Revered Kenyan female comedian Teacher Wanjiku has opened up about the challenges facing women in the comedy industry.
According to Teacher Wanjiku, one of the biggest challenges is the misconception that women can’t make people laugh. She adds that the industry is dominated by men, making it hard for women to shine.
“Most people do not believe that a woman is able to make people laugh,” Wanjiku told Massawe on Radio Jambo.
She added, “You have to prove to them that you are better than even the men. There are fewer females in the comedy industry.”
Wanjiku, who made her debut in acting and comedy 10 years ago, revealed that she dreamed of becoming a teacher when she was young.
“While growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher, and when I was in college doing mass communication, that really motivated me, although I was an average student in class,” she said.
On remaining relevant even after quitting Churchill Show, Wanjiku said: “Being away for some time has helped me maintain my brand as a comedian. Understanding my brand and what I am telling my audience helps.
“You have to keep pushing yourself in the industry. I am original and I work very hard for my content before I get into the studio,” she said.
Teacher Wanjiku also noted that being responsive to feedback has helped her a lot in her career.
“I sometimes leave my audience to control me,” she said, adding, “Always allow people to criticise you. If not, you will not manage.”