@NairobiNews

CITY GIRL: Lessons from celebs going through a rough patch - Nairobi News

10 months ago, 23 Feb 18:48

By: Njoki Chege

I watched with a lot of sorrow the story of Mr Louis Otieno. Louis was the ultimate television anchor when I was growing up. Suave, well-spoken and just the right shade of dark, his voice lit up millions of living rooms during the 9pm bulletins. Today, Mr Otieno, is a shadow of his former self. His gait is weak, his voice is shaky and his confidence is gone. Kenyans were equally shocked to read the story of Mr Swaleh Mdoe, a news anchor with Citizen TV, who put up his kidney for sale to raise money to take care of some “pressing financial problems.” If Mr Otieno was the king of 9pm news bulletins, Mr Mdoe was the undisputed champion of the 7pm news. Known for his hilarious “tafakari ya babu” vignettes, laced with life lessons, Mdoe could easily be synonymous to Swahili news anchoring in the country. Am I the only one beginning to see a trend here? It is time for us to talk about the real issue here without sugar-coating the truth. FRAGILE MEDIA CAREER The issue here, ladies and gentlemen, is the fragility of a media career, the perils of a life in the limelight and how some of these big media personalities have become victims of their own success. Those in the media industry will tell you that the industry is a shaky and fleeting world. One moment you’re nondescript, the next day you’re standing in front of a camera and you instantly become a “celebrity” and everyone is swarming towards you with offers, complements and heaping praise on you. In this age of social media, you become an instant hit on social media, commanding a legion of millions of followers who are hanging on to every word you tweet or post on Facebook to support and insult you in equal measure. Your life changes, you are not the struggling young person you used to be because now, you even have a wardrobe budget to look good even on bad hair days. Because your profile has changed, you will find yourself hanging out with the who’s who in society because all these politicians, fellow “celebs” and hangers on want to be associated with a media personality. SILLY BLOGS You become staple for the blogs, glossy magazines and city rags who are ever waiting for you to mess up — just a little — so they could splash you on their silly blogs. You are constantly holidaying, spending your money like there is no tomorrow, buying drinks for everyone, just to make a statement. Then life happens. The cracks begin to show the day you begin to believe that you are invincible and indispensable. Your ego gets bigger than anyone around you can take it and you become an arrogant little fool who does not listen to anyone or take advice. You begin to disrespect people because you are on television, you are a celebrity and nobody can tell you anything. We begin to hear how nasty ...
Read More


Category: news blogs

Suggested

2 hours ago, 16:50
@CITIZENTV - By: Stanley Mativo
Spot-on Kenya pip Nigeria to complete Copa Africa sweep

Kenya claimed both the boys and girls titles as the curtain came down on the inaugural Copa Coca-Cola Africa Nations tournament title on Saturday at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. ...

Category: topnews news sports
3 hours ago, 16:25
@CITIZENTV - By: Dpps
DP Ruto says Gov’t to engage teachers over new housing tax

DP Ruto says the government will engage teachers over the 1.5percent tax to finance housing ...

Category: topnews news
3 hours ago, 16:25
@DailyNation - By: Collins Omulo Ma ...
Intrigues of flight booking wars as passengers stranded at Wilson Airport

Behind the confusion lies a brewing cold war that has been growing since a number of cargo carriers converted into passenger carriers. ...

Category: topnews news
2 hours ago, 17:27
@TheStar - By: Robert Omollo @ro ...
Raila slams Ruto over remark during Uhuru Nyanza tour

ODM leader Raila Odinga has slammed Deputy President William Ruto over his 'kati kati (in the middle)' remarks during President Uhuru Kenyatta's visit to Nyanza."It's foolishness for one to say that h ...

Category: topnews news
2 hours ago, 17:11
@TheStar - By: William Njuguna
Harlequins thrashes Nondies in Kenya Cup tie

Quins thrashed Nondies 32-13 in a lopsided Kenya cup at the lions den in Ruaraka.Quins bossed the first half and scoring early courtesy of skipper Peter misango for un converted try and a 5-0 lead.Non ...

Category: topnews news
2 hours ago, 17:01
@TheStar - By: Claire Munde @cla ...
Nakumatt reopens Mega branch on Uhuru Highway

Nakumatt has announced its return to Uhuru Highway.The retailer previously had a branch - Nakumatt Mega - on Uhuru Highway.The new space has been housing Ivory Lifestyle clothing store.The launch of t ...

Category: topnews news

@NairobiNews

CITY GIRL: Lessons from celebs going through a rough patch - Nairobi News

10 months ago, 23 Feb 18:48

By: Njoki Chege
I watched with a lot of sorrow the story of Mr Louis Otieno. Louis was the ultimate television anchor when I was growing up. Suave, well-spoken and just the right shade of dark, his voice lit up millions of living rooms during the 9pm bulletins. Today, Mr Otieno, is a shadow of his former self. His gait is weak, his voice is shaky and his confidence is gone. Kenyans were equally shocked to read the story of Mr Swaleh Mdoe, a news anchor with Citizen TV, who put up his kidney for sale to raise money to take care of some “pressing financial problems.” If Mr Otieno was the king of 9pm news bulletins, Mr Mdoe was the undisputed champion of the 7pm news. Known for his hilarious “tafakari ya babu” vignettes, laced with life lessons, Mdoe could easily be synonymous to Swahili news anchoring in the country. Am I the only one beginning to see a trend here? It is time for us to talk about the real issue here without sugar-coating the truth. FRAGILE MEDIA CAREER The issue here, ladies and gentlemen, is the fragility of a media career, the perils of a life in the limelight and how some of these big media personalities have become victims of their own success. Those in the media industry will tell you that the industry is a shaky and fleeting world. One moment you’re nondescript, the next day you’re standing in front of a camera and you instantly become a “celebrity” and everyone is swarming towards you with offers, complements and heaping praise on you. In this age of social media, you become an instant hit on social media, commanding a legion of millions of followers who are hanging on to every word you tweet or post on Facebook to support and insult you in equal measure. Your life changes, you are not the struggling young person you used to be because now, you even have a wardrobe budget to look good even on bad hair days. Because your profile has changed, you will find yourself hanging out with the who’s who in society because all these politicians, fellow “celebs” and hangers on want to be associated with a media personality. SILLY BLOGS You become staple for the blogs, glossy magazines and city rags who are ever waiting for you to mess up — just a little — so they could splash you on their silly blogs. You are constantly holidaying, spending your money like there is no tomorrow, buying drinks for everyone, just to make a statement. Then life happens. The cracks begin to show the day you begin to believe that you are invincible and indispensable. Your ego gets bigger than anyone around you can take it and you become an arrogant little fool who does not listen to anyone or take advice. You begin to disrespect people because you are on television, you are a celebrity and nobody can tell you anything. We begin to hear how nasty ...
Read More

Category: news blogs

Suggested

2 hours ago, 16:50
@CITIZENTV - By: Stanley Mativo
Spot-on Kenya pip Nigeria to complete Copa Africa sweep

Kenya claimed both the boys and girls titles as the curtain came down on the inaugural Copa Coca-Cola Africa Nations tournament title on Saturday at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. ...

Category: topnews news sports
3 hours ago, 16:25
@CITIZENTV - By: Dpps
DP Ruto says Gov’t to engage teachers over new housing tax

DP Ruto says the government will engage teachers over the 1.5percent tax to finance housing ...

Category: topnews news
3 hours ago, 16:25
@DailyNation - By: Collins Omulo Ma ...
Intrigues of flight booking wars as passengers stranded at Wilson Airport

Behind the confusion lies a brewing cold war that has been growing since a number of cargo carriers converted into passenger carriers. ...

Category: topnews news
2 hours ago, 17:27
@TheStar - By: Robert Omollo @ro ...
Raila slams Ruto over remark during Uhuru Nyanza tour

ODM leader Raila Odinga has slammed Deputy President William Ruto over his 'kati kati (in the middle)' remarks during President Uhuru Kenyatta's visit to Nyanza."It's foolishness for one to say that h ...

Category: topnews news
2 hours ago, 17:11
@TheStar - By: William Njuguna
Harlequins thrashes Nondies in Kenya Cup tie

Quins thrashed Nondies 32-13 in a lopsided Kenya cup at the lions den in Ruaraka.Quins bossed the first half and scoring early courtesy of skipper Peter misango for un converted try and a 5-0 lead.Non ...

Category: topnews news
2 hours ago, 17:01
@TheStar - By: Claire Munde @cla ...
Nakumatt reopens Mega branch on Uhuru Highway

Nakumatt has announced its return to Uhuru Highway.The retailer previously had a branch - Nakumatt Mega - on Uhuru Highway.The new space has been housing Ivory Lifestyle clothing store.The launch of t ...

Category: topnews news
Our App