At the peak of Shebonko (the social media love-sex scandal between Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and Women’s Representative Rachel Shebesh) one name prominently came out as the fall-back guy: Blogger Roy Ogolla Kohadha.
To so many people, especially Kenyans on the internet, the term ‘blogger’ is fast becoming synonymous with ‘propagandist’, both of which conjure images of some shadowy individuals advancing frivolous, false and sensational information, often political, to the online mass audience.
Because of the propaganda tag, blogging in Kenya is becoming a dangerous task to do. Yet in its pure definition, blogging is just a ‘discussion and informational site published on the world wide web’. That’s wikipedia!
Blogging is more; it entails the skills to not only write quality content articles, superbly edited and published but also those of social media marketing and search engine optimization. At human level; it also involves getting along with with other bloggers, readers of your content and potential ‘enemies’.
I must admit; I can’t recall ever reading any post by ‘blogger’ Kohadha. Until his untimely demise on a tragic road accident, I never remember much of what Kohadha did either as a blogger or artist or man. I have a reason. Kohadha was in another league. He was among the few Kenyans who had mastered the art of social media marketing; from facebook to twitter. He had a ‘heavy’ presence online.
It is here, I imagine, that he got embroiled in Shebonko, which was a nasty social media ‘event’ by all standards. I remember aides of the senator calling this author to ‘set the record’ about the then ‘leaked naked photos’ of the two leaders.
Senator Sonko denied, of course, that the photos were not ‘real’. To him, they were photo-shopped and the person responsible was ‘blogger’ Kohadha. However, he extended an olive branch and called the Kohadha for some kind of reconciliation. The story stretched in some of the Nairobi gossip FM Radio stations for weeks and died!
As to what happened between then and now; no one followed up. One can only imagine that the ghosts of that past were buried. If anything, the woman in the saga, Rachel Shebesh, has never said a thing!
Else where on face book and twitter, Kohadha’s close friends and other bloggers are making contributions to send him to his final resting place. Conspicuously silent is the philanthropic Mike Mbuvi Sonko! But in a continent where people don’t just die; whether in hospitals, roads or on air, the murmurs are getting louder by the day.
Kohadha’s death, like Jubilee blogger and Jackal News MD Bogonko Bosire’s “disappearance”, has shocked the core of Kenya’s blogosphere.
One only hopes the tragic accident which nabbed Kohadha was ‘natural’.