Street children are poor or homeless children who live on the streets of a city, town, or village. They are known to live under very harsh conditions but still make it out very healthy because of God’s Grace upon them.
Here are famous Kenyan celebrities who were once street children.
1. MCA tricky
Churchill Show comedian Francis Munyao better known as MCA Tricky graduated last year from Kenyatta University with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering during the institution’s 47th graduation ceremony.
He joined the streets at the tender age of 12 after his friends convinced him to accompany them to Nairobi in search of greener pastures without the knowledge of his parents.
He was actually picked from streets to join Churchill show and later as Radio anchor.
Bonoko is a slang word for gun and that’s the name Ghetto Radio afternoon co-presenter, James Kang’ethe goes with. His prowess in Sheng, a common language in the ghettos, makes him stand out and also enables his listeners, who are mainly drawn from the ghetto, to identify with him.
He was a street child until his TV interview shoot him to limelight.
3. Annitah Raey
Annitah Raey is without a doubt one of the more popular voices on Kenyan radio. She started her radio career at Ghetto Radio after being spotted by MajiMaji. She later joined Milele FM before landing at Radio Jambo in 2017 which she later left for Hot 96 FM
Annitah disclosed the hell she went through as a teen. From running away from home at 13 to getting raped at 15, Raey left her fans crushed with the sad tale that went on after she got married at just 17.
Ringtone was abandoned in the streets by his mother, where he became a street boy and later a shoe shiner. He admitted that he never grew up in a family structure; his father died before he could see him.
He made a decision to go to Mombasa in search of a sugar mummy to rescue him from his financial misery but instead met a stranger who led him to church, showing him the path to Christ. That’s where he started going to Church and made his first hit song ‘Maisha’ at form three.
Kevin Bahati is one of favorite artists in Kenya today. His mother died when he was young and was forced to the streets where growing up was tough and meeting daily needs was unpredictable.
He later joined ABC orphanage in Mathare slums and from there, he was nurtured into the man he is today.
6. Guardian Angel
The gospel singer whose songs are currently topping the music charts grew up in the streets. In past interviews, Guardian has always narrated his past sad life experience and how he ventured into music to inspire the youth.