Wednesday Tea: Eric Wainaina Spilled it!

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: September 04, 2019

Legendary singer, song-writer Eric Wainaina  recently had an interview with a local paper. When asked about his marriage with fellow creative Sheba Hirst  the singer was surprisingly candid. He spilt all the tea hunnay!


Now, for those of you who lived under a rock for the entirety of 2009, (Whew, that’s a decade ago. You’re forgiven if you forgot) let me bring you up to speed: Eric allegedly had some sort of ~marital indiscretion~ with singer Valerie Kimani and baaaaaaaaby! The streets were hot!

Their clandestine affair resulted in Valerie getting knocked up and keeping the baby. So when he was asked how that notorious episode in his life coloured his experiences since then, Eric had this to say:

 “I learnt a lot of lessons about faithfulness. We live in a society where men have been raised to imagine that it is OK to have multiple partners and that your friends will keep your secrets for you. You can dog your wife in the company of your best friend there.  And when your wife calls him when seated right there with you, he will for sure come up with an excuse for you.

Something like… ‘Oh Eric just stepped out…’ I told my friends I don’t need that from them and I don’t want to be their excuse either. Don’t get your girlfriend to call me and ask whether we were with you. I will say nope, I was not. Of course this comes from having slipped up before and understanding how much it hurt my wife, and deciding I don’t ever want to do that again. The biggest accomplishment for me, in tandem with my wife, is having saved our relationship from imploding. ” he said.

They seem to have worked out everything.


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Sigh… @shebahirst

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Eric also let us in on their ‘non-traditional marriage’

I do not believe in gender-specific domestic roles. I don’t imagine that it is my wife’s job to wake up and make breakfast. Between my wife and I, we will make breakfast for the kids, get them showered and dressed, do their hair and send them off to school. I was raised to do the dishes and cook. My mum was very clear about things like that. Sundays and Decembers were house help-free. So we would have to cook, clean, do the laundry and iron too”.

Sounds like the ideal husbae.

Eric, we hope you learnt from your philandering ways


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