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Tom and Massawe Japanni first met while working for a local radio station, Baraka FM down at the coast. At the time, in 2002 Tom was a presenter at the breakfast show while Massawe was an intern producer. However, up until Tom left the station to join BBC World Service, their relationship was not a romantic one, only for cupid strike his arrow after he left Mombasa in 2004.

The radio beauty grew up and went to school mostly in Mombasa and partly in Machakos and went to college in Nairobi before joining the radio industry. “Unlike me, she has had stints in almost all leading swahili radio stations. She’s a hot cake. There’s a time we were bringing home similar paychecks,” says Tom, adding that his wife’s fat pay did not emasculate him since it is alwasy his joy to see his wife prosper.

What makes Massawe so good at her job, he says is her intelligence and her ability to keep up with current affairs and a genuine passion for impacting lives. That plus the fact that she is understanding of the business side of things makes her the perfect radio head.

Not a bed of roses

In an era where marriage as an institution is under threat, from infidelity to violence and other forms of abuse, Tom admits that they have had to be intentional about making their marriage work. He is cognissant of the fact that celebrity couples have a huge challenge of sustaining their unions leading to ugly endings. Similarly, he discloses that their marriage has also had its own share of tribulations. But for them, Tom says, God has been their pillar thus strengthening them over the J k years.

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“Professionally we’ve had it smooth sailing as we’re both workhorses.

We’ve also kept a very small circle of friends. That way there is no over exposure. However, the loss of our first child was and still remains the biggest challenging time for us. But I believe the fact that we’re both God-fearing and committed to our family, has helped a lot.

When all else doesn’t work we tend to draw from our friendship to restore our marriage. We were friends before we became lovers! Our friendship still stands,” says the father of three.

Being in the constant eye of the public has exposed the couple to Internet trolls and cyber bullies.

But Tom does not let them get away with it. As much as they are respectful of everybody’s opinions and views, the two will not let any one get away with insulting or disrespecting them. “We too can shoot from the hip!” he quips.

Besides that, problems such as temptations brought about by good looking radio personalities who he interacts with on a daily basis have definitely been the least of their worries.

According to Tom, beautiful women are everywhere. Only that those in the industry, the warembos, as he calls them, are well powdered.

Massage & Tom Japanni,

Making time for family

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“The same principles I apply out there are the same principles I hold on to at the workplace. It isn’t such a huge industry so, really, what would I be thinking messing around?” chuckles Tom who heads a local radio station.

He describes his marriage to Massawe as a learning curve. “Being married to my wife has been a huge learning experience. Forget the beauty, she is intelligent and committed,” he shares.

Their busy work schedule has also been a stumbling block in their marriage since they find very little time to spend together as a family.

Tom says they sometimes have to intentionally block the weekends for family time as much as they both can, which they complement with family vacations.

He says that while he maybe a boss at work, at home he is a husband and a father. He tries not to carry work home, failure to which he is quickly put in check by the real boss at home, Massawe.

This, he says, helps so much to enjoy the home space away from work. “Massawe is the head in our house. I just provide and protect! Anyway, on a serious note, the office boss in me does creep in at home sometimes, but I quickly get extinguished by the no nonsense Massawe,” he says amidst laughter.

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The two work for competing radio stations. Tom is Radio Maisha head while Massawe is a presenter at Radio Jambo. “We work for competing brands. We only share the airwaves. And I have been doing a good job of beating them at their game. However, you could say, and rightly so, that I am in bed with the competition,” he laughs.

He, however, notes that they try to be professional as possible when it comes to confidentiality. Tom says their different personalities helps keep their relationship balanced. “My wife is bold, loving, persistent and fun loving. I am the serious one!” he says adding, “She adores my attention while I enjoy the lack of pressure to keep the conversation going.”

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Comedian Flaqo opens up on rare condition he has been battling

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Popular Kenyan comedian, Flaqo born Erastus Ayieko Otieno has for the first time spoken about a rare condition that he has been struggling with for some time.

Turns out that despite the funny man the Kenyan audience and beyond has grown to know as Flaqo Raz, he has his fair share of battles behind the cameras.

Flaqo opens up

The Internet sensation shared a photo showing red, itchy welts like a form of skin reaction on certain parts of his body.

Depending on the reactions, the welts appear and fade repeatedly and vary in size.

The YouTuber shared his condition with fans in the hope that maybe one or two can relate to what he has been going through and maybe work out a solution on the same.

“Anyone with this condition, how do you go about it?” he posed.

Comedian Flaqo rare skin condition

“Sometimes I have to postpone my shoots because they are unbearable. Zangu zilipotea for 6 months straight. Now they are back…” he replied to a fan who shared a similar experience.

Funny enough, soon as he had put up the post, he got so much feedback, with so many individuals able to relate to his skin condition, to his amazement.

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“So far: try staying in the sun for a bit, bathe with warm water after taking antihistamines. To understand your condition better, make a point of seeing a dermatologist,” Flaqo shared with fans battling a similar condition, after gathering responses from his fan base.

Wrapping up urging fellow victims to take plenty of water, work out more often and avoid proteins since hives get triggered by things like particular foods, medication and stress.

By Ghafla.com


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Ciru Muriuki in mourning again, just months after losing her dad

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The loss of a loved one is a feeling one can never put into words. But losing another person so close to your heart, becomes a tall order.

July 2020, BBC journalist, Angela Wanjiru wa Muriuki alias Ciru Muriuki lost her dad to COVID-19. A man she dearly honored, loved and cherished.

A man she still misses more than words can say; a man who would have turned 72 years on October 10, were he still alive.

Pain and agony that she wonders how long it will last.

Amid COVID-19 and strict health measures put in place, her dads send-off left a different mark in her life.

“Heh. Losing a father. Nothing prepares you for the pain. Nothing. I wonder if I’ll feel this agony forever. My father’s funeral was the worst experience of our lives.”

Remember, Ciru also contracted the virus and had to mourn her late dad in almost complete solitude.

I cannot think of anything worse,” she tweeted.

Another loss

It has been barely 4 months that the celebrated media personality was allowed to mourn her loss, and death has stricken once more.

Taking to her Twitter, the broadcast journalist mourned the loss of a beloved mother, a grand mum and an aunt – her fathers sister.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: How Massawe Japanni and Abel Mutua nearly became a couple before his wife turned out expectant

Messages of condolences continue to flow in from fellow personalities, friends and fans as they comfort a dear Ciru, having to bear 2 consecutive losses amid a pandemic.

May their souls rest in eternal peace!

By Ghafla.com


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Comedian David The Student tests positive for Covid-19 in US after drama with racist couple

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Former Churchill Show comedian David Kangogo, famously known as David The Student, has tested positive for Covid-19 just days after he had an altercation with a Caucasian couple in the United States of America.

The comedian, through his Facebook page, said he started feeling unwell and also exhibited the symptoms associated with the deadly virus on Friday before going for a test which turned positive.

“I got diagnosed with Covid-19. Now I am quarantined and I trust and believe I’ll get through this. Thank you all for the support I’ve been receiving. Thank you! Please stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands and social distance,” he wrote.

Hᴇʏ ɢᴜʏs!

I ɢᴏᴛ ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴄᴏᴠɪᴅ 19 . I ɴᴏᴡ ᴀᴍ ǫᴜᴀʀᴀɴᴛɪɴᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ I ᴛʀᴜsᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ʙᴇʟɪᴇᴠᴇ I’ʟʟ ɢᴇᴛ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴛʜɪs! Tʜᴀɴᴋ…

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Kangogo, who relocated to the US in search of greener pastures in 2018, has been working as a Lyft driver.

Last week the comedian was in the news after an angry Lyft passenger hurled racial slurs at him after he asked the Caucasian couple who had requested for a ride to put on a mask.

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In a disturbing video, which has since gone viral after it was shared by Al Jazeera, shows a passenger identified only as “Joe” erupting after Kangogo asked him to put his mask back on after taking it off during the ride.

The clip shows the man getting out of the car and unleashing verbal abuse toward the former comedian as his female companion looks on.

Kongogo then urged the man to keep abusing him as he keeps recording the incident.

David The Student told the couple to “just put on” their masks, but he wasn’t having it and even threatened to urinate inside the car, the video shows.

Kangogo, 30, told Newsweek the man ignored his first request to put his mask back on after taking it off during the ride. The company’s policy requires all passengers and drivers to don masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said he called Lyft representatives following the incident and then went home.

“I couldn’t drive,” Kangogo told the outlet. “I was literally shaking.”

In a statement, Lyft confirmed the unidentified passenger had been permanently banned.

“There is no place for discrimination of any sort in the Lyft community, and this behavior is absolutely unacceptable,” the statement reads. “We have permanently removed the rider from the Lyft community and have been in touch with the driver to offer our support.”


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