It has emerged that former KTN news anchor Louis Otieno was not very active in the life of his son, Silas Miami.
Silas has come out to speak about it.
In an interview with Nairobian, Silas said he only spoke to the dad around the time when he was sick and needed financial help.
“My mother was technically a single mother. I had no relationship with my father. He was the man we watched on TV. However, we met later on in life when he fell sick and I was helping with the bill. We have a cordial relationship. Although we do not talk, I wish him well and he does the same for me,” Silas revealed to the paper.
He added, “I got to the point where I realised that parents too are only human and a product of what they have seen in life. I have come to recognise my father’s failures, but also acknowledge his humanity.”
At the time Louis Otieno was coming out to ask for financial help, he was living with his mum and there was no mention of his kids.
Silas is very pragmatic about it.
“I mean, our parents made the best decisions with what they had. I had to make the decision to let go and to ask myself, how can I do better? Of course it was not easy, but in letting go, I set myself free not just to be a better son, but a better human being.”
The Mandela Rhodes Scholar who just finished his Masters has done well for himself and is a brilliant and successful filmmaker.
He said he is working at forgiving his deadbeat celebrity dad.
“I don’t think I’ve dealt with it completely. That’s going to be a lifelong Journey of forgiveness. People imagine that it happens in one go and I don’t think that’s true. You do not wake up one morning and It isn’t as heavy as it was before, but it doesn’t magically erase trauma. So, we are not there yet, but we are heading there.”