Comedian Njugush recently linked up with Standard Media for a sit-down and revealed some very nitty-gritty details of how he endured all the hardship before enjoying stardom in the comedy space.
It has been tough for the comedian.
Leaving “Real Househelps of Kawangware” show made him suffer …. but, it also paved way for the unexpected.
“I had just left the Real Househelps of Kawangware show. I had no idea what to do. We got broke. We had been given a fridge during our wedding and we were using as a cupboard because we had no food to put in it. We were jobless, and we came up with this idea to record some funny videos and post them on our social media platforms,” he said.
“Someone offered to pay us for a series of videos. I could not believe that I could actually get paid to do that. So I sold my 32-inch TV for sh15,000, hired a camera, borrowed a laptop, learned editing online and shot the videos, only for the person to say that the client was no longer interested. I was crushed.
“We realised that if one person was willing to pay, even if the money was not paid, we could make some money out of it from other people.”
“While our days of struggling are a distant memory, I have this niggling fear of failure. That is what drives me. The thought of someone in future coming and asking, ‘what happened? You used to be so successful!”
The comedian also touched on depression saying that he lost a cousin because of it. Njugush said that a lot of people drink because of depression but people usually think it’s the other way round.
“Depression stinks and many do not understand it. And the sad thing is that many don’t understand it. People see you turn to alcohol and think that the alcohol is what caused the depression, yet the reverse is true,” he said.
“We waste so much time partying with people who would not care if anything happened to you and neglect the people who would be there for you in any circumstances.
“If I could give advice to my younger self, I would say to love myself more. Not doing so is my biggest regret. I wish I had loved myself more. I always cared about other people more than me. You waste so much time, money and emotions on people who do not even care about you. I always wonder what I could have achieved if I had loved myself more back then.”
Njugush has now been married for three years to his college honey Celestine Ndinda, popularly known as Wakavinye. How has it been so far?
“In marriage, you just have to swallow your pride, even if sometimes it gets stuck in your throat. Because despite what happens, you two are stuck together, so you have better be humble and solve issues when they come up,” he said.
“I remember the day Tugi was born like it was yesterday. That was the happiest moment of my life. Nothing so far can top that. And when I look at that mini-me, I get motivated to work even harder.”
Read the full interview here