We have heard his hearty laughter every day for years, as Kenyans tune in to Classic 105 just to listen to Maina Kageni.
A simple boy from Muranga who went on to become the most prominent radio personality in Kenya.
His story is that of from grass to grace because he was only brought up by his mum after losing his dad at a tender age.
“My dad died when I was two years old. Luckily for him, he left behind a will and after his death, it was entrusted to trustees.
Immediately I turned 21, the properties were transferred to me.”
Maina then left Kenya for the UK to study, but as it turned out, he never set foot in a lecture hall.
After arriving in the UK, he chose to work rather than attend school as he later confessed.
He began working as a truck driver and fish distributor for a Chinese firm.
His mother was not aware of the development and carried on with Kageni’s graduation celebration plans when the time was due.
“For the 25 years, my mum only forgave me last year.” He said in a Q&A with fans on YouTube
Maina said his mother had so much faith in him and, unlike his brother and sister, he was given his school fees in cash.
“I ate all my school fees by living large in the UK.
My mom found out and she was not happy with me until last year.
She called me home and after dinner, she told me she had forgiven me for not going to university.” He said
Contrary to what many believe Maina never planned on being a radio presenter.
“I got on the radio by pure fluke. DJ Pinye and I had brought over some deejays from the United Kingdom and we went to Capital FM to book airtime to advertise the gig.
We were then asked for sh40, 000 for the voiceover. We did not have any more cash so I offered to do it.
John Wilkins liked it and offered me a job! If I had that money on me, I would not be on radio.” he says.
His career started at Capital FM, he then later worked for Nation FM, KISS FM, and is currently at Classic 105.
For a man who enjoys his money working for him, Maina Kageni drives high-end cars.
His latest acquisition is a BMW 2020 X6 sDrive40i.
Giving more details about his car Maina said
‘It’s the only one of that mode. How can I describe the color? It’s a dark metallic chocolate.’
‘Life is short and you should enjoy your life whichever way you find, those kind of cars are my devil, aki I have worked hard, my God, you gotta enjoy your life, if you can afford something get it, life is not a rehearsal.’
The BMW X6 has many features that car pundits claim will make you ecstatic.