Local celebrities whose careers took a nose dive due to their battle with alcoholism

It Starts with a sip, then a glass and eventually a bottle.Teenage alcoholism is on the rise not only in Kenya but all over the world.

The earlier one starts drinking the higher the chances of early death or self ruin. According to a study, getting drunk before your 15th birthday nearly doubles your risk of an early death. those who start drinking early are 47 percent more likely to die prematurely.

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Many local celebrities have ruined their careers because of the bottle ,although some have transformed most have not been able to regain their sober lives.

Below are some who’s careers took a nose dive


Known by many for his song “Under 18” the soft spoken musician from Kikuyu has had his own struggles with alcoholism which which saw him fade away from the limelight.

His turning point came after he was involved in grisly accident along Thika Road.

Although  many keep their alcohol addiction a secret, Jimwat came out to admit publicly that alcohol almost ruined his life.

“I used to smile but deep down I was suffering, and that’s when I realised I did not have real friends around me, I had fake friends,” Jimwat said, speaking exclusively to Word Is.

“I had 1,000 friends before things went south. They all disappeared and ignored my phone calls. Soon as they start seeing my posters as I try to make a comeback, they have now started crawling back.”

Jimwat said he is working on a song that is based on his real-life experience. “The thing is, I used to spend a lot of cash in the bar compared to my monthly rent,” he said.

“Also, I used to spend more time in the bar than at my place. At times, I never even used to go home, since I would sleep on the bar counter. It was that bad,” added the father of one.

Alcoholism is a serious problem although people don’t see it a as such thus they do not prioritize it as they  should.



Born Dennis Kaggia but known to many as DNA. He came into the limelight for his song “Banjuka Tu” and with all the fame came more money and more alcohol.

The talented musician said that his drinking was mainly influenced by peer pressure and bad friends.

In 2016, he said this: click to read here

He speaks out regularly about it to inspire others that there is life after such a situation. Amen to that.


Hillary Omondi  aka Lefty

Lefty, as he is affectionately referred to in local football circles, is one of the finest left backs Kenya has ever produced but unfortunately he did not realize his full potential.

The Footballer, who’s star started shinning at Kariobangi Grounds, was kicked out for not paying rent in Kariobangi.

Suddenly. the friends that used to hang out with the star  deserted him. Depression crept in and cheap liquor became his best friend. It was always there to “help” him to forget the harsh reality that was his current situation.

He is now a tout to earn a living.


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Timonah Wanyonyi

Timonah Wanyonyi was a household name at Gor Mahia — and the fans, the famous Green Army had a soft spot for him. Then K’Ogalo coach, Bobby Williamson knew just how to get the best out of the diminutive player.

It was not long before before his name became a fixture in the national team Harambee Stars. He went on to become part of Gor Mahia’s history-making squad that ended the club’s 17-year-wait for a league title  in 2013.

With fame came money and more money, the talented player took to alcoholism after a career move that saw him change membership from a good club to a poor performing club


Caroline Kagia

Sister to secular artiste DNA, Caroline opened up about battling alcoholism in a candid narration on Engage.

She explained that the first time she drunk alcohol was when she was in form 5. She confessed ruefully on how a friend gave her some alcohol and promised her on how ‘high’ she would get after that.

“I was so disappointed But little did I know, that was a sign of a problem. (That she had not got high on 12% of alcohol) Little did I know that I had awoken a sleeping giant because in our family on our paternal side, we are genetically predisposed to alcoholism.”

When she later revealed to her friends in school that she had not got intoxicated, they were confused. She finished her A-levels and then she went to the popular Westlands club, Q’s to celebrate.

Her friend ordered for her a can of Redd’s. Caroline ended up drinking up-to 6 of the cans. The issue is that she did not feel intoxicated enough until she decided to walk. When she tried, she fell.

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The regret she felt after the incident made her decide not to drink again. She then left the country for a foreign country to study for two years. She says she did not like the country. Also, her drinking problem got worse.

She confesses:

“Beers did not work for me. I needed harder drinks to get high. I missed getting raped or dying several times while in this foreign country. I believe it is the prayers of my parents that kept me.”

After one year in the country, she went back home to parents who were very disappointed at her appearance. In 2005 after finishing her studies, she conceived a baby. She again started drinking heavily because she was in denial about having conceived.

She narrates how she started drinking second generation drinks even selling her house hold good just to sustain her habit

It was then that she recognized that she was now a full-blown alcoholic, a fact her dad had diagnosed back in 2007.

She got so low that she even started selling her household goods, including even her doors! Finally in early 2017 she decided to deal with her issue head-on:

She sought help  and is now a recovered alcoholic

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AFC Leopards in State of Confusion

With the Kenyan Premier League set to kick off tomorrow across the country, AFC Leopards has been thrown into state of confusion with one group declaring they will take part in the FKF League.

Yesterday it was reported Leopards secretary General George Aladwa had written to Football Kenya Federation confirming the club will take part in their League. FKF also confirmed Muhoroni Youth had written to them on the same.

Today Mathew’s Oporwa led camp has also confirmed they had written to FKF confirming they will take part in the FKF league and hailed Aladwa’s decision to have the club play in the Federation league.

According to Oporwa, the club will only take part in a league sanctioned by the federation.

“We have made one decision, to take part in the FKF league, yesterday we confirmed to FKF we will take part in their league since they are the only people sanctioned to run a football league” Oporwa said.

“We want to thank our secretary general George Aladwa who also confirmed the club will take part in the FKF league; we want to urge those opposing him to change their stand and support him” he added.

Leopards have been in State of confusion after the Oporwa group met and voted out the entire Leopards officials led by Chairman   AllanKasavuli. However Kasavuli has continued to actively represent the club in KPL meetings including the recent FKF/KPL meeting at Southern Sun.

Oporwa has further urged both FKF and KPL to find an ending solution into the matter insisting it might have a negative impact to football development.

“Those two parties should come together and find a solution, 16 vs. 18 teams cannot be major reason to stall progress of the league in the country, there are better ways of solving the problem? He said.

‘We plead with both of them to form one league as earlier agreed, we want to see progress in the league” Oporwa maintained.

The KPL league will kick off tomorrow while FKF league kicked off last week and meeting convened by Sports CS Hassan Wario ended in stalemate as both sides failed to reach an agreement.

Yesterday the FKF national executive committee met to discuss on the way forward with reports suggesting KPL clubs which had confirmed their participation in the league will be replaced by nationwide clubs.

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Nairobi Senator Mike Gideon Mbuvi Sonko has urged football administrators to forget their political differences and revive the standards of football in the country.

Speaking on Thursday night at the Nairobi Railway Club during a well attended Gor Mahia fund raising, Sonko said the only way to restore Kenya’s football lost glory was for leaders to forget their political differences and work together as a team.

Though he didn’t elaborate further, it appeared the Nairobi Senator was irked by the current football struggle pitting Football Kenya Federation (FKF) against Kenya Premier League (KPL). He urged Gor Mahia to maintain their winning form adding that his love for the club dates back to 1997 when players like Peter Dawo, John Bobby Ogolla and Sammy Onyango Jogoo grabbed headlines with their playing artistry.


FKF lifts ban on Gor, Leopards fans

Football Kenya Federation has lifted the AFC and Gor Mahia ban barring fans from attending their remaining two games of the Kenya Premier League fixtures, following an appeal by the respective clubs. AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia supporters can attend their team’s respective matches against Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth.

In a statement released to the press FKF said, “Until the appeals are heard and dispensed with, the decision to ban fans from attending the matches shall not be enforced and therefore supporters are allowed to attend the respective matches against Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka FC.

“However, the clubs are reminded of their obligation to ensure their supporters conduct does not undermine the integrity of football and any contravention of this spirit bears grave consequences. Further, we remind the home teams of their duty to provide board security and take no chances with the safety before, during and after the matches in question,”

FKF fines AFC Leopards Sh500,000 for hooliganism during match

Following the hooliganism, violence and bodily harm that occurred during the FKF/GOTV shield semi final match on Monday between Sofapaka and AFC Leopards, the National Executive Committee has fined AFC Leopards Sh500,000 to pay within 7 days.

In a statement released to the press, AFC have also been ordered to play their remaining 2014 season matches in an empty stadium and compensate the home team for loss of revenue in the event they are playing away.

They also have to pay for the medical expenses incurred by the injured, match officials and fans.

AFC must also identify their fans who were responsible for causing chaos during the match. Following the abandonment, the match has been awarded to Sofapaka who will now face Rangers in the finals of the GOTV Shield.

“The Federation strongly condemns the acts of hooliganism, violence and the, destructive behavior by a section of misguided fans and this will not be tolerated hence forth.” FKF said.

FKF added that clubs must respect the decisions of referees and match officials at all times saying that this is a “cardinal principle” that guides the game.


AFC Leopards dethroned as Gotv shield defending champions

AFC Leopards have been dethroned as the champions of the Gotv shield after losing 2-0 to Sofapaka at city stadium today in the semi-final game.

AFC Leopards fans turned violent and started attacking the Sofapaka players, fans and also the match officials as they realized they had lost the Gotv shield cup.

The match had to be stopped on the 87th minute as the fans turned violent following Tony Ndolo’s goal – the second for Sofapaka. Police used live bullets and teargas to disperse the fans


The rowdy fans at the stadium

AFC Leopards secure 3-0 victory against Thika United

AFC Leopards secured a three nil victory against Thika United late Friday afternoon. AFC maintained a good momentum despite a slight downpour at the stadium. Leopards recorded the first goal at the 22nd minute by Augustine Ikenna after a penalty had been awarded. Joseph Shikokoti put Ingwe two goals to nil just before half time while the third goal was a late one by Michael Khamati at the 76th minute.

Leopards now record their third straight win in all competitions. They are now number 7 on the Kenya Premier League table up from number 12 with 35 points from 26 matches while Thika United remain at number 6 with 37 points from 26 matches.

Midweek KPL ties


Five matches have been lined up for tomorrow in the Kenyan Premier League. 2008 champions Mathare United take on 2010 champions Ulinzi Stars in the early kickoff in Machakos before paving way for the Sofapaka vs Chemelil match.

449312-Dancan Owiti of Gor beats George Oyoo of Ulinzi Stars to the ball at the City Stadium during their KPL match.philip kamakya.

The Ruaraka grounds will also host two matches, Thika United vs Western Stima at 2pm and Tusker vs KCB at 4:15pm. Nairobi City Stars will host AFC Leopards at the Nyayo stadium starting at 4pm.