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Uhuru’s short career as an actor at Kenya National Theatre – performing with Jimi Wanjigi

CS Raychelle Omamo was also part of the group

Uhuru’s short career as an actor at Kenya National Theatre – performing with Jimi Wanjigi

A lot has been told about young Uhuru Kenyatta – playing rugby at St Mary’s School, serving tables at Burger King in the US, working as a teller at KCB, and even driving in his truck to pick up French peas which he exported to Europe.

However, few people know that the current President attempted a career – even appearing in a musical drama performed at the Kenya National Theatre (KNT) in the 1980s.

The details have been revealed by Kenyatta’s childhood friend and celebrated Kenyan musician, Suzzane Gachukia.

Gachukia recalled how she and the current Defense CS Raychelle Omamo staged a musical titled, Endless Roads.


Fresh out of high school, I teamed up with Raychelle Omamo and we wrote a musical, Endless Road. We would rehearse in my mum’s garden and I remember even the current President was in the musical. I can’t remember but I think he was a worker,” Gachukia recalled in an interview with a video magazine, Cleaning The Airwaves.

The performance was staged for two nights, May 4th and 5th of 1980, and was graced by then Vice President Mwai Kibaki – who later became the third President of Kenya.

Others in the play included Jimi Wanjigi, who had a star role as Nelson Mandela -Jimmy Kibaki also starred as Mahatma Gandhi.

The minor casts included Uhuru, his brother Muhoho, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s brother Maina Gakuo, among others.


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