Renowned Churchill Show comedian Zainab Zeddy revealed the challenges she went through while carrying her fourth child in an interview on UnscriptedWithGrace.
After reuniting with her husband, she conceived and soon after the husband left again.
She was left to fend for herself and her two children. Life started becoming more difficult each day.
“Last year i got back together with my husband and we stayed together peacefully. I got pregnant and after 2 months he left again. We had not disagreed and nothing was wrong, he just left to go stay with another woman,” Zeddy painfully reveals.
At the time, Zeddy was going through a lot. To make matters worse, Churchill Show Creative Director Victor Ber was denying her opportunities to perform and earn some money.
“I was going for rehearsals. I went to like 5 shows but every single time Victor Ber would tell me the performance list was already full. At the time i was 6 months pregnant, my husband had left, i was being denied a chance to perform at work, i have two more children in school, i have rent and many other bills to pay. I had nothing,” Zeddy says.
Despite the hardships at Churchill Show, Zeddy had a matatu and a small restaurant where she could get some income.
However, after sometime even those were not enough to provide enough income.
“I had a 14-seater Matatu and thought it would help me get some income. It was rented to take people to Matuu and had an accident there. It was then written off. I also had a small restaurant in Umoja 3. I was not there to supervise the workers and business started deteriorating after three years of doing well.”
The comedian even faced the possibility of being evicted from her home after failing to pay rent.
However, after talking to the caretaker, she was spared.
“I had to talk to the caretaker so i would not be evicted. I had stayed there for 8 years but i could not raise the rent the last few months. He gave me three months to prepare myself and vacate the house. The hotel was doing so badly that i instructed my brother to close it,” she said.
Zeddy had reached rock-bottom.