Below is comedian Eric Omondi’s emotional post shared on his official Facebook page recently, mobilising online users to team up and push for the renaissance of former TV queen, Esther Arunga.
“I once met Esther Arunga while at Daystar University…I was a Second Year…I had tried very much to reach any celebrity but none would pick my calls… She did pick my call…
“Hey Esther my name is Eric Omondi, a student at Daystar University…,” I said immediately she picked…
“Yes dear…talk to me,” she responded in a soft voice… “Thanks so much for picking my call, I am a student leader and I’d love to invite you to my college, I’d also personally love to meet you since I am very much interested in TV and entertainment.” This was my response, my voice now shaking with excitement.
“Okay dear, can you make it to KTN, I&M Building Thursday morning 11am to be exact and don’t be late!” She said sternly. Now I was literally shaking in disbelief…”Yes Esther…I’ll be there.”
“See you then,” she said and hung up.
“To cut the long story short I met Esther shortly on Thursday morning and since she was running late, she offered to buy me coffee the following morning at Java Yaya as I explained to her exactly how she could help.
“She did buy me coffee and introduced me to her entertainment outfit CINEMA (Christians in Media and Entertainment) they ran it together with Big Ted and Big Kev. She also came to Daystar to speak to the students, she brought along with her Nimrod Taabu the first time and Jeff Koinange the second time…This was huge; she made me believe in myself.
“I know you are asking yourselves, what the moral of this story is. It was while I was performing at CINEMA at the former Galileo on museum hill that Churchill officially saw my talent and Esther Arunga officially introduced me to the man who would take me and give me the biggest stage of my life, Churchill.
“God used her (Esther Arunga) to lead me to my destiny. I can confidently say I knew Esther Arunga, she was a friend and a mentor…A woman who loved God and cherished people around her…an encourager of talent and gifts a role model to the young (she won Teeniz Role Model award that same year)…soft spoken, harmless, joyful and cheerful.
“One thing happened followed by another and we soon lost hope and trust in Esther… But hope is never lost, we must hope against hope. Let’s bring back our Esther, back to Kenya, back to her country, back to her family…even back to our screens. I believe! We can! Yes we can! Bring back our girl.”
The above post was shared 3,300 times, had over 22, 000 likes and 5, 700 comments.
Esther Arunga graduated with a law degree from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia in 2004. She first appeared on TV in 2008.
Ms Arunga thereafter became the envy of her peers.
Things began to deteriorate in 2010, when she quickly called off her engagement to Wilson Malaba and eloped with Quincy Timberlake, a man she met in church through Joseph Hellon.
They later announced they would run for parliamentary posts in Karachuonyo in the 2013 general election through their newly formed PlaCenta Party (Platinum Centraliser and Unionist Party of Kenya).
Ms Arunga then denounced her parents. For nearly two years no one knew her whereabouts, with rumours rife that Ms Arunga and Timberlake lived in Dubai, Kayole and finally Australia.
In June of 2014, news broke that Quincy Timberlake had murdered his first born son, Sinclair Timberlake, in their Australia home.
Quincy is serving time for murder.