Picture waking up to your death news when you are still very much alive. You might at some point doubt that you are still breathing. You could even run out to neighbours or family members to be sure that you aren’t a ghost while you are still receiving bunch of strange notifications on your phone that say stuff like “RIP”, “Gone too soon”, “We’ll miss you” and those other words that we hate using. I understand the feeling is weird and heartbreaking. Anyway that’s exactly how Kenyan radio presenter and social media personality Xtian Dela felt this morning. The blogger, digital strategist and event host was ripped apart when he woke up to the news of his death. It’s still not clear who began the rumor or the reason behind the big sad rumour, but it visibly caused severe damage. I know that he probably thought he was dead at some moment of this rumour especially when his family and friends started grieving prematurely.
Well the angry Xtian Dela couldn’t hold back his annoyance and took to social media to lash out at the person who started the frustrating rumor. The radio presenter’s timeline reads:
WOKE UP TO RUMORS THAT AM DEAD. THERE ARE MANY THINGS YOU CAN JOKE ABOUT BUT NOT DEATH. THE PERSON WHO STARTED THE RUMOR MUST BE SO JOBLESS. I HAVE RECEIVED CALLS AND TEXTS FROM MY FAMILY IN KENYA AND ABROAD, CONCERNED AND CRYING. MY FAMILY HAD ALREADY MADE PLANS TO COME TO NAIROBI TO MOURN ME. THIS IS VERY SICK! YOU MADE MY MOM CRY AND THAT I WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU FOR THAT. I GOT HOME AT 7:00 AM FROM MURANG’A AFTER HOSTING THE#VUKISHACONCERT WITH @DADDYOWEN@DJMOKENYA @MCPRICEKENYA AND@SYSTEM_UNIT FAMILY. I WAS TIRED AND SLEPT, MY PHONES WENT OFF. I WAS WOKEN UP BY @NAQUMAT WHO CAME TO MY PLACE WORRIED, CONFUSED AND CRYING. MY FRIENDS @DJMOKENYA@EZWIZZYTRIBAL @MANUNYAMS@JEFFAFLEXX_ @KOKOMASTER86 WERE ALSO ON THEIR WAY TO COME SEE IF AM ALIVE. REPORTERS FROM K24 AND OTHER MEDIA HOUSES WERE ALSO ON THEIR WAY TO MY PLACE. MY FAM#IAMTEAMXTIANDELA ALSO CALLED AND TEXTED ME, SENDING THEIR RIP MESSAGES..THIS IS JUST CRAZY. I PRAY THAT GOD FORGIVES THE PERSON WHO STARTED THIS RUMOR. YOU CAN WISH YOUR ENEMY MANY THINGS BUT NOT DEATH.
THIS IS MY YEAR! THIS IS OUR YEAR! AS LONG AS I HAVE BREATH AND STRENGTH, GOD I WILL SERVE YOU! GOD I THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF LIFE AND THIS YEAR I DEDICATE MY LIFE TO YOU. NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER!! BARAKA!