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Sasa Kamami? Here is the full story of Terence Creative the Instagram sensation

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If you have not heard of the the #SasaKamami series then you definitely live under a rock.

But since, I don’t want you living there for long, here is the gist.

Terence Creative – real name Lawrence Macharia – coined the phrase as part of his sketch comedy that he posts daily on Instagram.

Here are some of his most hilarious videos.

Anyhow, Terence has become an online sensation, but his was past is riddled with hardship.

“I am the lastborn of three brothers. Our mum died when I was nine years,” Terence said in an interview seen by kiss100.co.ke.

“We grew housed by my grandmother. The house was too small to accommodate all my brothers plus my uncles. At times I could walk out and go look for food. That is how  I became a street kid for seven years.”

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The same year his mother died, Terence started smoking. He estimates that he has smoked at least 166,000 cigarettes in 22 years.

“One year ago, I was a slave to smoking. I couldn’t function without a smoke, I kept it to my mind that I needed to smoke to be more creative. Later on I realised it was just a myth. I prayed to God and said to myself I will quit. I prayed and told God to free me ’cause I’m his child, and he did,” he said.

Apart from smoking, Terence turned to crime in Mathare to make ends meet.

“Life was not easy in the street. I became a drug peddler, that is how I made my money. I even used to fake disability and pretend to be a disabled child just to get money. I mean, life there was not a joke. It was so tough,” he said.

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“I sold scrap metals as well and I became a thug. I would snatch bags from people, side mirrors za gari za watu. But all this was out of frustrations in life and lacking hope because I didn’t see myself ever becoming anyone in the society.”

The comedian’s addiction was so bad that people paid him using cigarettes.

“Smoking cost me a lot, loss of dignity, loss of jobs. I remember some of my ‘friends’ who wanted me to offer my creative services used to say, ‘Huyu usimpee pesa, bora uende na fegi atakuskiza.’ That’s how low I could stoop, and as an addict, you put smoking above your esteem.”

Macharia thanks Muli’s Children’s Home for rescuing him from the streets and giving him an opportunity to go to school.

“Mr Muli took me to his children’s home and that is where I reformed from using hard drugs after I was taken to rehabilitation for two years,” he said.

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