Wahu speaks about her beauty secrets and her political aspirations (exclusive)

Wahu Kagwi is one of the most beautiful women in Kenya at any age. And what is more impressive is that she has maintained her looks even after been blessed with two daughters with her husband David Mathenge aka Nameless.

How has she been able to keep herself looking so youthful throughout the years? What has been her secret? The “Sweet Love” singer humbly said that even though people might feel that her skin is goals for them that she still doesn’t feel that her skin is that great.

“I don’t think I have great skin. As we speak, I am getting my make-up done.”

Adding, “I put on a bit of foundation. I honestly don’t have even skin. I would be lying if I told you that I do. It’s not the break-out type of skin but it’s not as perfect as I would like it to be.”

And what does she do to keep her skin looking camera-ready? “I use pregnancy masks and I also hydrate and I do a lot of veggies and exercise. I do put on a bit of foundation,” reiterated Wahu.

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The singer has been in the music industry for many years and has ascended the rungs of success along the way. Does the singer have other aspirations, political maybe? I put the question to the singer who was cagey at first telling me that she didn’t want to comment.

But after some cajoling, she went on to say that the thought had crossed her mind.

“I don’t think I would run in 2022. The thought has crossed my mind once or twice but not in the near future.”

And why didn’t she want to run in 2022?

She replied, “I am not saying that there is anything holding me back. It’s just that I have not decided. It’s just something that I look at and say, I am passionate about ABCD…Considering it doesn’t mean I am going for it.”

 

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I will take my kid back to school if they allow him to wear slippers – Parent tells Maina

Maina Kageni and Mwalimu King’ang’i had an interesting discussion today about a report that the government is mulling whether to open schools in October.

The rumours are that Education CS George Magoha is considering opening schools on October 3rd. The news has shocked many who were thinking about a prospective January opening.

Maina asked parents what they would do if Magoha indeed issued the order? “What if Magoha says that schools open on October 3rd. What will parents do?”

King’ang’i himself was aghast at the idea and said as much. “Do you know if they say that schools should be closed, there are some serious requirements needed for the kids. They come up with a list. You will see kids being asked to come with masks, sanitisers…Also means new uniforms.

No one has the school fees. Parents have no idea what to do. Taking a child to school is a lot of money. Those that will stay at home will be many. Have you ever prepared a child to go to school? It is tough financially, psychologically. It drains you. ”

All the parents who called in were unanimous in their agreements that the decision to call back students in October wasn’t wise. Many insisted that a January start was the smart move.

One parent in particular cracked up Maina telling him, “I am ready to take my kids to school provided they allow him to wear slippers, home clothes, give him food, pay his school fees and give him a sanitiser.”

Some of those comments are below;

Parents were told schools are re-opening in January. If the government can pay for all costs then parents can re-consider that option. But let them open the bars first so that we can discuss that option while having a beer.

Why schools first before everything else? Parents aren’t even prepared financially. Education isn’t going anywhere.

Most parents made plans for next year. Most kids will not make it for this October date.

Let the ministers start with their own kids to test this pandemic.

If some parents can’t afford a meal, where will they get money to pay for fees?

Surely they can’t wake up and decide to open schools. They are confusing us.

This message goes to all the politicians who have been mentioned eating public resources. Those people should take that money to the Ministry of Education and pay school fees for Kenyans-Wakanai.

I have a friend who has a group of school. That man is very stressed. My child asked me if we are going to school on October 3rd? I asked him “oolisikia wapi? Atarudi January.

They should first open the economy before they open schools.

For the first time in history, parents don’t want children to go to school.

I am a teacher. These people shouldn’t open anytime soon until January.

The government has gotten it’s priorities wrong. Are schools ready for re-opening?

What are they going to school to do? Will they do exams? Which part of the syllabus will they follow?

There is nothing the kids are going to school to do. They will be wasting time and school fees.

Does King’ang’i remember that some teachers are suffering? If parents can’t pay the fees, they should take them to day school and public schools.

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Does Vera Sidika’s claim that her breast implants cost Sh.2 M stand up to scrutiny?

Being a socialite can be a very expensive career choice as the thing (wares) they advertise which is their body has to be the image of perfection to an adoring public.

That means a perfect curvy butt, a tiny (almost comical waist), big boobs, and plump lips. These qualities all rarely happen in any woman all at once.

So they must be bought and they do come at a price-an expensive one at that. Most famous socialites on the planet, have had many plastic surgery procedures done on them although they normally refuse to admit as such.

One of our very own, the voluptuous Vera Sidika has disclosed that she aslo went under the knife to surgically enhance her body.

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Vera told Jalang’o she was bottom-heavy but always lacked when it came to the chest department and that did not sit well with her.

“You know, us thick girls rarely have big chests and I always felt like my body was thick but not proportional, so I just decided to be proportional and added my boobs. On the upside, I don’t have to wear bras anymore. It cost me $20,000 (Sh.2 million) at Beverly Hills. They are actually good.”

While the cost seems to be high, is it possible? It is. Very. The average cost of breast augmentation surgery is $3,947 (Sh. 300,000), according to 2019 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Plastic surgery costs
Plastic surgery costs

This average cost is only part of the total price – it does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

According to, beverlyhillsphysicians.com the average cost of breast augmentation procedures as $6,500(Sh.650,000) while another practitioner, Dr. Handel says that the surgery costs between $7,000 to $14,000(Sh. 700,000-Sh.1.4 million).

Plastic surgery costs
Plastic surgery costs
Plastic surgery costs
Plastic surgery costs

The last practitioner I checked, plastic surgeon, Dr. Gary Motykie said that the overall cost of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery on average can range from between $6,000 to $10,000 (Sh.600,000-Sh.1,000,000), depending on various factors as discussed.

Plastic surgery costs
Plastic surgery costs

As you can see the highest price from the above sources doesn’t cross the $15,000 (Sh.1.5 million) mark even at the highest price point.

So Vera’s claim about a Sh.2 million breast augmentation tab doesn’t quite add up considering what the costs are. So is she lying or was she conned?…

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Keeping with the Kardashians to end in 2021 – Kim sadly announces

Kim Kardashian made being famous for being famous an art form. The mother of 4 became one of the biggest celebrities on the planet after her s3xtape with musician Ray J leaked.

The tape made her an overnight celeb and she parlayed that fame into the most-talked-about reality TV show ever-Keeping with the Kardashians, which is going to end in 2021, she revealed.

“It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” she said in a statement posted on Instagram.

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I’m so excited to announce the new @kkwfragrance Diamonds II Collection by Kourtney x Kim x Khloé!!! We are so grateful that our first Diamonds Collection was so well received and for this newest one, we collectively wanted the diamonds to be a bit more rich, sultry and sensual. Each of the jewel tone colors ruby, emerald & sapphire are unique to each sister and have a symbolic meaning that we really gravitated to and found inspiring. I’ve always loved the deep green color of an emerald stone and how it symbolizes love, prosperity and healing. My scent itself is musky and rich but still has those sweet white floral notes that I naturally always go to. I can’t wait for you guys to smell how amazing these new scents are! Shop the new #KKWDIAMONDS fragrances on Friday, 09.18 at 12PM PT at KKWFRAGRANCE.COM

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The show has run for 14 years and made global mega-stars of Kim, her siblings, their parents, partners and children.

The final season, its 21st will air in early 2021.

Most of the family were unknown when the show started back in 2007. Kim had appeared in some episodes of her friend Paris Hilton’s reality show.

 

Expressing her thanks to the “thousands of individuals and businesses” involved in the program, Kim also added: “I am so incredibly grateful to everyone who has watched and supported me and my family these past 14 incredible years.”

“This show made us who we are and I will be forever in debt to everyone who played a role in shaping our careers and changing our lives forever,” she went on.

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Early shows focused on the lives of Kim and her sisters Kourtney and Khloe and their partners, including Kourtney’s ex-boyfriend Scott Disick, Kim’s ex-husband Kris Humphries and Khloe’s ex-husband Lamar Odom.

It eventually brought in “momager” Kris Jenner, her now ex-husband Caitlyn Jenner – then the only famous figure in the show, as Bruce Jenner the Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete – and half sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner.

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Despite being heavily-panned by critics and accused of making people famous for being famous, the show has enjoyed huge ratings, won awards and been one of E! channel’s most successful shows.

 


A spokesperson for E! said in a statement to CNN: “While it has been an absolute privilege and we will miss them wholeheartedly, we respect the family’s decision to live their lives without our cameras.

 

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Dr Dre kando! Most expensive divorce settlements in history

The big news emerging out of Hollywood the month of August has been the divorce of legendary Hollywood producer Dr. Dre from his wife of 24 years, Nicole Young.

Divorce isn’t that shocking to most Americans anymore what with half of the married couples getting divorced every year.

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What is shocking for some is the huge amount of spousal support that Nicole is asking Dre for in their divorce settlement.

The mother of two of his 6 kids is asking for 2 million dollars a month in temporary spousal support, 200 million Kenyan shillings for those who want a Kenyan approximate.

That amounts to about 12 million dollars a year! While the amounts might seem high, they pale into comparison with some other modern divorces.

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Let’s begin;

Craig McCaw and Wendy McCaw

Craig who was a Cell phone industry pioneer his wife Wendy McCaw amicably divorced in 1997, with the settlement estimated to exceed $460 million(Sh 4.6 million) in Nextel stock, according to Forbes.

Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovlev

Elena divorced the Russian businessman citing his “serial infidelity” saying he used to “share his young conquests with his friends, and other oligarchs.”

The courts who had initially awarded $4.5 billion(Sh. 450 billion) in the settlement in 2014, later on, changed it to $604 million(Sh. 60 billion) after an appeal.

Adnan Khashoggi and Soraya Khashoggi

Khashoggi who was a Saudi Arabian arms dealer paid a handsome $874 million(Sh. 87 billion) — equivalent to more than $2 billion today to his British wife, Sandrah in 1980.

Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall

The bitter divorce ended with oil magnate, Harold Hamm ended up writing a huge $974.8 million(Sh. 1 billion) check to his wife in 2012.

Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Radić

The former F1 supremo is said to have settled with Croatian model Slavica Radić for an estimated at $1.2 billion in 2009. Although the details aren’t completely clear, there appears to be an unusual twist — Radić seems to be the one paying Ecclestone.

Rupert Murdoch and Anna Torv, 1999 — $1.7 billion

The head of News Corp is said to have paid his wife of 31 years and mother of 3 of his kids, in 1998. Details of the separation are sparse, but Torv is rumored to have received $1.7 billion(Sh. 170 billion).

Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein

Alex who was a businessman and art dealer divorced his wife of 21 years in 1999, which resulted in Jocelyn being awarded $2.5 billion(Sh. 250 billion) and $100 million (Sh. 10 billion) for each of the next 13 years, according to People, for a jaw-dropping total of $3.8 billion(Sh 380 billion).

Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Bezos

In what will most likely go down as the most expensive divorce in history, Amazon founder Keff’s divorce in 2019 after 25 years from MacKenzie ended with her getting $35 billion dollars (Sh. 3.5 trillion)!


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Remove my songs from your App!-Willy Paul orders BoomPlay

Willy Paul is one of the most prolific musicians in Kenya with a portfolio only matched by the controversies that normally dog his career.

The man who started out as a gospel musicians has recently been doing secular music and has released an impressive repertoire of songs with musicians such as Nandy and Bien of Sauti Sol.

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But it seems all his hard effort is coming to naught! This according to the singer who compalined bitterly about BoomPlay.

In a long rant, Willy Pozze lamented that the streaming platform had offered him zero support, despite approaching them on several occasions with over 15 proposals.

“…. @Boomplaymusicke needs to look into this matter because wasaniii wanabewa ufala. From today henceforth I’m taking down all my content from @Boomplayke they don’t care about the artist. They only care about the money…wajinga. Take down my content with immediate effect. My album is going to be a success, I have genuine fans and they are gonna make this album a success. Nyambeni uko watiaji nyinyi,” read part of Willy Paul’s post.

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He added that he had seen favouritism from the streaming app with other artistes getting a lot more support than himself despite being the most streamed artiste in Kenya.

“This happening in this industry is just too much. Kuna ukabila na who knows, so I’m just here thinking. I’m not perfect yes, but that doesn’t mean that I’ll just sit and watch fools disrespecting my hard work! Some of you have seen my music on @Boomplaymusicke and even seen my music topping their longest time… and ever since I signed with them, they’ve never acknowledged shit. We have shared business ideas, asked them for sponsorship but all in vain.

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“For close to 3 years they’ve been asking us to send them proposals, which we’ve been sending…but they always look for ways to delay us only to tell us that the proposals don’t touch on the things they want. The company has been turned into a family business where kuna watu wanasaidiwa and kuna watu wale ni taka taka kama mimi. This people made me delay my album #SongoofSolomon and still turned Us down.”

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“But watu wengine wakienda wanapewa sponsorship but kama ni willy Paul hakuna pesa. So far we have complied with everything walikata.”

However, Willy Paul has since deleted the post from his Instagram page.

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Journey to liquidate ‘abandoned’ shares is only beginning

The clarion call for Kenyans to claim abandoned assets has never been louder.

Worldwide, as is the case in Kenya, unclaimed financial assets are held by the government until owners claim them. And there are billions worth of abandoned assets held by the state in the form of Shares, matured life policies, long forgotten bank accounts, dividends, Courts Refunds, pension money among others.

A common misconception by many is that the government walks away with unclaimed assets. Others also assume that the money is taken up by the financial institutions holding them once they realize their owners have “abandoned” them for a lengthy duration of time. In the case of the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA), the Unclaimed Financial Assets Act, 2011 provides for perpetual right to reunification – for owners and heirs. No one, not even the state, can take away that right to one’s property in the period of temporary separation.

In Kenya the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA), a state organ, is mandated to receives escheated financial assets from holding institutions such as banks, insurance companies, telecommunication firms, listed and unquoted entities among others. Upon receipt of such assets, the Authority holds them in trust and eventually reunite rightful owners and beneficiaries with their ‘lost’ money. For this reason, it would be speculative to say that the Authority is auctioning ‘abandoned’ and unclaimed shares after August 31, 2020. Whereas the law provides for sale of such assets at prevailing market rate, it also dictates the process to actualize the sale. The law requires that the Authority first assume title to the reported unclaimed shares.

Presently, reported unclaimed shares have remained in the hands of reporting institutions and share registrars. This was necessitated by the need by the Authority to put in place infrastructures to hold unclaimed shares in one basket. UFAA is now licensed as a non-trading Custodial Depository Agent (CDA).

Secondly, by virtue of volume and value – way above 802 million units, it has been found prudent to require owners and beneficiaries to take up as many shares as is possible prior to the planned consolidation. Residual shares units will then be transferred into the custody of the Authority’ CDA. Only then can UFAA, and in fulfilling the legal requirements spelt out in Section 26 of the Act will the shares be liquidated. And upon issuance of sufficient notices to owners and beneficiaries to redeems unclaimed shares in their present form.

It is important to note that unclaimed financial assets traverse the entire regime of cash in a bank, shares, insurance policies, money order, Court refunds, assets held in a fiduciary capacity, unpaid wages, safe deposit boxes, cheques, drafts or similar instruments. They also include deposits for utility services or matured retirement benefits.

The determination of financial assets as unclaimed presupposes that the records of the asset holder do not reflect the identity of the person entitled to the assets; or the holder has not delivered the assets to the person entitled to them or the last known address of the apparent owner, as shown on the records of the holder, is in a country that does not provide by law for reunification of assets. The unclaimed financial assets regime gives the primary responsibility of reunification to the holder. Only when the holder has tried, and failed, to pay or deliver the assets to the owner within prescribed time period, are such assets escheated to UFAA. Owners of reported UFA have perpetual right to reunification.

Six years on, holders’ have surrendered assets worth Kshs.16.7 billion in cash and reported 802 million units of shares, 1,592 safe deposit boxes and assorted units trusts. Consequently, the Authority has received claims amounting to about KShs. 700 million and 5 million units of shares from about 10,000 claimants. Out of these, claims amounting to about 450 million and over 4 million units of shares have been reunited with about 5,000claimants.

Both surrendered and reunited unclaimed financial assets are expected to go high as the authority executes the second cycle of the Strategic Plan 2018-2023. The Plan provides for a comprehensive road map towards the attainment of a vision to be ‘a trusted institution in the management of unclaimed assets’. To make this vision a reality, UFAA is more proactive in increasing reunification of surrendered assets and to deepen holders’ compliance. The authority is also making deliberate and focused public awareness campaigns to reach out to all the 47 Counties in the Country to increasing brand visibility, outreach and stakeholders engagements.

All these efforts are geared towards deepening reunification to stimulate household income and growth. UFAA calls upon all claimants to come for their ‘lost and found’ assets now.

– The writer is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Trustee of the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority

What is Corona! Donald Kipkorir splurges millions on sleek new Mercedes Benz (Photos)

My parents always said that I should choose one of the prestigious professions like being a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer.

The problem is that I didn’t listen to them at the time and now I have some regret as I write this article. Why? Donald Kipkorir shows me that there were indeed benefits to following the sage advice of those that came before me.

Raila Odinga and lawyer Donald Kipkorir
Raila Odinga and lawyer Donald Kipkorir

The wealthy and well-connected lawyer recently showed off his newest car purchase. And no, not a second-hand vehicle! The man splurged upwards of Sh. 7 million on a brand new German beast! And yes, despite Corona wreaking havoc on finances.

Donald Kipkorir's new car
Donald Kipkorir’s new car

Donald, who is one of the most well-known among lawyers in this country revealed this information on his Twitter page.

The lawyer had bought himself a sleek Mercedes Benz E Class 2019 edition, with a string of photos of his new ride, as he got it from the dealers DT Dobie and as he unpacked it for a grand homecoming.

Kenya’s flashiest lawyer Donald Kipkorir shows off luxurious birthday vacation

The lawyer then proudly added that he had purchased the car with the fruits of his labour and not from corruption, writing;

“Just taken delivery of my new Mercedes E300 from DT Dobie … I celebrate my milestones bec I have never stolen & will never … KRA knows every shilling I make,” he tweeted.

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In the past, Donald has already shown a penchant for loving the finer things in life. During the 2017 elections, Mr Kipkorir flew in a chopper he owned to vote at his polling station!

Donald Kipkorir in his new car
Donald Kipkorir in his new car

Donald reminds me of another prominent lawyer who has also done well for himself. 3 years ago, Ahmednassir Abdullahi aka The Grand Mullah spent Sh20 million on a brand new Mercedes Benz AMG G63!

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Ahmednassir’s-Mercedes-truck

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Bien of Sauti Sol speaks of tough childhood as he prepares for Kenya Yetu Live Concert

Bien Aime Sol of Sauti Sol recently spoke on the YouTube channel Engage Talk about his childhood before his rise to fame. The man had a deep and interesting story to tell.

The lanky musician revealed that there was a time when he and his siblings had it rough when his family suddenly moved from grace to grass.

Bien Aime Baraza
Bien Aime Baraza

He said that his family was well to do for a better part of their childhood, eating life with a silver spoon in Nairobi’s lush neighborhood of Kilimani, rubbing shoulders with the who’s who, because that was their standard life.

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That was before his father who was the man with the connections and money with many people in the neighbourhood going to him for bursaries or handouts.

But things fell apart with his father losing his prestigious his job in 2000 and his mom getting retrenched at the same time.

Bien Aime Baraza
Bien Aime Baraza

This resulted in a general lifestyle change for him and his sister losing their jobs, their family downgrading to a smaller house and a change of what they ate with the food they ate becoming the likes of githeri.

During this whole period, his parents were still sending job applications that were sadly unsuccessful so much so that they eventually stopped trying.

His mother who had been lived a life of grace and ease now had to light firewood to boil maize and beans for her family every evening.

Bien Aime Baraza
Bien Aime Baraza

But despite it all, Bien said that the experience shaped him as a man. Some of the life lessons he learned was that he was to keep his circle small, to save as much as possible, to love back those that love him and to work hard.

Bien and his band Sauti Sol will be participating in the biggest virtual concert, Kenya ni Yetu Live that is taking place on August.

The event which is sponsored by Stanbic Bank and powered by Media Owners Association of Kenya will be the biggest live show since the coronavirus pandemic hit the country. Some 30 artistes will be performing.

Kenya Ni Yetu Live - Sauti Sol (1)
Kenya Ni Yetu Live – Sauti Sol (1)

The show will be broadcast in all major TV stations, including Kiss TV, Citizen TV, NTV, KTN, K24, Switch TV, Kass TV, Family TV and Three Stones Media.

It will also be aired on all the top radio stations in Kenya, including Kiss FM, Classic FM, Radio Jambo, East FM, HomeBoyz, SMooth FM, Capital FM and Hot 96.

Kenya Yetu poster
Kenya Yetu poster

The concert will also be streamed live on www.yetulive.com.

Check out his speech below:

 

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What is money!? Betty Kyallo buys posh apartment at Sub-Saharan Africa’s tallest building

Betty Kyallo has had a fascinating year as far as her career and finances are involved. The mother of one resigned from her job at K24 in late May just before the company purged its employee rota.

But things were not as grim as they seemed with the journalist soon after relaunching her salon, Flair by Betty. That wasn’t all, Betty started going hard on her personal YouTube channel where she shared tidbits and factoids about her life.

Betty Kyallo
Betty Kyallo

Clearly leaving K24 had been good for her-sort of like a new wind underneath her wings. But it seems that we didn’t know just how well Betty was doing, something she let her fans in on in her latest YouTube episode.

In it, the bubbly personality revealed that she had bought a new house at the 88, Nairobi’s premium 44-floor apartment in Upperhill.

Betty Kyallo smiling
Betty Kyallo smiling

The apartment will be the tallest residential building in Sub-Saharan Africa once it is completed in 3 years’ time. It will include premium serviced apartments, with different options like Studio apartments, 1 and 2 bedroom fully furnished executive apartments; 2 bedroom executive-plus apartments; duplex junior penthouses and Lordship penthouses at the top.

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Living rooms and bedrooms with generous covered terraces and balconies, protected by transparent safety glass balustrades.

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88-Nairobi-Lordship-PenthouseArtboard-4 (1)

Jonathan the CEO of the development who spoke to Betty said that the location was chosen for the simple reason that they were targetting people who worked in the Upper Hill area.

“We have special offers for the next two months. We have sold 55 apartments already. In total, we have 300 apartments and I want to get halfway 150 and then I stop selling.”

Helipad, VIP lounge, bar, kids area, swimming pool, talk of any amenities that can be found in the queen’s palace, they are found in the apartments. The apartments are fitted with washing machines, dishwashers, fireplace, etc.

Betty Kyallo posing on the stairs
Betty Kyallo posing on the stairs

Betty chose the 2 bedroom executive-plus apartments on the 34th floor and was asked to pay Sh100k for reservation. This purchase comes after the curvy journalist bought a 2019 Porsche Cayenne SUV days after she quit her anchor job at K24.

The car goes for $66,750 (Sh7.1 million), including the $1,050 destination charge. And people say that Covid has hurt people’s pockets!? Betty is clearly bucking that trend.

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Murkomen was the first person to call after I lost my job – Ken Mijungu reveals (exclusive)

Ken Mijungu has had a mixed 2020. The former NTV anchor lost his job at NTV a few months ago but looks like he has rebounded back in a big way.

How was that possible? I spoke to the charismatic father of one who said that he was o.k mentally because he had been planning for any eventuality long before.

Ken Mijungu in the office

On whether he was OK with the way NTV undertook the retrenchment process, Ken said that he had no issues. “If I hadn’t gone, someone else would have gone. I look at it like everyone is the same.”

He added, “If I didn’t leave someone else would have left.”

Ken Mijungu in the office

Mijungu revealed that the reason he was able to bounce back from the retrenchment so quickly was that he had always been doing side-hustles since he started employment.

Kenyans support Ken Mijungu following his shocking sacking from NTV

One of his side-hustles is as a lawyer where he does consultancy for his clients while another was that he hires out premium cars to executive clients.

Ken Mijungu's new firm
Ken Mijungu’s firm

Ken attributed his success in media and in his side hustles to his professional work ethic and exceptional job performance.

And had Mr. Mijungu lost any friends during this trying time? “Not even one person has kept away” he enthused! “Not even one. Even the politicians have stuck with me. The first person to call me after I confirmed that I had lost my job was Kipchumba Murkomen.”

Kipchumba Murkomen
Kipchumba Murkomen

He added, “The second person Belgut MP, Nelson Koech. I have even received messages from Francis Atwoli and Raila Odinga. If I wanted to get work elsewhere I wouldn’t tarmac because I am a professional and do my job well.”

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Hakuna tofauti! Jasper Murume says about Churchill and the late Papa Shirandula(exclusive)

I recently spoke to lanky comedian, Jasper Murume. The man was a fun interview who wasn’t afraid to broach controversial topics in his life and the industry that has made him so well-known.

Jasper Murume
Jasper Murume

One topic the actor spoke about was the influence of the late Papa Shirandula actor, Charles Bukeko. Jasper explained that although he had never met him in person that Charles had helped many in the industry.

“I never worked with him or met him but I would love to do some production and employ some people like him. Si you know Njoro, Otos and Jalang’o were jengwad by Papa Shirandula as they came through the ranks,” Jasper said.

Papa Shirandula posing
Papa Shirandula posing

He then went on to give high praise to the departed Shirandula comparing him to Churchill Ndambuki-a man who’s influence on the comedy industry being monumental.

“Yeye na Churchill hakuna tofauti! They are the veterans who persisted and started something that would heavily influence the industry. They know how to build and brand themselves,” he opined.

Jasper Murume

For those who aren’t aware, Churchill’s show has been responsible for launching the careers of many of the industry heavyweights.

Even Churchill gets treated harshly by the directors -Jasper Murume reveals (exclusive)

Comedians who have seen it grow their careers include; Eric Omondi, MC JessieChipukeezyFred OmondiYY (Oliver Otien), Owago OnyiroTeacher WanjikuEddie Butita and Mammito just to name a few.

Churchill on the mike
Churchill on the mike

Jasper went on to speak about the issues some of his fellow comedians were experiencing saying that all artistes had gone through a depressive period at one time.

“Hakuna msanii hajapitia hizo vitu! Hata saa hii msanii wowote asikudanganye ako sawa! You know creative people overthink even when it’s time for problems we also overthink,” Mr.Murume said.

 

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Political journalism isn’t for you! Jacque Maribe reveals what boss once told her

Jacque Maribe’s life might have taken a nasty turn in 2018 but that shouldn’t detract and diminish the exceptional grit and tenacity she showed in becoming a household name.

Despite the cloud hanging over her head as she is still a murder suspect over the death of Monica Kimani, she has been speaking about how she made it and became the most recognisable female political journalist for a time.

Monica-Kimani
Monica-Kimani

Jacque studied at the University of Nairobi pursuing Journalism and Media Studies before Mediamax gave her a job as an intern.

During her stint there, her boss recognised her talents and asked her, “What exactly is your passion?”. She had a soft spot for politics. But her answer wasn’t what the boss was expecting, forcing him to discourage her by telling her that politics was a man’s world.

“No! Politics is literally a man’s world. That is not something you should be thinking of getting into.”

Jacque Maribe
Jacque Maribe

But her fierce tenacity was not thwarted as this challenged her even further to succeed in this male-dominated field. “That literally became the driving force that took me into the world of politics, not just as a reporter, but as a female reporter.”

2018 was a year of extreme highs and lows for me – Jacque Maribe

She was eventually able to get a promotion as a senior political reporter before getting poached by Kiss TV for the same position but a shorter period.

Jacque Maribe
Jacque Maribe

Her career really took of when she got the opportunity to work at Citizen TV (the most popular news station in Kenya). It was a dream job but it was still very challenging.

As a woman in the political space was a dream come true but also a lot of work. You have to push yourself beyond the limits prove yourself and it paid off.

At the pinnacle of her career, she became the first ever female political reporter to exclusively interview President Uhuru Kenyatta within State House grounds, at a time she was heavily pregnant with Zahari.

Jacque Maribe with her son, Zahari
Jacque Maribe with her son, Zahari

That right there is grit.

 

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You have until 31 August to lodge claims on unclaimed shares – UFAA

A massive amount of unreported wealth is being safely kept by the government in the form of unclaimed financial assets. This is out of necessity until the owners can rightfully claim them. The value of these abandoned assets continues to run into the billions and is lawfully held by the state. These assets are in the form of shares, security deposits, tax refunds, long forgotten bank accounts and pension money, among others.

Recently, The Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA) has notified the public that various institutions have reported over 800 million units of UNCLAIMED shares among other assets to the authority (UFAA). In following, UFAA wishes to advise apparent owners or beneficiaries to lodge claims on these shares.

Members of the general public are invited to find out whether they are owners or beneficiaries of abandoned shares. This can easily be done through the shortcode *361#. Alternatively, one can also pay a visit to the website, www.ufaa.go.ke

How to claim the shares

In order to claim shares, rightful owners are required to obtain a holder’s letter from share registrars and submit a claim online via the UFAA website using relevant forms. This campaign for the reunification of reported unclaimed shares will run until 31ST August, 2020.

More about the UFAA

UFAA was established after an Act of Parliament was drafted to provide a framework for the reporting and dealing with unclaimed financial assets – Unclaimed Financial Assets Act, 2011. The authority started operations in 2014.

The authority’s mission is to receive, safeguard and reunite unclaimed assets for sustainable and shared social and economic prosperity.

Since its inception, the authority has received unclaimed financial assets and safeguarded them in the Unclaimed Financial Assets Trust Fund. It then follows up on the rightful owners based on the information given by the holders, in a process called re-unification where claimants get back their assets after a prescribed process has been followed.

By doing this in a clear and concise manner, the authority has progressively gained and maintained public confidence by providing relevant and accurate information.

To learn even more about the authority, visit the website on www.ufaa.go.ke

Njugush has been taking care of me for the past two years! Abel Mutua narrates

Blessed Njugush has ascended the heights of entertainment in this country with some of the best family-friendly comedy available.

Along the way, he has been helped heavily by some people and credit to Njugush for not forgetting them as he has also returned the favour. One of those people is popular video director Abel Mutua.

Abel Mutua smiling
Abel Mutua smiling

Abel recently came out to reveal that Njugush had been “taking care” of his family for the last two years after the director helped guide his path in the film industry.

Our firstborn would have died! Njugush and wife relate scary pregnancy journey

During an episode of Celeb First Encounters, Abel explained that he and Njugush had met way back in 2011 after the filmmaker recognised him when he went to watch a play rehearsal at the Kenya Institute Mass Communication.

Njugush posing with Abel Mutua
The comic posing with Abel Mutua

Abel said that he had fallen in love with Njugush’s comedy act and that he promised to work with him in the future, which later transpired in 2013.

After that, the comedian made his big break on the Real Househelps of Kawangware, which Abel also offered to Njugush.

“When he joined the show, even our reviews became better and people noticed us. By the time that year was ending he became a great and I promised him he would become a great person,” Abel said.

Abel Mutua's family and Njugush's family

Njugush then started doing his online comedy and devised a way to reward Abel for all the help he had given him previously.

The comedian allowed Abel’s wife Judy Nyawira to become his brand manager with the earnings she gets helping with the needs at their home.

Abel Mutua with his wife
Abel Mutua with his wife

This has allowed Abel to focus on his daughter’s education and their future. Now this reminds me of the phrase, “One good deed deserves another.”

Check out the video below:

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Conjestina is very angry at a system that she felt abandoned her – Carol Radull

Carol Radull recently visited celebrated boxer Conjestina Achieng. The visit was a solemn reminder of how Kenya treats its own sporting celebrities who have fallen on hard times.

Conjenstina was the star of the Kenyan boxing scene in the early 2000’s and many expected that she would go down as one of the greatest, not only in Kenya but in Africa.

Conjestina Achieng
Conjestina Achieng

But things have not been well for the boxer for sometime – something most Kenyans have witnessed. The last we heard of her was when Mike Sonko airlifted her from Siaya and paid for her treatment in 2019.

‘People have wished that my daughter was dead’Conjestina’s mum cries

This followed a drive by Nacada Director and comedian Vincent Mwasia Mutua alias Chipukeezy who had sought the former world boxing super middleweight champion after a video of her sad state emerged online.

But since then news about her has become non-existent until journalist and radio host Carol Radull decided to visit her at her home.

Carol Radull with Conjestina and her mother
Carol Radull with Conjestina and her mother

Radull shared the pictures with a caption that told a heart-breaking message of what the former boxer is going through at the moment.

In the message, Carol explained how Conjestina was at first angry and combative when she met her but warmed up after they had spoken for a while. She also said that she had lost a lot of weight.

She noted that Conjestina hadn’t lost her love for the sport that made her famous even having a shrine for her silverware-the shields and belts that she had won.

Carol Radull with Conjestina
Carol Radull with Conjestina

Carol noted that Miss Achieng felt that the system had abandoned her in her time of need, explaining that she felt that all the repeated attempts to help the sportswoman were in vain as she always went back to her the same challenging environment.

“In my layman’s assessment; she is not mad but she does need more rehab to overcome her dependence on abusive substances. She also needs some counselling (anger management) But she then needs to be in an environment where her mind is kept busy; where her talent is being used; where she feels useful and appreciated,” Carol added.

Carol Radull with Conjestina and her mother
Carol Radull with Conjestina and her mother

She finished off her long post by adding that she hoped Conje would get a lasting solution to her problem; “We all just hope and pray for a lasting solution that will see such an icon be in a position to make an impact towards the sport of boxing in this country. She still can.”

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“Wameblock page yangu siezi post!” Zeddy alleges about Churchill Show management

2020 has been a tragic year for most people in the country with Covid-19 showing many who is boss (and I mean that in a bad way!)

For the Kenyan comedic industry, Covid-19 hasn’t been the worst of it’s problems.  The industry suffers a more insidious affliction-that it is cannibalising itself.

The deaths of a few comedians the last couple of years have made for close self-reflection in the industry with Churchill Show comedian Zainabu Zeddy leading the charge.

Zeddy with a huge smile
Zeddy

Zeddy has been unapologetic in her attacks on Churchill Show director, Victor Ber accusing him of being the cause of most of the ills in the industry.

And many other comedians have backed her claims that there is something seriously wrong in the industry with even comic Njoro confirming the same.

Njoro and Zeddy had a conversation where Njoro explained that things had been rough on his side; considering the fact that he has not been earning for the past few months.

Zainabu Zeddy with Njoro the Comedian
Zainabu Zeddy with Njoro the Comedian

With no job, no money, Njoro claimed that he tried taking his own life 3 times but had never succeeded! And there was more!

Zeddy explained that she had allegedly been blocked from accessing one of her social media accounts by someone within Churchill Show.

According to Zeddy, she cannot access her Facebook as it has been blocked by someone she knows! Apparently this is not the first time that person is pulling such a move on a comedian trying to expose what happens at the show.

Zainabu Zeddy
Zainabu Zeddy

The mother of 3 wrote;

Niliwambia hawa watu si wazuri!wameblock Facebook yangu toka jana..siezi post chochote kama kuna Mtu anaeza nisaidia ntashukru sana 🙏uzuri tunajua ni nani ameblock,aliwai block fb ya Celeb mwingine ili asiongee ukweli.

Victor Ber is a big problem! Chipukeezy and Zeddy speak about sad state of comedy industry

This comes shortly after Churchill Ndambuki addressed the claims that had been directed at his company the past month saying that it had taken a solid 20 years of sweat and blood to raise himself to where he currently is and nothing will bring him down.

Watu wanaongea sana hadi unashindwa where do you start. Everything is a journey and it has taken me almost 20 years now to do these journey series and we are not stopping.

Churchill Ndambuki
Churchill Ndambuki on stage

He hoped a majority of comedians would take advantage of online platforms to grow their own brands without having to queue at Churchill Show for auditions and all that.

10 years ago you had to audition to become great but right now you can use social media. Now we are not in that era where unasema “mtu amekukazia kukua kwa stage”, oooh “sasa huyu hanitaki”. We did time for you guys. Now you are a brand, you even don’t need to be a brand, you just need to have great content to change that social media to media.

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Who knows a witch-doctor who can catch them? Angry Nyota Ndogo threatens thieves

Nyota Ndogo is one of the most open singers in Kenya. She has a knack for being candid and never shies away from revealing even minuscule details about her life.

This past weekend wasn’t any different as the “Watu na Viatu” singer disclosed that a thief had stolen some valuables from her business premises.

Nyota Ndogo
Nyota Ndogo

Nyota made the revelation on her Instagram page where the singer said she reported to her workplace only to find that her small business had been robbed.

“Today we arrived at my hotel in the morning and we found the seats out. The thieves stole bananas, five chapatis, cooking gas, two kilos of beans and cooking oil. They tried to carry the freezer but were unable to move it,” she wrote.

Does your white husband still satisfy you in bed?! Nyota Ndogo asked

And Nyota was so pissed that she wanted the thieves to be dealt with by a witchdoctor, asking her fans and followers if they knew if the famous Loliondo man still existed?

According to the singer, she had just done her shopping for the hotel a day ago when the thieves invaded the place. “Is Babu Loliondo is still there so that we catch these thieves at their doorsteps very early in the morning? I had just done my shopping yesterday. God is watching, I am going to return my freezer at home,” she said.

Nyota Ndogo
Nyota Ndogo

Nyota is one of the few singers in Kenya who makes a lot of money from her side-projects than from her music. In a previous interview, she had said,

“I used all the money I had in the bank to buy my first piece of land. At the time, I was pregnant with my second child and I had my son to feed as well. But I did not panic, I knew I would get shows that would bring in money.”

“I had the motivation to do as many shows as I could to ensure I had enough money to feed and clothe my children. But after that accident, I had to slow down. However, I also used the money raised from the shows to build my first house, bit by bit, till it was complete.”

Nyota Ndogo with her husband
Nyota Ndogo with her husband

The Subira Yangu star now owns another piece of land where she plans to build rental houses. She is also the proud owner of several tuk-tuks that are used as public service vehicles in Voi.

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