Matatu ride humbled me, changed my worldview — Namu

Says he had built this idea that he was the sort of person who'd never take a matatu.

In Summary
  • That is the daily experience of a majority of Kenyans. Why should I be ashamed of that?
  • It was at the height of his news anchoring career
John Allan Namu
John Allan Namu
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Investigative journalist John Allan Namu faced a situation that humbled him and changed his worldview at the height of his news anchoring career.

He was featured in a candid podcast hosted by content creator Maxine Wabosha that seeks to look at the most impactful moments in life.

Namu opened up about various issues among them taking a matatu home from work after his car broke down.

"I was in KTN at the time and my car had broken down and it has been like two or three years since I had used a matatu.

"So I had gone there ate my humble pie [after] saying 'I will never use a matatu ever again'.

But fate had other plans for him. His car broke down and was in the garage.

"So now I had worked late till like 8pm, ndio watu wasinione nikienda, thinking I am a celeb. So I have checked into the jav at Odeon. Sat down and now trying to look mysterious."

"Then some person is there trying to tap me. I ignore. So now I was tapped a third time I have ignored. He looks at the conductor and shouts, 'He doesn't want to pay!' I chomoad that cash quickly yaani. Then I stared out of the window.

"The thing is, I had built in my head this idea that I was this sort of person that is never taking a matatu. But that is the daily experience of a majority of Kenyans. Why should I be ashamed of that?"

Maxine describes her podcast as "a space for candid conversations that encourage people to pursue the life they want to live, but to also remind them that success (however it may look to you) takes time."

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