George Maina commonly known as Njoro has spoken on his humble beginnings before he got his big break as a comedian on Churchill Show.
I sold tomatoes and worked at a mjengo – Churchill Show’s Njoro
Life before his big break.
Njoro grew up in a ghetto in Nakuru town known as London with 5 of his siblings. His mother sold tomatoes for a living while his father worked at a construction site and while his parents were hardworking, the earnings could barely sustain them.
“I was born and raised in an area known as London where our house rent was a meagre Sh300 but my family was often locked out due to lack of rent. On top of this, my primary school fee was also Sh300, but would often be sent home because we could not pay. My mother Jacinta Wahu sold tomatoes while my dad, a casual labourer at a construction site, struggled hard to take care of the five of us,” he told SDE.
Life after school did not get any easier for the comedian who had to hustle like his parents despite having a degree in Journalism. Njoro worked at a construction site (mjengo) and sold tomatoes before landing a gig at Churchill.
However, his humble background served a purpose as it inspired some of the jokes that have made him so popular.
“I write about my life experiences, things that interest me in relation to Kiambu, where I live. If an unusual set of circumstances arises or I learn something that I can’t stop thinking about, chances are I will try to write a joke about it. My father’s funny side of life is my second inspiration. He is one person who has always been real and funny at the same time. I write my own routines,” he said.
Diana the M-Pesa Agent
Diana Marua has also spoken about her first hustle. After spending years in a violent household, Diana left home during her second year of university and to make ends meet, she started working as an MPESA agent at Goodlife Pharmacy.
Sharing a video of the pharmacy Marua wrote, “I used to work at this pharmacy before it was renamed Goodlife… as an M-Pesa agent… my first job. This far, I call him Ebenezer.”
From the MPESA shop, she got a job at a marketing company where she was paid Kshs25,000 as an administrative assistant. A job she did for four years before landing an account manager’s job at Bio Foods where she earned Kshs92, 200.
Ms Marua also encouraged her followers to use every opportunity they get as a stepping stone to their next level in life.
“Use what you have as a stepping stone to your next level… it takes time but grow,” she said in another post.
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