Maina Kageni wins public approval

Maina Kageni. Picture by Pulse Magazine.

Maina Kageni. Picture by Pulse Magazine.

In June this year, the Nairobi Chronicle published an article titled, “Maina Kageni talkshow on dangerous grounds.” The article raised serious concerns about Maina Kageni’s morning talk show on Classic 105 FM.

Since then, we have continued to receive feedback from people who have listened to the show. Surprisingly, the vast majority of you actually approve of Maina Kageni’s no-holds barred approach to taboo topics.

Below, we present a sample of your opinions.
1. shadrack, on June 26th, 2008 at 11:31 am said:
much as there should be media freedom the presenters perticularly in FM stations should really watch on what they give out to the public as some of these things are so much of trash!

2. jose, on June 26th, 2008 at 11:34 am Said:
This is all bullshit by these FM statios!

3. carol, on June 26th, 2008 at 11:39 am Said:
I wish these presenters could be using that time to talk on better things rather than talking so much trash all just on sex!

4. susan, on July 29th, 2008 at 10:09 am Said:
hi i am concern with what is said on national radio. especially kingangi be carefull what you say. you are such a pervert. i pity your mate.
susan

5. Ngumo, on August 28th, 2008 at 10:46 am Said:
Maina and King’ang’i need a hi5 clap for job well done. Wekeni wasee kwa mataa kabisa, also they do help us to know how life is there outside

6. maureen, on September 4th, 2008 at 11:57 am Said:
hey, welling guys! those talking shit about maina and king’angi are leaving in denial! this are things that happen in real life.thank you very much guys for letting it out to the public.

7. skitter, on September 10th, 2008 at 11:23 am Said:
some of the comments are outright un called for and I think that some of these should reserve/ ama what we would like to say keep them to your selves anyway the dude with his childs fantasy is sick and as such he was destined for mathare and should be admitted there by the first person who spots him. anyway the show just Rocks!!!!!!!

8. eric, on September 19th, 2008 at 11:28 am Said:
maina could make a good and a charismatic presenter if not on emphasizing on sexual matters that portray a morally rotten society. anyway he does drive many crazy . Morale.

9. pascarl, on September 29th, 2008 at 1:26 am Said:
ua show guys leaves me very happy coz those r things which people are undergoing. but i will not marry because if ua topics is what 2 go by then marrying is creating problems as u usually say moving from confused life to complicated.otherwise wish u well guys n be going to church.

10. pascarl, on September 29th, 2008 at 1:29 am Said:
maina i nid ua capital talk clip with jeff koinange. tell me au will i get or send me through my mail. usipoinitumia nitawanyonga na uji asubuhi.

11. Peter Njenga, on October 6th, 2008 at 1:46 pm Said:
I watched Maina on Jeff Koinange’s Capital Talk. Have a look at http://www.peternjenga.com/2008/10/capital-talk-on-k24-with-jeff-koinange.html and also http://www.peternjenga.com/2008/09/maina-kageni-on-k24-capital-talk-with.html
Very interesting.

12. muriithi, on October 8th, 2008 at 1:36 pm Said:
Maina,mambo vipi pass my high five to mwalimu and you guys you are great lakini,do you act this way in you homes? Maina,am having an issue can you please call and lets chat i will pay or sambaza.
Tel.0721908843
Stephen,
Thanks.

13. carol, on October 22nd, 2008 at 1:25 pm Said:
hi maina. ua show rocks!!! even my grandma loves listening to you manze. its one of its kinds. keep it up en God give you strength . Thumps up form Mwalimu Kingangi too.

14. Abdul, on October 27th, 2008 at 5:06 pm Said:
hi5!!! you guys r doing a great job.

15. Liz, on October 31st, 2008 at 9:53 am Said:
Maina’s show is hot, can’t deny that for sure, but the truth is, these are words coming out of Kenyans mouths. It’s not Maina or King’ang’i putting words in these pples mouths. This is a reality and as harsh and hard as it may seem, it still is. Shutting pple up won’t change a thing. Let them say what is in their hearts whether you perceive it to be rotten or not. Then a solution to our societal problems can be easily found. Come on people, let this Maina boy do his thing!

16. Faith, on November 10th, 2008 at 12:45 pm Said:
Hi5 Maish and Mwalimu you guys are great i really like your show. Those who are saying that they cross the cultural boundaries they are hypocrates who pretend not to know what is happening. We are in the 21st century and sex is no longer a taboo “that it cannot be discussed” By the way those who think the discussions on classic 105 are explicit is it that their radio’s doesn’t have the on and off button and just to let them know in case they are not updated we have kinda 50FM radio stations hope they know how to tune their radios let them listen to other radio stations and let Maina and Mwalimu continue educating us on what is actually happening. KUDOS MAINA AND MWALIMU GREAT JOB YOU DOING THERE KEEP UP THE SPIRIT. Let no intimadation from the 20th century generation who still live in darkness pull you down.

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Maina Kageni talkshow on dangerous grounds

A radio show where men express erotic feelings for children may force the Kenyan government to crack the whip on explicit call-in sessions.

Maina Kageni. Picture by Pulse Magazine.

Maina Kageni. Picture by Pulse Magazine.

For some years, Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has expressed concern over the proliferation of “pornographic” talk shows aired at inappropriate time slots. In spite of this, the government is wary of being criticized for infringing on media rights.

However, a popular radio talk show may have gone beyond the bounds of entertainment. Maina Kageni’s weekday morning show on Classic 105 attracts big ratings because of its no-holds-barred content. Recently, a male caller confided on air of fantasies involving his own children. Many radio listeners were outraged that the sentiments were allowed over the airwaves.

Child sex abuse is becoming a grave problem in Kenya with parents identified as major culprits.

Kageni’s talk show targets the over 25 age group. Callers are encourage to discuss sexual problems such as cheating or impotence. Kageni and his side-kick Mwalimu King’ang’i have also brought out such weird sexual behavior as wife/husband swapping, sex in church among others.

Government reaction towards Maina Kageni and Classic 105 has remained muted so far. However, outrage among members of the public my force some sort of curbs on the content that is discussed in the media.

In 2007, there was a Kenya Communications Act that aimed at regulating the airing of appropriate, “culturally-sensitive” content but the bill was condemned by Kenya’s media industry as a threat to press freedom.