Nation TV’s Kiswahili word of the day on Monday, June 19, was “mpyaro.” The word means someone who speaks vulgarly. Nation TV used the word in a sentence, saying, “Moses ni mpyaro.” This means “Moses is a foul-mouthed person.”
The tweet quickly went viral, with Kenyans on social media hilariously reacting to the word choice. Some people joked that Moses was a character from the Bible, while others said that he must be a politician. Still others said that they knew someone named Moses who fit the description perfectly.
The tweet also sparked a debate about the use of vulgar language in Kenya. Some people said that it is a sign of disrespect, while others said that it is simply a way of expressing oneself.
Ultimately, the tweet was a reminder of the diversity of languages and cultures in Kenya. It also showed how social media can be used to spark conversations about important issues.
Here are some of the reactions from Kenyans on social media:
“Moses ni mpyaro? That’s harsh!”
“I know a Moses who is definitely a mpyaro.”
“I think it’s wrong to use vulgar language. It’s disrespectful.”
“Vulgar language is just a way of expressing oneself. It’s not always disrespectful.”
The tweet was a lighthearted way to learn a new Swahili word and to start a conversation about language and culture.
NTV Kiswahili news anchor Dan Mule has shared his painful journey to where he currently is saying that it has not been easy at all.
Speaking to Daily Nation in a candid interview, Mule revealed that he used to work as a sweeper at the state-owned National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) after his father died and left shillings 1.8 million debt behind.
“When I was in Form Two, my father passed away. It was a trying time especially because we were a close-knit family, but by God’s grace we pulled through. I scored a B+ mean grade in KCSE which secured me an admission at Kenyatta University. Back then, government- sponsored students had to wait for two years before joining the university. It was during that wait that auctioneers came to our home with documents showing that my late dad owed them Sh1.8million,” he said.
Mule went on to explain that he took up the job, while he was just 18 years in an attempt to settle the huge debt. This also sent him into a wild goose chase as he struggled to make a living and repay the money.
“My next stop was Pyrethrum board and here I was tasked with passing magnets through the pyrethrum to rid it of any metal scrapes before it was packed. But these jobs only lasted a week. Every week, hundreds of labourers would mill outside one company and once the supervisors selected the people they needed, the rest would go to the next company for another selection, and the last company would pick out its workers by 10:00am,” he said.
His inspirational story has motivated many, proving that truly we should never give up and that sky is the limit.
“Today, God has blessed me with many opportunities to help others both materially and morale support. I delight in giving guidance to children and young people generally.
“I am a lecturer at St Paul’s University and Daystar University. Besides teaching , I give hope to my students to keep pushing their dreams. I aspire to give incessantly and urge others to think beyond themselves. My mantra is: You will never have too little to give,” he says.
Journalists in different media houses have been shifting lately as power struggles between top media companies has intensified.
Citizen TV has been poaching a bunch of presenters lately from other TV stations but also has lost a few of their top guys in the process.
Citizen TV and NTV have now released their official news lineup both on the same day leaving Kenyans arguing on which side they belong.
Ex-NTV news anchors Nimrod Tabu, Jamila Mohamed, Lulu Hassan’s hubby Rashid Abdhalla, former KTN Swahili news anchor Mwashirima Kapombe Swaleh Mdoe, Mwanahamisi Hamadi and the ever glowing Lulu Hassan made up the line up for Citizen TV.
NTV on the other hand has Salim Swaleh, Doreen Gatwiri, Nuru Abdulaziz as well as Kaltun Jama on their Swahili desk.
The great exodus from once popular TV station, NTV, seems won’t stop any time soon. The once unshakable giant has been losing employees to other companies in an alarming rate as they watch helplessly.
Royal Media the new home
Most of these presenter have been moving to Royal Media and the latest presenter to switch sides is Kimani Mbugua. The entertainment news anchor took to social media to share his debut on Citizen TV with a photo.
Almost 20 days ago, he bid goodbye to NTV with a message saying:
“Leaving @ntvkenya after three awesome years at the Nation Media Group, this home will be missed together with all who made this young boy’s dreams possible. Sasa naenda ivi nakam.”
Days after Larry Madowo resigned and got another job from BBC, fans begged him not to leave behind his co-anchor Victoria Rubidiri. It seems their prayers have been answered though not fully.
Victoria Rubadiri has now ditched NTV and is headed for Citizen TV where she’ll be replacing a pregnant Lilian Muli, sources say. Rubadiri becomes the latest journalist to ditch the ailing Nation Media after eight other leading journalists left recently.
Citizen wins big
Some of those who have moved to Citizen TV include Pamela Asigi, former NTV’s editor, was appointed Managing Editor, English desk, whereas Jamila Mohammed, former NTV’s Swahili news anchor will now be Citizen TV’s Managing Editor, Swahili desk.
NTV’s presenter Tracy Wanjiru is one of the hottest lasses that Kenya has ever produced and that Team Mafasi have always tried to figure out how they can make a move.
She recently had some heartbreaking news for the Mafasi club after photos with her boyfriend who she has managed to keep in the dark for long enough now, finally hit online.
Wanjiru shared photos of her better half, Michael Kebede, at a recent event in town where they were getting cozy and showing their love to the public. She later took to Instagram to share some photos with him alongside with his co-host Martin Kimathi.
Doesn’t talk much about him
Wanjiru, who now also works at Capital FM as a host on the “Hits Not Homework” show, has managed to keep fans in the dark about her relationship.
Wallace Kantai left NTV after falling out with the management. The former NTV business editor was a victim of the convergence model implemented by NMG last year.
Nation’s business media platforms – print, digital and TV were all converged into one and put under the Business Daily. The transition was hard for journalists from Daily Nation and NTV who expressed their displeasure with the move.
Wallace Kantai decided to quit his job altogether following the move by NMG. His whereabouts remained unknown until on Friday November 3rd.
Wallace gets CBK job
The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has appointed Wallace its head of communications. CBK announced Wallace’s appointment in a statement issued to the press.
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