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Nonini no show over payment dispute



The country’s entire showbiz fraternity burst into instant celebration when President Uhuru Kenyatta yielded to pressure from stakeholders in the entertainment industry and party lovers and lifted the ban of sale of alcohol. As if anticipating the announcement, several clubs swung into business action mode as event organisers announced the return of countrywide concerts.

It was the rescue from paranoid partying that has been the norm since Easter weekend. The Kikwetu Festival, scheduled for a unique two-day drive-in experience, set pace for what the face of entertainment would look like post Covid-19.

The concert, which went down at the Carnivore Gardens, had an envious and diverse line-up of household names and newbies – from Ohangla, hip hop, benga to dancehall. To jumpstart an industry that was in hibernation for six months, this was authentically world-class.

With photos from revellers creating attention with the unique concept and line-up of activity, missing out was out of the question as more carloads kept driving into Carni. Tickets were Sh6,000 for four and Sh9,000 for 9 pax –  quite a great deal.

Jua Cali, Kahush, Fena Gitu, Tony Nyadundo, Eric Wainaina, Sol Generation, the list goes on. The festivals showstopper was BET nominated Khaligraph Jones. However, there seemed to be some hint of tussle at the backstage over payments, which went barely noticed and not much thought was put to it. The weather behaved, the vibe was good and revellers danced as they sighed back the showbiz breathe. It felt good.

It wasn’t until word spread after the gig that a fire was spreading wildly on social media which Genge Godfather Nonini ignited with a not-so-friendly post on why he was a no-show despite being at the venue and line-up. “…we sign a performance contract that stipulated that you get your deposit after signing and the rest before stepping on stage…Either way I didn’t agree to perform today…” read part of his post.

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The rapper had just released his fourth studio album Mgenge 2tru just hours before the festival. “I have no apologies to make at all to the promoter of the event, but I really apologise to my fans who even called out my name. Business contracts have to be respected. I carry mine in case one doesn’t have, but this has been going on for so long. I heard the same line “please perform we will cut you a cheque” almost 20 years when I started out. Covid or no Covid, wasanii wana need doh kwa mfuko (artistes need to get paid)”. While some stood with Nonini, others were of a different opinion, saying the rapper should have been more considerate.

“He should have done it for his fans who were screaming his name.” In a rejoinder Nonini says, “If you don’t honour the organisers terms, they take you to court, but they want to reduce artistes to beggars running around weeks after a performance, asking for the balance? It has to stop if we have to respect and build a strictly professional culture. It has happened here before when big names like Alpha Blondie, Tarrus Riley, stayed in their hotels. Value has to exchange with value. These are NOT just papers we sign. They have to be honoured.”

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Events guru Dan Odhiambo, founder and CEO of the Events factory who were behind the festival, however, says he was startled by Nonini’s actions and subsequent reaction. “I have known and worked with Nons since way back. As a matter of fact, he was amongst the artistes who performed at the last Kikwetu festival before I seeked (sic) greener pastures elsewhere.” Dan acknowledges Nonini’s demands saying, “Indeed he asked for his balance, but since we were not liquid, I politely requested him to hold on to a cheque leaf and perform, while I sought to clear his balance. I got held up in the midst of all that, only to get phone calls that social media was awash with the non-payment allegations. Honestly, I feel he was – for an artiste of his calibre who has positioned himself as one of the stakeholders and gatekeepers for music distribution – I felt he was very unreasonable. Taking it to social media was another ‘nay’ for me…”.

He goes on to add, “He should simply have looked at the re-course and had a discussion with me. Truth be told, we have all been jobless during the pandemic. There’s no need to rubbish our efforts via the keyboard. We met before the festival and I shared the vision and purpose of the event, which he took positively, urging me that this would be the next frontier in running events. How and when that narrative changed course still beats me.”

On his part, Nonini says he has no bad blood (with Dan), but insists on professionalism when it comes to art. “It got to a point where even the hospitality attendants backstage knew that artistes have not been paid because they could see the soft commotions ongoing backstage. Why did we have to get to this? Whether sponsors avail the cash or not, it is not the artiste’s business. I was there to get paid and electrify the event, period!”

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“No artiste was paid on that day,” Dan intimates.

“We are sorting them one by one. We had other respectable names like Eric Wainaina, Binti Africa and we agreed amicably about the payments and they went ahead to perform. None has complained. Nonini just wanted special treatment. We respect every artiste, regardless of how long they have been in the game. (In fact mtu ka Eric Wainaina has been there even longer than Nons, but did not play diva!).” He says.

He hints he severally tried to reach out to Nonini, but his calls went answered; while Nonini (real name Herbert Nkitare) acknowledges having received an apology message from the organisers, but insists that ‘business knows no friendship’ as he embarks to market his fourth studio album.

The event’s showstopper and closing act was Khaligraph Jones, amidst cheering from elated fans seemingly assuring him of their support after his nomination for this year’s BET awards in the Best International Flow category that takes place on October 27.


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Murang’a farmer finds fortune in rare sweet potato varieties



It is harvest time at Wambui Kiragu sweet potato farm when we visit. Wambui, popularly known as Sara Murimi, grows premium orange and purplefleshed sweet potatoes in a two-acre family farm in Mugumo-ini, Kirimiri sublocation of Maragua, Murang’a county.

Her farming journey started right after she completed her university studies in 2014, when she began growing onions and capsicum, then ventured into paw paw and water melon business.

However, the learning curve was steep as she had underrated some factors, such as consistent availability of water, the cost and quality of labour and security. As a result, she lost a whole crop of onions when her water pump broke down and her water melon field was cleared by thieves a night before harvesting.

As a ‘telephone-farmer’ (farmers who remotely run the farm via the telephone), her farm manager would also connive with agrovet shops to inflate prices and volume of inputs. Tired of all these challenges, she decided to take a break to reflect. “When I ventured into farming I had big dreams.

But I wish I knew better. I wouldn’t have started with the so-called high value crops. I would have chosen a crop, such as sweet potatoes, which allows one to learn at a fair pace before upgrading,” recounts Wambui.

She tried her luck in the farm again two years later, but this time round, she settled on sweet potatoes, which are not labour intensive and don’t require a lot of farm inputs and water, have distinct harvesting time and good market value. She went for the orange-fleshed variety know for its nutrious value.

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This variety is packed with betacarotene, an important vitamin good for eyesight and the purplefleshed variety that has anti-cancer nutrient called anthocyanin.

Rare varieties

“I did extensive research on these two varieties and I could clearly see their untapped potential.

I also realised that the two varieties were not widely available thus making them more expensive compared with other varieties,” she recounts.

Her next step was to visit the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) for her seedlings as well as advise on the agronomy of growing sweet potatoes. KEPHIS runs a tissue culture lab of sweet potatoes to ensure that farmers get clean and disease-free planting materials. And the plant didn’t disappoint. Three and half months later, it was ready for harvesting. At first she had challenges marketing the orange-fleshed sweet potatoes because her customers, mainly her neighbours would over-cook them and then report that they were soggy, impacting her sales. She had to introduce cooking lessons to them and since then the business is growing, leading to another challenge!

The capacity to meet the quality and quantity requirements. “On quantity, I am still unable to provide consistent volumes to meet the demands of my regular clients, but am working hard to expand the farm since the demand is there,” she says. And to ensure she minimises on postharvest losses, she says that she harvests her produce once the leaves and end of the vines start turning yellow because if sweet potatoes overstay in the soil, they can be attacked by weevils, which make grooves on the tubers thus lowering their market quality.

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Apart from that, if the tuber overstays in the soil, they also become too big, which is not desirable by the market.

Online marketting

Wambui says that her biggest clientele are her neighbours in Nairobi, whe she lives and works as aresearcher in urban food systems. She markets the potatos through their neighborhood resident association’s WhatsApp group and also sells through social media platforms, the likes of Digital Farmers Kenya.

She has also linked up with a trader who arranges home grocery deliveries and picks 100kgs every week. She is currently trying to link up with restaurants as they slowly start picking up from the impacts of Covid-19. Wambui, who graduated with an environmental studies degree and has a broad experience in sustainable agriculture, says that her plan is to go into processing and provide a market for farmers. And to ensure this is a success, especially when it comes to quantity, she has started distributing vines to her neighbours in Kirimiri SubLocation for free.

She also sells the vines at a nominal fee and so far, she has a network of farmers in

over 25 counties who have bought and are planting the purple-fleshed variety. “With the new craze of no-wheat diet, I want to make a difference in people’s diet as they try to cut on wheat consumption and go back to traditional foods. I wish that every farming household grows these nutritious varieties of sweet potatoes.

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In providing a market, I will be able to make a difference in women farmers lives.” To her orange-fleshed sweet potatoes fetches a better market because it can be used in different recipes.

Apart from the normal way of boiling and eating, it can also be used to make chapati, mandazi, doughnuts, chips, crisps among other meals. For the purplefleshed variety, the brillant colour and health benefits command a higher price, opening a potentially profitable niche market.

Her advise to anyone wishing to venture into farming is that they should carefully choose their learning curve.

“Do not start with the so-called high value crops because chances of starting with failure are high. Sweet potatoes allow you to learn more than the actual agronomy of a crop, for instance, labor management, marketing and so on,” she offers

• Wambui comes from a family with a farming background. She owes her success in farming to her supportive parents.

• Her father is an agricultural economist and guides her to think more about gross margins than hobby farming.

• Wambui is a telephone farmer and works on part-time basis as a researcher in urban food systems.

• She is an environmental studies graduate.
• She sells the sweet potatoes at Sh100 per kg and the vines at Sh10 per vine.


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Loving husband asks wife to put legs on table as he serves her food



A Nigerian lady identified as Comfort Oroboghene has revealed how her husband ordered her to sit down and put her leg on the table while he served her food.

Husband asks wife to put leg on the table as he serves her food

The lovebirds got married in August. Photo credit: Yabaleft
Source: UGC

Comfort, who got married in August, took to Twitter to narrate how she went home hastily so as to prepare dinner for her husband.

She said on getting home, her husband laughed at her and ordered her to maintain a relaxing position for her meal to be served.

According to Comfort, her husband asked her if she thought he was part of the generation that sees cooking as the sole responsibility of the woman.

She wrote:

“Ran home early to cook and this man laughed at me.

“You think you’re married to a man from the other generation. Sit down and put leg on the table, let me serve you jhor.

“It’s been 30 mins and he’s still laughing at me. Someone I said I should pity coz he went to market.”

Below are some of the reactions to the post:

A Twitter user with the handle @vickelokorie prayed for the couple to have everlasting joy in their marriage.

Another Twitter user asked if there was anyone who detested such enjoyment.

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Below are other comments:

In other news, A curvy beautiful lady on Twitter with the handle Adethayorr went online to ask men to woo her if they are interested in her.

In a Twitter post on Friday, September 25, she boldly asked people to shoot their shots, telling them that there may just be hope for one person.

Attaching two beautiful pictures of herself, she made her call for a partner a perfect one.


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Man praises stepdad for being amazing father



Thabani Nhlengethwa, a South African man, has shared a touching story on Facebook about the man who raised him.

Thabani Nhlengethwa praised his stepdad for making him the man he is today. Photo credit: Facebook/Thabani Nhlengethwa

Thabani Nhlengethwa owes every success he will experience in the future to his stepdad. Photo credit: Facebook/Thabani Nhlengethwa
Source: Facebook

In a post written on #ImStaying group, the young man praised his stepdad for being an outstanding man and amazing human being.

He said he owes every success that he enjoys in the future to his dad, Jita.

According to Thabani, Jita met his mom back in 1996. He was only four years old at that time.

Jita accepted Thabani and his siblings who were all sired in previous relationships.

Man praises stepdad for being amazing father, exceptional husband

Thabani hopes to give his stepdad the world one day. Photo: Thabani Nhlengethwa
Source: Facebook

The kind man schooled them, fed them and protected them as if they were his own flesh and blood.

The netizen owed everything he knew to the man who raised him and hoped that one day fortune would knock on his door and enable him to treat Jita like a king.

He added that at the moment, the fanciest thing he can do is take his stepdad out for breakfast, but soon things will change.

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Man praises stepdad for being amazing father, exceptional husband

The man said his stepfather was the breadwinner and did not mind providing for them. Photo: Thabani Nhlengethwa
Source: Facebook

“I love and owe every success I might have in the future to this amazing gent right here. Jita met my mom in 1996, I was only four-years old by then and my mom already had 4 kids from her previous relationships.”

“Jita took all of us under his wing, took us as his kids and loved us. He took us to school and we all were able to finish matric because of him. My mom was not working and so Jita was the breadwinner,” he said.

In a related story by, a young lady took to Facebook on Monday, June 15, and shared a beautiful story about the hero of her life.

At the age of three, Portia Thabisile’s biological father decided to leave her and her mother.

Thankfully, her mother met a wonderful man who raised Portia as his own daughter.

She shared her inspirational post via the I’m Staying Facebook group.

“I am staying because of my daddy, he took me in when I was three years, after my biological father left me and my mum, he gave me love till today,” the lady wrote.

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