Eko Dydda — Garbage collector
Living in Nairobi’s Mathare slums, Groove Male Artiste of the Year Eko Dydda crawled through sewage pipes to make ends meet.
“It was hard but there was little I could do about my poor background to make ends meet. Getting food and good education was not guaranteed.
“As a garbage collector, a job I did for two years, I used to earn Sh30 per week,” he recalls.
Churchill — Bottle cleaner
Celebrated radio host and comedian Churchill still recalls his Industrial Area paycheck. He used to clean bottles and arrange timber for only Sh115. Back then he lived in a small house with five other people with whom he would split the Sh500 monthly rent.
Joey Muthengi — Receptionist and Waitress
During her time abroad, the versatile artiste used to be a receptionist and waitress.
“I was a receptionist at an insurance Firm in Washington DC, USA. My main duties involved answering phone calls and keeping the supply room stocked. I did this for about a year and a half. During that time I was also waitressing for a catering company over the weekends.”
Eric Omondi — Mascot boy
Top comedian Eric Omondi started as a young entertainer at Kimwa Grand in Kisumu. His duties included face painting, acrobatics and being a mascot.