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I missed the president’s call in noisy matatu

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Tell us about yourself.

I am 24 years old and passionate about journalism. I’m also a DJ. I was born and raised in Kakamega County. I am a creative design and animation graduate from Talanta Institute and currently working for MKTV in Kakamega.

Why did you decide to study journalism?

There are so many untold stories and untapped talents. My purpose is to change the lives of people through the ‘Hustle Mtaani’ show and highlight their plights so that they get help.

Many people came to know of you after the infamous interview with President Uhuru. How did you get the president to agree to an interview?

I had travelled to Mombasa for my show, ‘Hustle Mtaani.’ Coincidentally, when I was finishing my interviews at around 7pm, the president arrived at the scene. This was a golden, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.

So, you approached him for the interview?

Actually it’s the president who spotted me first and approached. He asked me what I was doing there and upon hearing that I was shooting for my show, he jokingly requested for an interview.

I did not know what to ask him since I was used to interviewing watu wa kawaida. I got overwhelmed, and I was ridiculed and trolled online.

Did the president make any promises to you?

Yes. After the interview, he promised to help me grow my channel. I lack equipment for video recording and have been using my phone to shoot content. He promised to make things better for me. He was very supportive of what I’m doing.

Has he ever tried to reach out to you after that day?

The president asked me to visit him at state house. He promised to help me grow both financially and professionally. However, things have not gone as expected and I’m yet to meet him. He called me recently while I was travelling and I missed his call. I called back but I couldn’t get through. I believe he was busy.

You missed the president’s call? I was in a very noisy matatu. I didn’t have the number on my phone, but Truecaller indicated it was him.

How did you handle the trolling on social media? I almost went into depression. Everyone was commenting negatively about the video clip. That really dealt a blow to my self-esteem. Within hours of the botched interview, I was trending for the wrong reasons. But a few celebrities encouraged me. In the end, the experience made me a better person.

You became a celebrity within two days…

After the video went viral, media houses started looking for me for interviews. I met so many high-profile people who have since had a positive impact on my life. It was a great feeling to meet people that I only see on TV. However, it came with a lot of challenges.

What were some of the challenges?

It affected me psychologically. It reached a point that I decided to quit and do other things. The interview raised expectations and people started seeing me as someone who has already made it in life. Some would ask where I had parked my car, yet I don’t even drive. Others would ask me why I was still recording my shows with a phone when I had recently met the president. There was too much pressure.

How has life been since then? Generally, things have been good for me. I am now into event organising and I am partnering with a number of celebrities in different projects.

What lessons have you learned from the experience?

I have learned that social media can build or destroy someone. It was tough for me to read all those negative comments, but ultimately it made me stronger.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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Capital FM buries ‘Hits Not Homework’ after two decades

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Capital FM has killed its long-running evening show, Hits Not Homework, and replaced it with an all-new programme titled The Hype 984.

Hits Not Homework had been on the air for more than twenty years and targeted the youth with the latest music urban music and conversations relevant to that particular audience.

Its replacement aired for the first time on Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm and was hosted by Wanjira Longauer Mbuthia.

Wanluv, as she is popular known, resigned from the station in 2018 and used to host the mid-morning show, The Fuse.

The new show will air on weekdays from Monday to Thursday grabbing the traditional Hits Not Homework time-slot.

Hits Not Homework was previously hosted by Miss Mandii and Neville alongside DJ Roudge, DJ Joe Mfalme and Joe Kisila.

The show is widely considered one of the most iconic shows ever to air on Kenyan radio as it had some of the biggest names in the industry as its hosts.

From Eve D’Souza, Solo, Joey Muthengi, Amina Abdi Rabar, Anita Nderu and Anne Mwaura to now Wanluv, although she will now host its reincarnated version.

The show was dogged by controversy in 2018 after a talent search dubbed Capital One which was to find a replacement following Amina’s exit turned into a PR nightmare for the station.

Outraged Kenyans called out the station’s decision to hand Nderu the position of hostng the show despite already being a presenter at the station and also a judge of the competition.

Nderu, who was eventually unveiled as the new host alongside Anne Mwaura, Tracy Wanjiru and Jo Kisila, left the show barely a year later, in February 2019, with the station citing expiry of their one-year contracts.

By NN


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‘I thought she would marry ‘Jesus’ not a divorcee,’ Pastor Kanyari shades Betty Bayo

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Pastor Victor Kanyari has broken his silence after his ex-wife Gospel singer Betty Bayo got engaged during her 33rd birthday last week on Wednesday.

Sharing the news with her fans on social media, the Eleventh Hour crooner posted a cutout picture of her fiancé on one knee putting the engagement ring on her finger with the caption, ‘Taken’.

Speaking to Word Is, the controversial pastor said he is aware that the mother of his two children got engaged but was shocked to learn that the man she is currently dating is a divorcee.

“I thought she was going to marry ‘Jesus’ after all the hateful things she said about me,” he said.

“He is a man who left his family, a wife and two children somewhere. She did not look for Jesus, tell her to marry a ‘Jesus’ kind of a man so she can surprise us not a man who has been used somewhere.”

Kanyari hopes that his children will be well taken care of.

“I have given my children the best life and I promise to take them to the best schools in America. Now that there is another man in her life, I hope he will be chipping in.”

Betty is now planning for a grand wedding and Pastor Kanyari said he is invited.

“I can’t attend her wedding although I am invited. She should continue with her life.”

“I came before him and at least opened some way for him. He can continue with where I left although there were others before me.”

Asked how well he knows Betty’s new bae, Pastor Kanyari referred to him as a broke man.

“He is from Central Kenya, but can’t compete with my level. He is a hungry man, that is the best way I can describe him. I can buy them lunch only that they have not shown up.”

He continued and said that instead of attending to the wedding, he will offer to pay for their honeymoon.

“Hii ni mbio ya farasi na punda. I do not know why she has rushed things since I did not expect her to be with that kind of a man. I expected a different kind of man. I am cuter…”

On the other side, Kanyari says Betty is still his friend and they call each other.

“She calls me anytime she is in a problem or is stressed. I wish her well and we shall meet at the end of all these.”

Pastor Kanyari says he has no hurry in moving on.

Word Is reached out to Betty Bayo who asked us to do a congratulatory story first, which we did.

She then declined to speak anything concerning her engagement.

“I am not ready to speak about it now.”

by Mpasho.co.ke


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Fearless girl asks mum to start doing house chores, says she’s tired

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A video has emerged on social media in which a young girl could be seen arguing with her mother over house chores.

The girl expressed her dissatisfaction over the house chores her mother left for her. She asked why her mother does nothing in the chores and leaves everything for her.

She said she lays bed, cleans and arranges the house and told her mother to learn how to do these chores.

Young girl challenges mum over house chores

She told her mum not to kill her with house chores, adding that because she gave birth to her does not mean she should do nothing in the house. @mediagist/Instagram
Source: UGC

The girl told her mum to give birth to another child, adding that she would stop doing house chores in the house.

She said because her mother gave birth to her does not mean the latter would do nothing in the house.

By Tuko.co.ke


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