Churchill Comedian Njoro Admitted to Rehabilitation Centre

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    Comedian Njoro (left) poses for a photo with a fan in March 2018
  • Churchill Show comedian George Maina (Njoro) announced to his fans that he was making a comeback to the screen after completing a three-month therapy program.

    On July 26, Kenyans contributed funds for the comedian after he opened up on attempting suicide thrice owing to depression. 

    The comedian appreciated the kindness extended to him and promised to return to the entertainment scene after undergoing treatment.

    "I will come back with something bigger and better and I will entertain my fans once again. Tunarudi kuchoma industry (I will come back to seize my place).

    Comedians Zeddy (Left) and Njoro share a light moment at his Nakuru home on July 20, 2020.
    Comedians Zeddy (Left) and Njoro share a light moment at his Nakuru home on July 20, 2020.

    "Guys, I will be away for three months as I undertake treatment because my brain was affected. I believe I am going to beat it and you will see me very very soon," Njoro stated on Monday, August 17. 

    He added that he had been fighting depression which killed him from the inside. The Nakuru-based comedian appreciated efforts made by his friend and compatriot Zainabu Zeddy and thanked Daniel Ndambuki (Churchill) for offering him the opportunity that saw him make a breakthrough.

    Comedian Eric Omondi urged upcoming artists to exploit social media as a platform where they can grow their careers. Omondi spoke after several exposés accused Churchill directors of allegedly frustrating comedians and driving them into depression. Some of the artists have passed on. 

    The Ministry of Health has numerously weighed in on mental health with CAS Rashid Aman stating that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused enormous health, socioeconomic and psychological impact on the population.

    On June 20, Aman stated that the Ministry had set out to provide mental health and psychosocial support strategies and measures which are critical in the short and long term response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    The government, he said, is prioritizing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) through the provision of mental health and psychological services to the general public, quarantine and hospitalized persons, healthcare workers, and high-risk vulnerable populations.

    Other measures in place include the provision of 24-hour access to tele-counselling services and psychological care via hotline numbers 1199 and 719. Implementation of the Presidential directive on Mental Health and transformation of Mathare Mental Hospital into a parastatal is also underway to provide referral specialized care, training and research in mental health.

    "Ther is quite a lot we are doing on mental health in alignment with what MOH is doing too. And we in the private sector have witnessed a number of Kenyans reach out," Faith Nashipae, a psychologist based in Nairobi stated while speaking with 

    Kenyan comedians Njoro, Daniel Ndambuki, Erick Omondi and Zeddy
    From left: Kenyan comedians Njoro, Eric Omondi, Daniel Ndambuki and Zeddy