Renowned 63 year old actress Mama Kayai from Vitimbi show among the clique of actors back in the 1990s and early 2000s who left us glued on our screens.
Mama Kayai was a guest on Jalang’os show on Wednesday, where she talked about her career, family among other things.
The mother of four revealed that back then they were paid poorly.
‘I USED TO EARN KSH40 BACK THEN,’ SHE SAID.
‘MY MUM WOULD ASK ME WHERE I GOT THE MONEY WHEN I TAKE IT HOME AND SHE WOULD BEAT ME BECAUSE I USED TO HIDE WHEN GOING ON SET. LATER I EXPLAINED TO THEM WHAT I USED TO DO AND THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT I HAD A JOB. NILIKUWA NAONA IKIWA MINGI. I WOULD GIVE KSH35 TO MY MOTHER AND SPEND THE REST [KSH5] ON MYSELF NA MAISHA INAENDELEA,’ SHE RECALLED.
Comparing actors of her days and the current ones, Mama Kayai said,
NOWADAYS ACTORS ARE PAID HANDSOMELY BUT THE PROBLEM IS THEY MISUSE IT. THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE IT. THEY SPEND MONEY ON ALCOHOL AND OTHER THINGS WHICH DON’T ADD VALUE TO THEIR LIVES.