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: UDUAK AMIMO – LIFE BEYOND THE FAME

It is Thursday: Yvonne Wamalwa has just been confirmed dead, it’s pouring with rain, and there’s an awful car accident on James Gichuru road. Also, I’m scheduled to have a meeting with Uduak Amimo, and she’s arrived before me, I’m panicking. 

Uduak and I meet at the Toranj Restaurant in Lavington. With the rain serving as a backdrop for our conversation, we cover everything from death to aging to children, partners, regrets, pain, and dreams. 

Uduak is a full-blown introvert. She’s also tough, and careful, and, very sassy. Her sassiness is, however, reserved for a few. If you could make her just comfortable enough, you could get to see her sassiness. The sassiness is in her words, and facial expressions, and hand gestures. 

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The Unwritten With: YVONNE OKWARA – A CANDID CONVERSATION

It took almost two months, since first reaching out to her, before I finally had a sit-down with Yvonne Okwara. And it wasn’t for the lack of trying. 

We tried to get together so much so, that it got to a point I began to worry about my text messages coming across as spam. This was a sentiment Yvonne instantly dismissed; because in person, she’s graceful, and warm.  

Yvonne and I finally meet at Eka Hotel’s Spur Restaurant, along Mombasa Road. When Yvonne arrives for our lunch, two things about her strike me the most: her frame, and her perfume. 

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The Unwritten With: GRACE MAUREEN WAIRIMU – ON HOPE AMIDST DEPRESSION & SUICIDE

Grace Maureen Wairimu, is a lawyer by profession, trainer by practice and singer by hobby. She struggles with clinical depression and suicidal thoughts.

We meet on a warm weekday afternoon at a café situated along Argwings Kodhek Road, Hurlingham, just next door from where she works.

Grace shows up right on time and immediately asks that we change sitting positions. Being surrounded with people makes her uncomfortable. It intimidates her. She wants an isolated table, no food, just a milkshake.

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