More and more Kenyans are finding themselves victims of cyber-bullying and local celebrities are bearing the brunt of the trolls. Over the past few months, as a side effect of cyber harassment, several public figures including Comedian Mulamwah and Singer Nadia Mukami, have found themselves reconsidering social media over online trolls.
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Famous Marini Natural CEO Michelle Ntalami is one of the latest victims of cyber bullying after her recent 36th birthday celebrations. Having had enough of the trolls, she decided to set the records straight and not to give the bullies a chance to bring her down.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, Ntalami clapped back at those she says are not happy with how she is living her life.
“I did not sign up to be anyone’s role model. I signed up to live my dream! If this has inspired others along the way, great! I’m too many things to be boxed in one. So pick what floats your boat about me and move with it. But don’t tell me how I should live my life, what I should ‘admit’ to or what position you reckon I like. For the record; Out here, on top. In there, none of your business.” Her post reads in part.
Most of the online bullies apparently gain confidence from hiding behind their online personas with a majority unaware of the cyber-bullying law – Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Bill 2018, Act 5 of 2018. This bill addresses the issue of cyber bullying and under what grounds one can seek legal aid. Article 27 (2) of the Act says:
A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding twenty million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or to both.
Creating awareness and promoting the importance of digital etiquette and empathy is a sure way of tackling cyber harassment. Collectively, we all need to be better behaved when creating or reacting to content online. This way, we likely compel others to maintain the same morals online.
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Here is Ntalami’s post:
There comes a time when silence, even to oneself, is betrayal. To the talkers and trollers:? ? 1. LABELS: Stop affixing labels on people who are NOT what you’re calling them. The dynamics of a relationship are too intricate for you to simply slap on a label on someone. If I haven’t said it myself, you have no right to go labeling me this or that. I hardly address trolls. But today I’m setting the record straight! Pun intended. Get this from both the Queen and the horse’s mouth; I AM NOT WHAT YOU ARE LABELLING ME. I will not be explaining anything to anyone, or “admitting” to your allegations just to quell your petty curiosities. When I work hard, you troll. When I play hard, you troll. When I love hard, you troll. TF? Each time you slander my name, I still make a sale. So who’s sleeping better?? ? 2. ROLE MODEL: I did not sign up to be anyone’s role model. I signed up to live my dream! If this has inspired others along the way, great! I’m too many things to be boxed in one. So pick what floats your boat about me and move with it. But don’t tell me how I should live my life, what I should ‘admit’ to or what position you reckon I like. For the record; Out here, on top. In there, none of your business. ? ? 3. GET SERIOUS: There are far more important things in life to worry about than who eats bacon and who prefers a salad. Even if I was, what’s it to you? Why do other people’s preferences bother you? Let people do them! When I had time on my hands, I didn’t waste it gossiping. I began building my empire. This is why you know about me to talk about me today. What will you be, the loser gossiping or the winner winning? I think a “W” makes for a better crown than an “L.” ???? ? ? Talkers and trollers, be sure as you come for me with the God I serve, and the family, friends and fans I have! The dirt I have on some of you talking about me would never be enough to cover your hypocritical lives! Tread cautiously, the Universe keeps receipts! ? Here’s a spoiler for you though; with God by my side, I will continue to ride high and win at life! ???? Now y’all can go and have a salad, or bacon. Or both. ? Still I Rise! ???? ? ? #VibeHighRideHigh? #MichelleNtalami ? ?