Mr Tembo to parents: Invest in your children

The former Tahidi High principal said he never begs as his kids are now giving back

In Summary

• The veteran actor used the money he made to uplift his family and it's now paying off

Actor Mr Tembo
Actor Mr Tembo
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Former Tahidi High actor Joseph Omari, alias Mr Tembo, says investing in his children was the best decision he made in life.

Speaking to Kamuhunjia show on YouTube, the 79-year-old veteran actor said he was able to use much of the money he made to uplift his family and it is now paying off.

"Tahidi High was constant. I was there for 11 years, and with the money I made, I planned it well. I have kids in Norway, Sweden and so they are taking care of me now," he said.

He added that if one does not plan themselves well in terms of money, they need to plan their family.

"Family is the best component in my life. That is why even when I am not working, you will never see or hear me begging. That is shaming my kids and family," he said.

"That is disrespect to them. Invest in them and avoid situations that will make you a beggar in public. I don't have a lot of money but I planned my kids."

Speaking about his character as a headteacher in Tahidi High, he said passion kept him in the show.

"A lot of people don't know that what happens in the programme is what happens in our schools. It is the reality. If you don't have passion, you will quit since there is no good money."

He called on the government to boost the entertainment sector.

"We can do better as a country if we invest in our films. It's a multi-billion shilling industry. If I had money, I would put actors on a monthly salary," he said.

"The industry needs to be boosted with good money and it will pay back. There is a market to sell our content. We can't get at 60 per cent when the production is not doing well. The TVs will keep importing content from abroad."

He does not regret anything in life. "There is no regret. I thank God for my family and friends and for the years God has given me."