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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The Unwritten With: ALLAN GICHIGI – LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS

Meet Allan Gichigi. He is the lad you’ve been seeing on the uber cool Tembea Kenya advertisement, on his journey to Mount Suswa.

Allan is a lover of life. And down to earth. And downright hilarious. Also, he is the true definition of someone with the memory of a goldfish. A number of times during the interview, he stops to say, in laughter, “I’ve lost my train of thought again. What was I saying?”

Allan grew up in the Coast, studied Communication at Daystar University, travelled to the UK for his Masters and has been a practising photographer since 2007.

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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: 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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