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Kenyan gospel music star Ringtone Apoko is alive and well

“Kenyan Singer Ringtone Apoko found dead in a waste bin in Karen”, announces a Facebook post dated 25 June 2019.

(Warning: The link in the Facebook post - which we don't include in this report - may harm your computer. Both the Chrome and Firefox internet browsers give security warnings when it’s clicked.)

It includes a suspicious link to a phoney website with a domain name similar to that of Milele FM, a radio station owned by the MediaMax Network.

Apoko on radio and TV since post

And gospel star Ringtone Apoko is not dead. On 28 June he appeared on Radio Maisha’s morning show to promote his new song “Natafuta Bibi” (Kiswahili for “I am looking for a wife”). 

“Am life on Radio Maisha,” he posted, alerting his fans that he was live on the air. The radio station also tweeted about his appearance on the show.

He appeared on TV on 5 July 2019.

He reportedly had a car accident on the night of 9 July 2019, but told his fans on Facebook and Instagram that he wasn’t hurt. – Grace Gichuhi 


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