Life is tough out there and photos of former NTV journalist Lolani Kalu looking emaciated have proven so.
Lolani was among the clique of journalists in the early 2000s who changed the local media industry.
Kalu together with Basset Buyuka, Robert Nagila and Richard Chacha were some of the best journalists back then on NTV and did a great job.
Lolani Kalu, whose Malimwengu show was loved by many is struggling to make ends meet after he was laid off by the Kimathi street-based media house in 2017.
Photos of Lolani were shared on Twitter by his fan identified as Ahmed Mohamed, who also revealed his sad state of life.
‘Few days ago I asked about the whereabouts of journalist Lolani Kalu. Today Chief Inspector Siyat of Kaloleni Station has found him. I have spoken to Lolani. He is going through hard times & seeking for your help. His number is 0720554930. Kindly send him what you can. Thanks,’ he tweeted.
Check out the pictures
Lolani and Chief Inspector Siyat of Kaloleni Station
Siyat commented on Ahmed’s post and clarified that the multitalented reporter is not battling addiction as some people claimed.
‘I am the guy in photo ndugu with lolani, he has no addiction on anything. He is a changed person and only caring for his old mum. He needs equipment like computer, camera to start his own media show called LAMATADUNI. He is talented and ambitious,’ he wrote.
His plight moved many and below are reactions from Kenyans;
Kinyua Ken Wish angekuwa mmoja wa longalonga team na Kapombe on Citizen TV.
Benito Kim For those who listened to ‘Sounds of Africa’ radio programs on Nation FM every Sunday at midday. Very creative pieces with Munene Nyaga, Nuhu Bakari and Lolani Kalu.
Niki Rambo He would narrate about a certain Mzee Kassidi and leave you in stitches. And his Swahili was impeccable.
Festus Yeri Lolani is a national icon and not for Kilifi county only. His contribution was national and therefore deserves help from any corner of this republic
Chris Sambu Lolani Kalu graced the media for quite some time doing great content. Whatever might have transpired is subject to help. Mental & financial help will aid him alot. Just the other day I used his song on my piece of documentary, didn’t know he is going through hardships!! Sad!
Chris Kabata I wish Lolani Kalu would get a camera, mic and a YouTube channel and this would enable us get his content, as well earn him a decent living. He could sell his content too
Arap Kamonjo Looking at his photo I could hear his iconic voice in my head. May the rest of the days treat him well.