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Fact check: No, model Nyakim doesn’t hold record for ‘darkest girl in world’

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Social media was awash with posts about the record

Numerous posts alleging that South-Sudanese born model Nyakim Gatwech has been bestowed the ‘darkest person on earth’ title by the Guinness World Records have been widely shared on social networking platforms and even received coverage on national media in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Turkey.

The claim is FALSE.

Gatwech is a South Sudanese model based in the United States (Photo: Instagram @queennyakimofficial)

Ghetto Radio, a popular radio station in Nairobi, shared the claim on its website on April 27.

“South Sudanese Model Nyakim Gatwech has entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most Dark person (sic). Gatwech, 27, has often highlighted how she has been a victim of racism with many people asking her to bleach her skin,” the article read.

The claim was widely circulated by hundreds of Facebook users, including by award-winning comedian Loni Love.

The posts claimed that she had been named by the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s most Dark person (sic)

In Nigeria, website Legit owned by Genesis Media global, included ‘allegedly’ to the claim and said the record had not been confirmed, albeit congratulating her for the fete.

She denied receiving any such title  (Photo: Instagram @queennyakimofficial)

Guinness World Records spokeswoman Jessica Spillane told Standard Fact Check that reports are false.

“Guinness World Records does not monitor records for skin tone,” she said in an email.

Gwatech was born in Ethiopia after her parents left South Sudan (Photo: Instagram @queennyakimofficial)

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The Guinness Book of Records is a reference book synonymous with world records both of human achievement and extremes in the natural world.

Started in 1955, it has grown to become the ultimate authority on recording the world’s most amazing accomplishments.

Her family then moved to Kenya before migrating to the US (Photo: Instagram @queennyakimofficial)

27-year-old Nyakim Gatwech in a conversation seen by Standard Fact Check, with one of the Twitter users who shared the claim, denied receiving such a tittle.

“Hi. Hope all is well. I’m reaching to you and see where exactly did you get the information about the Guinness world record. They didn’t connect me nor my team,” she said.

She is popularly known as Queen of the Dark across social media (Photo: Instagram @queennyakimofficial)

Gatwech, who is popularly known as ‘Queen of the Dark’, was born in Ethiopia to South Sudanese parents, fled the civil war in the country to Kenya and then moved to the United States when she was 14.

The stunning model says her passion for fashion and modelling was ignited during her stay at a refugee camp in Kenya.

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An Executive Order by President Uhuru Kenyatta

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An Executive Order by President Uhuru Kenyatta has abolished the Presidency and instead put the office of the Deputy President under the office of the president.

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THE PRESIDENT
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 1 OF 2020
THE ORGANIZATION OF GOVERNMENT

IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by Article 132 (3) (b) of the Constitution, as read with all other enabling Laws, I, UHURU KENYATTA, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence  Forces, order and direct:

(i) THAT the Government shall be organized as set out in this Order;
(ii) THAT this Order contains portfolio responsibilities and changes made in the structure of Government;
(iii) THAT this Order assigns functions and institutions among Ministries and State Departments; and
(iv) THAT this Order supersedes Executive Order No. 1 of 2018 (Revised) issued in July 2018.

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UHURU KENYATTA,
PRESIDENT.

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Pinnto, fast-rising Kenyan musician who is destined for greatness

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I love good music and whenever I come across an artist who makes dope jams, I always feel the need to inform other people about them because as they say, sharing is caring.

Also read: Gengetone is still alive, kind of

The talented musician I want to tell you about today is none other than Bernard Oduor Nyariro, popularly known as Pinnto.

His dad was a DJ and coupled with the fact that he knew that he had a special gift, this inspired him to start writing his own songs. As he was growing up, Pinnto looked up to the likes of Jua Cali, E-Sir and Nonini.

Pinnto has been doing music professionally for the last 8 years but it’s only a few years back when people started to notice how talented he is.

Asked why it took him so long to get his name out there, the fast-rising dancehall singer explained that it takes long to penetrate the Kenyan music industry because one must have good quality and show that they are serious.

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He is a very versatile artist which means that today you will find him spitting bars today and doing a dance hall jam the next day and Gengetone the day after that. However, he says if he does a Gengetone jam he will be careful.

Pinnto dreams of working with Khaligraph Jones, Masauti, Sauti Sol, Timmy Tdat so if they are reading this, please reach out to this guy.

He recently released a new song titled Under Curfew and it has been getting a lot of love. Interestingly, he wrote the wrote the some time back and decided to release it now that we are under a nationwide curfew.

Watch his latest jam titled Under Curfew below and tell us what you think.


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Nigerian stars demand justice for student raped, killed in empty church

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Khafi Kareem [Photo: Courtesy]

Nigerian stars have joined calls for the arrest and prosecution of person(s) behind the rape and killing of a microbiology student, Uwaila Vera Omozuwa, at an empty church in Benin City, southern Nigeria, on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

At the forefront on why the culture of rape in Nigeria should end and perpetrators of such heinous crimes brought  to book, is former Big Brother Naija housemate Khafi Kareem who on June 2, via Twitter, revealed that she was, at some point in her life raped too, and demanded justice for Omozuwa.

Sharing the struggles of victims, Khafi said she confided the harrowing experience to a close associate who blamed her for getting raped.

The reality TV star narrated that the backlash after the harrowing ordeal made her feel guilty and ashamed.

She forgave the rapist, who blamed alcohol for the act, a move she says she does not want repeated and urged victims to speak out and feel no shame in sharing their stories.

“#WhyIDidntReport – because he apologised right after. Because I made myself believe him being drunk was an excuse. Because the one person I did tell said I caused it. Because I felt dirty and ashamed. #WeAreTired,” tweeted the personality.

“Yes, this did happen to me. I’m sharing in the hope that others will feel no shame in sharing what happened to them. Please don’t deflect or say it is not my story when it was already hard enough sharing it.”

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