Today I choose to celebrate two Kenyans who have made us proud. These two seemingly normal Kenyans have proven, for the umpteenth time, that you do not need to be powerful to make a difference.
They have put the needs of others before theirs and selflessly devoted themselves towards the service of others. They are not politicians or corporate czars, yet, they have exhibited remarkable leadership qualities. They are leaders without titles.
The first person I would like to celebrate today is, Esther Akoth, or, Akothee. Akothee, for all her drama and stunts on stage has proven that she is more than a stage entertainer, but also a leader in her own right.
Akothee, through her influence, singlehandly raised more than Sh3 million towards Kenyans facing drought.
For a woman who has received massive opprobrium and vituperation for minor things like her dressing and her dancing style, Akothee rose above the drama and taught us a lesson about caring for the less fortunate in the society.
You would expect the “Christians” who were criticizing her would gather to raise money to help the poor, but none of them rose to the occasion except for a “sinner” and a “poor role model” like Akothee.
If the Bible’s “Parable of the Good Samaritan” were to be re-written today, Akothee would easily be the Good Samaritan as the Ezekiel Mutuas and other Bible thumping hypocrites would be the priest and the Levite, respectively, who walked by as the poor man lay half dead by the roadside.
Akothee not only teaches us a lesson about feeding the hungry and catering to the poor, she also teaches us that people are not what they seem to be, and we must not be so quick to judge others based on their actions.
Akothee, when she lay on the stage with her legs akimbo in a series of seductive dance moves, may have looked like the least likely candidate for a role model for our young people and children.
However, in the recent turn of events, I am tempted to think that perhaps we read Akothee wrong; that deep down, beneath those stage antics and all that drama, is a woman with a golden heart, one who genuinely cares for others and is also a true leader.
I wonder where the Christians were, last weekend, as Madam Boss braved the sweltering Turkana heat to feed the poor.
Akothee, we love you and we celebrate you. May your pockets never run dry, nor your children beg for food.
The other shujaa I would like to celebrate this day is Mr Peter Mokaya Tabichi, the selfless teacher who won the 2019 Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.
The 36-year-old mathematics and physics teacher at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Nakuru won the US$1 million prize for his noble efforts to go over and beyond what is expected of a teacher.
Besides giving 80 per cent of his salary to help needy students in his school, the Franciscan brother is also a community star, using his time to steer community farming projects and a “Peace Club” at his school.
Now, Mr Tabichi’s story is not about the Sh100 million prize, neither is it about the recognition for his efforts. He teaches us about purpose. About impact.
It is easy for a teacher who has been posted to a school where majority of the students are poor and living within a community riddled with drug abuse and teen pregnancies to whine, complain, give up or seek a transfer.
Yet, Mr Tabichi stayed. He chose to rise above the circumstances and make a difference, even when it was easier to opt out.
He reminds me of the numerous sacrifices our teachers make, most of which go unnoticed. In a country where teachers are overworked and underpaid, Mr Tabichi’s story challenges us to do more with less.
I have a hunch that Mr Tabichi did not do this for the recognition, that even if he would never have won the prize, the good brother would have trudged on with the journey, with the hope of the ultimate reward from God.
And that, my fellow Kenyans, is the true Kenyan spirit. The spirit of resilience and endurance, even in the face of criticism in the case of Akothee or difficulties in the case of Teacher Tabichi.
These two Kenyans have challenged us, in the words of JF Kennedy, to “ask not what the country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”.
Singer speaks after attacking lover at WCB signee Zuchu’s star-studded concert
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On 18 July, there was fanfare at the Mlimani City Hall in Dar es Salaam as WCB signee Zuchu held a thanksgiving concert months after her debut EP, I Am Zuchu. The event dubbed ‘Ahsante Nashukuru’ mainly featured performances by artistes from the WCB stable and attracted the whos-who in the Tanzanian entertainment and political scenes.
However, singer Gigy Money who also performed made the headlines for the wrong reasons after getting into a scuffle with her lover during the much-publicised concert.
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Peaceful arrival, later chaos
Moments earlier, Gigy and her Nigerian man were seen arriving arm in arm at the event whose highlight featured Zuchu receiving a brand new car from WCB head honcho Diamond Platnumz. Donning matching outfits, the couple was spotted on the red carpet as the paparazzi scrambled to capture the moment. However, all hell breaks loose later and viral videos depict the visibly angered Nigerian arguing with a bouncer at the entrance. After a tense confrontation, Gigy’s man is seen being led by the screaming bouncer towards the exit. Shortly after, a similarly irritated Gigy emerges and follows the pair.
“Gigy! Wewe Gigy wewe!” a woman in the background is heard dissuading the singer from pursuing them but the singer pays no heed and heads for the pair.
“You want to beat me?” the boyfriend is heard asking an approaching Gigy as the bouncer acts as a barrier between them. The bouncer manages to steer the incensed man towards the exit as Gigy follows behind, hurling obscenities.
At some point, a barefoot Gigy turns into a sprint before throwing one of her shoes which hits the man who then responds with an insult. Another bouncer finally intervenes and the two are separated. Gigy then asks for her vehicle so she can head home before warning the press against sharing videos of the incident.
Though the cause of their tiff is still unknown Gigy later made reference to the shocking incident in a social media post, hinting that alcohol had a part to play in the fracas. In another post, Gigy shared a photo alongside her estranged lover writing: “My mad man looked handsome before his demons arose and mine arose too.”
‘Running over Ali Kiba’
Gigy is not new controversy and recently said she’d run over her ex, singer Ali Kiba for breaking her heart.
“I will knock all of them down, I mean I will kill them. In fact, I will flatten them like chapatis. The first person I will knock down and kill is Ali Kiba. Actually, I don’t need a weak car, I need a Fuso so that when I knock him down I will be sure he doesn’t survive,” Gigy told Ayo TV.
Dating Kiba brothers
Gigy had in the past admitted to dating both Ali Kiba and his younger brother, Abdu Kiba. She solely laid the blame on Chekecha singer for pursuing her despite knowing that she’d been with his younger brother. Abdu expressed being heartbroken after learning the two had a fling, prompting him to marry.
“I was very hurt on hearing that Ali was dating Gigy Money because I dated her first before she became famous. But it’s alleged that Ali didn’t know. It hurt me for a while till when I married,” said Abdu.
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Why Jahmby Kokai is happy her TV anchor dream never came true
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Popular media personality Jahmby Koikai narrated how her first attempt at auditioning as a TV host backfired and she was sent home on the first day of the audition. Reliving her prime days, Jahmby narrated how she was determined to follow her dream of becoming a news anchor after completing her degree.
“There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor. I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro FM. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it.
“Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’. Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu?” she posed.
According to the endometriosis survivor, she went ahead to audition for the position despite the warning and was the first contestant to be sent packing.
“So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room. The judges were a few people I was in campus with. I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered. We got into the house and we were assigned to different groups. I was the group leader and we won the challenge. Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said some of us have to go home.
“My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news,” she narrated.
Later, Jahmby auditioned for another TV opportunity only to miss out as well.
“Then came another opportunity over 10 years ago, I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. I didn’t get the job.”
However, due to endometriosis, Jahmby was forced to put her dreams on hold and concentrate on getting better. According to her, it is as though God had better plans for her and is grateful to not have gotten the jobs.
“I battled severe endometriosis in silence for over 19 years. I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilized all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant.”
There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor. I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro Fm. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it. Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’. Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu? Nikasema zi. So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room. The judges were a few people I was in campus with. I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered. We got into the house and we were assigned to different groups. I was the group leader and we won the challenge. Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said, some of us have to go home. My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news. Then came another opportunity over 10years ago, I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. As you see in this pic, I got my hair done at Ralph’s Hair Salon, new suit etc. I didn’t get the job. After KBC, I never got to anchor the news again. I’m grateful I did not get the job even though I felt dejected at the time. I battled severe Endometriosis in silence for over 19years. I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilised all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant. There are many people like me who are bound by chronic illness and cannot do the things they love. I share your pain. But there’s hope. I’m grateful to God for His reminder that He will restore to you all the years that the locusts have eaten. Also Jer 29:11