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Wacu full of praise for late bloomer Lusenaka

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Veteran setter Jane Wacu believes Joy Lusenaka has come of age if her exploits at the just concluded African Olympic qualifiers in Yaoundé, Cameroon are anything to go by.

Lusenaka, who has over the years played second fiddle to the experienced duo of Wacu and Janet Wanja in previous events, finally got a break through during the Cameroon event.

The Kenya Prisons’ setter last played for the national team during the 11th African Games in Congo, Brazzaville, in 2015 and since then she has always been overlooked.

But it was her exploits during the third set of the first match against Egypt where the East Africans were trailing the North Africans with eight scores that the coach Paul Bitok rested Wacu for Lusenaka and the move paid off as Kenya eventual won the set and the match 3-1.

Wacu said that was a clear indication that Lusenaka, who is the current Kenya Volleyball Federation national league best setter, has more to offer.

“Ahead of the qualifiers, I knew I was to go the extra mile in the setting position since I was used to partnering with Wanja who, unfortunately, had opted out of the team due to personal reasons. I was jittery prior to event. Here we were missing the services of injured Triza Atuka and Wanja,” said Wacu, who is attached to club Anse Royale (ARSU) of Seychelles.

“My record against Egypt hasn’t been good and I was not surprised when I was rested. I’m glad Lusenaka took the chance and rose to the occasion and that means she is now ripe for the national team duties. However, I hope that she will now prove her worth at the African Club Championships as that will give her more confidence.”

Asked about the team qualifying for the Olympics after a 16-year hiatus Wacu said: “I hope the players that have made this a reality will be given the first priority. But this doesn’t mean the said players should not give their all in training to justify their selection. However, should any player outside those who qualified for the event show they deserve a place in the team, then she must be given a chance.”

Wacu was, however, coy when asked whether she will call it a day after competing in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

“This is the ultimate goal for any sportsman and I’m not any different. But I will see what happens thereafter. I actually had saved up some money to attend the bonanza if the team had not qualified but I’m just happy that I will be going to the event.”

“Bitok has also brought in something different and the results are there for everyone to see.”

by nation.co.ke

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Victoria Kimani: I’m still single

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Just so you know, singer Victoria Kimani is still single and thinks dating life is horrible.

Speaking while she appeared on the We Are One Africa Show, Victoria said she has been single for the longest and hasn’t even been asked out by a man for a while now.

“The last time I went out on a date was September last year.” She revealed.

The 34-year-old noted that she doesn’t think she is ready to date again at least not at the moment.

“Dating life is horrible. I don’t know why I’m talking crap as if I’m dating. I’m not dating anybody”. She added.

The last time she was in a relationship was three years ago.

The sexy singer dated hunk Nigerian Stanley Obiamalu, a video producer and director who at the time was understood to be residing in South Africa.

They broke up in June 2017 and ever since Victoria has on several occasions been quoted saying she is still single.

Despite still being single, April last year in an interview with K24, Kimani opened up on her desire to get married and have children in the future.

Victoria, however, noted she was willing to wait for as long as it takes until the right man comes along because she is “tired of falling in love with bad boys”.

By Nairobi News

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SAD: Kenyan man, James Njuguna Kimani (Giant), dies in grisly road accident

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It is with deep sorrow, and acceptance of God’s will that we announce the promotion to glory of James Njuguna Kimani (Giant) on Sunday, June 28th, 2020 that occurred in Nairobi, Kenya after a tragic road accident.

He is husband to Margaret Wanjiku Njuguna of Nairobi Kenya, father to Ben Gichuhi and Peter Kimani.

He is brother to Irene Wanjiru Toomer, Liz Muthemba and the Late Jane Njeri Muthemba of Baltimore, MD. Brother-in-law to John Waithaka and Dorothy Mugeshi of Baltimore, MD.

Cousin to Carol Muthoni Githua, George Githua, Mary Muthoni, Caroline Muthoni of Baltimore, MD and Racheal Wanjiku, Esther & Paul Kamaru, Pauline Njuku, Shiro Njuku, Beatrice Wairimu all of TX, Lydia & Joe Mathu, George Njuku of Canada and Lillian Muthoni Njuku of UK.

Uncle to Gloria & Moses Kuna, Hellen & Kimathi Njuguna, James & Imna Muriithi, Peter & Akira Muriithi, David Muriithi and many more nieces and nephews.

The proposed date for the funeral is Thur, July 2, 2020 at the family farm in Wangige Lower Kabete at 10AM. Memorial service zoom information will follow.

Your prayers for the family during this difficult time is highly appreciated.

For questions and gifts, contact.

  • Irene Toomer: Cashapp:$IToomer 4436258006 Zelle: 443-625-8006
  • Liz Muthemba: Cashapp: $lizmuthemba 4436802517
  • John Waithaka: 443-851-7830
  • Carol Muthoni: 443-939-0101
  • Gloria Kuna: 410-371-9996
  • Pastor Mugweh: 410-236-5401

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Full list of journalists fired from NTV Kenya

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News emerging from Nation Centre indicates that some of the country’s top journalistic talents have been fired.

A list exclusively seen by Pulselive.co.ke showed eight renowned reporters and anchors whose terminations took effect on Friday July 3, 2020.

Among those fired are Brenda Wanga (news reporter), anchor Debarl Inea, Sharon Baranga (reporter) and Shaban Ulaya (sports reporter)who have been with the media house for years

Others on the list are Harith Salim (swahili anchor), Lillian Kiarie (business reporter), Silas Apollo (news reporter) and Ken Mijungu who had confirmed his departure from NTV earlier in the day.

Journalists (from L to R) Harith Salim, Lillian Kiarie, Silas Apollo and Shaban Ulaya who have been fired from NTV
Journalists (from L to R) Harith Salim, Lillian Kiarie, Silas Apollo and Shaban Ulaya who have been fired from NTV

NMG CEO’s message

A memo by the Nation Media Group’s CEO Stephen Gitagama earlier in the week had outlined that the media company is keen to retain only those with the relevant skills and expertise.

“The Group seeks to radically change its business model from print advertising and physical reader copy to digital advertising, ePaper subscription and content-driven reader revenue with the objective of establishing leadership in the mobile publishing landscape in Africa while exploring other new revenue streams in the experiential and technology space.

“This will require retooling and resourcing the Group with relevant skill sets critical for success in the new business environment. Regrettably this will result in reduction of our workforce effective Friday July 3, 2020,” the memo read in part.

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