You rode on my name and fame, now deal with it - Ciku to Ciru Muriuki

Ciru and Ciku Muriuki [Photo: Instagram @cirumuriuki/ciku.muiruri]

A storm kicked up by Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) last Saturday pitting BBC journalist Ciru Muriuki and former Busted star Ciku Muriuki is not about to end soon.

This is after Ciku told off her namesake who was mistaken by KOT over claims that she was leveraging her book Love is But a Dream on Tob Cohen’s murder.

“I am not Ciku. I haven’t written a book. I never hosted a show named Busted. And I haven’t tweeted anything about dogs. Aki please I was just doing my juice cleanse in peace,” tweeted Ciru amidst an avalanche of attacks from KOT.

But according to Ciku, Ciru had it coming having been warned by her then-boss at Radio Africa to use her English name to avoid confusion considering Ciku was already big on radio.

“I did my first radio show in 1998. In my many, many, many, years on radio doing Busted etc, I have used my name. On my newspaper columns, I have used my name. On my book Love Is But A Dream and all my social media pages, I have used my name. Someone comes onto the scene many, many, many years later, has and uses a name similar to mine and now cries victim every time she is mistaken for me.

“A boss of ours - Pete Sinclair - actually refused her to use the name during her stint at Radio Africa and said she would be mistaken for me. She had no choice but to listen to him and use her English name. All was well. But alas, she then went on to join NTV where she disregarded his advice and went on to use the name. Enter the case of mistaken identity that follows until this very day. And now, I am supposedly the bad guy because I need to watch what I tweet for her sake. Wait, what?” Narrated Ciku.

She added that Ciru should carry the cross having ‘rode on her name and fame’.

"A friend of hers actually went on a morning TV show and said my ‘bad manners’ (??) are affecting her. What the actual hell? That’s the final straw for me. I refuse to be used as a punching bag when you found me here, minding my own business.

"If you want your brand to stand out, the first logical step is NOT to ride on someone else’s name and then cry foul when it no longer suits you. Reap the whirlwind,” wrote Ciku.

Tob Cohen

In her September 13 post, Ciku Muriuki stated that she knew the late Dutch Tycoon and wife Sarah Wairimu.

“I knew Tob Cohen. I was fortunate enough to visit their home late last year. He and Sarah, have a lovely home, well put together. They both bought a copy of Love Is But A Dream.

“I spent a large part of that evening bonding with their dogs. Dogs, very friendly and loveable (at least to me), that if need be, can turn vicious. Dogs protect their master... Where were they?”


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