How Prof Hamo's toddler unknowingly challenged him to hustle harder

The comedian has become one of the biggest comics in the industry

Prof Hamo
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Celebrated Kenyan comedian and creative Herman Gakobo Kago popularly known by his stage name Professor Hamo is opening up on how his toddler pushed him out of the grasp of poverty.

Speaking during an interview with Dr King'ori, the Churchill Show protegee narrated his humble beginnings and how his 3-year-old son helped mould him into the accomplished man he is right now.

Hamo recalled how things used to be tight back then. He used to live in a 1 bedroom apartment and due to expenses, he couldn't afford a TV at the time.


This was while he was starting out at The Churchill Show, his son knew he was a comedian and enjoyed his acts but sadly couldn't watch him as he pleased as ding ding, you guessed correctly they didn't have a TV.

According to Hamo, his son was determined to watch him perform and would sneak to the neighbour to watch his dad's skits.

When this wouldn't work and the neighbour being moved by the 3-year-old efforts they'd put the TV near the apartment's adjoining door so that Hamo and his family could listen along when the show came on in the evening.

"When I started at Churchill show I was living in a one bedroom, no TV, and my son was three years old, and the neighbour had a TV.


There was an adjoining door between our rooms, so the neighbour would put the TV next to that door so that we could hear," Hamo recalled. 

He went on to add that sometimes his son couldn't take it and would just ask if he could go next door to watch his daddy on the telly. His son's determination to see him motivated him to hustle even harder. He then knew he had his biggest cheerleader and had to make things easy for the toddler.

"Sometimes when it was showing Churchill show,  my son would tell me 'Baba let me go and see you' then he leaves and goes to the neighbour," the digital content creator added.

Finishing up, Prof noted that poverty is a great motivating factor for pushing people out of the trenches. He noted that if you haven't been pushed to growth then it means you aren't suffering enough.

"Njaa inafanyanga you are pushed to the corner, you become creative, if growth isn't happening, it's a sign that njaa haija kugonga vizuri (hunger hasn't struck you well)," Hamo quipped.

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