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Why these Kikuyu radio personalities are still popular even after leaving the airwaves

Kikuyu pioneer comedian Githingithia alias Earthquake. [CREDIT/Githingithia]
They came, they saw, they conquered.

By Dee Gee

This is perhaps the best way to describe this batch of Gikuyu radio presenters whom during their peak moments on radio were not only household names, but also many listeners’ darlings.

While some may have left the airwaves to venture in other things like politics or personal stuff, some just left the airwaves amid a thick cloud of controversy.

But irrespective of the circumstances under which they hanged their radio boots, many of their fans can today tell you that they left before they could just get enough of them!
We list them below one after another.

1. Githingithia-Njaramba duo

The two can widely be credited for laying the foundation stone upon which the modern day Kikuyu comedy is built on. The two started at Kameme FM in early 2000 where they gained massive popularity.

Their ‘Hadithi za Abunuwasi’ rib-cracker tales were not only entertaining but also educative because each came with a valuable moral lesson.

2. Mucheru Wa Kaboi

Kaboi started on at Kameme FM as a classifieds voice-over artist before rising the ranks to become a stand-in presenter. However, Kaboi would not make a mark till he moved to Inooro FM in early 2012 where he doubled as a news presenter and a comedian.

Nevertheless, it is in the capacity of a comedian where he went by the moniker Prof Hannington Mugweru Kaboi would become crazily popular. His professorial comical ‘nonsense’ still rings in the minds of many people.

But despite Kaboi’s massive popularity under Prof Mugweru title, Royal Media Services would be forced to unceremoniously dismiss him in 2014 after he was reportedly unable to manage his undying love for the bottle.

3. Gathoni Wamuchomba

When she presented Inooro FM breakfast show alongside a fiery weekly political show (Kiririmbi Kia Inooro) between 2003 and 2006, Wamuchomba would be crowned ‘Queen of Kikuyu Radio Politics’.

After leaving Inooro FM in 2006 to venture in media ownership businesses which flopped badly, her comeback on radio in 2013 where she presented the now defunct Kameme FM ‘Muiguithania’ show would revive her radio prowess.

Unfortunately, Gathoni would quit Kameme FM in the run-up to 2017 General Election to vie for Kiambu Woman Rep seat where she was elected with just slightly less to a million votes affirming her wide popularity.

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