Media Personalities Who Hit Rock bottom and Bounced Back

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Media Personalities Who Hit Rock bottom and Bounced Back

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The lives of the rich and famous often seem glamorous, but even they sometimes go through hardships.

Despite many inspiring stories of celebrities who came from nothing and worked their way out of financial hardship, the opposite also happens.

The fast life has swallowed many and only a few are lucky enough to get another chance at life.

Fareed Khimani

Khimani was introduced to drugs while in college abroad, and after getting a job at Atlanta’s high-end club led to his use of Cocaine to cope with the long hours of the job.

He then came to Kenya to work as a radio presenter, which provided a very potent environment for his party lifestyle until it started having a negative impact on his work and family life.

“I couldn’t take myself to places and meetings. It was depression mixed with substance abuse,” he explained during a past forum.

At the height of the Capital FM presenter’s drug addiction, he decided to go through rehab in South Africa but came home to find his wife had left along with the children.

His determination to recover and take back control of his life helped him overcome and has never looked back.

Andrew Kibe

Andrew Kibe became a popular radio celebrity after his video content started going viral on Facebook.

The popularity of the content attracted the attention of NRG radio which gave him his first radio job and set him on the path to countrywide fame.

Media was Kibe’s second act after a stint as a pastor.

According to a past narration by Kibe, at the time he had stated pushing content on Facebook he was crashing on his friends couch. Zeddy

The Churchill Show comedian’s story with depression blew the lid on the struggles faced by her colleagues.

In an interview on NTV she stated that her personal life had hit rock bottom after her husband moved out with essential household items.

At the time, her revenue was dwindling since she did not get a lot of chances to perform on the show.

Her only solace was in a matatu she owned and a restaurant in Umoja, Nairobi. The matatu, a 14-seater, would later be involved in an accident while her restaurant was going under.

She revealed that she lacked food and at times she would call her brother to bring them food remains from the hotel that would serve as dinner.

She sought help and counselling from her friend and professionals, which she explained, gave her a new lease of life.

DNA

The musician rose to fame after his hit song Banjuka went viral.

His demand and rates grew by the day as club owners and promoters sought after him to perform.

His first multi million deal came in the form of a political campaign where he was recruited into former President Mwai Kibaki’s team.

Unfortunately, alcohol got the better of him and it was not long before he blew through the money and was back at rock bottom.

Those around him encouraged him to build himself, which took almost 5 years.

His comeback came in the form of gospel song with musician Kambua which received a lot of airplay.

He went on to produce other hit songs such as Fimbo ya Pili, and Dumbala Remix.

Eddy Kimani 

Eddy left the media industry to take up a position as a director of communications for the County Government of Nakuru in 2014.

In a candid presentation on Engage Talk in January 2019, he narrated how he applied for a loan to set up a business that would supplement his reduced income but the business failed, leaving him in debt.

He would later be thrown out of his house and had his property auctioned, and adding salt to his injury, his marriage was on the rocks.

Eddy says he was forced to move back to his mother’s house at 39 years old and after being diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, he fell into depression.

He was fortunate enough to pick himself up, reconcile with his wife and is now an inspiration to many Kenyans who believe in second chances.

“When I came back home and made up with my family, I got a call and was cast in Tinga Tinga as Lion. We had a very good and successful run at the Kenya National Theatre.

He is currently a public speaker and a champion of mental health.

Prezzo

Prezzo disclosed that he fell deep into depression in 2012 after separating from his ex-wife, and used to stay indoors all day before receiving a phone call from one of former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga’s associates.

He agreed to work with Njenga, while still battling depression until he one day received a phone call after praying to God to show him direction.

The call saw Prezzo invited to become Kenya’s representative in the Big Brother Africa (BBA) reality TV competition in South Africa.

Prezzo put up an impressive performance and finished as the Runners Up, securing other rewards including cash and an opportunity to be the ONE Campaign Ambassador. His work with the ONE campaign saw him travel around the world campaigning against malnutrition in Africa.

 

 

Media Personalities Who Hit Rock bottom and Bounced Back Reviewed by on October 13, 2020 .

Media Personalities Who Hit Rock bottom and Bounced BacK The lives of the rich and famous often seem glamorous, but even they sometimes go through hardships. Despite many inspiring stories of celebrities who came from nothing and worked their way out of financial hardship, the opposite also happens. The fast life has swallowed many and

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