Wilson Abubakar Radida Opondo aka Willy Paul, 20 and a last born in a family of five is one very interesting cocktail of nationalities. His late father was half Tanzanian and half Kenyan while his mum is half Ugandan and half Kenyan. He grew up in Area 3 of Mathare North. His dad was a carpenter and the mother used to work as a salonist before illness confined her to bed. I dropped out of school while in Form Three and have been supporting my family through my music.
He was a fan of Bongo music for a long time so when he decided to sing Gospel, God told him in a dream that that is the style he should use. After praying about it he was able to put together some lyrics then he hit the studio. Well that goes to explain the Tanzanian accent in his songs, but why the muslim name? He says that the name has been in the family for many generations even though none of them is a Muslim.
Willy Paul was quite upset when he learnt that Gloria Muliro had registered the song as her’s and was getting all the benefits. He felt like his hard work was not being appreciated and that he was being stolen from. All that aside, the two came to an understanding and now have a 50-50 share of the royalties and have also done another collabo, ‘Kitanzi’. The inspiration to write it came at a time when things were going bad for him. Gloria Muliro was his support system during this time and helped him over come the temptation. They then decided to do a song about this as they are sure there are other people going through the same situation.
Gloria shared this message in support for Willy. She says, “Sometimes we have to sacrifice our best in order to support and help others to achieve their dream. I think and I believe that WILLY PAUL needs, Deserves a second chance from everyone that He offended in one way or the other, for sure he has a learnt a lesson from his past mistakes. God has forgiven him so let us support him. Let us all be behind him for the next release …This time, it is going to be bigger than SITOLIA. If you are ready to pray and support us let me hear you say a big AMEN”.
What about pendo, the under age chic and all the drama around him? What about her? I don’t know her. The first time I saw that lady was at the Kisima Awards gala night and asked if she could take a photo on the red carpet with me. I obliged assuming she was just being an enthusiastic fan. The next thing I’m seeing all this stuff about me and her in the media. She claims to know me and that we were chatting as friends to the extent that i borrowed her some money. Why would I do that when I have my own. I however do not care what she says or what the media says because I know its not true and it will all come to pass. As for the under aged chic that I was supposedly dating, all i can say is haters will stop at nothing to make me look bad to my true fans. There is nothing wrong with me having a friend who is a few years younger than me, when did that become illegal?
He gets the clothes that he wears in his videos from Atlanta but he owes that to an organisation which sponsors his music career. The man responsible for all this is called Karanja, who just sends him the stuff and of course not all his clothes come from outside the country. He also shops locally.
He maintains that he is saved and he found the Lord when he was in Form One. Last year, he was crowned the male artiste of the year in the biggest awards in the gospel scene, Groove Awards. He is really grateful to his fans for the award, however he does not want to be nominated again. He thinks that he should step aside and let others get the lime light and win also. He is now focused on his music and himself, the awards are not ass important any more.
After rocking the waves with his latest hit Missi, Willy Paul is set to go on a music tour in the land of the free and brave, USA. The excited musician announced his tour on his Facebook account. ‘Dreams always come true, thank you lord my American fans here i come. And my fans thank you for the support, anything is possible with God.. if you believe this then type amen.’ His album is also due to be launched as well as other hit singles. He tells his fans to keep watching this space.
NAME: Antonio Stanely Raul (404)
ARTIST: Mistaken Identity
TRACK: Maswali za Polisi – The Mistaken Version
REPPIN: CornerBrook School – Juja (BROOKLYNN)
Mimi artiste, me huchora giza
Ata ukiuliza si hio ni miujiza?
Hebu skiza nikikuchoreshea giza
Ntauniza, pole, iza
Nina mazuri, si ubaya
Si nina chokoza ka Avril na Marya
Napenda kuwa mbaya, kutoanisha mawire
Una macho, mbona huoni hata haya?
Unadai umestill show na we sio mwizi?
Unajidai Jackie Chan na we ni Jackie Chizi
Kama ni njaa unahisi kula mandazi kiufisi
Una maswali mengi kwani we ni polisi?
We ni mumurram, we sio mlami
Mistake big F.I.S.I I get mali
Priceless ka jewels, huwezi afford io money
Mi ni msweet sana baby unaeza niita honey
Unaezaniita bunny, unaezaniita cunning, unaezasema funny
Kweli mi hukuwa mkali, kwako naeza kuwa chali, nikushibishe puunani!!
Hizo ndizo info
Na hapo hakuna intro!
It’s that time of the year again. Guys are getting ready to be ushered into the cool side of life: the most eventful four years that they will ever experience. This will be a time to get to know who you are and understand that adolescence is real, and that thirst is something to deal with for an entire term or alternatively, something to find a way to cope with. You are probably very excited to finally wear that nice uniform, those trousers, and the short skirt approved by the late Mr Mutula Kilonzo.
Wait! Has anyone given you “The Talk”?
Not the one for the birds and the bees, but on how you are going to survive this year? More importantly, how you will stay alive for the first term of the rest of your life? Relax. We will provide the tips.
So you are finally in the school of your dreams, you are cleared by its administration, your parents will be leaving in a few minutes, and you will be left alone to be the independent child they trained you to be. You have never been this scared; all the monolization stories run through your mind as you head to the dormitory to put your stuff and head to class. Do not worry. Here is a guideline on how to survive this term — the D-Hall, the dorm and the funkies.
Eat every high school meal. You have to take very seriously. There is no midnight snack here, more so if you go to a school where one is not allowed to carry graboz. As you have probably noticed by now, no one cares whether you have had a fruit or a balanced diet at the end of the day. We won’t lie to you that the food will become delicious as the days go by. Actually, it becomes even nastier. You just have to learn different techniques to make it “better”. Please note that “better” is relative and not everyone will agree with these items.
Well, there is the universal avocado. You most likely took them for granted while in primary school but trust us, this fruit will now become precious as it works with all types of food. Your other option is Aromat, which you can get in a supermarket, put it in the githeri, eat the food then lick the plate. Another thing to note: mwenye nguvu mpishe. Your time to eat the top layer of food is not here yet. Wait.
You will agree that rest is important, especially after an afternoon of double mathematics lessons. And people normally stay in the dorms after classes share stories. But you will sleep on your mattress for at least the next three years. Therefore, do not let individuals change your bed into a place for relaxation. Sure, this can earn you points in your cool metre, but dude, mattress yako itaisha before you get to term three.
Have you heard of a metal box being turned into a butterfly or it being changed into a bottomless ‘box’? Well, these techniques of getting stuff from your box have and will always be there. You just have to know where and how to place your compartment of goodies. In addition, do not announce how your this compartment of yours has all the stuff everyone wishes for. That is how you end up campaigning for it to become a beautiful butterfly. Additionally, choose your friends wisely. Spot the fourth former who seems to call the shots in your dorm room, and make him your friend. This way, your metal box will not be a victim of the butterfly tragedy. Neither will you.
This very simple. Stay away from other people’s chillez and dudez. Always wear your best skirt, shirt and trouser. Nobody has time to spare for someone with faded uniform. Stick to your your lane. If that chick looks a little too much baggage for you, stay away for now. Learn how ‘funkies’ work before you get her. And take this page everywhere with you just in case you want to refer to it.
Thank God you completed term one in which insults were hurled at you especially after not cleaning that form three or four student’s sleeping area. You began getting excited in term two after seeing chicks or boys in ‘funkies’, but sadly enough, they were exclusively for the 304s and 404s and not for ‘monos’ like you!
Here comes term three. This is a term for you to assume the role of a form two student. By now, you should have known how 204s behave, plus how they are presumed to be the naughtiest bunch of students in school. In term three, you should have made friends with the coolest and most popular guys in school (preferably 404s). Quit being a snitch if you were one. Otherwise, your schoolmates will teach you a lesson. Try getting out of the ‘Holy Joe’ zone and be a little naughty (I said “a little”).
At this point, make sure you know all those witty words used by students; teachers’ nicknames too. Note that if you are the lad that still keeps jam, kiwi, bread or even a plate inside your desk, then you still have a problem. You are now heading to 204….unafaa kuwa umeacha hio tabia in term 2! Become that social guy who can be approached even by a 404 when he wants some cocoa or sugar.
Still, make sure your grades are good as this will give you an image that your TA’s will like. If you are that guy or chic who still chimbas in academics yet you are in 104 and the year is coming to an end, be careful because you are treading on thin ice! Write notes during lessons and study. You’ll not be spoon-fed. The form two syllabus will seem quite difficult for you if you don’t perform well in form 1.
If you are good in calligraphy, don’t conceal it. Guys will need you to chonga their mails and sure enough, some cash will come your way while you are still in 104. This is a term for you to establish a good rapport with schoolmates. This is why some 104s will never be bullied — they made friends as early as in first term. Lastly, if you still call your parent(s) to come get you when the term ends, especially third term, kindly be mature (and I mean it). If others use matatus or mathrees, then join them. Save your parents the fuel. Traveling with mathrees is much more fun than traveling with your parents, with whom you’ll just talk about education.
These are just some of the guidelines to help you make it through in term 3. Just avoid being a soft-spoken person and enjoy high school life. Oh! Make sure you’ll be getting a copy of The Insyder. This way, I assure you that you’ll get friends very fast!
Now, go to form two.
1. Who came up with the quail theory?
2. Should Birdman call himself Quailman?
3. Is it ok for a thermometer to brag as it has 100 degrees?
4. Would you get back together with your ex?
5. When do you know that the struggle is real?
6. Is there a perfect relationship?
7. What do you do when you’re stuck in traffic?
8. Will Sheng’ ever became an official language?
9. How does traffic start?
10. Is Kenya the only country with pimped matatus?
11. Is Khaligraph Jones a better rapper than Octopizzo?
12. What questions would you ask your international celeb crush?
13. Is the 8-4-4 system really necessary?
14. What do Form 1s think about before reporting to school?
15. What’s on your bucket list?
16. How does one get to take a selfie with a president?
17. What survival skills should Form 1s use?
18. EDM Culture vs OBE Culture?
19. Which is the best Android phone?
20. Why are the numbers on a calculator reversed?
21. Can anyone dig all the way to China?
My aunt, Tamara, is what I term the true definition of a survivor. I often wondered why she had decided to live a celibate life – beautiful as she was. It just didn’t seem right, especially now that she was in her mid-thirties. As close as I was to her, she never really had the audacity to answer me whenever I asked her the question about being her being unmarried. She would either excuse herself and go to her bedroom, or change the topic of discussion without notice. Noticing this, I decided it was best to leave some questions unasked. Someday, somehow, I would uncover the truth.
As I approached my 17th birthday, I was told of a testimony that left me cautious to date. I was busy with chores when my aunt stormed into the room and said abruptly, “Donna, we need to talk”. The sound of that rang a bell that whatever she wanted to say was surely of great importance. So I left what I was doing and accompanied her to her bedroom, which she was so fond of. We sat down and she began to talk.
“What I am about to say to you is based on my true life experience. I am sure it will answer most of your questions concerning me. I just realised that you are growing older with time and you need to be prepared psychologically for whatever you may face in whatever aspect of your life. When I was about your age, I fell deeply and irrevocably in love with a boy called Javis. Surely, he was the perfect match according to my principles of a dating partner, and I was almost sure we would spend the rest of our lives together and make a perfect couple. We dated for five consecutive years with no cases of unfaithfulness or cheating reported by anyone concerning either of us. Everybody, including my late mother, was cock-sure about our future together though they never really showed him this. By then I was an upright twenty two year old lady facing her campus life.
“One day, he promised to come for a visit at my hotel so I decided to prepare a meal especially for him. Everything had been well set at the table and I was eagerly awaiting his call so that I could receive him by the gate. An hour passed without even a text message from him so I dialed his number. The phone rang for long but there was no reply. I assumed that he was caught up in a traffic jam and his phone was on silent mode. ‘But it was so unlike him to stay silent when he was caught up’, I thought to myself. I was heading for the door when suddenly my phone rang. The number was new but I answered anyway. The speaker was a lady claiming to call from Nairobi Hospital. She confirmed that I knew Javis and said that I was needed there immediately.
“My heart began to pound at the sound of that. I hang up immediately and I left for the hospital. A nurse approached me almost immediately to guide me to where Javis was. You would think she had been waiting for me all along. We walked down a hall that felt like a million miles away to me. She suddenly came to a halt in front of door number 13. Without further ado, a confused me stormed into the room before the nurse had confirmed the patient’s name. The sight that my eyes met was very disturbing. Javis had his face covered in bruises and one of his eyes was extremely swollen. Parts of his body, except his nose and mouth, were in bandages and plasters. I couldn’t bear the sight. I walked slowly towards him and I looked at him. He tried to speak but with great difficulty. Just then, he uttered my name but before he could continue, he had a shortness of breath and moved his lips slowly – uttering anything. Javis took his last breath with me standing by his bedside. I was too perplexed to even make a move. With him went all the happiness I ever had. My ability to love was lost and now a permanent wound is left in my heart. To date, I don’t even know what happened to him. I miss him every single day.”
By the time she was done talking, Aunt Tamara’s eyes were soaked in tears. I wanted to show my deepest sympathy to her, but what would I say?
1. You text under the table. Come on. You are on a date and the dude is not blind, you know. If he isn’t that interesting , why did you bother attending the date in the first place?
2. Girls! Girls! Girls! Why the heck do you have to pretend that you don’t eat that much when on a date?
3. Stop fleecing guys. You order all the expensive stuff and you leave the guy to get himself tap water. SMH!
4. Girls should stop using the bathroom frequently. I mean, I understand that you have to stay pretty but you spend half the time of the date in there; cut the dude some slack.
5. Who said that being early for a date means that you are cheap? Show the dude that you are independent enough plus responsible by keeping time. It sure helps in the future.
6. Kiss and tell is the ugliest trade. You just had a great date then you go shouting it out on the rooftops for your friends to hear. Not that I’m jealous or anything, but who the hell cares? I mean, it’s your business, isn’t it? If he’s that great, you might end up losing him to one of your girls. I’m just saying though. WATCH OUT FI DIS!
7. You should know how to appreciate humor – even the dry jokes. That’s if you really like the guy. Can you imagine that the guy crammed or rather memorized them for an entire night? LOL! Things we do for love. Force a laugh, won’t you?
8. Ladies, don’t apply too much make up!
9. Avoid talking about your ex. It’s a total turn off plus it seems like you still have a hangover from being with him.
By Lavera Ndanunga aka Penpuke
Moi Girls Eldoret (Cagez)
I’m an addict of social media, especially Facebook and WhatsApp. This is quite worrying as it is now affecting my studies. Every single minute, I’m always chatting with my pals; whether at home or at school. In class, I skive lessons to check on any messages on WhatsApp or FB. And at home, I at times ignore my parents when called so as to finish chatting with my ‘besties’. It has become too much for me as I rarely touch my books and to make matters worse, my grades have been dropping. I’d really love to know what I can do to put a stop to this ‘disease’ and more so to avoid disrespecting my parents on grounds that I am busy on the phone.
Well, most people will at one point admit to being a social media addict whether it’s with FB, WhatsApp, Twitter or Snapchat, you name it.
It is pretty easy avoiding this craving. Even though you are allowed to go with phones to school, try as much as possible not to go with your phone so as to concentrate on your studies.
At home, give yourself a considerable amount of time when you’ll be on the phone, after which you should embark on studying. The bottom line is: your grades will be much more important than that gadget after high school.
And don’t let the phone make you disrespect your parents.
Besides, you’ll have all the precious time to communicate online with your friends after high school. For now, make your grades better!
The Nikon Coolpix P600 has a 60x zoom lens, but unlike options from Panasonic and Samsung that start at an ultrawide-angle 20mm, Nikon’s lens starts at 24mm. That means while those other cameras stop at 1,200mm, the P600 can be extended to 1,440mm.
If that’s not enough, you can use Nikon’s new Dynamic Fine Zoom to digitally increase the focal length to 2,880mm. Keeping the lens steady probably won’t be easy, but to help with shake you do get optical image stabilization. And there’s an electronic viewfinder so you don’t have to hold the camera out in front of you when shooting if you don’t want to.
Those who prefer to frame shots on something larger, there’s a 3-inch 920K-dot-resolution varyingly LCD. Other features include a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, manual and semi manual shooting modes, and video capture in 1080i at 60 frames per second. Also, Nikon built Wi-Fi in to the P600, unlike last year’s P520, which required you to buy an external adapter.
Speaking of the P520, Nikon updated that model into the Coolpix P530. It has the same 42x, f3.0-5.9, 24-1,000mm lens as its predecessor, but gets a new 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a fixed 3-inch LCD, and, like the P600, can shoot movies in resolutions of up to 1080i at 60fps. If you want Wi-Fi, you’ll have to buy an adapter. Anyone interested in something a little more pocket-able can look for the Coolpix S9700 with a 30x 25-750mm lens. You’ll also get the same 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor as on the P600 and P530 as well as the same shooting capabilities (though you’ll lose the manual controls over shutter speed and aperture). It has a 921K-dot-resolution 3-inch OLED display and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, too.
Go on and try it out..Its one gadget you gotta have if you wanna stay on top of the photography league.
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