My friends think I am rich because President Uhuru is my dad
By Collins Osanya
| August 8th 2016
He almost ‘killed the president’ with laughter, an act that saw him win favour at State House and from the Uhuru family.
It all happened during the 2013 drama festivals state concert, when narrator Daniel Owira, then a student of Highway Secondary School, hit our television screens with a bang that still resounds to date.
His tickling narrative Otonglo Times, in a way, defined the shift of times in terms of scripting and delivery of a narrative. Owira, in less than an hour, had arrested the attention and interest of not only Kenyans and the drama fraternity, but also that of president Uhuru Kenyatta.
He had no idea that from that moment be would be taking his school report cards to the State House.
We caught up with him at Multimedia University of Kenya, where he is studying. He knows all too well that not every teenager gets the opportunity to have the president as his adoptive father.
“The president is like my father. He pays my fees. He is my mentor and my best friend. I call him dad,” he says.
Asked how frequently he meets the president, he says: “Not as frequent. He is very busy. I saw him last in August 2015. I have a way of getting a word to him though.”
The 22-year-old says his popularity hasn’t changed him as an individual.
“Being on TV and in the news has humbled me. It’s been a good experience, quite challenging at times,” adding that, “I became a ‘celeb’ and now, for some, reason, my friends and most people I know think I have a lot money to dish out, which is not the case.
The student of Film and Animation currently advertises Kaduda, a cellphone by Orange mobile phone services provider.
About dating he says: “I am not dating, but I have friends, both male and female who are very close to me.” Jesus Christ, he says, is his role model. And when asked about who he will be voting between Baba and his Father Uhuru, he says: ‘My vote is my secret.” Witty, huh!
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