Nyota Ndogo couldn’t help but celebrate following the completion of her new 3 bedroom house after having her house demolished 4 years ago by the government. The demolition was to pave way for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and even though she was compensated, it was a very emotional incident as she had struggled to build her first house.
“I cried like a baby when I heard that I had to vacate. This was my first house that I really struggled to build. I had just settled in,” she told a local daily.
She used the compensation money to build a new house and thanked Uhuru for being a just leader and reimbursing those who lost their homes due to the SGR.
“Baada ya serekali kuleta barabara mpya ya gari la moshi nilikua moja kati ya waliobomoa nyumba zao ili barabara lipite. But kitu kinanifanya nimpende @ukenyatta ni kusema kila mwenye haki yake alipwe nililipwa nikajenga hii..ngoje niwapostie nyumba ya kuanza ambayo kila nikiangalia kwa google nalia couse nimepitia mengi kuijenga nikiwa na mimba ya barka. Wanawake Tunaweza Tukiamua.Mwenye Mungu Anampa Mwenye Subra,” read part of her post.
Grass to Grace
Before she was famous, Nyota was a househelp. But with the help of a Good Samaritan named Andrew, Nyota became the big star she is today. Andrew is the man who gave her the name ’Nyota’ when she was still a househelp, recorded her first album, introduced her to the who-is-who in the entertainment industry and often asked her employer for permission so that Nyota could go out and perform when she was still a househelp.
Nyota believes that were it not for the late Andrew she would still be a housegirl.