Renowned comedian DJ Shiti has opened up on his life struggles before his entertainment dream bore fruit.
Speaking in an interview with a local tabloid, the former Real Househelps of Kawangware actor revealed that he spent most of his nights in brothels as he lacked money to get himself a place to stay.
Shiti also disclosed that he had no penny to his name when he got a chance to perform at Churchill show. He was forced to spend his nights out in the cold before a woman working in a brothel offered him a room to sleep in.
“There was a sister of mine who saw me a couple of times and approached me and asked me what the problem was. She said she had seen me the day before and we just started talking. It was like a miracle. There is a room they had for clients, it was in Ngara, I’m not sure if it is still there…but she told me I could sleep there for a while.
“It was better than sleeping out on the street. Actually, I had already slept out in the streets for a few days and I had started getting used to it. Even then, I was going for rehearsals daily. I would leave Carnivore Restaurant and make my way back to town. I could bump into someone and explain to them that I had not eaten all day,” he said.
With no source of income for a long time, DJ Shiti revealed that he was forced to pickpocket some of the ladies’ clients, a decision he says might have cost him his life.
“It reached a point where…. Let me just say hunger is bad, hunger is really bad. Ever heard of instances when some of our sisters take clients to their room to do their business and there is someone under the bed? Yes, it got to a point where I was the one under the bed. Anytime a client comes in and undresses I’d reach to their pockets and take whatever I could find. The street life is hard my brother. If one of those clients caught me and maybe he was in the army, he would have shot me. That is why I say, if you knew where some of us come from, you wouldn’t pray for our downfall,” he added.
The social media sensation revealed that he spent time with some of the women and got to understand why they resorted to selling their bodies, advising that no one should judge them.
“We used to talk with these ladies a lot and why they were doing what they were doing and I understood them. Out there people judge them and see them as bad people. What we don’t know is those people who seem perfect are the bad ones. The ones termed bad are honestly the ones that could help you.”