Yesterday, Jeff Koinange hosted probably the most heart-rending and emotional episode on his highly rated JKL show that airs on Citizen T.V.
Jeff hosted young guests; Wendy Waeni, Ellyanne Githae and Leyla Mohammed. The girls were engaging and told stories that brought sadness and joy alike.
Wendy is a gymnast, Ellyanne is a nature enthusiast and Leyla Mohammed is a musician. The 3 were asked why they were only talking about their mothers and not their fathers during the interview.
Ellyanne narrated as she struggled to hold back tears;
I met him for the first time in 2017, he left us because he said Kenya was not a good place to live in and then now, he is really forbidding what he said. The first time I went to meet him I was so excited, it went well but I did not like the first expression of my cat.
The Citizen TV anchor turned the question to Miss Waeni while trying to calm down Ellyanne, who was crying uncontrollably.
It was really tough with my mum alone. Back then she didn’t have a job and he just left us. He is my dad, I have never had a male figure in my life, so I would like him to get in touch. Yes, dad, I forgive you, I don’t know where you are but I forgive you, please just come back home, I miss you.
She said all these as she tried to hold herself together. Leyla then jumped in to try and lighten up the sombre mood. The 14-year-old told the anchor that her father had also left her at a young age but she was strong despite it. She said;
Think of the positive side, I can bravely say that I am the head of the family now. For me I forgave him a lot time ago and I wish him the best of luck.
A pan-African study in 2013 claimed that 6 of every 10 Kenyan women are likely to be single mothers by the time they reach 45, one of the highest rates for single-parent families in Africa. The study by two Canadian sociologists shows that Kenya has one of the highest levels of children born out of wedlock on the continent.