Jemutai reached out to blogger Edgar Obare seeking to sell her Facebook account for Ksh1.7 million which enable her to clear her debt including rent arrears.
“I am a mother of two and a comedian. Life is becoming hard every day and I have lots of arrears. I want to sell my Facebook account to anyone in business. It has over 850,000 followers. I am selling at Ksh2 bob per follower,” Jemutai pleaded.
“I want to be able to start a business and take care of my children. I know it is was a desperate move but I wanted to pay my bills. As a mother I would do anything for my kids,” she added on her social media pages.
The comedian, emcee and social media influencer added that she has been struggling to feed her kids and pay bills on her own.
She, however, urged Kenyans to understand her plight and desist from bullying or criticising her, just because she is a celebrity.
Jemutai further asked her followers not to pin the blame on comedian and Classic 105 presenter, Daniel Ndambuki (Churchill), as witnessed in previous situations. She noted that Churchill has always been castigated for the plight of struggling comedians who were nurtured under his wing.
“I don’t want anyone to blame Churchill as I don’t have any issues with him. He is such a nice boss. Selling my account was my personal decision because that’s like my asset,” Jemutai pleaded.
Jemutai has joined a number of celebrities – especially comedians – who have openly admitted to either struggling financially or have battled depression. These include the late Othuol Othuol (Ben Maurice Omondi), Njoro the comedian and actor Omosh (Peter Kinuthia).
During the burial of Othuol Othuol on October 24, 2020, Churchill rebuked individuals who blame him for the misfortunes of his fellow comedians.
“I’m not the government. I’m not funded by the government. I’m just a person who had a small dream and whose ambition was to change the lives of as many Kenyans as I could and make them realize their dreams,” said Churchill, urging comedians to focus on being brand ambassadors and creating content online.
The Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected the entertainment industry when the government banned physical events and the closure of entertainment joints. Comedian Felix Odiwour advised artists to relocate from the city to other towns to make ends meet.
“We have places opened and operating in Mombasa, Kisumu, Kisii, Kericho, Malindi. Just plan and go! They need your talent. Book your events out of Nairobi.
“Go accept the small pay, small gigs, and build a new audience! Eldoret, Kitale, Kakamega, Busia are all open. Just go,” he reiterated,” Jalang’o advised.