Veteran Radio Queen Ciku Muiruri has told off BBC presenter, Ciru Muriuki, whose name is almost similar to hers.
Muiruri accused Muriuki of being a ‘cry baby’ after netizens trolled Ciru for remarks Ciku made about Tob Cohen.
A section of Twitter users were confused on who between the two made the remarks and even begged Ciru to change her name.
A Twitter user identified as @kjmuiru, advised Ciru to change her Twitter handle to settle the identity debate. But the BBC presenter responded saying,
“[I am] changing no s**t. Aumwe kabisa [Let her bottle up her frustrations].
This didn’t go well with Ciku, who told her that she was riding on her fame.
In a post she shared on Facebook she wrote
I did my first radio show in 1998. In my many, many, many, years on radio doing Busted etc I have used my name. On my newspaper columns, I have used my name. On my book #LoveisButADream and all my social media pages, I have used my name. Someone comes onto the scene many, many, many years later, has and uses a name similar to mine and now cries victim every time she is mistaken for me,’ Ciku wrote in part.
She went ahead to explain how while they (her and Ciru) working together at Radio Africa, their boss asked Ciru to use her English name so as to avoid confusion.
A boss of ours – Pete Sinclair – actually refused her to use the name during her stint at Radio Africa and said she would be mistaken for me. She had no choice but to listen to him and use her English name. All was well. But alas, she then went on to join the Nation where she disregarded his advice and went on use the name,’ she explained.
Enter the case of mistaken identity that follows until this very day. And now, I am supposedly the bad guy because I need to watch what I tweet for her sake. Wait, what?
A friend of hers actually went on a morning TV show and said my ‘bad manners’ (??) are affecting her. What the actual hell? That’s the final straw for me. I refuse to be used as a punching bag when you found me here, minding my own business.
Muriuki concluded by telling her counterpart to enjoy the consequences because she decided to ride on someone else’s name.
If you want your brand to stand out, the first logical step is NOT to ride on someone else’s name and then cry foul when it no longer suits you. Reap the whirlwind.
They both have dreadlocks and have had a radio career background. This is not the first time Ciru Muriuki has come out claiming that Ciku has affected her brand. Two years ago, she told off those comparing or rather confusing her to the controversial Ciku Muiruri.
JUST BECAUSE CIKU MUIRURI AND I HAVE EERILY SIMILAR NAMES DOESN’T MEAN WE SHARE THE SAME BRAIN. SHE HAS HER OPINIONS, I HAVE MINE. WE DISAGREE AAAALLLLL THE TIME, AND IT’S COOL, BECAUSE AGAIN…WE DON’T SHARE CEREBRAL TISSUE. SAWA?.