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Guest Post: Understanding Celebrity and Success.

Post by Pete Njenga.

A week ago, fellow scribe Kawiria proposed that I do a guest post in the ‘What’s Your Story’ section of this site. Well, who am I to deny such an affable, lovely lass some words we can hopefully learn from? What gives me that right?

“Mama mama nataka kuwa rapper,
Mtoto wee umenishinda,
Nataka kuwa famous kama Kalamashaka.
Je ukishindwa?
Please nitakupa kile unachotaka,
Nataka tu kuwakilisha hip-hop culture.
Acha kuwa mjinga, 
Ni sawa tu.
Next utaiba,
Si hata hiyo, ni sawa tu?”
- Nazizi, Ni Sawa Tu.

So began the song that introduced Nazizi to the Kenyan music scene. She would later be christened the First Lady of Kenyan Hip-Hop. With Wyre and Bamzigi (who later left), Necessary Noize topped charts in East Africa and brought us household anthems such as Bless ma Room, Shujaa, Kenyan Boy Kenyan Girl and several other hits. This is just one example of someone who sought celebrity from the start, and thankfully got it.

Thing is, almost everyone wants to be famous. In fact, the ‘Zuqka’ pullout in Daily Nation has “Be Famous” as its tagline.

We are so attracted to fame and fortune, that we spend hours watching other people making money from TV shows that supposed reveal their “ordinary” lives. We then wonder how these same people are successful while we are not, forgetting that we made them rich as we bummed on the couch through TV ratings, and buying their merchandise. For the uninformed, reality shows such as Keeping up with the Kardashians, Nicolle Richie & Paris Hilton’s The Simple Life, even The Bachelor or The Bachelorette – these are all scripted.

Here then, is my story when it comes to fame, fortune, popularity, success and the celebrity lifestyle.

Back in the Day

Growing up in the 80s and 90s, I was a victim of Tall Poppy Syndrome both at school and in my neighborhood. Unpleasant as it was, I do believe this is the single most important thing to have happened in my life.

For this reason, I did not succumb to peer influence, never got the chance to hang out a lot with neighbors and friends and ultimately, learned to restrict my support group to my immediate family and others whose well scrutinized objectives and intentions I could trust. I was taught early on in life to define my success, and to never let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out my inner voice.

In high school and at University, the situation was somewhat remedied by the fact that I was amongst equals – at least academically. Here, merit is what determined one’s progress and our backgrounds rarely interfered with how we related to one another.

Fame, Popularity and Celebrity

The reason I am telling you about my background is to illustrate how I have escaped being hopelessly beholden to fleeting and material possessions that the few use to elevate themselves and look down on the majority who opt not to think on their own.

Thankfully, I remain impervious to the sway that politicians, musicians, TV and Radio personalities, the filthy rich, actors and others wrongly considered celebrities, do have on the masses. Their lifestyle, shenanigans, and whatever else they are up to does not stop me from “kuria na kunyua” (eating and drinking) as we often say in my mother tongue.

Many of us have lost our sense of purpose and abandoned self-esteem, unduly influenced by those we look up to as role models and blindly emulate. People whose lives are not worth celebrating are now what our youth hope to become when they grow up. The rich who amassed wealth by running down public companies and embezzling funds pretend to now guide the youth on how to become billionaires and business moguls. Politicians continue to flaunt their ill-gotten riches while Kenyans do not even pause and wonder how these guys got up there. What kind of sheeple have we become that do not even pause to think?

Precious Illusions

Looking at the current leadership we voted into office in 2013, it pains me to realize that very few of them are in office for the right reasons. At the workplace, few go to work every morning for any reason besides making money at end-month. Many Kenyans have hopelessly subscribed to a misleading quest for money at all costs, thanks to common stereotypes about making it and success. It is for this reason that many have turned to crime, other continually fall for get-rich-schemes and our youth are now at the mercy of sensational and transient fads whose main thrust is making money and spending it as fast as possible, sans any thinking about securing the future. We are continually comparing ourselves to others and will do anything, including crime to outdo them.

We have so far forgotten that it makes more sense to be a person of value and not of success. As Albert Einstein prompted many years ago, we need to examine ourselves yet again and re-order our priorities, asking ourselves? “What is really important?”

In May 2013, I wrote a post that detailed what I hope would be my legacy. This should be in no way any one else’s legacy and I do not mean to impose my will on another person who also has the presence of mind to make their own decision.

What I continue to urge you is that we should take another keen look at what we place priorities on and aspire to be. Is it famous people of questionable character or is it deeds and initiatives that make the world much better? Are we willing to do anything, including criminal acts, to gain riches or can we instead take time to improve social conditions?

What does it mean to have succeeded? Here is something from Bessie Stanley, but often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson:

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.

What drives you?

I end this post with some words by the man who wrote The Prince. Take time and give the following some thought:

“The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.” ~ Niccolo Machiavelli.

Thereafter, do the needful.

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All said and done, do you still crave fame, popularity and celebrity status?

Is this allure influenced by your peers, role models or the very substance of what such a life entails? What does success mean to?

We believe that there are different strokes for different folk … ni sawa tu.

Beauty Brains Blondies and Best Behavior

“Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together – Francesco Petrarch”

Beauties and Blondes

Came across this quote in my last years diary and it got me thinking #Ihatesomequotes honestly, why would someone say that. I know some people would highly support that statement but maybe because they aren’t beautiful..PERIOD! so as a way to get back to the beautiful ones, they use that.

That beauties are blondies. Well, blondies are just blondies they shouldn’t be associated with beauty. Just like you don’t say a handsome man is not intellectual. well quote and quote some are damn but i dint say that.

I can attest to the fact that many beautiful girls are very brilliant and intellectual, I won’t blow my own trumpet, so I will say my friends. Like in my circle of friends, I don’t choose who my girls are but I can say they are all beautiful and brilliant.. oh well, birds of a feather flock together.

What makes a guy think a girl/lady/woman (whichever fits your preference), is a blond or better yet not intellectual, even without having to measure your IQ – which i think is plain right lame; In my analysis,

Is it the way someone talks? like if you have that american accent, even before you have made sense out of a sentence, some one will have already concluded you don’t know what you are saying.

The way you reason? If someone asks a question – That they already know the answer..verry irritating by the way – then waits for you to answer, and probably how you understood the question is abit different from how they perceived it as, then you answer something completely different, they just conclude that this right here is a blondie.

The way you dress? Some people judge you from the way you dress. Funny enough the very well dressed girls could sometimes be mistaken as blondes even before they say anything. You know, just from the look of things, which I think is #NotSoCool

The way you handle your things? you would find that some girls are sensitive and like attention , want to be loved ..this is the love side of which no one is brilliant, and i mean no one even the most perfect couple that you can think of. Someone could do the most stupid and blondiest of things in the name of love.. this is why we classify it as a #MajorFail

Beauties and Brains,

Now this I can proudly say that I know many of this ones… funny enough at one point we’ve done quite a number of blonde things, answered questions in some blonde mannerisms but brain-wise we on the grind.

“All I would say is never judge anyone, you never know where they are coming from or where they are going. Treat everyone like you would want to be treated. Because what you are thinking of them is probably what they are thinking of you I.e. “You think am blonde, I think your worse..lol” “

Beauties and Virtues

Why would anyone think that beauties don’t have virtues… or the ones that have are very rare…tsk! After all the Ethics classes we went through in campus…lol again that statement just sucks! 3/4 of the ladies I know lead a virtuous life, and am speaking from the experience of being with them, interacting with them, being one of them..hehe, beauty and virtue shouldn’t be compared it’s the heart, the inner self that should be compared to virtue.

Actually Beauty is even on the eyes of the beholder…like its relative term thats subjective to each and every individual…as sometimes people would even say “beauty is in the eyes of the beer-holder”..lol

Ok…this part, i stole (talk of plagiarizing someone elses work)…so let me just reference it before am sued … lol

Beauty & Brains: Celebrity Babes with High IQs

1. Natalie Portman

You may know her from: Star Wars, Garden State, The Professional and a host of other great films.
Why she’s beautiful: If she was hot enough for Darth Vader to go over to the darkside, she’s hot enough for me (and don’t get me started on her sexy voice!). And of course, when you’re done go see Closer.
Why she’s brainy: Finished high school with a 4.0 GPA. Attended Harvard University where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Also engaged in graduate studies at Hebrew University. Speaks Hebrew, French and Japanese fluently.
Extra Credit: Did you know Natalie also raps?

2. Cindy Crawford

You may know her from: The grocery checkout stand – she was on the cover of just about every fashion magazine you can think of during the 1990s.
Why she’s beatiful: She made beauty marks cool (even supermodels can have a ‘blemish’). And young ‘uns take note, she’s still gorgeous at 40.
Why she’s brainy: High school valedictorian (4.0 GPA), enrolled at Northwestern University to study chemical engineering on full academic scholarship. Dropped out to pursue modeling full-time after a semester (but she coulda finished!!!).
Extra Credit: The classic Pepsi commercial. The girl is pretty nice too!

3. Aishwarya Rai

You may know her from: Any of the dozens of Bollywood films she’s been in.
Why she’s beautiful: She won the 1994 Miss World pageant. Declared the most beautiful woman of all-time by numerous web polls, magazine articles and Julia Roberts.
Why she’s brainy: Was an A student at the prestigious Ruparel College in India (part of the University of Mumbai). Wanted to study medicine or zoology but ultimately ended up majoring in architecture. She is fluent in several languages including Hindi, Marathi, English and Tamil (her native tongue is Tulu).
Extra Credit: 60 Minutes segment on Aishwarya Rai.

4. Kate Beckinsale

You may know her from: Movies like Click, Serendipity, Underworld, Van Helsing and Pearl Harbor.
Why she’s beautiful: Almost made me turn to vampirism with her Underworld films. Routinely places in FHM, Maxim and Stuff’s annual lists of hot women.
Why she’s brainy: Attended Oxford University (New College) studying French and Russian literature for 3 years. As a teenager she was a two-time winner of the W.H. Smith Young Writers’ competition for her short stories and poems. Is also fluent in French, German and Russian.
Extra Credit: Kate Beckinsale’s Diet Coke ad. She knows how to make guys, um, tingle.

5. Dr. Victoria Zdrok

You may know her from: Magazine spreads from Playboy.
Why she’s beautiful: One of the few to achieve both the Playboy Playmate of the Month (October 1994) and Penthouse Pet of the Month (June 2002).
Why she’s brainy: Skipped high school and attended college instead. Graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree from West Chester University (Pennsylvania) at age 18. Obtained a JD law degree in 1997 as well as a Ph.D. in psychology from Villanova Law School and Drexel University. She most recently completed post-doctorate work in sex therapy at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

6. Elisabeth Shue

You may know her from: The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting, Cocktail, Leaving Las Vegas and Hollow Man.
Why she’s beautiful: Sure some girls are bad, but Elisabeth’s always been the nice girl next door.
Why she’s brainy: Attended Wellesley College and Harvard University. She left Harvard to focus on acting in the mid 80s, but returned 15 years later to complete her degree in Government (that’s some nice perseverance).
Extra credit: Elisabeth doing her cute as a button dance from Babysitting…

7. Famke Janssen
You may know her from: Movies like GoldenEye (villaness), X-Men (Jean Grey).
Why she’s beautiful (or in this case, hot): Crushed men to death with her thighs in the Bond film, Goldeneye. Be still my beating heart!
Why she’s brainy: Attended Columbia University to study literature and writing. Later attended the University of Amsterdam to study Economics.
Extra credit: If you were wondering about the GoldenEye comment

8. Hedy Lamarr:

Why you know her: If you’re using the internet, you probably don’t know her. Ask your grandparents.
Why she’s beautiful: Film star of the 30s and 40s frequently cast as a seductress invariably because of her good looks rather than her acting skills.
Why she’s brainy: While her formal educational credentials are not well documented, Hedy Lamarr’s biggest claim to fame outside of acting is her joint patent with composer George Antheil for an early version of spread spectrum communication technology (U.S. patent #2,292,387) – a concept that was later incorporated into wireless telephones and internet wifi.

9. Aisha Tyler

You may know her from: Television’s Talk Soup, Friends, Ghost Whisperer and 24.
Why she’s beautiful: Not only is she tall and beautiful, but she’s also got a serious sense of humor having pursued a standup career.
Why she’s brainy: Earned a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth in Government with a minor in Environmental Policy. Fluent in French Russian and Swahili. She’s also a serious poker player (big points in my book).

10. Jennifer Connelly

You may know her from: Movies like Career Opportunities, The Rocketeer, Inventing the Abbotts, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind, Blood Diamond.
Why she’s beautiful: It’s all in her eyes (um…well and maybe a few other parts of her body)
Why she’s brainy: Attended Yale for 2 years (English) then transferred to Stanford to complete her Bachelor’s degree. Is fluent in French and Italian.
Extra credit: Nobody else has made riding a coin operated pony look so, um, fun.

Classy, Sexy, Hot and Cool

My take on what classy, sexy, hot and cool are. This is very objective and they’re more of my own words and thoughts. Well to aid in my explanations, i opted to use Celebrity models i.e. actors and singers to further elaborate or so that you can see the picture instead of trying to imagine…hehe

So here goes;

Classy looks exquisite, elegant, unique, kind of expensive,enterprising. One doesn’t have to be really hot or sexy to look classy. For classy, its more of how you dress. The fabric, the quality… now thats classy. And it looks attractive in a hidden way.

Classy Look

Sandra Bullock, i think had the classy look in “The Proposal” movie.I totally loved the simple official look. The Black well-cut suit accessorised with the small black belt. Then black matching shoes that have a touch of red. The brown bag gives a bit of contrast.

Now this to me is classy.

Kate WinsletClassy

Kate Winslet, also has the classy look with the dresses. Very Simple black and blue dress without much accessories. The word “Elegance” is just screaming.

Sexy is just like the word itself, it is sexually appealing look, it’s the one of those, stop and stare/glance. It mainly has to do with the body poise, body figure and some sort of facial expression…The sexy look makes someone look Yummy.


Angelina jolie

Angelina Jolie is my no.1 definition of Sexy…the eyes, the lips, the facial expression …. The picture here speaks 1000 words..YUMMY!


Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé on the other hand has got the body…nice figure well sculptured. It speaks volumes..hehe, totally appealing to the men especially, as well as women. Her poises to sort of bring out her sexyness.

Hot is I think more natural beauty, like one is pretty(it’s just there) even without all the make up, smooth skin, nice body… one could be fat/ thin and still be hot. They are noticeable from afar.


Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson depicts hotness. She’s plus size and she’s naturally beautiful. She makes big look pretty, hot and totally cool at that.


Taylor Swift

That’s Taylor Swift for you, absolutely gorgeous, natural beauty right there. In every sense of it.

Cool is the simple trendy look, it has to mainly do with how you dress or carry yourself out. No much drama, just calm and collected. Sort of the chilled out look and one would say you haven’t tried too much.

I could say this look is normally unobtrusive…its not like the sexy look which is highly noticeable.


Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz, has that cool look. Its simple but looks trendy.As you can see she probably dint try too much to look nice but she does, now thats cool to me.


Halle Berry

Halle Berry here carries out the total and complete cool look, very simple, doesn’t scream out “look at me”..its more inconspicuous, but when you see, you totally like and want to be associated with.

So that’s “My Take” for today.

To conclude, I think anyone can be classy and cool because it’s mainly in how you dress, and how you carry yourself out. For instance, You dress in a classy or cool way… then you have to sit, walk and talk classy or cool. Otherwise, that look doesn’t work.

As for hot and sexy, actually the two sometimes do go hand in hand. I think its more of how you look, that is, in terms of your appearance, bodily structure, hair. Then topped up by how you dress the body…It’s just God-given :)

Signing off ::: *Kawi*