…the thugs would chop my fingers! Baha of Machachari reveals!(exclusive)

Tyler Mbaya or as many of you know him, Baha of Machachari, spoke to us this week after the end of the show that made him famous, Machachari.

The man spoke and explained that he got the opportunity to act on the show after his mom convinced him to audition. At that time Baha had just finished acting on Makutano Junction, another popular television show during that period.

Machachari Crew
Baha of Machachari in a past photo

He related that the worst experience he ever had during the show’s run was when he was on a trip from Kangemi. He said that he entered a mat and later on between 20-30 boys entered from the Sodom stage.

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‘Those boys spotted me. Long story short is it ended up with me being robbed. It was so bad that one of the robbers warned me that he would chop off my fingers if I continued resisting!’ the actor shockingly said.


He added, ‘I reported the case to the cops but they refused to follow up, something that I still don’t understand today.’

Ex-Machachari actor Baha reveals exciting news about his next job

He also revealed the best memories during the period he acted on the show saying, ‘My best memories were the ones I had between 2010 and 2013 during the beginning of the show and the places that I was able to go to and the things that I saw.’

Machachari Crew
Machachari Crew in the past

After those glory years, the actor said that losing his mother in 2013 and his father in 2016 was tough for him and hadn’t been as good as before.

He explained that acting through the losses of his parents was also a hard experience but that he had to endure and push through to give out a quality product on screen. ‘At the end of the day, I am an entertainer and I have to bring a smile to my viewer, irrespective of what is going on in my life,’ he added.

Tyler Mbaya aka Baha
Tyler Mbaya aka Baha

Baha also noted that he had learnt some valuable lessons when on set. One of those was how to deal with people from different cultures and backgrounds and working with them despite those differences.

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Ex-Machachari actor Baha reveals exciting news about his next job

Former Machachari actor Tyler Mbaya also known by his popular stage name of Baha, surprised us last week when he revealed that the show had come to an end.

Many Kenyans were sadenned by the news about a show that had been on Citizen TV for 13 years and much of their childhood would be no more.

Machachari Crew
Machachari Crew in the past

But after the 5 stages of grief that many suffered (yes I am being dramatic) the actor has come out with exciting new information. Baha has hinted that he is soon set to host his own show.

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In a post on his Instagram page, the thespian said he and former castmate Sharon Mutuku are planning to blow up the television scene with what they have cooking.

Like an excited kid, Baha told his fans he cannot wait to unveil what he and Sharon aka Sofia have been working on. As usual, his supportive fans applauded him as they congratulated the actor on dusting himself after the whole Machachari controversy.

The sentiment was that the actors had outgrown what was supposed to be a childhood show, which technically was an honest critic of the show.

Machachari Crew
Machachari Crew

Baha’s on-screen brother Malik Lemmy also known as Govi disputed the claims. He said, ‘Guys have been asking what happened to my previous show, I do not know what I can tell you but I left the show in January and you guys should stop believing the lies going round out there about the show being cancelled because we overgrew, please do not listen to such.’


Whatever the case, we are happy that Tyler is back to work with something new and hopefully captivating.

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Oh No: Machachari cancelled on Citizen TV

If you loved the kids’ show Machachari, sorry.

The show will no longer air on Citizen TV again.

The show has been under criticism over the age of the characters, with many claiming that they had outgrown the show.

Machachari aired on Citizen TV every Friday at 7:30pm for 13 years.  The show revolved around the lives of young children and teenagers but even after most of the teens transitioned to adulthood, it became irrelevant to the target audience.

Johari will now replace Machachari but will be airing every Friday at 6:30pm on Citizen TV.

Other shows such as Papa Shirandula, Tahidi High and Inspekta Mwala on Citizen TV have been moved to weekdays at 6:30pm.

Well in a Q&A session with his fans on Instagram, Baha, one of the pioneer actors of Machachari said it wasn’t easy to take the news.


Machachari's Baha

Talking about what it takes for one to become a great actor, he said,


Machachari's Baha

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Machachari actor Almasi graduates from University of Kent

Former Machachari Almasi, real name Ian Nene, is now the proud holder of a degree.

The controversial actor graduated from the United Kingdom’s University of Kent this past Tuesday.

Almasi aka Ian Nene
Almasi aka Ian Nene

Ian was very proud of his achievement and shared countless photos from his graduation, while thanking God for seeing him through.

Almasi expressed his joy with his captions, a clear indication he could not wait to finish school. The actor did not reveal which course he graduated in but sources intimated to the actor graduated with a degree in marketing.

Ian Nene aka Almasi graduates with family
Ian Nene aka Almasi graduates with family

His caption read;

Was All Smiles All Day Haha!

Some of his follower’s comments are below;

kadhusafari Congratulations 🎉🎁
felo_marshall Congrats…yoh outfit for the day🔥🔥
glen_gee1 So happy for you. Congrats🎉
immabe12 Congrats bro 💯🙌
becky.lk Congratulations
wako_munyua Congrats bro
aaminahramirez Congrats babyyy🤪🤪❤️ _mwangiemir 😢👏
official_remmyfadhil Congratulation🔥❤️

While many may want to concentrate on the controversial parts of his life, I see the parallels of his life path to that of international actress Natalie Portman.


Ian decided to go to school even though he had the clout and fame as leverage to enter the nascent Kenyan film industry and work immediately.

Ian Nene aka Almasi with his classmates
Ian Nene aka Almasi with his classmates

He like Natalie decided to focus on his studies. Natalie became a huge star on Star Wars in the early 2000s but didn’t let her stardom stop her from going back to Harvard University, where she got a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

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A list of Kenyan Celebrity TV moms we look up to

The role that TV moms play cannot be understated. Be it local or international, these actresses have a way of bonding with viewers and make the role believable.

Here are some of the TV actresses who have taken the same roles our real mothers take in our real lives.

1. Mama Kayai

Mary Khavere who people know as ‘Mama Kayai’ is a well known personality in the theater and acting world.

She acted alongside the late Mzee Ojwang’ in the famous local show ‘Vitimbi’.

Fans all over the country admire her role as a TV mom.

Huddah Monroe also acted as Kayai in this local show.



2. Mama Baha

Wanjiku Mburu famously known as Mama Baha on the local show Machachari is known for her strict and also subtle role as a mom in the local show.

Mama Baha is not only famous for her strict role, she is also known for gentle way is raising her family in the show. Her personality is one to admire.


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3. Mrs Charity Mwamba

Elizabeth Wanjiru alias Charity Mwamba is a house hold name in Kenya for her assertive role in Kenya’s local show ‘Mother In Law’.

“Mrs Mwamba” has shown us the day-to-day lives of an elderly woman who as to deal with live in in-laws and ‘gossipy’ workers.

Charity’s Mwamba’s role has showed us the essence of a mother in law and the impact they have in our lives.


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4. Patricia McKenzie

Helen Keli alias Patricia McKenzie plays the mum in ‘Selina’, as mother to Nelson and his sister.

Her character is a woman from a moneyed, well-connected family.

We can see the sense of love that she has for her children through out the Kenyan drama series.


5. Wilbroda

‘Wilbroda’ aka Nyaminde acts in the popular television show known as ‘papa Shirandula’. She acts as the wife to papa Shirandula.

Wilbroda, known as the mother of Naliaka and a naive wife who does not understand the business that the husband does.




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