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2 Friday, Dec 20 - Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke Inside FEATURES NairobiNews is your Nairobi. We will bring you the sights, sounds and excitement of the city, told through the people. You will find breaking news, thought- provoking images, balanced commentary and features that help you know what the news mean to you each day. Some highlights: NEWS If it happens in the city or suburbs, NairobiNews will be there to tell you why and how it happened, as well as what’s next. VOICES Our goal is to fill the paper with your voices and opinion. We invite you to send us your feedback and opinion. FOUR-PAGE PULLOUT Enjoy our exciting magazines on health, property, money, motoring and entertainment. Enjoy: Find out what’s on and where, with our comprehensive weekend guide P. 16 > Wheels: My Pajero is too thirsty for my wallet. What should I do? P. 20 > 15 To view VIDEO of this story, DOWNLOAD the NMG PLAY android app on Google Play and scan the picture Agnes Mueni (left) and her friend Lucy Mueni after they were arrested on Wednesday night for child trafficking. Agnes sold her three-day old baby to our writer, claiming she was too poor to buy food and pay rent. Denish Ochieng, NairobiNews How city’s worst mum was arrested in swoop Worrying trend. Nairobi News learnt that young, broke mothers in Nairobi slums use intermediaries on the social media to identify potential buyers for babies STELLA CHERONO, NairobiNews @stellacherono firstname.lastname@example.org YOUR DEFINITIVE ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Friday, Dec 20 - Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 The girl who made jazz sexy again Victory. Maia, who is currently riding high with her single Jellyfish, is one of the most sought after singers in town today SYLVANIA AMBANI, NairobiNews email@example.com M aia Von Lekow is known for two things: One, adding a new and appreciated dimension to Kenyan music with her jazz, and two, being the daughter of the 1960s music legend, Sal Davies. But despite her musical pedigree, the singer of the hit song Jellyfish says her life was far from easy. Raised by a single mum of German-Italian descent, Maia spent her early years in Kenya before leaving for Ireland to study music at the age of 16. “Life overseas was not easy,” she re- members. At some point, things were so thick that she became a busker, singing on the streets with a friend to raise money for their upkeep. “I also hoped that one of the passers-by would be a record producer who would offer me the deal of my life,” she said. After many years living abroad, Maia returned to Kenya when singer, Eric Wainaina told her to get acceptance at home before venturing to other markets. She listened (thanks, Eric!) came back and joined a jazz band called Solid Groove. Penetrate After a year with the band, she decided to go solo. The first song she recorded was of the movie F o rm a Wiprhse, done in memory of the 1998 US embassy bombing in Nairobi. The movie was released in 2007. “It was not easy to penetrate the music industry in Kenya. I found that most Kenyans love songs with faster beats and are not ready to accept new artistes. You first have to prove yourself. This made me all the more determined to rise because this was my home,” she said. Like any parent, her mother was skeptical of her decision to be a musician. “She asked if I had a plan B in case music failed, so I took a course in hotel management.” Maia has also lived in Germany and Australia and says she always felt lonely, learning to be independent at an early age. Perhaps this independence is what led to her relationship with her father, in spite of the fact that he and her mother separated all those years ago. Independent “He and I have a very good relation- ship and I’m proud of that,” she says. Maia’s style is influenced by both jazz and acoustic music. Her album Drift comprises of 12 songs which she wrote herself, and her fusion of styles and cultures has made it a captivating album, with Jellyfish being the most popular with her fans. Though her style is new to Kenyans, it has managed to get a firm following, especially amongst Nairobi’s fashionable crowd. About the singer • She rarely combs her hair, preferring to keep it under wraps. • Her favourite food is fish cooked in coconut milk with rice. • Has performed in Rwanda, Australia, and Holland, among other countries. • She always does vocal exercises before going on stage. • She admits to having a bad memory and can easily forget someone’s name. • She doesn’t wear anything short or above her knees. • She is an emotional person and was born on December 12 (Jamhuri Day). chillax AMANI: MY SECRET FOR STAYING TOP singers who rose to the music limelight with her sweet vocals and killer moves that made her an instant star. Among her first hits were M C i i n e e, a colm a Ww labo she did with Nameless and T ak t o l o Yu. Amani who comes from a fam- ily of three, said it was hard to convince her parents to support her music career. However, this did not deter her from becoming an entertainer. Her music career has taken her far and wide. She has brushed shoulders with renowned artistes such as RnB singer R. Kelly. “It was amazing recording with R. Kelly. I pinched myself for five consecutive days because I could not believe that I was actually recording a song with him. He is mighty talented and I always remember him telling me that if a song is good, it is good, it doesn’t matter if it is produced in Africa or America, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. He is a humble and amazing person. Working with him was one of the best moments in my life,” said Amani who is yet to release a single album despite being in the music scene for a while now. “I have decided to start with singles before doing an album because this way, people get to know you better. I am planning to release an album but only when the right time comes,” she said. In May, she released a song titled Kbk hnu featuring ioo Cag Radio and Weasel from Uganda. Sylvania Ambani, NN ecilia Wairimu aka Amani is one of the first female want a two-day-old baby, please call this number.” Her friend, Agnes Mueni, desper- T OFF THE HOOK We bring you the best in local entertainment and leisure activities along with the hippest spots and the hottest acts. off thehook MISS LAVISH LOUNGE IS FINALLY CROWNED R achel Chebet was crowned the fairest of them all at the Miss Lavish Lounge competition held on Wednesday. Third and second runners up were Laura Anjili and Sophia Wanjiru respectively. The winner walked away with the title and a cash prize of Sh110, 000. 1 Friday, Dec 20 - Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke Society News with Sylvania Ambani making it to the top ten in two categories; top searched people and top trending event. Emmy caused a stir and started trending when she announced her wedding to Nigerian pastor Anselmn Emmy Kosgei is Google’s most searched G oogle has revealed its top searches from Kenya with Musician Emmy Kosgei Madubuko. True to his Nigerian character Anselmn gave her bride a wedding to remember, including hiring a chopper to transport her to the wedding venue. The invite only wedding sent people running to social media to get a glimpse of it. The two live in Nigeria and are expected to come to 2 WILLY PAUL RE-DOES HIS SONG MISSI W illy paul recently released a song called Missi a few weeks ago but the song did not receive as much airplay as he had anticipated. The reason is that some regard its lyrics as blasphemous as he compares God with human beings. The gospel singer has now re-done the song and is careful not to compare God with anything in this track. I wonder why people are making a big fuss? After all they say we are made in God’s image, no? 19 ately wanted to sell her baby girl, and was willing to take as little as Sh1,000 in exchange for the infant. Within hours, this writer had established contact with Ms Mueni, negotiated a price for the baby and completed the transaction. Today, Ms Mueni will appear at the Makadara law courts to face charges of child trafficking. She faces up to two years in jail or a fine of Sh20,000 or both, if convicted. Ambush at night Section 151 of the Children’s Act states: “A person who, without reasonable cause, contravenes the provisions of this part commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand shillings or of imprisonment to a term not exceeding two years or both.” Ms Mueni was nabbed within the MAD HOUSE TO GET NEW HOME IN THE CITY 3 1. Winners of the Miss Lavish Lounge contest from left, Laura Anjili, Rachel Chebet and Sophia Wanjira pose for a photograph. 2. TPF6 winner, Hope Irakoze (in checked cap) poses with a fan. 3. Revellers who attended the Miss Lavish Lounge contest held on Wednesday. Robert Ohanga, NairobiNews that their hang out was closing down. The club is indeed closing at the end of this month but thankfully will be opened next year at the present Timers Lounge opposite GPO on Kenyatta Avenue. Off the Hook confirmed this from a reliable source who said that the famous Mad House would continue its operations after all. T here is a ray of sunshine for fans of Mad House (Florida Nightclub) who were saddened to hear Rachel Chebet, winner of the Miss Lavish Lounge contest poses for a photograph. Robert Ohanga, NairobiNews sprawling Sinai slums in a sting operation mounted by the police and officers from the Children’s Department on Wednesday night moments, after selling her baby to this writer for Sh20,000. She and her accomplice, identified as Lucy Mueni, were taken to the Industrial Area Police Station and he post on Bridgit Atieno’s facebook account on Wednesday was concise and chilling: “If you locked up while the infant was taken to the Mama Ngina Children’s Home in South C. The arrest points to the shock- ing cases of young mothers who are secretly giving birth and selling their babies to the well-to-do for as little as Sh1,000. NairobiNews learnt that the cases were rampant in Nairobi slums where young mothers, unable to fend for their little ones, use intermediaries to identify potential buyers. The drama started on Wednesday morning when this writer made contact with the intermediary, Ms Atieno. She, in turn, linked us to the infant’s mother, Ms Mueni, who confirmed that she indeed wanted to sell the baby because she could not raise her due to poverty. In a telephone conversation, Ms Mueni narrated how she was struggling to fend for her other three-yearold daughter after losing her husband, who was gunned down by police in May and could, therefore, not manage to raise two children. However, she said she would not part with the infant for anything less than Sh30,000 given the numerous enquiries she had received, up from the initial Sh1,000 offer. Eventually, she settled for Sh20,000 and the writer arranged to deliver the money and pick up the baby in the Sinai slums later that evening. The deal could only be sealed under the cover of darkness, she insisted, to avoid being detected by hawk-eyed neighbours. With police officers from the Indus- trial Area Police Station, the NairobiNews crew drove to the sprawling slums off Lunga Lunga Road in Nairobi’s Industrial Area at about 9pm and laid ambush at the designated spot near the bus terminus. After about 30 minutes, Ms Mueni arrived, clad in a striped cardigan and a grey skirt. She did not have the baby though. She told us she did not have any hospital documents to prove the baby was indeed hers as she had delivered at home for lack of funds. Day in court After agreeing on the price of the baby, Ms Mueni left to fetch her. All this time, the undercover police officers were monitoring events from a distance. After a few minutes, she was back, this time accompanied by her accomplice, Lucy, who was carrying the baby. Lucy promptly handed the baby to this writer and both women proceeded to collect the money from the NairobiNews photographer who had all along posed as the writer’s husband and had remained seated in the vehicle, discreetly taking photographs. But, as they walked away after receiving the money, police officers pounced on them, bundled them into another vehicle and locked them up after taking their statements. Police, meanwhile, are looking for the intermediary, Ms Atieno. TO COMMENT ON THIS STORY GO TO www.nairobinews.co.ke/baby Blame society Just what pushes women to sell their babies? • According to a social demographer and professor of sociology at the Maseno University, Charles Ocholla, the state of economy and the structure of the society are to blame. Kenyans have become too individualistic and structures that used to keep communities together, like kinship, have been weakened and not replaced. • “In developed economies, children are owned by the state. But in Kenya, a family owns a mother. There are no concerns whatsoever from the society, whether the parents have means to care for the child or not,” Ocholla says. • He cited many cases where money meant for the welfare of destitute children was stolen or misused. • Pastor Joseph Kamithi of the Christian Churches, and a volunteer children’s officer in Dandora, blames it on greed. • “There is so much poverty in the society and also, men are running away from their responsibilities,” he said. • Human rights activist Ken Wafula says the government should have a clear policy on fighting the vice. • “It is safer for the little ones to be taken to children’s homes than for their desperate parents to sell them to strangers they don’t know anything about,” he said.
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