– It only took one photo of Owago Onyiro’s homemade fish delicacy for opportunities to start opening up for him
– The comedian said after he posted a video of himself preparing fish, some of his followers asked him to make the same and deliver it to them
– The following day, he managed to deliver to two of his clients and from there, he started his fish business
– Owago also runs a smokie business, phone accessories shop, a boutique, owns motorcycles and also builds aquariums
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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in March 2020 crippling the economy worldwide, the showbiz industry was among the worst-hit sectors as businesses across the country closed down.
Among them was the laugh industry that forced Kenyan comedians to device new ways to survive without their usual gigs and many of them opted to create digital content while others decided to start small businesses to keep them afloat.
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Comedian Owago Onyiro was one of those who decided to start small businesses as an alternative source of income during the pandemic.
Speaking to Daniel Ndambuki alias Churchill, Onyiro said although he had for a long time been having a keen eye on businesses, it only took one photo of his homemade fish delicacy for opportunities to start opening up for him.
“That time I was not doing anything so I decided to cook fish just like any other person and shared a video of myself preparing the fish on social media,” he said.
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What followed were requests from his followers and fans asking him to deliver the same to them and the following day, he delivered two orders.
That was how the comedian started his fish business not minding what people would say about him given that he was a celebrity.
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“It does not take anything from you because even if you are a celebrity you eat and you must cook,” said the comedian.
The fish business is not the only one Onyiro is running. He said he also sells roasted smokies over the weekends while attending football matches within his locality.
“I sell smokies every Saturday and Sunday where we play football. I light the fire myself and at the same time, I play football. During halftime is when I sell to my fellow players,” said the comedian.
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While the two have been keeping him going, Onyiro told Churchill whom he referred to as his godfather that his main interest was in the making of aquariums while also owning motorbikes that operate in Nairobi’s South C estate.
According to the comedian, he also owns a phone accessories shop and a boutique.
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He advised his fellow youths who might be interested in starting up small businesses that any of them based on food never goes wrong.
Despite running several businesses, Onyiro said once things look good in the showbiz industry, he would resume doing what he enjoys doing, that is entertaining Kenyans through his comedy
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