Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua is synonymous with his exploits in media before venturing into politics with Nominated MP David Ole Sankok opening up on a failed show after his big breakthrough with Cobra Squad.
The MP and Mutua embarked on a journey to create a TV show in 2009 dubbed How to get Rich that borrowed a leaf from arguably the most successful Kenyan program, Churchill Show.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Sankok shared details about the show that was focused on empowering Kenyans on earning an extra coin.Nominated Member of Parliament David ole Sankok during a set of 'How to be Rich'.
"The show was supposed to be aired on KBC and probably other TV stations, we thought it would be popular than Churchill but it did not pick up.
"I went my ways afterwards with Alfred continuing with Cobra Squad. Just like Churchill, we thought we have an audience who will pay an entrance fee to get advice on how to get rich," he noted.
Sankok's role in the show was how to make easy money from farming as he came from the Narok, a region well known for farming in the country.
The duo hoped that Kenyans would buy the idea to help them overcome poverty following the global economic depression in 2008 that was componded by the post-election violence.
The show was shot at the Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi with Sankok appearing in three episodes but could not point out the exact number of shows that it aired before being cancelled.
According to Sankok the show failed to take off because of negativity from the public who did not buy into the ideas of the show.
"Kenyans are funny, some of them like poverty. You give them advice and they start criticising you and not the idea itself.
"The negativity is the reason why we have poverty in the country, if you tell people how you make your money, they think you are chest-thumping and proud," stated Sankok.
Sankok cited how motivational speakers in developed countries command a huge following and, in his view, impact the lives of people through their shows.
After the show was called off, Sankok went on to venture into farming and the hotel industry opening up a clinic while Mutua did not give up on his dream as he proceeded with Cobra Squad.
The two have since had similar paths as Alfred became a Governor in 2013 while Sankok was nominated to Parliamen later in 2017 with both also venturing in the hoteling industry.
"In 2013 I entered into hospitality industry and invested on OSIM Country Lodge while Alfred later joined hospitality industry and opened his A & L hotel in 2020," noted Sankok.Nominated MP David ole Sankok addresses a gathering in 2019File
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