Former Tahidi High actor Dennis Mugo, popularly known as OJ, says he squandered all the money he made from the show by drinking alcohol which led him to depression.
Speaking in an episode of his YouTube channel, OJ explained that he is a perfect example of the Swahili proverb of ‘Asiyefunzwa na mamaye hufunzwa na dunia.’
“Along the way, I learnt alcoholism and smoking. I started smoking in Form 2 and in Form 3, I started taking alcohol. From chang’aa to anything I would get along,” .
“The habit has affected me years down the line. I’m turning 35 years but I have been hiding from the mess.”
OJ said he would get well-paying hosting jobs and advertisements from big brands that paid him well.
“I made my first million, but what did I do with it? Nothing,” he said.
“Do you ever look at your friends and get jealous of their growth, especially when you look at where you are and how focused they were back then?”
“I didn’t invest well because of bad habits, which till today hit me,” he said.
“I got to a point I fell into depression. I could cover it with alcohol, humour and cigarettes.
“The celebrity mentality got into my head. I was a big name and the fame left as fast as it came.
“After the show ended, I started to wonder why the people who were calling me for jobs were not looking for me anymore,” he said.
“I got a son during that time but later separated with my wife due to my alcohol problem,” he said.