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8 Kenyan Celebrities Who Had SHOCKING Jobs Before They Were Famous


As world tennis champion, Novak Djokovic puts it, luck falls on not just the brave but also the ones who believe they belong there.

The 8 celebrities below did not time-travel to where they are today, most of them took low-paying jobs before opportunity knocked on their doors. 

#1. Octopizzo


 The Kibera bred rapper has come a long way. Before the gold chains and designer sneakers, Octopizzo worked as a ‘mjengo’ guy and an electrician in Industrial Area.

‘‘I have been a real hustler, I have done ‘mjengo’ and other hustles. I believe these taught me some life lessons,’’ the rapper said.

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#2. Larry Madowo


Born in Siaya and raised in Kisumu, the popular TV presenter who lost both his parents at a very young age had to help in his aunt’s tea and mandazi kiosk in Gikomba in a bid to raise funds for their upkeep.

#3. Kalekye Mumo


Her first real job after school was in 2001 where she worked as an office administrator at Homeboyz Radio before joining Kiss FM as a radio presenter and later venturing into her own businesses.

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#4. Jalang’o


Jalas lived in various slums of Nairobi and even worked as a casual labourer at Industrial area. Right now he’s one of the most influential Kenyan celebrities.

At one point he was a fishmonger.

#5. Maina Kageni


Before becoming the Maina that we all know and celebrate, the Classic FM presenter worked as a garbage truck driver in the UK before getting into car dealership.

#6. Vicmass Lluodollar

The ‘bank otuch’ star worked for several years as a hawker in Kisumu before saving enough money to afford studio time. His track featuring Octopizzo is currently one of the biggest jams in the country.

#7. Huddah Monroe Huddah_Monroe

Before becoming a global jet setter, it’s alleged that the now popular socialite used to sell mandazi somewhere in Eastlands. She now drives a customized Range Rover and lives in a 50-million-shilling house in Runda.

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#8. Frasha –  Also known as Dakitare, the P-Unit’s Frasha used to work at the Aga Khan Hospital as a physiotherapist until 2011 when they released ‘Kare’. He enrolled at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) in 1999 – 2002.

In 2013, the rapper offered to set up a physiotherapy unit for the Meru School for the Mentally.

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