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DATE TALES: Dressed for drama

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Michelle relives the events of March 17, 2017, with so much ease, despite confiding in me that this is the first time she is opening up about it, even wondering how she has managed to share this much.

We are doing this meeting on video call, you know, trying to be good citizens and obey the social distancing rule because these days we no longer trust company. Although Michelle is seated in some room with not so much lighting, I can see the red polka dot dress she is donning, African jewelry dangling from her neck and glasses with huge frames on her eyes. There’s a bit of an echo and noise in the background, but not so much to get in the way of our chat.

“Can you hear me?”

“Yes I can,” I retort.

Michelle narrates how she and her boyfriend had just started preparing supper when their gas ran out. At 8pm, it was unlikely the estate shop was open, and the nearest petrol station being not so near they found it wise to go to a hotel nearby, have dinner then think about the gas the following day.

Supper had metamorphosed into a dinner date really quick, but it was a wonderful chance to eat out in an ambient place and reminisce on their earlier days of dating when they would mostly meet at eateries.

Having been a while before they enjoyed such, Michelle was excited, like a young girl being wooed for the first time. She went into the bedroom and put on a dinner dress, applied a bit of make-up then slid into high heels. She was ready for the date. It had all the makings of a blessing in disguise, did it?

“As we were walking out of the gate, three men in masks and one with a gun accosted us,” she tells me.

As it happened, a neighbour had got in just before they walked out and must have seen the guys because in not so long the landlord came out to find out what was happening.

His mistake was poking his nose into a scene he had not surveyed well enough, that is how he ended up with a bullet in his foot.

“They took us into some forest around Kabete, beating us up as we walked. All this time, I was barefoot because I removed my shoes at some point,” mutters Michelle.

Funny how she even manages to laugh through such details when my skin was beginning to dot goosebumps. I thank God I’ve never been in a situation where someone held a firearm towards me, because I cannot begin to imagine the amount of pee I would dowse everyone around in from being petrified.

“We got to some place that had eucalyptus trees. That’s where they took our ATM cards, phones, and money. One went to the ATM to withdraw our cash as the other two tied boyfriend face down then had their way with me.”

The couple was covered with branches from the trees until the third accomplice confirmed that he had withdrawn the money then they were allowed to go.

They ran out of the forest into the first compound that came into view. The occupants refused to open the door fearing for their lives, until her boyfriend begged them in vernacular.

Inside was an old couple who listened to their story then called a neighbour who had dogs to escort the two home.

“As we walked back home quietly I thought about how a few hours earlier I had dressed up for a date with my  boyfriend. Turns out I was doing so for chaos.”

When they got to the road they found the area the Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) and some cops looking for them. The landlord had already been rushed to hospital.

“You should have seen the way we ran to hug the cops. Aki that was the first time I saw my boyfriend crying.”

She had not digested the extent of what had happened until the OCPD inquired whether she preferred to go the station first or to hospital.

“I shouted, NAIROBI WOMEN’S! Hehe. He took us in his car, stayed with us until I was checked, gave us 1k to buy some food then made sure his officers took us home.”

It is the calmness with which Michelle shares this ordeal that has me confused. Not often does one come across a lady who went through such a deal and has managed to put it behind her and taken such a positive outlook on life. Michelle’s boyfriend struggled with therapy during the first few months to a point of not caring for himself. He became an introvert until recently when he has started opening up about it. The silver lining is that the couple is still together, and they welcomed their first baby in 2018.

“Nowadays I help people get through their own trauma. The irony, right?”

She concludes.

By Nation.co.ke

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“I got kicked out from home,” Bien’s brother Melvin painfully admits facing great rejection and resentment from their father

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Sauti Sol’s Bien-Aime Baraza’s eldest brother, Melvin has come out to reveal how his father rejected him at a very tender age.

The eldest of the three boys of the Baraza family took to his social media page to tell his story as a child, growing up without the foundation of a father’s love who was present but with no love towards him.

Melvin Alusa Baraza

Sharing a sweet photo with one of his daughters lying on his back, Melvin attested that a father’s love is the foundation of his children. A love through which the young ones build on and are able to face storms the world throws at them.

Melvin with his daughter

The sad narrative

However, that was never the case of his childhood.

I grew up facing great rejection and resentment from my father. I was fearful, felt unworthy and for the better part of my childhood longed for his affirmation, painfully narrated Melvin.

Unfortunately, the more he kept seeking affirmation from his father, the more it got worse.

…it only got worse to the point of being kicked out of the home I knew at the tender age of 17,” he continued.

Bien Aime’s eldest brother, Melvin

Looking back, it is not the tears or the pain he underwent that matters, but the lessons his childhood taught him that have seen him become a present and loving father to his 6 children. Because for him, breaking the curse of rejection is what matters most!

Today God has blessed me with 6 children whom I love with my life, an opportunity to break the curse of rejection and change the narrative.

Melvin Alusa Baraza with his children

His post caught the attention of many including his brother, Bien Aime who could only comment:

bienaimesol ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

The Baraza sons

Mixed reactions

Fans and followers, felt for him, painful memories of the past that might never fade away but he keeps a strong face for his young boys and girls.

waihenya A father should b the most important/best influence to his children. Lakini wasita babaaa?? 👨‍🎓👨‍🎓💪💪Hapo sawa
msosendo Sending you love and light!!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
betty.wangeshi ❤❤❤❤❤Mello you have indeed broken that curse and you’re such an inspiration to many 🥰🥰🥰. To all those deadbeat dad’s it’s your loss not the child’s!!!!
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Beautiful Anita Nderu leaves Team Mafisi confused after declaring that she is a member of LGBTQ Community

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Kenyan media personality Anita Nderu has sparked mixed reactions online after announcing she is a member of the LGBTQ community.

 

Nderu, a former presenter at Capital FM, revealed this through a post on her Twitter page on Thursday, saying she hopes her kids will not be subjected to what she has gone through for being LGBTQ.

“I hope my kids never have to go through what I have gone through for being LGBTQ+,” Anita wrote.

Her announcement comes weeks after she came under heavy criticism from social media users for hosting two gay men on her YouTube show. Anita later defended her show, saying her guests were only friends who decided to show their real selves.

In July this year, Nderu said she would not apologise for hosting members of the LGBTQ community on her cooking show, ‘The overdressed cook’.

The video, which was meant for viewers over the age of 18, caught the attention of many, which led to her trending for days.

Speaking to Massawe on Radio Jambo, Anita said she respects people’s opinions but she will not apologise.

She said she has always been open about different things happening around, and so this being pride month, she decided to invite some of her friends on the show.

“I simply asked my friends to come on my web show and be themselves. What any of us have chosen to do on the show is how each of us is. Nothing about my show is scripted. What you see from the guests, food to outcome is what actually genuinely took place,” she said.

Anita has not been secretive about being a staunch supporter of Kenyan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons.

“As people, we should celebrate our differences, encourage authenticity & wonder at the diversity of humanity. We all have a right to love and be loved. Have an amazing day,” she added.

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Here is why people think I am gay, Kenyan woman opens up

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The Kenyan woman had been rumored to be a lesbian for a long time but no one was quite sure whether that was indeed true.

Not that being gay ia an unusual or a new thing. However, a lot of eyebrows are still being raised when it comes to the issue perhaps because homosexuality is considered an illegal activity in Kenya

Sometime in October 2017 Patricia Kihoro was rumored to have been caught pants down in a lesbian threesome with some other Kenyan women.

But now the Popular Vlogger, actress and singer says her efforts to keep her love life private was the sole reason that led to speculations that she was lesbian.

At the time, it was reported that Kihoro was in a relationship with a well-known female Kenyan rapper and as well as another female media personality.

But the 34-year-old says she has always dated men but kept her relationships low key, which explains why people started speculating she was playing for the other ‘team’.

DATING MEN

“For the longest time, I was dating men. If you go through my Instagram over the years I didn’t even hide. I would post people but it wasn’t like lovey-dovey stuff, if you were keen you would see who I was dating at the time. I would post them in the context that this is somebody in my life but I wouldn’t reveal in what way they are in my life. I think of how private I kept that side of my life, people then speculate, start to make up things,” Kihoro said.

Kihoro shot into the limelight back in 2009 when she took part in the singing competition Tusker Project Fame 3 where she was among the finalists.

She later landed a job as a presenter for Homeboyz Radio and also ventured into acting. Over the years she has also been a very active YouTube vlogger and brand influencer.

“I have been accused of being a lesbian but first of all, it is not an accusation, because calling me a lesbian is not an insult as I have met wonderful human beings who are homosexual and are far better than people who have stood in certain standards of judging others.

So that is why I never speak about it. I am who I am, you know! I know what I stand for and my family knows what I stand for,” said Patricia.

Patricia further revealed that her mother has been very supportive of her work and opinion. She reveals that her first interaction with gay people was courtesy of her mother.

“My mother has supported my work from the start and she always respects my opinion. The first people I ever met who were openly gay were friends of my mum. I was probably 16 years and she didn’t make a big deal about it, and therefore I also did not learn that was a big deal,” revealed Patricia.

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