Vice President Rigathi Gachagua raved about the residents of Kisumu after acknowledging his new nickname “Riggy G” which has gone viral since his inauguration.
Speaking at the final of the music festival on Friday, September 23 in Kisumu, the DP stated that he was aware that a section of creative TSTIME had coined the nickname of his name – Rigathi Gachagua.
He also expressed his admiration for the love he had received and noted that the name had become popular.
“I’m even surprised that our creative young people have given me a nickname. they looked at my name Rigathi Gachagua and looked for something more melodic and called me Riggy G,” the DP noted.
A collage of Ivy Chelimo (left) and Vice President Rigathi Gachagua
“I don’t think it’s a bad name. That’s why we say we need to develop the talents of our people,” he added.
Immediately after the DP made the statements, the crowd burst into laughter as he further encouraged TSTIME to embrace creativity.
The popular moniker was coined by lifestyle content creator Ivy Chelimo months before the internet blew up.
Chelimo was the first to tweet the name during the July 19 deputy presidential debate at Catholic University.
The nickname was one of the trending topics on Twitter during the inauguration ceremony at Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, September 13.
“You know how you can’t really name a politician just because sometimes you don’t want that traction on your page? That was me then, but I was like let me just name him because he won the debate anyway,” she shared NTV on Friday 16 Sept.
While many TSTIME appreciated her creativity, others were skeptical and criticized her overnight fame.
“Most of the posts were congratulations, but I’ve been called the githeri man of this election.
“Today someone thought, I don’t understand why you can get on TV for something so small,” she said.
Ivy Chelimo, the face behind Vice President Rigathi Gachagua’s new nickname ‘Riggy G’