I Quit Insurance Job to Become a Githurai Tout

Gukena FM radio presenter James Muiru, popularly known as Kajim, tried his hand at various professions before settling on comedy.

After completing his college education, Kajim interned at a tourism company but quit after several months.

“I realised that I’m not an office person because I would be tired before noon. I only pursued my profession for six months [and I] quit,” Kajim said.

He then took up a sales job with an insurance company but this too did not work out. “Later, I joined sales at Jubilee Insurance for some time; unfortunately, I did not sell any ‘bima’ for six months and I had to quit.”

Kajim them resolved to become a matatu tout plying the Githurai 44-Kahawa West route. It is during his stint as a conductor that he honed his comedic skills.

He says he attracted a huge following of people who said he was funny and was always jovial.

“I was told by a friend about some auditions for Kikuyu stand-up comedy, which I tried and was among the best. I was given the task of co-hosting the very fast Kikuyu stand-up comedy Centro Comedy Live,” he said, noting that is how he landed in the media industry.

“I have been with Gukena FM for two years and I thank God for this far.”

The comedian who was raised by his grandmother following his mother’s passing when he was in class 5 also owns an entertainment company, Jimmie Entertainment.

James Muiru advises young people that every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

“Regardless of who mistreated you, what lies you’ve been told, or how bad your past has been you have a future and God has good plans for you and above all never give up.”


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