Radio station bashed for asking for funds to enable young fan become a presenter
Kenyan have not taken kindly requests by a local radio station for donations from the public to enable a young football fan achieve his dream of becoming a presenter.
John Onkendi, the young boy in question, first captured public attention this week when a video of him naming players in the English Premier League went viral.
In the viral clip, the barefooted Onkendi correctly named Manchester United’s and Chelsea’s first team players.
Huyu mtoi anaeza kuwa the next Mohammed Juma Njuguna pic.twitter.com/ce0Z8pyHvd
— Sir Rap-A-Lot (@OsamaOtero) September 11, 2018
On Friday, Radio Maisha hosted the young Onkendi in their morning show. The station later put up a paybill number on their Twitter account asking those wishing to support the budding football commentator to make contributions.
For all those who wish to support John Onkendi in achieving his dream of becoming a future radio presenter, you can send any amount through The paybill number
Paybill 505601 https://t.co/8XnvDGhIS5 #MaishaConcertFriday #OnkendiAtRadioMaisha #HaitambiInaiga pic.twitter.com/nUeDO0iuup
— Radio Maisha (@radiomaisha) September 14, 2018
On Twitter, Kenyans wondered how the radio station is asking for help yet they are already part of one of the biggest media houses in Kenya.
he wants to be a radio presenter and you are a radio station connect the dots pic.twitter.com/oImna8bpE8
— Aries(yugo) Munyaka (@Patrick_nyaks) September 14, 2018
Why can’t standard media group sponsor this boy all the way up? What is your corporate social responsibility like? Did you invite him to seek help from listeners or? Let the willing ask for the paybill but not advertising him openly for assistance
— Osoro Albert (@osoro_ochako) September 14, 2018
Daylight robbers…….where do you want to take That money??? To @RadioCitizenFM ……
— Kimani Wa Kageche (@kagechekim) September 14, 2018
Mentor the young dude ..give him the opportunity to practice his talent. You can as well give him a job in a kids show if you have ,and have him on salary
— innovative writing help (@chuxx_robert) September 14, 2018
@Alex_Mwakideu Was looking for this Boy, you guys went ahead, brought him here only to ask Kenyans to fundraise! Bure Kabisa! Sponsor the Kid wacheni kusumbua wakenya!!!
— Dr. Mukabi (@arnold_afuya) September 14, 2018
Radio maisha acheni wizi. Does one need money to be a presenter?
— Keli. (@kelienick) September 14, 2018
Mlipendaga pesa….cant yu just employ him.ata akina mbussi hawakusomea na hawakuchangisha pesa
— DJ also known as (@IANizME__) September 14, 2018