5 TBEN who have made fortunes through unconventional means

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Creating digital content has recently become a source of income for the majority of TBEN.

This is mainly caused by the fact that all one needs is a digital phone, reliable internet connectivity, an idea and also luck to get hold of their content.

The goal is often to generate content that can go viral and share it with the right network to achieve that goal.

In Kenya, quite a few people have benefited from viral content that has resulted in them getting brand endorsements locally and internationally, while others have been awarded appointments to senior government offices.

A photo collage of Northern Sub-Location Assistant Chief John Ogilo Migun dancing with other Huduma Center staff in Kisumu on January 20, 2023.

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But who are some of these individuals? TBEN.co.ke highlights those who used social media to make a breakthrough.

1. John Ogilo Migun (The Dancing Chief)

Migun is the latest Kenyan to hit the spotlight after their videos went viral online.

The dance chef, as he is now commonly known, was filmed at a popular nightclub in Kisumu dancing to the hit kuna kuna.

Dubbed ‘Mindoko Chef’ by the public, the administrator has remained the talk of the town thanks to his graceful dance moves in nightlife venues.

The 38-year-old assistant chief of the Northern Sub Location in Kisumu Central Sub-County was given a new role with the government on Sunday, January 22, to market Huduma Kenya services alongside his role as an administrator.

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Dressed in a white shirt with the Huduma Center brand, Migun was assigned to raise awareness among the youth of the government services provided at the Huduma Center.

2. Ivy Chelimo, (creator of the Riggy G brand)

Kenyan content creator Ivy Chelimo, behind Vice President Rigathi Gachagua’s nickname “Riggy G,” grabbed a job in Gachagua’s office after the nickname went viral.

Chelimo first came up with the nickname on Twitter during the vice presidential debate in July 2022, but her moment of fame would wait until after the election.

A collage of Ivy Chelimo (left) and Vice President Rigathi Gachagua

A collage of Ivy Chelimo (left) and Vice President Rigathi Gachagua

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This was after the nickname was well received and went viral on the platform and TBEN started searching for its creator

The then law student indicated in an interview that she nonce thought for once that the name would generate all that buzz until her boyfriend texted her and told her she was trending on Twitter.

Gachagua would proudly adopt the nickname, with President William Ruto addressing him as Riggy G several times at public events.

3. Meshack Kiprop (Arap Uriah)

Kenyan content creator and comedian Meshack Kiprop, known artistically as Arap Uria, came to limelight for his impersonation of celebrated English football commentator Peter Drury.

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The first-born in a family of eight says his dream was to become a journalist, but under pressure from his parents, he had to pursue a Bachelor of Education degree from Masinde Muliro University.

He started comedy by posing as political leaders, but he later noticed that some of his fans took it personally as he could get endless backlash from them through comments.

A collage image of Kenyan comedian Meshack Kiprop, commonly known as Arap Uria.

A collage image of Kenyan comedian Meshack Kiprop, commonly known as Arap Uria.

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As a creative, he had to switch to football and found satisfaction in imitating Drury.

It was his lip-synching commentary that catapulted him to international fame as one of the country’s most influential comedians.

He became famous for lip-synching Drury’s poetic comments, including the famous UEFA Champions League match between AS Roma and Barcelona, ​​where the Italians thrashed the Catalans 4-0.

He would later meet his idol at the World Cup in Qatar and also pose for pictures.

4.Charles Odongo, (Ugali male)

Charles Odongo, popularly known as ‘UgaliMan’, is known after he caught the attention of netizens by throwing a ball of ugali in the air before grabbing it with a punch and nearly swallowing it in a flash.

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The Rongai-based gym instructor, through his ugali gimmicks, received a brand new seven-seater Voxy van, a fully equipped gym and a check of Ksh5 million to support his branded fitness business.

Before becoming popular, the father of three was a trainer who ran a gym in Rongai, Kajiado County.

5. Azziad Nasenya

Aziad is one award-winning Kenyan actress, content creator, media host and social media personality. She is popularly known as the TikTok Queen of Kenya.

She has her big break on Tik Tok in 2020 after a viral video of her dancing to the song ‘Utawezana’ went viral.

The internet imploded and the hashtags #Azziad and #Utawezana were trending online platforms for quite some time.

She would go ahead and secure brand endorsements with both local and international brands.

Nasenya has 1.8 million followers on Instagram and she remains one of the most followed influencers on Tik Tok with a whopping 2.4 million followers.

In 2020, she landed a role in television and was slated to star in the television series. However, the show was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She also made her first appearance in the Selina Telenovela on Maisha Magic East M-Net and Multiple choice.

File photo of actress and content creator Azziad Nasenya.

File photo of actress and content creator Azziad Nasenya.

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