‘Churchill Show’ comedian George Maina, popularly known as Njoro, has appealed for financial support from Kenyans as he battles depression.
Njoro, a father of four, says he “lost everything”, including his finances, in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Some of his money, he said, went towards his father’s stomach cancer treatment. Another portion of his funds, Njoro revealed, got depleted as he battled alcoholism.
“In October, November and December last year, I was at my rock bottom,” Njoro told his fellow comedian Zeddy, who visited him last weekend at his parents’ Nakuru home.
So depressed was Njoro at the time that he attempted suicide in December 2019.
“I wanted to plunge my vehicle at the Rift Valley View Point in Limuru. While making my last prayers, it appears God spoke to a truck driver, who came and tied a towing rope on the rear part of my car. After completing my prayer, I pressed the accelerator paddle, but the vehicle couldn’t move. When I stepped out of my car, the truck driver told me I wasn’t going to kill myself as he watched,” said Njoro.
Prior to the December 2019 suicide attempt, Njoro had tried to kill himself on three separate occasions. Two of the three previous failed attempts, Njoro ingested poisonous chemicals. His other attempt was when he cut himself in the wrist.
In the first quarter of 2020, Njoro battled alcoholism. He says he is almost triumphing over alcohol addiction, and is now appealing to any counselling psychologist to help him overcome mental distress.
“What I need now, is counselling services. Some might say I need to go to rehab, but my drinking problem is no longer there. The depression drugs that I am currently taking are very expensive. However, they are not enough to rid me of depression. I need a counselling psychologist who can help me improve my mental health,” said Njoro.
The funnyman says he has been out of job for months now, and given that COVID-19 crisis can’t allow for Kenyans to converge, eking a living out of humour has been hard for him.
“Comedy is not paying now. I would take any job that I am offered. If one gives me a job today, I would be at my work station the first thing in the morning tomorrow, even if it means borrowing Fuliza funds to raise bus-fare,” he said.
“I am urging any Kenyan out there, who wishes to help me to channel his or her financial help to a contact that comedienne Zeddy will share on her social media pages soon. In summary, what I need, is financial help so that I can get back on my feet and psychological counselling services.”