The burial of the late comedian Othuol Othuol took place yesterday at his home in Siaya. The ceremony was well-attended by many of his contemporaries including the likes of Churchill Ndambuki, Mc Jessy and Jalang’o.
The fraternity that attended had some wise words to dole out but it was Churchill’s words that really stood out. He cautioned the Kenyan comedy community to focus on building their careers.
He rebuked comedians who often refer to their online followers and fans as family and also document every activity in their lives on social media.
“Stop calling your fans family. Don’t wake up every morning to tell them what you eat, what you are dressing. Stop it. You have a life. Your family, your mother, your children, your parents, stop frustrating them. Guys, stop it, stop it. Those are fans, the moment you stop being funny they will leave you,” he stressed.
“Grow your brand, money will follow you. When you become a brand, be disciplined. I don’t want to come to another function like this. I want to see the millionaire in you because have what many people lack. Just focus on your career,” he added.
Jalang’o another great in Kenya’s comedy Mount Rushmore also had some words for the late Othuol revealing that the late wanted to follow his footsteps in the laugh industry.
“I gave him the platform when he came to Nairobi for the first time. He said he idolised me and wanted to follow my footsteps,” he said.
The deceased passed on at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) on October 11, after complications emanating from a brain tumour he had.