Popular Kenyan singer Esther Akoth, also known as Akothee, recently explained why she no longer does TV and radio interviews.
In a statement on her Insta Story, the mother of five said she would show up for an interview in some media houses and presenters would look so cold and pretentious.
This, Akothee explained, was because the presenters wanted to attack her private life and her past.
“I stopped doing interviews both on TV and radio. Some stations I would walk in and feel so empty. The presenters looked so cold and pretentious ready, with forced smiles on their faces ready to attack my private life and my past,” she wrote.
Adding; “I don’t want to continue collecting imaginary enemies. I have enough so arm’s length. There was a presenter who didn’t believe when I said, sorry, I don’t do interviews anymore she said wow, that’s rude, I said no that’s true.”
Akothee further stated that the problem is not the media houses but people working in the media houses, also revealing how some presenters ask for bribes to play her songs.
“Problem is not the stations, problem is the people inside the stations. They forget that that’s someone’s investment and take it personally. Some presenters ask me for ksh100k to have my song play on rotation. Another one asked me for ksh100k to trend on Twitter hashtags,” she added.
Akothee’s career in music started in 2008 and she has since released many solo titles as well as collaborations with popular artists, including Diamond Platnumz, MC Galaxy and Flavour.
She has also scooped several awards at home and abroad, including AFRIMMA – Best Female Artist (East Africa) 2016, AFRIMMA – Best video, African Entertainment Awards USA – Best Female Artist and AFRIMMA – Best female Artist in East Africa 2019.