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City guard releases gospel hit after chance meeting with veteran producer – VIDEO


John Ogo now has a new nickname, the singing security guard, a talent he managed to show the world after a customer at his work place offered to record his music at a discount.

The 26 year-old Wells Fargo security guard will never forget the day he assisted a client at the bank he is attached to, only to later discover that the client was a music producer.

Since his childhood days, Mr Ogo had been singing in churches and music festivals but never thought he would record a hit.

But that was until he assisted veteran music producer David Nduati Ngethe at a Nairobi bank.

INTRODUCED HIMSELF

The producer thanked Mr Ogo for his kindness and went on to introduce himself and what he does, just in case they met another day.

It was then that Mr Ogo told Mr Nduati how he has always wanted to record music, and to his surprise, the producer offered to shoot his first video at a 50 per cent discount.

“I wrote the song Shujaa Wangu from the book of Psalms chapter 23 because I keep reading that verse when in need of encouragement,” Mr Ogo told Nairobi News in an interview.

The third born in a family of eight children from Kayanja village in Suba, Homabay County, hopes that his song will encourage people who are in tough situations.

“I never stayed with my parents for long. I had to live with my aunt and would work hard to take care of my diabetic grandfather while still attending God Bonndo High school in Kochia, Homabay County.

“The experience hardened me as balancing the two was tough for me but my late granny would encourage me to work hard,” said Mr Ogo.

ALL KINDS OF JOBS

The Shauri Moyo Baptist Church member and praise and worship leader adds that he has done all kinds of jobs since he came to Nairobi in 2009, including being a petrol station attendant, tailor, newspaper vendor to now security guard.

“Young people need to learn how not to be choosy when searching for jobs as every little assignment has its advantages and you will meet people who can motivate you,” said Mr Ogo.

Using his savings, Mr Ogo has managed to pay his school fees for a Diploma in Business Management at Kenya Institute of Professional Studies.

“Used my salary to finance my education as I knew what I wanted in life which was to advance my career and talent,” said Mr Ogo.

His words of encouragement; “Everyone is talented in their own way but most people have fear. If you have fear you will not accomplish what you want, just pray and go for it.”

Watch the Shujaa Wangu video here.