Monthly Archives: September 2012

#EK – (Behind The Scenes) – Week 2 Done, of A Distant Boat shoot…

The On Field Crew/cast Just wrapped week 2 of “The Distant Boat”.A great story soon to be on your screens.
25% through the production.
Here’s Andy Brown the director, taking you through a short sneak peek in this behind the scenes clip.
Enjoy a little behind-the-scenes from last week.

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Movie Update #1 from AIM On-Field Media on Vimeo.

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#EK – (Grab a tissue or two for this) Comedian Silences A Room For 9 Minutes.

By Rollie Williams

Comedians spend years honing their stage persona, but when all-star comic Anthony Griffith tells the story of his life as a comedian and as a father, not even he can keep it together.

To be honest, I couldn’t either when I watched this video. It’s so important to remember that the people we idolize aren’t the two-dimensional, easily digestible caricatures that we see of them in the media. I’ve seen some breakdowns before, and this was the first one that felt real.

 

ORIGINAL: By The Moth, an organization dedicated to the art of storytelling. Found on its YouTube page. If you’re feeling sad, you can check out some of Anthony Griffith’s funnier material.

#EK – HAHAHAHA! Top rally driver admits he has no idea what co-driver talks about!

By jamsieoconnor

it's a bend coming up, how hard can it be?

Top British rally driver, Mark Fischer, today found himself at the centre of a storm of controversy after confessing that he had absolutely no idea what his long-term co-driver, Gethyn Davis, was talking about during races.

It had been assumed that co-drivers were reading ‘pace notes’, a series of instructions describing how to negotiate the road layout ahead, but Fischer claims the notes are ‘total nonsense’ and that he has simply been humouring his co-driver all these years. ‘It’s just gibberish,’ he said.

‘But the regulations say that there must be two people in the car at all times during the race, and Gethyn was a good mate so I always just took him along for the ride.’

Davis is reported to be furious at Fischer’s statement and maintains that they were equal partners in the team, but Fisher has been quick to dismiss this.

‘Oh, come on,’ he said. ‘I mean, ’50 5-left and stop 2-right half minus braking into K-right 90 maybe and absolute crest 500′.  What the hell am I supposed to make of that when I’m flat out over a jump sideways at 90mph?’

This is not the first time Fischer has courted controversy over the role of co-drivers. In 2009, after finding himself without a co-driver for the Jyvaskyla Rally in Finland, he kidnapped a homeless man and forcibly strapped him into the passenger seat to ensure that the two-people-in-each-car rule was complied with.

The stunt only came to light when onboard footage taken during the race revealed that rather than reading the ‘pace notes’, the Finnish co-driver was in fact screaming the words ‘Oh shit!’ over and over again, occasionally interspersed with other phrases including, ‘Watch out for that house’ and ‘Slow down, you mad bastard’.

#EK – Actors, be sure what you signing up for or end up like this!

Actors sue producer of ‘vile and reprehensible’ anti-Islam movie claiming he dubbed over their voices with slurs against Muhammed… and three have hired a glamorous blonde lawyer.

By Caroline Graham, Peter Sheridan, Meghan Keneally and Daily Mail Reporter

The actors who appear in the controversial film that has sparked riots across the Islamic world claim they were duped into appearing in the ‘vile’ production – and three have hired a glamorous blonde lawyer to represent them.

Stars including Cindy Lee Garcia and Anna Gurji say the film was altered after shooting to turn it into a piece of anti-Muslim propaganda and furiously deny any involvement.

They insist their voices were dubbed in the poorly produced film, after the trailer alone provoked widespread violence that has led to many deaths.

Glamorous California attorney Grace Ayers, 29, is representing three of the cast and claims her clients were told they were making a historical action adventure film set in the desert.

Glamorous California attorney Grace Ayers, 29, is representing three of the cast and claims her clients were told they were making a historical action adventure film set in the desert.

Threatened: Cindy Lee Garcia was the first actress to speak out against the film after it caused deadly protests in the Middle East

'Betrayed': Anna Gurji said she was misled over the film's true contents

‘Betrayed’: Cindy Lee Garcia, right, was the first actor in the film to speak out against it following the deadly protests in the Middle East, while Anna Gurji, right, agrees they were misled over the film’s true contents

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles today, Ms Garcia demanded that Google and YouTube remove the Innocence of Muslims trailer from their sites.

She is suing the producer for fraud and slander, claiming he conned her into taking part in the ‘vile and reprehensible’ movie.

Grace Ayers will be representing three of the actors, who claim they were fooled into thinking they were making a totally different filmGrace Ayers will be representing three of the actors, who claim they were fooled into thinking they were making a totally different film

The grandmother said she believed she was acting in an ‘Arabian Desert adventure film’ but that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, aka Sam Bacile, had changed the movie ‘grotesquely’, by the time it was released.

She claimed the producer, who has been forced into hiding since the 14-minute trailer rose to prominence last week, made it appear that she ‘voluntarily performed in a hateful anti-Islamic production.’

She even accuses him of dubbing over her voice to include lines that insulted the Muslim prophet Muhammed, which she insists she never said, according to TMZ.

Ms Garcia said she has been the target of numerous death threats since the film began garnering attention and, like the movie’s mastermind, has been forced into hiding with her family.

She added that she is no longer able to visit her grandchildren and has also been fired from her job because of the movie.

The lawsuit states Garcia responded to an ad for a film about ancient Egypt, adding that the pages of the script she received had no mention of the prophet Muhammed.

But she said it was altered to give it an anti-Islamic message.

‘The film is vile and reprehensible,’ wrote Ms Garcia’s attorney, M. Cris Armenta, in her complaint.

‘This lawsuit is not an attack on the First Amendment nor on the right of Americans to say what they think, but does request that the offending content be removed from the Internet,’ the complaint went on.

Ms Garcia’s attorneys plan to seek an injunction against the film tomorrow in a Los Angeles court.

She is also seeking unspecified damages from Google, YouTube and the producer.

Outraged: Cindy Lee Garcia, pictured in the 'Innocence of Muslims' trailer, is suing the film's producer and Google and YouTube Outraged: Cindy Lee Garcia, pictured in the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ trailer, is suing the film’s producer and Google and YouTube

Ms Garcia said the film has harmed her reputation and caused ‘shame, mortification, and hurt feelings’.

Google, YouTube (which is owned by Google) and Nakoula have yet to comment on the case.

The search giant has blocked users in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Egypt from viewing the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ trailer.

It has also blocked the video from being viewed in Indonesia and India because it violates laws in those countries.

The trailer was linked to protests that have since killed at least 30 people in seven countries, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

Outraged: Actress Cindy Lee Garcia said that she never knew that the movie, which she thought was titled Desert Warriors, was intended to be an anti-Islam film

Garcia was the first actress to speak out against the director of the incendiary anti-Islam film that prompted global protests.

Threatened: Cindy Lee Garcia was the first actress to speak out against the film after it caused deadly protests in the Middle EastThreatened: Cindy Lee Garcia was the first actress to speak out against the film after it caused deadly protests in the Middle East

The grandmother was quick to announce that she and the other actors had no idea that the film’s producer, who they knew at Sam Bacile, wanted to use their acting to create an anti-Muslim movie.

‘I’m getting horrible death threats over the Internet, people saying they’re going to cut me up, chop me up and kill me and my family,’ Garcia said on Tuesday.

Her personal Facebook page, her professional modeling page, and the page of the Flame of Fire Outreach Church where she serves as an ordained minister have all been inundated with threats from individuals angered by the movie.

In one such threat, a man named Ahmad Nazir Bashiri said the actress is lucky that he is nowhere near her because ‘otherwise I would have cut your head no matter what your country or lawmakers would have done to me’, according to The New York Daily News.

In her first interview, when she spoke to Gawker and explained that she never saw any references to the prophet Muhammed or Islam, Ms Garcia thought that she was acting in a film called Desert Warriors.

‘It was going to be a film based on how things were 2,000 years ago. It wasn’t based on anything to do with religion, it was just on how things were run in Egypt. There wasn’t anything about Muhammed or Muslims or anything,’ she said.

Her Facebook page echoes that, as she proudly touts her participation in the film.

‘I have been doing feature films, just finished Broken Roads with Crevice Entertainment, also just wrapped up Dessert Warriors/ played a supporting role,’ she wrote.

Conman: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula on the set of the film with Ms Gurji in a red wigConman: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula on the set of the film with Ms Gurji in a red wig

She lists shooting as one of her hobbies, saying she is ‘very good with guns, love shooting am A Member Of Kern County Gun Club. Spend as much time as I can on the gun range’.

After a 14-minute trailer of the film was posted online, protests broke out throughout the Middle East and U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens was killed inside the Libyan embassy last week.

The next day, Garcia called the producer- who she still thought was named Sam Bacile- in a panic.

‘I called Sam and said, ‘Why did you do this?’ and he said, ‘I’m tired of radical Islamists killing each other. Let other actors know it’s not their fault,” Garcia said.

She is furious about the changes that were made after filming, as the final product refers to Muhammed as a paedophile and child molester.

‘I had nothing to do really with anything. Now we have people dead because of a movie I was in. It makes me sick,’ she said.

The man behind it all: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is escorted out of his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff's officers in Cerritos, California

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is escorted out of his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officers in Cerritos, California

Though she spoke to ‘Sam’ and he acknowledged that none of the actors knew what was going on, that is not enough for her.

‘I’m going to sue his butt off,’ she said.

‘We’re looking for a new place to live right now. My husband is really worried. All my family is in hysterics,’ she said.

She said that she called the FBI and left messages reporting the threats she has been receiving but she has yet to hear back from the agency.

In the days following the protests, the true identity and criminal background of the film’s producer Nakoula have been revealed.

Nakoula is an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian. Now living in California, he is a convicted drug dealer and conman who was last released from jail in June last year.
Ms Garcia was the first but not the only actress involved in the project who has expressed her outrage at the final version of the film.

Anna Gurji, 21, who plays Muhammed’s child bride, spoke yesterday of her fear of reprisals and how she was ‘betrayed’ by Nakoula.

‘I was playing the youngest bride of a character named George,’ she said. ‘I had no idea George would be changed to Muhammed. I’m locked up in my house. I’m terrified people in the Middle East will blame me.

‘I’m Catholic so they might think I have something against Muslims. I’m taking pills to sleep. I’ve been crying for days. I feel betrayed. My face is stuck on the movie clip. People see that awful film and they see me.’

An unnamed representative for the 80-person cast released a statement to CNN, condemning the incendiary changes made in post-production that portrayed the prophet Muhammed as a pedophile and child molester.

We are shocked by the drastic re-writes of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred.
– CAST OF INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS

‘We are shocked by the drastic re-writes of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred,’ the cast said in their statement.

The film sparked a violent protest at the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi during which the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed last Tuesday. Protests have spread to other countries across the Muslim world.

For many Muslims, any depiction of the prophet is blasphemous. Caricatures deemed insulting in the past have provoked protests and drawn condemnations from officials, preachers, ordinary Muslims and many Christians.

U.S. officials have said authorities were not investigating the film project itself, and that even if it was inflammatory or led to violence, simply producing it cannot be considered a crime in the United States, which has strong free speech laws.

Two attorneys visited Nakoula’s home hours before he was taken in for questioning. They said they were there to consult with him.

The violent protests over the film in Libya caused mob attacks in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American officials.

Nakoula pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 2010 and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, to be followed by five years on supervised probation, court documents showed.

He was accused of fraudulently opening bank and credit card accounts using Social Security numbers that did not match the names on the applications, a criminal complaint showed. He was released in June 2011, and at least some production on the video was done later that summer.

But the terms of Nakoula’s prison release contain behavior stipulations that bar him from accessing the Internet or assuming aliases without the approval of his probation officer.

A senior law enforcement official in Washington has indicated the probation investigation relates to whether he broke one or both of these conditions. Violations could result in him being sent back to prison, court records show.

 

#EK – Acquaint yourself with a good ol’ Gor v AFC rivalry

on September 21, 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 21- Throughout the sands of time in Kenyan football history, the Gor Mahia versus AFC Leopards fixture has defined the complexity, passion and sometimes the tragedy that is the local version of the game.

It is a match that can be placed on the same billing of intense club rivalries in world football such as Rangers vs Celtic (Scotland), River Plate vs Boca Juniors (Argentina), Al Ahly vs Zamalek (Egypt) and Nacional vs Penarol (Uruguay) among others.

In these games, football is usually a subset of community bragging rights, political supremacy and on occasion a matter of life and death that has led to fatalities, injuries and hooliganism in the stands and outside the stadium.

As the refurbished Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani prepares to host the latest instalment of the Nairobi or Kenya derby on Saturday the latest clash of the ‘shemeji’ (in-laws) teams as K’Ogalo and Ingwe style themselves has assumed the lustre of old.

Leopards and Gor find themselves back to the summit of the Kenyan club competition for the first time in over a decade having recovered the mojo that made them the envy of the entire East Africa region, let alone the nation.

It is a throwback to their heydays in the 1970s and 80s where matches between them used to decide local and regional honours year in, year out.

Of course, both are aiming to eclipse a common foe of yore, defending champions Tusker FC who then known as Kenya Breweries, shattered the duopoly enjoyed by the foremost community clubs during their glory years.

The current Tusker Premier League table reads Tusker 45, AFC 45 and Gor 43 with 24 matches played, six shy of the season end where the winner on Saturday will nose ahead in the frenetic race to the crown that echoes days gone by.

From yore, Leopards versus Gor has been a gripping cocktail of intense football, underworld connotations as well as mythical tales that have sometimes blurred fact and fiction.

To illustrate the significance the Shemeji derby has had in the legend of Kenyan football, here are some of the clashes that sealed the legend of both clubs.

1975 SECOND LEAGUE LEG and 1979 KENYATTA DAY CUP FINALS

Black magic has never been far away from this fixture especially in the early days when ever peculiar incident was viewed from the lenses of witch craft.

In the 1975 decisive league match at City Stadium, a dove later nick named ‘Otieno Ndege’, hovered around the Gor goal area during the first half with K’Ogalo supporters suggesting it was a football fan but most Ingwe fans believed it was a product of witchcraft as their team who dominated the tie failed to score.

A police inspector was forced to ‘arrest’ the bird and when the dove was locked up, Aggrey Lukoye settled the match 1-0 in favour of AFC in the 87th minute.

On October 20, 1979, Gor won the Kenyatta Day Cup 1-0 against AFC when on 32 minutes; winger Sammy Onyango bamboozled Patrick Shilasi before unleashed a powerful shot that whizzed past national keeper, Mahmoud Abbas who did not even move.

Abbas was later quoted claiming he saw two serpents with their heads shaped as footballs approach his goal and was undecided which way to dive.


1980 CECAFA CUP FINAL

Gor Mahia won their first regional trophy in a 3-2 thriller that signalled the start of the Kenyan stranglehold on the annual tournament.

Tusker’s first round exit in the 2012 edition in Tanzania may have signalled the plummeting of fortunes of Kenyan clubs but back in the day, Gor and AFC possessed the cream of the country’s talent.

In the all-Kenyan final in Blantyre, Malawi, Ingwe flew in their revered striker Joe Masiga from Nairobi immediately after completing his university exams.

He duly scored the first goal as Leopards went to halftime a goal to the good, managing to weave his way past a Gor midfield that had the mercurial trio of Tim Ayieko, Sammy ‘Kempes’ Owino and Maurice ‘Ole Tunda’ Ouma.

Gor equalised when Nahashon ‘Lule’ Oluoch left Washington Wabwire for dead on the left before finding George’ Best’ Yoga who finished past the legendary Mahmoud Abbas five minutes after the breather.

Masiga was at it again, restoring Ingwe’s lead as he outsmarted K’Ogalo defender Duncan Migan but with 15 left, Gor equalisede when John Chore got ahead of Abbas to convert a Paul ‘Cobra’ Oduwo delivery.

With the tie evenly poised and time running out, Lule entered Gor’s legend when he took substitute Gideon Hamisi’s pass to beat Abbas for the final score with five minutes left on the clock as K’Ogalo celebrated the trophy.

Leopards stuffed Gor 3-1 to end their reign as regional champions and gain their revenge a year later.

1984 CECAFA FINAL

Ingwe completed their hat-trick of regional titles when they got one over the old enemy at the newly constructed Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi that was full to its seams.

At the time, Gor were more superior and were playing the better football attested by the fact they beat Ingwe to the national title with a lot to spare.

However, to this day, Gor fans aver the new stadium was cursed by their AFC counterparts since the Cecafa decider was the third time Leopards clawed K’Ogalo in that season.

Under English coach Lens Julians, Gor were playing the kind of football that can only be called tiki-taka in modern day palance, passing their opponents to death as they easily topped their Cecafa group based in Nairobi and stopped Malawi’s Berec Power 1-0 in the semis.

Ingwe laboured to edge out group B that was set in Mombasa and endured the long journey to Nairobi to face their archrivals in the final after beating Uganda’s KCC 1-0 in the last four in a match watched by President Daniel Moi and his cabinet.

K’Ogalo were stunned by fleet-footed winger Mike Amwayi in the fourth minute but it took only five for Sammy Onyango to equalise.

It took none less than Masiga to decide the contest as Leopards weathered dizzying spells of K’Ogalo possession to become the first Kenyan three-peat winner of the CECAFA trophy.

With black magic at the centre of any match the duo played, Leopards keeper, Abbas, was accused to consulting the legendary ‘Kenya number 1’ witchdoctor Kajiwe for the concoction that saw them beat their rivals thrice at Nyayo that season.

No one spared a thought that AFC’s direct play as opposed to Gor’s showboating had cost the favourites defeat but a year later, a depleted K’Ogalo without their suspended coach Julians beat Leopards 2-0 in Khartoum to end their choke hold on the trophy.

FIRST LEG 1986 KFF NATIONAL LEAGUE

Coming in as defending champions, Gor were destined to continue their supremacy the following season and in their first leg league encounter against their archrivals, they raced to a 2-0 lead to set the tone.

Sammy ‘Onyango’ Jogoo had netted the double in the first to shred Ingwe but football is a game of two halves they say as Leopards roared back in the second with three goals to seal the contest.
The outcome was inexplicable for Gor fans with the then Voice of Kenya national broadcaster reporting that a K’Ogalo fan had taken his own life with defeat too bitter to swallow.

An inquest into to what was a scandalous result led to claims that Leopards then chairman and now MP, Alfred Sambu, had opened his wallet and compromised Gor players to throw the match somewhere in the bowels of Nyayo Stadium during the break.

Gor pair John ‘Zangi’ Okello and Tirus Omondi were suspended in the probe as Jogoo wept uncontrollably as some fans spread the myth that whenever he scored against Ingwe, no one else could do so in addition to the alleged betrayal by his teammates.

Needless to say, Ingwe went on to be crowned Kenya champions after Gor failed to recover from the mortal blow of losing the first encounter to mount a successful defence.

SECOND LEG KENYAN PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH 2009

By this time, Gor and AFC had fallen out of grace as the country’s clubs owing to lack of finances as self-supporting clubs and management wrangles.

But with the league back in groove thanks to broadcast sponsorship by SuperSport, their second leg encounter brought out the fans in their numbers to Nyayo National Stadium.

AFC lying in bottom place were in serious danger of relegation while Gor, fielding a young side under James Sianga were yet to find their feet as they were placed in 11th coming to the game.

Their fall from grace was evident as both teams failed to muster any meaningful scoring chances until the 60th minute when an Obadiah Ndege corner was turned in to his own net by Gor’s Solomon Nasio.

To say AFC fans went delirious is an understatement and at the final whistle, the old times were relived when they poured out to the streets in raptures.

The win inspired Ingwe’s dogged fight from the axe and they managed to do so at the end of the campaign under Nick Yakhama while stung by the defeat, Gor embarked on a mazy run that saw them finish fifth with some of the most entertaining football.

This was the game that inspired their climb-up to the top echelons of club football now under the management of Croat Zradvko Logarusic in Gor and Dutchman Jan Koops.

#EK – Use “Man of The Match” phrase at your own risk!

Man Of The Match Catchphrase Trademark Sold

The phrase has been sold at auction, while a court battle looms over the trademark of wartime slogan “Keep Calm And Carry On”.

By Ashish Joshi, Sky News Correspondent

The intellectual property rights of the phrase “man of the match” has been sold at auction and some copyright experts think the slogan could be worth millions of pounds.

The identity of the new owner has not been made public following the sale on Thursday afternoon.

It was previously owned by OFS Group, an intellectual property firm which registered the trademark for the phrase in 2002.

Bookmakers including Ladbrokes and Paddy Power and beer firms such as Budweiser and Carlsberg have already expressed their interest in rights, which include the Man of the Match trademark and the website address motm.com.

The brokers acting on behalf of OFS Group said the sale is expected to fetch a high six-figure sum, although it could stretch into the millions amid expectations that the new owner will effectively be able to penalise companies for using the phrase without consent.

OFS has already made a return on the trademark by licensing it for use on packets of KP Peanuts and McCoy’s crisps.

“It’s a phrase that is used all the time and the buyer will have the opportunity to charge for that use,” said Metis chief executive Stephen Robertson.

“It’s not quite about suing them, the way Apple does for companies that use its name, but they will be able to make some money.”

OFS is not the first company trying to make money out of a phrase.

Last year, Surrey businessman Mark Coop was branded “greedy” after he registered the trademark to the wartime slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On” and banned other companies from using it. A court battle is looming over the controversial copyrights.

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In 1992, American boxing and wrestling announcer Michael Buffer took out the trademark to his own slogan, Let’s Get Ready to Rumble, and sold it to companies that produce videos and adverts. By 2009 he had made more than $400m (£246m) from the rights.

Paris Hilton has successfully trademarked “That’s Hot” and Victoria Beckham finally won her bid to copyright “POSH” after a lengthy court case against Peterborough United Football Club.

The sale does not spell the end of the use of the sporting phrase.

Youngsters can still be honoured for moments of sporting glory and crowned man of the match after their Saturday morning kickabouts.

However, they should not expect a T-shirt to mark the match-winning moment.

#EK – (RIP Barbara Kimenye) Thanks for the wonderful Moses series

By Jonathan Hunt – 18 September 2012

Barbara Kimenye

Barbara Kimenye, who has died aged 82, was one of East Africa‘s most popular and bestselling children’s authors. She sold more than a million books not just in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, but throughout English-speaking Africa. Many of the more than 50 titles she wrote – notably the Moses series about a mischievous youngster at a boarding school for troublesome boys – are still available.

Barbara Clarke Holdsworth was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, the daughter of a Jewish-born Catholic convert mother and a West Indian doctor father. She attended Keighley girls’ grammar school before moving to London to train as a nurse. There she met many students from East Africa, and married Bill Kimenye, son of a chief from Bukoba in what was then Tanganyika. They moved to his home town on Lake Victoria in the mid-1950s.

After the marriage broke up, she moved with a toddler and another baby on the way across the lake to Uganda, where she had friends. In Kampala, the capital, she was reacquainted with many friends who had been some of the first Ugandan students in Britain. By now they were becoming the first leaders and professionals of what would soon be independent Uganda.

The then kubaka (king) of Buganda, Edward Muteesa II, invited her to work as a private secretary in his government. She lived near to the palace compound, and her two sons, Christopher (Topha) and David (Daudi) became close to his family and other members of the royal household.

Barbara always had a gift with words (she wrote her own newspaper as a child of 11) and became a journalist on the Uganda Nation newspaper, possibly the first black woman in East Africa to perform such a role. She also developed a talent for storytelling, writing down the tales she told to children.

Moving to Nairobi, Kenya, in 1965 to work on the Daily Nation, and later the East African Standard, Barbara was wooed by publishers who, post-independence, sought talented authors who wrote for and about African children. However, her first book, Kalasanda, for OUP, was a tale of Ugandan village life, followed by Kalasanda Revisited. It was after this that she turned her hand to stories for children and schools.

Barbara lived in Nairobi until 1975 when, with both sons in England, she moved to London. There she worked for Brent council as a race relations adviser, while continuing to write. She assiduously followed political developments in a disrupted Uganda and played an active role supporting exile groups opposed to the rule of Idi Amin, and later the second Milton Obote regime.

In 1986, with the overthrow of Obote, she returned to Uganda to help rebuild the country. She was to spend a further three years in Kampala before deciding to relocate to Kenya where she spent the next 10 years in semi-retirement – though still writing at least one book a year.

In 1998 Barbara finally settled back in London where she lived happily and was much involved in community affairs in Camden.

Shortly before her death she received the news that the Moses series was about to be relaunched by OUP and also to be translated into Kiswahili.

Christopher died in 2005. She is survived by David, and a granddaughter, Celeste.

• Barbara Clarke Kimenye, author, born 19 December 1929; died 12 August 2012

#EK – AK caps ALL marathon prize money at Sh500,000

By Eddy Kimani

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 12 – Athletics Kenya (AK) has announced stringent rules for marathons held in the country starting next year among them a minimum of Sh500,000 ($5,954) for winners of the races.

Speaking at the launch of the 2012 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon on Wednesday in Nairobi, AK boss Isaiah Kiplagat served notice to organisers that doping control will also be mandatory during the said races.

“From next year, we will not license any full marathon that does not pay the winner at least Sh500,000 ($5,954). There is really no need for people to go out there getting sponsorship, putting money into their pockets and you pay a man who has ran 42km Sh150,000 that is a joke!” Kiplagat charged.

He added the new directives would affect top ten finishers at the marathons.

“If you want to run a real marathon, you must be prepared to pay at least Sh300,000 ($3,571) to the second winner and Sh250,000 ($2,796) to the third finisher all the way down to number ten.

“We have also decided the 21km half marathons will have a minimum of Sh250, 000 ($2,796) for each winner. We want these races to be used to promote athletes, we want to make sure top athletes and good athletes come to run in Kenya, but they can only come if you pay them well.”

The federation chief said the tough anti-doping measures had been taken to enhance the image of the country’s runners.

“Every marathon now must have dope testing procedures. We are worried as you know our Kenyan athletes being suspected of using substances to win races.

“We are addressing the issue very seriously. And there will be no event in this country where doping is not conducted.”

Kiplagat laid out some of the measures to be taken in the doping procedures.

“Soon as the event is over, you as the organisers will have the doping official’s contact and no prize money shall be paid until the results are out. We are doing a lot of investigations which has signed cooperation with World Anti Doping Agency, to carry out the investigations in the country.”

“We are enforcing this alongside the Kenya Police and the Narcotic Unit and WADA will be helping us to ensure that we eliminate this thing once and for all. And we can only do that by dope testing everybody that takes part in any race in this country,” he added.

The long serving chairman disclosed that a special team at AK has been set up to inspect all projects that organisers use as charitable causes to attract sponsorship.

“If you make Sh100m ($11.9m) and you build a classroom of Sh200,000 ($2,381) where did the rest of the money go to? So it is not a money minting exercise, it’s not for you to make money for yourself. If you say you will sponsor a project by organizing a race then that project has to be seen.”

He lauded Standard Chartered for keeping their ‘Seeing is Believing’ initiative open for all and showcasing the beneficiaries.

“We have nothing to worry about the Stanchart, we have seen Henry Wanyoike and the young children who have benefited, we are happy. But others are just collecting and putting the money in their pockets.

Stanchart Nairobi International Marathon marks 10 years

Earlier, the Stanchart Nairobi International Marathon was officially launched with pomp and colour as it celebrates its 10th anniversary and it will take place on Sunday, October 28 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Long term sponsors and partners were feted in a torch relay that saw their representatives run from the Nairobi City Hall to the banks headquarters on Chiromo Road in Westlands.

This years theme will be ‘Run for a Reason’ and will see participants run in the events six categories; the Tricycles 42Km, Wheelchairs 42Km, Full Marathon (42Km), 21Km race (Half Marathon), 10Km race, and 4Km (Safari Junior Family-Fun) race.

It debuted in 2003, with the donated funds used to eradicate avoidable blindness in small children through the ‘Seeing is Believing’ initiative spearhead by the bank and other strategic partners.

Other sponsors of this year’s event include Kenya Data Networks, 98.4 Capital FM, Majestic Printing Works, G4S, Alpine Coolers, Super sport, Jubilee Insurance, AAR, Pesapal, Parapet, Nakumatt, Uchumi, Tuskys, Subaru Kenya, Sentrim, Bio Foods, NCPD, Athletics Kenya and the Nairobi City Council.

#EK – (As help arrives!) The sad Conjestina story!

By Mutuiri Mutuota

(Video below)

“I own many properties in this entire town and I don’t know who is taking care of everything. All Nairobi City belongs to me in fact; the Hilton Hotel belongs to my son Charlton.”

That was one of the many startling and outlandish allegations former world middleweight champion and Kenya’s most eminent female boxer, Conjestina Achieng made on Wednesday as her fall from grace lay bare for all to see.

Plagued by mental problems for the better part of the last two years, it was a humbling experience for those who heeded the call to come to her aid including Ida Odinga, the spouse of Premier Raila in her dingy single room house at Nairobi’s Baba Dogo Estate.

When the Premier’s wife accompanied by envoy Yvonne Khamati came to take her to hospital after her plight was exposed on local television station, Kiss TV, they were greeted by a sorry sight that epitomised how the country treats her sporting heroes.

“Kenya is well known for sport and we have various sportsmen that are only noticed during the time they are doing the sport and after that they are forgotten.

“We must have an integrated approach on how to treat these sportsmen right from when they are identified to the future. Recently, I was at the Olympics and I saw how they are treated, they are heroes, bigger than the Prime Minister and President but here, no one knows them,” the moved Ida implored.

She added that doctors would advise them on the next step to take for the boxer affectionately known as ‘Hands of Stone’ upon examination.

The visiting dignitaries, journalists and security team crammed into the single room residence she calls her home as Achieng who at her prime endeared herself to the entire nation gave a tear jerking rendition of her sorry state.

“Wow, my sweetheart! Today, I can see my mother has come! This is unbelievable! It is a miracle! Oh my God! These people have always wanted to poison me with bad food. They have hurt me and they want bad things to happen to me,” the pugilist who welcomed Ida with a bear hug wailed when she stepped into her home.

In the full glare of television cameras, she went on to allege a conspiracy theory against her well being, claiming that one of her sons had been abducted while the other had turned into a “useless man because of them.”

Besides that, Achieng asserted she was ready to take on Laila Ali, the daughter of former world heavyweight champion and boxing legend Mohammed if anyone else, “Apart from the promoters who have taken advantage of me,” organise the bout.

Before Ida and her entourage arrived, she engaged reporters in a conversation where she attempted to explain the reasons behind her steep decline since allegations of substance abuse and lunacy plagued her.

Sitting on a large bed in the middle of the room where only a few items such as a refrigerator, 21’ Inch television set and a stereo illustrated her glory days in the dingy room, Achieng snuffed out a cigarette then went on to highlight her sad plight.

“I know a lot of things. People planned to attack me and cut my head. My house was broken into with a grinder. I know these people and I waited for them after dark so that I could deal with them. That is when they started saying Conje beats people.

“I have many children and I have to take care of them before they become bad people since the people you see want to do bad things to them.”

In addition to believing she owns every property in the Kenyan capital, the first Kenyan female boxer to win an international bout believes she lives in a plane and she had to disembark to meet her visitors.

“Do you know I’m a million dollar girl? I’m a very big technician and I turned this place into a plane. When my contract with sponsors ended, I made this (pointing to her refrigerator) into a plane. I live in Chicago and we are in Chicago.

“I know what goes on since I’m a big lecturer. I go to classroom without chalk and I teach them. My name is known everywhere since I have taught at Makerere and all other universities and schools here. Why they want to harm me? I don’t know.”

When the Premier’s wife arrived with a bag of goodies for her, she could only allow her sister, Carol to touch the food and pleas by Ida to have her sibling prepare tea were turned down.

At some point during their private conversation, she begged Ida to allow her to go out for a smoke and her request was granted. Minutes later, she was whisked away by the dignitaries to hospital.

“Musician Nonini has cleared her four month rent arrears and comedian Churchill (Daniel Ndambuki) has promised to pay her rent for a year. We have received donations from many people such as lawyer Donald Kipkorir.

“We also have a social media team that has started a campaign to get assistance for her from the public and we should do more to help our sporting heroes,” Ambassador Khamati disclosed.

Achieng took to the ring in 2000 after graduating through the youth soccer ranks in Nairobi’s Makongeni Estate, inspired by her elder brother who was a member of the national boxing team.

After seven amateur bouts, she made her professional debut in 2002 in Nairobi, winning a four-round decision over Naomi Wanjiku who fell to 0-2.

In her second pro bout, also in Nairobi, she fought to a four-round draw with Damaris Muthoni of Nairobi before winning a four round decision over Uganda’s Jane Kavulani in May 2003.

Achieng won a knock-out victory over Uganda’s Fiona Tugume in October 2004 at Nyayo National Stadium as her fame began to blossom before she was beaten by Tanzania’s Monica Mwakasanga in Arusha in a six-round unanimous decision.

It was her fight against Tugume where she delivered her most famous bite, “Kujeni mapema na nitamaliza kazi mapema (come early and I will finish her early),” as fans thronged the stadium in their droves to witness her deliver the KO.

In December at the same stadium she won a ten-round unanimous decision over Tugume for the vacant GBU Middleweight title before she earned her revenge over Mwakasanga whom she floored in the fifth round in March 2005 where her opponent had to be taken to Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment.

She won her second global title when she once again sent the Tanzanian to the canvas in a scheduled ten round bout in August at the cathedral of Kenyan sport, the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani to bag the WIBF title.

That December, Argentina’s Guillermina Fernandez suffered a first round TKO as Achieng claimed the vacant WBF crown in what was labelled by even herself as a mismatch.

Zimbabwe’s Monalisa Sibanda was the next to fall in February 2006 on points before to the dismay of many of her Kenyan fans, Achieng lost her bid for the WBC title after being out-scored by American pugilist Yvonne Reis in April of that year.

Her fortunes plummeted in January last year when she was hospitalised at Nairobi’s Mathari Mental Hospital amid accusations she had sold all her properties, destroyed her tools of trade as well as isolating herself from family.

Sports Minister, Dr. Paul Otuoma pledged at the time that she would be assisted to get back to her feet, a promise that clearly was not followed through.

Later in the year, an attempt to promote her comeback in her home city of Kisumu turned into a circus when she ran amok in the town, tearing all the posters erected to publicise the fight as she claimed promoters were conning her out of her due income.

A social media campaign has started to help salvage the career of the latest sports star to fall off the wagon had raised Sh55,000 from Kenyans on Twitter by press time with hash tags #ConjeWillBeOk #KOT4Conje being used to push the effort.

Among others in the list of the country’s crying shame include former champion boxer, Dick ‘Tiger’ Mulunga and former Olympics hero, Nyandika Maiyoro among many others.

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