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This is how it feels to marry a supermodel

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Yvonne Achieng Odhiambo is a quiet and reserved woman and at the same time a pushy entrepreneur, a go getter who doesn’t let anything stand in her way to her goals. She is an independent-minded woman who has been mistaken for a feminist due to her drive to empower girls and women and make them value their independence, which has greatly impacted the value of relationships in today’s generation.

And away from her career life, her husband Philip Oketch, aka Philip Pip, describes his marriage to Yvonne as the most beautiful journey he has ever walked.

He says their union began with an introduction by a close friend. “I met Yvonne through a mutual friend, but we had had several encounters on social media and a few times in real life. It, however, never occurred to

us that we would one day end up together until much later,” he says.

Achieng hails from Kano, A hero in Kisumu county, but she was born in Nairobi, in Maringo Estate in Eastlands. She has four siblings; an elder brother who works in South Sudan, two sisters , Thatcher and Caro and a younger brother Sammy.

“In the eyes of many, Achieng has been considered a supermodel and independent entrepreneur, but to us, his family, she is the most fun loving person, easy and wonderful mother to our two children. Her love for good food would probably come as a surprise to many who believe modelling goes hand in hand with self starvation to maintain the skinny bodies,” he chuckles.

Marriage like any other

Philip reveals that his wife, a lover of travelling, treasures spending time with her siblings and likes dressing up and having fun. “I wasn’t used to getting new attires whenever there was an event to attend until I met her. Now my wardrobe is full of clothes that I cannot wear again because she won’t allow me to, since I have been photographed in them,” he laughs.

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He says their son has also became a miniceleb, thanks to her career.

“I go out with him to certain places and people call him out by name and this takes me aback until it downs on me that he is always on Instagram and he has fans that have been following his life since he was born,” he poses.

Yvonne Achieng Odhiambo

Being in a relationship with a beauty queen and public figure, however, comes with many challenges, and this happy paradise has not been all roses and sweet waters. Philip says it has been a beautiful journey because of all the challenges they have been able to overcome together. Especially when it comes to dealing with public intrusion into their private lives.

“I must admit that the biggest challenge in dating Achieng has been the fact that she is independent and popular. When you meet a girl who has her life all together, it is not the same,” he says.

But he clarifies that they are public figures, only in the eyes of the public, but behind the scenes, they are a couple like any other going through

normal challenges.

To unwind, the couple makes a point of taking a holiday once a year for quality time together. Their favourite destination is Paris where they got engaged.

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Privacy intrusion

Countless times, Philip admits that handling intrusive fans calls for a lot of understanding, and to not let it interfere with the relationship that they have worked hard to build together.

But he also shares that it has been very helpful getting good mentor of couples who have been in the public eye over years and still running their family institution successfully.

“I have learnt to live with it as I was once there. It can get annoying at times, but when you think of it as ‘it’s part of her work’ then it lessens the bother,” he admits.

He singles out musicians Nameless and Wahu as a celebrity couple he admires most. “People think that marriage is easy, but it’s not. What people go through together is tough, and this coupled by the fact that we are public figures makes it 10 times as hard to be and stay married,” he says.

He says making their marriage work has been intentional. “It is like coming up with a formular, a formula that works for them!” adds the renowned entrepreneur.

Being an entrepreneur himself, the couple has done a lot of joint businesses together. Unlike many couples who would think mixing business with family is a recipe for failure, Philip shares that in fact, they are currently working on a fashion line project together, and he has no fear because he is sure it is a win for them.

“Achieng’s most outstanding traits are her resilience and perseverance. They are on another level. I have been in business for a long time and I am the person she comes to for all kinds of business advice. We are starting a new business together in her fashion line, especially when it comes to decision-making as I am the finance person, while she is the creative one,” he adds.

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For Philip, the best advise he can give to any man who wishes to hold on to his marriage and relationship, is learning to be apologetic when they have made a mistake or have offended their women. The worst advice he ever received on running his relationship was from a friend who advised that as his wife, she was entitled to understanding all situations no matter what. But what he had come to understand is that wives are as human as they come and when wronged, they get hurt and it gets worse every time it happens.

He also adds that it is a wonderful bonus that she is a good cook.

“Well the thing about men’s hearts and good food has got to be true,” he chuckles.

“However, there was a time pilau refused to cooperate and our dogs ended up enjoying that meal,” he laughs.

THE UNION
• Yvonne and Philip have two children together.
• They are currently working on a fashion line project together.

• Best advice Philip gives to any man who wishes to hold on to his marriage and relationship, is learning to be apologetic when they have made a mistake or have offended their women.

• The worst advice he ever received on running his relationship was from a friend who advised him that as his wife, she was expected to understand all situations no matter what.

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PS Kibicho reveals he contracted coronavirus

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Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has revealed that he contracted coronavirus and recovered after undergoing treatment.

While addressing mourners in Kirinyaga County on Friday Dr Kibicho said Covid-19 is not a death sentence.

“I tested positive for coronavirus, but I was treated and discharged from hospital,” he said at Gathuthuini Primary School during the funeral service of a local church leader.

“I am a living example. Those who are suffering from the disease should not worry because they will get well,” he said, adding that out of 100 people who contract the disease in Kenya only two succumb to it.

Dr Kibicho advised Kenyans to be tested for the disease because it is curable.

“Kenyans should be tested to know their status so that they can be treated,” he said.

The PS also urged Kenyans not to stigmatise people who have contracted the virus.

“Covid-19 patients should be showed love and not rejection. When the patients are abandoned, they become depressed and may take longer to recover,” he said.

He also underscored the need for everyone to continue observing protocols issued by the Ministry of Health to control the spread of Covid-19.

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“People should wear masks, sanitise regularly, wash their hands and avoid crowded places,” he said.

The PS further said that city residents should avoid travel during the holidays.

“If I had power, I would lock Nairobi during the festive season to curb spread of the dis-ease to rural areas,” Dr Kibicho said.


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Carpenter hopes payday in sight in 27-year fight over presidential seats

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For the past 27 years, Solomon Njoroge Kiore has battled with the government over a debt that was initially Sh195 million but has now ballooned to more than Sh500 million in an unpaid bill for presidential furniture he delivered.

Tomorrow (Monday), Mr Kiore will go to the High Court in Milimani hoping that the end is in sight as he is supposed to get a hearing date for a case that has had many twists and turns.

In 1992, Mr Kiore, the proprietor of Furncon, a furniture company, won a government tender to supply presidential furniture but down the line, the deal went sour when the military officials returned the chairs a year after President Daniel arap Moi had used them — allegedly without payment.

The chairs had been acquired through the Ministry of Defence and approved by State House, according to court documents.

The government has denied failing to make the payment and he went to court to seek redress in 2007.

Although Mr Moi used the chairs for a year, Furncon says the military returned them to his workshop.

But the parties could not agree on the amount to be paid, with the businessman citing lack of goodwill on the side of the state.

Sh527 million

That year, Mr Kiore was seeking Sh527 million, being the price, court costs and storage charges.

He told the court he did not receive any invitation to negotiate a settlement.

Then last year, Symon Yator Cheberek, a military colonel, took over the case after Attorney General Kihara Kariuki appointed him to represent the state in all civil matters in which the Ministry of Defence is a party.

High Court judge Joseph Sergon allowed Col Cheberek to act for the state, but Mr Kiore objected this saying allowing a military officer to take up the matter was tantamount to court-martialling him.

“There can never be a situation where a civilian can be in court one on one with a distinctive disciplined and uniformed force,” he stated in an affidavit on March 25, 2019.

Col Cheberek said he is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and the Attorney General was in order to appoint him.

Justice Sergon has declined the recusal plea, saying the claims of bias could not be proved.

 Now, Mr Kiore says his business has died, as he can no longer use the premises where he has kept the chair as it is an instrument of power.

“It was used by a President for a year. It is treasured and therefore no one is supposed to touch it. My business has suffered immensely because of this seat,” he says in his court documents.

In a letter dated May 10, 2001, the Attorney General informed Mr Kiore that the Department of Defence had extended a without-prejudice offer purely out of honour and respect for presidential instruments.

“However, having realised that your claims include other items worth millions of shillings reflective of your other financial issues not related to the chair in question, it has not been possible to formally make the offer to you,” states the letter signed by V Onyango, a deputy litigation officer at the State Law Office.

Admission of liability

The offer, the officer states, is not the government’s admission of liability, because “the said chairs were ordered by the Agricultural Society of Kenya”.

He says the seat was made under strict supervision of the military and State House staff.

The firm says it was asked to make more furniture for presidential lounges at the Eldoret Moi Airbase and Kahawa Garrison and deliver the chairs to the Agricultural Society of Kenya offices in Nairobi for a three-day presidential function.

But the President ordered that the furniture remain at the ASK offices, according to a letter by the ASK dated August 5, 1999.

Now, Furncon wants a declaration that the ownership of the items was passed on to the government in September 1992, under the National Flag, Emblems and Names Act and as such they are instruments of power.

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Go Green na Optiven

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It is the responsibility of everyone to tender and care for the planet for better and healthier future generations.

 

We call upon you to join any of these categories:

 

1. Those who are more environmentally friendly

 

2. Those who are ecologically responsible in both their decision making and lifestyles

 

3. Those who protect environment

 

4. Those who protect and sustain the natural resources in their area of business

 

5. Those who help to conserve resources like water, air and vegetation

 

6. Those who produce eco-friendly products, thus preventing pollution of our air, water and land

 

7. Those who can prove that they have been using Green Energy/clean energy such as solar power or if using conventional energy; they are using eco-friendly bulbs and that save energy.

 

How can each play a role this is a highlight of just but a few but you can  put your   role that  you are doing  to promote the  green agenda

 

1. Builders/Engineers/Architects/Interiors designers

i. Use of solar energy/ Use of solar panels

ii. Use of Energy saving bulbs, florescent tubes

iii. Use of organic paints, light friendly windows

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iv. Use of Eco-friendly toilets

v. Harvesting of rain water from roof tops, use roofs that are Eco-friendly, ensure that water does not go to waste

vi. Proof of reduction of water bills as a result of going green

vii. Water recycling technologies like Bio digester

viii. Those whose provide green buildings, Eco-friendly homes

 

2. Farming, gardening, landscaping experts

i. Use of drip or sprinkler on not flooding water while gardening or farming

ii. Use of organic pesticides

iii. Use of organic manure

iv. Those who increase forests cover

 

3. Health businesses, Schools, Hospitals

i. Those providing natural skin care products & not petroleum or synthetic ingredients on the products

ii. Those offering advice on going green, creating awareness of going green

iii. Those who teach children on being a friend of the earth

iv. Those who buy from ethical farmers who are known to produce organic products

 

4. Transport industry, drivers, delivery companies and logistics firms/organizations

i. Those who reduce carbon emissions directly or indirectly

ii. Any Awareness of climate change

iii. Any knowledge of carbon emissions and how to reduce?

 

5. Property Owners within Optiven Projects

i. Planting of trees in their plots

ii. Adoption of water recycling technology

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iii. Establishment of Green Spaces

iv. Proper waste disposal

 

6. SMEs

i. Those who recycle waste

ii. Those manufacturing from the recycled materials

iii. Those who take proper care of electronic wastes

iv. Tech companies that have a green policy on disposal of electric waste

v. SMEs that can prove awareness of global warming

 

7. Families

i. Those who adopt any of the going green initiative say family tree planting, planting a tree during birthday instead of having a birthday cake or doing both

ii. With children who are aware of climate change and also alive to ways of preventing in preventing it

iii. Families that are involved in separation of different form of waste and or engaged in any form of recycling

 

8. Hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, entertainment joins

i. Provision of organic food to customers

ii. Support of local farmers who do organic farming

iii. Awareness of climate change and its risks to humanity

 

9. Decision makers- checking the green component in your venture

i. Any policy decisions on going green

ii. Awareness on global warming

iii. Any knowledge of implementation of United Nations Development Goals

 

10. Children: If you are a child who is school going or otherwise and you have started being sensitive to the planet by doing conservation activities

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11. Others: If you  believe that you are a friend of the planet, let us know

 

https://youtu.be/45nfQZYQeKU

 

#SaveTheEarth

#SaveOurPlanet

#GoingGreen=Healthy Families

 

George Wachiuri

Trustee

Optiven Foundation

www.optivenfoundation.org


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