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TV journalist Hussein Mohamed on Tuesday night hosted his last show on Citizen TV after 10 years at the Royal Media Services-owned station.

Hussein has been hosting the popular News Night show every Tuesday, before which he hosted the Big Question news segment where he interviewed the who is who in the Kenyan politician arena.

During his last show, his interview with Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi ended abruptly after his colleagues walked into the set and interrupted the interview.

Willys Raburu then shared a short video from various politicians who had the opportunity to be hosted by Hussein on his show.

An emotional Hussein watched the videos with a smile every as he listened to farewell messages from leaders who wished him well in his next step in life.

The video started with RMS Managing Director Wachira Waruru heaping praise on the anchor.

“You and I have spoken a lot about your departure and you know how much we as a company have valued your contribution. You are a hard worker, committed and above all a man of integrity. I believe as you progress in the future you will do well. All the best Hussein,” Waruru said.

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Former RMS Chief of Staff and current Lands Cabinet Secretary, Farida Karoney also had a special message for Hussein.

“My heart swells with pride watching how much he has grown in a short 10 years. Wherever he is going, he should remember that excellent work will speak eloquently. He is talented and does not need luck but good luck, read the Message from his former boss,” Karoney said.

Willis Raburu in his message shared how Hussein would pick and drop him home when he was an intern.

“You used to drop me home, buy me pizza and make sure niko sawa. Wewe ndio umecontribute kwa kuongeza hii kilo,” Raburu said jokingly.

Former Citizen TV news anchor, Hussein Mohamed, cuts a cake presented to him by colleagues shortly after his final show on the TV station. PHOTO | COURTESY

Sports journalist Mike Okinyi remembered when the anchor hosted sports news but he disappeared from their desk.

“And your star just grew from there. We knew you were destined for greatness,” Okinyi said.

Presenter Sam Gituku lauded the political host for his outgoing nature and his tough stance on integrity.

“Not many people had the pleasure of working with Mohamed. There is no thorough profession like you. I am disappointed but I know you are going to shine,” Francis Gachuri said.

Celebrated news anchor Jeff Koinange and his co-host on Hot 96 breakfast show Prof Hamo assured Hussein a place when he changes his mind and decides to come back

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“You are the best of the best and we wish you all our luck and we will be with you and if you plan to come back anytime, you will be welcome. This is your home and we will miss you,” Koinange, said

At the end of the video, Hussein emotionally thanked everyone who was part of his 10 years in the media.

“I am very humbled and I thank you all for all the messages. Now know you were never angry with me. My decision to quit was never personal,” he said.

Political leaders, some of whom were regular guests on Hussein’s show, also paid glowing tribute to the news anchor.

Here are some of their messages:

Raila Odinga – ODM Party Leader: “His interviews were well researched and he was very persistent.”

Kalonzo Musyoka – Wiper Party Leader: “You have been analytical in your interview with political leaders.”

Aden Duale – Majority Leader in the National Assembly: “You have been a brand.”

John Mbadi Minority Leader in the National Assembly: “You have been very efficient and professional during your career.”

Raphael Tuju – Secretary General, Jubilee Party: “He has worked his way up from his humble beginnings.”

Anne Mumbi – Kirinyaga Governor: “You have changed the quality of interviews in the media industry.”

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Sakaja Johnson – Nairobi Senator: “You have distinguished yourself as a skilled journalist.”

Mutula Kilonzo Jr – Makueni Senator: “Good work for the brilliant question you asked on topical issues during your interviews.”

Eugene Wamalwa – Devolution CS: “Thank you for making us sweat during the interview and for your professionalism,”

Naisula Lesuuda – MP Samburu West: You have been an excellent journalist.”

Sabina Chege Woman Rep Murang’a, “You have done a wonderful job for this nation”.

Babu Owino – MP Embakasi East: “You made it, you did it and you are so courageous.”


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Remembering Pepe Kalle 22 years after his death

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Arrangements are in place for fans and counterparts to next week mark the 22rd anniversary since the death of Congolese musician Pepe Kalle Yampanya.

The burly baritone voiced singer who collapsed and died on November 29, 1998 in Kinshasa will be remembered as one of the entertainment greats with his Grand Empire Band.

Most of his fans will remember him for some of his popular tunes like ‘Roger Milla’: (dedicated to Cameroonian soccer legend Roger Milla), ‘Moyibi’, ‘Pon Moun Paka Bouge’, ‘Bitoto’ and ‘Amour Pedre’.

Notably, he recorded several collaborations with his long-time counterpart Nyboma Mwandido, who lives in Paris, France. Both had performed together in the early 1970s in Kinshasa.

Though there are no special shows arranged due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some of his former band members including the Kinshasa-based Lofombo Godo will dedicate online shows to him. Lofombo, who is a bass guitarist and producer, also had a stint with the Delta Force band.

Most of the former band members of the Grand Empire Bakuba settled in Europe after Kalle’s death. Among them were Papy Tex (of the ‘Kanda ya Nini’ hit song fame), Elvis Kunku, Ebuya Doris Djuna Mumbafu and Kinanga Boeing.

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Back home, fans of Pepe Kalle will also recall his efforts of incorporating dancing midgets like Ayilla Emoro, Jolie Bebe and Dominic Mabwa in the   stage act of the Empire band.

In Kenya, fans of Pepe Kalle will remember the many tours he made to Kenya from the late 1980s to the early 1990s.  Among the towns he performed include Nairobi and Kisumu.

Meanwhile, The Oyster Bay at Valley Arcade in Nairobi will tomorrow host the Acoustic, Brunch, Bubbly and Jazz show. It will feature special performances by

and Aaron Rimbui.

For the two seasoned afro Jazz musicians, it will be an opportunity to showcase their latest and earlier hit songs. Atemi is known for some of her songs like ‘Someday’, ‘Nairobi’, ‘Imenibamba’ and ‘Kama We’.

As for Aaron, who specialises in the piano and keyboard, some of his popular songs are ‘Simama’, ‘Hafungi Macho’, ‘Karibu’ and ‘Freedom’.  The show starts at 11am and ends at 8pm. According to the organisers, all Covid-19 safety protocols will be observed during the show.

Event has been sponsored by Classic FM and Smooth FM, in conjunction with Oyster Bay. Entrance is Sh3,500 per person (Inclusive of Brunch and Champagne).

Meanwhile, veteran Ohangla musician Tony Nyadundo will next Friday perform during a special Ohangla show at the Treasure Gardens in Kilimani, Nairobi (Opposite Kilimani Primary School).  Nyadundo’s hit songs include ‘Ndoa ya Machozi’ and ‘Isanda Gi Hera’. It will be a welcome back show to his fans after a long break. Show starts at 2pm and ends at 8pm.

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Jacque Maribe: I suffered two miscarriages before I got my son

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Former Citizen TV news anchor and media personality Jacque Maribe says she lost two pregnancies before she got her son Zahari.
Zahari’s father is comedian Eric Omondi.
In an interview with True Love Magazine, Ms. Maribe said she battled infertility and suffering miscarriages was tough for her as she did not know what was wrong.

What made things worse and what made the media personality think she would never get a child was a disclosure by the doctors that she had suffered from the septate.
A septate uterus is a deformity of the uterus, which happens during fetal development before birth. A membrane called the septum divides the inner portion of the uterus, at its middle.

The condition was to be fixed through surgery but luckily she did not go through it.
“We were lucky we found out earlier so I was told I had to undergo surgery to get rid of it and give ourselves a period and wait and now the baby would have at least enough space to carry to maybe 30 something weeks and don’t have to get to 40. I remember I panicked and I said I’m not gonna do this,” she said.

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“It took a while, I can’t remember how many years it was and every day I used to pray and ask God ‘what is too hard for you? I don’t have to have this surgery if you want you can make that thing elastic by whatever miracle but just make it elastic, create space.”


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‘I’ve cried to you countless times,’ Chiki pens letter to man who helped her meet Bien

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Bien Baraza’s wife Chiki Kuruka has for the first time revealed that she met her husband through a friend, Emmanuel Jambo.

Chiki showered Emmanuel, a celebrity and award-winning photographer with love, thanking him for being the best friend one can ever have.

In a length post, the fitness coach-cum-radio presenter wrote,

A story of friendship. Dear @emmanueljambo, You are the force behind so much of what is my life. You introduced me to my husband, you drove me for hours to find my dog, you found us our house. I have cried to you countless times, and laughed with you even more. You are to me, the definition of goodness in this world, and to say I love you doesn’t even come close to the admiration I have for your heart, the respect I have for your soul and the excitement I have for the blessings that will certainly come your way. Happy birthday to my brother, my friend, my family. More Whiskey, more awful dancing, and more picture perfect moments to come. ❤.

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