Onyi: The Former Real Househelps of Kawangware Actor Now Living in the Streets, Pleads for Help From Kenyans

The Real Househelps of Kawangware (TRHK) is among the most celebrated television shows in Kenya over the last decade or so.

However, the show came to an abrupt end in 2020 following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought about economic constraints that affected various sectors across the globe. The entertainment industry was among the most affected sectors across the world.

With the directive to social distance as a preventative measure for this spread of the deadly virus, production was shut down for most television shows. This plunged actors to various economic strains.

In Kenya, many entertainers have come out to express the toll the pandemic took on their businesses, let alone their careers.

On Tuesday, March 15, 2022, TRHK actor Onyi, hit the headlines after he admitted to living the streets and being broke.

The actor stated that his fortunes went south with the onset of the pandemic, and he has been unable to find his way back.


Onyi’s real name remains unknown to many, and his stage name has since become his identity.

The dreadlocked actor was among the first cast members of TRHK during its formative years on KTN. Onyi played the ruthless thug who used sheer force to have his way. He appeared in most of the episodes.

Also Read: Hustles Of The Real Househelps of Kawangware Actors After The TV Series Came To An End 

Going Broke

The actor revealed that his financial situation forced him out of his house in Umoja to live in one of his sister’s rental houses in Syokimau.

Speaking to a local online tv on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, Onyi stated that his woes began at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic when the show was called off.

“The coronavirus put us in a hard place. Since the pandemic started, work has stopped, and we are not doing anything since then. I love work, but where is that job right now?” He posed.


The actor is a father of five with three baby mamas.

During the interview, he revealed that due to financial constraints, he was unable to take care of his family and his wife has since abandoned him.

“I have two kids with my wife who moved with them to Kisii where she works as a nurse. I have two other kids with my baby mama in Sweden, and the last child resides with the mother in the US,” he said.
Financial mismanagement

During the interview, Onyi dismissed claims that he is an alcoholic.

He also conceded to being a spendthrift, admitting that it landed him in trouble. He noted that he has learnt a lot from it.

Search for help

Onyi revealed that he has been in contact with some of his former fellow cast members but none of them has been in a place to help him out.


Just like the characters he played on THRK, Onyi is said to have had a short temper which he revealed during a past cooking show. He told the host that he had issues with the bottle and needed advice on anger management.

At the time, a viral video had circulated online, where Onyi was caught fighting a reveller over a woman. The story made it to various news outlets.