- The Kenyan entertainment industry is worth more than KSh 300 billion
- Some of the top comedians who made it through perseverance and hard work are currently making millions
- Churchill and Jalang’o top the list of the richest comedians
Kenya is home to some of the most successful comedians who built their careers from scratch.
Churchill made a name for himself in Kenya after having worked in the comedy industry for over 20 years.
According to a report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers titled Entertainment and Media Outlook (2015-2019), the Kenyan entertainment market topped the KSh 300 billion mark in 2019.
Some of the top comedians who made it through perseverance and hard work are currently making millions.
Comedians who moved into business
1. Eric Omondi
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Eric Omondi began his comedy career on NTV’s Churchill show living hand-to-mouth.
The self-proclaimed president of comedy, named Africa’s Best Comedian in 2019, announced he was famous but broke in his first few months when he appeared on the show.
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“I remember being very famous for the first five months but very broke when I started doing Churchill Live. I couldn’t go out on the street. I was going to climb Matatus and a lot of people thought I was doing an episode, but in the real sense I didn’t have anything. I was drenched in sweat, “said Omondi, as reported by The Standard.
The 34-year-old said he learned how to make extra money from Daniel Ndambuki (Churchill).
“Churchill asked me to find a manager to get me shows, and that’s exactly what I did. I soon discovered how I could use my talent to improve my life, “he explained.
He then left the show and started producing comedy on YouTube. It was selected and currently has over 515,000 subscribers and over 57 million views since 2011.
On Tuesday November 17th, he opened his own studio called Big Tyme Entertainment Company, the CEO.
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“God did it again, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. All my life I have dreamed of showing my craft to the world, but my biggest dream has always been to create a space for creative people, ”he said.
According to YouTubers, Eric’s net worth is estimated at $ 21,400,000 – $ 129,000 (KSh 2.3 million – KSh 14 million).
Felix Odiwour, popularly known as Jalang’o or Jalas, was a fishmonger in County Homa Bay before looking for greener pastures in the capital, Nairobi.
While in town, he did shabby jobs to make a living.
However, his breakthrough came when he entered the acting scene and starred on the local series Papa Shirandula, which aired on Citizen TV.
In 2004 he began his radio career as a presenter at the side of Caroline Mutoko. He later switched to Radio Maisha before moving to Hot 96 and Milele FM.
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In July 2020, Jalas returned to where he started his radio career as a morning presenter on Kiss 100. He is currently moderating with Kamene Goro.
In addition to his radio job, the 43-year-old earns his living as an MC. During the visit of former American President Barack Obama to Kenya, he received $ 20,000 (KSh 2.1 million).
He announced that he would be charged KSh 500,000 for a two-hour event.
He owns several million cars, including a Toyota V8, a Mercedes V-Class, a Mercedes SLK, a Land Rover Discovery and a Range Rover Vela.
Jalas owns Jalang’o TV, an online television broadcaster with over 443,000 subscribers on YouTube.
He earns between KSh 2 million and KSh 3 million a month and his net worth is estimated at KSh 100 million.
He wants to venture into politics in the parliamentary elections in 2022.
Njugush, whose real name is Timothy Kimani, became famous after starring in the popular television show The Real House Helps of Kawangware.
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The 29-year-old left the show in May 2016, citing changes in script and direction.
The funny actor reinvented himself and built his brand on social media platforms.
In addition to posting funny videos on YouTube with 516,000 subscribers, he has signed millions of advertising deals with companies like Safaricom.
He has also worked as a recruiter for Bountiful Safaris.
According to YouTubers, Njugush’s videos on the platform he appears on with his wife Celestine Ndinda (Wakavinye) have received over 82.1 million views since 2014.
Since 2014 he has earned around KSh 22 million from his YouTube channel. His monthly income is estimated at KSh 300,000.
Churchill is considered the father of the comedy industry in Kenya. He heads the multi-million dollar Laugh Industry.
The 43-year-old is credited with promoting the biggest names, including Professor Hamo, MCA Tricky, Chemutai, MC Jessy, Eric Omondi, and Chipukeezy.
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He is the producer of the Churchill Show and Churchill Raw aired on NTV. He also hosts the morning radio show at Classic 105 with Maina Kageni, where he earns a little over 1 million KSh per month.
His widespread recognition as a comedian began on the all-time hit comedy show “Redykyulass,” which was popular during the late Daniel Arap Moi regime.
His fortune is estimated at over KSh 100 million.
5. Walter Mong’are (Nyambane)
Veteran comedian Walter Mong’are popularly known as Nyambane is one of Kenya’s richest comedians.
The 46-year-old is especially remembered for imitating the late President Daniel Moi on the comedy show “Redykyulass”.
After Moi retired in 2002, he secured a position as a radio host at Kiss 100 Fm and earned KSh 250,000 a month. He later worked as head of radio at KBC before he was poached by the Kisii district government.
He is currently Deputy Director, Youth Programs (Liaison Office) in the Presidency.
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He has invested in the entertainment industry, real estate, agriculture and transportation and earned over KSh 1 million monthly.
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