Vernacular musician, Samuel Muchoki alias Samidoh, Narrates Why he was Expelled from NYS

by Helvine Achieng
April 13, 2021

Kenyan musician Samuel Muchoki alias Samidoh recently shared how his quest to become part of Kenya's disciplined services started at the National Youth Service. he narrated his NYS journey to Daniel Ndambuki, who is popularly known as Churchill, further stating that the reason he didn't stay there was because he was expelled from the service. His expulsion was because he snuck out of the NYS training to participate in a police recruitment drive.


"I jumped out of the fence to participate in an Administration Police recruitment drive in Ol Joro Orok, Nyandarua County. Unfortunately, I was not selected to join and had to go back to NYS. I found out they had already noticed my disappearance, but they did not make a big deal out of it; I was just expelled," he narrated.


Samidoh then went back home and found employment as a data entry clerk. Muchoki used the earnings gathered from his job to enrol in a diploma course. Having the urge to join the disciplined services, Muchoki tried his luck in a Kenya Defence Forces recruitment drive but was turned down due to his slim physical appearance.


Speaking on his musical journey, Samidoh, after serving in the Coast region, was transferred to Dadaab in Garissa County. During his post to Daadab, he reawakened his singing talent, kicking in his pursuit of music in vernacular language.


"I was off duty in October 2016 when I composed the first song that brought me to the limelight. I never knew it would become an instant hit until I heard it being requested and played on the mainstream media repeatedly." 

Adding,

"Ninety per cent of the song is a true story, while the rest is art," he explained.