Friday, 13 September 2019

“I used to sell charcoal, hawk groundnuts, herd cattle and even got jailed” - gospel artist, Papa Dennis narrates his childhood struggles


Kenyan gospel musician, Papa Dennis narrates his tough childhood that forced him to do menial jobs to support his siblings.

Through his music, the youthful artist shares his life story, a story whose parts speak about his past hardships and what couple of people are still going through as we speak.

In an exclusive one-on-one with Mpasho, Papa Dennis explains how through his childhood experiences, he is able to connect with those currently facing similar times.

    Wabebe song is just a prayer. It talks about orphans and the challenges they face and also the hardships we go through every day including those behind bars.

Dennis Mwangi alias Papa Dennis was orphaned at a young age, forcing him to drop out of school and do menial jobs just to fend for his siblings.

    I used to sell charcoal. Hawk groundnuts in bus terminus, plough for 10 bob, was employed as a cattle herder, and also used to harvest maize and got paid Kshs 15 per sack.

However, he once had to face the cruel prison walls, spending a night behind bars.

    I was at the right place at the wrong time. I used to work at a video show shop and one day the business was open till late and that’s how the police arrested me.

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