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“Jeff was not raised with a silver spoon” Jeff Koinange’s mother clarifies

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When we talk of Jeff Koinange, we see a man whose childhood was all rosy and future well secured, but that’s not it!

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Jeff Koinange was born to a father, whose father, was a prominent Kikuyu chief during Kenya’s colonial period.

Therefore where Jeff falls in this lineage is, his grandfather, Koinange Wa Mbiyu was the wealthy one and probably that trickled down to the chief’s sons, including Jeff’s father, the late Fredrick Mbiyu Koinange.

However, things got worse after Jeff’s father passed on and left Jeff behind, in the hands of a single mom who raised them up in a normal family set-up.

This the aging mother revealed during Jeff’s recent event on Sunday hosted at Country Roads, Thika Greens Golf Resort, with both in attendance.

Upbringing

Mary Mbiu, Jeff’s 82-year old mother, took over the podium to clarify that her son was not born with a silver spoon as the world has grown to assume.

People should not associate the name Koinange with riches because Jeff was raised in a normal family set-up. I raised him like a normal child because his father died when he was still young.

Mary Mbiu, Jeff Koinange’s 82-year old mother speaking at the Country Roads’ event

Jeff’s dad, Fredrick Mbiyu Koinange was brother to Mbiyu Koinange, who was the eldest son of chief Koinange Wa Mbiyu.

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Mbiyu Koinange was a Kenyan politician who served in the government and cabinet of Kenya’s first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, for a whooping 16 years.

Jeff’s father on the other hand, was the first Kenyan to open a car dealership but later died in the year 1966, a time when Jeff was barely 2 years of age.

Additionally, Jeff’s mother pointed to the fact that young ladies should remain content with what they have and not blindly run after a man’s wealth like is the case today.

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Papa Shirandula actress Naliaka ordained as a minister

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Celebrated Papa Shirandula actress Daisy Netia alias Naliaka is now a minister of the gospel after she was ordained as a pastor at the Harvest Family Church in Ongata Rongai.

Sharing the exciting news on Instagram, Naliaka – in prayer- thanked her spiritual father, Jimmy Macharia, for seeing her through.

“The day my life changed totally. I thank God for my spiritual father Jimmy Macharia who saw beyond my weaknesses. When God wants to do something in your life, He will introduce to you a man. Dear God, please help me not to ever forget where you picked from,” wrote Naliaka.

According to one of Naliaka’s close friends, the actress has been juggling between acting and ministry and are pleased that she was finally given the nod to do what she loves most.

Naliaka’s march to the pulpit is reminiscent with that of sports journalist Vincent Opiyo who not too long ago also heeded the call to minister through the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

In his last article published on May 19, 2019, Opiyo admitted that priesthood was his lifetime ambition despite his stint at the newsroom.

A passion to serve that, he said, began when he was 12 as an altar boy at his home Parish, Nangina Catholic Church.

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“At the age of 12, I became an Altar Boy in my home parish, Nangina Catholic church. This was a year of finishing my catechism classes that culminated into receiving Holy Communion. It is during this period that I started dreaming of being like my parish priest who was a friend and a father figure,” he recalled.

Opiyo explained that even though he went through hardships at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC), the U-turn was inevitable.

“I joined the University of Nairobi for a Broadcast Journalism course in September 2011 but my hopes for a bursary from a charity organization collapsed and I had to drop out after failing to pay the Sh110, 000 fees… I applied for evening classes at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) in Nairobi and sold Airtel mobile phone SIM cards on the streets to add to the little upkeep my father gave me. A SIM card was Sh50, my profit was Sh20,” he added.

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Newly-wed star Nyashinski to represent Kenya in Texas

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Dancehall king Wyre and newly-wed Nyashinski will represent Kenya at the 2020 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

There will be more than 2,000 artistes from around 60 countries who will take part in the gig that will go down in March.

“Not limited by genre or regional focus, everyone from fellow musicians to industry professionals and creatives from every field can enjoy a variety of musical styles at SXSW,” reads the website of South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals that fist ran in 1987.

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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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