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: NANCIE MWAI – ON BLOGGING, RELATIONSHIPS & LIFE

When it comes to fashion blogging, Nancie Mwai remains a darling to thousands of her followers, both in Kenya and across the borders.

Nancie, one of the country’s blogging originals, started making her mark when everyone else was still trying to understand the digital space. She started with her blog, The Fashion Notebook, before evolving and diversifying into vlogs, on her YouTube channel.

Nancie is doing so well for herself, that she now gets to travel locally and internationally, representing and endorsing brands.

It is a serene, dewy, early Saturday morning, when Nancie shows up at Palacina Restaurant, impeccably decked out, high heels on and with make-up like that of a super model’s.

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The Unwritten With: JEFF KOINANGE – ON WORKING FOR CNN, IVF, BROKENESS & FAME

Jeff Koinange and  I meet at Hurlingham’s Best Western Hotel, (now Four Points By Sheraton). Jeff has, in person, as much of a presence about him as he does on TV.

The air around him makes almost everything come to a standstill, and it’s not just about the fame and popularity, the effect has something to do with his individuality. It’s the kind of effect that makes heads turn.

Jeff steps out of his very swanky car crisply dressed, with sunglasses on, and, before he can even get to the hotel’s main entrance from the parking lot, passersby start waving at him. He warmly acknowledges all of them, it’s an interesting sight to see, this, his humility.

When I finally get to him, Jeff foregoes the common, firm, handshake, instead, we are hugging and exchanging social kisses by the cheeks, like long lost friends.

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The Unwritten With: KIRIGO NG’ARUA – PICKING UP THE PIECES

The news was out, Citizen Television, and by extension, Royal Media Services, had “fired” tens of its employees.

The list of staff who had been let go had leaked online, among them, Kirigo Ng’arua, one of the TV station’s top news anchors. She was second on the list.

Kirigo and I schedule to have lunch at Kilimani’s Under The Radar restaurant. She shows up only a few minutes late and is quick to acknowledge this: “I’m so sorry. I’m usually on time. I make it a point to always be on time, but this day has been a strange one.  It’s been a tricky one.”

Five minutes later, and we are done with the small talk, we’ve gone all in.

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