry.

DeMathew, who spoke shortly after conducting a fundraiser in aid of fellow musician Petr Kigia’s sons at Metro Fill club in Thika town, urged the upcoming musicians to humble themselves and unite in order to succeed in life.

In an audio recorded by his friends, DeMathew stressed on the need for unity and humility amongst musicians.

The popular artiste, who is also regarded by many as the Agikuyu seer and prophet, urged Mr Kenya region not to be deceived to reject proposed changes in the Constitution to pave way for the establishment of a prime minister’s position, saying the seat does not belong to ODM leader Raila Odinga but to all the communities in Kenya, central Kenya included.

“The new upcoming artistes must humble and unite to grow and learn how to interact with each other so that they can succeed in their later life. In politics, I urge the community not to be deceived that the position of prime minister belongs to ODM party leader Raila Odinga. It can also be taken by any other community and it is good for peaceful coexistence after the presidential election,” DeMathew said.

He added that should Mr Odinga clinch the proposed premier’s seat, a time for him to leave would come where other leaders from other communities would clinch the position

“Even if Mr Odinga gets the premier’s seat, he will come and go but the seat will belong to other communities. We should understand that the system we want for the country is for cohesion to prevail and we must ensure that we establish the prime minister’s position to avoid the winner-takes-it-all situation and to avert post-election violence.

“Today its Raila who is protesting over the presidential election, tomorrow it will be Mr Kalonzo (Musyoka) and the next day it will be Mr Kenyatta. The (prime minister’s) position is good for the country,” he said.

He added that if that will be done, peace will prevail and the Agikuyu traditional ceremonies like circumcision of boys and other meetings will be peaceful.

One of his closest friends, Mr Gilbert Maina alias Maina Baba, said they did not know that he was bidding them goodbye when he talked to them about the issues.

“He insisted on the two main issues – about upcoming artistes and the debate on a referendum – and we did not know that those were his last words. Ten minutes after leaving us at the venue, we received the sad news of the tragic accident,” Mr Maina told the Nation.

He added that DeMathew was jovial and excited since Saturday, something he found unusual about the musician.

“He has not been talkative but since Saturday, he had developed excitement which we could not tell where it came from. In fact, during the harambee, DeMathew even greeted everybody and took over the ceremony despite his shy character. It is like he knew he was leaving us for good,” Mr Maina said.

DeMathew’s producer Thomas Ndegwa alias Ndegwa Wa Gatiti said the musician had about 15 songs which he was planning to release this year.

On Monday, the funeral planning committee visited his Mukurwe home in Gatanga, Murang’a County and announced that DeMathew’s two wives had agreed to cooperate to give their husband a descent send-off.

The committee’s chairman Muheria Kairuki said the two wives – Sarafina Wairimu and Caroline Waithira – would be informed of everything that will be done during the planning of the burial ceremony. He added that a post-mortem examination will be done Tuesday.

“We have agreed that we shall involve the two wives in the burial plans and that we shall do it together,” he said.

Leaders from across the country led by President Uhuru Kenyatta have mourned the artiste as a brilliant one who played a big role in promoting the African cultural heritage.

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