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I sold githeri to construction workers -Teacher Wanjiku opens up on life before comedy

Teacher Wanjiku is currently one of the most celebrated female comedians in the country.

Her comedy career skyrocketed ever since her first appearance on Churchill show and her undeniable talent has seen her career transcend to a whole new level.

In a recent interview with Kiss 100’s Jalang’o, teacher Wanjiku talked about the several hustles she engaged in before her TV days.

Just like many other success stories, she found herself trying out several business ventures she did not like before landing her dream career.

Teacher Wanjiku shared how she started out by hawking curtains in Gikomba market area, before graduating to selling second-hand clothes around Mwiki.

She revealed that she would spend an entire day without even selling a piece of cloth, while surviving on a ksh10 githeri meal that she could afford by then.

This venture failed to pick up, and teacher Wanjiku decided to start a food selling venture, where she would supply porridge, githeri and chapati to several construction workers around Mwiki where she resided.

However, this venture did not manage to save her financial troubles as the construction workers would go for weeks and months without paying her debts.

This frustrated teacher Wanjiku so much that she decided never to do business again.

“Back in the day I would go and look for tenders in construction sites where I would supply githeri, porrige and chapati. I got the tenderto three buildings. I would carry the githeri in a bucket and sell. However, these construction sites ended up remaining with my cash.” said teacher Wanjiku.

Giving up on business pushed teacher Wanjiku to try out theatre for the first time, and she ended up landing an acting role with Planet theatre in Nairobi.

Through her acting career, she then finally decided to deep her toes in stand up comedy, which led to the birth of teacher Wanjiku as we know her.

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