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Omosh reveals his pay while starting out at Tahidi High

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Comedian and actor Joseph Kinuthia popularly known as ‘Omosh’ from his role in Citizen TV’s program Tahidi High has opened up about how he landed the role and how much he was being paid per episode.

Before joining the program, Omosh was a garbage collector but in 2005, his elder sister Naomi Kamau told him to try out for the Tahidi Auditions.

“I worked as a garbage truck driver for five years until 2000,”  he said in the interview with Nation.

“Naomi always told me I had something special as an actor as she had watched me since childhood…I became ‘Omosh,’ a smart-aleck, know-it-all watchman and with my years working in the garbage dumps in the slums of Nairobi, I could not have been better suited for this part.” 

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While many actors in Kenyan have always started with a low amount, Omosh was lucky to be paid a considerable amount of money after enlisting.

“I was only getting paid 3,000 per episode, but I was giving the part the very best I could.” he said. 

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Walking in my father’s funny footsteps

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Back in the 80s and early 90s when TV was black and white and KBC was the only local channel, the world of comedy was taking shape. A popular programme, dubbed Vioja Mahakamani based on a courtroom set-up where criminals would be prosecuted for various crimes was the platform. The actors’ witty lines and behaviour left many Kenyans in stitches.

Amongst these veteran comedians was the late Samuel Kimani Muya known by his stage name, Masanduku Arap Simit who entertained Kenyans with his funny Kalenjin accent. He featured with among others, the late Mzee Ojwang’ (Benson Wanjau), Gibson Kamau (Prosecutor),

Mama G aka Judge (Lucy Wangui).

Masanduku passed on in 1998 and was buried on August 7, 1998, coincidentally on the date when US Embassy terror attacks took place in the country. Popular stand-up comedian, Nathan Kimani aka JB Masanduku, his son was just nine years old.

Nathan Muya Kimani aka JB Masanduku lets us in on the life of his late dad and veteran comedian Samuel Kimani Muya aka Masanduku Arap Simit

Thousands of fans and big names in comedy as well as men and women of cloth such as Reverend Teresia Wairimu, JB Masinde, and Bishop Mark Kariuki all came to the funeral to pay their last respect. “I remember coming from Chi romo mortuary and there was a whole convoy of mourners behind us. I heard about the blast on news in the evening after the burial. I also remember watching Fayaz Qureshi on TV announcing the news of my father, terming him as a hero,” JB recalls.

JB has fond memories of his father during his childhood. Family man

He recalls how his father would go out of his way to create time out of his busy schedule just to take his children out every Saturday. “I remember one time he took me on a trip in the famous double decker buses. I had my first train experience with him. He once took me on a cruise ship from Coast to Zanzibar and it’s something that I will never forget. In as much as he was famous, he always placed family first,” JB says.

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Masanduku was a humorous guy on and off stage. It is this humour that attracted JB’s mother, Lucy Wangari who was a staff at KBC to him. She noticed him while acting and accepted to be his wife despite facing opposition from family members.

“My mother comes from a wealthy family and she was well educated up to Master’s level. My dad highest level was secondary education. Her family was against their marriage. They didn’t see a future with a comedian. But she ignored them and went ahead to marry my father,” he says.

The two love birds had three children and raised them in Umoja estate, Nairobi. JB has a younger brother, Daniel Kimani, who according to him, is the funnier one, only that he has stage fright and hasn’t gone public with his comedy. However, he pushes his brother to explore the talent and many others that he has such as deejaying and, Information

Technology. Still, JB is happy to carry his father’s mantle.

“Before I go for a show, I always call my brother for advise on what to do and ask him the current trends,” JB reveals.

It is in an effort to preserve his father’s legacy that pushed JB to fill in his father’s shoes. Though brilliant in his studies, JB’s parents, particularly his father, never desired him to be a comedian.

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JB passed his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam in 2002 scoring 438 out of 500 marks and emerged among the best pupils. Being an orphan by then, (He lost his mother four years after his dad died), he was admitted at Starehe Boys Centre where he also performed well under the custody of guardians. After his Form Four he went to Russia to pursue Civil engineering in 2008.

Father’s influence

After he came back, JB met one of the directors of Churchill Show at a party and asked him to make guests laugh. His unique sense of humour gave him an entry into the show in 2012. “Churchill told me that my father was one of the people who made comedy be what it is today. This was when the impact that my father had in the industry hit me,” JB notes.

He would end up taking the name JB meaning Junior Box (Masanduku Junior) to differentiate himself from his father who’s the senior Masanduku.

Though not practising his engineering profession, he sometimes meets people who need consultancy services and grants them free consultation.

JB says the memories of his father keep him sane when going through a rough patch in life. “I have done so many mistakes in life. But when all is said and done, what keeps me strong is that I keep asking myself, if my father was alive, would I be doing what I do? Would he be proud? This is the thought that always gets me back on track,” JB says.

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He adds: “A lot of times, people ask me who my mentor is. All I can say is that my mentor is my father, and he is dead.” Back in the day there was no social media, but what JB observed, particularly with his father is the fact that artistes were true to their craft and performed wholeheartedly regardless of the pay they received.

“For my dad, it wasn’t about money, but the connections he made. I have received a lot of favours thanks to him,” he adds.

ABOUT MASANDUKU SENIOR

• Samuel Kimani Muya aka Masanduku Arap Simit was born in Muranga in 1966 in a family of 13 children. His late father was given land in Eldoret by the late President Daniel arap Moi who was his friend.

• It was while living in Eldoretthat he learnt the Kalenjin’s way of life even adopting the name Masanduku Arap Simit in his stunts.

• He used to be a household comedian and resident MC in Eldoret in the 80s. He was then discovered by Vioja Mahakamanicrew who took him to Nairobi to perform. He slowly rose to become a household name in the country.

• In 1994, he began his company dubbed; Masanduku Entertainment troop, which offered live comedy performances in hotels, and at events, even offering entertainment during state functions. In addition, brands had began to approach him for endorsements.

• The late President Moi awarded him Moran of the Burning Spear in 1994.

His turning point was in 1994 when he got born again and spent most of his days and money evangelising. In 1997 he was named Godly Influencer of the Year.

For my dad, it wasn’t about money, but the connections he made. I have received a lot of favours thanks to him

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Ruth Matete beautifully glows in all-white baby bump shoot

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Kenyan gospel artiste Ruth Matete might not be so far from gracing the delivery room after beautifully flaunting grown baby bump in a stunning maternity shoot.

The beauty who had kept her pregnancy with late husband, Belovedjohn Apewajoye, under wraps until she could no longer hide her bulging belly, has finally decided to show it off to the world.

Even though still morning her late husbands loss, the chocolate-skinned beauty went all in for a white affair. Rocking an off-shoulder, slim-fitting mermaid dress that she allowed to flow to the ground, creating what seems like a heavenly waterfall.


Pastor Ruth Matete looking all glammed-up

Crowning it with angel-like all-white wings attached to the back and extended above her head, like an angel about to take off from the ground.

Meanwhile, a dear Ms Matete looked down on her cutely bulging baby belly, with arms gorgeously wrapped around it and seemingly lost in thoughts.

Singer Ruth Matete beautifully rocks heavy baby bump

Before penning a moving letter to herself, asking to trust that her body would birth successfully because the collective power of women worldwide will be with her.

You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness,she adored.

Heavily expectant singer Ruth Matete

This saw fans splash love heart emojis across the comment section, wishing her nothing but Gods blessings and a beautiful journey ahead, as she preps to welcome her bouncing baby.

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To which she humbly responded;

Thank you all for the wonderful wishes and kind words. From your mouth to God’s ears😊 blessings❤️.

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‘We save 100k for our 2 kids every month,’ Size 8 reveals

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Celebrated couple DJ Mo and his wife Size 8 are aways serving us couple goals.

The couple has two kids who are just popular as them and their daughter Ladasha Wambo is the number one celebrity kid with many flowers on social media.

She has 398k followers on Instagram.

Size 8 and DJ Mo’s daughter has featured in quite a number of adverts among them Softcare diapers and a detergent called Kleesoft together with her parents.

She is making good money at a young age.

The couple is investing heavily in the future of their children and while advising a guest couple, who want to spend Ksh 2 million on their wedding on the Dine with the Murayas show on Monday, Size 8 said,

‘For now, DJ Mo and I are saving for our kids’ education fund. Wambo has one for sh20,000, 30,000 and another one 10,000. it matures with time. Junior has one for Sh40,000, which is Sh 100,000 per month.’

Meaning per year they save 1.2 million for their kids’ education fund.

DJ Mo’s wife went ahead to advise the couple to invest wisely.

‘If you take this two million and put in an education fund for one kid… afadhali mfanye wedding ya Sh 1 million and the other million muweke kwa education fund,’ the mother of two said.

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