That showbiz, more specifically music, pays is still a controversial debate that continues to be held in hushed tones.
A select few believe that it pays to pursue music in Kenya, while the vast majority opines that it is a thankless venture.
Whichever side of that coin you want to stand on is absolutely your right, but Kenyan musicians are proving every day that they really are getting ‘chumz’ for their craft.
And award-winning Kenyan rapper Kennedy Ombima, popularly known as King Kaka, has just achieved one more major milestone in his life to prove this.
King Kaka just fulfilled a promise he made to his mother – Elizabeth Ombima – many years ago when they were still just an ordinary family in Eastlands struggling to make ends meet.
The ‘Shida za kidosi’ hitmaker on Friday revealed that they once lived in a house where they used to pay Ksh.500 rent, which they could not even afford so most of the time they would be locked out over arrears.
He said that, during one of those troublesome days, he promised his mother that he would one day be successful enough in life to buy her a house of her own.
Fast forward to all these years later and King Kaka is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in Kenyan music, and he has fulfilled that promise.
“One day I came home from school and kanjo had placed a very big padlock coz we couldn’t afford to pay Kshs 500 rent, I promised my mom that in the future I’ll buy her a house,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Fast forward 4 days ago we just prayed in the living room of this house that I built for her. The sounds of a testimony and I am happy that she has a place she can call home.”
He added: “Thank you mom for putting on a brave face over the years even when I knew things were not okay. Asante and Be blessed. To all the believers, It’s possible! And God is Love.”