Connect with us

Entertainment

My easiest interview ever

Published

on

Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Witty is the trait that comes to mind when chatting with NTV reporter and news anchor, Ken Mijungu.

But if you delve deeper into the conversation his style and passion quickly comes to the fore.

Quickfire Friday had a sit down with the lawyer-turned-journalist, to get to know his personality away from the TV screens.

Here is how it went down:

Quickfire: Hi Ken, please introduce yourself.

Ken: Why should I? (laughs). Okay, Ken Mijungu is my name, I do a lot of things here at Nation; I serve people tea, I ensure that everyone has a seat in the newsroom and I provide writing materials. At times when there’s no one to go on air, I’m sent to the studio, and I also do reporting. (laughs)

Quickfire: Briefly tell us briefly about your upbringing.

Ken: Born and raised in county 044 (Migori County). I went to three primary schools; one in Homa Bay, another in Mbita and the last one in Migori, so basically 2 counties. For High School, I attended Maseno School and after that, I joined Moi University.

Quickfire: You are a very stylish man Ken, do you have a stylist?

Ken: I do it myself. My dad was a very smart guy, very smart. I grew up looking up to him in terms of dressing. Matching coats with ties and shirts is the most difficult thing, so what I did when I started my career in 2008, I used to look at how President Barack Obama dressed, and put on like he did. He had a stylist and so, by extension, his stylist was my stylist.

Quickfire: How many suits do you have?

Ken: I make a point of giving out what I no longer use at the end of every year, but all in all I think I have 60 suits and close to 150 neckties. I am a collector…

Quickfire: (Gasp) How many countries have you been to?

Ken: 56.

Quickfire: (Bigger gasp) Let’s talk about your career journey. You are a lawyer by profession but first, tell us about your media career.

Ken: My journalism career began on February 28, 2008 at Regional Reach, that’s Mediamax currently. I was there for 4 years before I went to CCTV Africa for about 15 months, then in February 2013, I came to NMG. Actually, this is the longest I have been at a place.

READ ALSO:   Top NTV news anchor bags managerial position in new restructuring process

Quickfire: Why did you go to school to study law, and are you practicing law?

Ken: I don’t practice law, because I didn’t finish my case. Actually, I’d say I registered at KSL and left.

Quickfire: Why?

Ken: Because I was looking for money! My dad was sick in 2006 and my mum was just a high school principal. Also my siblings were still in school. So in 2007, I graduated and in 2008 I came straight to Nairobi.

Quickfire: Is law something that you would want to pursue later on in life?

Ken: I do legal consultancy right now because I am allowed to do that, but if I have anything that involves litigation I refer the client to one of my three lawyer friends, but I still get my cut.

Quickfire: You recently interviewed Deputy President William Ruto, what was going through your mind at that moment?

Ken: He had about 100 GSU officers in his compound and at some point, before the interview, I felt that he might have a formed opinion, he didn’t have it but because I am human I thought he did. What if my name betrays me? What if I go there and he thinks that because I am Luo (I am not Luo by the way, I am Suba, but everyone thinks I am Luo). I might be there on assignment. But I thought to myself and said, if that was his concern, he wouldn’t have allowed me to do the interview.

In the 12 years of my career, I have never had such an easy interview. Not any form of nervousness, my mind was present throughout. I think it’s also one of the interviews that I really prepared for. That was a well-done interview, I know when I do bad.

Ruto is a very easy guy. At one point when he came in, we thought because there was a 10-minute break, probably he would want to walk out and come back, but he stayed there and watched the news with us. Occasionally, I would crack jokes and call people to say hello to him. He is the easiest guy ever, he walks into the room and he knows 70% of everyone and he can even remind you, if you had met, where you first saw each other. You could like him just like that.

READ ALSO:   Full list of journalists fired from NTV Kenya

Quickfire: Waititu didn’t show for his interview. Did you see that coming?

Ken: No, I didn’t see it coming but I spoke to his lawyers later and they told me that he was advised that because he had a matter in court, they felt he might jeopardize his future chances by saying something that could be used against him. Unfortunately, they didn’t inform us and he was a no show.

Quickfire: What does friendship mean to you? Because we have seen you recently come out to defend one of your friends.

Ken: I’ll take you to the Bible to explain what friendship means; the friendship between David, Solomon, and Jonathan. When your Dad wants you to be King and your friend who is your dad’s son knows you better than him and will go every length to protect you. That is friendship. That is friendship. Friendship is not based on what I have, what I know, where I go or who I hang out with. It’s about what someone else would not imagine sacrificing for you.

I also learned about friendship from my dad. He taught me three things:

Your friends should never be more than your fingers, so it means 10 maximum, but you can do with five.

When someone is your true friend, you introduce him to your family and he/she will do the same.

Love your mother. If you love your mum, you will love your wife and you will love your daughter.

So I have 10 friends and trust me, I know where they come from, up to their village.

Quickfire: Do you think that people have a formed opinion about you?

Ken: Yes. Just like they do about everyone else… Some think that I am arrogant, that’s the biggest opinion people have but it’s not true. I am a straight forward person, if I feel like telling you something I will.

The second formed opinion people have about me is that; I am rich. I am a regular, normal citizen.

I am neither arrogant nor rich.

Quickfire: If you had the chance to go back, what would you do differently?

READ ALSO:   NTV news anchor Ken Mijungu fired

Ken: I would not bring out the people I love in public. That is the only different thing I’d do. The rest I’d do the same.

Quickfire: If your life was a movie, what title would it be?

Ken: The Equilizer by Denzel Washington. Because that’s how I live with people, I like to see justice. I like to see people accorded what they deserve.

Quickfire: If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Ken: To raise my father from the dead.

Quickfire: If you were to choose a country to be born in, which one would it be?

Ken: Kenya. The next country I love is Rwanda, but I would choose to be born in Kenya every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Quickfire: Who are your top three favorite local or international artistes?

Ken: You know, I don’t have a favorite artiste because I basically enjoy everything. Pretty much everyone who is out there is a favorite to me because I know they are doing unique things in their own style, so I wouldn’t choose one.

Quickfire: Name three things you will never fail to carry along with you?

Ken: I would never leave the house without my watch, my phone and I would definitely not leave without dressing nicely.

Quickfire: What is your greatest achievement yet?

Ken: Being healthy so far. I have been healthy for 37 years, that’s my greatest achievement.

Quickfire: What would you tell your 15-year-old self?

Ken: Let me tell you what I said in 2011. I said I am a working progress. I actually wrote on Facebook and said ‘watch this space’. I would tell my 15-year-old self; do the right thing at that age, don’t ever grow too fast or too slowly, just do what 15-year-olds do. You know, I look at people and sympathize, you are 22 and you want to drive a Range Rover, live in Lavington and have 10 million shillings in your bank.

Do the right thing at your current age, do 15, 20, 30 or 40-year-olds do… and by the way, everything falls in place at the right time. Some people get lucky but most of us don’t.


Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Entertainment

‘I regret…’ Anne Kiguta opens up about posting her daughter on social media

Published

on

Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

TV news anchor Anne Kiguta has announced that she would like to share with her fans more about her life.

However, she draws a line on exposing her children to the limelight.

Anne has three children, one from her previous marriage and fraternal twins with Jomo Gecaga.

Responding to a fan who asked her about her babies, Anne posted a photo of her and her twins but blocked out the faces.

In her response she explained,

“Gosh, so many of you have said this… was the number one response. Well, I will have to let you down on that my loves.”

She added,

“I’m rather traditional (believe it or not) so I’m vehemently against it. My babies are are all still too young, including the eldest, to be on social media.”

Anne continued,

“In fact I really regret having posted my eldest at all. Mummy already has a pretty public life. They deserve their privacy.”

But not to break her fans hearts, Anne promised,

“A reference every once in a while but nothing more than that for a long long time.  Hope  you understand.”

In another post she still emphasized,

“That is my son. Quite the charmer. If only I could tell you half of what they say! But all these are are to me sacred moments…really can’t share much more.”

Not to be daunted though, Anne promised to talk about other aspects of her life.

READ ALSO:   Leaked screenshot of conversation between Ken Mijungu and Betty Kyallo

Here are the various topics she is open to talking about.

By Mpasho.co.ke


Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Continue Reading

Entertainment

Remembering Pepe Kalle 22 years after his death

Published

on

Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  

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.

READ ALSO:   PHOTO: Ken Mijungu unveils own startup company days after being fired from NTV

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.

READ ALSO:   DP Ruto's photocopy son wows Kenyans

-Nation.africa


Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  
Continue Reading

Entertainment

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

Published

on

Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  

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.

READ ALSO:   NTV news anchor Ken Mijungu fired

“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.”


Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
Continue Reading

Special Offer: Own one starting at Ksh 3.7M


poapay3

Like us on Facebook, stay informed

NEWS TRENDING RIGHT NOW

2020 Calendar

satellite-communication1.jpg

Trending