by Martin Oduor
YY was only in class three when his father died… but he witnessed how his late dad used to beat his mother and would sometimes get between in a bid to ‘save’ his mom.
The comedian opened up about his abusive father during an interview with Massawe Japanni on Radio Jambo. He narrated how he witnessed his late father batter his mother and how the violence affected him.
“When I was growing up my dad was kind of abusive. I was a kid in the middle. Nilikua naonaga saa zingine akifika home anaanza kuchapa mathe, sometimes anakuja kama amelewa so ikaleta a very strong bond between me and my mom. Sometimes naona akipiga mathe nago inbetween nafeel I could do something alafu narushwa uko. I think maturity saa zingine inaingianga mtu depending on the experiences not the age. So nikaanza kuona how I can help my mum…Akiosha vyombo naenda naosha ata kama naosha vibaya,” said YY.
The comedian forgave his father despite everything that he did. He told Massawe that he decided to keep his father’s legacy alive by taking his dad’s nickname ‘YY’.
“YY was my dad’s name. It is a nickname that he was given by his Kalenjin friends. YY is someone who is outgoing, someone that doesn’t stay at one place… He used to live here in Nairobi…My dad, however, passed away when I was in standard three, so I decided to let his legacy live,” said the comedian.
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August 16, 2022