What Happened To All The Serious Jokers?

I grew up at a time when it was impossible to go through life without picking up a nickname. The name was never a compliment. It served only as a reminder that no one was above a good roasting.

There was a guy in my high school called MC, short for MC Hammer. Not because he was a good dancer, a fashionista or had a way with the ladies. The back of his head protruded outward like a hammer.

One day someone observed, “This guy’s head is shaped like a hammer, he should be called MC Hammer”, the boys laughed and MC became one of the most popular guys in school because he did not take it personally.

Of Churchill, Kanyari And The Media

Controversial fake miracle preacher Kanyari, set off a media storm after an appearance on the Churchill Live comedy show ( Press Play to watch in the video above). In a highly critiqued segment, a brazen Kanyari unwittingly exposed the rot that is eating up the prosperity gospel fraternity. The bottom-line. It is all business. While Kanyari knows how to play the gallery, using controversy as his meal ticket, his mockery of Christian faith rubbed many faithful the wrong way. The fêted Daniel Ndambuki better known as Churchill was caught in the resulting furore. The main accusation was that Churchill had abused his public platform by glorifying an exposed fraudster. Several commentators accused the comedian of crossing the line of good taste and trading decency for ratings. Alongside, was the characteristic drone about the media’s role in moral policing of society.

I have always found that argument naive. The media is no position to uphold society’s values. At least not in Kenya. Not with the many vested interests pulling strings behind the scenes. In the real sense, the public decides what is entertaining and media takes the cue.

Therefore anyone who expects to get moral guidance from popular TV is walking on thin ice. In the TV business, ratings pay bills and nothing garners ratings like a controversial figure. Tabloid type sensationalism is highly ranked across all media platforms. From Print to TV, online and radio. The new class of Kenyan socialites known for nothing else but their prominent derrieres consistently out rate real achievers in the popularity ratings.

In hindsight, Kanyari’s arrogance was a reflection of an attitude that Kenyans now find commonplace. Ironically, he won over some admirers for speaking his truth. In an unapologetic manner, he turned the mirror back on his criticizers. Let he who has not sinned, cast the first stone. His message was plain and simple. Everyone is in on the deal and I was simply the one who was caught with his hand in the jar. Besides, until proven guilty by a court of law, his accusers could easily be dismissed as rumour mongers and haters.

Play this against the backdrop of 175 high level officials among them cabinet secretaries stepping aside to pave way for investigations into corruption allegations tabled by Ethic and Anti-Corruption commission ( EACC). The counter accusations have gone into full swing and everyone is pleading innocence. Integrity has become an occupational handicap in public office and on the downtrodden side of the tracks, money is now the end game of spirituality.