Kenyan author Eugine Kabasa is set to release his latest book, “The Making of an Icon: The inspiring journey of Jalang’o,” which details the life of media personality-turned-politician and current Langata MP Jalang’o.
The publication’s foreword has been penned by NTV news anchor Brian George.

The book, which is based on Jalang’o’s life, covers his humble beginnings in Homa Bay, his struggles in school, and his rise to fame as a radio presenter, comedian, and currently a Member of Parliament.

“It presents the major life lessons that one can take away from specific incidences of Jalang’os eventful career. In the book, I make a commentary of how his story is a perfect example of defying odds and making it where normally you wouldn’t,” the author said.
It also delves into his journey as a fisherman and fishmonger, his time spent working blue-collar jobs, and his breakthrough role on Citizen TV’s Papa Shirandula.

Born and raised in Homa Bay, Jalang’o comes from a humble background, as his parents were farmers.

He has three brothers and one sister, and his father passed away on the day he signed his first officially contract as a radio presenter at Radio Africa Group’s Kiss 100.

Despite the loss, Jalang’o persevered and went on to become one of the most popular and recognizable faces in the Kenyan media industry and now Lang’ata MP.

Jalang’o’s educational journey was not easy, he scored 442 out of 700 in his KCPE, and was selected to join Maseno school, but his father couldn’t raise the required school fees.

Eventually, he was admitted to Barkanyango Secondary School, and later transferred to Nyagoma Boys High School where he scored a C+ in his KCSE.


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