We Are Not Dating- Makena Njeri on Michelle Ntalami
Makena stated that it was wrong for people to perceive Ntalami as her wife, owing to their close relationship, insisting that they are just good friends.
Former BBC journalist Makena Njeri for the second time spoke about her relationship with Marini Naturals CEO Michelle Ntalami, however she made it crystal clear this time round that they were not dating.
Appearing on Radio Jambo on Wednesday, June 9, Makena stated that it was wrong for people to perceive Ntalami as her wife, owing to their close relationship, insisting that they are just good friends.
"It is a very big mistake to say that Michelle Ntalami is my wife. My relationship with Mitchelle is that we are very good friends, when you go to my Instagram you will find I have posted very many people.
"I live my life very openly. If it comes a time when I will need to introduce my wife publicly, I will," Makena told Massawe Japanni.
Bold Network Africa CEO Makena Njeri with Marini Naturals CEO Michelle Ntalami. /INSTAGRAM
Asked on whether she is seeing someone at the moment, the CEO of Bold Network Africa replied; “Let's focus on Bold Network Africa. There is nothing like a wife right now, as long as you are in my inner circle, I appreciate my friends a lot."
The former Tahidi High actress further disclosed that she once dated a man but unfortunately she was not living her truth.
On Thursday, May 27, Makena recounted the three months she was trolled online for living up to her confession that she was LGBTQ, and how Ntalami stood with her through it all.
"Of course this period can not come to an end before I thank the one and only Michelle. We have been through it all and just like I said I can never say the whole story on one post but slowly over time.
"I remember when I was trolled every morning for three months for living my truth and I was so scared of what the universe will say or do, you were always there to remind me of who I am," Njeri wrote.
She further opened up on how their relationship and friendship was called into question numerous times and how both parties were subject to intense scrutiny, but not once did Ntalami leave her side, something she was very appreciative for.
"Boldly you were there through the discussions and when the time was right you held me down and who would have ever asked for a better person to come up with such a beautiful work of art a creative logo skillfully curated by you and a world class website that many have praised since we launched,” she added.
Makena has since launched her new venture dubbed Bold Network Africa, a firm committed to telling real and inspiring stories of the African LGBTQ community. It aims to demystify stereotypes and encourage acceptance in the continent and around the world.
Former BBC Africa journalist Makena Njeri during a TedX talk on May 19, 2021. /YOUTUBE
"Our mission is to advocate for inclusivity and laws that will protect the queer community through the impactful stories we tell.
"We will serve as a resounding voice for the underserved and disenfranchised encouraging people in the queer community to be proud and bold! We want people to know that the queer community is more than just their sexuality. They are inspiring visionaries, movers and shakers. Above all, they are human beings," the company stated in its website.
Around the same day Makena declared that she was not dating Ntalami, the Marini Naturals CEO penned a nine-part statement shared on her Instagram on Wednesday, June 9, as a response to social media accusations of wanting to exploit small businesses through her haircare brand.
She clarified that she closed off the comments on one of her latest Instagram posts on the matter as they were too many, other than netizens' opinions. Over 1,000 of them dropped comments on her posts, prompting her team to assist her shortlist their selection.
Ntalami wanted to use that post to promote Kenyan brands during her upcoming birthday photoshoot, later this month, by giving back. This entailed collaborating with brands that would avail their products to present in the photoshoot and she would give them free marketing, but there was a catch.
She noted she would get to keep anything she liked or whatever the brands decided to bless her with from their collection.
She noted she was looking for photographers, make-up artists, shoe brands, outfits, jewellery stores, hairstylists and even hotels to partner with.
Marini Naturals CEO Michelle Ntalami. /INSTAGRAM