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‘The TV stress was unbearable…’ whispered media personality Jamila Mbugua



After the whole Louis Otieno and Swaleh Mdoe financial situation made headlines, Jamila Mbugua a former news anchor comes out to weigh in on the situation.

Jamila puts into context how it is easy to sink into the same situation of financial ruin. She is not the only one, recently, BBC journalist Ferdinand Omondi also explained what is ailing the media personalities.

If you missed his piece read it here.

Jamila Mbugua has come out to highlight the life of a media personality living in the limelight.

“Here is the thing about Louis story and many other people in the lime light. You don’t really have friends and your ‘family’ may not even be your blood relatives but those who can handle your calling.

Some will master the overcomer mentality, while others won’t. I remember early in my career how strangers would come to the 20th floor of Nyayo house, claiming to be my relatives and that since they were in town, they just thought to come check on me! Lies.

And I’d have to part with lunch or bus fare which they assumed I had just because they watched me read the news.

Assumptions are destructive. And because at that early age you’re still struggling with your identity and being liked and not looking like fame went thru your head, you try to be nice.

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But woe unto you if you don’t wake up to the fact that there are people who just don’t get it. The only difference between you and them is that you are on TV, otherwise the struggles are the same, at times worse.

Jamila-MbuguaI learnt fast how to not carry everyone’s problems, learnt to ignore all the ‘harambee’ cards dropped at the reception, ignore the invites to every event in town because that’s not what mattered, it’s how seriously i took my job and not try to be a superwoman. I didn’t have to get everyone a job since the CVs just couldn’t stop coming.

I don’t understand, the audacity with people, that I’m better placed to get them jobs. It sucks! Nobody got me the job, I tarmacked just as you did and now give me a break to get the job done.

So for most anchors and TV personalities there’s little help for you if you’re moved by people and what they think of you. It is none of their business where or how you live unless you want to make it their business. It’s so much pressure already just seating on that ‘hot’ seat to deliver a good interview or the bulletin!

Take control of your life cos only you know how your paycheck looks like or who your source is. You will soon sink, if you don’t deal with your heart and soul issues- It’s how you end up selling your precious body parts!

It’s not worth it. You either become hard, learn to say no, or get caught up in the madness cos you lacked self control. Nobody has it all together. You make small steps till you learn what’s important and what’s not. I don’t even know how they do it. I wish we had shrinks taking us thru the image thing every so often cos it’s a big challenge for the average person.

I pity the young ones who are just now making it into the industry with crooked perceptions about how fast they’ll rise, become famous and drive big cars…

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Please forget the fame and all the lies you heard about being in the media. If you want to get rich quickly, marry a rich man or become a tenderprenuer or walk with God…

Look, you can spread your wings, especially if you’re to live decently in this town, take up other gigs, start a clothing line or something, use your name to open other streams of income but just don’t get sucked into the image thing that will only rob you of your joy! I didn’t even get the 6 figure salary until a few years back, and even then, the most money i ever made was not as a TV presenter.

What matters to me is that I use the platform God gave me to bring hope.. nothing else matters, money will come and go but if what you do is based on what you’re getting back, then you haven’t found your purpose yet and this will suck the juice out of your life.

I thank God for holding my hand even when I didn’t know He was there. I didn’t turn to addictions when the TV stress was unbearable, I’ve never taken a bank loan to keep up with the Joneses, He tempered me all thru and saved me from myself.

I wish all of them the very best but most of all I pray that we give back to God what He gave us so that He makes it pure, in order to accomplish His purpose alone. The reason the image thing is taking us to early graves is because it’s all about the flesh. It’s shortsighted. The flesh will always compete with the spirit.

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But there’s a God purpose to why He gave you that name and it’s got nothing to do with what your eyes can see. So, seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

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



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,



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

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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.

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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



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.


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.

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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’



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.


“… 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.

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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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