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: TABITHA TONGOI – CRAVING YELLOW

My phone pings, it’s Gmail. Just as I unlock the screen and try to read the new email, I hear footsteps, they are of heels. Soon after, a confident voice calls out my name. Tabitha Tongoi greets, laughs, smiles and gives me a warm, hearty hug all at once.

It takes me a minute to register what is happening. Tabitha’s energy is exuberant. And contagious. And infectious. Defining her as bubbly would be a grave understatement.

Impeccably dressed in a black top, black pants and a crisp white blazer, Tabitha exclaims: “Yvonne! You look like such a journalist!”

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The Unwritten With: KANGAI MWITI – FIERCELY CHASING HER DREAMS

Kangai Mwiti and I meet at the boutique, Tune Hotel, in Westlands. It’s a warm and wet afternoon when Kangai shows up in a casual patterned dress and open sandals. No make-up. Her hair is in large simple cornrows that she seems to have had done herself.

I’m shocked. And confused.

I did not expect the founder of Bellesa Africa, a brand that is all about make-up, to have shown up with no make-up at all,  be in simple attire and not don a long, expensive, Brazillian weave.

Kangai makes herself comfortable and brushes me off, “I’m actually not about that life.”

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