5 Kenyans Who Went International For the Wrong Reasons

  • To some extent, we all want to become famous, or at least, be recognised for our contributions to society. Whether fame comes to us intentionally or unintentionally.

    On the international stage, Kenya has had her fair representation, with a majority of her ambassadors being sports personalities and politicians. 

    However, the following individuals went global in a rather interesting, but least to say, not so positive manner.

    Martin Kamotho alias Githeri Man

    Martin Kamotho eats his succotash delicacy off a plastic bag on August 8, 2017.

    Kamotho's moment of fame descended upon him soon after waiting in line to cast his vote during the August 8, 2017, General Election.

    As lunchtime approached and the queue to the voting booth dragging, Kamotho opted to enjoy his githeri delicacy as he waited. Little did he know, a photo of him would take the internet by storm with hundreds of memes created from his rather fathomable response to hunger. 

    Not only did he get featured by all the media houses in the country, but Kamotho's story also made into a number of international news outlets coverig the highluy-contested election. 

    On August 10, 2017, for example, he was featured on the news bulletin by international media house France 24, for not only what he did, but also for array of memes his photo inspired. 

    Ezekiel Mutua

    The Kenya Film Classification Board CEO hit international media in a rather unpopular manner to most of the Western nations.

    On November 1, 2017, two male lions were pictured mating and true to his opposition to same-sex relationships, Mutua made remarks that earned him a trip to the international stage.

    “These animals need counseling because they have probably been influenced by gays who have been to the park and behaved badly. They must have copied it somewhere or it is demonic,” Mutua asserted then.

    “Surely they do not watch movies, where would animals learn of such behaviour?” He wondered.

    On November 17, 2017, he was featured in an episode of the American TV show The Daily Show, with his remarks viewed as ridiculous.

    Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua.

    James Maina Ng'ang'a

    On September 22, 2019, Pastor Ng'ang'a of Neno Evangelism ministries hit the international media after a video of him in 'action' went viral.

    In the video, the controversial pastor was seen raining with several slaps on a boy in the head in what his ministry would describe as exorcism.

    The video was posted by renowned American rapper, Snoop Dogg on his Instagram account, who went ahead to roast the controversial apostle.

    "When you are late with the offering but the Reverend needs his money," Snoop Dogg captioned the video.

    His Instagram followers went wild with laughter with most giving other hilarious reactions to his repost of the viral video.

    In just a day, the video had been viewed millions times.

    Appostle James Maina Ng'ang'a of Neno Evangelism

    Esther Arunga

    The former KTN news anchor and 2008 CHAT Awardee for best Teen TV Anchor winner went from an inspiration to many developing journalists to a front-page cover story for not the right reasons.

    She hit the international scenes after the mysterious death of the eldest of her sons in 2014. Her husband Quincy Timberlake was charged with murder.

    The court case was a dramatic one, as it involved Arunga apparently lying about her son's death and allegations of her husband bewitching her.

    Former KTN news anchor Esther Arunga, her husband Quincy Timberlake and their son.

    Paul Manyasi

    One of 2019's controversial stories, the name Paul Manyasi was all over international media houses after a stowaway fell from the sky from a Kenya Airways plane in South London, UK.

    First published by Sky News and subsequently by several other media houses, a sketch photo of the stowaway was even developed for the purpose of identification.

    What made the name even bigger was after Cedric Shivonje, an inmate at Industrial area surfaced alleging that the photo touted around as Manyasi was his.

    This forced the international media houses apologise and an investigation for the stowaway's identification intensified.

    Cedric Shivonje and a sketch image of Paul Manyasi