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: 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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The Unwritten With: SCOTT THE VIOLINIST – ON MUSIC, FRIENDSHIPS, SADNESS & LIFE’S LESSONS

Scott The Violinist and I plan to meet in Lavington, at the Mambo Italia restaurant. He arrives late, and in a panic.

“I’m so sorry! I really am. I had a class that ended late.”

I’m smiling. And I’m confused. “What class?”

Scott tells me he teaches a group of children how to play the violin. He likes it.

“Kids are the most beautiful thing. They are honest in their feedback. When they love something, they love it. And if they don’t, they simply don’t,” Scott explains, before apologizing again.

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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?

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