Tahidi High Star: My Husband Burnt My Car, Disowned Our Kids

  • Former Tahidi High Star Joyce Wanjiku (Kellen) has shed light on her strained relationship with her husband and why she is struggling to raise her children alone

    Wanjiku who portrayed a sub-ordinate staff in the Citizen TV drama series said that she parted ways with her husband who was reportedly shy of responsibilities. 

    Talking to kenyagist.com, the actress alleged that the husband vandalised her car, burnt it and further disowned her and the children while she was still acting in Tahidi High

    “My husband deserted us and that’s why I am struggling alone. He doesn’t want responsibilities. 

    Tahidi High’s Joyce Wanjiku (Kellen) poses for a photo with other cast members

    In March 2021, she reached out to well-wishers requesting to be helped in raising school fees for her two children. One was a KCSE candidate and the other waiting to join Form 3. 

    Through multiple social media posts, she shared her mobile transaction number and pay bill numbers. She was hoping to raise over Ksh75,000. 

    “Kenyans and other donors aided me with the little they had. I understand some were constrained by the Covid-19 pandemic. From the much they offered, I split into paying fees for the two children.

    “The one joining Form 3 still needs support, same to the sister who is set to join tertiary level. As a person living with a disability (PWD), I am struggling and I need to buy a new metallic shoe for my right leg. My movement is minimal,” she reached out. 

    To boost her income after her acting stint came to an end, Wanjiku opened an eatery joint in a Nairobi estate which has not yet broken even. 

    “An MCA and some friends helped me set up this business. However, we are still grappling with income and it needs renovation. 

    “People should understand that we celebrities at times are just big names with empty pockets. The TV can magnify you to a level people think you can’t struggle,” Wanjiku said, adding that people need to be considerate as some accused her of seeking help after seeing some of her former colleagues such as Omosh (Joseph Kinuthia) aided by well-wishers.  

    Actor Omosh (left) receives a cheque from comedian Felix Odiwour (Jalang’o) in February 2021

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