BY NGE’NDO MACHARIA FOR WWW.EDAILY.CO.KE
Vocal politician and ex-chair of the NGO Council Orie Rogo Manduli has criticised controversial Kenyan singer Akothee for performing on a Wembley stage in London, while dressed in a swimsuit, which left little to the imagination.
A viral picture of Akothee throwing a kick up in the air with her crotch visible sparked mixed reactions among her fans and critics on social media.
The “Give it to Me” hit-maker performed at the One Africa Music Fest held at the SSE Wembley Arena in London on June 2.
And now Ms Manduli describes Akothee as a “rogue” woman, who is not worth being a role model to young girls.
“Akothee is rogue. She should draw [cultural] boundaries, and stop aping the whites,” Ms Manduli told EDAILY.
“There has never been a career whose title is ‘socialite’. First of all, her dressing on [London] stage was so inappropriate, given she is a mother of five. Akothee has three daughters who, probably, look up to her,” said Ms Manduli.
“Based on her behaviour, Akothee risks chasing away good men who are, probably, pursuing her daughters. No man, in his right senses, would want to marry a lady whose mother parades her body online, and reveals the number of men she has bedded,” said Ms Manduli.
Ms Manduli further questioned Akothee’s source of riches.
“She [Akothee] shouldn’t make other people feel inferior, simply because she has more money than them. She must respect the fact that she is African, and is bound by African culture and values. I urge her to change her ways before it is too late.”
Ms Manduli concluded her gripe by saying “on behalf of all Kenyan women, I am disappointed in Akothee”.
In her animal-print swimsuit, black ankle-length boots, a microphone in her right hand and a gaze fixed at an angle, Akothee spread her legs quite apart as she threw her left leg in the air, unconcerned of what her colossal fanbase in the lower part of the Wembley arena thought of her.
Unapologetically, she uploaded the image to her Instagram page, and captioned it: “Thailand mode”.
The picture, expectedly, attracted hundreds of comments, with a section of online users faulting Akothee for being mannerless, others were bemused by her “don’t-care” attitude, while another quota defended her, saying since she is a performer, that was among the best efforts she could make to entertain.
Nyambura Paty said: “Not a good image at all!”
Carolyne Ivita said: “I know your pastor is ashamed of you. Style up, mama. Heshima si utumwa. Anyway, continue making money.”
Kesh Galge said: “The world is coming to an end.”
Eve Mutete said: “Akothee mummy, we love you, but this is too much!”
Habib Tyme, however, cheered Akothee on, saying: “You go get that money, mama. No stopping.”
Following the barrage of comments on her timeline, the unapologetic Akothee took her “haters” and critics head-on, telling them that she “owes no one a white ‘cookie’.”
Akothee was among other African acts such as Diamond Platnumz and Tiwa Savage who thrilled London revelers at the One Africa Music Fest on Saturday, June 2.