Churchill Show comedian Peter Wamwea, alias Consumator has pleaded for help from Kenyans to help him make a come back in the comedy industry.
In an interview with TUKO, the comedian noted that life took a toll on him after his dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2019.
He added that the COVID-19 pandemic made it worse for him as everything came to a standstill, including his comedy career and business.
Consumator noted that at the time, he was in a full-blown financial crisis as he had used his savings to foot his dad’s medical bills.
“As the family’s breadwinner, I used all my savings on my dad’s treatment. After undergoing surgery, he has been going for checkups at least once a week. I had to sell everything I had in my house to pay for my dad’s treatment,” he said.
The comedian was forced to move out of his house and moved in with a friend and agreed to cost-share but he could not afford KSh 3,000 forcing his friend to kick him out.
“I had rent arrears for four months, and one of my friends got tired of me. So one day, he kicked me out of the house at night. it was shameful because people around that area knew me,” Consumator said.
Consumator said he tried to reach out to his comedian friends and friends from his church but only one of them responded and offered him a job as a caretaker in Ngong.
“I called several people, and only one lady from church helped me. She offered e a job as a caretaker at her compound in Ngong, where I have been staying up to now. I do vibarua (menial) jobs such as ploughing, slashing etc as well. If I don’t get those jobs, I can’t get food but thank God I have a great neighbour who has been supporting me
“I’ve lost many friends and no longer talk. When I was down, even my friends from the comedy industry didn’t help, me. I’ve been trying to make a comeback in the comedy industry but it has been a tough journey,” the comic said.
Consumator said he asked for features from his comedian friends to make his name remain relevant but all of them ignore him.
“Some of the comedians I helped nurture their talents, I would beg them to feature them in their projects to keep my name active, but they ignored me. It hurt me. People only want to associate with you when you’re doing good
“That’s when everyone wants to be with you. Hii industry yetu ina ukora sana. Saa zile umehit ndio kila mtu ataanza kukupost kwa page zao, but when you’re doing bad, they will always come up with excuses not to meet you,” he said.
The comic is now seeking to make a comeback in the comedy industry.
“I want people to stand with me. If you have events or jobs contact me. The little I get from emceeing events will help me get on my feet. Number two, I’m starting a YouTube show as a comeback, and I need help to shoot it,” Consumator said.
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