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Exclusive: Majirani – Why I worked in a ‘mjengo’ after I became famous

Kenyan rapper Majirani has come out to share why he gave his music a break and went on to do construction work abroad.

The renowned rapper, who dabbles as an entrepreneur said that after a series of mishaps in his music career he ran bankrupt and was forced to seek out other money-making avenues

The ‘Hivo Ndio Kunaendanga’ crooner went on to disclose that he got married after his music career came to a standstill, but only lasted two years after which he got divorced having sired one child with his ex-wife.

“I remember it was around 2016 when my recording label stopped producing music, we had a fallout and because I was not signed to the label I did not have a say. So I decided to go back to Eldie and focus on a few things. I got married and things became hard so I could not get back to my music,” said the artiste.

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“After two years I got divorced. A lot happened and we decided to go separate ways, but the problem now was our kid where it now became a court case in regard to child support and upkeep. Now that drained me financially, and eventually, I went broke in 2020. I had to file for bankruptcy and filed documents with my lawyer which were presented in court to show that I could no longer take care of the kid, and they let me go,” he narrated.

Majirani further disclosed that his adversity at the time was publicized without his consent which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. 

“When I went broke, my house was closed and I had nowhere to stay. I then decided to go to a quarry in Kiambu. Now when working there, some guys would record me working and would post on social media without my consent. I later found out I was trending and people were sending me money to support me,” said the rapper.

The businessman, despite his displeasure with how his story made it to social media, expressed how he was able to bag an opportunity to go work in Poland.

“At first I was mad at the guys for recording me without my consent but I later came to realize it was a blessing. I realized I could do any casual jobs, but not in Kenya. I called a friend in Poland, and we tried to get a way for me to go there and the easiest way was through school.”

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He revealed that he was able to get financial aid from his fans and well-wishers which helped him land a scholarship in Poland where he had set his mind to studying and working part-time.

“So people contributed some Sh200,000 for me and I got enrolled in a scholarship programme but it was 50/50. So when I got to Poland, I decided to get a job, and I was working part-time while studying.”

“I love computers and IT, so I did computer engineering but it was like a short course. I didn’t finish the course thought because of my work. I had to choose between school and work. I got a job in a construction company.”

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However, working and studying part-time proved to be a big challenge to the rapper that he had to choose between the two. Having gone on a mission to make money, Majirani decided to drop studying and keep his job instead, keeping in mind that he would further his studies in his home country later on.

“Construction is physically exhausting. You get out of work extremely tired, and when you go to school you can’t even concentrate. So I told my friend I needed to drop school so that I could work because I could easily redo the course back home,” said Majirani. 

The father of one came back to Kenya a little over a month ago to further pursue his studies and revive his music career which he disclosed will take off once again beginning of 2023.

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