Ciru Muriuki has come out guns blazing after Ciku Muriuri accused her of riding her wave then complaining when Ciku’s name no longer suits her.
In her clap back, Ciru wrote “Hehehe looks like I have to ask my mother to rename me so that I don’t “ride on someone’s name” 💀💀💀💀💀. As in, it’s MY name but I copied you? 🤣🤣🤣JESO I’m weak. But she’s right about “many many many many many many years later”.
The BBC reporter then went on to add that she has never disrespected the veteran journalist so she wondered why she was being disrespectful.
“Gloves are off sis. I haven’t disrespected her even once even as she acts like a clown,” wrote Ciru.
The post that started it all was on Facebook where Ciku told her thousands of followers that Ciru had turned her into a punching bag when she was the one that ‘stole’ her name even after their boss urged her against it.
“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.
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 NTV where she disregarded his advice and went on use the name. 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.
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” read Ciku’s post.
The journalists’ names have been a source of confusion for many fans but this is the first time they have come to virtual blows.
For years, Ciru has complained of being attacked whenever Ciku makes a controversial statement and things came to a boil after Ciku posted a controversial post in regards to Tob Cohens’s brutal murder.
“I knew Tob Cohen. I was fortunate enough to visit their home late last year. He and Sarah, have a lovely home, well put together. They both bought a copy of (names her book) I spent a large part of that evening bonding with their dogs. Dogs, very friendly and loveable (at least to me), that if need be, can turn vicious. Dogs protect their master… Where were they?” wrote Ms Muiruri.
Ciku’s post attracted an avalanche of insults aimed at Ciru because people kept confusing their names.
“I am not @MissCiku. I haven’t written a book. I never hosted a show named Busted. And I haven’t tweeted anything about dogs. Aki please I was just doing my juice cleanse in peace,” tweeted Ciru Muriuki.