What you need to know:
- Thomas Matiko looks at a series of entertainers who got the rudest shock of their lives when they came to make appearances in Kenya.
- There’s a bonus mention of an East African great who also recently got a wake-up call in his home country.
When he landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for last weekend’s performance at the Jameson Connects Kenya concert, American rapper Desiigner was ecstatic to the extent of kissing the floor.
Why? This was his first time to setting foot on African continent and more so Kenya.
However by the time Desiigner was leaving the country, he had some bad memories that he hadn’t anticipated to gather.
Desiigner's sneakers stolen
The ‘Panda’ hitmaker got the shock of his life last Saturday at the concert after he tried to interact with his fans.
Taking a piggyback ride on a member of the security team, the topless Desiigner got into the middle of the crowd only to have someone almost nick his expensive sneakers.
A shocked Desiigner momentarily paused his performance to try and retrieve his shoes, and couldn’t help but yell “Wait! Wait! Yo! Yo! Yo! My sneakers! My sneakers! My sneakers! My sneakers!” in the viral video of the incident.
Desiigner went on to wonder why someone would want to rob him yet he travelled thousands of kilometres to come and entertain them.
“This is not cool at all. I came all the way from America to sing for you and someone out here trying to take what he didn’t work for? That is not how we do things,” he was quoted by Nairobi News.
Desiigner was lucky to have his security act quickly to stop shoes from being taken, and continued electrifying the crowd.
Davido’s phone stolen
The Nigerian star who performed last month at the “30 Billion concert” lost his expensive smartphone during his visit to Kenya in March, 2015.
After giving a not-so convincing performance at the Carnivore grounds, Davido decided to go partying one of Nairobi’s high end club, Skylux Lounge.
Despite being in the company of his security guards and his team at the VIP lounge, Davido lost his phone in mysterious circumstances. Efforts to trace the phone were futile and it was never recovered.
Nine months later, that year, Davido again lost more valuables after he was robbed at gun point at while in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Davido alongside his manager and a friend were robbed as they walked a street in the leafy suburb of Sandton when robbers armed with guns attacked them. They took his bag, a collective sum of $185,000 (Sh19 million) plus their expensive Rolex watches.
Sean Paul robbed of smartphone
The incident happened in 2004 at Carnivore grounds, Nairobi. The visiting Jamaican dancehall star lost his smartphone at a time when the devices were considered to be only for the very privileged.
It was reported that Sean Paul lost the phone after he had just finished delivering a thrilling performance at the venue. He was approached by fans who carried him shoulder-high in appreciation of his performance. He would realise later that his phone, which was in one of his pockets, had gone missing.
Sean Paul would take to Instagram 11 years later to deny ever being robbed of the phone, explaining that he is the one who lost it, after forgetting where he had placed it before taking to the stage.
Patience Ozokwor (Mama G) phone stolen
Seven years ago, the Nigerian legendary actress who rose to fame by playing the character of a woeful mother-in-law in several Nollywood movies, was in Kenya for a mentorship talk.
Mama G alongside other Nigerian acting stars Desmond Elliot, Monalisa Chinda visited the country as a delegation invited to motivate upcoming artistes. The delegation visited Nairobi University where they had interactive session with the Arts and Journalism students. Later in the afternoon the team addressed drama club members at Brookhouse Preforming Arts School. It was reported Mama G lost her phones after it was stolen by someone while attending the two events.
Tarrus Riley's phone goes missing
The Jamaican reggae/ raga musician fond of Kenya was reported to have been robbed his iPhone in 2012 during a press briefing at the posh Sankara Hotel. Despite a thorough search the smartphone was never recovered.
Kenya isn’t the only place stars have had it rough
Just last month, Diamond Platnumz lost his white-gold-and-diamond chains estimated to have cost sh1.8 million during a performance in Mtwara.
Diamond had taken time to mingle with his fans after a performance, when one someone from the crowd reached out to his neck and grabbed the chains before disappearing with them.
Ali Kiba and fellow Rockstar 4000 stablemate Barakah The Prince also got stunned while at a morning meeting to discuss a video shoot while in South Africa.
The two, together with members of their team, fell victim to six armed gangsters who broke into the venue and robbed them of valuables.