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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.

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‘My addiction with strippers left me in debts worth millions,’ Robert Burale

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Robert Burale has in the past been in debts running into millions but he managed to come out of it unlike most Kenyans who are still struggling.

In a past interview with K24 Faraja, Burale stated that his addiction to stripping and the pressure to keep up a facade of a flashy lifestyle pushed him into debts.

I used to live with both my parents during primary and secondary school but at some point they separated.

Life was good as we were living a high end life before I went to study marketing in London.

I enjoyed going to a new country and the freedom that came with it.

Robert Burale

Little did Burale know that some types of friends can either make or break you.

When I went there I made both good and bad friends.

I was lucky because everything was being paid for by my dad for during my first year so I had a lot of free time.

I started going to strip clubs while in London with the friends I had made.

He adds,

As an African man living abroad, every one wants you, so the attention started making us do things we would not consider doing before.

We started hoping from one strip club to the other.

At some point we got bored with strip clubs in our area and we started venturing to other areas.

He adds,

STRIP GIRLS ARE TAUGHT HOW TO MILK YOU DRY.

WHEN THEY SEE YOU HAVE MONEY, THEY WILL MILK ALL OF IT. WHEN YOU DON’T CHUCK OUT MONEY THEY WILL MAKE SURE YOU GIVE THEM SOME.
EVEN IF IT MEANS REMOVING THEIR BRA.

Burale adds it took time for him to accept his addiction.

It took time for me to know I am addicted. For three years I was just in strip club evangelism where we ‘recruit’ other people into the club.

When I came back to Kenya I found so many strip clubs had been opened and so I started going to savor their services.

Pastor Burale
Robert Burale’s book ‘From the strip club to the pulpit’

He adds

The problem was that when I was in London there was money but once I came back I had no money as my dad had passed away.

The family started fighting for what he had.

In a past interview with Radio Jambo, his ex wife Rozinah Mwakideu, had stated that one of the many reasons they broke up is the many debts he had.

I would receive calls now and then from people and police saying Robert had unsettled debts.

It was a character he had and I kept waiting because I thought he would change because he was born-again.

For example, the main reason why I left was after my friend came to visit me and after she left she wanted to sue him. I couldn’t handle that pressure plus other personal issues.

Robert Burale and ex-wife
Robert Burale and ex-wife Rozinah

Burale explains that his addiction to stripping was where his journey to debts began.

There is no strip club where a woman will give you a show with no money.

There are men who spend even 100,000 on a night.

I once did that and the sad thing is that it was borrowed money.

He adds,

I had to keep up a reputation. I had to go to big hotels and dress well so I kept borrowing.

With time my debts ran into millions.

It got so bad that I had to borrow *John to pay *Peter and the cycle continued.

I only accepted I had a problem after I tried committing suicide.

Burale is now out of debt and this he did by paying off debts slowly with the money he got from his jobs as a motivational speaker, actor and Image consultant.

His advice to people out there is

If you are broke accept it. Ask for help

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Size 8 makes the big announcement which all her fans have been waiting for

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Kenyan gospel songstress Size 8 (real name Linet Munyali Muraya) has finally confirmed that she is indeed expecting another baby.

The songwriter, who is married to Samwel Muraya better known as DJ Mo, has also revealed that she has been through a lot of complications.

“…God has been our protection our cover, thru tears and thru pain God has covered us under His mighty wing!!!! And I did not loose this pregnancy!!!! Soon and very soon I will hold my baby in my hands because this far God has fought for us!!!!! The journey this far has not been easy full of hurdles but His grace has been our strength!!!…”, Size 8 wrote on Instagram.

She also posted a photo of herself tenderly holding her baby bump while dressed in a flowing red evening dress.

To this, her hubby DJ Mo responded by saying: “Congrats babe, Glory to God, shukuru mzee kazi amefanya sio jokes…”

Just two months ago, Size 8 refused to confirm speculations from Kenyans that she was expectant, despite flaunting her baby bump.

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In December 2018, Size 8 revealed through an emotional post that she miscarried her second pregnancy and thanked her friends and family for supporting her.

The celebrity couple, an inspiration to many Kenyans, has been married for six years and had their first child, Ladasha Belle Wambui, in November 2015.

Netizens, including several celebs, reacted to Size 8’s big announcement with sweet congratulatory messages.

“Congratulations mama wambo,” @dkkwenyebeat wrote.

“Congratulations,” @joyceomondi commented.

“Wow, congratulations, God’s speed!” @officialjanetmbugua said.

“Congratulations,” @willisraburu posted.

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Maribe: I’m very much single, Omondi, Jowie and Itumbi are just ‘friends’

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Former TV presenter, Jacque Maribe, is still single, just so you know.

Maribe has made her stand clear following days of speculation on social media after she recently confirmed that popular comedian Eric Omondi is the father of her 4-four-year old son Zahari.

The former Citizen TV news anchor set the internet on fire with the post on Instagram which captured the couple together with their son on his graduation day.

“Family first. Happy graduation day Zahari. We, mum and dad @ericomondi are proud of you!!,” she captioned the photo.

Eric also posted the same photo on his Instagram page with the simple caption “Family.”

The couple’s posts left many of their fans wondering who between murder suspect Jowie (currently in remand), blogger Dennis Itumbi or Omondi the TV journalist is going out with.

Commenting on the photo, one particular bewildered fan Danny Dunhillison challenged Maribe to make her stand clear on who between the three men she is dating.

FRIENDS

“… Mara sijui Jowie, mara Itumbi, sahii ni joker anaitwa Eric. I mean where does she lie? Tangaza standing madam!” Danny posted.

In response, Maribe wrote: “@Dannydunhillison nilitangaza hukuona. Niko single AF. Those are my friends.”

Maribe and Omondi dated back in 2014 in a short-lived relationship.

She would later flaunt her baby bump but remained coy on the father of her child.

Years later, she started seeing Jowie but she has seemingly dumped following his incarceration after being charged in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani.

Maribe, who also spent some time behind bars over the same case, has lately been ‘tight’ with Itumbi, who has even been attending some of the court proceedings.

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