The Unwritten With: LARRY ASEGO – COMEDY IS SERIOUS BUSINESS

When I asked Larry Asego, the radio presenter, for an interview, he asked me, “Are you going to ask me those bogus questions all interviewers ask? Because I have those ready on copy paste.”

I froze. This was a lot of pressure.

A month passed by before Larry and I finally got to do the interview.

Larry, is a busy man. He’s a comedian with a serious contagious sense of humour. He’s a radio host, an MC and an eloquent French speaker. He is also a doting father and he knows his food!

Larry is a guy who when quite a number of celebrities tremble when being interviewed by John Sibi Okumu, he, on the other hand, answers the questions like a boss. Like a man who’s knowledgeable; a man who knows what he’s talking about; a man who knows where he’s come from and where he’s going; a man who’s a master at his game.

Here is more on Larry Asego…

 

Name: Larry Asego

Occupation: Father, Radio Presenter, Teacher

A radio presenter, French teacher, comedian and MC, is there anything else you possibly do that’s not on that list?

Father. It’s a full time job that surpasses everything else. I’ve done a bit of TV as well.

Juggling all these gigs, what’s a typical day like?

Hectic. I’d love to wake up at 9am, but I wake up earlier than usual because my son doesn’t care about how my day is. Then I go to Alliance Francaise for my classes to teach French until around 1pm, then I head for my radio show at Classic 105 that goes until 7pm. I then go to class until 8.30pm at University of Nairobi where I’m doing my Masters.

If I have an MC gig then it probably goes until midnight or so. So I get home at like 1am. If I don’t have an MC gig, I’m probably rehearsing for a play. If I get home early, I read a bit then go to bed by around 10.30pm – 11pm. Read more The Unwritten With: LARRY ASEGO – COMEDY IS SERIOUS BUSINESS

The Unwritten With: GERALD LANGIRI – ON LIFE BEYOND ACTING

When a friend asked me to interview Gerald Langiri, I was hesitant. I’d seen him on a few shows and the few episodes I’d watched were definitely memorable.

Gerald worked as a host for an internet show called In The Forest, rightly named because it was shot in an actual forest.

However, the interviews were out of the ordinary and the guests were almost always clueless of what was going on, up until they were seated and Gerald showed up in a leopard print night gown, or with a hair brush, or actually, until he started asking the questions. He asked them questions on everything really: acting, competition, boobs, sexual orientations and even who’s sleeping with who.

Unconventional to say the least.

This saw a lady walk out on Gerald while an interview was on, another one come back and slap him in the course of a different interview and a guy show up and beat him up unexpectedly.  So yes, I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to take the risk and interview him. I wasn’t sure what to expect, until he absolutely surprised me and actually proved all the ideas I had of him wrong.

Gerald is engaging, knowledgeable and incredibly talented.  He also has such a generous spirit and openly told me about the acting world, his struggles, triumphs, ambitions and a bit about his past battle with alcohol. Oh, and also how best he prefers to devour chicken!

 

Name: Gerald Langiri but my close friends and family call me Gerry.

Occupation: Actor and Casting Director

“In the forest”…what exactly is the story behind it?

In The Forest…funny story. Being the founder of http://actors.co.ke/en/ and having so much love for Kenyan actors, I wanted a TV talk show for actors by actors so that the public could get to know more about our Kenyan actors who were not that known.

I approached two producers who thought the idea wasn’t big enough for TV. One stated,  “You don’t have a talk show to make celebrities, instead you call celebrities to a talk show.” That made me think of changing the idea and making a crazy fun talk show where, irrespective of who the guest is, someone can still watch and enjoy the show.

I then approached Alex Konstantaras, (a producer and director whose previous work have been somewhat crazy) with the idea of doing a crazy talk show and he liked the idea. We worked on it together and In The Forest came to be…called so because it’s actually shot in a forest.

It doesn’t air on TV despite it getting a large number of followers on YouTube and that is partly because TV stations are claiming it’s too edgy for TV. Some sponsors have also shied away from it as much as they love the show because it won’t sit well with their corporate image.So at the moment we are working on getting sponsors before working on another season or we might just come up with something new all together.

And House of Lungula, a brief summary on what it was about?

A sexy comedy on the sexual habits of Kenyans… a movie set to be released in October…you said briefly. 🙂 Read more The Unwritten With: GERALD LANGIRI – ON LIFE BEYOND ACTING

The Unwritten With: YVONNE BULIMO – THE ACCENT, THE FAME & THE HATERS

Yvonne Bulimo left the United States for Kenya hoping to get a career in radio. Like many on the job hunt in this economy, she wasn’t too lucky, the radio stars weren’t aligning. Then just when she was about to give up and head back to the US, she got a job with KTN, one of Kenya’s leading TV stations.

She would be working as a co-host for the dating show Tujuane, which seeks to give single folks a chance at meeting someone they could possibly fall in love with.

Yvonne is just as bubbly and energetic as she appears on the show.  She’s received quite a handful of critics for her accent and while she tries to tone it down to suit the audience, there are things she won’t tone down. Things like her individuality. Yvonne stands out. From the way she engages with people to how graceful she was for this feature, one can tell she’s not trying to be a replica of anyone else.

Yvonne tells me what life in the US really is like, how great she is at dancing and why people just need to chill out on this accent business.

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Name: Yvonne Damary Bulimo

Occupation: I am a television presenter, bridal boutique owner, and lifestyle blogger. 

22 years in the US, do you have the slightest memories of your first days there?

Unfortunately, no I don’t have memories of my first days. But I do remember being very social and wanting to make friends with almost everyone. I was a girls’ scout during primary school and loved going for summer camp.

When you were old enough to comprehend things, say, at the age of 10, what did you imagine Kenya was like?

To be honest, I left Kenya at 4, so I didn’t really imagine any other place except for America. When I was a bit older, say 15 to really understand life, I imagined Kenya to look like America with a few twists. Like when I saw pictures of Maasai Mara, I imagined Kenya being this beautiful place with lots of green fields and big trees, and I was right!

What are some of the stories you’d heard about your motherland?

That it gets very hot, but in my opinion  Nairobi is COLD! Except for the few months where it gets hot. But no, Nairobi is not as tropical as I imagined it to be.

The first time you got back to Kenya, was the culture shock brutal?

Ha! Yes ma’am! I was not used to seeing so many people with my skin complexion and us being a majority. I grew up in such a diverse nation, where you saw just about every race in the world. Coming to Kenya really shocked me when I saw nothing but black people! Hahaha. Read more The Unwritten With: YVONNE BULIMO – THE ACCENT, THE FAME & THE HATERS

The Unwritten With: YVONNE WAMALWA – EDUCATION, PLEASURE & FORGIVENESS

When  I picked up the phone and made the call one rainy morning, on the receiving end was the warm, pleasant voice of Yvonne Wamalwa, the Deputy High Commissioner of Kenya to Australia at the time. I was in awe.

Yvonne is the widow to Kenya’s former Vice President, the late Kijana Wamalwa. Since her husband’s passing way, Yvonne has been a single mother to her two children, a boy and a girl.

The tough life of being a single mother notwithstanding, Yvonne decided to go back to school to study for a Master’s in Policing, Terrorism, Counter Terrorism and International Security in Australia.

For this feature, Yvonne explained to me what having a job many only dream of is like,  how she first went clubbing at 18 and even challenged me to give her a pretty good incentive for her to answer one of the questions… (I failed the test…)

Name: Yvonne Nambia Wamalwa

Occupation: Acting High Commissioner of Kenya to Australia.

How long have you lived in Australia?

This is my fifth year in Australia.

 Do you consider it ‘home’ now? Read more The Unwritten With: YVONNE WAMALWA – EDUCATION, PLEASURE & FORGIVENESS

The Unwritten With: NNAMDI ORANYE – YOUNG, AMBITIOUS, PROPER & SUCCESSFUL

Nnamdi Oranye is  one of the most admirable fellows I’ve ever met. Well-natured, rich in manners, generous in spirit, kind eyes, warm smile, warmer laughter and a deep voice.

Nnamdi has a deep, smooth, memorable voice. His speaking is quintessentially eloquent. Very articulate with perfect diction.

As a professional, Nnamdi knows what he wants. He’s done remarkably well compared to most of his peers, not that he has it in him to make comparisons. He is who he is, comfortable in his own skin and running his own race.

Nnamdi is the author of a book titled, “Disrupting Africa:  The Rise and Rise of African Innovation.” He is currently based in South Africa and is a regular media contributor on all things technology and innovation within the African context.

Being such a delightful soul, Nnamdi shared with me a little about his job, talked to me about his dreams of becoming a jazz guitarist and he was open enough to admit that he does have flaws as a person.

Here’s more on him:

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Name: Nnamdi Oranye

Occupation: Business Development Manager

What exactly does your job entail?

My role as a Business Development Manager pretty much entails meeting prospective clients to identify how we can assist them in operationalizing new technology deployments. In simple terms, that means helping clients make constructive decisions before spending millions of dollars on new technology.

What was your upbringing like?

Nationality is Nigerian but I was born in the United Kingdom, lived and schooled in Nigeria in my pre-teen years, went to university in Botswana, migrated to Australia and worked there for under a decade, and now I live in South Africa.

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