‘I lost jobs because of addiction’, Terence celebrates journey after quitting smoking

Comedian Terence Creative alias Kamami is celebrating two years and seven months since he quit smoking.

By now you all know that the comedian also grew up in the street.

Terence started smoking after his mother died. At least according to his previous interviews.

While smoking, the father of three says that he lost many opportunities in life.

Among them were gigs and even his wife could not kiss him because of the smell.

2 years 7 months without smoking 🚬 🚬🚬🔥🔥I used to smoke 2 – 3 packs of cigarettes a day,when clubbing I would do shisha as well and weed once in a while,my friends made shisha sound less harmful than cigarettes which was a lie,every smoke is harmful and can kill.

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Terence went on to hightligh some of the effects;

“1. My wife rarely kissed me those days for over 5years hivi.
2. People disrespected me and some opted to pay me with smokes instead,they would say “huyo bora umpelekee fegi,atakujenga “
3. I lost some jobs coz of my addiction.
4. I was fooled that while smoking I was more creative – uongo
5. I had bleeding gums and very strong body odour
6. Breathing difficulties,coloured teeth and many other bad things that come with smoking.
I am glad I did quit,you too can quit,sio hard,I had smoked over 20years #smokingAintCool #smokingkills 🚬🚬⚰️ 🚬🚬 #wachaFegi #terencecreative

Terence Creative eating fruit
Terence Creative eating fruit

Earlier on, Terence estimates that he has smoked at least 166,000 cigarettes in 22 years.

“One year ago I was a smoke slave. I couldn’t function without smoke, I kept it to my mind that I needed to smoke to be more creative. Later on I realised it was just a myth. I prayed to God and said to myself I will quit. I prayed and told God to free me ’cause I’m his child, and he did,” he said.

Apart from smoking, Terence turned to crime in Mathare to make ends meet but later reformed.

He is among the most sought after online comedians and has endorsed several brands.

He also works with Churchill show as a producer.

Terence Creative kissing Milly Chebby
Terence Creative kissing Milly Chebby

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Exclusive: I lost my friend Ayeiya on the day of my ruracio – Terrence

Terrence Kamami has opened up on how the death of the late Churchill comedian Ayeiya shocked him, given that it happened on the day of his ruracio.

The late comedian, born Emmanuel Makori Nyambane, but popularly known as Ayeiya  died after his car hit a pole near the Catholic University of Eastern Africa on Magadi Road.

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In an exclusive interview with Classic 105, Terrence says that he is yet to overcome the death of his friend

“One of my lowest moment is the day I lost my friend because Makori (Aayeiya) it was the same day I was going for my ruracio.

I received messages that he had breathed his last. I do not even want to talk much about it.

It was and it still is the saddest day of my life because he was a brother and a friend.

However the ruracio went on well, as it was happening in Eldoret.

Ayeiya was coming from a show in Carnivore when the accident happened in Rongai, it is very sad.”

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In a past interview, Terrence opened up about his tough childhood while growing on the streets.

Growing up, Terence thought of how he could walk out and go look for food because there was little in the granny’s house.

 

“My parent died when I was nine years old, and the same year, I started smoking. I quit smoking a year ago.

That is how I became a street kid for seven years at only nine. I started using drugs. I was a chokora but at least I knew how to speak English.

Life was not easy, and so he became a drug peddler so he could get money.”

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Terence would also fake disability so he could get pity from people.

“I sold scrap metals as well and I became a thug. I would snatch bags from people and steal side mirrors za gari za watu.

Bhangi was present for me in the environment that was present. If my fans met me like 15 years back, they would find I was drooling because of the drugs.”

All this, Terence said, was out of frustrations in life and lack of hope. “I was almost raped in Eastleigh,” he recalled.

His brother, who was also in the streets, was rescued first. He recommended Terence, and that is how Muli saved his life.

“I went to Saint Bridget as a ‘chokora’ day scholar, where I scored 201 out 700 marks. This means I would go to school, then after school go to the street to beg for money and wait for hotels to be closed.

We would go and wash utensils for them and feed ourselves,” he said.

At Muli’s Children’s Home, Terence went through rehabilitation for three years, returning to school where he joined class 3.

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