The age of popular Radio Jambo presenter Masawe Japani is one of the most tightly held secrets, up there alongside other classified information like the American Nuclear code, or Charles Njonjo’s famous journal, that has become somewhat of a myth, and which people speculate about, year in year out.
Nevertheless, just this week, whether deliberately, or by an epic mistake of historic proportions, the lovely never ageing presenter announced to all and sundry, the digits on her birth certificate, and we might just have no one else to thank for this but the Kitui governor, Charity Ngilu.
All this went down during her daily show, Bustani la Masawe. She was just coming back after a musical break, when, in introducing the top rated show, Dead Beat, she began to say the show’s Punchline, Masaa ni ya Dead Beat. However, she got distracted midway, and allowed herself to start talking about Ngilu’s campaign line of back in the nineties.
Instead of saying, Masaa ni ya Dead Beat, she said, Masaa ni ya Ngilu, and began to reminisce about those days when Ngilu had caused a stir by being the first woman to challenge Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi for the presidency.
This was back in 1997, and she correctly remembered it. She said that the “Masaa ni ya Ngilu” craze was back in 1997 and she was in form two then.
“Tulianza kupenda siasa kitambo sana. Masaa ni ya Ngilu was in 1997, and I was in form two then”
This would mean that she finished high school in 1999 when she was 18. A quick calculation would show that she was born 1981. This, then would mean that Masawe Japani is entering the fourth floor this year, or has already entered the fourth floor. That is, 40 years.
This doesn’t veer too far from the age group that people have always pegged her to be in, of between late thirties to early forties.