Comedian Maurice Omondi, popularly known as Othuol Othuol was yesterday laid to rest at his father's home in Ndere, Siaya County. Hundreds of his fans and friends braced the scorching sun to pay their last respects to the comedian who died two weeks ago in Nairobi. Mourners eulogised him as a creative, funny but a stubborn man.
His father, Peter Omondi, said comedy followed his son his entire life. "He changed his name twice and the name Othuol Othuol was also a comedy," said his father.
Mzee Omondi recalled how his son while still in high school, would lie to him that he was participating in all games, only to realise that he was in comedy. I became happy when I saw him on TV. I realised there was something special about him," he said.
The burial was attended by other comedians including Daniel Ndambuki alias Churchill, Felix Odiwour alias Jalang’o, MC Jesse and local leaders. Churchill eulogised the late Othuol as a talented man. “Othuol was a brother to me. He was a brave and talented comedian who was always ready to learn,” Churchill said.
Churchill noted that becoming a brand needs discipline and consistency. He advised artists to focus on building their brand and their families. Jalang’o broke down as he went down memory lane describing how he met Othuol.
"When he first came to me, he asked if I could help him to be like me and I agreed. That's how I started engaging him in Dholuo plays, adverts and TV shows," recalled Jalang'o. He recalled that after becoming popular, Othuol started missing rehearsals. "He fainted one day and I had to take him off the stage after people failed to laugh at his jokes," he said.
Othuol's elder brother Kevin Otieno said he was depressed and struggled to maintain his public image. "He was depressed because as an artist, he had a big name but could not sustain his social life."