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MC Jessy: I almost never made it

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There are supposedly two personalities in MC Jessy.
The entertainer we all know and love, and Jasper Muthomi.
Jasper Muthomi is a laid-back go-getter who doesn’t talk much and likes keeping things simple but classy. “Like I’d rather drive a new Vitz than an old Mercedes,” he says.
“I don’t think people really know how to separate MC Jessy and Jasper Muthomi. People think the Jessy they see on TV is the same one even in the streets.
But that’s a job. I have to wear that garment of comedy, then after that, I sit back and I now become me.”
The more we talk, the more I realise that I am either one of the people who can’t distinguish between the two, or that Jessy and Jasper Muthomi have morphed into one person over time. I am never quite sure which one I am talking to. Unlike Jasper, Jessy talks a lot.
He admits that it is such a weakness that it is one of the reasons we have waited for over an hour before he finally arrived at Java, Lavington Mall. After being in four meetings where he did most of the talking, the hours have bled into each other and he tells me we now only have 20 minutes to do the interview. Betrayed by his talkativeness, it actually ends up being close to two hours long.
“I really struggle with detaching from people. I can talk to anybody. If I go to a hotel you can’t just serve me as a waiter. No, no, no.  You have to tell me how you’re doing and how everything is coming along. My son even tells me, ‘Daddy let’s go. You’re talking too much.’ And yet when he starts talking he doesn’t stop either!” he says, laughing.
He has two children and he says his son is “mini me”.
Of all his possessions, his most prized are the little things his son brings him, which he cherishes as keepsakes. “Medals, the cards they make in school for special days saying things like, ‘I love you daddy’, when he paints his hands and prints it on paper – I keep them. When I look at them I get the energy to keep on going. I know there is someone looking up to me so I cannot afford to give up. I am someone’s hero. When he grows up I’ll show him all the things he brought me from kindergarten. I have loads of pictures of us,” he says with a sentimental look in his eyes.
Close relationship with son
That close relationship with his son is unlike his own with his father. He doesn’t remember much about his father, who would have been 77 today if he was alive.
He died at 52 when MC Jessy was young, and the little MC Jessy knows of him, he learned from the bishop of the Meru Catholic Diocese, Salesius Mugambi, who was best friends with his father when they were young men. He pulls out a picture of his father on his phone, which he has joined in one frame with his own, side by side. There is an unmistakable resemblance, maybe helped by the fact that he wore horn-rimmed glasses for the photograph, just like his father.
They have the exact same hairline, but his father had a much rounder face.
“I was given this picture by his wife. We are friends with her,” he says.
I am stumped, so he explains that he was the younger wife’s son. The first wife had six children, while his mother had two. He is the last born of all of them. Muthomi literally translates to ‘learner’, ‘student’ or ‘reader’, and he is living up to his name, as an avid student of history, politics and governance.
“I am well versed in leadership and African history. I know the history of Kenya before independence. I have read most journals about our president, the deputy president, Kiraitu Murungi our governor (who he says is his very good friend) – like did you know Kiraitu is the only politician who has never lost an election in this country? I research about world leaders – mostly African leaders. I know the histories of Congo, Uganda, South Africa, Libya, Tunisia and others like the back of my hand,” he says.
He is studying for a Masters degree in Political Science and would be defending his thesis if Covid-19 had not happened. He reads about two books a month. But he almost didn’t get here. He was out of school for a whole year after primary school, having been orphaned at 12, when his mother died the day before he sat his KCSE exams.
Later on, his aunt decided to pay for his secondary school education.Kenya might not have had MC Jessy as we know him if she hadn’t because St Cyprian Secondary School in Meru was where his skills as an entertainer were honed. He was popular for his riveting solo verse and as a hype man for the cheering squad. He breaks into the Kenyan high schools’ favourite cheerleading chant, “Steam steam, panda!” as excitedly as if he is back on the field, showing how they used to do it.
After rousing the imaginary crowd, he says, “I used to play basketball and I was the loudest because I could create nasty songs for the cheering squad. I sang them to taunt the opposite team’s players while playing, score, and sing at them as part of the cheering squad after scoring.” Comedy on the radio was really the ball he had his eye on. “I knew I could make people laugh. As a teenager, I would listen to KBC, the likes of Jeff Mwangemi, John Karani, Tim Nderitu.
As they spoke I would act like they were doing a link with me and respond comically. “
They would say, ‘Welcome to Yours for the Asking, I’m Jeff Mwangemi!’” Jessy launches into the familiar classic Kenyan radio voice, “ ‘Aaand I’m Jessy!’ before breaking out of character to clarify, “That time I wasn’t called MC Jessy. And of course, the presenter would send greetings to Sukuma bin Ongaro, etc, and then I’d chip in…” (resumes the enthusiastic radio voice), “…and of course I want to say hi to Carol, my darling from Chuka High School…’ –  of course, as a teenager I would say hi to girlfriends,” he says with a chuckle.
So he knew that he wanted to be on the radio, but coming to Nairobi straight from Meru, the learner found himself enrolled in the school of hard knocks, taking practical lessons from life itself.
He hilariously tells a sad story of waiting outside Family FM’s (now Radio 316) gates every morning for a month to try and get then Family FM presenter, Mike Gitonga, now a news anchor with KTN, to notice him.
“One day I sat down and wondered how I would breakthrough in this life. Where would I even go?  That is when I decided that the same way I was talking to myself and praying, the only person who cared was God. I decided that was it, enough. So I laid my life right there and prayed to God to help me. I told him it was he and I. If I died it would be just He and I,” he recalls.
Pastor who saw my potential
In 2006, the senior pastor at Winners’ Chapel, Nairobi, Pastor David Adeoye, would hear Jessy talking to his friends after they were all done cleaning and one day called him up.
“He asked me what I did. When I said I didn’t have a job he said (adopts Nigerian accent), ‘Come, you talk too much!’ He opened his laptop and made me watch the likes of Chris Rock and Steve Harvey and said, ‘This is what you are supposed to be doing.’”
The next Sunday, the pastor gave him five minutes to crack jokes at the altar, which flopped at first as the pastor was the only one in the audience laughing. He almost gave up, even discouraged by some people in the audience, but the pastor asked him to do it again.
He eventually got a job (after another long wait at the gate) as a reporter doing Financial Markets Live on KTN under Larry Madowo, joined Daystar University, worked with Hot 96, before resigning to focus on his own company, BrandFace Media Ltd, and working with Churchill Show. Covid-19 has forced people to pivot, and he now hosts Jessy Junction, a comedy show which features a monologue by Jessy, as well as interviews.Being an inspiration is important to him.
“I want to be remembered as someone who impacted people. I want people to say, ‘I met MC Jessy and my life turned around.’ ‘We sat for two minutes and he told me something that changed my life.’’I listened to MC Jessy’s story and I changed my way of living.’ ‘I read his story and my life changed.’”
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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.

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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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Mother-in-law actor Mustafa, wife announce pregnancy in adorable photo

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Talented Mother-in-law actor Dru Muthure alias Mustafa and his wife cannot wait to welcome a new member into their small family.

Mustafa announced that they are expecting through his various social media pages.

Mustafa who also doubles up as a Hot96 FM presenter shared a photo of his wife rocking a huge baby bump.

The excited man could not hide the joy and captioned the photo saying:

“My heartbeat in one picture.”

Mother-in-law actor Mustafa, wife announce pregnancy in adorable photo

Mother-in-law actor Mustafa and his wife are expecting their first child. Photo: Dru Muthure.
Source: UGC

Kneeling, Mustafa adorably held the baby bump with a wide smile spread on his face.

His wife on the other hand appeared overwhelmed. It appeared as if the two were feeling the baby kick.

Congratulatory messages

Following the announcement, the thespian’s friends flocked the comment section to show their love for the couple.

Many congratulated them for their blessings while others welcomed him to parenthood.

An Instagram user identified as Lydiah Gitachu wrote:

“Awesomeness, congratulations!”

A fan by the name Nelly_munga commented:

“Congratulations to You.”

Owens_wanjiru commented:

“Congratulations! Love just got real! So very excited for you.”

A few months ago, Mustafa celebrated his birthday in hospital despite thinking his big day would be filled with boredom and sadness.

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Despite his condition, the people who love him showed up to cheer him up so he could experience some kindness and joy on his big day.

His friends and family arranged a surprise party and visited the actor with goodies and a cake.

The thespian who turned 41 was surrounded by love, cake, laughter, good times and a lifetime’s worth of memories.

By Tuko.co.ke

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PHOTOS: I missed job opportunities because I wasn’t slim – sexy KBC presenter Ray Manyara

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Body shaming seems to be the order of the day on social media and pubic figures are the most targeted.

Milly Chebby, Lynda Nyangweso, Neomi Nganga, Yummy Mummy and Sandra Dacha aka Siprosa are among the many who’ve been body shammed and they campaign for body positivity.

KBC presenter Regina Ray Manyara has revealed that she was recently body shammed by a woman.

She also narrated how she couldn’t secure a job in the media because they were hiring slim women only.

‘SOME LADY CALLED ME FAT….yes
Anyway other than it making me question like who asked for your opinion?
I went back to years, while I was starting my career where for one to anchor/become a TV presenter required one to be slim fit!( perception silent clauses) I was left out of the qualifying list often on account of body size…but here I am today-Doubling as a reporter and newscaster. Long story short…If you are concerned about my weight or anyone’s ( seek them out personally only if you have a remedy!)
Besides, if my size doesn’t bother me, why should it bother you?
*GO FIND WHO HURT YOU*
#bodyshamingiswrong
#bodyshamming IS real!’ she posted.

Check out photos of the beautiful Ray Manyara

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Ray’s followers encouraged her to be comfortable in her own body and ignore critics.

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Claire Wambui I once went through the same aki. I had depression after loosing my unborn baby. But I soldiered on coz I am the only one who knows what I am/was going through. But I love our chubby bodies.

Winnie Wilfred Why do people like body-shaming others, people should be thinned by theirs, must they comment just to make you feel bad.. you’re beautiful and wonderful made, and never let anyone underline the one anyone, bring you down…let those fools be, and they have the temerity to question you about you own body, people should grow up.

Tatu Karema You look fabulous! And yes FAT is beautiful 😘….aliyesema kukonda ndio urembo ni nani???????

Lynace Mwashighadi U are perfect. Just the way u are!!!

Kenny Rodgers Haters gonna hate, kelele za chura haiwezi kumfanya ng’ombe asikunywe maji… Keep doing what you do best mwari

Mariah Amor Ngugi Beautiful inside and out! I love the way you look since hizo enzi.

Monica Wandia Who said slim is beautiful…..U are gorgeous and with all the African woman curves… Who hurt her???

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