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Meet Kenyan gospel artiste who doubles as a hair dresser and mandazi seller


By Annette Amondi

28 year old Kevin Ochieng’ or Kevy Jay as he is popularly known is what one would term as a jack of all trades.

Ochieng his first gospel song ‘tembea’ with producer Shankyzz and went on to do a remix of the same song with producer Teddy B.

He came to Nairobi back in 2009 hoping to land a good job but that was not the case for him forcing him to take odd jobs so he could sustain himself.

After working as a mason and then being employed as a salonist, Ochieng decided to open his own salon business and with the help of a fellow church member and a previous client he was able to raise capital to set it up.

When he is not busy braiding a client you will find him in the studio recording some of his songs which he says he writes on his own.

The young entrepreneur has sustained his Olive Green Salon based in Nairobi’s Imara Daima area for the past four years and says he does not regret the decision to set it up.

Having been raised in a not so well off family, Ochieng says he pushes himself towards success because he does not hope for an inheritance.

“My parents separated a long time ago and when we re-united with my father years later he had nothing so I have never hoped for an inheritance because there’s nothing to inherit. I know the kind of life I want for myself and that is why I’m going after it.” He said

The 28 year old has risen to the ranks of one of the best locticians and hair dresser in Embakasi.

Ochieng says he wakes up at three in the morning and prepares mandazis which he sells from four to nine in the morning then proceeds to his salon.

The young man has urged the youth not to depend fully on employment and says he hopes he will make it big in the music industry as well.

“The youth need to live a responsible life. Start small. Start following your dream early and grow with it. Don’t depend solely on employment just use it as a stepping stone to go higher.” He added

Listen to his song below: