I was called a Nigga in front of my son – Ex-Radio presenter

Linda Ochanda, how many of you remember that name?

I remember the first time I heard about her she was hosting World Cup analysis on KBC alongside some famous actor. what was his name? Sikumbuki!

Anyway some colleagues in the media circles were very salty about it and said some mean words. Saitani! But she held her head high and conquered it like a boss lady.

I don’t know how Linda and I met but we have always kept tabs on each other. By the way before I forget, she had a show on Ghetto radio called Chanuka dada, then she moved to mid morning Niaje Niaje alongside Lion wa Mbusi and then became a HR before she left Ghetto Radio.

So Linda now lives in Italy with her lovely sons and husband. So how is life so far? I asked her……

I’m I with stupid?

1. What were your expectations before moving to Italy?

Linda did not answer this question because she had a sugar rush on the night of this interview and had to hop into the shower at some point. I kid you not….she said this on the voice notes.

2. What do you wish you knew before your big move?

The language barrier. Learning a new language is not easy!

4. Do you regret?

I don’t regret leaving the beautiful Kenya because of education for my kids. My kids are Italian citizens and therefore have free medical care. At least I don’t have to pay for insurance. Moving here was also therapeutic. I was able to fight my demons. I battled mild depression.

5. Things you wish people back home know?

Do not watch too much TV and think that’s the life on social media. Don’t be looking at people and think that they are balling. People are struggling out here. Managing two jobs at a time.

6. What’s do you love most about Italy?

Aside from touristic nature they are closer to African culture. They are actually superstitious. Like they believe that opening umbrella in the house is a sign of bad luck. They sometimes remind me of jangos ; they floss. They are vocal and emotional in everything they do. At least they can fake a smile. They are family oriented.

Rest In Peace Kisang’ule!

7.Is there racism and how do you deal with it?

There is racism. Deputy Prime Minister of Italy and Minister of the Interior since 1 June 2018, Matteo Salvini. He became so popular because he promised to clamp down immigration. I have faced racism in front of my child. I was called a nigger in front of my son and I didn’t know how to deal with it. I, however have chosen to be the bigger person and walk away. I’m not going to war with sick people. Racism is a disease, just like tribalism!

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