Kenyan songstress Sanapei Tande faced financial adversity between 2015 and 2016 after losing her radio job. She turned to hosting karaoke events in Nairobi to make ends meet, but the reality was far from glamorous. She encountered mistreatment and even physical manhandling from customers, with some events concluding without payment for her services.
“I did it for a whole year in 2015-16, and I realized I could not sustain my lifestyle. I lived in Westlands in a 2-bedroom house, and it just wasn’t working out,”
Despite the challenges, Sanapei persevered for a year before making the difficult decision to move back to her parents’ house to regroup. One friend’s unsolicited advice to find a wealthy man to take care of her financial needs cut deep, but Sanapei refused to give up on her dreams.
“I remember sharing my decision with my friends, and one said, ‘You are going backward in life. Why don’t you find someone to pay your rent and bills?’ I was offended, it was painful, especially when you are expecting to get support,”
With unwavering determination, Sanapei rebuilt her life and career. She is now a successful musician and has even built her own house. Her recent loss of her father, Manasseh Lemaiyian, who was a unwavering source of support throughout her musical journey, has been a difficult setback. However, Sanapei’s resilience and strength are undeniable, and she continues to inspire others with her story.