Comedian Felix Odiwuor, alias Jalang’o, has left Radio Maisha, where he was a co-presenter on the morning show. Odiwori’s last appearance on the show was Friday last week.
It is understood that Jalang’o has quit the media, for the time being, to work in the campaign teams of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Kisumu Senator Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o.
It is not immediately clear what roles he will play in the campaigns but it is speculated it will be in the lines of communications, entertainment and propaganda.
“Yes, he left last week,” said a Standard Group official. “He is no longer on air.”
Jalango had hinted about his exit on Instagram, when on Monday he posted a teaser saying “New journey begins today.” He hosted the morning show with Alex Mwakideo. Standard Group is said to be in talks with Kazungu Matano aka Captain Otoyo Sibuor alias Awinja to replace Jalang’o on the show. Otoyo co-presents the morning show on Milele FM.
Jalango’s move came just a few months after he rejected an offer from Royal Media Services to work for its fledgling radio station Hot 96. He was to pair up with TV show host Jeff Koinange for the breakfast show in what RMS hoped would lift the stations ranking among Kenya’s urban youth.
Sources at Standard say the deals offered by Joho and Nyong’o were too good for the comedian and Standard was unable to give a counter-offer.
Aside from comedy and radio, Jalang’o run a marketing company called Arena media, which organizes events.This will be his first public political assignment and it will be interesting to see how be curves a niche in politics.
Born and raised in Kisumu, Jalang’o pursued his education up until class 8, after which he dropped out of school. “I am a graduate from the school of hard knocks. I have never attended any college/university; I did not even go to secondary school,” he once said.
But that didn’t stop him from being successful. He lived in slums across Nairobi, and worked in Industrial area, but his love for acting endured. Often, he would frequent the Kenya National theatre trying out different roles in the different plays, and even acting out the set books. Then his role on Papa Shirandula on Citizen TV lifted him into the limelight.
A few months later, Jalang’o was a co-host on the Kiss 100 morning show alongside Larry and Carol Mutoko. Since then it’s been a steady rise, growing into a strong MCs, comedian, radio presenter and entertainer.