Former KTN tv presenter Esther Arunga is one of the known personalities who is now on people’s lips as Kenyan celebrities have come out in number to help bring her back from Australia. Esther Arunga had left the country with her husband Quincy Timberlake and since they left things have actually went from bad to worse after Esther Arunga left her parents here in Kenya.
Quincy Timberlake has been allegedly charged for murder of his own son in Australia after evidence gathered allegedly pointed towards him which has left many shocked by the news. This has turned out to be another turn for Esther Arunga whom many Kenyans loved for her talent in news casting on our tv screens.
One of the celebrities leading the campaign for 100,000 signatures to bring Esther back is top comedian Eric Omondi who recalls how Esther Arunga once helped him get his way through the entertainment industry when he was starting. Eric describes Esther Arunga as a woman who loved GODwho didn’t care about his status then and just wanted to listen and help him with his need.
Eric Omondi actually credits Esther Arunga for helping him meet one of the greatest men who helped him be who he is now called Churchill. Churchill who is the most known Kenyan comedian and business man has played the role of mentor to Eric Omondi who now graces international podiums because of his talent.
Eric posted :
I once met Esther Arunga while at Daystar University…I was a second year…I had tried very much to reach any Celebrity but non would pick my calls…she did pick my call…”Hey esther my name is Eric Omondi, a student at Daystar University…” I said immediately she picked…”Yes Dear…talk to me” She responded in a soft voice…” Thanks so much for picking my call, am a student leader and I’d love to invite you to my college, I’d also personally love to meet you since am very much interested in TV and Entertainment” This was my response, my voice now shaking with excitement. ” Ok dear, can you make it to KTN, I and M building Thursday morning 11am to be exact and don’t be late!! She said sternly. Now I was literally shaking in disbelief…”Yes esther…I’ll be there”.
‘See you then’ She said and hang up. To cut the long story short I met Esther shortly on Thursday morning and since she was running late, she offered to buy me coffee the following morning at Java Yaya as I explained to her exactly how she could help. She did buy me coffee and introduced me to her entertainment outfit CINEMA (Christians in Media and Entertainment) they ran it together with Big Ted and Big Kev. She also came to Daystar to speak to the students, she brought along with her Nimrod Taabu the first time and Jeff Koinange the second time…This was huge, she made me believe in myself.I know you are asking yourselves, what’s the moral of this story.
It was while I was performing at CINEMA at the former Galileo on museum hill that churchill officially saw my talent and Esther Arunga officially introduced me to the man who would take me and give me the biggest stage of my life, Churchill. God used her(Esther Arunga) to lead me to my destiny. I can confidently say I knew Esther Arunga, she was a friend and a mentor…A woman who loved God and cherished people around her…an encourager of talent and gifts a role model to the young (she won teeniz role model award that same year)…soft spoken, harmless, Joyful and cheerful. One thing happened followed by another and we soon lost hope and trust in Esther…but hope is never lost, we must hope against hope. Let’s bring back our Esther, back to Kenya, back to her country, back to her family…even back to our Screens. I believe!!! We can!!! YES WE CAN!!!, bring back our girl.”
The campaign which is moving quickly on a Facebook page has garnered more than 6,500 page likes with pictures of Arunga’s family and latest stories being shared on the page. The cover photo bears #All is not lost Esther with a quote saying, “In life, I’ve lived, I’ve trusted, I’ve love, I’ve lost, I’ve missed, I’ve hurt, I’ve made mistakes, but most of all I’ve learned”, by an unknown incorporated with her picture.
Arunga was released on bail last week after she confessed that her husband, Quincy Timberlake, had killed their son. She told police the child flew backwards onto the ground and that the child tried to seek shelter with her and she picked him up.