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Nazizi and Wyre once sang a song dubbed ‘a Kenyan boy, Kenyan girl. In this song they praised matatus (according to Wikipedia matatus are privately owned minibuses) from different routes like South B/C Buruburu, and Lang’ata. This goes to show the impact the matatu culture had on Kenyans especially in Nairobi.

The distinguishing practices that were embraced by the matatus included, graffiti art inside and exterior of the vehicle. It also included good quality sound systems that could be heard miles away but still friendly to the occupants of the matatu. The vehicles employed youthful drivers and conductors as well as cushioning their seats so the passengers felt at home immediately on entry.

Other additional features included, a horn that produced a melodious sound. They installed exhaust pipes that apart from just eliminating smoke from the engine, the pipes could were also charged with making a distinguishing rhythmic sound to alert its users of its presence.

These tac tics attracted young people who would not board any other vehicle apart from these matatus. Some even opted to wait for more than an hour just to board these specific matatus. In turn these pimped matatus would get more trips than the usual vehicles which were even considered slower. It also brought about a healthy competition where the rest of the vehicles also joined in the hype just to have a slice of the cake.

Currently the situation is not as exciting as it used to be. The matatus have gone to their usual sluggish boring ways except for a few dwindling ones. In fact there are only few attempts to secure the comfort of the passengers. What seems to have brought about these transformations?

Could it be stringent transport laws which sought to introduce sanity and order in the transport industry. The Ministry of Roads, Public Works (MoRPW) had reported increased cases of accidents due to careless driving of the matatus. Therefore measures had to be put in place to remedy this. Leading to the formation of the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) with the main task of reforming the matatu industry from the hazard it had become. This meant that the matutas could no longer overlap to get their passengers to their destination within a short time. Leading to a decline in profits thus making occasional maintenance of the vehicles slightly difficult.

What else brought about the change, you may ask? The change in the preferences and views of the public. This must have been one of the main reasons the culture had to go. The matatus were associated with rowdiness and disrespect. Thus redirecting the traffic of passengers to the vehicles they had despised before.

In addition, there was a rise in alternative forms of transport. For instance the train started operations again, covering various locations in Nairobi. Other bus services improved their facilities to the extend passengers could be ferried to their destinations in multitudes.

The above factors and many more others contributed to the abandonment of the most promising industry in Kenya. However, There is hope, with the new road networks coming up, who knows what awaits Kenyans in a few years.

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A lot is happening in a short span of time. Therefore we thought to fill you in on happenings that may have skipped your timeline.

Nikita Kering got nominated for AFRIMAWARDS 

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Recently, Nikita Kering, a Kenyan RnB artist was nominated for the All Africa Music Awards in three categories 1. Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa 2. Songwriter of the year 3. Best Artiste, duo, or group in African RnB Soul. Voting is ongoing on afrima.org Vote for her!

Kevin Hart launched a clothing line

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The line which is dubbed ‘the Hart collection’ is produced in collaboration with fabletics, Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Hart. The collection comprises mostly sporting gear, hats and sweaters.

 

Venessa Mdee welcomed a baby girl

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The Tanzanian artist who is engaged to power actor Rotimi recently welcomed their first child. The superstar who currently resides in Nigeria with her fiancé announced her pregnancy with a picture on her social accounts. She followed that recently with the hand of a newborn and a caption bearing the name Seven Adeoluwa Akinosho. Kenyan celebrities who flooded her timeline with congratulatory messages include Tallia Oyando, Akothee, and Sarah Hassan.

 

Vybz Kartel bought his family property

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After 10 years of incarceration, Vybz Kartel, the famous dancehall artiste is now investing in property for his family. In an Instagram post, he announced that he had procured land for his son who was now a father, and bought a house for his aging mother and father.

Kenyans vote Otile Brown, the biggest artist in Kenya See the source image

Nairobi Gossip Club hosted an opinion poll where they asked Kenya to mention the biggest Kenyan artist. As usual, fans took to commenting where most comments indicated that they considered Otile Brown the biggest artist in Kenya. Otile Brown must have impressed his fans by his work ethic, strategic collaborations and his relentless urge to rise as a star.

Other honourable mentions included Nyashinski, Sauti Sol, Khaligraph Jones and Nikita.

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Akothee speaks on her struggles of being a public figure

According to the mother of five, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions and went on to say that she has been forced to run away from her fans on several occasions

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Being a public figure comes with its own share of challenges that come as a result of high expectations from people who at time forget you are human being too.

Now, singer Esther Akoth, popularly known as Akothee, in a post on her Instagram account has opened up on the struggles she goes through in her life as a public figure. The hit maker revealed that she is always uneasy when she discovers that she has been noticed when in a public area.

“You all might not understand but allow me to express myself today. I may appear strong but deep down I have been broken so many times. I am a moving damaged goods,” She wrote.

 

Akothee said that being on the limelight might not be as glamorous as majority of the people at times believe and events from her past still give her chills when it comes to meeting her fans.

“I have realized that I have become very sensitive that I don’t even want to leave my house. I don’t like people recognizing me in public and at times I just wished I was just a normal person passing the streets in peace,” she added.

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According to the mother of five, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions. She went on to say that she has been forced to run away from her fans on several occasions. Akothee admitted that she is always scared to meet her fans to the extent that she gets traumatized before leaving her house or jumping out of her car.

 

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“I am Samuel” film banned

The film was produced in 2020 by Toni Kamau which highlights the experiences of Samuel Asilikwa after coming out as a gay man in the streets of Nairobi

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The Kenya Film classification board(KFCB) has announced the ban of a “gay” themed documentary on Samuel Asilikwa, a Kenyan. The film was called “I am Samuel” and was directed by Peter Murimi.

In a statement on Thursday, acting KFCB Chief Executive Officer Chris Wambua said that the ban will be in effect because the film is promoting a “gay theme”

“In the course of examining a film titled: I am Samuel, which was submitted to the Board for classification, the Board noted a clear and deliberate attempt by the producer, to promote same-sex marriages as an acceptable way of life,” Wambua said.

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He went on to say that the same-sex relationship is evident in the film through repeated confessions by the gay couple(in the film) that what they feel for each other is normal and should be embraced as a way of life.

Mr. Wambua also announced that any attempts to air the film with the Kenyan territory in now deemed illegal and any to distribute it within the country shall be met with the full force of the law.

“While the Board welcomes local and foreign support to our budding local film industry, such funding should focus on production of content that is aligned with the laws of our country. Films that advocate for same-sex marriages, homosexuality or any outlawed practices shall not be allowed for exhibition, or distribution within the country,” KFCB said.

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The film was produced in 2020 by Toni Kamau which highlights the experiences of Samuel Asilikwa after coming out as a gay man in the streets of Nairobi. It also shows his experience of rejection from from friends and some family members.

 

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