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‘I once slept on newspapers for lack of a mattress in Umoja’ Classic 105’s Mike Mondo opens up on childhood struggles

Classic FM presenter Mike Mondo is known for his laid back nature and his captivating voice but what most do not know is that he once slept on newspapers.

Unlike some Kenyans who were born with a silver spoon, Mondo does not fall in that category and his life at some point was a real struggle.

During an interview with the host of The Trend Amina Abdi, Mike opened up how his life was before he made it.

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Mike Mondo during his interview with Amina Abdi

He says

“I grew up in a typical family. But when my dad died things changed for my family. We hit rock bottom. We did not have much growing up. I remember we used to live a lot with uncles or with friends of my mum and luckily though my mum was blessed with bright kids,”

He goes on to explain how he had to drop out of school due to lack of fees:

“I remember one conversation I had with my mum, one time, she told me she could not be able to take me to school anymore. We were four boys, I had a big brother in high school already and two smaller brothers in private school. I have always being that inquisitive kid so I walked up to the principal’s office – I was in high school at the time – and told him, I don’t have fees but I want to complete my education. Good thing is, they told me if I maintain a certain grade then ‘you can go to school here’. My principal went ahead and got the alumni from the school and they paid my whole fees for 4 years. when I went to nursing school the same thing happened.” 

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Mike Mondo then reminisced about how life was hard before he finally got the radio job.

“To do this now, wow! There was a time I did not even have a mattress, I used to sleep on newspapers on the floor and wake up in the morning and hope that the day is going to be better. But you know, you hang in there and you keep doing what you are doing. And eventually things do work out.”

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Many of his fans were touched by his story and they reached out to him via social media.

Mike responded saying, “All the inboxes I got today after being interviewed on the Trend made me realize how much pain, struggle and strife a lot of people are going through. Remember this my brothers and sisters, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

“My life has been full of lack. Not having school fees, not having food, not having a house, not having a father. My brothers can tell you of how we used to sleep on newspapers in Umoja. Yet now we can drive our own cars and sleep on a comfortable bed. All that doesn’t matter. What matters is how you use your circumstance to encourage you to be better.”

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Yes, life is tough. And sometimes it puts you in places you have no idea how to get out of. But trust me when i say this, If I could do it, you can too. Set a destination in your mind, picture it, and don’t let it go. Then work towards it. You will fail, A LOT. But that doesn’t matter either. Keep doing what you do, re-organize, pick yourself up and do better.

People tell me, “you are the next Maina Kageni”.. I tell them always, “NO”.. There can only be one Maina Kageni (hate him or love him he is without a doubt the best radio host in Kenya right now). I will be Mike Mondo, the best radio host you ever listened to. And that’s my picture! Now set yours, and work towards it..no excuses, no doubt. Just Do It!!!”

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