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A moment with Brian Mbunde

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Brian Mbunde found a passion for content creation and has stuck by it to date. The renowned Twitter personality realized he could influence others from a young age by getting his peers to try out something he recommended. This could be the best place to eat, which field to go play football and so on. With the fast-growing world, digital marketing has flourished, making people like Brian indispensable. We catch up with him to get a better understanding of his role and experience in the industry.

You have been on Twitter for the longest time. Since 2009! How can you compare it to Twitter now?

The worst thing now is that there are people creating parody accounts. There are those who care about the content they put up but also those who don’t. There has also been a rise in influencers hence increased con cases. Believability has become a challenge for influencers. You have to come up with better content to convince someone to consume your product.

Do you think influencing is exclusive to young people only or older people can do it too?

Everyone can influence. There are some things that someone else could be knowledgeable about and I’m not. At the end of the day, influencing narrows down to the experience you have with a product.

So, the top Twitter personality of the year 2015. How did that come to play?

Well, to be honest, I did not expect this award. First of all I had not applied for the nomination and only when scrolling through the nominees did I come across my name. I decided to chill and see the outcome.

When they called my name as the winner at the event known to be held by SoMA, I had a moment of denial. After a while, it hit me that I had actually won and had to come up with an acceptance speech.

What do your parents think about your career path?

They are very supportive. I remember when I won the Top Twitter Personality of the Year Award, everyone jumped up screaming with elation. My mum played a role in promoting my nomination on WhatsApp groups and was so excited when I got the award.

 

As an influencer, where do you want to be in the next five years?

Being an influencer, your biggest dream is that the job is paying for your bills. You could decide to take time off and still cash in because you’ve already established a team that is getting the job done. I also want to have promoted something that made a positive impact and changed lives.

What’s your take on influencing being taught in schools?

The thing with influencing is, it’s not like driving where you are shown step by step how to start a car and get it on the road. It is more like walking. Someone will teach you how to walk but your style will be unique to you. What matters most in this profession is creativity.

Some see Twitter as a toxic platform, with the trolls and banters that have become a norm. What can you say about this?

People nowadays don’t care about the consequences that come with their actions. Twitter then was a new platform and young people were not that active. Now more of them are joining bringing up a conflict of interest between them and older people who’ve been there for a while.

Also, society’s standards have seen more people showing off and it brings with it competition. Sometimes they get personal and it may lead to banter.

What is your advice on this perception?

At the end of the day, everyone wants to live up to society’s standards so they go to extreme extents to show that on social media. People borrow cars and even friends just for show and this comes with peer pressure. Do not let these things get to you because it’s never that serious.

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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.

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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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