The Unwritten With: BITANGE NDEMO – ON LONELINESS, WEIGHT LOSS, & BOUNCING BACK UP

I’m at the University of Nairobi’s Business School in Lower Kabete. It’s 11a.m, on a Wednesday, and I’m about to meet Dr. Bitange Ndemo.

At his office, there’s a lady about to leave, there’s me waiting to get in, and there are two, briefcase-carrying gentlemen, waiting to go in after me. It’s a busy day for Bitange.

Bitange is an associate professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi. He has, under his belt, a PhD in Industrial Economics, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.

Read more The Unwritten With: BITANGE NDEMO – ON LONELINESS, WEIGHT LOSS, & BOUNCING BACK UP

The Unwritten With: UDUAK AMIMO – ON LIFE BEYOND THE FAME

It is Thursday: a notable national personality has just been confirmed dead, it’s pouring with rain, and there’s an awful car accident on James Gichuru road. Also, I’m scheduled to have a meeting with Uduak Amimo, and she’s arrived before me, I’m panicking. 

Uduak and I meet at the Toranj Restaurant in Lavington. With the rain serving as a backdrop for our conversation, we cover everything from death to aging to children, partners, regrets, pain, and dreams. 

Uduak is a full-blown introvert. She’s also tough, and cautious, and quite sassy. Her sassiness is, however, reserved for a few. If you could make her just comfortable enough, you could get to see her sassiness. The sassiness is in her words, and facial expressions, and hand gestures. 

Read more The Unwritten With: UDUAK AMIMO – ON LIFE BEYOND THE FAME

The Unwritten With: JEFF KOINANGE – ON WORKING FOR CNN, IVF, BROKENESS & FAME

Jeff Koinange and  I meet at Hurlingham’s Best Western Hotel, (now Four Points By Sheraton). Jeff has, in person, as much of a presence about him as he does on TV.

The air around him makes almost everything come to a standstill, and it’s not just about the fame and popularity, the effect has something to do with his individuality. It’s the kind of effect that makes heads turn.

Jeff steps out of his very swanky car crisply dressed, with sunglasses on, and, before he can even get to the hotel’s main entrance from the parking lot, passersby start waving at him. He warmly acknowledges all of them, it’s an interesting sight to see, this, his humility.

When I finally get to him, Jeff foregoes the common, firm, handshake, instead, we are hugging and exchanging social kisses by the cheeks, like long lost friends.

Read more The Unwritten With: JEFF KOINANGE – ON WORKING FOR CNN, IVF, BROKENESS & FAME

The Unwritten With: KIRIGO NG’ARUA – PICKING UP THE PIECES

The news was out, Citizen Television, and by extension, Royal Media Services, had “fired” tens of its employees.

The list of staff who had been let go had leaked online, among them, Kirigo Ng’arua, one of the TV station’s top news anchors. She was second on the list.

Kirigo and I schedule to have lunch at Kilimani’s Under The Radar restaurant. She shows up only a few minutes late and is quick to acknowledge this: “I’m so sorry. I’m usually on time. I make it a point to always be on time, but this day has been a strange one.  It’s been a tricky one.”

Five minutes later, and we are done with the small talk, we’ve gone all in.

Read more The Unwritten With: KIRIGO NG’ARUA – PICKING UP THE PIECES

The Unwritten With: OTIENDE AMOLLO – UP, CLOSE & PERSONAL

When I first heard of Hon. Otiende Amollo’s recent collapse, I was instantly gutted. And confused. And on Ralphe Bunche Road, trying to figure out what turn I was actually meant to take.

Otiende and I had had a beautiful lunch only a few days prior, and an even more beautiful conversation during that afternoon. And then this? A collapse? What did a “collapse,” mean? What did that really mean? How did it happen? Was he okay? Would he be okay?

And then there were more questions, I had Otiende’s story in my hands; what did this mean for his story? How would I tell it? Should I change anything?

Read more The Unwritten With: OTIENDE AMOLLO – UP, CLOSE & PERSONAL