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DJ Shiti talks about his struggles and rise to fame

Most Kenyans know the ‘The real househelps of Kawangware, but what many don’t know is the amazing life of one of the actors, Steven Oduor Dede AKA Dj Shiti (Deejay Shitiani).

Speaking with Betty Kyallo of K24 on Friday during the ‘Upclose With Betty’, Shiti revealed that his childhood wasn’t a bed of roses.
The sixth born in a family of eight said that everything fell apart when his father retired.

The money he got wasn’t enough to take care of their needs and at one point the elder siblings paid for his school fees.

He recounts the first day he came to Nairobi for Churchill Show he had no place to sleep.

“When I came to Nairobi I thought I will be received warmly by friends and relatives, but shockingly no relative was ready to host me. The people I was chatting with their phones went off as soon as I arrived at Kangemi,” said DJ Shiti.

While at the National Theater, still figuring on where to go he met his friend Mariano Simba whom he thought will host him but he also had no house of his own.

The two visited Shiti’s friend in Kayole but he wasn’t of any help because he was staying with a relative.

They met a friend near Railways bus station who agreed to host them for a night.

“It took us time to convince him because he thought we were thieves. He took us to Dandora Phase four and allowed us to sleep at his place,” added Shiti.

Mariano went back home, leaving Shiti on his own.

Shiti made Koinage street his home after befriending the commercial sex workers there.

The girls learned that he had no home after probing him.

They took him to a house along River Road, where they used to serve their clients.

His new found home was later on raided by the city askaris who allegedly said that the house was being used as a store for stolen items.

Shiti admits that being given a chance to go on air at Churchil live show was not easy because his jokes were not appealing and timely.

DJ Shiti on Churchil live
[Source: Churchill Show]

The comedian said that his breakthrough came during the burial of the late Benson Wanjau, popularly known as Mzee Ojawang’ Hatari.
During the burial, he met Abel Mutua, a famous scriptwriter, who linked him to play a casting role in ‘The Real House helps of Kawangware.’

He was also given a chance to perform in Churchil live show where he did exemplary work which earned him more airtime.

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