Hariette Luseno and her daughter Joy believe in miracles.
And they are certain that the way Joy did not fall seriously ill for the whole of third term despite leaving her medicine at home was a miracle. The A- of 78 points that Joy scored in this year’s KCSE, they strongly believe, is a big miracle.
From 2016 when she was in Form Two at Kenya High School, Joy had been ill more times than they can count.
It started in January 2016 with a splitting headache, and after several visits to the hospital, she was finally diagnosed with a rare disease called vertigo — characterised by being dizzy and feeling off-balance.
The January 2016 attack was severe. “I just had headaches. Then my friends insisted I go to the sanatorium. They told me perhaps it is migraines. I waited for some time. They were to take me to hospital. But before they did, I collapsed,” she told the Nation.
Before the disease was discovered, she had been diagnosed with cerebral malaria, among other ailments.
At some point while in Form Four, her mother recalls, Joy reached a point where she wanted to drop out of school.
In Form Four third term, with a few days to the exam, they agreed that she could not carry her medicines to school.
“We just prayed and things were not so serious: just one or two days, sinuses, inflammation, but I was okay,” said Joy, who believes it was a miracle that the examination went without incident.
Joy hopes to become a computer scientist as her best performed subjects were maths, chemistry, physics and computer studies.
“I’m grateful to my family, my church and my friends in school,” she said.
In Kericho, despite their hardship and failing to secure pass marks in their KCPE exams, two students posted good results.
Master Gideon Cheruiyot who scored 209 marks in Standard Eight emerged fifth most improved candidate during this year’s KCSE examination with a B plain, while his colleague Duncan Kibet was 10th on the list after scoring an A minus, a great leap from 213 marks in KCPE.
Cheruiyot sat for his exam at Kapsoit Day Secondary in Ainamoi as while Kibet at Chepwagan Secondary in Bureti.
Kapsoit Day Secondary head teacher David Ochieng said he was not surprised by Cheruiyot’s performance, describing the boy as “disciplined, focused and taking academic issues seriously” thereby making it easy for the teachers to mould him towards his dream.
Kibet aspires to be an electrical and telecommunication engineer.
Another top candidate said he was motivated to study hard by the humble background he comes from.
Master Roy Onyando, who did his exams at Maranda High School in Siaya, said he was motivated to work hard at school to uplift his family.
He was ranked 10th countrywide after attaining A plain.
“I did all the sciences, languages, geography and business studies,” said the candidate, who is part of Wings to Fly scholarship programme by Equity Bank.
Bivon Oganga, a student at Kanga Boys, was all smiles after scoring A- of 80 points at the Migori County based school
At his home in Kenyenya, he narrated how he lost his dad Lameck Onkundi in November as he prepared for the examination.
His father, who was a teacher at Kenyenya Secondary School, was travelling to Nairobi to check on his ailing brother who had been hospitalised when the vehicle he had boarded collided with a truck at Ntulele, Narok. He died.
“He was my main motivator and he always told me to work hard in school,” said the last born in a family of five.
Oganga’s mother Josephine, a clothes dealer in Kisii, said she was happy at his son’s success.
At Kisii School, Webster Jorack who got A plain, narrated the struggles of his aunt to ensure he passes exams.
His mother works as a housemaid in Nairobi and could not secure for him a national school. His aunt, 75, therefore, educated him.
For Brian Onywoka, being prayerful and working hard helped him score plain A.
Vincent Moranga, on the other hand, said his mother left him 17 years ago after his father’s family rejected her.
“For this far, it is God,” said the A student, adding that he wants to do engineering at the university.
For Charles Wanjohi, when he learnt that he had scored 314 marks in KCPE four years ago, he was devastated and thought that his dream to become a doctor had been shattered.
On Saturday, his hopes were rekindled after scoring a mean grade of A- (76 points). He was ranked number 25 in the list of most improved candidates in KCSE in relation to their KCPE performance.
“I really felt bad when I scored 314 marks because other people had passed. But I told myself that failing in my Class Eight exams would not result in bad grades in KCSE and that is why I worked very hard,” he said.
Wanjohi, who wants to pursue a degree in Medicine at Kenyatta University, yesterday celebrated with friends and relatives who flocked his home in Iriani village, Nyeri county
His principal at Giakanja Secondary Onesmus Mwangi described Wanjohi, who emerged top in the school, as a disciplined and hardworking student. His father Francis Waichoya said that he was proud of his son.
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