KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua on Wednesday vowed to boost the business of Antony Makau, a thespian, who has resorted to selling fruits by the roadside due to the tough economic times.
Through a post on Facebook, Mutua said he was touched by Makau’s story and lauded him for quickly adapting to the changing times.
“I have read the story of actor Tonny Makau who has turned into selling groceries to make ends meet. I am touched beyond words.
“This is a positive spirit of resilience and adaptability in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. I would like to help, even if just to boost his grocery business,” said Mutua.
Adding: “Please get in touch bro. You are an inspiration. Rather than sit and wallow in self-pity you have chosen to pull yourself by your bootstraps. I am willing to lend a hand. Please get in touch!”
You have probably seen him on billboards and TV commercials. Makau is one of the most sought after names when it comes to advertisements but despite being a household name, he is not shy to do what some might consider as manual jobs.
During an interview with KTN News anchor Trix Ingado, Makau said that after all their production works were halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he had to look for an alternative source of income.
“I got tired of just staying in the house…watching movies, eating and sleeping. I looked around my estate and a number of people were selling fruits.
“I asked them where they got their stock from and they directed me to Marikiti market,” he said.
The actor stated that he often gets to the market between 5-5.30 am and buys fruits in bulk at a wholesale price and later sells them in Kasarani.
Unlike those who have stalls, Makau sells pretty much everything from the trunk of his car.
Having grown up in Mombasa, he spruces up his hustle by adding some delicacies from the coast in blending fresh juices.
Makau admits the curfew has affected his business to some extent but he has been forced to adapt.