Nairobi women are too fake for life! TV host and actor Justin Karunguru

Justin Karunguru
  • Justin Karunguru, a Business Administration graduate hates to be comfortable and admits being in acting scene is not for the faint-hearted
  • The actor reveals why Nairobi girls need to style up 

Most actors I know got into the industry by luck and have very interesting stories. What is yours?

I was spotted doing a play at the Kenya National Theatre by Joyce Musoke, who at the time was co-producing a show on KTN titled Briefcase Inc. Initially, I appeared on the show as a guest, but was later incorporated in the script because they loved my performance.

This was my first television job. Later, I auditioned for a role in Kona, an Africa Magic (now Maisha Magic) production, and got to play the role of Mutiso.

I have also acted in Bold Conversations (KBC), Pray & Prey (NTV) and I am the host of Pambazuka National Lottery Show (NTV).

I have also worked on several films, including Black Wedding and Circle, both produced by Zamaradi Productions.

You have such an impressive CV when it comes to production. Are you also involved in theatre?

I am involved in Wholesome Entertainment, a Kenyan theatre company founded by Seth and Daisy Busolo, where I have acted in six productions including City Dads and the Women who Love Them, Deputy Husband, Poison Ivy, History Box Corporate Wife, Here Comes the Groom and It’s Not About the Bride.

You are currently also involved in a very interesting project, a first in the industry, tell us about that...

The project is called Because You Said. It is an improvised comedy show held once every two months, and the primary aim is to fill the gap left by mainstream slapstick comedy. It is Kenya’s premiere improv comedy show.

It involves getting a cast of improvisers to make up scenarios, skits and stories on the stage before a live audience.

It was birthed three years ago, when Jason Runo brought together six multi-talented artists who included June Gachui, Yafesi Musoke, Mugambi Nthiga, Kevin ‘K1’ Maina Patricia Kihoro and myself, to ‘make stuff up’ on stage in front of an audience.

As a multi-talented entertainer, when did it hit you that you had finally made it in the Kenyan entertainment industry which is often referred to as a hard nut to crack?

Working on Pambazuka National Lottery has boosted my profile as a performing artist. The exposure I have received from this has been phenomenal.

The biggest challenge I have faced yet is surprisingly not from anyone, but myself; it took me a while to believe that I was gifted and that my talent could generate income for me.

When I started believing in myself, I faced a new challenge: getting too comfortable. Thus, every day, I must remind myself that there is still more to learn and achieve.

Justin Karunguru

Apart from acting, comedy, hosting, what else do you do?

I am involved in a family enterprise that deals in motor vehicle assessment and valuations. I have a degree in business administration which comes very handy in the family business as well as in the creative industry.

The truth is that art is a business.

What is your biggest insecurity?

Failing. It scares me to bits, so much so that I intentionally avoid situations that I feel would fail, and had to change my mindset to learn to take risks and embrace both success and the failure.

Being a media personality, people expect your life to be perfect. Does that bother you?

For the first time, I have to deal with groupies. It’s both flattering and surprising, as I am not used to that kind of attention. My motto is to treat others as I would want to be treated, and that is with respect.

So, I try to be as courteous and respectful even when saying no to advances. However, some fans are crazy, a lady once asked me if I could get her pregnant, promising that she would not bother me in future because her interest was only my DNA!

It really made me question the world we are living in today.

Is there a special lady in your life?

Yes. I have nicknamed her ‘Tutu’ and she is a wonderful lady who inspires me to be better every day. She is very beautiful and good at what she does. I thank God every day for gifting me with her.

What is your pet peeve about women in Nairobi and the dating scene?

There seems to be a lot of ‘fakeness.’ Girls today are trying to be something they are not, they are boujie and walk round with fake accents.

African ladies are beautiful just the way they were created, and there is no need to change God’s wonderful creation.

If only they were true to themselves, Nairobi girls would be the best to date worldwide.