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Andrew Kibe bags international gong

Despite public criticism and scrutiny, Kenyan media personality Andrew Kibe has bagged the “Social Media African Star of the Year” gong.

Kibe, known for his controversial outlook, was awarded the accolade at the 2023 South African Social Media Awards (SASMA).

A former radio presenter at Kiss FM and NRG radio, Kibe beat other contestants across the continent including Shank Comics, Nicolette Mashile, William Last KRM, and Marvin Achi to bag the award.

Currently based in the USA, Kibe transitioned from the mainstream media into a controversial content creator.

The transformation includes his shows on YouTube where he made it his business to comment on topical matters including the private lives of newsmakers and celebrities.

It is here where he quickly gained notoriety for his persona and hostility while attracting friends and foe in equal measure.

His departure Kiss FM, where he co-hosted a popular show alongside Kamene Goro, was marked by chaos and fiery proclamations. He later vowed to launch his radio station, aptly named ‘Rogue Radio.’

When this endeavor didn’t take off, he transitioned to YouTube, where he appeared to find his niche.

From his new base in Texas, Kibe continued his relentless controversial opinion on various individuals and coined slurs that became part of the Kenyan urban vernacular.

His targets ranged from media personalities such as Bahati, Terence the Creative, Mike Sonko, Diana Bahati, Jalang’o, Shakilla, Presenter Ali, and many more.

He also unapologetically expressed misogynistic and sexist views, openly advocating for the “boy child.”

On YouTube, Kibe embodied his distinctive persona, attracting a vast and growing audience that garnered millions of views and significant revenue.

However, despite his large following, he also amassed a considerable number of detractors and individuals he had unjustly criticized.

He appeared to recently suffer a setback when his YouTube channel, boasting 625,000 subscribers and over 200 million views, was taken down by the platform.

In response, Kibe expressed confidence in alternative platforms, vowing to continue his content creation journey on platforms like Yafreeka, X, Rumble, Instagram, and TikTok.

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