‘My first salary was Ksh 10,000’ Raila Junior talks about his 1st hustle

Raila Junior recently opened up about the struggles he goes through in business due to his surname adding that it does not bother him anymore.

Contrary to what many believe, Junior is a serious businessman who owns a production house and he doesn’t name drop.

I am a businessman who manages his own business. I run a media production house and we mainly deal with the production of TV commercials.

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Raila-odinga-junior with his dad and wife

‘We tried bearing a child without success for 5 years’ says Raila Junior

He went on to say that having the Odinga surname has not made things easy for him given that his clients place too many expectations on him.

I cannot say business is easy because when people give me business they have expectations.

Adding,

Going by my surname the expectations placed on me are much higher compared to expectations placed on other people doing the same job.

Junior, who is a film producer, said people do not give him a job because he is the son of a well-known politician or comes from a famous family, but because of his professionalism and work ethic.

He also confessed that his first salary as an accountant was Ksh 10,000 and to him, that was a lot of cash.

My first job was working as an accountant for an aviation company. The job entailed bookkeeping, handling petty cash and just ensuring that things were running smoothly.

 For that, I was paid Ksh 10,000. That to me was a lot of cash back in the day.

‘Acoustic neuroma, a non cancerous tumor paralyzed my face ‘- Raila Junior

On whether he feels the pressure for being Raila Odinga’s son, Junior, says he is past that ‘stage’.

When I was 18-25 years old there was pressure because I had not fully understood my self as a man, but now I do.

At 39, I now know who I am. I know what I can do and what I cannot do. I don’t feel pressure anymore.

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Exclusive: I wish my brother Fidel was alive to meet my son – Raila Junior

Raila Junior has in a candid interview opened up about some of the things he wishes he could tell his late brother Fidel Odinga.

Raila Junior also opened up on how fatherhood has changed him and why he would never trade that role for anything else.

“The birth of my son is the most special memory of my life. It transformed me as a man and a father I was so humbled.

Fatherhood is perfect, there are days you go home and maybe you are angry and this little soul just jumps on you and you forget all the troubles of the world.

He brings you down to earth (literally).”

‘We tried bearing a child without success for 5 years’ says Raila Junior

RailaJunior and his wife
RailaJunior and his wife

Raila Junior also opened up about how he and his wife tried conceiving unsuccessfully for five years before their son came along.

“We waited for a child for five years. Not once did I pressure my wife because both of us were already being pressured out there by friends.

I thank God because he later blessed us with a son.”

‘Acoustic neuroma, a non cancerous tumor paralyzed my face ‘- Raila Junior

He also confessed that the death of his brother Fidel was the most trying time they had gone through as a family, followed by the illness of his sister Rosemary Odinga.

“The biggest thing I would love to talk to Fidel about is continuation of family.

He died before my son was born and so he never got to meet him. I would have loved for him to have a chance to interact with my son

He would have made a very good uncle to my son, I miss him so much.”Raila added

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The late Fidel Odinga with his wife and son in a past photo

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‘We tried bearing a child without success for 5 years’ says Raila Junior

Raila Junior, son to  Raila Odinga, has opened up on the struggles he and his wife went through before they were able to conceive their son.

Speaking during an interview heard by Classic 105, Raila Junior says for five years all they did was hope and wait.

“We waited for a child for five years. Not once did I pressure my wife because both of us were already being pressured out there by friends.

I thank God because he later blessed us with a son.”

‘Acoustic neuroma, a non cancerous tumor paralyzed my face ‘- Raila Junior

Raila Junior is  married to  Yvonne Wambui whom he wedded in 2011 at a colorful wedding attended by the creme de la creme of the Kenyan society.

Raila-odinga-junior with his dad and wife
Raila-odinga-junior with his dad and wife

According to Daily Mail one in six couples have difficulty in conceiving a baby, and the number of couples seeking medical help to have a family has risen dramatically.

Before, many couples just accepted they could not have children and never bothered to see a doctor. However, there does appear to be a genuine increase in infertility – especially in men.

All too often, women come to see me, on their own, when they can’t conceive.

Somehow, fertility issues are seen as a ‘woman’s problem’. Yet it takes two to make a baby, and problems in the man are just as likely to be the cause of fertility difficulties as those in women. Male factors now account for 30pc of fertility problems – the same as female factors.

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‘Acoustic neuroma, a non cancerous tumor paralyzed my face ‘- Raila Junior

Raila Junior has for the first time come out to address the issue on why his facial appearance is ‘distorted’ something that has left many talking.

In an interview with the Standard, Raila Junior says

“Usually I don’t talk about it much but I want to explain to you that I have what is called Acoustic neuroma.

Acoustic neuroma, also known as vestibular schwannoma, is a noncancerous and usually slow-growing tumor that develops on the main (vestibular) nerve leading from your inner ear to your brain.

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Every human being has five ventricles streaming from the back of every human being. My Acoustic neuroma presses against my third ventricle which controls the right side of my face hence it being paralyzed.

I do not have bells palsy which is what most people assume I have.”

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He then goes on to add that the disease is hereditary

“I think it is a genetic condition from my mum’s side, it does not affect every body but maybe every 1 in 5 members.”

He further went to clear the misconception that he is still living in his parents house

“People have a misconception that I am an 18 year old living in his parents house. I am actually turning 40. I am happily married for the last 7 years with kids.”

Raila Junior with his dad and wife
Raila Junior with his dad and wife

According to Mayo Clinic Acoustic neuroma, also known as vestibular schwannoma, is a noncancerous and usually slow-growing tumor that develops on the main (vestibular) nerve leading from your inner ear to your brain.

Branches of this nerve directly influence your balance and hearing, and pressure from an acoustic neuroma can cause hearing loss, ringing in your ear and unsteadiness.

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‘Wewe tumia polepole. Usituharibie watoto wetu’ Fan to Raila Junior after he requests legalization of weed

NASA leader Raila Odinga’s son, Raila Junior wants the government to legalize bhang popularly known as weed after a man was caught planting some.

Responding to a story by the Star, Junior on Wednesday said serious discussions on legalization and control of marijuana need to be held.

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Raila Junior with his dad Raila Odinga
 In one of his tweets Junior asked for weed to be legalized.

“Serious discussion has to be held on the legalisation and control of cannabis sativa, and entrepreneurs like MR Mbugua in their business and religious conquests,Legalise it.”

Junior was reacting to a story on a middle-aged man from Mirithu Limuru who was arrested on Wednesday for growing bhang.

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Njoroge Mbugua had planted marijuana in his farm for two years claiming that it was God who had ordered him to plant and sell to people.

Some people agreed with him, saying it was a lucrative business which would aid the country in getting more revenue.

“You’re the new breed of leadership we’re waiting for in Kenya. I compare you to Justin Truduer of Canada,” tweeted Wakanda Stoner.We can actually use taxes from marijuana to pay these Chinese loans.”

Timon Tj said it is an avenue for tax collection which should be legalized, taxed and regulated for safety standards.

Jack Daniels on the other hand wants Junior to use his influence to push for its legalization while Leah Mwangi said it is a natural herb just like miraa (khat).

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However, @Kenyan_watch said it is uncalled for.He tweeted

“Wewe tumia polepole. Usituharibie watoto wetu,” (You can use it but don’t spoil our kids)”

Several people have in the past called for the legalisation of marijuana.

Among them are scientist Professor Simon Mwaura, economist David Ndii and researcher and political analyst Gwada Ogot

Gwada Ogot

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Mwaura made a petition in Parliament in August saying he had found a way to separate the plant’s psychotropic elements therefore making it safe for consumption by all.

Ndii responding to a story done by local media on August 2 of the police intercepting 17kgs of bhang at the Suam border, a crossing between Kenya and Uganda said the plant should be legalized.

Last year, Ogot addressed the Senate on the legalization of cannabis and started up an online petition which currently has over 5000 signatures.

He only needs 7,500 signatures so that the petition can be tabled in Parliament for debate.

Marijuana plant and its products are prohibited by Kenyan law under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropics Substances (Control) Act, 1994.

 

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