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Posted by Administrator on December 1, 2011
Posted by Administrator on September 16, 2011
Boniface Simiyu 21 is the son of a Kenyan diplomat who has been stationed all over the Far East for the Last 12 Years. Simiyu an avid Martial Arts Student has studied Martial Arts in all the countries his parents have been posted to.
Posted by Administrator on June 6, 2011
Edi Gathegi will be best known to film audiences as Laurent in the Twilight movies, but this summer sees him hit the superhero scene as Darwin in X-Men: First Class. IGN spoke to him on the film’s London set, and discussed everything from fanatical fans to evolutionary mutations.
IGN: You must be used to big movies with Twilight – how has it been to step into the X-Men universe?
Edi Gathegi: Well the two are different and similar in many ways, but in terms of scale, Twilight wasn’t really a massive movie before it was released. It ended up making a lot of money and becoming big, and the others had more of a budget but they were still moderately budgeted. We didn’t know what to expect on that. But with this one you’re stepping into an already existing franchise. This is the fifth instalment of the X-Men franchise. There’s a lot of pressure. But I look at it with the perspective that I’m just here to do a job, and I’m going to do the best job I can and everybody has that responsibility. Hopefully we’ll put it out there and the audience will enjoy it.
IGN: Who do you play?
Gathegi: My character’s name is Armando Muñoz, otherwise known as Darwin, and he gets his nickname from Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution. My character is in a constant state of evolution. It’s called reactive adaptation – so whatever environment he’s in, in order to survive he will mutate, basically. If he gets thrown in water, all of a sudden he might have gills. The lights go out, he’ll have 20-20 vision in the pitch black. He’s the coolest one! What I like about my character’s powers is that a lot of the X-Men have very cool powers, but with this one you actually see it happening and you see why it’s happening. In the right circumstances you see the thought behind the character and the need to create that evolution. There’s a logic to it. And the possibilities are endless with good writing.
IGN: How does Darwin react to his powers?
Gathegi: Everybody has their own unique set of circumstances, but I think every mutant probably goes through the phase where they hate themselves because they’re different. They’re terrified of their own mutant abilities. And then they come to a place where they can see the beauty in it and they accept themselves. I think my character had it really, really tough, because he was constantly in situations where his body would start to mutate and he didn’t understand why it was happening. He was suicidal because of it and he couldn’t even kill himself, because his body would protect him. He jumped off a building and his bones turned to rubber. So he was stuck in this life of feeling different – sort of indestructible. And I think in this movie, he’s finally found a calling. He’s finally found people like him. And he finally gets to be the person he was meant to be. He comes out of his shell. He’s a good guy.
IGN: It’s a whole new world of fans – have you heard from them yet?
Gathegi: You know what, I’m so excited to show this movie to the fans, because I myself am the audience. I remember my experience watching the X-Men films and I think hopefully we’re doing something that’s exciting and a good addition to the series.
IGN: Are they less intense than the Twilight fans?
Gathegi: It depends. I would say that Twilight fans are more forgiving. They’re more opinionated in the beginning, but if things don’t go entirely according to their imagination – which they never will – they’ll be upset but then they’ll forgive that and come back with so much love. I don’t know what it is about those fans. But the X-Men fans aren’t so forgiving! By the same token, you can’t satisfy everybody. We’re making this for the fans and I don’t necessarily think it’ll appeal to the fanatics, because we’ve drawn from many different elements of the comics to make this work as a movie, because it is a movie and not a 20-page comic book. So it’s going to be different. In the attempt to make a movie of the comic, you’re pissing off fanatics.
IGN: How are you finding Matthew Vaughn as a director?
Gathegi: This is my first time on a movie this big, but from my perspective I think Matthew’s doing a bang-up job. I know he’s a very capable director. Kick-Ass was an experience, a good time. I think all the elements are in place for this type of movie: there’s a bit of fantasy, sci-fi, action and comic-book retelling that I would like to see. I’m actually very excited to be a part of this cast, the director, the subject matter, the script – I think all the elements are in place for it to be a good film.
IGN: If X-Men: First Class is a hit, would you return for sequels?
Gathegi: You know, the honest answer is I guess it depends on what’s going on in my life at that time and who comes back and who’s involved in it. But the stock answer is I’m an X-Men fan, so absolutely. Bring me back, I’ll put on the suit.
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Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2011
Radio presenter, Maina Kageni is moving on up like the Jeffersons. He has just bought a brand new BMW X6 after he got tired of flossing around in his Hummer H2.
The presenter is said to have splashed Sh11 million for the top-of-the-line model which uses an all-new 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
Maina told us he just wanted a change of style and drive and that is why he opted for the BMW X6 which he says, he will drive for a year before deciding on his next set of wheels.
The Sh11 million spent by Maina, we are told, gets you a standard X6 but for those who want their car customised, they can pay as much as Sh16million.
Now that is balling.
Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2011
Yesterday, our hosts were talking about money. Apparently, when you borrow money from your wife/girlfriend, you should never misuse it nor fail to pay it back. Mwalimu Kingangi insisted that borrowing money from your woman was not a good idea and could lead to painful results.
My Human Opinion
First things first, prudence demands that you don’t misuse or fail to pay back any borrowed money. But clearly not many people are prudent. Does a recent global economic crisis come to mind?
Anyway, women expect their men to provide. So, whereas they may not have a problem giving others (especially their relatives) money, they might feel awkward giving their spouse/boyfriend money. Now, ask them to loan their spouse money, and the awkwardness rises—significantly.
The loan application may go through, but it will be shingo upande and/or with stringent fine print, especially if your(the loanee) credit rating is poor.
My Biblical Opinion
The Bible has quite a lot to say about borrowing and lending of money and other things. Some verses give commands, others give warnings and best practices.
So, to the borrower:
7 The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
If you borrow money and DON’T repay or you give without withholding, see what the Bible calls you
21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
And to the lender:
42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Women, did you read the above verse? Read again.
Now, for husbands and wives, consider this verse. The Lord commanded Israelites not to charge interest amongst themselves (Muslims still follow this in their sharia law, so why should you charge your husband/wife interest?
19 Do not charge a fellow Israelite interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest. 20 You may charge a foreigner interest, but not a fellow Israelite, so that the LORD your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess.
Give, expecting nothing in return. That is the real test of a true giver.
34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
All in all, it’s better to be the giver, than the receiver.
Posted by Administrator on February 8, 2011
Yesterday a few guys asked why Coke and Safaricom left Churchill Live. According to the ‘best’ gossip site in the country … it was a money issue. PAUSE! We’re talking about Safaricom here; their media spend for Niko Na Safaricom was well over 100 million shillings. Branding on Churchill was a drop in the ocean. At around 3 million a season, that’s nothing. With Coke, let’s not get into the math. It’s a global brand.
After talking to marketers, they told MM that the main reason the advertisers pulled out of Churchill was ‘cause it was BRINGING in NOTHING, kinoti, kiwaru, NAZZING to the table marketers like to call ‘Brand equity’. See Safcom and Coke are looking for Brand love. By being on Churchill, they want guys to be persuaded that Safcom is the ONLY network and it has the best products and you should use them. Coke wants you to think drinking CoCa Cola products is the ONLY way to quech your thirst.
Churchill brings NAZZING to these brands, so why should they still waste their cash on the show?? I hear someone shout ‘But he has numbers’ well he HAS numbers, but those numbers can only work for a brand that’s seeking awareness, not acceptance. A new brand would THRIVE on Churchill live, because you want people to ‘Jua’ UKO!
Brand managers are veery KEEN on ROI (Return on investment) media houses that have a higher ROI get more sponsors (Kiss, Classic 105, Capital). For brands, being seen and heard is not the only thing, being seen, loved and THEN bought! Is what they’re interested in, so if you can’t deliver that. You get no sponsor.
Class dismissed ….
Posted by Administrator on February 8, 2011
Wyre turns this popular beat into a captivating tune. Here is the product. You be the judge!
Posted by Administrator on February 1, 2011
This weekend marks the last chance for contenders to qualify for this year’s Norwegian Eurovision final, known as Melodi Grand Prix. The winner of this past weekend’s qualifying heat sang part of her song in Swahili.
This week’s winner in Skien was Kenyan-Norwegian Stella Mwangi. She and the runners up, The BlackSheeps, are therefore cleared for the finals at the Oslo Spektrum Arena on February 12.
Third- and fourth place went to the rockabilly band The Lucky Bullets, and the metal band Susperia. Susperia was allowed a second attempt when technical problems spoiled their first performance.
But it was Stella Mwangi who won the hearts of the audience in Skien and state broadcaster NRK’s television viewers with African rhythms and words of wisdom. Her song Haba Haba was partly sung in Swahili.
The BlackSheeps from Finnmark were already known to the audience as they had won the 2008 junior Eurovision competition both in Norway and the Nordic final. Three years later they showed that they could also appeal to adult listeners. It was the first time that a contestant from the junior competition has reached the adult final, reported news website abcnyheter.no.
In previous heats Helene Bøksle, Babel Fish, Hanne Sørvåg and the duo Åste and Rikke qualified for the finals.
The remaining acts that will try to win a place in the finals are, in addition to The Lucky Bullets and Susperia, Sie Gubba, Mimi Blix, Use Me and Endre.
There was some drama after Saturday’s show as well, when a semi-trailer carrying Melodi Grand Prix’ stage gear was stolen, reported NRK. A tracing device on the trailer, however, showed that it had been driven across the border to Sweden.
Stage crews were already trying to improvise a new set, when Swedish police managed to locate the vehicle a few hundred kilometers south of the border. The props for the show were being taken from last Saturday’s show in Skien in Telemark to Sarpsborg in Østfold, where the final qualifying round will be held this coming Saturday. A full recovery of the stolen equipment was expected.
Views and News from Norway/Sven Goll
Posted by Administrator on January 22, 2011
We not long ago experienced what for lack of words we say was exhilarating and very successful, and the only one of a kind musical in Kenya; the Mo Faya Musical. From the start to the end, it kept on delivering to the promise it made during the run of it’s promos and ads.
Sadly, not the same nice words can explain or be said about the so lovely couple of Eric Wainaina and Sheba Hirst, who were the executive brains behind the exquisite execution of the Mo Faya Musical.
This couple has for a very long time presented the face of a happily married couple.
If you didn’t know, then shock on you! Sheba is said to have packed and moved out of their matrimonial home and is now living at her parents’ home. It’s not yet clear how long it’s been since she left.
However, their families have engaged in ventures to help the couple resolve their differences, and there is hope to reunite them soon. Simon Wainaina, Eric’s only sibling, best man and manager said, “There have been serious family interventions from both sides to try and salvage this union and safeguard the interest of the children already born.” Eric and Sheba have two lovely daughters a four year-old and a two months old baby.
It’s emerged that it all started during the rehearsals of the musical, and the run-offs in New York. Reports are that the show’s leading actors, Eric Wainaina and Valery Kimani went off the script and got romantically involved.
Just when we thought the dust is finally settling down, Valerie confirmed that she is two months pregnant. She said that “am looking forward to being a happy mum. I’m not hiding that I’m pregnant. I’m in my first trimester.”
The drama was even beefed up when she could not open up to talk about her baby’s daddy. She said “I’m not interested in discussing my bedroom issues in public.” Damn! Can things get worse than this?
Nevertheless, she is not about to cool down her music plans. “The pregnancy fits in perfectly with my plan to hit the studio and record my second album to be released by Gallo Records.”
She still got it, but most of us know that she’s been struggling to get to the mainstream of the music scene. Good thing is that she knows it, so am not beefing! She said, “I don’t mind that people will be looking at me funny. They have been ever since l won the TPF.”
Posted by Administrator on January 22, 2011
Married Boy meets single girl, they star in a hit musical, they have an affair, girl gets pregnant, boy dumps girl and now boy is demanding paternity test.
According to the ‘Weekend Star’, singer Eric Wainaina has moved to court to try and force Valerie Kimani to conduct a DNA test on the baby boy believed to have been fathered after the two had an affair.
Wainaina is also accusing Valerie of trying to obtain mileage for her career by associating with him with the child.
The paper reported that Wainaina filed the suit on Wednesday at the High court in Nairobi. The suit says Valerie has unreasonably turned down multiple requests made by Wainaina for a paternity test to be conducted.
He wants the court to order Valerie to submit the baby for a test at Pathcare Ltd within a set time and if she refuses, he wants her to be ordered to take the child to director of Children’s Services who can then take him to Pathcare.
He wants the paternity test before assuming his parental responsibility obligations as set out in the Children’s Act.
“In the event that the paternity test confirms that I am the biological father of the child, I am ready and willing to assume parental responsibility over the child as provided for under the Children’s Act,” says Wainaina.
A meeting to resolve the problem was convened in August 2010 to discuss the issue of upkeep and parental responsibility and in attendance were Wainaina, his wife Sheba, Valerie, her parents and a pastor from Valerie’s church but they failed to resolve the matter.