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TECH BREAK: The Nokia 4.2 is great but must get one thing right…




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The Nokia 4.2 has hit the streets in Kenya and HMD Global, the company behind it is keen to win the mid-range smartphone market with it.

Much of what Nokia is vesting on to do this is in the design. The language adopted is ‘sleek’ with a pleasingly premium look, you get the feeling they really took their time to get the design right.

On the flip side however, that sleekness comes at a price; much of the surface is made of glass which tends to attract fingerprint smudges.

Power delivery on the Nokia 4.2 is ‘fluid’. The latest generation of Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage serves the device right, at least at this price range.

I didn’t experience any lag in running basic tasks like social media as well as playing arcade games. 

The operating system (OS) powering the Nokia 4.2 is by far the greatest contributor to the device’ great performance.

Googles’ Android One Pie edition, a near stock version of Android packs a punch while at the same time using little device resources i.e. battery, RAM and processor.

The OS includes AI-powered features that make the device smarter, faster and adapt to your behaviour as you use it.

The Adaptive Battery feature limits battery usage from apps you don’t use often, and App Actions predicts what you’re about to do so you can get to your next action quickly.

These features further streamline the device’s functionality and overall Android experience.

The notch on the screen meant to accommodate the can be a design plus or a trash idea that device manufacturers should drop depending on who you ask.

In my opinion, it’s still in order, the intention of the notch was to increase screen to body ratio and it serves the purpose.


The cameras on this device, both front and back, can be summed up as average. The one at the front, which is an 8MP sensor with a wide 74 degree field of view captures great shots but thanks to the lack of a front flash, you can forget about them selfies in a poorly lit environment.

Dual cameras at the back encompass a 13 MP main sensor and a 2 MP sensor dedicated for depth of field sensing.

You get nice-looking photos out of these lenses and even night shots look decent.


The fingerprint scanner at the back is where the Nokia 4.2 struggles a lot.

For some reason, I couldn’t get my thumb in the right position to unlock the device most of the time, there is just too little differentiation between the scanner area and the back case.  

Instead, I opted for the face unlock which does a great job of detecting your face but struggles in poorly lit conditions, leaving me with the good old pattern/pin method to unlock the device.    

A dedicated Google assistant button is available on the Nokia 4.2 and this enables users to do basic tasks like setting a timer, scheduling reminders, playing music or asking it questions.

Another feature I’m glad to see on this device is the ‘breathing’ notification light embedded in the power button. This reminds me of old E-series Nokia devices whose menu button would ‘breathe’ light to notify users of a new message or missed call.

The Nokia 4.2, which supports two Sim cards, is available in black and pink sand colours. It’s retailing at Sh18,500.



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¨I want to embark on a self discovery journey and find you and love you as you deserve¨ Mrs Raburu breaks silence




By now, it is clear Willis Raburu and his wife jetted off to the US after their traumatic loss and Marya has decided to embark on a self-discovery journey.

Filled with serenity and tucked in the suburbs, the grieving couple are putting the broken pieces back together and seemingly finding peace of mind and heart.

The journey started with some sort of ´lack of faith´ in God, questioning his ways, terming them ´unjust´.

The Raburu´s still grieving their departed daughter

Slowly, looks like the two are healing as Mrs Raburu finally broke the silence online, penning:

I don’t know who you are anymore but I want to embark on a self discovery journey and find you and love you as you deserve coz you only deserve the best. 🥂

With the sun rays, soft enough to color the mood, smile from ear to ear, chilled and savoring nature´s goodness, a dear Marya Prude could afford a cheerful smile.


Mrs Raburu finally speaks up after long silence over daughter´s heartbreaking loss

May the two find peace of mind, heart and soul.

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I went in search of closure and it left me with even more questions



I tried to look for closure but it left me even more bewildered (Photo: Shutterstock)

Everyone says that at the end of every relationship, romantic or not, you should seek closure so that you can move on peacefully. Well, I tried it and it left me even more bewildered.

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I met this guy just when I had decided that I was done dating and I was going to enjoy my singlehood. I was tired of being defined by a relationship and just wanted to live my life, happy being just me.

Then I met this guy and at first I was hesitant. I didn’t want to let him in. I wanted to be single, dammit! “Why couldn’t he show up when I was actively searching for a boyfriend,” I asked myself.

Long story short, niliingia box. The relationship was good, I won’t complain, but towards what I will now call the end, some things came to light that made me rethink my decision.

He had a bad temper, so bad that I was afraid of being hit. Then there was the matter of religion and I was expected to abandon mine in order to pursue his, no discussions prior. He had a baby mama and their relationship was complicated. It made me uncomfortable but I tried to ignore it and take his word for it. His insecurity also contributed to the mountain of questions I now had.

In the end, I decided I couldn’t go on with that relationship and I went MIA. He’d look for me once in a while and I’d call from time to time. He knew we had a problem and he said that we would meet up to talk so we could move forward.

The meetup

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I got tired of waiting for this talk and moved on. Almost a year later, I decided I had had enough of this relationship that was over but not over. Even though I had made up my mind to let go, I remembered being told that I should get closure. So I texted him and asked if we could meet. We agreed on Friday at lunch time.

Come that Friday, it was awkward. When we first met, I didn’t know if I should hug him or shake his hand. I opted for a verbal hello. Once we had gotten the small talk out of the way, I broached the subject of our relationship and how weird things had been.

He asked me why I had gone quiet and I mentioned my issues. When I tried to tell him how his temper had scared me, he said that I shouldn’t have pushed him to get that angry.

“Wait, what?? So it is my fault,” I asked, bewildered.

Our conversation quickly turned into an argument (Photo: Shutterstock)


Then I mentioned the baby mama and he couldn’t understand why I had a problem with her sleeping in his house whenever she brought the baby to see her dad.

“Do you know how I feel when I come to your place and I find her things there?” I yelled. By this time I had long forgotten about the calm demeanour I had promised myself I would keep.

Next thing I knew he had requested his boda guy to come for him and he was leaving. So I asked, “You’ve been saying we should meet up to discuss our issues and instead of talking you’re walking away?”

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“I don’t want to fight with you,” he said. “You decide what you want and let me know.”

He stood up and left and I didn’t say a thing.

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Lesson learned

I deleted his number soon after that and vowed that that was the last time I was ever going to speak to him. I couldn’t understand why this man did what he did but I was certain of one thing. I wasn’t going to call him for anything. I was done.

After that I went back to my old ways. There’s no need for closure. Once I’m done with a man, we’re done. My reasons are my own as are his. There’s absolutely no reason why we should sit down to “hash it out”. It only causes more confusion.

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List of politicians with baby mama drama!




While some politicians have managed to keep their personal lives off the public, others are in situations where they are washing their dirty laundry in public. All this thanks to their baby mama drama.

Below are some of the politicians whose juicy baby mama drama keeps us entertained all day long.

1. Senator Wamatangi

This year Senator Wamatangi was sued by a woman who claimed that he was not taking responsibility of a 10-year-old child she bore for him.

According to Winfred Wangui Kimani, the senator has only seen their child twice

when she was two-months-old and he gave me Sh7, 000, and towards the end of 2007, when he was vying for a parliamentary seat.”

She further claims that,

He came home to see my mother with Sh20, 000 and promised to pay for his daughter’s upkeep.

Senator Wamatangi

She further said that since the birth of their child on April 23, 2007, Wamatangi has only sent Sh70, 000 through M-Pesa and that he has refused to pay Sh75,000 monthly upkeep.

Partly she says

I am the plaintiff herein and was from July 2006 working for the defendant as a house maid.

On July 18, at about mid-day, the defendant defiled me in his house. He threatened me with dire consequences if I reported to the police.

She further adds that Wamatangi only sent a mere Ksh 3,000.

Subsequently, I left employment and conceived. I gave birth on April 23, 2007. The defendant has all along been aware of these facts.

When I ask for child support, he erratically sends a sum of Sh3,000, which he sends after a long time and when he is pushed. I am jobless.

2. Charles Nyachae

The 60-year-old judge of the East African Court of Justice was recently accused of neglecting his child born out of a one night stand with a woman named Esther Wamuyu Macharia.

In texts exposed by The Nairobian, Wamuyu was demanding Sh100,000 monthly upkeep until their child reached 18 or a Sh20 million one-off payment, while Nyachae was only willing to art with Sh26,000 for school fees.



Simeon Nyachae was previously married to Kaptuiya Cheboiwo. She was the Woman Rep aspirant for Baringo North where her late father, Henry Cheboiwo, was MP for 22 years.

Nyachae hails from Kisii County where Wamuyu was born and where she attended Kisii University, taking criminology and security studies while working as a part-time receptionist at a hotel where the two met in January 2014.

3. Peter Gitau

In 2012, a woman who claimed to have a child fathered by then Mwea MP Peter Gitau went to court to have him support the child. At the time she was seeking Sh1.2 million from the lawmaker in upkeep.

But Mwea MP Peter Gitau denied the allegations, saying that he is a happily married family man.

In a suit filed at a Nairobi court, the mother working in a private company in Nairobi claimed that Mr Gitau made her pregnant and then dumped her.

Peter Gitau
Peter Gitau

She alleged that the MP promised her a job, a car and a house if she bore a child for him.

She wanted the court to issue orders for the MP to provide for the baby arguing that under the Children’s Act, he is obliged to provide maintenance.

She met the MP in Nakuru in 2010 and after being promised the “goodies”, she agreed to have a child with Mr Gitau. But the lawmaker abandoned her after she informed him that she was pregnant.

“The defendant stopped all means of communication with me when I became pregnant,” she says.

“I am a happily married man with a family and the allegations that I promised the plaintiff a house, car and job are absolute lies meant to support material greed and extortion,” the MP said.

He alleged that the woman was a stranger to him as he had only met her twice — first for a business meeting at his private office in Nakuru and later during a social event.

 4. Shakeel Shabbir

Kisumu East MP Shakeel Shabbir is the latest politician to be embroiled in a child custody battle.

Weeks ago, Shabbir went to court seeking custody and parental responsibility of the two-and-a-half-year-old child.

But the woman wants the court to dismiss the suit and instead award her Sh240,000 monthly upkeep for the child.



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