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Walking in my father’s funny footsteps

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Back in the 80s and early 90s when TV was black and white and KBC was the only local channel, the world of comedy was taking shape. A popular programme, dubbed Vioja Mahakamani based on a courtroom set-up where criminals would be prosecuted for various crimes was the platform. The actors’ witty lines and behaviour left many Kenyans in stitches.

Amongst these veteran comedians was the late Samuel Kimani Muya known by his stage name, Masanduku Arap Simit who entertained Kenyans with his funny Kalenjin accent. He featured with among others, the late Mzee Ojwang’ (Benson Wanjau), Gibson Kamau (Prosecutor),

Mama G aka Judge (Lucy Wangui).

Masanduku passed on in 1998 and was buried on August 7, 1998, coincidentally on the date when US Embassy terror attacks took place in the country. Popular stand-up comedian, Nathan Kimani aka JB Masanduku, his son was just nine years old.

Nathan Muya Kimani aka JB Masanduku lets us in on the life of his late dad and veteran comedian Samuel Kimani Muya aka Masanduku Arap Simit

Thousands of fans and big names in comedy as well as men and women of cloth such as Reverend Teresia Wairimu, JB Masinde, and Bishop Mark Kariuki all came to the funeral to pay their last respect. “I remember coming from Chi romo mortuary and there was a whole convoy of mourners behind us. I heard about the blast on news in the evening after the burial. I also remember watching Fayaz Qureshi on TV announcing the news of my father, terming him as a hero,” JB recalls.

JB has fond memories of his father during his childhood. Family man

He recalls how his father would go out of his way to create time out of his busy schedule just to take his children out every Saturday. “I remember one time he took me on a trip in the famous double decker buses. I had my first train experience with him. He once took me on a cruise ship from Coast to Zanzibar and it’s something that I will never forget. In as much as he was famous, he always placed family first,” JB says.

Masanduku was a humorous guy on and off stage. It is this humour that attracted JB’s mother, Lucy Wangari who was a staff at KBC to him. She noticed him while acting and accepted to be his wife despite facing opposition from family members.

“My mother comes from a wealthy family and she was well educated up to Master’s level. My dad highest level was secondary education. Her family was against their marriage. They didn’t see a future with a comedian. But she ignored them and went ahead to marry my father,” he says.

The two love birds had three children and raised them in Umoja estate, Nairobi. JB has a younger brother, Daniel Kimani, who according to him, is the funnier one, only that he has stage fright and hasn’t gone public with his comedy. However, he pushes his brother to explore the talent and many others that he has such as deejaying and, Information

Technology. Still, JB is happy to carry his father’s mantle.

“Before I go for a show, I always call my brother for advise on what to do and ask him the current trends,” JB reveals.

It is in an effort to preserve his father’s legacy that pushed JB to fill in his father’s shoes. Though brilliant in his studies, JB’s parents, particularly his father, never desired him to be a comedian.

JB passed his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam in 2002 scoring 438 out of 500 marks and emerged among the best pupils. Being an orphan by then, (He lost his mother four years after his dad died), he was admitted at Starehe Boys Centre where he also performed well under the custody of guardians. After his Form Four he went to Russia to pursue Civil engineering in 2008.

Father’s influence

After he came back, JB met one of the directors of Churchill Show at a party and asked him to make guests laugh. His unique sense of humour gave him an entry into the show in 2012. “Churchill told me that my father was one of the people who made comedy be what it is today. This was when the impact that my father had in the industry hit me,” JB notes.

He would end up taking the name JB meaning Junior Box (Masanduku Junior) to differentiate himself from his father who’s the senior Masanduku.

Though not practising his engineering profession, he sometimes meets people who need consultancy services and grants them free consultation.

JB says the memories of his father keep him sane when going through a rough patch in life. “I have done so many mistakes in life. But when all is said and done, what keeps me strong is that I keep asking myself, if my father was alive, would I be doing what I do? Would he be proud? This is the thought that always gets me back on track,” JB says.

He adds: “A lot of times, people ask me who my mentor is. All I can say is that my mentor is my father, and he is dead.” Back in the day there was no social media, but what JB observed, particularly with his father is the fact that artistes were true to their craft and performed wholeheartedly regardless of the pay they received.

“For my dad, it wasn’t about money, but the connections he made. I have received a lot of favours thanks to him,” he adds.

ABOUT MASANDUKU SENIOR

• Samuel Kimani Muya aka Masanduku Arap Simit was born in Muranga in 1966 in a family of 13 children. His late father was given land in Eldoret by the late President Daniel arap Moi who was his friend.

• It was while living in Eldoretthat he learnt the Kalenjin’s way of life even adopting the name Masanduku Arap Simit in his stunts.

• He used to be a household comedian and resident MC in Eldoret in the 80s. He was then discovered by Vioja Mahakamanicrew who took him to Nairobi to perform. He slowly rose to become a household name in the country.

• In 1994, he began his company dubbed; Masanduku Entertainment troop, which offered live comedy performances in hotels, and at events, even offering entertainment during state functions. In addition, brands had began to approach him for endorsements.

• The late President Moi awarded him Moran of the Burning Spear in 1994.

His turning point was in 1994 when he got born again and spent most of his days and money evangelising. In 1997 he was named Godly Influencer of the Year.

For my dad, it wasn’t about money, but the connections he made. I have received a lot of favours thanks to him

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Polycarp’s wife Lady Mandy talks about her pregnancy journey for the first time

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Sauti Sols Polycarp’s wife Lady Mandy has for the first time talked about her pregnancy, just 2 months after welcoming their bouncing baby boy.

August 26, 2020, the cry of a baby was heard for the first time in the power couple’s home as baby O got officially introduced to the world.

Lady Mandys pregnancy journey

2 months in and the new mom has finally gained the courage to tell her story as it is, a blend of adventure and fun times in the middle of a crisis.

“Friends , I truly enjoyed my pregnancy 🙆🏽‍♀️ yo,” she started off.

Lady Mandy stuns in baby bump shoot

“I felt the most confident, beautiful, at peace and probably most positive I have ever been in all my adult life. EVEN in the middle of a whole pandemic,” Lady Mandy beautifully confessed.

Being her first time as a mom, the Burundian melanin-skinned beauty could not get over her pregnancy journey which she best describes as a ‘bliss-filled event’.

Lady Mandy months after welcoming newborn

However, unlike it would be the case for many women and mothers, hers was exciting. Something she forever remains grateful for, with numerous baby bump photos, that have proven too much for her to deal with.

“Y’all will have to endure me sharing them with you 🤣🤣🤣,”she frankly told her social media fam.

Lady Mandy serving hot body goals months after welcoming newborn

A rare confession that has been warmly received with love and light from her fans who could not help but admire the African Queen, known for her unique blend with the African culture.

by Ghafla.com

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Actor Risper Faith talks about her two years struggle with weight

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It’s Monday evening when we get to Body by Design, a specialist hospital that exclusively offers plastic and cosmetic surgery in Kenya, situated on Riara road. A small bird has just whispered to us that a special client, actor and former socialite Risper Faith (pictured above), has just checked in for special treatment.

Our curiosity is drawn by the fact that for two years now, Risper has been off public limelight and only appears on her social media.

On the corridors, we bump into her husband Brian Muiruri, the father to her two-year-old son. He is looking a bit anxious and from the look of things, he is not ready to disclose much of what is going on. As we greet, a friend joins in and in another minute, a doctor calls Brian into a private room. About 30 minutes later, he returns looking a little bit relieved.

“She will be here all night as the surgery has been such a delicate process. The doctors will have to watch over her and probably discharge her tomorrow,” Brian tells us, conversing as if we have had a brief of the whole story.

“I know you (Pulse) are her friends and I am sure she will give you the whole story once she is discharged,” he assures before we are warned that visiting hours are over and that we need to leave the premises.

On Tuesday morning, we head back to the Riara Corporate Suites facility and as the clock ticks 8am, our efforts pay.

Here comes Risper with her husband. She is looking a bit weak but has enough energy to smile at us. She has a covering around her waist. Anxious, we await for her to break the story.“I was undergoing liposuction because I have had too much fat in very unwelcome places following the birth of my two-year-old son,” she breaks the ice.

“I haven’t worn a bikini since the birth of my son as I have not been confident wearing one. It felt uneasy. I am not saying that I have been overweight, but that I needed to sculpt out the body shape I wanted to have. I so badly wanted to regain my sexy body back and overly boost my self-esteem as a woman,” she remarks before getting a stitch and bowing in the pain.

She has shared her journey with her TikTok family, posting several videos of her tummy area. ‘Hello am Risper Faith and am struggling with weight after giving birth to my son,’ one of the videos is captioned, where she later picks up a waist trainer, which she tried to use.

The procedure was a tough and delicate taking almost 24 hours. She goes ahead to show us glass bottles containing the extracted fat and moving videos of the rather rigorous surgical process. This is nerve-wracking.

“When my husband and I heard that we could get permanent results here, we were so excited. At the cost of Sh450,000, we hoped for the best results and now see, soon my real curves will be showing.

The truth is that I was scared of the procedure, but I gathered my courage so then I could go through it and get the required results,” Risper goes on noting that during the procedure, everything happened step-by-step with no pain.

The former socialite grew famous for having a bootylicious body that made her one of the most sought after socialites in East Africa. She graced showbiz magazine covers with the hourglass shape the same way she appeared in music videos. She later became a cast member on Nairobi diaries, where her love for Brian blossomed. Those days are long gone.

“I have been trying everything to get my shape back. It has been a nightmare. Every woman likes to look good and I am happy I will flaunt my old awesome look again in a matter of days,” she concludes.

by Standardmedia.co.ke

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Amina Abdi quietly quits troubled Capital FM

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Capital FM presenter Amina Abdi Rabar has called it quits at the station which had recently been hit by a massive exodus of presenters.

Amina’s exit was not announced neither did she tell her listeners that she was leaving the station she had worked for for almost a decade.

In the last few weeks, Fareed Khimani who returned to Capital FM last year, has been hosting the morning show alone and disclosed tha there will be a new co-host who will be joining him soon.

“Amina Abdi will not be returning and I will be joined soon by a new co-host. She has gone to do big and better things,” he said.

Amina, who is a vivid social media user, did not tell her followers that she was leaving her morning show leaving many to speculate on what exactly transpired between her and station owned by city billionaire Chris Kirubi.

Her social media pages showed that she had deleted almost everything to do with the media house only leaving the material she promotes and the show she hosts on NTV, The Trend.

Her departure from Capital fm comes just a month after another long time presenter Miano Muchiri left, and unlike the quiet departure by Amina, he said he was leaving his mid-morning show which he had hosted for more than a decade.

“The time has come to say goodbye to radio I would love it if you tuned in tomorrow one last time from 10:00-14:00,” he told his listeners then.

In mid-2019, the media house lost a host of its top talents, including radio host Anita Nderu who resigned saying she felt she had given her best and wanted new challenges.

Others who left the station are Web Editor and lifestyle writer/photographer Susan Wong, who resigned in January 2019 to return to her Canadian home and popular presenter Laura Walubengo, who quit in July 2018.

Others who also left were veteran presenters like Maqbul Mohammed, Cess Mutungi and My Two Cents co-hosts Sharon Mundia.

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