Robert Alai Concern Over Akothee’s Habit of Wearing Headphones While Interacting With People

Robert Alai, the elected Member of County Assembly (MCA) representing Kileleshwa in Nairobi County, has expressed his dissatisfaction with the conduct of entrepreneur Esther Akothee. Akothee was photographed wearing headphones while engaging with people, prompting Alai to voice his concerns.

Alai shared an image of Akothee being greeted by individuals at the airport, highlighting her use of headphones and holding a phone—implying that she was engrossed in listening to music. Wearing headphones in social interactions can pose challenges in understanding others.

Alai perceived Akothee’s choice to wear headphones during such encounters as disrespectful, interpreting it as a signal that she was unwilling to listen to others. It’s crucial to acknowledge that Akothee is not a politician.

“Not to be critical, but headphones are typically used for listening to the radio while traveling or similar activities. Why wear them when engaging with an ordinary person? Akothee, really!” questioned Alai.

The outspoken MCA, known for consistently critiquing Akothee’s lifestyle, argued that headphones are appropriate for use during travel, such as on a plane or in a car, but not in public—especially when aware that a gathering is anticipating a specific message and choosing to block one’s ears.

“Okay for a plane. But even in the parking lot, do you still use those outdated headphones?” he inquired.

The behavior of wearing headphones in a crowd is frequently observed, particularly among soccer players. As they enter the field, players often pass by fans without actively engaging, their ears plugged with headphones.

Alai has been in a longstanding disagreement with Akothee on various matters, including mocking her April wedding, which gained attention months later, leading the charge against Akothee’s invitation to advise students at Ng’iya Girls’ School, and commenting on her fashion choices, among other issues.