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Marriage at 87 has given my life more years of happiness

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Rev John Lewa, 91, is a living testimony that old age with all its attendant glitches can be tamed into a near normal phase in life. The nonagenarian, who goes about his daily chores unaided, reads the Bible without glasses and manually tends his farm, surprised many when he remarried at 87.

Rev Lewa still has strong teeth to eat anything he fancies, even roast meat and maize. His dental formula is amazingly sturdy and healthy-looking.“I have lost six out of 16 back teeth,” he says of his molars and premolars, flashing a smile that displays a white set of un-breached incisors and canines.

He adds: “The rest of my teeth are intact.”“Conventional toothpastes cannot match charcoal and salt in dental care. I have no cavities,” he says in anticipation of my next question.

He enumerates the secrets of healthy ageing as active daily routine, eating healthy and avoiding reckless indulgences. He cites alcohol, cigarettes and promiscuity among habits he jettisoned long ago.“I last tasted alcohol in my youth at a push from my father and I vomited until he sympathised with me. The last time I ever smoked was in 1958 before I went to study theology at African Brotherhood Church (ABC) Divinity school, Mitaboni, Machakos in 1959,” says Lewa.

“A happy marriage prolongs life. I lived with Sella, my first wife and mother to my nine children continuously for 51 years until she died in 2012.

What followed were three turbulent years during which I languished in loneliness until 2015 when I met and married the Rev Phyllis Munini. She has since spruced me up. You can see that I do not look groggy.”What prompted Ms Munini to accept him at 87? ”Call it an act of God,” says Mzee Lewa with a grin that eases his wrinkles.

“She had initially turned down my request, conveyed through two African Inland Church (AIC) pastors who were friends to my family. She was 59, a nun in the church who had committed her life to God’s service without distraction until I came into her shadow.” “I also had an input,” chips in his son, Prof Peter Lewa. “Mzee had cautioned me, his only living son, that I would not escape blame if he died of loneliness. I helped identify Phyllis,” he brags to hearty laughter from us all.

Phyllis, with an aerie chuckle, recalls: “Back home after setting my eyes on him for the first time, I went into prayer to tell God that I did not want ‘that old man’. But he continued calling me. He was not the type to surrender midstream.

Vision from God

“Then one night as I slept, I saw a vision. God told me, ‘I delayed you for the old man. He is the one I have chosen to be your husband,’” recollects Phyllis adding: “I had no option but to say, ‘yes’ and the rest is history. We have lived happily together since.”In AIC nuns are free to marry.“I was over the moon when she accepted my hand. Without hesitation, I took cattle and goats to her parents and cooked in keeping with the Kamba tradition, followed by a fabulous wedding ceremony at Masue African Brotherhood Church (ABC) on October 17, 2015,” says Rev Lewa proudly, describing the event as “unalloyed miracle”.

“It was my second miracle since my late wife and I narrowly escaped death in a horrific bus accident on the Kitui- Machakos road that claimed 65 lives, including those of our two daughters, in 1963,” he says, sadness permeating his face.On his enduring oomph and energy at a time his few living peers have withered away like singed flowers, Rev Lewa says herbs and a disciplined lifestyle have played an important role.

“I am a herbal expert. I have helped many people surmount health challenges and have not forgotten myself. Hence, I am not shy to declare myself as fit as a fiddle in my physical and mental faculties,” he says with laughter.Prof Lewa says his father’s health has improved tremendously in the four years that he has been married to Phyllis. “They are both reverends and true birds of a feather. Dad is proof that elderly folks need trusted partners to walk with deeper into their sunset,” he says.

He describes the three years his father spent groping in lonesomeness after his mother’s departure as “pretty trying” to the entire family.Born in 1928 in Mukaa, Kilome, Machakos District, to Lewa Manyi and Susana Syekonyo, Rev Lewa was the first of 12 children.He went to study theology after primary school education to Standard Six level and has mastered practically every verse in the bible.

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I’m not yet successful- Billionaire Chris Kirubi speaks

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Billionaire businessman Chris Kirubi says he is yet to see himself as successful because he has not achieved his dreams.

He revealed this in an interview with Business Daily, DJ CK, as he’s popularly known, says in spite of battling a sickness this has not made him streamline his day to day activities as he still holds almost six meetings per day at his home. 

“…I’m not yet successful. I have a dream. I work more now in my home than I worked in the office. Many people come to see me because I’m sick. My people want to come and consult with me. I still run my companies. I’ve never switched off.”

Chris reveals achieving a goal and not money is his primary motivation. Though he considers himself a billionaire, he is yet to know how much he is worth. 

“I don’t know (my worth). I never count. Counting means looking back and I don’t look back,” said the Capital Group Ltd Chairman

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Anita Soina exposes Terence Creative for still calling her (Screenshots)

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All is not well for Terence Creative and wife Milly Chebby after 20-year-old Anita Soina unleashed a damning screenshot.

This explosive screenshot comes months after Terence apologized to his wife for cheating.

He wrote on his social media,

Enemies want us to separate but our love will live forever. Those who wished us to separate are now ashamed. They waited to laugh at us but that’s not going to happen. I fell in love with you and will forever love you.

In the screenshot, it is clear that Terence was trying his best to get in touch with Anita.

This is as late as mid last month.

When he calls and misses her a couple of times, Terence then texts Anita saying,

“Kulenga nayo!”

To this he gets no reply.

Anita unleashed the screenshot after an Instagram account trolled her on Saturday night when she went live while on air with Annitah Raey on her show on Hot 96.

Check out the screenshot below.

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Size 8, DJ Mo on the spot for Sh10K Valentine’s Day dinner event

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Gospel singer Size 8 Reborn and her husband DJ Mo have been called out by their fans for planning an extravagant valentine’s day dinner event.

The couple have been advertising for their planned event set for February 14 at a hotel in the city where the main focus will be celebrating love among the married people.

Couple are being persuaded to register and attend the but the amount being charged for the dinner is what has made of their followers upset.

Both DJ Mo and Size 8 had a humble beginning and have accumulated a big fan base as they grew.

“HALLELUJAH the details are finally out!!!! DINE WITH #THEMURAYAS 14th of February A fun red carpet affair. Couples affair (dating, courting or married),” wrote Size 8.

But the dinner is going for kSh7,000-Ksh 10,000, an amount that seems too much.

Hio ndoo ni mob,” said Alice.ngatia.

“That amount ,” wrote shazzie_Iddah. “Like me I want to come but cannot afford that kind of money,” commented Winnie.

“Rent ya kasingle room pale junction ya Kayole,” stated foiwdci. “Hiyo pesa ni mingi sana,” remarked Brownian_baibz.

 

 

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