By Susan Gitonga
We all love him. He has the skills and the power to turn our sad faces into balls of laughter. His name is Churchill. And as we wait all week for Sunday so that we can watch the funniest show on TV, we have to admit that we don’t know so much about the King of comedy, Mr. Daniel Ndambuki.
He rarely talks about his personal life as he is always telling jokes and making us laugh, but who is Churchill behind the stage?
It would interest you to find out some very inspiring life experiences about Churchil’s life and his path to success, and we have summed up ten things you probably didn’t know about him:
1. He comes from a very humble background
He is a successful man today, but 30 years ago, it might not have seemed like he would make it in life. He came from a very humble background at the heart of Eastern province’s Machakos.
2. He was headed for a Career in Football
After his O Level education, he joined Nyayo Stars an under 17 football team, which was very successful, but the officials did other things with the money the team was making.
That made Churchill retract and go backwards in his career and life path, as his love for football was not paying him well, if anything.
3. His cousin introduced him to Bible College
A close cousin of Churchill realized that he was wasting away his life with this Football career that seemed to have no future and so, she asked him to quit it and venture into something like Bible School, at the Word of life College in Kabete.
4. He became a Pastor, well, a Sunday School teacher.
He took an active role in Bible School and ended up teaching Sunday School Kids at the Kenya Assemblies of God Church in Bururburu.
5. He won a scholarship to study theology in the US
Unfortunately, because of his background, he was not able to raise the air fare. He had to remain at home.
He gathers that he gained a sense of purpose with the theology and Bible education he had acquired as it gave him a sense of balance in life, even though he lost an opportunity to go and further his studies in the US.
6. He moved to Makongeni neighborhood in Nairobi.
As he sought out for greener pastures, he moved to Makongeni where he lived in a tiny room which he shared with 5 other people. The rent was 500 shillings at the time.
7. He got a job at Industrial Area, where he cleaned bottles
Every day he would go to industrial area to get his hustle on and have some money to buy a meal for the day. He also carried timber, all of which he earned 115 shillings.
He says that he had to befriend the roadside woman who sold food, as jobs were not always promised each day, but hunger was bound to strike.
8. He heard about acting auditions at The Kenya National Theatre
He had tried acting in high school, so he decided to try out the auditions and he was picked out of over 200 people.
He was able to move to a new house which he paid 800 bob per month, he now had a mattress, a kerosene lamp and a few clothes.
He became popular in the acting world and landed a job at KBC as a Sports presenter alongside Torome Tirike.
He also got another opportunity at Citizen Radio.
He was now earning 15,000 shillings and for the third time, he moved to Kinoo.
9. He tried his luck in TV
He started out in a program called Public Noisemakers where he would carry clothes for the cast. With Public Noisemakers, he ended up in Trukallas, a popular comedy show.
After Trukallas he joined the team of Redykyulas as they were touring the US as a guest artist. This is where he realized he was very talented and had potential. Many people suggested that he should have his own show.
10. The struggle to have Churchill Show
Churchill linked up with Bob Nyanja who is his partner in Churchill live and together they came up with the idea of Churchill Show. Many media houses were not willing to buy into their dream and it proved to be quite challenging to have the show on air.
Eventually NTV bought the dream and what you see today is a result of a long story of daring to dream and stepping into the unknown. What surprised you most about Churchill that you didn’t know? Leave a comment below.
Compiled by Susan Gitonga, a Communications Officer at Career Point Kenya. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org