On Friday, September 1st, a heartwarming moment was shared with the world as the children of renowned Kenyan musician Samidoh and his ex-wife Edday Nderitu embarked on a new chapter of their lives by formally enrolling in American schools. The exciting announcement was made by Samidoh’s American promoter and cousin, Bernice Saroni, who captured the precious moment in a touching video.
In the video, Bernice can be seen gently guiding the children, offering words of encouragement, and ensuring they were dressed neatly for their first day. It was a moment filled with anticipation and excitement as Shirleen, Samidoh’s daughter, embarked on her journey into the eighth grade, while Michael, Samidoh’s son, started his second-grade adventure.
Both Shirleen and Michael expressed their determination to excel in their academic pursuits, a sentiment that resonated deeply with viewers. Shirleen and Michael Muchoki vowed to give their all during their academic endeavours. Shirleen was urged by Bernice to earn honours at her graduation. The sight of Samidoh’s children flourishing and embracing their education brought joy to many Kenyan hearts.
However, amidst the outpouring of support and well-wishes, there were also moments of contention.
Nominated senator Karen Nyamu’s remarks stirred controversy when she commented on the video, suggesting that Samidoh had been solely responsible for raising the children and providing for them for years. She questioned why people were celebrating their enrollment in free American schools.
“Amelea hao watoto singlehandedly for years mnawapa chakula ya tumbo mwezi moja na shule ya bure mnasumbua kila mtu huku,” Karen said.
Bernice, quick to defend the significance of the moment, responded assertively, highlighting the privilege of accessing the American education system, which many parents pay substantial sums for in Kenya. She stressed that education, whether free or not, is a valuable asset and a dream for countless parents.
“Ati bure…Laughing emoji America system is what people are paying millions in Kenya to enroll their kids probably hata ndio salary yake, imagine kuipata bure am i privileged or should i call myself Blessed. It’s a dream to many parents free or not education is the key. Bipolar is real,” said Bernice.