Award-winning comedian Eric Omondi is a great example of someone who has moved from grass to grace.
The top African comic in an interview with Lillian Muli on Citizen TV, admitted that many comedians still struggle despite fame.
I’ve been in comedy for 11 years and that means there’s something I’m doing right, In terms of working hard, saving and consistency.
Omondi revealed that he was famous after joining Churchill Show just after the 2007 post-election but he was struggling in life.
I was lucky enough to be mentored by Churchill and to give me direction. After my house was locked three to four times (by the landlord) and everything confiscated, I asked Churchill for advice and he told me to get a manager and save money.
When I got my first million, I wanted to buy a Mercedes Benz but Churchill told me to chill. He asked ‘Aren’t you the same guy who did not have rent just two months ago? Why are you forgetting so fast? Then he told me ‘Jipange’ and I took i the advice until today.
I crashed at a friend’s house in Highrise estate for six months until I got the sh1 m. The moment you have money and do not invest it, your art will die…Mimi nimejipanga. Do not look at me and you want to live like me.
He advised upcoming players in the industry to live their lives and not succumb to societal pressure.
I want to talk to the new generation of comedians and musicians and footballers, you don’t have to succumb to pressure, your time will come. I have been through a journey. It doesn’t happen overnight. One has to have a mentor and save up.