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Deaf hairdresser lets her work do the talking

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At Clicks Salon and Beauty Parlour in downtown Nyeri, one hairdresser has been catching the eye of clients with her exquisite work.

Judy Wachera, 35, is deaf, but her hearing impairment is the least of her worries, as long as she does what she loves.

Although she has worked at the beauty parlour for only three months, Wachera has made such an impact that her workmates have taken up sign language classes to be able to communicate with her.

Wachera, who comes from Karima in Othaya, is one of four children, but is the only one with impaired hearing.

She was a year old when she lost her hearing. Her parents took her to different hospitals in Nyeri to find out the cause, but all in vain.

She studied at Tumutumu Girls School for the deaf, where she learnt sign language.

She later joined a beauty school in Nairobi, where she studied beauty and therapy, which have been her passion since childhood.

She later moved back home to Nyeri and got married in Othaya town. Her two children live with her parents in Kiriani.

Wachera’s husband is also deaf, and that is why they took their children to to live with her parents for the time being.

“Since everybody else can speak and hear, we want the children to be able to experience it until they are ready to take up sign language,” she wrote on a piece paper. She hopes to teach her children sign language.

The first born is 14 and the younger one is five. This, she feels, is too young for them to learn sign language.

Ms Wachera was told of a job opening by her friend and she immediately went to the salon. “I was already working in another salon, but I needed a bigger challenge,” she said. It was a competitive post, but her determination and tenacity saw her get the job.

Ms Peninah Ncekei, the owner of the parlour, told the Nation that Waceke would not take “no” for an answer.

“I asked her to come back after two weeks so that I could evaluate the other candidates, but she would not wait. She wanted to work here badly so I decided to give her a shot. It’s one of the best decisions I ever made,” Ncekei said.

“I let her serve the next client who walked in and she did a very impressive job,” she said.

Ncekei added that Wachera is very kind and willing to learn, which makes her worth having around.

She goes for sign language classes on Mondays to enable her to communicate better with Wachera.

The hairdresser says she has adapted to her situation and she is humbled that her boss is learning sign language so they can communicate better.

“It makes me feel welcome and accepted. My colleagues are also learning sign language, which makes me very happy,” she says.

Wachera is also surprised at how nicely people treat her when they realise she is deaf, especially given her line of work, where small talk is the order of the day.

But Ncekei says children are yet to get used to Wachera and often ask to have their hair done by someone chatty because they find her too quiet.

“The adults are very understanding and many even tip her for the great job, which I find touching,” Ncekei said.

Those who cannot understand sign language write their instructions down.

Wachera has hobbies that make her light up as she writes them down. She loves swimming, trying out new foods and travelling, which she says she has loved since she was a little girl.

by nation.co.ke

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Benachi flaunts car in a warm message on his struggles in Nairobi

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US-based Kenyan singer Benson Ongachi alias Benachi is having the time of his life in North America since relocating and getting married to his wife , Joan.

The Mwanake hitmaker star has in past years not shielded away from showing his ups and downs and finally making it in the United States.

Benachi still sings and is an occasional minister in Donald Trump’s new-age America and has a travel catalog that stretches through Dallas, Atlanta and New York among other cities.

He is happy with his achievements, he resides in a cozy neighborhood and once in a while shares bits of it and experience with his wife.

The recent post he shared how he struggled to break through the music industry while in Nairobi.

“Nilitembea sana nikihustle Nairobi,kupiga root 11 ju ya kukosa bus fare. I never thought that one day I will be able to own a car. Enyewe you don’t know about tomorrow. God is Good, God is faithful,” he wrote.

He added: “Struggles are part of life, but they are not a totality of what life entails. So we must remember to discover all the other ingredients that make life worth living. Victory belongs to Jesus.”

He hit the limelight when he did a collabo with the late Kaberere in 2014 following the release of mwanake.

The couple also has a daughter, Olivia.

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‘Help me beg for forgiveness,’ – Nyota Ndogo thrown out by her husband

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Mombasa based artiste Nyota Ndogo spent the night in the cold after being thrown out by her mzungu husband over disrespect.

Nyota had told her husband to wear a dera, a unisex cloth worn by people from the coastal region but he did not take it lightly.

‘I gave my husband a dera to wear, I told him that here in Africa a dera is worn by both men and women. I did not even know how I found myself outside. I did not even know that I could run this fast, but it is so cold outside I can’t deal with it. Let me go and try beg my husband from the window. I was only joking, maybe I should tag him so that you can help me beg him to let me into the house,’ Nyota Ndogo said.

Her post, written in Swahili read: “Nimempa mume wangu Dera avae nimemwambia huku africa tunatumia dera kulalia waume kwa wake hata sijui nimefika nje vipi sikujua naweza kua na mbio hivyo lakini hii baridi hapa nje ndio yanishinda ngoja nikabembeleze kwa dirisha ilikua matani tu sijui nimtag munisaidie niingie ndani.”

Nyota Ndogo

Just days ago, she posted something on her social media that left more question than answers saying even if she got dumped she would get married over and over again.

‘I cannot stay in a marriage that has no peace.

I cannot stay in a marriage where I am constantly getting trouble just to show people that I am OKay.

I Cannot stay in a marriage where I am being oppressed just because I have a husband who has money.

If I am dumped I will get married again and again and again and again. Even twenty times if need be.’

Adding,

‘Don’t be a person that constantly cries foul don’t mind being laughed at keep your happiness first.

At the end of the day I pray that God sustains my marriage for 100 years because I love this man.’

Nyota Ndogo

Her post continued, “Siwezi kukaa kwenye ndoa isiokua na Amani.siwezi kukaa kwenye ndoa ninayo pata tabu ili kuonyesha watu AM OK AND AM NOT.

siwezi kukaa kwenye ndoa ya mateso kisa nipo na mume mwenye pesa nikiondoka ntateseka sasa najiganda tu haponikionyesha watu tabasamu la uongo.ya mwisho NIKIACHIKA NITAOLEWA TENA NA TENA NA TENA NA TENA. HATA MARA ISHIRINI.usiwe mtu wa kulia lia usijali kuchekwa jali furaha yako.MWISHO WA SIKU NAMUOMBA MUNGU AILINDE NDOA YANGU MIAKA MIA MOJA COUSE I LOVE THIS MAN.

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Guess the cost of Sonko t-shirt which was torn during his arrest

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The t-shirt which Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko wore when he was arrested last week in Voi causing lots of chatter among netizens, and it’s not because of how good it looks.

Pictures of the governor standing with his shirt torn on the side after his arrest became a topic of discussion online.

However, it’s the cost of the t-shirt which has set tongues wagging.

That particular t-shirt that Sonko wore is from Italian luxury fashion house Versace.

PHOTO | COURTESY
PHOTO | COURTESY

According to a global fashion website Ikrix the t-shirt, which is already out of stock, goes for $531 which translates to Sh53,976 according to the current exchange rate.

Sonko’s love for the fine things in life is evident in his expensive taste that has earned him the title of the most flamboyant governor in Kenya.

In fact, a few weeks ago Sonko shared pictures of his expensively assembled dining room with gold-plated tables and chairs.

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