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Screen trouble: Woes of Kenyan TV beauties

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 They keep us glued to our screens

A week ago, there were rumours that a popular female TV anchor was torn between her two wealthy lovers. One of the suitors fell in love with her while watching TV before gathering courage, walking into the TV station and asking to see her. It was a dramatic affair as the man introduced himself to her saying he had fallen in love. And not so long ago, a KTN news anchor suffered the shock of her life after a stranger camped outside the Standard Group offices saying he wanted to see her as he was deeply in love. The stranger vowed not to leave the office until he saw her and delivered the love message to her. After the girl declined to meet him, he left the office a broken man. From stories of politicians and prominent men dating them to news of them being caught in romantic misadventures with married men, the TV girl has always seemed to be such a magnet, a trophy every man would like to take home. Men sit in drinking circles discussing TV girls and even betting on who will be the first one to sleep with her. As funny as it may sound, a man recently differed with his wife on what TV channel the family should watch after he tuned into Citizen TV saying he wanted to watch Lillian Muli, not the news! Of course, the TV beauty had captured his imagination with her usual sexiness, something that is also associated with many female TV anchors, and he was simply following his passion, something that did not go so well with his wife. “Tell your friend to keep off my husband. She has been texting him and asking him for dates and this is going too far. Doesn’t she know that he is a married man? Tell her that I am even prettier than her. Let her be warned,” a woman married to a powerful Nairobi businessman told Pulse, after she found out that a leading news anchor was going out with her husband. Two weeks on, the lady walked into the station and faced it off with the anchor warning her of dire consequences should she keep on giving him ‘those midnight calls’. “It has been both crazy and challenging being a TV anchor,” says 23 year old TV anchor Michelle Kamene. “Honestly, it doesn’t bother me anymore when men try to hit on me simply because I am a TV presenter. Of course, it was an issue when I started but you learn to handle such with time,” she remarks saying she gets a lot of calls from men who sometimes pose as fans. “There are even those anonymous secret admirers who drop flowers at the office reception and you never get to know who they are,” she adds, joking that: “I wish this happened more often.” Unknown to many, some powerful politicians even influence the decision of which TV girl will join them on trips abroad during which business turns into pleasure. “The fact that politicians interact with these TV anchors day-to-day in the course of their business means they become close friends, hence the many clandestine relationships between TV anchors and politicians,” says Lawrence Momanyi, a city lawyer who confesses to have a thing for TV anchors. “The truth is that TV girls are charming and most of them are social and outgoing. They are also viewed as celebrities and men who date them do so to feed their egos. They sometimes seem like objects of desire. It is a way of declaring your social status as the big boss,” he notes. Top female TV anchors such as KTN’s Friday Briefing presenter Betty Kyalo, Sophia Wanuna, Lillian Muli, Janet Mbugua and now the latest talk-of-the-town Michelle Kamene, always get heads turning wherever they go and it is no question that they are always under paparazzi scrutiny as any scandal involving them would always make news. TV girls are also known to love the finer things in life. “I have had situations when a Mr So-and-so throws offers to me. There is a time one sent me Sh70,000 on M-Pesa saying it was meant for my lunch and I was like; ‘What lunch costs Sh70,000?’ I reversed the transaction as I knew he was up to something, mostly sex,” a TV beauty working with a leading station told Pulse. “You have heard stories of TV girls dating politicians who end up embarrassing them in public after the affair ends. You heard of the one who was stopped on the highway and asked to surrender her car keys as the politician she had been dating wanted his car back,” adds the anchor who sought anonymity.

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