Kenyans sense of humour is unpredictable and very dangerous. The Kenyans on ‘Twitter Defence Forces’ show their claws when it comes to making memes out of everyday happenings. Politicians and other celebrities including artistes are mostly at the heart of the ridicule, thus, bear most of the brunt. The global village, through the Internet, is not only a conveyer of information, but also a hostile platform. A lot of international celebrities are not new to cyber bullying. It happens to them all the time, though sometimes things can get out of hand. Grace Wachira and Virginia Wambui explore
Following his bleaching drama, Papa Jones has made showbiz headlines for weeks now. Kenyans turned to troll and ridiculed the Toa Tint singer after his complexion appeared lighter than before.
“Yeah, it happened but, these sort of things happen and people forget. It wasn’t too nice, but I dealt with it because I do not really care about public opinion. Life and my music has to go on,” he said in an interview with Spice.
A diss track against him was released, rapper Octopizzo expressed his sentiments and socialite Vera Sidika also ironed out her issue with him over the bleaching claims. “It’s a sensation one day and the next, it’s not.
It depends on how you spin it,” he said. For him, even though the publicity was negative, it was still publicity. “I cannot really demonise the whole melee because in the end, it did make me known and consequently, my music too,” said Khali.
The gospel singer has been at the centre of cyber bullying. Kenyans on social media do not seem to care when it comes to trolling him, and this led the artiste to back away from the limelight for sometime, soon after releasing a song titled Yesu Ndiye Sponsor. KOT army went on rage after he did the video allegedly dressed as a nun, which was labelled blasphemous. He later apologised.
Recently, he broke down on live TV, as he decried the ridicule he’s been subjected to by Kenyans on social media. Jimmy revealed how the bullying had got better of him, saying that the insensitive comments and feedback he got from his fans made him feel like “trash’.
He admitted that it was not easy being associated with anything. After a barrage of ridicule, Jimmy responded to it by releasing a new song depicting the message of love. My experience being made fun of in the media was depressing and difficult.
At some point, I felt rejected and even contemplated quitting the industry. However, I had to deal with it and eventually, I overcame it. Kenyans need to know that cyber bullying is a serious crime to the heart and mind. It can depress someone, even lead to suicide. It can kill destinies,” he told Spice.
Sometime back, Keroche Breweries heiress, Anerlisa Muigai, was battling with her weight. According to her, it took her over a year and seven months of some serious workout and dieting.
She said, “This is for everyone who called me fat and also those who said all sorts of hurtful things to do with my weight. You all thought I couldn’t lose weight, but now I am healthier and happier than ever.
Because of them, I worked my a** off and kept it consistent.” She continued, “Sometimes it’s good to show some people that they don’t always win. Never let your haters win.”
Zari mourns her late baby daddy
Socialite Zari Hassan, who is also bongo star Diamond Platnumz’ baby mama, is in grief, following the death of her ex-husband, Ivan Ssemwanga. Before they went separate ways, Ivan had sired three children (all boys) with Zari, who has since given birth to two more kids (a girl and boy) with the Number One hit singer.
The late flamboyant Ugandan tycoon passed away on Wednesday at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, where he was undergoing treatment.
“God loves those that are special and that’s exactly who you were & I guess that’s why he wanted you to himself. You have touched and helped thousands, you did wonders and I remember you telling me “Life is too short let me live it to the fullest”, this very dark hour it makes sense why you always said those words to me.
To your sons, you were a hero-some kind of superman. Anyone who has ever been in your presence knows what a charming person you were. You will be missed and remembered in so many ways. You were IVAN THE GREAT! Rest in peace DON (sic),” Zari mourned her ex on Thursday.
Savara celebrates birthday in style
After surviving two separate accidents, Sauti Sol’s Savara Mudigi celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday. He took the chance to announce his new imprint community initiative, Savara Women’s Advancement Programme.
It will roll out a series of community events to create a fun, engaging and impactful learning environment for women between 18 – 25 years. Its mission is to inspire and empower women to reach their full potential, using their own resources like time, skills and talent.
They will include a football tournament, Sauti Sol’s first mega concert in Eastlands and the launch of a training and mentorship programme. “As I hit the big 30 this year, I want to give back to my family and fans from Eastlands, where I was born and raised,” he said.
In a previous interview, former Camp Mullah only-girl member, Miss Karun, revealed that despite being a teen sensation, the girl was bullied on her social media. People said that she had added weight and looked “fat”. The singer who is now based in Boston is a member of the music group Cosmic Homies.
Last year, Subira Yangu hitmaker, Nyota Ndogo, faced her share of ridicule from Kenyans. The make-up on her wedding day did not go down well with some Kenyans.
The commenters mostly blamed her hideous make-up on her make-up artist, who allegedly didn’t use the right shades for her skin tone. “My husband and I went through all the posts, or at least most of them, even after the wedding day and we laughed them off,” she said. Nyota pointed out that, as an artiste, you need to be strong.
“My music has received both negative and positive reactions from fans. One day they praise me, the next, they don’t. But since I am in it for the music, and not to seek public approval, I keep going on,” she says. She mentions that when she gets people talking back at her directly on social media, she talks back.
“When I am on the wrong, I admit and rectify, but when I am not, I talk back,” says Nyota. She adds that Kenyans are not the usual kind of audience: “We are dangerously tricky, but that is what makes us who we are. Do it for your passion, the music.”