‘Why I Dropped Out of School and Joined the Streets”

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Churchill Show comedian Paul Kimani Njoroge aka MCA Tricky is without a doubt one of the biggest comedy talents in the country at the moment. His creative skits revolving around the life and stories of Nairobi’s street kids are a big hit on the show.

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He recently spoke to SDE about his past life as a street child and what forced him into the streets at the tender age of 12.

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Why the name MCA?

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MCA: It stands for Members of Chokora’s Assembly – where I once belonged to as a former street urchin.

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You had a bright future in school why did you quit and join the harsh street life?

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MCA: Hailing from a humble family background in Mombasa’s Makindu where poverty was the order of the day, lack of school fees forced me to taste unremorseful street life in Nairobi’s Saika estate for a period of three years at a tender age of 12.

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This was upon Completing Class Eight in 2004.

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During the time I experienced the vagaries of street life during which I not only worked as an errand boy who ferried vegetables among other goodies to and from Gikomba market, but I occasionally sniffed glue, smoked shada, pick-pocketed and mugged people- all in the name of survival.

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Other hardships ranged from hunger, negligence, lack of education to mistreatment by indifferent members of the public.

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Prior to this you lived in Mombasa- how did you make your way to Nairobi?

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MCA: My peers convinced me to accompany them to Nairobi in search of greener pastures without my parent’s knowledge. Due to the fact that I was idle, frustrated and needed to survive, I heeded to their plea only to realize that life in Nairobi was more difficult than I ever imagined.

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This drove me to the streets.

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Speaking of Churchill Show how did you make your way there? 

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MCA: Some of my friends who live in Nairobi’s Jogoo Road encouraged me to do so. Also the set book group that I was part of for a year persuaded me to try my luck.

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What happened next?

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MCA: The moment I got to Carnivore grounds I met Proff Hammo who apart from being my role model was very friendly towards me. He too encouraged me to follow my heart’s yearnings.

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What was the audience first reaction upon being called on stage?

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MCA: For a moment I wasn’t sure what to expect from them since mine was a different style of comedy that revolved around real life happenings around me including the less privileged in the society.

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For the first few minutes they sort of took pity on me but with time I could hear them roaring in laughter.

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Do you write your own routines?

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MCA: Mine is right in the head- things that I have been through including life observations among the less privileged. I believe I tell it as it is without letting my fans down and making them share my story.

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What happens if the audience doesn’t laugh?

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MCA: Bombing is inevitable. Everyone has sets that don’t go well. The first few times it feels really bad besides being unprepared and confused. But despite this, I have learned to live with it being the hard-core type.

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You make a living out comedy?

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MCA: Yes comedy pays well. I am glad that I able to pay off my bills besides catering for my needs.

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What are some of the life lessons you have learned so far?

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MCA: That life is a battlefield and not a playing ground we are here for a short time hence the need to strive and make the best of it.

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Source: SDE

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