Lolani Kalu is a veteran of the Kenyan media scene. But the way he practices his unique brand of journalism is at times so outrageous. Outrageously refreshing. Refreshingly engaging. Engagingly captivating. I call it the Lolani Kalu effect.
His mastery of the Kiswahili language is second to none and it's a delight to hear him narrate a news story. A delight because his conversational style of delivery simply draws you in.
Lolani is also a performer per excellence and the way he infuses his artistic skills into news stories makes them quite memorable.
But it is his creativity that perhaps stands out. You never know what to expect in a Lolani story, especially one that he is filing from location.
This fact is best exemplified by a story he has just done on why area residents of Homa Bay County allow their livestock to spend the night in the open, away from homesteads.
What does Lolani Kalu do with this story? He narrates it from the point of view of the animals. The master story-teller cleverly brings out the night-time activities by actually voicing the make-belief thoughts of the various animals.
Now that is what I would like to see more often. Not just thinking out of the box but thinking as if there was no box to begin with.