Number two. Oliech introduces his child
Gor Mahia forward Dennis Oliech took to Instagram to introduce his child. In the post, the striker poses with a light-skinned lady holding the baby. He captioned the photo "Number 2". Oliech is said to be the father of two children from his past relationships with Veronica Oliech and Beatrice Wanjiku, according to reports by The Nairobian.
Elsewhere: Rafiki wins ‘Free to be Me’award
Rafiki, the first Kenyan film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, won yet another award at the weekend. Rafiki won the ‘Free to be Me’ award at the 2019 Rose Filmdagen Film Festival held in the Netherlands, adding to its growing list of international awards won.
The film, which was banned in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), became an instant hit to the international community, thanks to the controversy that came with the ban. Giving reasons for the ban, KFCB chairperson Ezekiel Mutua had said at the time that the board was not against the whole film but that there were some scenes that they did not agree with. Dr Mutua became a punching bag for the online community as a result of his utterances, with many saying he overstepped his mandate and that of the board. In his defence, Mutua had said the board asked Wanuri Kahiu, the director, to edit out the scenes that did not sit well with the board. Wanuri did not.
Ms Wanuri would later go to court seeking orders to be allowed to screen the film for it to be considered for the Oscars Academy awards. Dismissing the claims made by Mutua, Wanuri said in her suit that the scenes KFCB wanted to be removed were what made the film what it was. According to the Academy rules, a film has to be screened in its country of origin for a week for it to be considered for awarding. The film got its way after the High Court issued the order; after which it was screened for free in theatres in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. It, however, lost out to Supa Modo for the academy consideration.
The film festival, which concluded yesterday after running for 11 days, prides itself as the longest running and the largest film festival for LGBQT films in the Netherlands. The win comes days after the Court of Appeal ruled that the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission can be registered as an NGO. The recognition also shines the light to its Director Wanuri, who not long ago landed her second film to direct in Hollywood. She is set to direct Clovers and The Thing About Jellyfish.