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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY!

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Time travel feels like an ancient tradition rooted in old mythologies, old as gods and dragons. It isn’t. It is the ability to go back in time and feel history, see it, and revel in it. Dare I even say, you can almost taste it. So, this week, we look at the key moments that shaped the nation and changed the course of our country’s history. This is a week in history.

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On January 15, 2019, an attack occurred at the Dusit D2 Complex in Westlands, Chiromo, resulting in the loss of 22 civilian lives. Five armed terrorists gained entry to the premises and carried out activities that added another tragic event to Kenya’s history of terror attacks. However, the Kenya Defense Forces and the National Police Service were well-prepared to handle such situations, having gained experience from previous incidents like the Westgate Attack in 2013 and the Garissa University Attack in 2015. They swiftly responded, working together to rescue hostages, eliminate all five militants, and finally bring an end to the siege by the following day, January 16, at 10:00 am.

On January 17, 2008, Koffi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General, arrived in Kenya to mediate the conflict that had arisen between former President Kibaki and former Prime Minister Odinga, as well as their respective supporters. The December 2007 elections had been marred by allegations of electoral manipulation, leading to disputes over the victory of Mr. Kibaki. Following Mr. Kibaki’s inauguration on December 30th, Mr. Odinga called for mass protests across the country, which ultimately sparked widespread violence and crimes committed by Kenyans against each other. Today, we solemnly remember all those who tragically lost their lives and extend our heartfelt prayers to those who suffered losses in terms of loved ones and property.

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On January 18, 1967, the Kenya African National Union was announced by Former President Jomo Kenyatta. This announcement held significant importance as the country was in its early stages and required a symbol of unity. It called for leaders from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities to come together and advocate for the Kenyan flag. The original members, including Jomo Kenyatta, Tom Mboya, Daniel Moi, Jaramogi Oginga, and others, aimed to unify the nation and prevent tribalism. However, they were idealists Je wangekuwa mambo yangekuwa sawa?.

After the passing of Mzee Kenyatta, Moi took the oath of office as Kenya’s second president on January 20th, 1978. This was a significant moment as it facilitated a peaceful and lawful transfer of power from one administration to another. It also marked the transition from Kikuyu-dominated ethnic politics to Kalenjin-led ethnic politics, potentially indicating a shift in the allocation of government and natural resources. In a time of mourning and uncertainty for the Kenyan people, Moi pledged to combat tribalism and corruption and to carry on in the footsteps of Mzee Kenyatta hence, the ‘tufuate nyayo’slogan. Wewe unajua kama alitimiza. Mine is to facilitate the time travel. What you do with it, is up to you.

On January 21, 1969, Thomas Mboya, a well-known politician and the Minister of Economic Planning and Development at the time, was murdered by Nahashon Isaac Njenga Njoroge, who was a trade unionist. This event led to widespread demonstrations and unrest, fueling ethnic divisions between the Kikuyu and Luo communities in the country.

With that, the journey of looking back in time comes to an end. Join me next week. Same place, same time. Until then, Auf Wiedersehen.

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Beyonce Launches Inclusive Hair Care Line Cécred

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Beyoncé has officially launched her highly anticipated hair care line, ‘Cécred’, offering a diverse range of shampoos, conditioners, and treatments catering to various hair types from coily to straight, and fine to coarse.

The 42-year-old singer unveiled ‘Cécred’ through a captivating Instagram campaign in early February, where she reminisced about her humble beginnings, revealing that her first job was sweeping hair in her mother’s salon.

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In a heartfelt statement, Beyoncé expressed her aspiration to continue her mother’s legacy of empowering women through hair care, stating, “I saw firsthand how the ways we nurture and celebrate hair can directly impact our souls.” Emphasizing the importance of self-expression, Beyonce added, “I want everyone to have the freedom to express their hair in ways that make them feel good.”

Drawing inspiration from her upbringing and her mother’s entrepreneurial spirit, Beyoncé credited her early lessons in business to her mother, Tina Knowles, who ran a salon in Houston during the 1980s. Reflecting on her journey, Beyoncé shared, “My entire life and career, I’ve worn my hair in so many different ways… I want everyone to have the freedom to express their hair in ways that make them feel good.”

The Grammy-winning artist highlighted the significance of inclusivity in product development, particularly for Black women who are often underrepresented in hair care testing. “Every hair texture deserves testing, research, and development,” Beyonce emphasized. Beyoncé also acknowledged her mother’s invaluable contribution to the creation of ‘Cécred’, leveraging her expertise from running a salon and challenging conventional norms in hair care.

Tina Knowles, who serves as the company’s vice chair, emphasized the fusion of advanced hair care technology with traditional rituals, stating, “Now Cécred has the latest science with tried-and-true rituals passed down from generations before.” The initial collection, named ‘Foundation’, offers essential products such as a clarifying shampoo, scalp scrub, hair mask, and a rose-scented fermented rice treatment.

With prices ranging from $20 to $52, the ‘Foundation’ collection is available on the official website, cecred.com. Beyoncé’s venture into hair care marks another milestone in her entrepreneurial journey, complementing her previous endeavors in fashion and athleisure.

Through ‘Cécred’, she aims to celebrate healthy hair for all women, embracing diversity and empowerment in every strand.

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Nyota Ndogo Announces The Arrival Of Her Baby Boy With Danish Hubby

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Nyota Ndogo, the 43-year-old singer from the Coast, and her 60-year-old Danish husband, Henning Nielsen, have joyously welcomed a new addition to their family – a baby boy named Abdalla.

Announcing the birth on social media, the Watu na Viatu singer shared a touching photo of the newborn shortly after his arrival, expressing her delight. She couldn’t help but notice the unique blend of features in her son, noting his silky hair resembling his father’s while acknowledging that he takes after her in other aspects. However, despite her happiness, she confessed to feeling apprehensive about potential accusations of infidelity due to their son’s complexion.

“Karibu nyumbani mwanangu. Ila hii rangi sinitaambiwa nimechiti. Yani umeamua nywele ndio uchukue ya baba rangi ndio hii yetu. Karibu Abdalla. (URITHI TUNAO),” Nyota Ndogo wrote on Saturday, February 17.

With the arrival of Abdalla, Nyota Ndogo and Henning’s family now have six children, marking their first child together. Nyota Ndogo brings a daughter and son from previous relationships, while Henning has three children of his own.

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Bien Recruits Kenyan Singer Xenia Manasseh And Ugandan Hitmaker Joshua Baraka For His Upcoming Europe Tour

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Bien is gearing up for his inaugural solo tour across Europe, marking a significant milestone in his career.

Having previously toured the continent with Sauti Sol in 2022 and 2023 as part of their farewell tour, the acclaimed singer is now embarking on a solo journey that will take him through eight vibrant cities.

The tour, named after his debut solo album, “Alusa Why Are You Topless?”, is scheduled to commence in March. Released to critical acclaim in November 2023, the album has garnered widespread recognition, with one of its tracks, ‘Ma Cherie’, earning a spot among Rolling Stones’ 40 best Afropop songs of 2023.

It will be an East African affair as Kenyan R&B singer Xenia Manasseh and Ugandan hitmaker Joshua Baraka are set to join Bien on his European tour.

Beginning on Thursday, March 7th, Bien will grace the stage in Paris, France, setting the tone for an electrifying journey. From there, he’ll make his way to Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Monday, March 11th, followed by a performance in Brussels, Belgium, on the subsequent day.

Continuing his musical odyssey, the ‘Mbwe Mbwe’ crooner will enchant audiences in Germany, with shows in Cologne on Friday, March 15th, and Berlin on Sunday, March 17th. The tour’s second leg will then take him to London on Monday, March 18th, before concluding in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Wednesday, March 20th.

Wrapping up his European escapade with a flourish, Bien will deliver a mesmerizing finale in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, March 22nd. This tour promises to be a captivating showcase of his musical prowess and an unforgettable experience for audiences across Europe.

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