Meet Unsung Mwingi based Poet writer and Journalist

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By PATRICK KIMANZI, Editor

KIBWEZI -When profilic Mwingi-based poet Francis Kaivilu met Baby Faith Mwende Mailu, a girl who is battling a rare severe aplastic anaemia disease in Kibwezi East, Makueni County, he didn’t shed tears.

Unsung poet

Instead, the profilic poet popularly known as ‘Malenga Wa Nuu’ volunteered to pen a poem (shairi) for the girl who is now earnestly pleading to the benevolent Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for medical aid in the Swahili Shairi that is now taking the Kenyan Social Media by storm.

Francis Kaivilu the author of the viral poem/PHOTO/COURTESY
In the emotive viral clip that is trending with over 1 million views, the ailing 8 year old Class 2 girl who attends Muusini Primary School is seen reciting the poem from her home, her frail hands close her chest, evoking tears from her audience.

“It was their neighbour Benard Wambua Pius who told me about the girl when he learned that I was a Journalist.

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He told me about a girl who was battling a rare disease in their Muusini village.

I immediately decided to travel to her home to cover the story which I published in May this year” said the vibrant poet cum journalist Francis Kaivilu speaking to COUNTY DIARY in Mwingi today afternoon.

On 26th July the poet went ahead and penned a 5 Stanza poem titled ‘Mama Margaret Kenyatta Nisaidie’.

The poet would then travel to Muusini village in Kibwezi, Makueni to coach the girl with the assistance of her teacher Prisca Wambua of Muusini Primary School.

“Faith is a very bright girl who comes top ten in her class. When Kaivilu gave me the pleading poem that touched on the First Lady, I took it upon myself to help him train Faith, who sometimes can be shy especially in public.

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Fish to water

The girl took to it like fish to water with the support of her parents Frederic Mailu Mutinda and Elizabeth” she said.

The poet then recorded a raw short amateur clip of the girl reciting the poem and posted it online to his social media handles including Twitter @kaivilufrank, YouTube @Francis Kaivilu, Facebook Francis Kaivilu.

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Freelance journalist

Kaivilu, who is a freelance journalist aged 27 years realised his poetry talent on the 5th of March 2008 immediately after he joined form one at Kyuso Boys secondary school. In his high school days, the popular poet(malenga) participated in music festivals upto provincial level with his own composed poems winning several awards including 2nd Runners-up in solo verses category.

KIMC Diploma

The Malenga Wa Nuu sat for his Form Four Examination in 2011 and proceeded to Kenya Institute in Mass Communication (KIMC) where he graduated with a Diploma in Radio Programs Production.

Francis Kaivilu

(Malenga wa Nuu)Tel: 0743-507- 600/
0724-326-294

Email: franciskaivilu@gmail.com

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