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Kenya’s World Cup Tour Organizers Sidelines Football Players Opts For Socialites To Fly In The Coveted Trophy

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Plane carrying the World Cup Trophy gets a water salute salute it touches down at JKIA.

Football fever is hitting high codes as the world prepares for the biggest tournament in the globe set for July in Russia. To set The moods right, World Cup FIFA working with Coca-Cola have embarked on a 100 days tour that will see the trophy do rounds in 50 countries. Kenya becomes the third country amongst the lucky ten in Africa to host the coveted trophy after Sudan and Ethiopia.

A tour of this magnitude is priced, brings with it immeasurable thrill as it gives football fans a rare opportunity to come close to world’s most prestigious trophy. Kenya according to latest FIFA ranking, is at a low 111th position and 25th in Africa, a continent famed for making top-class players. Just to brag, Wanyama playing for Tottenham Hotspur is from Kenya and doing well in The international bracket. Oluga, Oliech, Musa Otieno, Mariga are just but a few recognizable top ranking international players I can think of now. The message being, Kenya is a hub of endless talents.

Organizers of the World Trophy Tour in Kenya which by default is an agency firm sent a team of respectable and well established social media influencers to Addis Ababa where the trophy had landed from Sudan, the team was to accompany the trophy to Kenya. Ministers and other politicians and sport ministry officials were also incorporated into this team.

Moving on, according to Coca-Cola the official sponsor of the tour, they’re specific about the objective of the tour, “The visit of the trophy is set to re-ignite the overwhelming World Cup fever amongst soccer fans and country teams preparing to compete in the 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup tournament. The Trophy Tour gives fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy a rare close-up view of the authentic Trophy while having a great experience and an opportunity to take plenty of souvenir photographs to share on their social media pages.”

Summarized, social media buzz which is also to give Coca-Cola maximum positive publicity, the company has been undeniably supporting talents from music to football and who hates that taste of cold refreshing drink? Not even me. Anyway, my point is, the organizers of this event failed to capitalize on a lifetime opportunity served on a silver plate. Just to be specific, Kenya has never participated in the world cup and that’s why I’m furious coz

FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour is an opportunity that any country would salivate to be allocated, it gives a global audience perfect for selling your country. Kenya being a tourism destination, hasn’t disappointed to capitalize from various social media pages, they’ve used the opportunity to showcase endless opportunities, Tourism CS Balala was part of the entourage that flew to Ethiopia to bring the trophy home.

Tourism CS and Sport’s unveils the official world cup trophy at JKIA when it touched down.

Having studied the whole scenario from a 360 view, I feel the organizers missed an opportunity to ignite a conversation that we do much need, state of the Kenyan football field and how it can be improved. Recently, Guinness brought Arsenal legend and legendary striker Thierry Henry, he came, we took the selfies and as soon as he boarded the plane, everything died actually the only thing we have left is TBT pictures on Instagram. I think we need to move away from face value PR drives where everything dies as soon as the event relegates from the trending topics list.

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Organizers such events need to start thinking outside the box, we can’t keep on missing opportunities to improve the state of sports in the country by convincing the clients that topic A trended and people are posting selfies. If I was such a client, I’d be more than happy to note that my event made a huge impact beyond selfies.

It will be the third trip in Kenya for the FIFA trophy and one question we all should ask is behind the thrill, what has this trophy tour impacted the country’s sports levels? It can’t be that that wait every five years for selfies whose shelf life is as relevant as filters apps are updated. Kenya’s organizers need to see beyond their noses and not advice the clients from a customs perspective. We can’t continue relegating on the FIFA ranking, dwindling on football quality in the country. We must be innovative enough to use such lifetime opportunities not for anyone but for the country to improve sports in the country. Can you imagine Europe’s Football Leagues unites Kenyans more than locals? Not for anything but there’s nothing motivating locally, we need more salad on the plate.

My issue here is not that A, B, and C official was sent out but lack of far-thinking by organizers to have right persons. First of all, that trophy touching down is supposed to be symbolic, it’s supposed to inspire c’mon, only ten African countries have this privilege.

Social media influencers have incomparable relevance when it comes to pushing an agenda and that’s why I feel the influencers had to be part of this journey. However, think for a minute, if we had on that plane landing at JKIA and it was a super player in Mathare from MYSA, Joe Kadenge or even relatable legends as Musa Otieno, Dennis Oliech other reigning Mariga, Wanyama…headlining the trip to Kenya, as opposed to ministers and Social media influencers, don’t you think it would impact and inspire those kids in Mathare, Korogocho? I mean why couldn’t the organizers have common figures that those in the grassroots could relate with? Perhaps they were there but from the public limelight, I never saw any.

In my own view, considering the pathetic state of football in Kenya, that we even had to fundraise for Women’s National Team, Starlets to participate in a world cup tournament. By the way, they’d have been amongst those headlining this tour. Other than taking selfies with the trophy, organizers would have been innovative enough to come up with ways to engage Kenyans more specifically on the sport’s state and how to improve it. Who would you relate more so as a football enthusiast, a football legend or a YouTube legend aligned with fashion or cooking in such an event? Maybe I wasn’t clear enough, the influencers are and must have a play in this, but not as the headlines. We’d have had example Joe Kadenge traveling to Ethiopia to bring the trophy home and Betty Kyalo enjoying her glass of wine at home while tweeting on Kadenge’s journey home. Wouldn’t that be inspiring? But I guess the organizers think differently. But they have a role to advise their clients based on existing market situations.

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Influencers posing for a selfie aboard FIFA private chartered plane.

Safaricom remains one of the most innovative companies in my corporates radar and their Dimba mtaani meant to improve and promote talents remains a relatable program to my issue today. It is convenient to argue that the public will have their time to view the trophy at KICC on Tuesday and everyone including legends in talking about will be included but still, we miss the opportunity.

We need to see a team that represents the face of Kenyan football getting off that plane with the trophy, not a team that represents the face social media, the symbolic message that would send to the nations and soccer fans is unmatched. I know for a fact, that this article who be dismissed without without second thought by the organizers but I’d urge them to revisit after the plane departs, maybe you’ll pick some senses in it. As a country, we can’t just be stuck at supporting foreign music, sports while diminishing ours. We must learn to take advantage of opportunities.

The landing was in my view supposed to be symbolic, I’d have loved to see faces representing real football team from that plane as opposed to people in suits and smartphones. Take an example, while going through the hashtag, I encountered a lady whom the organizers would’ve incorporated.

Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan was born to parents who were from two warring tribes in Marsabit, Northern Kenya. After her training as a lawyer, she returned to her hometown in order to promote peace between the conflicting Borana, Gabra and Rendille communities. In 2003, she founded Horn of Africa Development Initiative – HODI, a non-governmental organization she uses football to foster peace, advocacy, education for vulnerable children and building resilient communities.

Through HODI, Adan launched “Shoot to score, not to Kill”, that uses football to engage Kenyan youths in advocacy for peace. The initiative was featured in an award-winning film the Soldiers of Peace narrated by Michael Douglas. In 2008 she initiated Breaking the Silence through football on FGM, Early Marriage, and Beading. In 2015 Breaking the silence won Beyond Sports Award for Social Inclusion and Fatuma was featured among the 50 most influential personalities in Sports. In 2016, Fatuma was re-elected to the Board of Streetfootballworld bringing together 125 organizations using football for social change as the 1st African Woman. In 2017, she was nominated to Champion Goal5 on Gender Equality by the Kenyan Gender Minister during the UN Convention on the Status of Women in New York. She has been invited and treated to many FIFA events on VIP standards, in fact, she’s tipped to be amongst few Kenyans who’ll be traveling to Russia on FIFA bill. She’ll be viewing the trophy tomorrow like the rest of public, no prioritization.

Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, attending a match between Ghana and Germany in South Africa as a FIFA ambassador.

Having studied the interactions on the trending topic #ReadyToGo which is the official tour hashtag, most are talking about side shows as wastage of water on the salute accorded the plane. Tomorrow it will be selfies with the trophy and then what? We will forget everything just like we forgot about Thierry Henry. We must deviate from face value services, yes we trended on social media, people selfies then we went back to same pathetic sports situations. It is time for such high valued, rate international events to put the country’s interests beyond their own. They can make the money and at the same time impact sports culture. Keyword, be innovative, listen to different opinions it won’t explode your eardrums.

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Right now imagine if we had short clips of kids in the football academies who’ve been kept off crimes in the slums thanks to football, flown to Addis or any country, football legends speaking on state of soccer and improving it, we’d we’d be having constructive conversations running alongside #TembeaKenya (who’ve performed well from my evaluation, took advantage of every opportunity to sell Kenya) promo clips but since I am an outsider with no idea how things run let’s meet at KICC tomorrow and take selfies and bury this thing. I’ll be there.

 

Bonus: Mainstream media remains disillusioned stuck in traditional, rudderless, news angles. Instead of talking about topical sports issues in the country within this time frame, are bringing back Raila and Kibaki a decade ago stories. Coca-Cola have done their parts bringing this trophy here but we’re stuck at the same FIFA rankings. This would’ve been opportune time for the media to take into task sports officials and other stakeholders. Instead, media would rather play into comic agendas. This country bores me at times.


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Grace Msalame Sues Uganda’s Tourism Board For Illegaly Using Her Curvy Photos To Promote Sex Tourism

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Grace Msalame.

Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism unveiled a beauty pageant dubbed ‘Miss Curvy Uganda’ in a bid to promote tourism in the country, the ministry decided to use Kenya’s media personality Grace Msalame as the official face of their Miss Curvy Uganda contest without her knowledge. Whether it was a mistake or deliberate is unknown but now they’ll have to prove it in court.

Grace a media personality in Kenya has distanced herself from the beauty pageant saying she was never part of the program neither did she give consent for her photo to be used in the promotion.

The promotion poster.

In a statement, Msalame says, “I take great exception for the fact that my image and likeliness are being used to propagate, disseminate and encourage objectification of women. I don’t agree nor endorse such a message or anyone who’s a creator of the idea that women’s body are tourist attraction sites.”

Miss Curvy Uganda 2019 Participants.

While announcing that her lawyers are already on legal course for redress, Msalame says, “I reject any association to me that has been unlawfully created by Miss Curvy Uganda 2019 and its agents.”

The media personality claims that her brand has been immensely hit following the publications of her images. “Miss Curvy Uganda’s deliberate and calculated use of my image and likeliness to promote violation of women’s bodies had defamed my character and reputation damaged a brand that I’ve worked for so many years to establish, and subjected me to unwarranted and undeserved cyber bullying.” She says in her statement.


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Gospel Artists HopeKid And DK Kwenye Beat Admits To Sleeping And Infecting A Lady With STI As Porn Bit Surfaces

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HopeKid And DK Kwenye Beat.

New details continue to emerge in what is a circle of sex scandals rocking Kenya’s gospel industry. An anonymous lady had exposed famous gospel artists;HopeKid and DK Kwenye Beat for having lured her into an orgy.

According to the unnamed lady, she had something going on with HopeKid who then invited her to his house so she traveled from Nakuru to Nairobi for sex with the youthful artist. Things took a quick turn when HopeKid came to pick her in the company of DK.

Imstead of going to HopeKid’s house, he drove her to DK’s where they both slept with her in turns. The young lady who narrates her past as having been sexually abused by her relatives and describing herself as a sexual wreck, would later start off another relationship with DK.

Again, the met separately with DK and this time slept without protection and says it’s here that she contracted herpes. She’s been on treatment ever since so she says. While there’s no reported case on the same, the lady insists the threesome wasn’t consensual and that she was raped by the two artists.

While many had cast doubts on the accusations, the two artists seemed to have admitted having done the awful act with their apologies. This game hours after the story went viral on social media;

DK Kwenye Beat

DKKWENYEBEAT: Following the story going around, I would like first and foremost to repent to God Almighty for living a life of sin. Secondly I would wish to apologize to my girlfriend who has been nothing but supportive to me especially during this difficult season. I would also wish to apologize to the church fraternity, my family, everyone who consumes my music and anyone who looks up to me Am Sorry.

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I am not a perfect man. I am a fallen man but one that God is working on every day. I am a changed man from what I was back then. I am working my salvation with fear and trembling. Sadly this story has come out when I am on my way to complete reformation.

My prayer is that one day my ugly past will amount to an amazing testimony of God’s grace and redeeming power! For now, I am walking with Godly counsel as I seek to become the true man and minister of the gospel that God created me to be.

HopeKid.

HOPEKID: Proverbs 24:16 “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” I write this with a very heavy heart. I have done wrong before God and man. I am truly sorry. I am not a righteous man. I am a young man who has made mistake (which I am sorry for). I sincerely apologize to all who have been hurt as a result of my action.

I believe that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us of all our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I have repented of my sins and I am pursuing a life that is pleasing to Christ to the best of my ability. I have some pastors and some godly men who are walking with me in this path and I thank them for standing with me in this difficult time.

To all my fans, supporters, family and friends: I apologize for letting you down. I have fallen but God will raise me up. God will work this around for his glory! I urge you all to pray for me as I go through this restoration process. God bless you!

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And when you thought that would calm the storm, then you didn’t see the next coming. Size 8, a fellow gospel artist who made the switch from secular where she made a name out of being raunchy, attempted to come to the rescue of her colleagues, has come under harsh criticism for coming out as a rape sympathizer.

While the debate took heat, another audio clip had emerged of DK openly admitting to having slept with the girl and clearly stating it wasn’t take rather consensual and if there’s any evidence of take then the girl can as well take him to court. He comes out unapologetic and dismissive in what seems like a secretly recorded audio when they were having a boys chat.

While staying on the limelight, DK seem to have fetishes and forgetting he’s a gospel artist, on his Twitter account, the minister of God seem to be a liver of pornography as shown by the type of material he likes, on his profile, a lady giving head can be seen publicly.


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The Rise and Rise of Laying, an Occupation for The Beauties Without Brains

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Socialite Huddah

No one finds life worth living, you make it worth in order to survive in this world where you can be anything you resolve to be. Our girls are resolving to be slays over any other career you can think of. There are no statistics to back this but i think the most sort after careers in Kenya today are slaying and procurement. It’s a blind race, many who choose to slay are running from poverty not aware of where they are running to. These crop of young girls and still sexy women dont buy the anology that little drops of water and grains of sand make the mighty ocean and pleasant land.

They are not hard to notice, graduating slays are small girls below 25 but listening to rhumba. They embrace near bad girl attitude, always with a packet of cancer sticks because they believe its sexy to smoke when waiting for sponsors, when arguing with cab drivers or whenever its time to go ratchet, smash and rob. This is what life has become, while conning men chest thumb with briefcase companies, light skin and bootylicious women have their offices between their legs (kra should find a way of taxing slays).

Many are making a living this way or beginning like this and get to greater heights. There are quite a number of female honourable members who took shots in their bottoms to rise to the top, I mean from selling or sleeping on bedsheets to sitting in boardrooms and now to making love and laws. Yes and you can only achieve that if you stay loyal to one or two sponsors.

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If anything this is not an easy occupation, sponsors can drop a slay anytime especially if the slay is young and naive or if she tries to play smart with miscalculated or if her supporting documents shed off in this industry where bootylicious and light skin women dominate the market. A sponsor can look like anything or faceless so long as the pockets are deep.

But who is to blame, harsh economic times, unemployment or lack of female role models? Most of the women in senior government positions have no inspirational and complete family set ups that can positively inspire young girls who may be looking upto to them. If its not some story of messy and noisy divorce, it’s a story of old single and having fun or loving whoever and whatever, partying and kicking with small boys or the husband has just been reduced to a near woman kind of figure who can be disrespected at will.

We have heard of many female lawmakers or ministers who phisically abuse or disrespect their have not husbands. Former nominated senator Elizabeth Ongoro made news on this. Look at the stories about Martha Karua, Prof.Olive Mugenda, Rachel Shebesh and Pasaris among others.

Some respected female lawmakers who chair or sit in powerful committees in parliament share sipping straws. Pathetic. I mean the female law makers who made the little known Wazir Chacha the man of the year 2018. An entire whatsapp group where Sabina Chege must have been the admin, all sipped the young man’s thick juice.

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What message does that send to our young girls? Some women in serious leadership also come out as ‘male women’, not just with the vibrating baritone but to what they speak in public and how they conduct themselves, ladies like Jumwa you know, untamed Millie Odhiambo to Caro Mutoko, an all time slay who preaches water and sips wine.

She confirms that slays are mostly beautiful and brainless girls but a few scholars and professionals also make money from this dirty game. This list is dominated by media girls with a few exceptions, the likes of Lilian Muli, Jackie Wanjiru, Kamene Goro the ratchet queen, Betty, Grace and K. Nyamu. These are slays with lucrative careers.

 The only slays who come clean are socialites, every young girls dream. They pioneer as instagram models, the next thing they are in some rapper’s music video, smashes with the same rapper, his friends and producer, dumps one of them via blog then theynmove to hanging with promotors then first MPs and then becomes an house hold name socialite/slay queen. Vera Sidika and Hudda Monroe must be doing a great job.


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