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Meet Eugene Asike, the footballer and fashionista

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Tusker FC defender Eugene Asike has lately been causing a buzz on the social media with his stylish photos that reveal a side that many did not know about him – his fine sense of fashion.

Nairobi News caught up with him and he explains the inspiration behind his fashion sense and why he choose football as a career.

Who inspires your fashion sense?

I come from a family where everyone is into fashion – from my dad, mum and siblings; so we inspire each other to dress up well. Also dressing up makes me feel good.

Do you aspire to be a model besides being a professional footballer?

(Laughs hysterically)… Not really, but I once walked on the runway when I was showcasing some pieces for Narok Nyc, a fashion house owned by my friend Zeddikiya Lukoye, who is a Kenyan designer based in New York.

Who is your role model and why?

My mum is my role model. She has been through a lot but she has never given up on herself. She inspires me to keep on going and never give up.

Tusker FC defender Eugene Asike. PHOTO | COURTESY
Tusker FC defender Eugene Asike. PHOTO | COURTESY

Many say football in Kenya is a poor man’s game (with all due respect) but you come from a well off family  but still play the game in the KPL with passion and determination. Your take on that?

I can only say you should chase your dreams and do not listen to other people’s opinions because it doesn’t matter at the end of the day. I personally love the game and I would never trade it for anything. God blessed me with this talent so why not use it to my best ability!

You have had several trials abroad. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve taken?

I have travelled and been to a number of trials. I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge. From all my travels and contract talks I have learned that you should never settle for less. If the contract is not worth it, then don’t sign it. It is very important to know your value as a footballer.

Who is your favourite local musician or band and have they in any way inspired your fashion sense?

I am a big fan of Sauti Sol. It is easy to relate to their songs because they talk about what’s happening in the society now and the day-to=day struggles or problems that we go through.

Tusker FC defender Eugene Asike. PHOTO | COURTESY
Tusker FC defender Eugene Asike. PHOTO | COURTESY

If you weren’t a footballer what would you be doing?

(Laughs)… I would probably be a dancer, stylist, or a fitness coach.

How have you been keeping up during these trying times with no league action?

I have been training in the morning to try to stay in shape and reading in the afternoon. I’m currently doing a course on sports medicine and hopefully, I will be certified once I’m done with my exams in a few months’ time.

Who is the toughest strikers you have ever faced?

I have faced really good strikers over the years but five of them stand out. Jesse Were, Allan Wanga, Michael Olunga, Mbwana Samatta, and Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Tusker FC defender Eugene Asike. PHOTO | COURTESY
Tusker FC defender Eugene Asike. PHOTO | COURTESY

Who is your favourite central defense partner and why?

It has to be Edgar ‘Fighter’ Ochieng. I learned a lot playing by his side and also he gave me a warm welcome the national team. He has played a big role in my career, not only on the pitch but also on how to carry myself as a professional off the pitch.

What do you when not training and playing football? 

I love good food, swimming and listening to music. When I’m not playing football I’m either out eating, swimming or listening to live band music.

Your advice to upcoming Kenyan footballers?

Put God first in all that you do. Also, it is very key to believe in yourself because if you don’t no one will. Work hard to improve on your craft and stay consistent. In football, just like in other sports, it is key to be patient – trust the process because success doesn’t come overnight.

BY Nairobi News

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TV host Joyce Maina denies dating DJ Mo: “I’m not dumb to post a married man”

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Switch TV’s Joyce Maina has refuted rumours of her having an affair with renowned DJ Sammy Muraya alias DJ Mo.

There have been allegations about the two being together but Joyce has labeled it hearsay and fake news.

Sharing her side of the story, the TV host shared messages on her Instagram Stories asking if guys thought she was dumb enough to post pictures of a married man.

“How dumb do you think I am to post a married man (not that I’d ever be with one) on my IG,” she wrote.

Joyce found the news hilarious adding guys just mistook a person that was holding her, in a trendy photo, to be DJ Mo.

“Fake news is actually hilarious. So you guys went from not knowing what the man looks like (you just have a blurry photo that makes him look like a shadow), and now all over sudden its DJ Mo? Lol,” Joyce added.

The TV girl must have found the news hilarious and wondered why people would want to tarnish her reputation with such allegations.

Size 8’s take on cheating

Back in 2017, TUKO.co.ke reported on a story where Size 8 claimed that one should be ready to forgive the other when he/she cheats in marriage.

Speaking during a recording of their vlog, the singer said that partners should always be ready to forgive each other in a relationship even when cheating occurs.

“And whoever says they cannot forgive, that is a root of pride,” she said. “Who tells you cannot do that?”

She told her fans cheating shouldn’t be allowed in marriages but in case it happens, couples should find a way to get past it.

“So when your spouse cheats, remember you cheat on God all the time but God forgives you. So forgive your spouse,” she added.

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Eddie Butita leaves The Trend after 5 years

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It is everyone’s prayer to see their friends and neighbours succeed in live and move from one stage to another one, on a higher level.

The aforementioned is the same when celebrities or people we have supported passionately thrive in their careers.

Eddie Butita leaves The Trend after 5 years

Eddie Butita was a panelist at The Trend for five years. Photo: UGC
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TUKO.co.ke can say the same about Churchill Show comedian Eddie Butita and his fans on their relationship over the years.

The comedian on Friday, September 18, triggered mixed emotions among his fans after announcing his exit from popular NTV show, The Trend.

In an Instagram post seen by TUKO.co.ke, the comedian said he was ending his 5-year stint on the show as a panelist to start another exciting journey in his comedy career.

Butita who has been a panelist on the NTV show that airs every Friday, thanked Larry Madowo who believed in him and gave him his first ever show.

He also thanked Amina Rabar and other crew members for being an integral part of his growth on TV and being great to him for all the years they have worked together.

”It has been five years of a good ride on the trend #TTTT it all started with just a one appearance and became a permanent job. I would like to thank Amina Abdirabar and the panelist team for being more than collegues our time together was worth it I learnt laughed and changed a lot that I was able to. It is time to give chance to other talents to get an opportunity to grow and shine with greatness,” he wrote.

The comedian also used the opportunity to thank NTV’s management for giving him a chance to work with the broadcaster.

”Special thanks to NTV Kenya for the opportunity we are still together in this journey. Thank you Larry Madowo for believing in me and giving me the first chance to be on the show the rest was history. Big thanks to my fans, I have got more in store for you this is just the beginning of another Chapter in my Comedy Career. Adios el tendencia,” he added.

His exit from The Trend came just a day after he broke the internet with a charming birthday message to his lover, Mammito.

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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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