by Helvine Achieng
January 21, 2021
Papa Shirandulas Njoroge aka Njoro has recently opened up on his extremely humble beginnings stating that he used to hawk sweets along the streets to make ends meet.
The Kenyan actor stated that he could make more money from hawking sweets than acting during set plays at the Kenya National Theatre. Speaking on Churchill, Njoroge said he would ask show producers to issue him with minor roles in acting so that he would have ample time to do his business.
"I did not want to act but always wanted to remain backstage to do my business, I just wanted to sell sweets. I did the math; actors were paid Sh300 a day, and I would get Sh3,000 from selling my sweets. I was way ahead," he narrated.
After finishing the short role, I would go and hawk my sweets. The good thing is that even when I was selling sweets, I was still a funny guy and would make people laugh and happy. The school boys and girls would miss yule 'jamaa wa sweet' if I failed to show up for one reason or the other," he added.
Njoroge furtherly explained that in addition to his acting career currently, he supplemented his income through several business ventures is he owns an entertainment joint, a hardware store and is in the matatu business;
"I have delegated some businesses to my wife so she can also have something to do," said the father of three . Njoro advice's his fellow actors to "just live your life and you will be blessed from there. You live flashy lifestyles when you are in fame and when you get into problems, you end up not having someone to talk to."
"I have learnt to love investment. I have always encouraged other thespians to have a side hustle, so in case this fails, you will have a fallback plan on the other side."