Former Machachari actor Govi has penned a moving open letter to Kenyans talking about the struggles he and his co-stars have been facing.
According to Govi, he feels that Kenyans have failed all the Machachari child stars for various reasons.
He narrated how he always believed Kenyans would hold them down during their lowest points but this has not been the case.
He also added that Kenyans have very high expectations for them not knowing that they were the ‘Sacrificial lambs for peanut salaries’.
“it’s so obvious that people know by now that most of us drifted apart despite all the fun and games and the memories we made on set. I never knew it would reach this point that the family would be broken into pieces and everyone would go their separate ways sometimes I ask myself, was growing up a sin? I decided to pen this down and tell Kenyans and the media how they failed these child stars. You all loved us when we were at the top when we were winning awards and entertaining you all on your screens…most of you were eager to see us doing interviews and going for shows but when all that stopped you started hating on these child stars. We grew up knowing that you were the ones to hold us up even at our lowest points but growth showed us different. Criticizing, hating, abusing, to say the least became part of the norms on our side. Not even one person has ever reached out to offer support in any way to these child stars. The only questions you guys have is “mbona mliwacha kututengenezea content?” We all come from different environments, I might be financially stable but that doesn’t mean that all of us are stable. Don’t expect us to be living in paradise and driving flashy cars yet you know the Kenyan film industry is still at ground zero when it comes to paying actors. We were the sacrificial lambs of peanut salaries and because of that now your children are enjoying the fruits of the industry. I believe if we hadn’t paved the way for the young people in Kenya many things wouldn’t have been born by now.” He said
He is now asking Kenyans to give them time to grow and to get to know them first before criticizing.