This Star Studded Crew Is About To Blow The Music Industry With The Project They Are Cooking (Photo)

Many people have been asking questions what’s cooking behind the scene after DJ Stylez posted a photo on social media.

He took to social media to post a photo of himself, Sauti Sol, The Kansoul and Cedo the producer with a caption that read, “Late night cooking. #industrytings #gamechanging.”

nyash and cedo

This seems like some of Kenya’s biggest artistes are in the studio cooking up something that will shake the music industry.

All these heads are geniuses in their own unique ways and once they come together, they’ll definitely blow us away with dope music. And also let’s not forget the crew has a number of producers who are known as the sickest in the industry.

Have a look at the photo below:



‘We Are Teachers Who Use Hip Hop To Teach In School’ – Black Jesus And Jirongi Reveal (Audio)

As a teacher you have to use different means in order to make sure you deliver exhaustive teachings to your students. Meet former Ukoo Fulani members, Jirongi and Black Jesus, who have some things in common.

Black Jesus was based in Arusha Tanzania where he used to play with the Band called Warrior from the East after he left Nairobi but later left the band and started to do solo music. They have a community center in Arusha called One Love Educational and Community center where they support and educate kids from the community to speak English, music and general knowledge.


In school, Jirongi who is based in Paris, uses hip hop to teach the small kids as they revealed during an interview with Adelle Onyango and Shaffie Weru, “I’m a teacher and I use hip hop to teach….. everybody including kids like hip hop; for example if you take hip hop and use it in class, its easier for many people to understand and remember what you taught them.” Said Jirongi.

But usually when I use hip hop to teach I have to choose music according to topics on what am going to teach. At the same time I have to use good music coz they are kids around 7 years to 18 years,” Jirongi added.

Sometimes they use even different environments in teaching for example around the swimming pools and football fields so as to make it easier for the kids to remember what they were taught by the place of the lesson.

Listen to the full interview as they open about using music to teach:


Woiyeee! Willis Raburu Reveals The Saddest Thing About His Life Most Of You Didn’t Know

Being obese or overweight is not good for your health. And apart from causing health problems, it can also lower one’s self-esteem and Citizen TV’s presenter Willis Raburu is a great example.

The multi-talented media personality recently embarked on a weight loss journey and he is doing well so far.

Early last year, Raburu left his fans in a panic after he injured his leg and got hospitalized.


The jovial presenter shared the sad news alongside a photo of his injured leg.


This saw online bullies troll him and called him out for being overweight, asking him to start working out after he sent out a tweet saying singer Dela’s performance was on fire. But a KOT member took this quite literally and told him to use the fire to burn his calories.

Willis Raburu

It seems Raburu heard the ‘advice’ and together with his prayer partner, he has been working out. He revealed to Mpasho that he was looking forward to burning a lot of calories and who knows, soon he might be giving Eric Omondi a run for his money.

Well, in a recent interview with a local blog, he said:

“I visited Doctor Wangata and he ran a couple of tests and told me I was not doing too well on my cholesterol levels. So I reached out to my trainer now Evelyn Owala of Eveal Health and Fitness and started the journey.”

Raburu also confessed that his previous body mass had taken a toll on his esteem which he says has shot up ever since he started working out

“I am more confident now. My esteem is way up, i know it’s hard to believe it was down. It made a difference in my pocket too because now I have to shop for new clothes; but it is a good problem hahaha! Plus I have lost about 9kgs!”

Did you know that?

Things You May Be Addicted To Without Your Knowledge

People carry different activities for pleasure and entertainment to refresh their minds and for relaxation. But sometimes you may not realize you are practically addicted to the activities and hence it becomes hard to stop.

Here are some things you may not know you are addicted to:


Sports and games are a form of entertainment which help people feel relaxed when either playing or watching. Playing or watching has no harm at all but it becomes an addiction when you spend more or even all the resources you have just to enjoy sports.

Believe me some people stay up late or even miss their work just because they never had enough sleep because of watching a match. They gamble expensive materials and gifts for the winning matches of which is good if they are able but when a person gambles the only little thing he/she owns, then it becomes an a problem. Some even fight just because their favorite team has been defeated and do other crazy things.



Its a form of entertainment and the same time a way of finding some cash by trying your luck. This has affected many where a person can afford to use all the cash they have just to bet and later loose everything. Betting is a serious addiction where students are even betting their school fees.


Every person is affected directly or indirect by the phenomenon of politics. But when it becomes an addiction then it’s serious and dangerous. When it comes to electing leaders everybody does so and its over but to some people, politics will never end; they talk politics, they eat politics and they wear politics. When it comes to political parties; between party A and B, a person will never have a clear explanation why s/he is so much into party B.


When I talk of religion I mean any cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, world, texts, sanctified places, ethics or organizations that relate humanity to the supernatural or transcendental. Remember there is a difference between being religious and believing in supernatural beings.

Its ok to belong to a certain religion, but when one focuses on it than believing on the supernatural then that is a religion addiction. The more religious one is, the more s/he believes in what the other members of the religion believe and not about focusing on the supernatural.



You may wonder how is this related to addiction but let me explain it to you. Remember romance relationship is the one involved here. According to Bentham philosophy; We start to make some kind of distinction between our emotions and our rationality when relationship is concerned between the involved parties. This means when one decides to leave a relationship then the other one should agree and move on. Though it isn’t easy you should take time before starting another relationship. Some run into building another relationship in the name of ‘healing wounds’ thinking it’s the best option of which starting a new one is easy but breaking up is another story.


Sauti Sol Latest Emoji Music Video Is The First In Africa

Sauti Sol always does the unthinkable when it comes to music.

Popularly known for their hit songs such as Shake yo Bam Bam, Sura Yako and Isabella, the band has released a first ever emoji lyric video in Africa.


The New Song talks about being friendzoned, which is commonly talked about by guys all over. Sauti Sol talk about a man who wants to be out of being in a friend zone.


He tells the girl how he feels about her through emojis and want to jump out of the zone and yet he doesn’t have a parachute and he hopes he is going to win the girl. The girl is the inspiration behind the song with the girl shying off whenever he looks at her.

They are trying so hard not to loose a friend because of how they feel about the girl. The man has hidden his feelings emotionally not wanting to let out his feelings to the girl.

The guy can’t take being in the friend zone anymore and asks his friends to hold him and even ‘team mafisi’ because the girl has made him go ‘gaga’ and they are going to loose a member.


It took the superstars six months to develop and execute this kind of song.

In case you haven’t watched it yet, which basically means you’ve been living under a rock, here you go. Oh, and you’re welcome!

Here are some reactions from fans:

Alee Roxx: Who else is feeling the guitar
Wendi Ochong’: its really the bigger deal
nancy ndungu: Its what actually got me loving the song, Polycarp come serenade me

Denis Eldorado: who is watching this in 2027!!!! waiting for a reply in 10 years.Fidel Shammah: Wewe weeeh!! Mabro 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 254 music up👊🏾👊🏾

abaas m: Am sure the dislikes ni za willy paul😢

Bon’eye P-UNIT:🔥🔥🔥🇰🇪🔝
schooner Tha cooper:😂😂😂😂😂😂 Tano Tena..

Bebe Cool Comes To The Rescue Of Little Ones Again!

Being in the limelight always comes with a certain level of expectations. When people know you have money they want you to use it for the benefit of the society.

Bebe Cool isn’t excused from this kind of mentality. We have seen him help his Ugandan people time and again.

He is a philanthropic soul indeed. We have seen him going out of his way to help people who need medical attention.

Kayla, a young girl from Iganga, Uganda had her story shared as a short video clip and it got Bebe Cool’s attention. She has a skin disease that has left her head in a very bad state. She was taken to Mulango Hospital where the doctors said it is a condition that can be worked on and possibly managed.

Kayla was then to be taken to India where the operation will be performed. This process will cost him 180 million Ugandan Shillings. The condition is a genetic skin disease called Cutis Verticis Gyrata.


Bebe Cool said, Her Condition is called Cutis Verticis Gyrata. It’s A generic skin disorder as the doctors tell me, but I ask them if we can have her operated on, I am happy the doctors said yes and we are about to have this operation to see if we can save a life, restore her confidence and self-esteem and maybe make a doctor out of her.”

Bebe Cool was also spotted in the hospital where he went to see the Mbozi Za Malwa song producer, Danz Kumapeesa.


PREZZO USED TO PIMP MICHELLE YOLA?! She Finally Addresses The Rumour

Michelle Yola from Nairobi D had an interview with Mpasho where she opened up about her life since the popularity she gained from the show.

michelle yola

She opened up on how she had a very stressful relationship and an even worse break up which made her drink a lot during her free time. She would cry at night based on the opinions and comments people had about her life and this definitely brought her down and the only way to cure this pain was to drink.

A good friend of her’s advised her to stop drinking during her free time especially when stressed and she should try yoga. She said ever since she started, this has been the best drug she has ever taken. She also credited her good looks to the yoga she has been doing which makes her relaxed and stress-free.

michelle yola

She also opened up about her break up with Prezzo and her new man. From her Instagram, we can see pictures of her and a white man. She said that is her new bae but she will not reveal his name. When asked what he does for a living, she said that he is in the corporate world and that was all she had to say.

‘Prezzo Has Been Harassing Me Even When We Were Dating’ – Michelle Yola Opens Up

Being open to the public comes with it’s hilarious moments and we asked her what has been the craziest rumour she has ever heard about her, she laughed.


michelle yola

She confirmed the rumours that she had indeed covered up her tattoo because she is over and done with Prezzo and this time it is for good!


Huddah Monroe Is The Perfect Example Of Work Hard, Play Hard. Check Out Her New Deal!

If you follow Huddah on any social media platform, you have seen how much she works hard. She has worked her way up to being big deal around the world now.

Just the other day she sold her cars and that didn’t seem to bother her cause she can easily get a new one off her hard work.

She also never seizes to make us happy. She posted warnings to the girls who share their phone digits with ‘dirty boys’ advising them that they should stay woke! She likes big business deals and those ones come into her email.

Huddah Monroe Sells Both Her Multi-Million Shilling Cars (PHOTOS)

She likes big business deals and she apparently transacts a large portion of them through her email. And this shouldn’t not come as a surprise; we are always seeing Huddah travelling all over the world and this is only possible with a digital office space!

I guess she got this big endorsement deal through her email. Huddah is officially the new brand ambassador for Puma! Yes, you read it right! While other so called socialites are fighting and abusing each other, Huddah is creating and making a brand for herself!

She took to her Insta stories and told the world her new position wearing the shoes and flaunting the black and white Puma shoes.

Check out pictures from her Insta Story:



Smashing Photos Of Governor Joho During His Swearing In That Have Driven Ladies Crazy

Mombasa Governor, H.E. Ali Hassan Joho was yesterday sworn in for his second term in office. The swearing in ceremony was held at the Mama Ngina Drive grounds, Mombasa. In attendance included NASA leader Raila Odinga, NASA co-principal Musalia Mudavadi, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi and more than 20 legislatures from across the country.

He was sworn in by Justice Weldon Korir.

‘Do I Look Pregnant?’ – Notiflow Responds To Claims That She Is Carrying Colonel Mustafa’s Child

The latest gossip in town is that Noti Flow could be expecting her first child with fellow Nairobi Diaries cast, Colonel Mustafa aka uncle Muss who she was recently rumored to be involved with.


Noti Flow whose real name is Natalie Florence is a Kenyan Musician-rapper and an actress who appears in the controversial reality show Nairobi Diaries that airs on K24.


The news was first disclosed by Mustafa himself in one of the episodes aired two nights ago.

Noti Flow

However, Noti Flow has finally addressed the rumour and according to her, this is one of the most desperate moves Mustafa has pulled to draw attention to himself.

Through her social media pages, Noti Flow said,

Do I look pregnant? 😎 N***a please. I mean I understand you desperately want my baby but going on TV to make allegations that I’m pregnant just so I can play along is so f****n wrong . I mean, I don’t even feel responsible enough for myself, how do I get a baby now?”

noti flow

This she posted on her Instagram page telling young girls out there that “It’s not about how cute your baby is gonna be, it’s not about what the internet wants of you. Be responsible for yourselves. Know what you want and work towards it.”

Her followers also commented on the post saying that she did well by doing away with the rumours.

This Photo Of Jimmy Gait In Hospital Is Giving His Fans Sleepless Nights

Award winning gospel singer Jimmy Gait needs your prayers. The Muhadhara hitmaker was recently hospitalized and he shared a photo of himself lying on a bed where he underwent some tests.

Jimmy Gait took to social media to request his followers to remember him in their prayers.

“Pray for me as I go through treatment. Thanks for all your support…much love!”

Check out the reactions;

Anita: Quick recovery may the mighty hand of God be upon you love you too

Jenny: You will be okay in the name of Jesus

Nelly: Remember your promises God ….that you will send your word to heal us ….may he receive Healing in your name

Hellen: Pokea uponyaji katika jila la Yesu


Daniel: It shall be well in Jesus name

King: Wishing you quick recovery my friend….never lose if you still under the SUN.evrythng is possible to the CREATOR..AMEN.

Lily: Receive your healing in Jesus name sickness is not your portion

Maina: You are healed in Jesus name

Some even speculated that this was a music video shoot. Jimmy Gait is out of the hospital and he shared a photo hanging out with children and we hope all is well.

REVEALED: List Of Hit Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written By Other People

It is called ‘ghost writing.’

And it is not bad for an artiste to be written for. Most singers have made hit songs from tracks that other people have penned down.

Well, here are some of the well-known hit songs written by other people.

Vanity-Daddy Owen

This song was written by fellow gospel singer Peterson Githinji well known as Pitson and evidently, Daddy Owen did justice to the track.

Mwema- Mercy Masika

This song written by gospel singer Mr.Vee hit the music charts by storm and has managed to scoop awards. From the writer to the singer, it goes to show Kenyan music is evolving.

Afadhali Yesu- Size 8

Size 8 is one singer who is not afraid to accept being written for songs. And that’s how it should be. The song released in August 2015 was written by Pitson.

Sweet Love- Akothee

This song by Kenya’s madam boss was partly written by WCB’s Rayvanny, a bongo kid we all know has won awards for his outstanding talent.


Cheche- Ommy Dimpoz

This song was written Goodluck Gosbert a Tanzanian gospel singer.

Narudi- Makena

This song was written by Pitson.

Nainua- Boss MOG

Former MOG member Boss released this song and it shows how Pitson understands different genres.

Moyo Mashine- Ben Pol

One of Tanzania’s best vocalists Ben Pol was also written for by gospel singer Goodluck Gosbert. This is a song that has been nominated for different awards.

Shule Yako- Mercy Masika

It is a hit song written by Pitson.

Baby On The Way: Patoranking Shows Off Pregnant Girlfriend

The baby daddy syndrome is fast becoming a thing in the Nigerian music industry as more of our beloved male artistes are joining the league with reckless abandon.

Dancehall singer, Patoranking is the next in line to be inducted into the baby daddy ‘hall of fame’.


The ‘No Kissing’ crooner showed off his girlfriend on Instagram who is also an expectant mother. He captioned the photo which he shared with his pregnant girlfriend ‘ Daddy Yo ❤ Thank God ’.


Prior to this report, nothing much has been known regarding the love life of Patoranking. From the look of things, Pato would be welcoming a baby with his girlfriend before the year pans out.


Here is what he said on his instagram;

🍼 Daddy Yo ❤ Thank God 🙏

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‘Prezzo Has Been Harassing Me Even When We Were Dating’ – Michelle Yola Opens Up

Recently, Prezzo and Michelle have been making news after Yola took to social media to blast Prezzo for threatening her and telling him to keep off. This is after the two had some disagreement about their relationship.


Prezzo had denied earlier that he isn’t threatening his ex-girlfriend as she said. However, during an interview with Shaffie Weru and Adelle Onyango on Breakfast with the Stars, Yola confessed publicly that Prezzo was threatening her even when they were lovers. “He has been harassing me and sending me threatening texts. He has been bullying me literary but I have been quiet about it because I’m used to that even when we were dating he used to harass me.” said Michelle.

When you’re done with someone you expect them to leave you alone; they do their thing you do your thing and everyone moves on peacefully.” Michelle added.


She also said that despite the threats she has been receiving from ex-boyfriend, she won’t take any action because she isn’t scared of those threats. “Right now I don’t feel scared anymore because he makes empty threats to everyone, there is nothing he gonna do.” She said. “I don’t even wanna talk about this person at all.” She added.

She is now in a new relationship with another person from outside the country who she never wanted to mention.

Listen to the full interview below:

‘I’m Not Pregnant’ Nick Mutuma’s Ex Girlfriend Shouts

Tanasha Oketch alias Tanasha Donna who is Nick Mutuma’s ex, has shut down rumours that she is heavily pregnant.

The model cum video vixen said this after a photo went viral with her wearing a black top that showed she might have been hiding a baby bump

“What YOU allow is what will continue. It all starts with YOU. 🙏 (and no I’m not pregnant 😂)”

Tanasha is well known for her role as a video vixen in Ali Kiba’s song featuring Christian Bella dubbed Nagharamia.

8 Times Nick Mutuma Has Given Ladies Chills With His Killer Signature Pose (Photos)

She and Shuga’s star Mutuma were rumoured to have broken up weeks after being seen hanging together. In a past interview with Mpasho, Mutuma said that he was single and was not looking to get into a relationship anytime soon.


“NO. I Am Not Dating right Now, I feel Like I am in great creative space and i just wanna focus on my craft and on my family and just getting it right?”

When asked about his ideal woman, Nick said:

“I’m very picky when it comes to mamas…i love women that are independent…Me madem mmenichoma mpaka sitaki kuwaongelea”

But during an interview with Let’s Talk, Nick revealed that he currently dating, but he will not be showing off his girlfriend to the public, as he wants to keep his relationship private.

Sorry Mafisilets: Nick Mutuma Reveals He’s Dating And Why He Won’t Be Showing Her Off On Social Media


Mulidhani Atafia Tumboni Eeh? Hamisa Mobetto Mocks Her Haters!

Now that Abdul Naseeb aka Tanzanian Baby is born he will be the topic of discussion for a pretty long time, well until the 40th-day perhaps!

Her pregnancy was apparently not the best news for everyone of course. But let’s talk about her baby and who really is the baby daddy. She seems not to care and she went on to give birth to a bouncing baby boy!

With all the hate she has received right after giving birth, she feels like her life and that of her baby are in danger.

She went ahead and posted on her snap chat that if anything happens to her and her son, well things would not be all good!

Hamisa Mobetto Throws Her New Born A Lavish Party (PHOTOS)

She said:

“Mulidhani atafia eeh? Au mlijua ntafia leba?nyie sio mungu na hamtokaa kua kamwe and if anything, bad and ia mean anything bad happens to me or my son hatutowaacha salama!”

When this was posted on Instagram, her fans and haters definitely had plenty to say! They condemned her post when she talked about Karma saying she did the same thing to Zari and the Karam is actually working on her.

Carocnn: Women though…how do yu sleep with a married man n tryna trap him with a kid. Yu thought he was gonna leave Zari 4u? Oh gal…get a life!! Ulikubali kumpanulia so beba mzigo wako.

Empress: Lol there goes miss karma! In this life u get served wat u deserve. Dunia ni duara dada. Haya waliokupetipeti wawapi? Never move wth masses always live for u.

Here is a picture of Tanzanian Baby, Abdul Naseeb and pictures from her post on sanp chat:



Popular Rapper Sees The Light, Quits Secular World

Coastal based rapper Cannibal is now a born-again Christian.The My Reason hitmaker says he is tired of worldly things and is set to start releasing gospel tracks.

Talking to a coast based radio personality Gates Mgenge, the rapper who was once part of the Ukoo Flani group confirmed the rumours to be true:

“Habari hizo ni ukweli kabisa. Cannibal amechukua mkondo mwingine sasa hivi na mtaanza kuona mabadiliko.”

So, since when did he turn over a new leaf?

“Sijamaliza mwezi, ni mawiki.”

When asked why he made this decision, Cannibal said that he was not willing to miss out on eternal life.

“Nilikuja nikaangalia dunia vile mambo yanavyokwenda na maisha yale tunayoishi so nikaamua tu kubadilika. Singependa kupata uzima wa milele kwa sababu ya kufata ya duniani. Hii ikanibidi mimi nibadilishe mwendeno.”

He added that he will only perform his secular songs when the ‘Spirit’ tells him to do so.

“Sasa hiyo itategemea vile roho atavyoniambia, maanake sasa hivi siko peke yangu. Niko na Roho Mtakatifu.”

The Kichwa Kibovu singer predicts that his old friends will start running away from him now that he is a born-again Christian.

“Nafikiri marafiki watanikimbia tuu. Wao wenyewe wataondoka tuu.”

Cannibal has now added to the list of secular Kenyan celebrities who’ve seen the light among them Size 8, Collo, Qta-c Lady B, Bamboo among others.

Mr. Nice’s Gold Chain Snatched At Nairobi Governor’s Inauguration

Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and his deputy Polycarp Igathe were yesterday sworn into office at Uhuru park, in style.

The park was well decorated and full of fans and supporters of the newly elected Nairobi governor. They wanted to share the joy and success that Mike Mbuvi Sonko and Polycarp Igathe are enjoying.

In attendance was President Uhuru Kenyatta accompanied by his Deputy William Ruto and Dr. Evans Kidero who was to hand over his seat to Sonko.

Mike Sonko

The ceremony was graced by various celebrities who performed to the large crown. Artistes such as DK Kwenye Beat, Bahati, Ben Githae and Rufftone wowed the crowd.

Mr Nice from Tanzania was also present to grace the inauguration. Mr Nice being East Africa’s favourite did not have it all rosy during his performance.


Now, we all know not everyone comes with good intentions to gigs. Something Mr Nice may have not had an inkling of. Having a large following in Kenya, he took the stage with a lot of enthusiasm and went close to his fans as he performed. This wasn’t really the best idea as he had expected it to be.

In the midst of his fans, he ended up losing a gold chain. Yes, Mr Nice fell victim to the Nairobi snatchers team! His gold chain was stolen which pretty much cost him a lot.

With this, artistes should always be cautious not to expose their expensive sh*t to their fans! What do you expecti!


Hamisa Mobetto Throws Her New Born A Lavish Party (PHOTOS)

H’akika is an Islamic tradition of the sacrifice of an animal on the occasion of a child’s birth.

Hamisa Mobetto has represented the culture to the fullest. With the help of her uncle who she thanked for the food, the party turned out great!

The sacrificed animal is usually a sheep. In this case, given that she gave birth to a son, two sheep were slaughtered. Right after that, the child was given his official name, Abdul Naseeb.

Diamond Platnumz screams at his side chick and the reason is really fascinating

The party was graced by her close friends and family who enjoyed the best of the best Swahili meals in plenty.

She went on to post on her Instagram thanking her uncle, Uncle Kassim who has always been there for her and he made her life easier to lead.

On the same Instagram post, her friends went out to comment on the great food and party it was.

She said:

To U my Anko K uncle Kassim yani I can’t thank U enough Kwa Kweli …. Ahsante sana yani Ahsante mno …. thank U for making everything so easy for me Baba … Allah akuzidishie my love …. the food was more than delicious
Watu walikula buana…, wakasaza Na kubeba wakabeba .
I love U and Ahsante mno uncle Kassim.”

Considering the beef that there is among the three, Diamond, Zari and Hamisa their fans will obviously share their cold opinions in the comment section.

Here are the comments posted on her post:

mikali: ata uzaliwe upya humpati zari hata kwa ukubwa wa nyonga zake,she’s so beautifully than u, hacha kujipendekeza upo Kama kingedele pori,ishukuru MAKE UP.

This comment clearly upset one of Hamisa’s fans who went on to post:

Ngaswagae: Hamisa endelea na maisha yako hao wazee wasikusumbue wewe bado mbichi sana miaka mitano ijayo hata poda wanazo paka zitakataa usoni

Here are pictures from the ceremony:















‘It Will Be Okay,’ Lupita Pens A Moving Letter To Her Dad, Anyang’ Nyong’o

It is rare for Lupita to talk about her family life. But today she has opened up in a way no one ever expected her to.

“Today is the day my father gets sworn in as the Governor of Kisumu County in Kenya. I thank all those who voted for him and wish him the very best as he embarks on this new journey of socio-political representation,”


She went on too add:

“To celebrate this day from afar, I reflect on the 10 Things My Daddy Told Me When I Was A Kid That Gave Me Confidence:
1. You are smart: I took this to mean both that I was dressed well (We Kenyans say “smart” for “well-dressed”), but also that I was intelligent. It always made me feel special and valuable.

2. It will be OK: He said this whenever I was sad with the little burdens of my childhood (a fight with my friends, a broken doll, a lost favorite piece of clothing). He also said this when I was concerned with the big burdens of his adulthood (detention without trial, house arrests, caught in tear gas during violent riots). Daddy said this to me as he held me close and I always felt a sense of comfort and security from him. I knew he would do all he could to make my life safe and that he was doing the same to make the country better for all of us.

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

3. You can do anything: Daddy never EVER made me feel limited by my gender. He supported me when I did things that my society thought un-ladylike, like whistling, dressing like Kriss Kross, and even climbing trees in my adulthood. He was my first example of what feminism looks like on a man.

4. Do whatever you want to do; just do it to excellence: Dreaming out loud was something he encouraged. He loved listening to my adventurous and sometimes unrealistic and romantic ideas. He did that for all of his kids. Together with my mom, my father taught me to dare to imagine an ideal world and go about making it a reality.

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

5. Knowledge is power: He ALWAYS reads and he is a walking example of how the power of an education never comes to an end. He has taught me that learning is the best way to stay young, beautiful and relevant. A free mind is stronger than a free body.

6. Show me: My Daddy loves to learn from his children. He is not afraid to admit what he does not know, and admitting I am ignorant of things has saved me from a lot of unnecessary embarrassment. Not knowing isn’t a crime. Refusing to learn is.

7. Consider the other side: there is always two sides to a coin. Being able to identify the other side of an argument makes yours stronger. It also makes you more empathetic.

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

8. You must stand up for what you believe in: This is a fundamental lesson from my father. He lives by it. It is why he serves: To literally make the world a better place. I know I have to do the same. Good people need to do more to bring balance, because the bad people sure are busy these days!

9. Very Good! ‘A’ Minus: This was his way of saying that I did well, but also jokingly reminding me that there is always room for improvement. It’s about not congratulating yourself too much or berating yourself either.

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

10. Daddy loves baby: He has said this to me all my life. A reminder that he loves me, yes, but also that I will always be his little girl. It is heartening to remember as life gets more and more adult, that we all start off with the innocence of a child and the pure love that comes with it.
Daddy, congratulations! Baby loves Daddy!