In Kenya, the term “Wash Wash” is used to describe the poor quality and illegitimate businesses that take place in the underworld. These include money laundering, trade unions and fraud schemes.
Recently, a briefing by a media personality alleged that a number of local celebrities and influencers were involved in the printing of counterfeit currency and money laundering.
As the allegations made headlines, set the agenda for multimedia discussions and debates, from panelists to pundits, comedian Terrence Creative saw a gap and seized the opportunity to not only educate but also entertain. his audience on the same subject.
Terrence’s comedy was rich in short sketches of a Congolese character nicknamed Papa Fred who runs a union that targets businessmen and women by printing false notes.
An image of Darren Collins
Ngamwaya Kemikal. Lengit of Mbiznes (I’m going to use a chemical and make some money for you from this legitimate business). It was one of Terrence’s most famous lines in the comedy series on YouTube.
Among the cast, Terrence assembled in the ‘Wash Wash’ series, was his longtime friend, Darren Collins. The American plays a role as one of the ring leaders in the two-part skit.
However, little is known about him or how he was part of the viral skit on YouTube.
Speaking in an interview on Monday, October 11, Collins revealed that he has been living in Kenya for almost six years. However, he fell in love with Kenya after visiting the country for the first time in 2012.
Its main focus at the time was to conduct a research study on AIDS prevention and education using puppets.
Collins revealed that he met Terrence at a comedy show at the Hilton in 2012. At that point, he was acting like a magician and showing his work through puppets.
The duo quickly befriended and began performing together at various joints in Nairobi, where they would earn a paltry 2,000 or 3,000 Ksh.
Later, they met comedian Fred Omondi, Eric Omondi’s brother, and looked for concerts as a joint team.
Terrance revealed that he used concert money to fund his research on how to explore the market and diversify his art.
While jostling each other, the trio decided to experiment with their work by getting out of their comfort zones and trying new content. They agreed to go their separate ways to allow themselves to grow, but would still team up whenever needed.
“We started out together, every time one of them reached out I always came back,” he said,
When Terrence shared the ideas for his new project, Darren was more than willing to be a part of it and didn’t hesitate to join us.
He described Terrence Creative as a genius, adding that he was more than happy to work with him.
The American admitted that they didn’t expect the skit to go viral despite the time and money invested in making the film.
He argued that he played the role better because of the skills he learned from acting as a magician. Collins added that he had never been the prey of cons and that his role in the skit was just a character on tape and not in his real life.
“By acting like a magician, I am able to detect a trick from afar. Many have tried but unsuccessfully fooled me,” he said, adding that many people regard strangers as naive whenever they visit Africa.
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