From selling chang’aa and Mitumba, here are the hustles your favorite celebrity did before the money and fame

Being a celebrity comes with its fair share of troubles but all the public sees is the glamor and glitz that the media portrays.

Most celebrities have had to hustle hard before the fame and money caught up with them, so the next time you want to argue that they are lucky think twice because they have put in all the dirty work.

Below are some of the celebrities and the hustles they participated in

1. Diamond Platnumz

He is considered the most celebrated artiste in Tanzania not only for his good music but also for his energetic performances, but 11 years ago Dangote was just a young man working at Shell petrol station.

Part of his work was refilling the Reserve tank from the fuel tanks.

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2. Simon Kabu

He is his own boss but before rising to being the man he is today, Kabu worked as a Motorbike Salesman something he did diligently for years.

Today he is Chairman and CEO of the African leading tours and travel agent Bonfire adventures.

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Bonfire Adventures boss Kabu Simon with his wife and kids

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3. Otile Brown

Looking at him today, one would never imagine that the artiste whose good looks gives women sleepless nights once sold changaa.

After his mum passed away when he was only 12, Otile resorted to selling Changaa to make ends meet.

On him selling the traditional brew he says

“My mom died when I was about to turn 13. I don’t like talking about it but I don’t shy away from speaking about it because I know it could motivate someone. Sometimes when I would get caught, the officers would frog march me past the school compound where other children would see me. It was embarrassing didn’t like doing it but I had to survive,” 

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‘I didn’t like doing it but I had to survive’ Otile Brown on selling chang’aa

4. Akothee

The self proclaimed President of mother-in-laws knows too well what it is to hustle, despite the fact that she can now afford to fly first class back then she was struggling.

Akothee was a taxi driver something she diligently did before lady luck smiled on her, she says

“My children went to bahari parents which was a high standard school even though I had nothing, (niliishi maisha ya kubahatisha, pata leo kesho zero) 😂😂😂😂, so even if you see me throw big birthday bashes today , it’s something that has been in my heart , to give my kids the best , that I dint receive, I will climb the highest mountains just for my kids not to go through what I went through .”

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Today she is a proud of a thriving tour and travel company ‘Akothee Safari’s among other ventures.

5. Gloria Muliro

The ‘Sitolia’ hit maker was a house girl before her star shone, she is now a celebrated gospel artiste who has made a name for herself.

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6. Terryanne Chebet

She is among the most celebrated media personalities in Kenya but not many know that before fame she used to sell second hand clothes.

“Most people don’t know but my first business was selling Mitumba clothes in Kitale …I guess the hustle never stops! “

Today she is the proud CEO of  Fanaka TV and she also owns a company that sells organic hair and body products dubbed ‘Keraya Organics’.

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7. Willy Paul

The gospel artiste whose controversy is become a norm in the music scene once worked a s house boy.

This is after  and duped him that he would help him after losing his father only for the good Samaritan to turn out to be his worst nightmare.

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I do not even know how to talk about what went down I would have narrated it but I do not know how to do so .”

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‘I already miss you so badly’ Sarah Kabu of Bonfire adventures mourns her mum as she is laid to rest

Simon and his wife Sarah, the  owners of Bonfire adventures, finally laid their mum to rest in a quiet ceremony attended by family and friends in Embu County.

Simon took to his social media to thank those who came through for them as they laid their mum to rest in the caption below.

“Thanks so much to family and friends who joined us to give our mum a good send off. Till we meet again….. RIPMUM 

The Kabu’s had initially announced the demise of their mum’s passing through a post on instagram where Simon Kabu narrated how supportive his mother in law had been even back then when he was still struggling.

He wrote

“Today I just want to celebrate this beautiful woman who raised my wife to be like the proverbs 31 woman… aka “mutumia ngatha”. My wife is just a replica of her… kind, honest, intelligent hardworking go-getter. I Will never forget the day I went with my family to ask her for her daughter’s hand in marriage. I was just a hustler without much to offer for dowry as it is a tradition. She just told me not to worry much but give what I have , however little i had …what she was more interested in was to see her daughter settle in her own home and raise a family in peace love and unity… Mali tutafute pamoja.

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FARE THE WELL MAMA no more pain and suffering. I had promised you ukipona we will go to Israel pamoja to see where the Jesus you love so much was born but now I believe you are dancing with Jesus and the Angels in heaven. Mum i will be forever indebted unto you 

In a sad and touching post, Sarah Kabu mourned her mother stating that she still could not believe she is gone .

“How do I say goodbye to you my friend… I loved you so much. I already miss you so badly for the 1 week you have been away… You had become my 3rd baby whom I loved to spoil… I can’t believe you are gone forever.”

Here are photos of the burial ceremony

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