The death of Churchill comedian has led to many celebrities opening up on their past struggles among them event organizer Chris Kirwa.
Kirwa is a celebrated event organizer, an MC among other things.
But his story is that of ‘from grass to grace.’ Sharing an old photo of himself Kirwa penned
‘This is Me Dancing At Bomas of Kenya: Laugh it’s allowed – I laugh too nowadays.
Now that we are done laughing.Here is My Story:
‘I never ever shared this picture then among many of my Events Journey, because I was ashamed.
Having lost my mom at 17 after she stayed in Hospital for over One Year, I came to Nairobi to search for money not work.
After being hosted by relatives for sometimes I ventured out to stay alone. It’s never easy staying with relatives.’
‘I Managed to join KBC English Service and went to be one of the top Broadcasters.
But payments were peanuts.
So was staying in a house which at night the curtains were my bedsheets and during day they became curtains.
I was depressed but didn’t know what depression was.
I had crazy ulcers, no food at times and hot water and some sugar was dinner.
Being a sanguine I would be giving guys stories in the KBC Canteen and make them laugh and once in while they would buy me tea and mandazi and to date they have no clue MANY TIMES that was the first meal in 2 TO 5 days.
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So here I was, celeb on Radio, no money and boarding matatus a few guys would recognize me and laugh wondering how come I was in a mat.
In comparison it was better coz there was NO much social media and radio was blind.
But the pressure was crazy – Famous and no money and sneaking home so guys don’t know the “celeb” stays here with us.
It’s not easy especially when you are young. Peer pressure is real and can lead to depression and suicide. I did think along those lines by they way.
Outside the story teller funny serious at work, deep inside a shell – Walking from town at night from like 8:00pm to Industrial Area ( welcome kenya ltd ) near Hillocks.’
Chris added that people should learn to accept that life is a process and we must be ready to go through it.
‘Right now I can post this picture and laugh along with everyone.
What I am describing above applies to everyone irrespective of whether you are a celeb or not.
When u meet someone “famous “ in your circles avoid temptation to taunt them or ask them why they are in the same circles with you yet they are “Famous”
You might be his or her last line of defense or your words might hit them so hard and they tip over to their death.
It’s Time we speak and hopefully save someone going through a hard time.’