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OMINDE’S LIST: Kisumu’s top 10 socialites

Now that we have finally earned our City Status it’s time that we also unveiled our own party stoppers and here I am not talking about socialites of Vera Sidika’s nature but rather socialites as defined by wikipedia: “A socialite is someone who is well-known in fashionable society and spends a significant amount of time participating in social activities such as parties and other fashionable events, entertaining guests and being entertained by others of similar standing.”

These are the guys and girls who make Kisumu’s events rock and your party is not a party unless one or all of them attended it!

Fofona Bangale

1. Fofona Bangale quite dint make it to a list that was being voted on when Henry McKenzie posed the same question on facebook but this is one dude that attends all the flashy events in town. He has quite an acute sense of style (and I say that with all the straightness I got) that makes him stand out from the crowd. Actually one Christine Riaroh added “fashion style” to what what qualifies one to be a socialite.

If you are planning a party make sure Fofona has a VIP invite. Fona is a radio presenter with Radio Lake Victoria among many other professional ventures.

2. Dave Ngiri Odira is possibly the loudest muther ginene you will ever meet in your lifetime. If you want to know how influential he is, he single handedly made Dunga Hill Camp the place to hang out over the weekends and for that he is on their wall of fame.

Dave Ngiri Odira

There is no event that goes down without him being in it in this town.

Christine Riaroh however thinks his fashion sense is wanting. I think it’s all about his company…what would you expect from a dude who spends his entire day around fishermen? You don’t need rocket science to tell you that he’ll definitely dress like one. Coming to think of it though Christine said I also have a bad sense of style….but Ngiri takes the standing ovation in that sector. Fashion Cop gave an arrest warrant for him a long time ago.

He loves his Pilsner Ice and everything else that can fuel an engine…

By day Ngiri iworks for Lolwe TV. With his loud mouth I wonder why the guys dint give him a show to host. One of my former bosses (some random idiot now) thinks he should run for an elective post in 2017. In fact we started a movement at work known as #DN2017.

Fashion or no fashion ignore his influence at your own peril.

Millicent Aberi

3. Millicent Aberi did not make it to McKenzie’s list as well and I am convinced people don’t know people in this town. Your party won’t rock unless she represents the females in it.

She acts cool, calm and collected but don’t be fooled by her shy smile. She has a great sense of fashion and style. She is well endowed in those other sectors as well…let me just say she will bring light even to the dullest party. Loves her Vodka and her Pilsner.

Millicent owns a restaurant at Wayside that’s known for it’s delicious chicken.

4. Sharon Oyoo aka Jaber Nyar Rongo, she comes highly recommended in that list I keep

Jaber Nyar Rongo (Centre) with Grace Makosewe & @IamOminde

referring to and I must give it to her that she is another event charmer with a killer smile, a beautiful behind and great dance moves.

She loves her Heineken.

By day she is a Marketing and Communications executive with a local NGO.

Kenna Kens

5. Kenna Kens closes the big five on this list today. He is an “event organizer”
just that most of his events…..

Christine thinks he got a great sense of style, but then again what would you expect from someone who owns a boutique?

He has to be at your event if you are to claim you had a successful event though.

He loves his Tusker and overpriced liqueur.


McKenzie Henry

6. Henry McKenzie would probably kill me for putting his name here but WTF!! Nigga is laid back and all gentleman but he rocks events as well.

He hosts Karaoke at three different towns in the region every week and recently introduced “Throwback Fridays” at Bootleggers.

He loves his Whitecap Lager…not sure if he drinks whiskey!

By day he works for USAID.

7. Ahmed Zach well I got very little to say about this dude coz nigga went underground like crazy. Just know that he is on this list.

Ahmed Zach

8. Jenipher Igena she is a Communications student at Maseno University and a budding musician. You won’t help but notice her at events and God she is “BLESSED!”

Jenipher Igena

Amazing sense of style I must say…what I call eye candy!!
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  • Denis Nyakach Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Ha ha ha. That is a good analysis of the Kisumu folks who make the city party climate tick. Now I know whom to invite on my future gigs 🙂

  • Daniel Ominde Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 5:58 am

    That's wassup!!

  • David Odira Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 6:25 am

    hehehe isemer!!!

  • Tom Odhiambo Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Congrats guys for keeping Kisumu on the “city” track!

  • Tigo Art And Fashion House Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 6:29 am

    where is 9 and 10? so far… not bad

  • Phoenixx Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Hehehe, I better be on the next list

  • Daniel Ominde Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Ongeza bidii on the social scenes

  • Daniel Ominde Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I said ujijazie bro

  • Daniel Ominde Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 6:36 am

    The socialites ama mimi? Anyway thanx on behalf of us 🙂

  • Evans Oloo Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Liz Olwa

  • matte richard Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I think it's all about his company…what would you expect from a dude who spends his entire day around fishermen? You don't need rocket science to tell you that he'll definitely dress like one.

  • Anonymous Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Lorah of lohkhali entertainmnt and bob of barcadia

  • Tonnin Okoth Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Am planning something big for Kisumu in relations to Events management..the 1st Groove tour kisumu auditions were organised by Me and one Lawrence of Radio Nam Lolwe..nice work y'all doing!!

  • Anonymous Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I beg to differ on fona's analysis ati over priced drinks??? Mmm kumbe fona ako juu

  • Des Akello Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

    U forgot about Lesley Ceasar

  • SN Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 8:27 am


  • Anonymous Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Hey Daniel,
    How Can I get in touch with Henry McKenzie to host Karaoke at Royal City Dubai Complex??

  • Daniel Ominde Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 8:45 am

    E-mail me on I'll hook you up with his contacts.

  • Sharon Njai Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Henry should be number 1

  • Anonymous Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

    where is martin khaemba the group operations manage for monarch group that owns & runs of impala Eco lodge resort in impala park kisumu ? very bright and humble but has made the lodge to be on the market and has also contributed a lot to our hotel industry in this region.

  • keffas Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 9:36 am

    kwani hamjawai ni notice . editor wa hii kitu ni nani. nway ksm is becoming a city i see

  • Anonymous Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 9:53 am

    you are forgetting a group that contains one David Omondi, Fredrick Maube & Arthur Shikwe

  • Peter OUTA Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 10:08 am


  • Peter OUTA Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 10:08 am


  • Peter OUTA Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 10:11 am

    very interesting…………….

  • gEED Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Ngiri the fishermen joke aint funny…heheh…but guys u need to rebrand 'the socialite' idea owing to the fact that it might be over understood!

  • gEED Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 11:49 am

    nice colours on milli tho!!!!

  • phatma kanyi Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Coming on that list soon, n btw u forgot Dan friday

  • Ella Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Cant stop laughing. Nice one Daniel. Ella got her eyes on this blog for sure….

  • Anonymous Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    hehehehe i wont differ

  • Kisumu News Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Hahaha… well listed…

  • joan eve Reply

    June 13, 2014 at 7:58 pm


  • Erick Okioma Reply

    June 14, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Kwani socialite ni kinanani ni kulewa ,club ,mayouth ? Hakuna wazee sociolite ?

  • Danvers Omolo Reply

    June 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Am coming back to kisumu to be a socialite

  • Anonymous Reply

    June 18, 2014 at 7:30 am

    No comment. I wonder how this verdict was reached.

  • Myra Reply

    July 1, 2014 at 10:52 am

    You will make an amazing one

  • Anonymous Reply

    July 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    ai, please, most of these people are just people who are known. there is a difference between known people and socialites. mayo!

  • Anonymous Reply

    July 3, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Where is Bob Stewart…? Lol

  • Denis Nyakach Reply

    July 18, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Keep your eyes on this upcoming event, it's gonna change the fashion scene in Kisumu. If you have no plans for August, then be here (ACTUALLY THIS SHOULD BE THE PLAN). A fashion event in Lake Victoria. Only 200 pax. You gotta be here, if you miss don't blame Ominde for not writing about you.

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  • Anonymous Reply

    August 8, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Thank you for that comment. Theres a very big difference.

  • Jaterrrrr Reply

    September 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Ma doko wach kendo?

  • Anonymous Reply

    September 17, 2014 at 6:14 am

    thats a nice one for kisumu city.

  • donald naboth Reply

    January 8, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Hakuna list hapo matop works for the same company. … false

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  • rehema blastus ondiek Reply

    May 18, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I love kenna kens and fofona bangale style……I mean they match their dressing cord…..

  • deenick Reply

    May 19, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Kama hawa ndo top ten socialites!!! RIP kisumo city

  • tedeye mgenge Reply

    May 19, 2015 at 6:23 am

    RIP .hapa hakuna kitu..some are just wanabees..wapi ford audi

  • Machete Reply

    May 19, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    where the fuck is machete, ford, Julez & chefa..hii list ni bure kabisa

  • Freddy Reply

    May 19, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    OK..ryt.. I see kisumu’s finest


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