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Google honours Mekatilili Wa Menza 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Google is celebrating Mekatilili wa Menza, with a doodle of the Kenyan freedom fighter made visible on its search engine platform on Sunday.

Known for inspiring the Giriama people to resist colonial rule, circa 1900, Mekatilili wa Menza is revered as one of the nation’s first Mau Mau fighters.

“The recognition of Mekatilili Menza by Google goes along way in reinforcing what we believe in as Kenya National Heroes Council and a country.

“We believe our Heroes deserve better. They have played their part in nation building. We must affirm them at all times so that we can inculcate the culture of Heroism; the culture of service.

“We shall ensure more of our female heroines are unearthed, highlighted and feted. Other than giving birth to many celebrated our women were at the fore front of our liberation, our struggles and our future remains solely in their hands.

“That is the spirit of the Kenya National Heroes Act,2014 and what we stand for as a Council,” said Amb. Yvonne Khamati-Yahaya, the CEO of the Kenya National Heroes Council.

Mekatilili wa Menza led the Giriama people in the early 20th century and is commemorated during the festivities of the traditional Malindi Cultural Festival, an annual celebration of local history and pride.

She was born in Matsara wa Tsatsu during the mid-19th century.

By the early 20th century, British colonial rule had threatened the sovereignty and freedom of the Giriama people with forced labor and taxation.

At a time when women’s power was limited within her society, Menza was compelled to organize her people against colonial control.

The Google Doodle artwork features a depiction of Menza leading the energetic kifudu dance that called so many to action.

The artist behind the Google doodle is Wanjira Kinyua who is based in Nairobi

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Devastating: Tributes pour in for journalist Edwin Audi killed in road crash

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The death of KTN news director killed in a car crash involving three vehicles, two trailers and a Toyota Probox on the Nairobi-Namanga highway has left his loved ones devastated.

Edwin Audi was in the company of four friends on Saturday when their vehicle collided with a trailer head-on near Maili Saba killing him on the spot.

Kajiado Central police boss Daudi Loronyokwe said two people were killed during the crash that involved multiple of vehicles

According to the police report, the car, a Toyota Probox, tried to overtake a truck when it collided with an oncoming trailer.

“The driver of the Probox tried to avoid hitting the trailer which was ferrying timber to Kajiado but hit the front side of the trailer prompting it to veer off the road before landing in a ditch. As a result, one of the passengers died on the spot.”

The other four occupants sustained injuries and were rushed to hospital after the Saturday evening crash.

Journalists mostly his colleagues at KTN took to their social pages to mourn their departed colleague.

KTN anchor Zubeidah Koome with the late Edwin Audi. [Courtesy]

Kiswahili anchor Zubeidah Koome eulogised Audi as one of the most talented and thorough news directors, describing his work ethos as top-notch and meticulous.

“One of Kenya’s greatest News Directors, very talented, thorough, professional, all the assignments we’ve gone for were full of fun, and your news directing-Top notch,” she wrote on her Facebook.

“Just the other day you were about to start our show Kioo cha Hoja, the montage was already on air, all over a sudden you asked me, are you okay, are you ready to start the show, I said no and immediately you took a break, even without saying you were able to tell I wasn’t settled, that’s how perfect you were I will surely miss you, my friend and colleague, we all will RIP my brother It is well, till we meet again. May God comfort your family,” she added.

KTN’s Mwangi Maina with Edwin Audi. [Courtesy]

Another colleague, Mwangi Maina described Audi’s death like a bad dream, adding that he was humble and kind.

“Shine on your way my friend Edwin Audi. It feels like a bad dream, death is cruel. A very easy, humble and kind guy. Heartbreaking! RIP Audi.”

KTN reporter Mark Namaswa eulogised Audi as a friendly and calm character in the newsroom.

“I don’t know what to say. You were one friendly news director, very calm under pressure, and equally relaxed away from work. Shine on your way, brother. Till we meet again.”

“Edwin Audi,,,,,maan it is unbelievable. Rest easy bro, till we meet again. We have lost a cool guy, a cool News Director just like that.” Said Jared Ontobo, another colleague at KTN news production.

Audi formerly worked for Nation Media group’s now-defunct QTV before moving to KTN.

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Likoni floating bridge to be ready in 6 weeks – KeNHA 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) will complete the Likoni floating bridge by mid-November.

KeNHA said in a communique that all the steel material structures have been assembled, making it possible for the works to be completed ahead of time, KeNHA Director General Peter Mundinia confirmed the new forecast.

“We will complete the floating bridge construction ahead of schedule”, Mundinia said.

He said it was the mission and vision of KeNHA to move ahead of schedule, adding that their projects are enablers of the economy hence the need for quick turnaroune.

Mundinia said the Nairobi Expressway was progressing well and will also be completed ahead of schedule.

The Director-General said local engineers had been offered subcontracts as part of the Presidential directive to generate employment to locals.

“HE the President has issued directives on youth and professional engagements in the project which we are fully adhering to,” Engineer Mundinia said.

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Nyashinski speaks on life in US as truck driver 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kenyan rapper Nyashinski has recalled how he had it tough after he quit music and his family relocated to the United States of America.

During a sit-down with Nairobi County Senator Johnson Sakaja, the Tuendelee Tusiendelee rapper revealed that he quit music to become a truck driver something that was hectic and lonely as most of the time he was on the road for long hours, with only a few minutes to interact with people.

“Nilikuwa nishaachana na ngoma…2006 mpaka 2016 (10 years). Nilienda Steto na nilikuwa naendesha Lorry…nilikuwa naendesha Lorry nikitry ku-survive juu tuli-relocate wote as a family.

“The first two years I was in Delaware, alafu the last 8 years nikahamia Michigan. Hiyo experience ilikuwa noma na nili-learn nayo vitu mob. Kuna vitu mbili zenye zilihappen zenye naonanga ni life changing,” he said.

He disclosed that before he moved with his family to the USA he was already a shining star in the Kenyan music scene as he was doing what he loves.

He added that he went from being a star to a normal person who had to work hard to put food on the table as there were no favors in the US as no one knew him.

“Before nitoke hapa nilikuwa a star. Tulikuwa maceleb and we were doing what we Love. So you come from being a star, getting a bit of favors here and there to a place where no one knows you, hakuna special treatment, Lazima uwork, kama huwork haukuli na labda si kazi unapenda necessarily,” added Nyashinski.

He explained that long-distance driving was lonely as he only had 10 to 15 minutes of interacting with people.

However, he added that he always wanted to live a normal life and that was the good side of relocating to the United States of America.

The rapper and his wife Zia Bett were recently welcomed their firstborn child whom he revealed is a boy.

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