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Pastor’s kid wins big through comedy

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There’s an adage that goes, a friend loves at all times, but a brother is born for adversity. From the time we are born, our siblings whether older or younger are in most instances our collaborators, co-conspirators, our role models or our cautionary tales. This describes the relationship that Ngugi Ndegwa and his elder brother, Timothy Kimani aka Njugush have had since they were born.

Njugush has been a household name in the comedy scene for the last 10 years and is still making big moves together with his wife, Celestine Ndinda in their online platforms. As a YouTube pioneer in Kenya, the comedian has inspired many vloggers who have curved a niche as content creators upsetting the traditional TV viewership.

In 2018, the funny man was recognised by the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Arts for making a mark in the entertainment industry. Last year in July, he was feted with the Humour Recognition Award: Online Creator, for his exploits on the digital space. In addition, he has won YouTube Silver Play Button Award, recognition by YouTube of its popular channels for having over 120,000 subscribers.

Last month, a report authored by Geopol ranked him second amongst top Kenyan digital influencers and last week, he was awarded best comedian in the NRG fanfave awards 2020.

Great inspiration

“His achievements inspire me. He greatly helped build my belief in self. Most importantly, his belief in what he puts his focus on has inspired me to focus more on winning. I think being the elder one, he has inspired me a lot,” Ngugi says.

They are only two in the family. Njugush was born in 1991 while Ngugi in 1994. Despite their three-year age gap, they have similarities in many things. For instance, they are both lean in appearance and wear spectacles. Both of them were in drama clubs in school. However, there is a clear cut difference in their tastes. While Timothy loved comedy and dancing, Ngugi was and is still drawn to law, journalism and debate activities. Ngugi is a writer, poet and an author who recently published a book, Acnoss and Beyond, a poetry collection that has more than a hundred prose pieces on politics, love, hope and war in an African perspective.

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“It is part of my literal campaign to make African content beautiful by speaking about African challenges and beauty in an African way,” he says.

His elder’s brother’s endorsement of the book makes him feel blessed that he didn’t have to look far for a guide and mentor, since his big brother fits the equation.

Ngugi also has fond memories of their childhood too. He recalls one time when they went fishing with Njugush, only to end up not catching any fish, but a tadpole. Njugush is also the one who taught him how to ride a bicycle.

Unrealistic expectations

Their father, Rev Bernard Ndegwa is a reverend at PCEA church while their mum, Jane Njambi, a business woman. “Due to my father’s nature of work, we were raised in several places. First in Kikuyu, a place called Nguriunditu and Ruai, Joska. We have also lived in Kikuyu town, Eldoret, Mau Narok, among others. I loved that life because it made me travel and experience of many places and its people,” Ngugi recalls Being pastor’s kids, they were raised in a strict, Christian family. Ngugi recalls how he and his brother were expected to be in Church until the end of the service, which ended mostly at 1pm. The main rule was not to go out unless going to the washroom.

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He also remembers the perks, which included eating food meant for elders and that excited his 10-year-old self. Making friends with the elders easily was also something that they enjoyed.

But like most pastor’s kids, they had to deal with unrealistic expectations from church members. “Once a teacher punished me for singing K-rupt’s song, Twende Tukawake and she kept on saying that mtoto wapastoranaimba wimbombaya’,’ he recalls.

Though annoying, the brothers grew tough skin to such comments as they charted their own paths. The most important values their deeply religious parents taught them were having hope, faith and to always put God first, something that has both grounded and instilled discipline in them.

Njugush attended Naaro High School, Murang’a from 2005 to 2009. Ngugi joined him in the same school when Njugush was in Form Four. In 2010, Njugush joined Kenya Institute of Mass Communication to study journalism while Ngugi joined Maseno University to study Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2013. Njugush used to host a reggae show on the school’s radio station, Education Communication Network (ECN).

His journey into comedy began in 2012 when he got a small role in a school’s play during National Drama Festivals. It is through this role that he later got noticed by Abel Mutua in 2013 for a role in Hapa Kule News that aired on a local TV station. “He was given a segment called Masaibu ya Njuguna and this is where the stage name Njugush came from,” Ngugi reveals.

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In 2014, he got a slot in the TV series, The Real House helps of Kawangwane, where he still acted as Njugush, a young, hustling hawker who made house helps fight just to win his heart. He left the show in 2016. It was after this that he became an online content creator.

Family man

“Financial constraints was one of the major obstacles he faced. The fact that online content was not quite a thing saw gaining audience a challenge,” Ngugi says.

The same year, Njugush tied the knot to the love of his life and now his partner in business, Celestine Ndinda in a private affair witnessed by family and close friends. His younger brother was one of the groomsmen and he recalls how positively this event changed his outlook on marriage.

“My view, before my brother’s wedding was that one had to wait till they are older and probably wealthier. But they have stuck it out for richer, for poorer,” he adds.

In 2018, the couple had their son, Tugi Kimani who just like his parents, has recently warmed his way into the Kenyan hearts with his YouTube channel, which is his innocent take on everyday issues as well as his comical interactions with his folks.

With the increase of online audience due to Covid-19, Njugush has been forced to up his game to produce creative content. For Ngugi, though his business was affected, the season has assisted him to have more time to sit and work on his writing project.

By PD.co.ke

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‘I told him if you want to commit suicide with drinking, take a rope…’ Othuol Othuol’s father speaks

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The father of late comedian Othuol Othuol has moved Kenyans after speaking for the first time following his death.

Othuol’s story was featured on Churchill Show journey series, where his family, close friends and colleagues paid glowing tributes to him.

‘The last time he came home it was January this year. He called me and told me he wanted to come and built his house because everyone was asking him about it,’ his father said.

Adding,

‘He came home and put up a house which is bigger than mine and promised to build me one once he was done’.

Othuol Othuol was known for his love for alcohol and his father and close friend actress Sandra Dacha confirmed this.

‘We had a lot of problems with his drinking style. An I’d urge young people to tread carefully. People have drunk until they are even 100 or 90 years and are still strong because were cautious but not careless. If you do is carelessly then you become careless with your life,’ he,’ explained.

The bereaved father continued,

‘His drinking was a concern to the family. Whenever he would come home, the whole home would be full…chang’aa (local brew) and other drinks. He arrives in the village in the morning but I’d see him in the night when he is going to sleep. Just from one chang’aa den to another and I could go round making noise nyinyi mnaharibu watoto wa watu but he was a grown-up so hakuna mtu anamuharibu.’

The sad father was fed up with his son’s drinking and tried to warn him but his warnings fell on deaf ears.

‘I called him one day and told him if you want to commit suicide with drinking please tell me and the style you want to take. If you want to commit suicide with drinking carelessly, don’t take time, better take a rope and do it. I’ll come to carry you home,” he recalled.

Adding,

‘I thought he could go slow… during the time he was diagnosed with TB, I sent a brother to go and take care of him but he said “no this is my hoúse. If you talk about my drinking and the money is mine, then hatutaelewana”.’

The comedian was raised by his father and stepmother.

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Varshita actress Eve D’Souza says ‘I Do’ in all-white private affair

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Popular Kenyan actress, Eve DSouza known for her mark on Auntie Boss and Varshita, has tied the knot in a stunning private white wedding.

The beauty got engaged to her Prince Charming Simon Anderson back in December 2019, in a beautiful surprise event while in Goa, India, by the beach side.

What they termed “the start of a beautiful journey” has now blossomed into a breathtaking milestone as the lovebirds officially said ‘I Do’ over the weekend.

Eve DSouza ties the knot

In an undisclosed location and an event graced only by close friends and family, an excited Eve, known never to take life seriously – going by her comical theatrics, sweetly captioned “Married 16.10.2020 ❤❤”.

Eve D’Souza ties the knot with long-time boyfriend

It has been all Congratulations to the newly weds. Fans unable to express their joy and envy as the beautiful 41-year old finally gets a chance at marriage.

The ravishing media personality clad in an open sparkling white wedding gown. With her dearly beloved opting for a crisp navy blue suit coupled with a wine-colored tie to complement his beauty.

Eve D’Souza ties the knot with long-time boyfriend

It was not until December 2018, that the gorgeous light-skin beauty introduced her man to the public for the first time. A dear Simon Anderson who had proven to be the final answer to her dear heart.

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Have a look at more photos of the star-struck couple.

Eve D’Souza off the market

Actress Eve D´Souza and her Prince Charming

Film star Eve D’Souza and long-time boyfriend, Simon wed

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Mwalimu Rachel speaks after Sailors Gang drag her into yet another money scandal

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Radio presenter Mwalimu has not been having an easy time with the Sailors Gang gang especially now that there is beef. This comes as a big surprise considering the fact that she discovered the boys; back when Gengetone had just become a thing in the entertainment industry.

A few months later, the presenter and Sailors Gang gang apparently can’t see eye to eye due to a few reasons here and there. The whole drama however started after Mwalimu Rachel was accused of squeezing one of Sailors gang friend’s balls.

Sailors Gang preforming

Yes, this was more than drama but a real case that saw the presenter present her self in court for the hearing. Since then, nothing has been the same between the former manager and the Gengetone artists.

Accused of refusing with their YouTube logins

Well, this past weekend rumor spread around claiming that Mwalimu Rachel had refused to hand over Sailors Gang Gang Youtube channel. According to reports, the presenter asked for Ksh1.5 million in order for her to grant them access; now that they are under the Blackmarket record.

She tweeted;

Smart ladies run businesses. Not their mouths. Nawapemda wote! I shall address the nation later my loves. Mimi sikimbilii maneno. Kwa sasa tuchape kazi.

The presenter went on to add;

Put emotions to the side when running business.

Mwalimu Rachel speaks

Of course, this makes the NRG presenter look selfish and greedy; but after coming across her latest Tweets, we also understand that this was more of a business for her.

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Having the boys walk out on her with no agreement – might be the reason why they now feel that she is taking advantage of the situation. However, truth is one way or another both parties will have to benefit if they decide to head to court.

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