I spent 1 million in 3 weeks - Comedian JB Masanduku on his battle with alcoholism

He also lost his marriage.

JB Masanduku (Courtesy)

Popular comedian JB Masanduku has had a 3-year long battle with alcoholism.

A battle that cost him his marriage to Tina Kaggia, his finances and a lucrative job at BBC.

“With many friends around me, we would go clubbing and drinking all night long. Not to mention spending nights in the hotels and sometimes in nightclubs. Once I spent Sh1 million in 3 weeks,” JB confessed to Pulse Magazine.

In addition, his hygiene level dropped and his friends bailed out on him once things started going south. “I hardly changed clothes or took a bath to the extent of smelling. I sourced for cheap liquor when I lost my job. Worse still my friends were nowhere to be seen. I have become the talk of the town and a disgrace to my family.”

When he noticed that things were getting out of hand, he checked into Asumbi Treatment centre in Redhill for rehabilitation and counselling.

Nana Gecaga

JB is not the only famous personality who has lost opportunities due to alcoholism.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s niece Nana Gecaga admitted that alcohol blocked her dreams of becoming an Olympic athlete.

She was not only passionate about athletics, but she was highly talented to the point of qualifying for the 1996 Olympics.

Unfortunately, as fate would have it, she found herself trapped in the mires of alcohol addiction before she finally underwent rehabilitation.

“The person you see here today has had many lives before who I am today. My passion was actually sports. I was a very big athlete back in the day, and I actually qualified for the ‘96 Olympics’. My first year at the university in America was very rocky, and that is where everything fell apart. I was an addict of alcohol but I was able to go to rehab and from there, it’s been 19 years without drinking,” Nana recalled during an interview with a local radio station.

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