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.

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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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The Unwritten With: JOEY MUTHENGI – ON TV, FAKE FRIENDSHIPS, & NOT WANTING CHILDREN

Joey Muthengi. She’s an introvert. A loner. A philanthropist. And an industrious hard-worker.

For this interview, Joey was raw, authentic, and she held nothing back. We agreed that she would only speak her truth; and her truth, did she speak.

Professionally, Joey is, in summary, a media personality. She has, over the years, worked with various media entities as a radio presenter, video jockey, reality music show host, and most recently, worked at Citizen TV,  as a weekday breakfast show co-host, before she resigned.

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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: TARURI GATERE – NO, SHE DOESN’T WANT CHILDREN

Tarurî  Gatere was bold enough to go on television, and talk about why she doesn’t want children. And then, the internet erupted.

Viewers were angry. Families were furious. People could not believe that a lady who seemed to have so much going for her, would come out to proclaim such bold statements on national television. (Some people could.)

It was the talk of the nation for the following one week. Tarurî  was receiving all kinds of messages on her phone, emails, and social media inboxes. It was a country gone wild.

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