Bahati: We grew up in an orphanage since my dad was a ‘deadbeat’

Colleta Ochieng
Colleta Ochieng

Reality TV star Kevin Kioko, popularly known as Bahati, delivered an emotional speech during the launch of his latest project, “The Bahati’s Empire,” set to premiere on Netflix where he recounted his humble beginnings and the hard work he has put in to achieve a better life.

Speaking in front of a crowd of who is who who had come for the event, Bahati revealed that he spent part of his childhood in a children’s home despite having a living parent.

I come from a place called Mathare, that is where I used to live. In Ngei ward next to Huruma and your excellency I am a go-getter,” began the father of five.

He recounted losing his mother at a young age, which devastated him and his siblings. Following their mother’s death, their father remarried and left them to fend for themselves.

I lost my mom when I was 7 years old… After losing my mom, my dad married again and then he moved out of the city and that is how I ended up at ABC Kenya Children’s Home. I studied there and when I was in class 8, I got a call… still at the children’s home. All this time, I had never seen my dad. But I got a call to go bury him,” Bahati shared emotionally.

Despite his father’s abandonment, Bahati honored the call to attend his burial. After the funeral, he made a vow to himself.

I ran away from the children’s home so I’d get to attend the burial. And your excellency, one thing I promised myself that day, is that… because my big brother Kioko was so bitter because he knew how badly life had treated us and how we had suffered in the slums”.

But one thing I told myself is I will take advantage of every single opportunity offered to me. After the burial I went back to the children’s home until I cleared High School. Afterwards, I went back to the streets and I remember at one point I used to live at Mr. Seed’s mom’s house and then I joined music.

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