Regarded as one of the oldest European monuments in Africa, the Vasco da Gama Pillar was built in 1498 and is located in Malindi. Vasco da Gama, it is one of the oldest European installations in Africa.
In 2015, the 28-year-old Nicholas Bett made history by by putting Kenya on the map when he became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in hurdles during the world competition that was held in Beijing, China
His untimely death happened on 8th August 2018 after he suffered a car crash after car he was driving swerved off the road and crashed into a ditch
The popular Kikuyu Musician who sang songs that empowered masses died while undergoing treatment at Mp-Shah Hospital in Nairobi.
The 79 year old musician was able to put Kenyan music on the front-line as he sang songs Kikuyu and Swahili and would be aired internationally.
Mzee Majuto a Tanzanian celebrated actor passed on while undergoing treatment at Muhimbili Hospital in Dar es Salaam on August 8th 2018 after his health deteriorated during the treatment.
For my first birthday here, the BBC congratulates me by locking me out of my account.
This past year has changed my life & no weapon formed against me by IT shall prosper 😂
Here are five things you probably didn’t know about Larry:
He speaks 5 languages.
‘I speak 5 languages but I’m happiest when I use my mother tongue. It’s a shame ‘born free’ Africans still think our languages are inferior, just like the colonizers taught our ancestors’, he revealed.
He is a bookworm. Larry loves reading books and frequently shares what books he is reading.
Larry uses his social media popularity for good. Whenever a good story moves him, he shares it hoping to make a positive change.
He travels alot and does fun things while at it. From Nairobi to Lagos, to London and South Africa, the journalist shares envy inducing photos of his travels abroad.
He has asked that we don’t label him a role model, just like Akothee who says it’s too much pressure.
Raju Narisetti, professor of professional practice and director of the program. said,
When they graduate in 2020 with a much deeper understanding of business, economics, technology and public policy, they will join 400 other Knight Bagehot alums living up to the mission of providing better context and understanding to their audiences globally.
Initially, prosecutors were seeking a seven-year sentence but the charges were reduced after the court dismissed the assault and kidnapping charges.
The ruling was made in absentia as the controversial singer failed to attend the court session.
The 62-year-old was ordered to pay the former dancer 5,000 Euros or Sh570,000 in damages.
According to BBC, Olomide was also ordered to pay fine of the same amount for assisting three women enter France illegally. The ruling means the Congolese star only faces arrest if he commits further offenses.
Renowned Kenyan boy band Sauti sol are going international. They have been invited to perform in one of the biggest concerts in the world.
Sauti sol have been invited to perform at the Essence festival. They will be performing along side other international stars like, Pharell Williams, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Teyana Taylor and many others.
The Essence Festival also known as,’ Party with a purpose’ happens annually since 1995. It aims to celebrate all genres of music and this time Kenyan music has been included and we can’t seem to have enough of it.
The very talented band are making major moves in their career and even in their lives, from opening a record label to marriage. Recently, fancy fingers got married while Bien popped the question and the lucky lady said Yes.
Now, I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to see these boys flying the Kenyan flag high. This also comes a few days after the boy band was nominated for the Nickelodeon Kids choice awards that also happens annually.
They posted the announcement on their page and requested their fans to vote for the and wrote;
“We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been nominated for the NICKELODEON KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2019 as the FAVOURITE AFRICAN STARS @nickelodeon_africa.
To vote, use the hashtag #KCA + #VoteSautiSol. Voting ends on Mar 22nd.”
Let us support our own as they continue to represent the country. We all know that the group has been putting alot of hard work in their music and their journey.
Size 8 enjoying some time with her daughter Ladasha and hubby DJ Mo
2. Creme de la Creme
In September 2018, DJ Creme and his wife Denise lost their unborn child while she was six months pregnant.
The couple were expecting their third child before losing her to the cruel hand of death.
“So The last 3 Weeks have been Hard for my Family and I . Pain & Tears perfectly tucked behind the smiles and fake laughters. I was out of the country when my pregnant Wife Denise called and told me that she’s headed to the hospital and it was an emergency. I won’t lie my heart sunk because I somewhat knew what that meant !
I remember kneeling down and Crying to God to keep Her safely wrapped in His Warm Embrace. The worst news came in that the doctor couldn’t feel the baby’s Heart beat . We’d lost the baby, at 6 Months😢 So Close…So So Close I Won’t Lie, It tore me to pieces because I couldn’t forgive myself for being miles away and yet my wife was going through this alone.”
3. Nick Odhiambo
Nick Odhiambo and his girlfriend Janet lost their unborn son in January 2019.
Taking to instagram to share the sad news, he wrote
“The countdown to your birthday cut short…. Sometimes life just throws you a curve ball !!!..but it is what it is..lil’ J’lani R.I.P.. My son didn’t make it to see this beautiful world .”
4. Mitchelle Obama
In her book Becoming former America’s first black first lady Michelle Obama talks about politics, then goes digging deep into some personal issues.
From a miscarriage to using in-vitro fertilization to conceive her daughters to marriage counselling.
In a past interview with ABC News Obama said he did not know how common miscarriages were until his wife suffered the same.
“I felt lost and alone, and I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,”
We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”
In the book Michele writes that fertility treatments allowed her to conceive daughters Malia, now 20, and Sasha, 17.
“It turns out that even two committed go-getters with a deep love and robust work ethic can’t will themselves into being pregnant,”
We had to do IVF,” she told ABC, in excerpts of an interview that will air in full on Sunday.
She revisits the thrill of her romance with Barack, which began when she was his advisor at a Chicago law firm, describing it as a “toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfilment, wonder.”
But she admits the couple on occasions turned to counseling, where they “learned how to talk out” problems
Tanzanian actress Wema Sepetu has every reason to smile after a six moth ban that had been placed on her by BASATA got lifted.
Wema’s troubles began after a video was leaked online raising eyebrows.
Joyce Fiso, a representative from the film board, at the time said Wema was not to participate in any film until the board is satisfied that she has changed.
“The film board, as mandated by law, has decided to take the following action against Wema Sepetu: to lock her out of the acting and arts industry for an unknown period of time until the day the film board will be satisfied that she has corrected her behavior. The film board will closely monitor her,” she said
Taking to social media to show her excitement, Wema says that the last six months have not been easy.
“The six months I have been away from acting have been the longest six months of my life after my ban by BASATA. I am acknowledging The Almighty first because were it not for him I would not be where I am today. I would also want to thank the Tanzanian government for giving me another chance.
I have learnt a lot in the last six months and I am happy to be doing what I am passionate about thanks to @tanzania_film_board .”
Message board: You can place a board in the house if you live together and write small notes about how you feel daily or on a regular basis. Express yourself.
Vacation – If you have the money you can take a trip over the weekend and enjoy spending quality time together. Most hotels usually have offers during this time and the rates will be cheaper.
A CD collection: Why not create a playlist of the songs that you know your partner loves and get them on CD? Better yet you can but him a compilation album of his favourite artist and add a personal message to it.
Charity: You could send gifts to an orphanage or to shelters for victims of domestic violence or visit an elderly home. This is a nice way of giving a little bit of love to those who might be lonely on Valentine’s Day.
Jewellery – If your partner loves jewellery you can buy for them something depending on their taste. A watch, bracelet, necklace, earrings, cuff-links etc.
However things have taken a turn for the worst after they used the photo of Kenyan media personality Grace Msalame.
Below are some of the comments some from Ugandans who have expressed their disappointment
@NasasiraArnold Now Uganda #MissCurvyUganda model, @GraceMsalame is Kenyan, sincerely speaking how can someone foreign promote some thing Ugandan, may be it’s another scum to embezzling funds.
@ddungujoseph7 :This #MissCurvyUganda peagant notifies the rest of the entire world how much of a joke we are to the level of degrading ladies to mere tourist attractions. Ladies are dignified persons and the result of this peagant will be thirsty thigh mongers on the hunt for Ugandan ladies.
@WaisAdam#MissCurvyUganda and Uganda be how now that the campaign is for Ugandans or Kenyans cz @GraceMsalame is a Kenyan why is that our PR and strategists are failing to analyse the game #MyUganda
@TEAMNASA_KE :Ugandans Though, a whole state minister launched #MissCurvyUganda Campaigns to promote tourism, what tourism? And went ahead to use a Kenya Curvy lady @GraceMsalame in their official campaign posters. So Embarrassing, In Uganda there are Many ways of promoting Tourism.
Zari Hasan seems to have found a new man almost an year after she broke up with Diamond Platnumz the father of her two kids.
She recently flaunted gifts from her mysterious man and they were all purchased from the Louis Vuitton store. In one of her posts, she thanked her man for being the best and she wrote;
“MY HEART IS FULL, KING BAE. YOU’RE APPRECIATED”
“AND HE INITIALED IT.. LOVE YOU MORE”
The businesswoman, who is among the most successful women in East African region dumped Diamond (the father of her two children) on Valentine’s Day in 2018, citing infidelity as the main reason for their break up.
Her touching message read;
“Understand that this is very difficult for me to do. There have been multiple rumors some with evidence floating around in ALL SORTS of media in regards to Diamond’s constant cheating and sadly I have decided to end my relationship with Diamond, as my RESPECT, INTEGRITY, DIGNITY & WELL BEING cannot be compromised. We are separating as partners but not as parents.
This doesn’t reduce me as a self-made individual, and as a caring mother, and the boss lady you have all come to know. I will continue to build as a mogul, i will inspire the world of women to become boss ladies too. I will teach my four sons to always respect women, and teach my daughter what self-respect means. Unlike many, I’ve been in the entertainment industry for 12 years, and through all my challenges I came out a victor because I am a winner, and so are all of you Zari supporters. HAPPY VALENTINE’S”
It is hard losing a child. No parent is ever prepared for this and when death knocks most parents mourn for years while some never over come the loss.
Dr Burton Grebin once said
“The death of a child is the most single most traumatic event in medicine.To lose a child is to lose a piece of yourself “.
Some Kenyan celebrities have experienced this loss first hand and some don’t publicly express it, it doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting. So the next time you meet them on the street be kind because kindness does not hurt.
The TV presenter lost his son after he succumbed to complications related to Sickle cell anemia. In 2015, Okinyi announced the demise of his son to the public in the tweet below.
Before his untimely death Twani was to turn 5 years
The venacular artiste famously known for hits such as ‘Agiginya’ was a mother to twins (boy and girl) before losing one of them after he developed a chest infection that saw him admitted to Nairobi Women’s Hospital, where he sadly lost the battle.
In an earlier interview with Jeff on Inooro Fm, Shiru wa GP opened up about losing her son and she said:
“It was a bad experience because I didn’t expect it. It’s one of those situations when you have tried so hard then you finally have something good and then the devil snatches it from your hands. I had tried conceiving for 9 years, heading to 10 when God blessed me with twins. I was very excited even though they did not make it to term as they were born 2 months premature. At that point, I didn’t even ask people to pray with me as I knew God had already blessed me in a big way. It (the loss of my baby and my admission) was not only challenging emotionally but also financially as the bill had accumulated up to Shs4.5 million so I had to reach out for financial aid which wasn’t easy.”
God has been gracious to her as she still has her daughter.
Nigeria artiste Dbanj is among other celebrities who have lost their kids. Early this year his son drowned in a swimming pool at the residence leaving the young parents heartbroken.
Dbanj termed the period of losing his son as a hard one but he remained thankful to God for seeing him through.
‘The past few weeks have been incredibly trying and difficult, but God’s love has kept me and my family going. I can’t thank my team enough and the incredible love from you all. May God keep us all. #StrongerTogether’…🙏🙏🙏”
Nominated senator Isaac Mwaura and his wife Mukami Mwaura lost two of their kids after they developed complications after being born prematurely.
Mukami had delivered triplets namely – Njiru Maigua Mwaura, Mwaura Maigua and Njeri Maigua – who were all born at 28 weeks, sadly Njeri and Mwaura passed on after 3 months at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Speaking about her loss Mukami said
“The emptiness you are left with after you lose a child … “We may look as if we carry on with our lives as before. We may even have times of joy and happiness. Everything may seem normal. But this, EMPTINESS is how we all feel, all the time” ~ John Maddox, for Bereaved Parents Month “
Mukami is a happy mother though after his remaining son recently celebrated his 1st birthday.
5. Juliana Kanyomozi
Juliana, who is among the top female artistes in Uganda, lost her son after he succumbed to severe asthmatic attack at theAgha Khan hospital.
Juliana celebrated his fourth memorial with an emotional post reminiscing on how perfect he was as a son.
The laid back Julie opened up on losing her 3rd born son after a choking incident at home.
“MY HOUSE HELP WAS FEEDING THE CHILD, HE GOT CHOKED, RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL, THE DOCTORS MANAGED TO RESUSCITATE HIM, BUT LATER COULD NOT STAND THE AMOUNT OF ADRENALINE INJECTED IN HIS BODY, THE BOY LEFT US.
I YEARNED TO SLEEP AT NIGHT BECAUSE IN MY SLEEP HE WOULD COME IN MY DREAMS, I WAS HOLDING HIM AGAIN. IT WAS A TRAUMATIZING TIME AND I ACTUALLY SAID TO MY HUSBAND WE ARE NEVER GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER CHILD AGAIN I CAN’T GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN.
WHEN WE LOST OUR BELOVED THIRD BORN WE WERE DEVASTATED. DESTROYED. TOTALLY BROKEN. BUT WE DID NOT LET GO OF OUR LOVE FOR GOD. IN SPITE OF OUR DEVASTATION AND GRIEF WE KEPT OUR FAITH. ONE YEAR LATER THE LORD GOD BLESSED US WITH A CHILD, AND WE NAMED HIM WANGAI, BECAUSE WE KNEW HE WAS A GIFT, WE HAD LEARNT THAT ULTIMATELY ALL CHILDREN BELONG TO GOD.”
Size 8 recently lost her unborn child after suffering a miscarriage,speaking about it she says
“Rumours were in many blogs that I was pregnant but I never did really confirm it because it was a battle all the way, so I just wanted to go with the fight privately. But God decided the best lane for me and I lost the pregnancy juzi. To be honest I’ve cried and asked God so many questions. I have given my husband stress. He is trying to make me be okay,” Size 8 said.
Chantelle and J Blessing lost their son Kyle at the Aga Khan hospital 3 years ago,After Kyle’s death J Blessing posted lines to the hymn “It is well” on his Facebook page.
“Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee. How great Thou art, how great Thou art.”
The couple later broke up due to irreconcilable differences.
The categories were leaders, explorers, scientists, entertainers, activists, sports stars, and artists/writers.
The public has been voting for which individual in each field most deserved to reach the programme finale next Tuesday.
But despite 12 women being included on the longlist of 28 ‘greats’ of the last century, selected by a ‘panel of experts’, none won in their category.
The BBC offered the public a choice of four 20th Century ‘Icons’ in each of seven categories. In the ‘Leader’ category, above, Mrs Thatcher, FDR, and Sir winston Churchill all lost out to Nelson Mandela
Pablo Picasso beat Alfred Hitchcock, Andy Warhol and Virginia Woolf to be named the best artist in the X-factor style history show, completing the line-up of finalists.
Margaret Thatcher had lost out to Nelson Mandela in the leader category, while physicist Marie Curie and pharmaceutical chemist Tu Youyou – who developed medicine to treat malaria – were beaten by Alan Turing for the best scientist.
The late David Bowie pipped Billie Holiday and Marilyn Monroe to be named the greatest entertainer. They will be pitted against Ernest Shackleton, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali in the live hour-long final.
The programme, hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Nick Robinson, will see seven celebrity advocates give a speech to convince viewers to vote for the icon in their category.
The late David Bowie pipped Billie Holiday and Marilyn Monroe to be named the greatest entertainer
Model Lily Cole, during her episode on artists and writers, said: ‘Pablo Picasso was a pioneer of modern art. He wasn’t afraid to use his status to shout loudly about the horror of war, and his iconic work is as relevant today as it was then.’
In his episode, naturalist Chris Packham praised Turing – who is thought to have had Asperger’s – for being an example of why it is ‘worth putting up with’ people who have Autism.
Packham, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2005, said: ‘We know that as a child he was ostracised by his peers, again this is something which I experienced, we find it difficult to integrate and to understand the social norms of that group of people.’
The other advocates set to go head-to-head in the final include actress Kathleen Turner (for entertainers), comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar (for activists), Clare Balding (for sports stars), Sir Trevor McDonald (for leaders) and Dermot O’Leary (for explorers).
The Corporation has billed the show as ‘the most ambitious BBC history series in a decade’ which ‘has told the definitive story of the 20th century through the people who had the most impact on it.’
The Icons final airs on Tuesday at 9pm on BBC Two.