Ferdinand Omondi reveals why most Kenyans end up being broke
Rethink before pleasing slay queens with exorbitant pint
Ferdinand Omondi's tactful advice has come after two media personalities have gone through tough financial times despite earning huge salaries.
Louis Otieno, a former KTN journalist is now fighting to get back his hearing. Louis was once a top earning journalist. The once brilliant and healthy anchor cannot hear, walk straight Otieno suffered an acute pancreatic infection that crashed his hearing system.
Louis’s family is asking well-wishers, former work mates and family to support him so that he can fully recover his hearing and balance. The total cost needed is Sh 4M.
Swaleh Mdoe another top anchor recently announced he is selling his kidney to sort out some pressing financial issues. This is despite the fact that he is currently an anchor with citizen TV which is known to be paying its anchors handsomely.
Ferdinand Omondi has come out and revealed that being suddenly stack financially despite earning tangible money, is self-imposed.
The former NTV, KTN journalist compared life in Mombasa and Nairobi adding that Nairobi residents live to please others what he termed as ‘plastic prosperity’.
“I was reading the paper today and came across this. Two full pages of nothing but auctioneers. And it worries me. There are many reasons for being stuck in a rut. Many, however, are self-imposed. Having lived in Nairobi and Mombasa, I can tell with some authority that the level of plastic prosperity in the capital city is worrying. In Mombasa you can commute however you want, drive whatever you want, live wherever you wish. No one cares.”
Mr. Omondi insisted that Nairobi denizens fake their lives and they do not live according to what they earn. From what one wears, drives, drinks, where they leave, they will always be judged. He says this living large despite miniature salaries has landed many back to their mother’s houses.
“In Nairobi, people will judge you by the mat you choose to board , the car your drive , the area you live in, and even what you order in the bar. Friends compete with friends to impress, throwing bottles of single malt whiskey with prices equivalent to the house rent they should be paying. We take loans to buy sofa sets and high-end wigs, and to finance that holiday in Diani so our instagram pages can be dope. In the end , we are servicing loans we don’t need, are blacklisted at the bank , your name is at the CRB, and the Shylock is after you. Next thing you know, you are being auctioned, and suddenly you have to move from Kilimani back to your mother’s house or worse.”
The journalist is urging Kenyans to rethink before making financial decisions based on what people see.
“If only you bought a Demio and lived in Roysambu as you saved and grew, instead of taking that loan to buy a Harrier you couldn’t even fuel, u wonder. But regrets always come later. Meanwhile , your pals and slay queens who praised your ability to throw pint have moved on to the next brother with moist hands and a fattened bank account from the fresh loan he will pay for the next 6 years. Friends, it’s time for a rethink. I know I am. Have a financially independent.”
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