Singer Akothee is living the life she has always dreamt of as a young child growing up in the village and going through tough times to become who she has become now.
The Yuko Moyoni hitmaker is known for her flamboyant lifestyle that makes many people think she is just bragging and showing off whatever she has achieved in life.
Being a mother of five, Akothee has always protected her children and always give them the support they need as a mother and it has always been a job well done for her being a single mother.
Her love for farming and hard work is what brings food on her table in her palatial home, Mombasa County.
She has always been seen going to farm and it is an encouragement and inspiration to other musicians who think that going to farm is just a waste of time and getting oneself dirty.
She took to social media to show off her new project of making nurseries. In the photo, you can see her getting her hands dirty to show that she doesn’t leave all the work to her workers.
The Baby Daddy singer is one person who many look up to because she does not fake her lifestyle and always says things as they are.
Captioning a photo, Akothee said:
“I only make financial moves, everyday is a learning lesson, every experience is a learning process , good or bad, don’t allow people use you for their own interests , not every offer is meant for you, human beings are very selfish, let me organise my life (new nursery establishment )”
Check out some few comments:
Faith: Where did you get the trays from?
Fl0wer: Akotheee please share your food plan… Body Goals!!
The Murayas are a happy family. They were blessed with their bundle of joy, Ladasha Belle, who has made the family even happier. She checked into the Muraya household in 2015.
Both of them are Christians and its natural for their daughter to embrace Christianity while still a child and previously she was seen sharing a stage with her mother on the show she airs called Pambio Live.
A video has emerged of showing how DJ Mo who hosts TV show Cross Over 101 took his wife for breakfast at a very general public place which is not their standards anyway and they both seemed to enjoy themselves.
DJ Mo stated that they were going for a church meeting and his wife took a long time applying makeup and apparently they both had no breakfast. Since Size 8 was hungry, they had to look for a place to eat and the only place DJ Mo saw was a ‘kibanda’ or a kiosk where they ordered tea and chapo.
Check out the video below:
Here are comments from fans:
Charoh: Mo u r full of udigital if u had to take such a great woman to’mtaro ya sewage’ size 8 ur very humble ..kama ni mm l would have failed the test walai ..kwanza ya vyombo
Rehinnas: Kibandaski. …. now that is Romance
Njeri: Uko ni githurai kwa 15k AMA….size8 ucjali uko Na Jaguar XE
Nancy: Hiyo ni so romantic
Ann: Good thing ulikula tu vizuri bila maringo.cheers to that
Collins: Kwa mama mwangi corner hotel
Rufina: Hapo ndipo kudos lovebirds
Faith: Do for others what you want to be done unto theee
Budalangi Member of parliament Rafael Wanjala is in the move to ensure that everybody who is in parliament gets medical cover for their other wives and children.
Rafael who calls himself a polygamist was invited for an interview on Citizen TV hosted by the media personality Lillian Muli.
The main aim was to discuss why the legislators are asking for more pay particularly for their additional families.
The member of parliament claims that the current MPs are poorly remunerated compared to those in the previous Houses.
Things got juicy when Lillian Muli asked the Mheshimiwa how many wives he has and twisted the question back to the interviewer putting Lillian in a tight spot because she had to answer how many husbands she has and she quickly responded that she has one husband.
Rafael refused to tell the public how many wives he has saying that he will only reveal them when they accept to cover their girlfriends and other children.
The answer that Lilian gave has left many wondering whether she got re-married after divorcing her husband Moses Njuguna Kanene in 2016.
She is a mother of one Joshua who was born in 2010. The couple married in September 2009 in a highly publicized wedding at the Windsor Golf and Country Club.
Check out the conversation:
Here are some reactions from viewers:
this man is talking reality no man can withstand with one woman😉😉
I asked my boss to pay for my other b****es he nearly killed me!
if u can feed them let every man marry more than one wife
Why should the taxpayer bear the burden of these men’s choices?! Aki nimechoka…
Akothee is one female artist many should emulate. She has her way of spoiling and treating her children now and then and even frees her time to spend with her children.
Being a mother of five, the Baby Daddy hit maker loves and has always protected her children with her own life and makes sure that they get whatever they want.
Her flamboyant lifestyle would leave you with a message that her kids do not lack anything because mummy works hard to ensure they get all the best.
It is a dream of every woman to see their children prosper and once in a while advice them properly about life issues and how they should go about it.
Well, the Yuko Moyoni singer has won my heart as a young girl who always gets some time to talk to my mother about issues concerning life and encouraging me to work hard.
Akothee has decided to share the love of her daughters in the most unique way by penning down an open letter to her beautiful daughters encouraging them to work hard and asking them never to force love on someone who doesn’t love them. She further went on to tell them that she had enough for them and when they have children, they should take them to their grandmother because she has enough money to take care of them.
Here is the letter to her daughters:
“Msikwamilie waume wanangu, Mimi mama yenu nimetengeza zitakazo tutosha pamoja na vitukuu vyangu , musilazimishe ndoa wala mapenzi, nileteeni hao watoto wenu nitalea , ila tuu , naomba mtie bidii kwenye elimu. Hakuna la hekima Kama nidhamu, Hakuna litakalo kutoa kamasi Kama ugonjwa WA mapenzi Kama haiko haikooo, No one has plans for you, better have plans for yourselves transl. (speak in English so our neighbours can misunderstand)😂😂 language barrier is aweapon too _madamboss”
Check out some reactions from fans:
Liz: Wrong advice mum.Don’t encourage them to go the wrong way.Let them keep the right morals and God’s will to take its course in their lives.Kwa wale mnatazama sura,hayo ni maumbile na usije fikiri wewe u bora zaidi ya wale,huenda unavyoropokwa hata sura uliyonayo haipendezi.
Aaron: My woman crush everyday. Realist .hardworking mama with no apologies to make
Salim: Nice.. bt usiunipee mmoja aki wako cute
Kibu: Wasia wa mama kwa wanawe….
Lianna: Mmmmh! Mna sura ngumu wote half mtu unae shinfandana nae unatakiwa uwe kijakaz wake!
Barbara: GOOD STUFF!!! Wanaume si hewa ati ukikaa bila utakosa pumsi! 👏👏👏👏👏
Boniface Mwangi is one personality who does not fear telling the truth or fighting for justice on behalf of Kenyans. His bid for the Starehe Constituency seat as an MP failed, but that hasn’t dampened his spirit.
He is a photographer, an activist and the brand ambassador for Team courage. He is also a husband and father to three gorgeous children. He is never afraid to show off his family and heap praises on them, unlike his counterparts who hide their loved ones.
Bonnie as he is popularly referred to, has always let his feelings known through his social media pages sometimes winning the praises of KOT, while at times others have hit out at him. What’s not to love about this hunk?
Well, perhaps because of his outspoken nature, one Kenyan has come out to seek Bonnie’s help. The individual wanted Bonnie to ‘changa’ for his upcoming nuptials.
He took to his twitter to advice young people not to start their marriage in debt. Read the request below and Bonnie’s response that is likely to resonate with alot of Kenyans who have had to start life broke because all their money was spent on a lavish wedding.
Here is what Bonny tweeted:
‘Don’t waste too much money on an expensive wedding unless you can fund it. Spend cash on your honeymoon and the new house you’re moving to. As a married man, my advice to all young people don’t borrow or shame yourself to do an expensive wedding. Don’t start your marriage in debt. If you can’t afford an expensive wedding, don’t beg. Go to the attorney general office, have a small ceremony. It will cost you 10k maximum.”
News just in is that Diamond Platnumz has confirmed that in deed he is the father to Hamisa Mobetto’s son. Speaking to Clouds FM, the Eneka hit maker had a lot of questions to answer with so many people watching the interview live just to hear what he had to say about the issue that has been making news all over social media for the past few weeks.
His message to the mother of his child is to take care of the child and concentrate about his future and should not keep posting photos ranting about him to make people view him as the bad guy.
After confirming the news, he was asked about his thoughts about Hamisa now that the issue has been cleared and here is what he had to say, “Siwezi kumchukia Hamisa, ila namshauri muda huu aangalie future ya mtoto, kwani kuposti picha mitandaoni haitamsaidia.”
Diamond apologized to his wife and asked her to forgive him for whatever that has happened and confirmed that he can never leave Zari Hassan, who is the mother of his two children, Tiffah and Nillan.
He was asked to confirm the number of kids he has and he said he has three namely, Princess Tiffah, Prince Nillan and Daylen respectively.
Here are reactions from fans:
Zaynes: Moto choma Moto !! SASA zari anatupa makombora Snapchat na huyu ako bize kumkana hamisa! Awe mpole cz hivi karibuni atakosa wote 👁️👁️👁️
Dennis: Ulipanga msimtangaze kwan huyo mtt amekuwa maindi kwamba yakae ndani tu
Petty: Kioo gani hicho cha jamii, ushamba huo wala haujakuonesha kuwa mwanaume au mjanja
Cathy: Hongera kwani chuki haijengi zaidi ni kujitesa mheshimu mkeo zari
Jolly: Hivi pale mnaposemaga mara paaaaaap hiiiiiiiiii ….ile hiiii iii ni mtu anacheka au analia
Mtoto_lito: Nimekupenda bure we kaka lea wanao hao malaya wanakuyumbisha.
Most men have complained to Maina Kageni about him not always talking on issues concerning men and rather prefers talking about what women go through in the hands of their men and their marriages in general which is not true, because he always tries to balance the issues.
We were used to a caller by the name Wakanai, who always called to abuse women who aired their grievances to Maina Kageni on Classic 105. His hate for women was too much and this left many women hating him as well.
Meet Captain Kale, who has now followed the trend. Most of his calls are always based on harassing women and even abusing them.
In one of the morning conversations aired about a week or so ago, a lady called to say how her husband owed her 4.2 million shillings and she was waiting for him to pay her back before she left him and this issue did not go well with Captain Kale.
This is what he had to say, “Women are just in these marriages because of money and even if they get hurt by anyone that comes from Karen or Runda, they will stick around just because of money kama kupe. I wonder when this women will start living their own lives and start providing for their children without their men’s support. Where did the rain start beating them? A man cannot take you if he does not love you.”
In another conversation, he said its better to tell someone that you have fallen out of love than cheating on her. He described women as dogs who can ‘chochea’ you to believe something. “Women should draw the line and change themselves”
Captain was so annoyed with a woman who called Maina to tell him how she has been helping his man for twenty years because he didn’t have a job. He thanked the woman for helping the man but disagreed with the lady for letting the public know that she has been helping this man with their upkeep.”How many men help their wives and they keep it a secret? A woman should help his man. We are their kings and very few in this world. Our children are all ours and not mine alone so she should chip in. A man should be assisted in the house.”
Captain concluded saying, “Women suffer from verbal diarrhea. Mdomo ya mwanamke haiwezi fungika, inakuwanga open tu. There are no men like Kenyan men. They are just using lots of English words for nothing.”
Women love being classy and being provided for whether they are working or not. The women of nowadays can never inspire to be housewives because they want to feel their own sweat and their hard earned money from the work they do.
Here are reasons why Kenyan women would never date broke men:
No woman wants a looser.
It is every woman’s dream to get whatever she wants from her man. She has to be proud of you and even introduce you to her colleagues, but when you have nothing to offer her, the woman will surely leave you and go get a man who knows what he’s doing.
2. Women want men to pay their bills.
The expectation of a woman is that she gets a man who will pay her bills like paying for her hairdo, paying for the drinks when they go out and a man who will surprise her with gifts. When a woman sees what you do for her, she will also spare her money to treat you once in a while but if you cannot pay her bills then you will never have her.
When you pass away, your money will be hers and your children and that’s why they go for rich men since they know they will be left with something when you are no more. If you are broke, this is something that you will not be able to give your woman making her leave you for someone much better that you.
4. Women want to be identified with class.
Have you ever wondered what women discuss when they go out? Well, you will be shocked to learn that they always discuss about their men and other topics and if you are not rich, then you will feel left out because they are always identified with class on how they carry themselves and the people they associate with.
5. Kenyan women want men who can provide for them.
A man can provide for a woman with so many things including a shoulder to lean on when all is not well. The Bible says that men are the providers because they are the head of the family and it is their responsibility to provide for their women whatever they want as long as the things they want can be provided.
Well, if you are a broke man then you must prepare to work hard in order to keep your woman from eyeing someone else who can provide for all her needs.
Despite him being a bully and killing us with his swag, Prezzo was born at Pumwani Hospital and raised in Eastleigh, Muyuyu section one until he turned ten.
During an interview on Talk Central, the king of blings remembered the life of being brought up in Eastleigh because it taught him the street life and its the kind of place even at ten or eleven at night is as good as day time and guys are up and about.
Being brought up by a single mother, Prezzo describes his mother as the love of his life because she has been there for him ever since his father passed away and this is what caused the close bond between mother and son.
Whatever he needed, his mother would do everything to make sure he has it to avoid him going on a hunger strike. He later realized how his mother was struggling to make sure he attends school and to make sure she gives him what he wanted. His father passed after being with and his mother had a debt to pay at Nairobi Hospital.
In the beginning of his career in music, his mother was so affected with all the negativity about her son and he decided to sit down with his mother and explain to her that he is a public figure and such things are bound to happen and she should try and adopt to them.
He further said, “I have no regrets for some of the things I have seen written about me reason being whatever it is that you go through being good or bad is for a reason. I don’t believe in coincidence. There is no such thing in this world like coincidence. Its God’s grace.”
Prezzo added that his past women became famous when they were with him and he still talks to some of them. “I talk to Huddah because she is cool and we go way back. I know she go my back. Vera once in a while. The rest of them, No.”
Speaking about his marriage to Daisy Kiplagat, he said, “Marriage life was good and the best part of it is that I got a beautiful baby girl out of it. Daisy loved Jackson Ngechu Makini and she hated Prezzo. I spent so much time into building Prezzo brand and I could not drop it. I have never used drugs in my life.”
Is there such a thing as oversharing one’s personal life? You be the judge.
This seems to be one of the concerns expressed by former TV girl Janet Mbugua in a message she penned down recently.
The stunning beauty is a mother to cute son Ethan Huru and she is also a wife to hunk hubby Eddie Ndichu. The family always light up social media when they are spotted together.
Unlike her counterparts who flood social media with photos of family moments, Janet holds back with what she calls a very good reason.
Family is very important to Janet and her fans are always left wanting to know more about them. The Inua Dada Founder and handwashing campaigner is now letting us in on a big secret.
She has finally opened up why she is always reluctant on sharing her family photos online.
She said, “I’m not huge on sharing family photos, not all the time at least. I may occasionally do so on my Inta Stories. But this here is a real moment. Shared laughter, in between moments of fatigue, being cranky, not always being sure of what I’m really doing, or my methods, when it comes to raising a new family! I’m learning that this life, balancing all things, is far from easy. It can consume you and sometimes you just need a moment, away from people and projects, to conquer the everyday good and bad. Seasons and phases, which not everyone will understand. But ultimately, it’s a most fulfilling life, abounding with lessons that will certainly better me. Hands up if you feel me!
Her fans appreciated her remarks with the following responses;
elsie_essie: They grow up so fast!!just the other day he was so little…Good work mama🙌🙌it’s never easy raising kids…my lo is 6months #stillLearning
lynne_ngugi: I think my secret is just not to over think it, live one day at time, share moments and just live. My daughter is 2.3 and another miracle on the way by end of next month.. Ild go crazy if I gave things as much thought as I probably should. One day at time. You’ve got a great family.. And thanks for being a woman I can look up to!
idah_alisha: Aawww my love! I don’t know what’s more beautiful… that message or the people in the picture… you are doing good mammi! Keep it up I will need tips from you in the maybe near future! #ProudOfYou
mkawajombaagnes: Each day brings new joy. Never will you have a dull day. You shall never be a pro in raising a family
alex_cos_mas: Some women have five kids and they soldier on Janet. There is no formula just God’s grace.
bigfreddy45: Intentional parenting. Its very hard. But its got to be done.🖒
You will always know when the weekend is approaching for the relaxed atmosphere that hits Nairobi. Everyone makes sure they find out what the ‘plan’ is just so that they can be ready to paint the town red.
From college girls to the busy working mum, here is some piece of advice that I think you should consider before stepping out.
1. Putting on short dresses
I think this depends on where you are hanging out. Will you for instance be able to dance when you hear despacito? Some Kenyan clubs are known to be frequented by perverts, and wearing a ka -mini may send the wrong signal. Although I do remember there was the street protests dubbed my dress my choice. We know those with yellow-yellow thighs want to show them off.
Have you ever walked behind a girl with super high heels in town and seen how she struggles? Keep in mind that our pavements in town are uneven and you may trip and embarrass yourself. Flats, or those baby doll shoes common with Nairobi girls will do.
3.Too much makeup
This is not the opportunity to try on the huddah makeup you stocked up on girls. A lip gloss will do, and lay off the eyebrows, there are enough scary looking eyebrows walking the streets of Nairobi. Plus your dude will be too polite to tell you that you have done too much. You also could be dating a guy who prefers au naturale girls.
4. Do not eat too much
Especially if it’s buffet, where it’s all you can eat. That little black dress you wore will surely burst, then again no one wants to see a bloated belly, girls. Also stay on your lane and eat what you’re familiar with, lest your tummy rumbles and you have to dash to the bathroom when things get thick.
5. Avoid drinking something you’re not used to
I’ve heard many stories where just because a dude is buying, you think it’s time to try those posh drinks you’ve never consumed. Shock on you when you get drunk and misbehave. Lesson here, ka lane yako. If you’re used to guarana, stick to it, otherwise you will be a mess and trust me it will be hard to land a second date with that dude, if ever you hoped for one.
6.Carrying big purses
Kwani umebeba nguo za kulala? Big bags are a no-no girls. Here’s why: you only need to carry a few items therefore ditch the cucu style bag.
The famous singer Akothee who is known for her hit songs such as Baby Daddy, Yuko Moyoni and Sweet Love is known for her flamboyant lifestyle with some people saying that she likes attention and wants people to know she has money.
Despite this, Akothee has stood tall on her feet enjoying her hard earned money through her music career and her famous Akothee Safaris Company.
The mother of five works hard to see her children have a bright future ahead of them and makes sure they do not go through whatever she went through in her past life while growing up. She is very protective of her children’s welfare.
Being a well known artiste, she has other capabilities like cooking for herself and even going to the farm, something that most musicians cannot do in their life.
Akothee took to social media to express her feelings and thoughts of how men spend their money seducing women at club not thinking of what kind of environment their parents live in.
She said, “I can courageously walk into my parents compound and park my big car in front of their house without any guilt , I can slay and travel business class knowing my parents are sleeping in a cool place , I might seem mad to you , but just know this idiot is too sharp and focused in life, loosers will say am proving a point , cowards will say am a ritualists, unlucky ladies will say money from sponsors , Lazy men will call me a prostitute for having children & failed relationships , never mistake knowledge for wisdom , am too wise to live a fake life , this is me, take me or live me , you are allowed to be proud of your accomplishments and admire your efforts , if you feel am bragging then just wait , I havent offended you yet , there is nothing to brag about here , I havent arrived in my comfort zone , when I will land there! then you will know😂😂 that I have surely arrived , the rate at which I will brag😂😂😂😂 even God knows! thats why its taking too long to reach there 😂😂😂😂, Even Amerka will know that maskini amepata 😂😂😂😂 nitawasumbua mpaka panadol ziishe kwa duka 😂😂😂😂most men carry bundles of money to seduce women in the club , they drive big cars and living in mansions in runda, lavington etc , but have no idea of where their parents live , this kind of men carrying loads of money in clubs dont entertain me at all ,because money stays in the bank or on investments , men with money look broke in the clubs because they know the value of money , this spraying money in clubs are broke n****s , tell them to take you to their village you want to say hi to their parents 😂😂😂😂😂, sijataja mutu, kama hayakuhusu usiyasome , kama yatakukera pia pole , kila mtu angangane na hali yake.”
Here are some of the reactions from her Facebook fans:
Alicia Akoth:Akothee I wake up everyday and look for your post coz they inspire me, I pick what’s best for me and work with it, haters she is not gonna stop any time soon, the best u can do is, if u cant beat her, join her and u will learn a lot from her. She might be talking carelessly but all the same ,every time she types, she types the truth as it is.
Mercy Nyerere:I admire you mummie. Tell them damn haters.Go go madam boss.
Sauti Sol always does the unthinkable when it comes to music.
Popularly known for their hit songs such as Shake yo Bam Bam, SuraYako and Isabella, the band has released a first ever emoji lyric video in Africa.
The New Song talks about being friendzoned, which is commonly talked about by guys all over. Sauti Sol talk about a man who wants to be out of being in a friend zone.
He tells the girl how he feels about her through emojis and want to jump out of the zone and yet he doesn’t have a parachute and he hopes he is going to win the girl. The girl is the inspiration behind the song with the girl shying off whenever he looks at her.
They are trying so hard not to loose a friend because of how they feel about the girl. The man has hidden his feelings emotionally not wanting to let out his feelings to the girl.
The guy can’t take being in the friend zone anymore and asks his friends to hold him and even ‘team mafisi’ because the girl has made him go ‘gaga’ and they are going to loose a member.
It took the superstars six months to develop and execute this kind of song.
In case you haven’t watched it yet, which basically means you’ve been living under a rock, here you go. Oh, and you’re welcome!
David Adedeji Adeleke known by his stage name Davido is an American-born Nigerian recording artiste, performer and record producer and his genre of music is Afro pop and Afrobeat.
Diamond Platnumz on the other hand whose real name is Nasibu Abdul Juma, is a Bongo flava recording artiste and dancer from Tanzania.
The two are superstars both in their countries and Africa’s top known stars for their genre of music.
Here are some similarities between Davido and Diamond Platnumz:
1. Davido and Diamond are Rich.
Both of them live a lavish lifestyle. Everyone knows how these superstars spend their money as they travel to different countries, the money they spend purchasing their clothes and bracelets that they put on.
2. Both are superstars.
Davido is known for being West Africa’s Superstar and Diamond Platnumz is known to be East Africa’s Superstar with their songs such as if, Dami Duro, Number one and nataka kulewa respectively.
3. Both superstars have two alleged baby mama’s.
Diamond Platnumz alleged baby mamas include his current girlfriend Zari Hassan and his video vixen cum Tanzanian Socialite and model Hamisa Mobetto, whereas Davido’s alleged baby mamas are Sophia Momodu and Amanda.
4. Both do Afropop music.
Apart from Diamond Platnumz doing Bongo flava, he also does Afropop music just as Davido does and this has made both superstars famous in the music industry.
5. Record Labels.
Davido has a record label known as DMW (Davido Music World) with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria whereas Diamond’s record label is Wasafi Records (WCB).
Davido and Diamond’s posh outfits make their fans go crazy both on stage and just by looking at their photos.
7. Crowd Pullers.
The superstars do know how to entertain a crowd an on many occassions, their concerts have been graced by thousands of fans who just want to have a good time and groove to their music.
With her latest song Baby Daddy, Akothee has taken a little break from music as she ventures into her farm work.
Her passion for whatever she does is clear in whatever she does in her daily life despite being a single mother of five and this keeps her going and staying focused by working hard because she has children to take care of and whom she loves so much.
The famous hit maker known for her hit songs such as yuko moyoni and sweet love, took to social media asking her fans not to ask her any questions concerning music because the last time she was given a cheque by the Music Copyright Society Of Kenya was in October last year which was Kshs. 56,000.
“This is salary for only two of my domestic employees per month, this can’t even pay my photographer so leave me alone, listen to the ones on youtube like baby daddy link on my bio and the rest. Leave music for now will collect it next month. Awards are coming give me what you think i deserve”. This is what she said meaning that the employees are likely to be paid about thirty thousand shillings each per month.
Akothee is popularly known for her flamboyant lifestyle than her music but what most people dont know is that she goes to the farm and even cook for herself without a servants help unlike other artistes. This only tells why she enjoys spending her money on her kids and herself because she works hard.
“Jamani mimi naogopa kuomba omba , kuomba ni kazi kweli , yahitaji moyo , hivi mimi Akoth nikiishiwa leo naeza muomba nani ?ama mimi na hawa watoto wangu wengi ,tutakuwa wageni wa nani ? huwezi kumtegemea binaadamu , wana nyoyo za kuchoka mtegemee Mungu tu na nguvu alizokupa , Ni mwenyezi Mungu tu ndiye waweza muomba siku zote na asikuchoke , asikusengenye wala kukukwaza .Majibu yake ni ya kweli na za kufurahisha , jaribu binaadamu uumie.” Simply, Akothee advices her fans to avoid depending on human beings but only depend on God because He alone can never get tired of you asking Him for help.
Socialite Huddah Monroe aka Alhuda Njoroge has not always had it easy according to her.
While she flaunts her wealth and lavish lifestyle, she revealed she was born in Eastlands, Huruma. Yup from grass to grace.
Huddah Monroe rose to fame in 2004 after she clinched the coveted slot of representing Kenya in the Big Brother Africa-BBA reality show in South Africa.
Speaking to K24, Huddah narrated how she was brought up.
She grew up both in Huruma then later in Kitengela away from the city. Her life in Huruma was not hard because she had her cousins and relatives who were very protective of her which made it easier for her to get to know other people. After leaving for Kitengela, she used to go back to Huruma because her grandmother still stays there. Huddah grew up in a home where domestic violence was prevalent and that’s where she got her thick skin plus having four step brothers. Sadly she also revealed how her step father would drink, and come back home, kick the door and start beating up her mum.
Huddah had to be confident going to school, knowing things are home were not well. Unfortunately she would be mocked by fellow students, and when she came from school she would tell her mum about it. Her mum was very supportive, giving her advice that such was life and she should not care whatever people say as much as she was going through a tough time and this was how she became stronger.
This has strengthened Huddah so much that she is able to handle whatever her haters said. She said “Haters are the best people because they help you grow. They pay more attention to you”.
School was everything for her and after high school she decided to do a Diploma in programming because she was so much into IT. Plus she saw how her mum was struggling to get money to pay for her college. But she didn’t stay long in school and dropped out to allow her younger siblings to continue with their education.
She decided to be a video vixen with her friends as part of having fun. Her first video was with Jaguar in the song Vuka Boda. Huddah met so many people, some of whom were into drugs and influenced her to use drugs.
She was just 18 when she picked the habit. But at 21 years, Huddah quit drugs upon realising the effect it had on her friends some of who died from overdosing..
How did she change her life? She moved out, changed her phone number and the rest is history.
He recently made headlines after his visit with US President Donald Trump and subsequent announcement of his assistance in creating 1 million jobs in the United States. He has inspired and empowered millions of people around the world especially with his incredible and true rags-to-riches story and now, Kenya will have the privilege of hosting the sensational Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma.
According to Forbes, Jack is worth an estimated $29 billion and this includes his 7.8% stake in the Alibaba Group — China’s answer to Amazon — and close to 50% stake in the payment-processing service, Alipay.
Although Alibaba and Jack Ma aren’t household names outside China, it’s worth noting that Alibaba is worth more than Facebook and processes goods more than eBay and Amazon combined!
What’s his story?
Ma Yun a.k.a. Jack Ma is among the rare breed of self-made billionaires with humble beginnings. Born in Hangzhou, south-east China, he was raised alongside his elder brother and younger sister at the rise of communist China and its isolation from the Western regions. His parents were poor and made a living as traditional Musicians-Storytellers. That income wasn’t adequate to have them even considered as middle class at the time.
Rejections and failures
Without money or connections, the only way Ma could get ahead was through education. Jack Ma failed in his Primary School examinations twice! He failed thrice during his Middle School exams. When applying to universities after his High school, Jack failed the entrance exams twice, before finally joining University. He even applied and wrote to Harvard University ten times about being admitted – and got rejected each time.
He graduated in 1988 and started applying to as many jobs as he could.
Jack tried and failed to get a job at a several places after applying to them about 30 times in total! He once recollected at an interview, “When KFC came to China, 24 people went for the job. Twenty-three people were accepted. I was the only guy who wasn’t.”
He was also one of the 5 applicants for a job in Police force and he was the only rejected being told, “No, you’re no good.”
At one of his interviews, when Jack was asked about his past rejections, he stated “Well, I think we have to get used to it. We’re not that good.” Naturally, he learned to overcome the pain of rejection and how to treat rejection as an opportunity to get better every time.
When former US president Richard Nixon visited Hangzhou in 1972, there was an increase of tourists in his home-town. It was like a tourist Mecca and Jack wanted to make the most of it. He always wanted to learn English. He spent his early mornings riding his bike to a nearby park and at the city hotel, he met visitors and gave them tours for free in exchange for English lessons.
It was then he met a tourist who gave him the nickname ‘Jack’ because she found his name “difficult to spell”.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English, he worked as a teacher at Hangzhou Dianzi University and earned just $12 a month!
Computers, the Internet and technology
Jack was captivated by the internet when he first used it during a trip to the US in 1995. He had just begun a translation business and he made the trip to help a Chinese firm recover some money. His first search online was “beer” and surprisingly, he found no Chinese beers in the results. It was then that he made a decision to found an internet company for China.
His first two ventures failed but four years later, he got together 17 friends in his apartment and convinced them to invest in his vision – an online marketplace he called “Alibaba.” This website allowed exporters to list products which customers could buy directly.
Initially, Alibaba hadn’t a single penny from outside investors but soon got attention and raised $20 Million from SoftBank – a Japanese telecom company that also invests in technology companies and another $5 Million from Goldman Sachs in 1999.
Building trust among the people of China that an online system of payment and package transfers is safe was the biggest challenge Jack Ma and Alibaba faced, a challenge that Jack will cherish for life.
Fast forward to 2005, Yahoo invested $1 billion in Alibaba in exchange for close to 40% stake in the company. This massive for Alibaba — at the time it was trying to beat eBay in China — and it would turn out to be a big win for Yahoo as well, netting it $10 billion in Alibaba’s IPO alone.
At an interview, Ma told Bloomberg that he knew Alibaba had made it big when another customer offered to pay his restaurant bill.
“I’m your customer of Alibaba group, I made a lot of money and I know you don’t make any money,” said the customer. “I’ll pay the bill for you.”
The company’s $150-billion IPO was the largest offering for a US-listed company in the history of the New York Stock Exchange at the time. It also made Ma the richest man in China, with an estimated worth of $25 billion.
This made Ma an extremely wealthy man though he has made very few flashy purchases and he still maintains some pretty modest hobbies. “I don’t think he has changed much, he is still that old style,” Xiao-Ping Chen, a friend of Ma, told USA Today in an interview.
He likes reading and writing kung fu fiction, playing poker, meditating, and practising tai chi.
After the IPO, Alibaba employees threw a huge party at the company’s Hangzhou headquarters in celebration. Ma told employees at a press conference that he hoped they would use their newfound wealth to become “a batch of genuinely noble people, a batch of people who are able to help others, and who are kind and happy.”
Ma’s visit to Kenya
Ma’s visit to Kenya is scheduled for July 20 where in the morning hours, he will engage entrepreneurs at NaiLab who will have a fireside chat with Jack on “The role of small businesses in global trade”
In the afternoon, he will lead a delegation representing Chairmen and CEOs of leading companies in Asia. Industries represented will include: ecommerce, financial services, health, real estate, technology, and pharmaceuticals.
The objective of this busiess-to-business session will be to introduce Chinese and African leading business players to cultivate mutual understanding and initial relationships.
It will also serve to present and discuss the key opportunities and challenges facing the future development of the economies in Africa and the special role that technology, education, entrepreneurship and young people can play.