- According to the former Machachari actor, most Kenyan actors are afraid of asking for what they deserve
- He urged local thespians to wake up and call up for right renumerations, most importantly from entities responsible for royalty collection
- This came barely days after comedian Eric Omondi claimed the Kenyan entertainment industry is dead
Former Machachari actor Joseph Gachanja, known to his fans as Mzee Kobe has added his voice in the ongoing debate on whether Kenyan thespians are paid right or not.
No more slavery
The 82-year-old legendary actor recently disclosed that most Kenyan actors are not paid right, in terms of royalties and for that reason, they are unable to sustain their celebrity lifestyles.
Mzee Kobe, a veteran Kenyan actor who starred in the popular local TV show Machachari, and who returned to the screen after a long absence noted that most Kenyan thespians cannot sustain a celebraty lifestyle because they are paid peanuts.
Speaking during a candid interview with Kamuhunjia TV, the actor said that some media houses pay their actors weel but most exploit local talents by paying them inaccordingly.
According to Mzee Kobe, institutions tasked with defending and fighting for better py for local talents have been sleeping on their jobs.
Wake up from slumber
“With some media houses, yes. But you cannot really rely on what you get out of it in Kenya. The payment is very poor. Watchdogs and organisations that ought to be monitoring what you are paid for how much you have worked, have slept on their jobs.” Mzee Kobe told Kamuhunjia TV.
The revered actor, however, noted that Kenyan thespians somewhat do not know their value and do not complain or ask for right wages before taking upon film projects, be it locally, or internationally.
“Some media houses pay you peanuts,” he said.
Mzee Kobe added that most actor take up roles even at lower pay rates just because they love their jobs and are passionate about the industry.
Wrapping up the interview, Mzee Kobe insisted that most local actors fake their lifestyles and pretent to be living life on the fast lane, when it is totally the opposite in real life.
The revered actor urged fellow actors to always be real and speak up whenever they are in a corner and need help from others or when they feel they are being mistreated.
Just like comedian Eric Omondi, Mzee Kobe urged fellow artists, specifically actors to get out of their comfort zones and call up for right renumerations, most importantly from entities responsible for royalty collection so that they can demand their rightful pay.