Most know him as Alfonse dot Makacha dot Makokha from the comedy drama show Vioja Mahakamani, which was the most popular show on KBC TV back in the 90’s. He is among the talented actors who made the Kenyan acting industry what it is today.
Many have faded into insignificance but Makokha, one of the pioneer actors of Vioja Makahamani, has managed to stay relevant in the competitive acting industry. The actor, whose real name is Mathias Keya, currently acts in comedy show Daktari which airs on KTN.
His creativity and passion for acting have earned him ardent followers and his photos are used to create memes online.
Makokha, who was born in Western Kenya, in the past narrated about his first city experience and below is a short story he narrated.
I first came to Nairobi in 1992 when I was in primary school. I came with my father who was moving due to work. I was very excited to live in Maringo estate in Eastlands.
Before the journey, I had heard that the city looked like London and everyone had a car.
Though KICC and Hilton hotel were mesmerising, what really caught my attention was the imposing statue of Jomo Kenyatta. I then began school and that’s where I met the greatest challenge.
The teachers taught us either in Swahili or English, while back home we were taught in Luhya. It took me sometime to get used to the new system. I thought my classmates were really fancy.
They had shoes and their school shorts didn’t have TVs (not torn at the back to expose protruding bottoms) like was the norm in the village.
I had a very hard time with my diet. Transiting from a diet of cassava, sweet potatoes and ugali to bread and rice was not easy. In fact, my mother was not impressed with my endless appetite. The flush toilet and shower were both novelties.
My elder sister was caught taking a bath with a basin and showed me how to use the shower. She’s also the one who let it slip that everyone who went to the toilet after me always complained for not flushing after use.
To make matters worse, I could not walk to the bus stop. My father had to hold my hand because I was intimidated by the big buses.
Below are photos of Makhokha that women can’t stop salivating over