The Unwritten With: FORMER PRIME MINISTER RAILA ODINGA – ON DEATH, REGRETS & WOMEN

In a quiet, glorious, island off Seme, in the Western part of Kenya, arrives an energetic team of politicians. They settle at a large balcony, with a beautiful view of the picturesque Maboko Island, and indulge in their drinks as well as the banter of the day.

As they exchange tales and wait to be served their meals, Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, or RAO, as he’s affectionately known by his fans and followers, gets up to take a short walk and it’s at this stage, that we bump into each other, heading towards opposite directions.

Raila, who was once the Deputy Director of the Kenya Bureau of Standards, is at this juncture, only accompanied by two of his colleagues. We shake hands and exchange greetings. Raila says he’d been told I’m a writer. I confirm that I am, then I enquire if, by virtue of being a profile writer, I could ask him some questions. Read more The Unwritten With: FORMER PRIME MINISTER RAILA ODINGA – ON DEATH, REGRETS & WOMEN

The Unwritten With: HON. OLAGO ALUOCH – THE ACCIDENT, THE ISLAND & THE MARRIAGE

Hon. John Olago Aluoch and I first met in his office at Continental House, NairobiSeated behind a heavy desk, in a crisp suit, remotes neatly aligned and the TV tuned to the latest news update, was Olago.

Hon. Aluoch, who in his younger days yearned to be a catholic priest or a soldier,  is an advocate by profession and a current Member of Parliament (M.P). Five minutes into the conversation, and Olago intrigues me with details of this island he owns, that I had absolutely no idea about, prior to this meeting.

Maboko Island Resort (Camp Tom), is  located about one hour’s drive from Kisumu, just off an area called Seme. It’s about five acres large.

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The Unwritten With: PENNY NYAMBURA – A DJ, A MODEL & AN EVENT PLANNER

Extremely multi-talented and multi-skilled, Penny Nyambura has almost literally done it all. For school, she studied at Kianda, Serare and finished off her primary education at Thika Road Academy. For secondary schooling, she was at St. Francis Mang’u and St. Lucie Kiriri.

“St. Francis was tough life!” she says, laughing. “There was a bit of culture shock, but I think it helped nurture me, I feel like I can now deal with people from all walks of life.”

Penny and I meet at the culturally authentic Le Palanka restaurant in Lavington. The restaurant serves a great variety of African dishes, this including Nigerian Ewedu, Senegalese Dibi and an assortment of Kenyan cuisine.

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The Unwritten With: SITAWA WAFULA – SURVIVING RAPE & BEING BIPOLAR

Sitawa Wafula was on her way to church one Sunday when she ended up in a friend’s house. At the house, her drink was spiked that morning and she was raped. When she regained consciousness that afternoon, she was raped again.

Prior to this, Sitawa was epileptic,  and she had now just been raped, twice, in one day, by a supposed friend. She later became depressed, suicidal and bipolar. One woman, dealing with epilepsy, rape, depression, suicide and bipolar.

In a TV interview, Sitawa Wafula shared her story.  She did it in a manner so priceless: with grace and poise and strength. Strength that only a handful of people in the world could ever possess.

As I watched the interview, I shook out of sadness, fear, despair and agony. But also out of hope, faith, optimism and wealth. Wealth that could only be found from a story so strong. The woman being interviewed also had depth. A depth so contagious.

I wanted to interview Sitawa. I wanted her to look me in the eyes and tell me this story. Somehow, I thought, if she just told me the story in person, maybe I would seriously see God with my own eyes, because that, that is a woman whose life God reigns through.

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The Unwritten With: EDWARD NYANARO – MODELLING THE CAREER

Edward Nyanaro is a Kenyan model, singer, voice over artist, actor and talent agent. He is one of the current young minds that tap into their creativity and try to make the best of it, including giving opportunities to other young folks.

Edward has featured in shows such as: Lies That Bind, Shuga, Mali and Sumu La Penzi. He is also the marketing manager and founder of the talent agency, 254 Talent Management.

In featuring his story,  I wanted to find out what the journey has been like for one who aims to make others’ dreams come true.

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Name: Edward Nyanaro

Occupation: I am a singer with Fiesta Milele accapella group, actor – currently on Africa Magic Swahili’s Sumu La Penzi, commercial model, voice over artist and casting agent with 254 Talent Management.

What does your job as a casting agent involve?

My job entails fitting models to briefs that I get from clients and sending them to audition and  book the available jobs. I send photos of models to clients for approval especially for print adverts, making sure they are dressed according to briefs given by the clients and ensuring they keep time for the auditions. I also negotiate pricing for the models for either runway or commercial castings.

How long have you modeled for?

I’ve been modelling since March of 2009 to date, say five years now.

What did you do before modelling?

I started modeling when I was still working for an insurance company, CFC Life Insurance from late 2007 before which I hawked in Nairobi for three weeks hence getting my job in insurance.

Insurance and modelling, any similarities?

The similarity would be having to sell something in different perspectives. In modeling, the selling stops at the last flash of a camera while in insurance, it goes on day in day out.

What are the main differences between the two?

Insurance had serious targets to meet every week. I was a busy young guy who sold life insurance, personal accident covers,medical covers, air travel insurance, car insurance yet modeling is graceful. Taking photos in different outfits with a smile is what I remember I first did before I started booking adverts from TV commercials to print then billboards.

What are the best things about modelling?

The best would be booking adverts, that’s the most fulfilling period. Of course there’s the time on set where you are well taken care of (pampered) then the time the advert is out, running on either TV or up on a billboard then comes the attention :).

And what are the most common misconceptions about the job? Read more The Unwritten With: EDWARD NYANARO – MODELLING THE CAREER