Many people know him as Big Ted the larger than life entertainment personality, but there was a time he had a stint as the State House Deputy Director for branding and events.
Thomas Kwaka alias Big Ted opened up about brushing shoulders with powerful men on the corridors of State House. This privilege was the reason wash wash guys contacted him for a favour, in exchange for a big payout.
Speaking to Jalango on his YouTube, Big Ted narrated,
“GOD GAVE ME ANOTHER CHANCE. I HAVE MADE MISTAKES, WITH MY LIFE, FAMILY, SOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL LIFE. I AM A GREAT EXAMPLE OF MISTAKE-MAKING, BUT I AM ALSO A GREAT EXAMPLE OF GOD’S GRACE,” HE SAID.
“THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE, THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL WORK AND GOD WILL HONOUR THEM, THEY LOOK VERY STUPID TO EVERYBODY, AND THEN THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE THEY ARE WORKING, BUT THEY ARE NOT WORKING. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WASH WASH, TO DO CRAZY DEALS EVEN WHILE AT STATE HOUSE, BUT I DIDN’T.”
At the time he turned down the offer to get rich quick, he was deep in debt. His company, Main Events, had incurred Sh15 million debt due to financial mismanagement.
“IN MY LIFE, I HAVE BEEN BANKRUPT TWICE, THE LATEST BEING THREE YEARS AGO… I WAS BANKRUPT WHILE WORKING AT STATE HOUSE,” HE MUSED.
Looking back, he noted,
“I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT SHE TOLD ME THAT DAY WHEN I LEFT THE OFFICE. SHE SAID, TED, IF WE AGREE TODAY, THEN NOBODY YOU OWE MONEY WILL CALL YOU AGAIN. I LEFT THAT PLACE WITH NOTHING, BUT I LEFT FREE.”
He is not the only one who was approached by the wash wash guys, Dennis Itumbi also spoke about it a while back. The nefarious characters wanted access to the most secure building in Kenya.
“DAAAMN! THIS WAS THE EASIEST CASH I WAS GOING TO MAKE IN MY LIFE. THE RISK WAS TOO LOW. I DEBATED WITHIN MYSELF.”
“FINALLY I PICKED MY PHONE AND CALLED MY FRIEND, “I AM SORRY BRO, NO DEAL”
HE PLEADED AND I TOLD HIM, “SORRY LET ME KEEP THE TRUST IT IS MORE VALUABLE”
I HEAR HIM SIGH IN DISAPPOINTMENT.
Itumbi then said that literally, two days later, “a whole team of people were arrested at State House for attempted fraud and cash almost the figure I had been promised was recovered.”
“LISTEN, MY FRIEND, WORK HARD. BE PATIENT AND TRY TO IMPLEMENT YOUR IDEAS.”