The Unwritten With: CLAIRE ONEKO – ON LIFE BEYOND HER FAMOUS POLITICAL SURNAME

Claire Oneko is a dreamer, a creative, and a film producer. She has with her, an extensive South African education and work experience under her belt. Her work has, over time, involved  some very impressive clients, this including KFC, the fast food chain.

On the day of her interview, Claire arrives at The Carnivore right on time. It’s mid-morning and she tells me she needs to get back home in good time, because they’re having a family gathering with her in-laws. She would also like to beat the rains.

As we walk into Carnivore from the parking lot, I ask about her surname, seeing as on her blog and on emails, she’d interacted with me using her brand name: Claire Ash Meadow, a name I found interesting.

She reveals, to my surprise, that her full name is Claire Ashlee Oneko. She is from the famous Oneko political family, and Achieng Oneko, who was a member of the historic, heroic and admirable Kapenguria Six, was her grandfather.

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The Unwritten With: VICTORIA RUBADIRI – APPRECIATING HER JOURNEY TO THE TOP

You want to meet Victoria Rubadiri, at least once in your lifetime. Watching her on TV working as a journalist and news anchor,  Victoria is, in person, everything you imagine her to be: extremely articulate, confident, polite and straight-talking.

Victoria on TV, comes across as someone who knows what she wants out of life, and she does. She is very self-aware: she knows what works for her, what doesn’t, as well as how to work with her strengths, and how to accept her flaws.

For an in-depth conversation, Victoria and I met at the jaw-dropping Gem Suites in Riverside.

Over an immaculately-presented lunch at the suites’ Argenti Restaurant, Victoria talked to me about living and studying in the USA, surviving the tough times of being a teen-mum, relocating back to Kenya, hunting for a job, and finally finding her way into and through the relatively crowded, local media industry.

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The Unwritten With: CIRŪ NGIGI – VULNERABLE AND OWNING IT

You know of Cirū  Ngigi, right? If you are, at this very moment, trying to figure out where you know the name from, here’s a decent guess, it’s probably from Facebook.

Because Cirū is big on Facebook. She’s big on Facebook because people love her. And they love her because her posts are  inclusive, and progressive, and vulnerable, and often very hilarious.

Cirū, on Facebook, posts about almost everything. On her posts, Cirū  talks about friendships, relationships, self-love, the education system, politics, governance, religion, and, of late, she’s really been swearing by Tinga Tinga Tales (a praise-worthy musical currently showing in Nairobi, throughout the month of September).

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The Unwritten With: MANASEH NYAINDA – YOUNG, AMBITIOUS, DIFFERENT AND UNAPOLOGETIC

Today’s feature is on Manaseh Nyainda, a man who, as we were initially organising for this interview, addressed me by my surname, said he absolutely loves it, then we laughed, and had our rapport instantly cemented.

As I walk into The Node, in Westlands, I instantly spot Manaseh, because he’s the guy with his head bent towards the table, wholly consumed by his phone. I also know it is him because in that posture, he looks exactly like he does on one of his profile photos on Facebook.

As we make our order, Manaseh asks for a hot drink, no snack. Shortly after the waitress leaves, Manaseh tells me that he only takes one meal per day, dinner.

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The Unwritten With: FAROUQUE ABDELA – THE MAN WHO DRESSED PRINCESS DIANA

Farouque Abdela is an established, and internationally reknowned fashion designer based in Zanzibar.

Albeit  born in Zanzibar, he lived in the United Kingdom for most of his life. Almost four decades later, Farouque returned to set up base in Stone Town.

In Zanzibar, everyone seems to know who Farouque is. Everyone has something to say about Farouque. And it’s all good stuff.

Once we landed  in Zanzibar, I couldn’t wait to meet him; this man whose reputation preceded him.

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