Why Ian Mbugua has never celebrated Valentine’s Day

The renowned thespian was part of the men's conference panel


• “What is Valentine’s? You celebrate love every single day. 365 days,” he said. 

Ian Mbugua.
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Former Tusker Project Fame judge, Ian Mbugua, has revealed that he has never celebrated Valentine’s Day.

Speaking exclusively to this writer, Mbugua who is well remembered as a no-nonsense adjudicator in the since-halted singing competition pointed out that he does not believe in Valentine’s.

“What is Valentine’s? You celebrate love every single day. 365 days,” he said. The music teacher also made it clear that he had no plans to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day in any special way.

Mbugua was one of the Panelists in this year’s Men’s Conference held at Carnivore Simba Saloon on Tuesday. He dismissed the notion that the event is meant to hijack Valentine’s Day.

Speaking about the annual event, he noted that it is meant to create a platform for me to articulate issues regarding men.

“Men’s Conference is just men coming together and discussing matters relating to men. That is all it is. It has nothing to do with Valentines. Just men coming together to share their experiences and ask questions,” he said.

The celebrated music adjudicator also used Valentine’s Day to encourage men to seek help whenever they encounter mental health issues.

He asked men not to shy off looking for a professional or someone they trust who they can open up about their problems.

“It’s up to them (men) to decide. They should ask themselves, do I need help or not? And if I need help, where can I get it from? They are people who are trained to do this. There are counselors; there are psychologists who are trained for this. That is their job. Look for one and seek help,” Asked if there are life mistakes he did in his youthful days, Mbugua noted that he got no regrets in life, only lessons.

Mbugua was among the guests and key speakers in Men’s Conference 2023 held on Tuesday. Other guests included Journalist Stephen Letoo, News anchor Swaleh Mdoe, lawyer Danstan Omari, Comedian Dr. Ofweneke, Dr Frank Njenga, Robert Alai, Shaffie Weru, Pastor S and Chris Kirwa.

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