How KCSE Grade A Student Turned to Kenya's Greatest Prankster

  • Churchill Show comedians and fans pictured on December 31, 2018 at Garden City Mall, Thika Road, Nairobi.
    Churchill Show comedians and fans pictured on December 31, 2018, at Garden City Mall, Thika Road, Nairobi.
  • KCSE Grade A students have always been associated with careers such as medicine, engineering and law.

    One student, Nickson Andere, better known as Nick Bigfish, however, chose a path rarely followed. After his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), Bigfish, ventured into comedy and content creation, rather than following the conventional path to pursue most admired degree courses.

    His father was first disappointed because he wanted him to chart a different path. Nevertheless, his eyes were set on the arts: content creation and comedy to be precise.

    File image of comedian Nicki Bigfish
    File image of comedian Nicki Bigfish
    Churchill show

    Hence, he starred in programmes such as Daniel Ndambuki's Churchill Show, Prankstars and Ebru TV's Jibonge.

    "At first, it was difficult for my father to accept the path I had chosen for myself. He could not comprehend what I was doing yet he had taken me through school until I got my degree," he stated.

    Bigfish went on to state that Kenyans did not take the art industry with the seriousness it deserved, noting that most associated it with people who are not doing well in the society.

    "People don't appreciate art as a real job but it is. Sometimes I meet parents whose children are into narcotics and they tell me to help their children get into the industry because they have no other way to help them." 

    "Yet, you cannot find the same parents approaching doctors for the same requests," he continued.

    The entertainer has been on the Prankster show for 10 years. In his line of duty, he has on a number of occasions met a hostile crowd who rough him and even pulled a trigger on him.

    In August 2020, Bigfish was admitted in hospital after he was attacked in a bar while he shot a prank. He ventured into a closed bar where a group of young men were drinking and chewing khat despite bars being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Angered, one of the men stood and broke a beer bottle on the floor before accosting Bigfish.

    Over the years, he has learnt to manoeuvre and know how to handle himself and his subjects in different occasions.

    "I have security when I'm shooting, 2 bouncers and 1 police officer," he stated