After alot of consulting and thinking i have come to the conclusion that Vera Sidika is the closest Kenya can come to the world’s most famous socialite, Kim Kardashian.
So why is Vera our very own Kim?
1.Lets start with what is blatantly obvious: The Booty Both girls have some serious booty and they are not afraid to flaunt it.Vera’s booty full appearance in P-Unit's video 'You Guy 'propelled her into fame and who can forget how Kim's infamous tape with Ray J propelled her from a state of obscurity to world wide fame?
2. They are smart Unlike most socialites who live for the moment and seem lost and caught up in the high life b Vera and Kim are smart and have managed to use their new found fame to build a brand name. Vera and Kim have managed to brand themselves not only in their countries but internationally. We are all aware of DASH a clothing line set up by Kim and her sisters; Vera’s business endeavors however remain a bit sketchy but its alleged that she will be featuring in a new reality TV show airing on Multichoice. She is also an art student (interior Design) at the Kenyatta University.
3. They are both cover girl material. Kim’s appearance on the cover of playboy magazine grossed one of the highest sales in Playboy history.Vera Sidika is set to grace the cover of one of America’s best selling publications King Magazine that showcases only the best booties in the world.The fact that she was the first Kenyan socialites picked,is an achievement in itself. If Vera appears on the cover, she will be joining sexy women such as Melissa Ford, Nicki Minaj and Trina.
4. They are both popular. We ran a Ghafla poll to find out who was your favorite socialite in Kenya and Vera won by a landslide. Kim Kardashian has a firm grasp on social media with approximately 18.6 Million followers on Twitter.
5. They are both fashionable. In terms of style Vera Sidika is by far the most stylish socialite in Kenya and we all know Kim has one of those put together outfits that are guaranteed to land her a moment on the spotlight
6.Thy first garnered media attention through friends turned foes. For Kim it was fellow socialite Paris Hilton and for Vera it was socialite turned business woman Huddah Monroe.
7.They both have very catchy names, the kind of names you do not forget easily. Who can forget a name like Kim Kardashian or Vera Sidika?
School pals remember her chatting happily as she walked down the
high street of their Home Counties town after finishing their GCSEs.
So it is little wonder that today they find it almost impossible to
believe Samantha Lewthwaite, who loved to gossip about pop music and
fancying David Beckham, is being hunted worldwide by anti-terror police.
Security services from Britain, the US and Kenya know her as the 'White Widow', one of the most feared female terrorists in history.
On the run in volatile eastern Kenya, with three – or maybe four –
young children, the 28-year-old daughter of an English soldier is wanted
dead or alive.
No one knows the true scope of her influence in the global jihad
movement, but one fact is certain: officials seriously fear Lewthwaite,
widow of 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, is plotting an outrage with
high-ranking al-Qaeda radicals.
For the fanatical followers of al-Qaeda, Lewthwaite is a heroine.
They call her the White Widow because of her European background and
because Lindsay blew himself up in the attacks in London in 2005 in
which 52 people were killed.
She is expert at disguise, switching from designer fashions to less
revealing Islamic dress while under surveillance in the Muslim quarter
of the port city Mombasa.
Described as the paymaster for a terror cell that has already hit tourist hotels this year, she is also accused of murder.
Some witnesses say she fired a grenade launcher into a bar crowded
with football fans watching the Euro 2012 match between England and
Italy on June 24.
Three people died, including a three-year-old boy.
Isack Simiyu, 23, who was outside the Jericho Bar, said the attack was led by a fair-skinned woman wearing a black headscarf.
He saw a black Toyota Rav4 and a white Toyota estate pull up. “A man
in a mask and a woman in a buibui [black shawl] came out,” he said. “She
lifted something like a launcher to her shoulders and started firing.
She was a white lady. When she got down from the car I could see her
Isack picked out a picture of Lewthwaite when shown photos of four white women.
She is the most feared female terrorist since Ulrike Meinhof, founder
of the Red Army Faction which carried out bombings across West Germany
in the 1970s.
A Western intelligence source said agents are studying information
provided by arrested Briton Jermaine Grant who was sharing a rented
property with Lewthwaite in Mombasa.
Her British partner Habib Ghani fled with their children
Police accepted the brunette woman’s story that she was just a
tourist. It is thought the rent came from al-Shabaab, the Somali wing of
It later emerged she had £50,000 in cash, creating speculation she had bribed her way to freedom.
Her diary, found in the ramshackle luxury villa, said she wanted her children to be suicide bombers.
Automatic rifles, ammunition, drums of chemicals used by suicide bombers and a laptop were also discovered.
After they had freed the mum, from Aylesbury, Bucks, Kenyan police
later said she was “intending to cause harm to civilians” with “an
Lewthwaite was linked to plans to blow up tourist hotels, and attacks on the Dorchester and Ritz hotels in London.
Now dozens of MI5 and MI6 officers are in Kenya trying to track down
British jihadists. One focus is any who might be heading back to the UK
during the Olympics.
“When Grant was arrested in January, he quickly opened up about Lewthwaite to the local police,” an intelligence source said.
“She and Habib Ghani had managed to escape just in time with their children.
“British jihadists are the biggest threat to their own country, and Lewthwaite is being taken very seriously.
“Working with the Kenyans has provided MI5 with a vital resource on this woman and her associates.”
The source added: “Lewthwaite has some of the toughest and most
resourceful members of the special forces and intelligence community
looking for her.
“She will pop up eventually. It’s just a matter of time because she can’t keep being lucky.
“What is most amazing is that she is on the run with her children while still evading detection.
The fact that no one has reported this white woman moving about in remote areas proves how well protected she is.”
Lewthwaite has every reason to avoid capture.
Jacob Ondari of Kenya’s directorate of public prosecutions warns: “Lewthwaite is highly dangerous.
"She is not just a small cog in this terrorist machine – she has links to the top.
“I will be calling for the death penalty when she is finally caught.”
Back in Aylesbury neither her builder dad Andy, 56, nor her carpet fitter brother Allan have any idea where she is.
For the family the sinister White Widow is still “Samantha”, who
loved fashionable clothes, trying on make-up and going to parties when
she was a teenager.
She will never be the extremist who gave her name as Asmaa Shahidah
Bint-Andrews when her third child, son Abdur-Rahman Faheem Jamal, was
born at the town’s Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 2009.
No father’s name is given on the birth certificate. The boy turned three last week.
Lewthwaite was 18 when she converted to Islam, swapping jeans and T-shirts for Muslim dress, including a hijab.
She studied religion and politics at the School of Oriental and
African Studies in Russell Square, London – a stone’s throw from where
her husband would set off his suicide bomb.
It was while there that she met Lindsay, a Jamaican-born carpet-fitter who grew up in Huddersfield, West Yorks.
Although Lewthwaite’s family did not attend the couple’s Muslim
wedding in a house in Aylesbury, they were said to be happy she had
The couple’s first child, Abdullah, is now eight. A daughter, now
seven, was born two months after the London bombings in July 2005.
At the time she was being protected by police who believed her to be innocent.
After the bombings, Lewthwaite painted herself as a victim who said she was appalled by Lindsay’s “abhorrent” actions.
She re-integrated herself with her family so well that in 2007 her dad took the whole family to Disneyland Paris.
Little is known about what Lewthwaite was doing between the birth of
her third child Jamal – which was Lindsay’s Muslim name - and her
arrival in Kenya in August last year on a forged passport.
It is believed she joined al-Qaeda in 2008. The two British men
thought to be most involved with Lewthwaite’s alleged criminal
activities in Kenya – Grant and 26-year-old Ghani- are from similar
Ghani, 26, was born and brought up in Hounslow, West London. The
family of Grant, who has been in jail since January, live in Newham,
East London, close to the Olympic Park.
Grant is currently on trial accused of possessing explosives and
conspiring to carry out bomb attacks, which could lead to a lengthy
prison sentence if he his found guilty.
In Kenya, the White Widow might consider herself lucky to end up with a jail sentence.
“The police will shoot her if they find her and she tries to run,” Mr Ondari says.
The terror situation began at the Westgate Shopping Mall at around
lunchtime, but it was not immediately clear who was involved. The gunmen
entered the mall throwing grenades as they launched their attack.
The gunmen seemed to have a specific group of people targeted. They moved quickly to identify their targets.
“The gunmen told Muslims to stand up and leave. They were safe, and
non-Muslims would be targeted,” one witness, Elijah Kamau, said.
Many including non-muslims stood and attempted to walk away. However,
the terrorists were not sure all those who attempted to leave were
Muslims and they had a way of detecting those who were not.
According to the UK Telegram, the gunmen asked the people in the mall
to name Prophet Muhammad’s mother.Those who got it wrong were shot.
Those who got it right were released to their freedom.
Terrorist group Al-Shabbab claimed responsibility for the terror act.
They posted several tweets before their account was shut down by
“The Mujahideen entered #Westgate Mall today at around noon and
are still inside the mall, fighting the #Kenyan Kuffar inside their own
turf,” the group said on Twitter.
“What Kenyans are witnessing at #Westgate is retributive justice for crimes committed by their military,” the group said.
“We fought Kenya in Somalia,it’s tym to take the War to them” the group tweeted.
Al Shabaab are proudly taking responsibility for the Westgate Mall and
are taking to twitter to make sure the world knows. Here are some of the
tweets from the terror organization. (Note: This was before their account was suspended.)