Class of 2021: Five women making waves in Kenyan showbiz
This Gen Z starlet has become an overnight online journalist sensation. Her breakout ensued when she covered the Gengetone Festival skirmishes where 17-year-old Shanty unjustifiably passed on, on to documenting the “Sheng Masters” Mbogi Genje’s feud with Madocho of Gotta City in real-time. Her continuous stories of public interest through her one-on-one interviews and humility have stolen Kenyans hearts like a thief in the night. She joined YouTube in January 2020 and has grown her channel to 356,000 subscribers, 56m views, generating multiple hits, likes, shares and attention capital to date. Her nose for drama and news, connections to cultural influencers, reflex for breaking news; and her instinctive sense to say the most leftfield things have platformed her to be one of the most relevant online media publishers of Kenya’s local showbiz arena. “I earn Sh1.5 million monthly salary,” said the 21-year-old YouTuber. She also claimed that the Sh100,000 Off-White Jordan sail shoes she wears occasionally are “authentic,” yet she has no idea she is wearing “mtumba”. It is this innocence and work ethic that has endeared her to Kenyans.
Faith Makau, more popularly known as Amber Ray is a Kenyan socialite and entrepreneur that has risen from the ashes to the zenith of Kenyan pop culture. Previously only known for dating Vera Sidika’s fiancée Brown Mauzo, the honey-glazed royalty of Ukambani has wowed Kenyans with her capacity to be a slay queen, own fancy things and live the “soft life”. When probed on how she made her millions, her refute is “God has blessed her”. She drives around the city in her Toyota V8 Prado and Jeep Wrangler with custom plates, and has become a hero on social media after her viral co-wife relationship with a prominent Nairobi businessman, Jimal Ibrahim Marlow, took the front seat and served Kenyans the spicy tea they so desperately waited for. Amber symbolises the perks of what being a slay queen can give you if you play your cards right.
Good girl gone bad, or bad girl got busted? Following a toxic relationship with Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua, Lilian shocked the world when she left him in his wake for an artiste we all love, Juliani. Juliani is no stranger to capturing the hearts of women of stature; maybe he knows something we do not. But how fast and bravely Lilian ran to his arms confidently and assuredly, speaks volumes to the woman she is: A non-complicit, fearless, and thick-skinned lady hidden behind an innocuous smile. As human beings, we all have the right to choose who to love and engage with, but when you bring a man in power to his knees in the manner that she did, our right to opinion is to state she is a “savage”, and no wonder she had us all bamboozled at her audacity to leave situations she felt no longer served her.
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