Highflying comedian Eric Omondi has showed off what he referred to as his newest mansion in Karen, one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Nairobi. In a video clip, the comedian showed off a seven-bedroom mansion, which he said he started working on 14 years ago.
Mr Omondi says the mansion had cost him about Ksh141 million. “This house cost me 72 million shillings and it is a culmination of my hard work in 14 years of comedy,” the comedian said. He added that the land on which the house stands cost Ksh69 million, bringing the total to Ksh141 million.
Mr Omondi said that he had been living in Kileleshwa before relocating to the new mansion. The comedian further said that he had only lived in the mansion for three days by the time he showed off the house to the public.
It has not been doubt that Omondi is one of the highest paid comedians in Kenya. In July 2021, Omondi showed off Ksh3 million in cash. The money was spread on bed and the surface of a room where he seemingly spent his night in Tanzania. Omondi showed off the money as a rebuttal to former boss of Kenya Films and Classification Board (KFCB), Ezekiel Mutua, who had dismissed comedians as ‘beggars’.
“Ezekiel Mutua, this is how Ksh3 million looks like. Nimesikia umesema wasanii ni maskini, nimesikia umesema talanta hailipi, nimesikia umesema wasanii ni omba omba; ni beggars (I have heard you have said artists are poor, I have heard that you said talent does not pay, I have heard you said artists are just mere beggars),” he said.
“This is genuine sweat and b***d, genuine God-given talent. You will not discourage our young generation of talents; you will not discourage our brothers and sisters; talent pays in this age”.
Omondi broke away from Churchill Show where he honed his career as a comedian and has been doing well on his own, winning big advertising and endorsement deals. While it is believed he left due to poor pay, he stresses that the show is just a platform to help comedians.
“When you are in school you learn from the teacher and go out there and put what you have learnt into practice. Churchill gives you a platform, and Churchill has never called anyone, we all went there on our own. So, it’s upon an individual to make something out of the platform,” he said.
Mr Omondi further revealed that for the three-season he was on Churchill Show, Churchill never paid him, but he was grateful for the platform. “He never paid me, but I didn’t want the money however by the time I was half-season, I was making millions,” he added.
According to Mr Omondi, the Churchill show was at that time the number one show, and thus he used the opportunity to sell himself to potential clients.