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Joey Muthengi: I’ve kissed enough frogs, now I just want good vibes

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Joey Muthengi wanted to be a lot of things but ended up in the media and entertainment industry.

Since starting her media career as an intern at Voice of America, Joey has worked for Capital FM, Channel O, Tusker Project Fame, Royal Media services and Betin.

But Who is Joey Muthengi behind the limelight?

“I was born in Kenya and moved with my parents to the United States when I was only two.  I spent most of my childhood in the states with my siblings, “she said.

Being the last born in a family of five, the radio presenter enjoyed her childhood and most of the time got away with almost everything.

“My childhood was great; I was the last born so I had it really easy. I could get away with a lot of things,” she said cheekily.

She recalled growing up in a strict Christian family.

“My parents were strict because we did grow up in the church. Both my parents are in the ministry and there were a lot of church activities, there was Sunday school and bible studies.

“After we came back to Kenya, they didn’t allow us to wear trousers or make our nails and they wanted our hairs done in certain ways. They were very conservative.”

Joey returned to Kenya and attended Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, before later moving back to the US where she attended Hope College pursuing a double major in Communications and Business Management.

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“The type of person that I am, I don’t think I would have handled the government schools. My Parents did try to ship me to a government school in Machakos but I lasted a week. They ended up shipping me to a boarding school in Kijabe. It was an American system which I was already used to,” she said.

 After college she returned home and started doing voice overs at Capital FM and at some point, they needed a presenter, she was picked to fill the vacant position and her media journey started from there.

The 35-year-old is proud that she has lasted this long in the industry. It has been 11 years since she joined the media and entertainment industry in Kenya.

“I am proud of lasting this long; I didn’t think I would. After college one December I came home and never went back. I had no plan and the fact that I got in to the industry without knowing someone and having no connection, that is huge for me,” she said.

 With the year 2020 disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic, Ms Muthengi, who is also an actress, has no future plans, she wants to live each day at a time.

“2020 has messed up my brains, I don’t have a five-year plan, I don’t even have a one-year plan. Right now I am living for the moment, if I can wake up today, do what I need to do and still be sane at the end of it all, that is where I am at.”

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Her inspirations come from life itself, family and most importantly her mother.

“My mum inspires me a lot, she is like the most hardworking person that I have ever met. And just the desire to be better, I don’t believe in staying stagnant, so I am always trying to better myself,” she added.

The former Citizen TV show host considers herself an extreme introvert who would rather spend her day sleeping and watching series.

She is, however, passionate about giving back to the society and mostly does that through the Muthengi Foundation, which she started with her elder brother gospel singer David Muthengi alias Holy Dave.

“I consider myself a charitable person and I would love to be remembered for is  I cared about more than just myself.  Like I did have a heart to give, a heart to see people happy and if I have I will always share,” she opined.

On dating, Joey has been single for quite some time now but says she has never dated retired Kenya footballer MacDonald Mariga.

She further revealed that they first met during the audition of the popular BetIn TV and outdoor adverts and have since remained good friends.

“I met him at the audition, I didn’t know him before that but he’s such a good person. He has such a great heart, very humble, very generous and he made me free comfortable throughout the whole process.”

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She used to have a check list of her ideal man but after kissing a few ‘frogs’ she now wants someone with good vibes and who can add value to her life.

“I used to have all this checklist, this tall, this complexion, this much money and I have dated all those different types of guys. You just find that, that doesn’t mean the relationship is going to be successful. Now I just want good vibes and someone who adds value to my life,” Joey added.

Joey said she has had more bad dates than good ones.

“There was one I went on with a guy in a bar restaurant kind of place. Everything was going on well then the guy started drinking too much and at some point he started talking to other chicks. I wondered what I was doing there with him and just left,” she said.

When asked her celebrity crush she said she had none in mind too bad for the boy child.

by NN


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Wendy Kimani shares the struggles of relocating abroad and music comeback

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Wendy Kimani came into the limelight after being in the first runners up of Tusker Project fame by charming fans with her amazing voice.

She has done hit songs such as Haiwi Haiwi and Unajua which she was featured by Israel born artist Gilad. Not much has been out here about the artist but she is back with a boom.

The singer speaking in a virtual interview at Let’s Talk show in Ebru TV shares struggles of relocating to the Netherlands with her mzungu husband having to leave behind friends and family back in Kenya

The mother of one reveals that although she has always had massive support from her husband, living in the Netherlands has not been an easy thing for her.

For starters, she could not find a salon to do her hair in the country and was left with no other choice but to depend on YouTube vlogs to care for her African hair and that is how her journey into content creation started.

Wendy also shared that the biggest culture shock she experienced is lacking the presence of friends and family.

For her, she had to start over with majority white friends and dearly missed her mother. She also felt alone after she gave birth to her son as the Kenyan culture of friends and family looking after a woman who has just given birth was lost.

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For her, she yearned for the tradition in which a mother and friends would bring her plenty of food and offer a helping hand around the house once given birth.

Wendy Kimani also shared that her comeback is now final as she does not plan to step out of music again unless because of unavoidable circumstances.

The songbird revealed that the reason she had to step back was as a result of the family as she was married and then had a baby and relocating to a foreign country she had her step back for some time to organize herself.

Wendy also says she is open to sharing more than hair content on her YouTube channel and will also talk about life in the Netherlands on her vlogs.

She is currently comfortable in the country as she has made a lot of Kenyan friends there who make her feel at home.

She also promises to release more music and a virtual live performance for her new song ‘Pagawisha’ as she cannot jet out of the county because of the strict COVID restriction in the country with approximately 10,000 new infections daily.

She, however, reveals that she will be releasing another single after Pagawisha.


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It’s ‘miracle’ baby number three for ex-TV presenter Faith Muturi

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Former TV presenter Faith Muturi and husband George Ngugi are expecting their third child.

The mother of two shared the news on social media revealing her pregnancy which is at an advanced stage.

The baby, she said, is a miracle baby due to the fact that after having their second child doctors had told her that chances of her getting another one was almost nil.

“Some of you know our story, that 3 doctors… Not one, not two, but 3 competent and credible doctors we respect, told us on different occasions that our chances of getting a baby were extremely low. BUT GOD🙌🏾 Here we are, 3rd miracle December baby. He did it again. 🙏🏾 Jesus, you do all things well. Be praised, forever and always 💜,” wrote Faith Muturi on Instagram.

She said their third born child is due anytime in December.

The couple got married in 2013 in a colourful ceremony which was attended by the who-is-who in the entertainment industry.

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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.

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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.

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