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.

He is also an expert writer for some of the country’s top daily papers.

We are sitting on opposite sides of his desk, in his extremely minimalist office, when Bitange tells me about his childhood. He has 39 siblings, they grew up in poverty, and things like bread, were such a luxury for them – they only had it for Christmas.

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The Unwritten With: DR. WALE AKINYEMI – ON BETRAYAL, HAWKING, AND TRANSFORMING LIVES

I am in Dr. Wale Akinyemi’s home, in Karen.

Outside, the compound is green, and lush, and large.

Inside, the house is magnificent, with warm earthy tones for the decor, interesting black hardwood for the dinning area, and photos of him, his wife and their three, now young-adult children, on the walls.

Nothing about Wale’s home is pretentious. Nothing.

On the mid-morning that I arrive, it’s a busy home, full of life and activity. There are delicious aromas coming from their open-plan kitchen, there are people going up and down the stairs with cameras and lights, and his two sons are also around, going about their own business (their sister is in school).

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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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The Unwritten With: IAN DUNCAN – UNPACKING HIS LIFE AS A WRITER

You might want to know who Ian Duncan is. He is a writer, a student, a son, a sibling, and he is soft-spoken. He also makes people laugh on social media.

Ian is finding his groove as a writer; he currently works for Citizen TV, and for fun, he expresses himself through Mister Left, a humour blog he runs with his friend.

When I ask about his big break careerwise, Ian, of course, mentions Citizen TV. And then he goes on to narrate a rather bizarre story.

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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.

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