2017 in review: 7 top stories that shaped Kenya’s entertainment scene

The year 2018 is two weeks away. That means it is time to look back at some of the prominent library-related entertainment stories from 2017.

COUPLE HOLDS WEDDING COSTING KSH100: JANUARY 22

Anne Mutura, 24, and Wilson Mutura, 28, shot to fame in February, 2017 after holding a wedding which only cost Ksh100 in Kasarani, Nairobi. The couple later got mega deals, including a shop, a piece of land, an expensive wedding, and much more. The two were blessed with a baby in September, 2017. Though their life has been a roller coaster ride, given they had to close shop in August following lack of enough customers and adequate profits.

Ann Mutura told eDaily in a February 18, 2017 interview that she agreed to wed her husband in a Ksh100 ceremony on January 22 because she “is sure of a peaceful union” with Mr Mutura – and expressed certainty that she would not secure such a peace with financially loaded men, who approached her when she was dating Mr Mutura.

“Financially stable men approached me, but I rebuffed their advances. You know what? There are some men who have goods, property, and money in abundance, but are arrogant and controlling. I thought to myself: if I gave in to their advances, I would never have peace. But with Wilson, I was sure of experiencing near-lifetime peace,” Ann told eDaily.

Ann Mutura further said no amount of money, whatsoever, would tempt her to do that which she had not planned, or intended.

“Everyone has his own principles, everyone makes his own decisions. If you are firm in your decisions, then there’s no one or anything that can sway you, especially if you are serious with what you believe in,” she said, adding: “With me, no amount of money can lure me. It is very hard to make me pull out of a decision.”

COMEDIAN AYEIYA’S DEATH: APRIL 14

News about the death of highly-gifted Churchill Show comedian Ayeiya’s death on April 14, 2017 plunged Kenya’s entertainment industry into mourning. Ayeiya, born Emmanuel Makori Nyambane died on April 14 at 5:45am in a grisly road accident at the junction of Catholic University of Eastern Africa on Magadi Road. Ayeiya, who was in the company of three other people in a car – a Toyota Premio –, died on the spot after their vehicle hit an electricity pole. The other three – comedian Kimani wa Ogutu, Olweny and Ayeiya’s wife – were injured and treated at different city hospitals.

A section of social media users would later speculate that the passengers and driver of the car that killed Ayeiya were drunk at the time of the accident, but Lang’ata police boss Mr Elijah Mwangi would caution the public against peddling rumours which had the potential of causing psychological anguish to families of the accident victims.

“Mostly when an accident occurs in such a manner, we blame the driver. But we should blame the wholesale. There could be other factors that caused the accident,” he said.

Ayeiya was laid to rest at his parents’ home in Nyansiong’o, Borabu Sub-County in Nyamira County on April 21, 2017. Kenya’s comedy fraternity led by Churchill, Chipukeezy, Professor Hamo; among others, was represented at Ayeiya’s burial ceremony.

JAGUAR ELECTED AS STAREHE MP: AUGUST 8

Musician-turned-politician Charles Kanyi alias Jaguar overcame stiff competition from Steve Mbogo and social activist Boniface Mwangi to emerge winner in the race for Starehe Parliamentary seat in the August 8 general election. Jaguar, a Jubilee Party candidate, got 52, 132 votes compared to ODM candidate Mr Mbogo’s 32, 357 votes. Mr Mwangi, who was third in the race for Starehe MP, garnered 13, 413 votes. Jaguar’s political journey kicked off with some drama, when he engaged his Embakasi counterpart in a fight on October 10, 2017 outside Parliament Buildings. Jaguar accused Mr Owino of disrespecting President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In another notable highlight touching on the Starehe MP, the National Assembly Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi on September 14 was forced to rein in on MPs, who, in more than one instance, interrupted Jaguar’s maiden speech. Some MPs interrupted Jaguar’s speech by singing the singer’s smash hit Kigeugeu, when he took to the stand, while others jeered when Jaguar boasted, during his speech, that his constituency houses the prime office of all MPs – Parliament. Some MPs interrupted the singer-turned-politician when Jaguar seemingly made use of Sheng language in his address.

The Deputy Speaker had to ask the MPs to accord Jaguar respect and silence as he made his maiden speech. “Proceed the honourable member. I want to assure you that nobody will interrupt you as you make your maiden speech,” Mr Cheboi told Jaguar. “Mr Speaker, I am telling the honourable members that I am the landlord of this House because the Parliament Buildings are located in Starehe constituency,” said Jaguar, before another interruption of disapproval by MPs rented the air. “I want to repeat that there will be no interruptions, other than members must speak from the language which they started using when they started addressing the House. So, nobody will interrupt honourable Jaguar, at all!” affirmed Cheboi. Jaguar would then proceed with his speech, thanking Starehe constituents for electing him to serve as their MP in the 12th Parliament.

THE RISE OF GITHERIMAN: AUGUST 8

The 2017 electioneering period witnessed the emergence of interesting personalities, one of them being Martin Kamotho, alias Githeriman, who shot to public fame after pictures of him carrying githeri in a plastic bag while queuing to cast his vote in the August 8 poll, went viral. He united Kenyans on social media despite the then-political divisions which were clearly manifested on people’s timelines. Mr Kamotho also won some lucrative deals including: cash, a parcel of land, an expensive phone; among others. His quick rise to stardom was met with hostility online when he received Head of State Commendation during this year’s Jamuhuri Day celebrations. Social media user Charles Wanyoro said: “Githeri man gets a Head of State Commendation. Apart from showing up to vote on August 8, just like millions others, what else did he do?” Besides receiving the Head of State Commendation, Mr Kamotho was also invited to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration ceremony on November 28.

TEKNO PERFORMS IN KENYA: SEPTEMBER 9

Nigerian artiste Tekno Miles, born Augustine Miles Kelechi, performed in Nairobi, Kenya on September 9, 2017. Revelers parted with as much as Ksh10, 000 for his show at the Ngong Racecourse, Waterfront. Despite being the key performer for the night, Tekno – just like a section of other Nigerian artistes who visited Kenya in the past –, gave a sub-standard performance, which lasted 28 minutes.

Tekno was frustrated when a miscommunication arose between him and DJ Crème de la Crème, who was the event’s decks master. Blogger Mwende Ngao on September 10 wrote on her site: “It was sad to watch as Tekno’s stage presence was great and so were his moves but it simply wasn’t enough to give a good show. I would have preferred he didn’t use the band if he hadn’t had enough rehearsal time with them. The sound was awful and there were times the band was louder than him. After a confused 28 minutes of a performance, he left the stage.”

MAGLINE JERUTO CROWNED MISS WORLD AFRICA: NOVEMBER 18

Her lucid flow of wisdom and humility explains why besides her striking beauty, the 24-year-old model from Elgeyo-Marakwet County overcame stiff competition from other continental beauty queens to be crowned Africa’s fairest of them all in a colourful event which took place in Sanya, China on November 18, 2017. By virtue of being the highest-ranking model from Africa in the global Miss World pageant, Ms Jeruto, a professional travel consultant, automatically brought home the Miss World Africa crown, inheriting it from her compatriot Evelyne Njambi. Ms Jeruto, a Mount Kenyatta University alumnus, unsuccessfully contested for Miss World Kenya twice – in 2015 and 2016 – before a third successful attempt in 2017. She said: “If you really want something, you go for it. You don’t wait for it to come to you.”

During an interview with eDaily in November, 2017, Ms Jeruto, who was crowned Miss World Kenya in September, 2017, said she had to double her efforts to match up her competitors, who’d had close to a year to prepare for the global contest.

“I was crowned Miss World Kenya on September 16, 2017, and I took part in the Miss World competition exactly two months later; and finished in the Top Five bracket. I say that was like a miracle because I competed against models, who had close to or even more than a year to prepare for the annual pageant. I wanted to prove to people that regardless the amount of time you have at your disposal, you can achieve greatness through hard work and discipline,” she said.

Following her sterling display in Sanya, China, Miss Jeruto met President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on different dates in November. Ms Jeruto would later receive a special invite to attend President Kenyatta’s inauguration at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on November 28.

KHALIGRAPH JONES’ COFFIN STUNT: DECEMBER 2

Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones shocked revelers on December 2, when he made a puzzling entrance on stage at the Jameson Connect event, which was held at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi.

Khaligraph Jones arrived on stage in a white coffin. Shocked party-goers watched in disbelief as the coffin was carried to the stage by men wearing black outfits.

Khaligraph Jones said he opted for that gesture to put across a message in his song called ‘Mazishi’, which he sings that his competition knows that whenever he is given a microphone to rock a crowd; and that whenever he takes to the stage to perform, the end result is always a “funeral” for his competitors, given he’d have “murdered” the show.

“It is just a matter of order. It was a personal decision. It was about: how do you want to present yourself when you are coming up on stage? As an artiste, I felt like it was necessary that I use a casket to introduce myself because the first song I was going to perform is called ‘Mazishi’. Everybody knows what ‘Mazishi’ is. If you know Khaligraph, then you know what Mazishi is all about. And being brought on stage in a coffin, symbolized the whole message that I am putting across in the song ‘Mazishi’. I felt it was essential for me to use a casket to put across that message,” Khaligraph Jones told eDaily.

Khaligraph Jones’ stunt left online users debating whether he had gone “too far” with his on-stage performance.

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