The Unwritten With: ADELLE ONYANGO – THE UNSTOPPABLE RISING STAR

Radio presenter Adelle Onyango confirms our meet-up a few hours before the set time. It’s sudden, but she apologizes; she was meant to travel, but had to cancel at the very last minute, and thought she’d instead make time for the interview.

The United States International University – Africa (USIU-A) alumnus shows up at The Carnivore in her tall, slender frame, donning a bright smile and saying hello to everyone on her way, all the waiters included.

As we settle down for the interview, Adelle looks at the monkeys surrounding us, and tells a story about being on a trip once, and the tour guide warning the group she was in, that monkeys aren’t very polite towards women.

In light of this warning, Adelle panics every time a monkey approaches our table, and laughs, as she proves her point, since every time the monkeys see our (male) photographer, they dash away. It’s a hilarious occurrence, one that softens the mood, before I ask Adelle some very personal questions, involving her being raped.

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The Unwritten With: IRUNGU HOUGHTON – ON DIVORCE, DISABILITY & DARING TO DREAM


My meeting with Irungu Houghton, started on the backdrop of a bit of a chaotic scene. The night before had been pouring mercilessly, and the morning of our meeting was nothing but a rage of floods in most parts of the city.

Since Nairobi was still quite wet, we had to change our would-be venue, from J’s Kitchen in Westlands, to his offices at Amnesty International.

I arrive at Irungu’s offices, it’s still pouring a fair amount, and it seems like there’s nowhere to park. But wait, something interesting happens. One of the guards approaches me with his umbrella in tow, greets me, I greet him back, and then he proceeds to confirm that there’s no parking available.

He then asks who I’ll be going to see. The moment I mention, “Irungu Houghton,” the guard stands taller, he smiles wider, and quickly remembers there was a vacant parking slot somewhere. It’s an interesting sight to behold, this, my sudden change of fate, upon the mention of a name.

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The Unwritten With: PATRICIA KIHORO – SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Patricia Kihoro is a singer, songwriter, actress, radio presenter and emcee. She first rose into public recognition, through the reality-TV, music talent show, Tusker Project Fame. From there, she went on to release songs, as she diversified herself.

Now, Patricia has her own YouTube channel, sharing with her viewers some of her real life experiences, including travel adventures and make-up routines.

On the afternoon that I’m set to meet her, Patricia alights from the Bodaboda (motorbike), and shows up in a lot of colours.

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The Unwritten With: NANCIE MWAI – ON BLOGGING, RELATIONSHIPS & LIFE

When it comes to fashion blogging, Nancie Mwai remains a darling to thousands of her followers, both in Kenya and across the borders.

Nancie, one of the country’s blogging originals, started making her mark when everyone else was still trying to understand the digital space. She started with her blog, The Fashion Notebook, before evolving and diversifying into vlogs, on her YouTube channel.

Nancie is doing so well for herself, that she now gets to travel locally and internationally, representing and endorsing brands.

It is a serene, dewy, early Saturday morning, when Nancie shows up at Palacina Restaurant, impeccably decked out, high heels on and with make-up like that of a super model’s.

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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.

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