Radio Jambo I sold bhangi while still at Ghetto Radio - Mbusi

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My life was a mess and I was an unhappy man - Mbusii

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Mbusii at Ghetto Radio


Mbusii is currently one of the only presenters that have managed to transcend different demographics and appeal to many diverse age groups and social classes, yaani anatambuliwa na manutty na pia mabarbie.

But before he was Radio Jambo’s hottest commodity, Mbusii started out as a drug peddler because he had to fend for his pregnant wife and school going daughter. He also had to pay 1,500 Kshs as house rent which was a lot of money for someone eking out a living in Korogocho slums.

play Mbusii and his daughters (Courtesy)

Mbusii disclosed that he would lurk around Kenya National Theatre masquerading as an aspiring artiste and sell his bhang.

But his fate changed when Roba a former Ghetto radio presenter came looking for comedians and someone referred Mbusii to Roba.

play Mbusii (Courtesy)


“One of the former presenters known as ‘Roba’ came to the theatre looking for comedians. He was referred to Githis (my nickname) but like Simon Peter from the Bible, I denied that I was the one; three times. I thought he was a policeman and perhaps knew what I was up to. It was not until he came with recorders that I finally agreed to talk to him. He took me to Ghetto Radio and gave me a job as a messenger and traffic updates voice artiste. My salary was Sh3, 000!” He revealed to The Nairobian.

But the salary at Ghetto Radio was not enough for him and that’s why bhang peddling still remained a hustle for him.

“My life was a mess and I was an unhappy man.” He confessed.

But fate had something greater for him in store after Maji Maji joined the station as manager.

play Maji Maji (Courtesy)


He was impressed by Mbusii’s natural flair for radio after he heard him in the traffic updates voice overs and so he asked Mbusii to try out as a host. An incident he describes as a dream come true.

“It was a dream come true. That is how the reggae show ‘Goteana’ was born.” He said.

play Mbusii hosting Goteana (Ghetto Radio)

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