Gengetone star Mejja – real name Major Nemeye Khadija – has opened up about his childhood, growing up without his dad.
In a candid interview, the rapper Mejja explained why his surname is Khadija and he often calls himself Mtoto wa Khadija.
“I CALL MYSELF KHADIJA BECAUSE MY FATHER WAS A SPERM DONOR. AS A CHILD, I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THE SACRIFICES SHE MADE FOR US. SOMETIMES, I WOULD FIND HER CRYING IN THE HOUSE AND SHE WOULD ACT LIKE NOTHING WAS WRONG.
“WHEN I GREW UP AND HAD MY FAMILY, I REALIZED SHE WENT THROUGH A LOT TO RAISE THREE BOYS. AFTER COMING TO NAIROBI, PEOPLE WOULD ALWAYS COMMENT ABOUT THE NAME SAYING IT’S A WOMAN’S SO I STARTED INSISTING MTOTO WA KHADIJA. SHE’S MY INSPIRATION,” THE HITMAKER SAID IN A RECENT INTERVIEW.
Growing up in Nyeri’s Majengo slum without a father was a strong and compelling reason why Mejja purposed to be in his children’s lives even when he separated with his baby mama.
“I HAVE FACED SO MANY CHALLENGES THAT IN AN IDEAL SITUATION, MY FATHER’S ADVICE WOULD HAVE COME IN HANDY- BUT I HAD TO DEAL WITH A LOT ON MY OWN. THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN’T TELL YOUR MOTHER AS IT WOULD GIVE HER MORE STRESS.
“PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE THAT I HAVE CHILDREN- I PROMISED MYSELF TO NEVER BE AWAY FROM THEM. I DIDN’T WANT TO RAISE MY KIDS OUTSIDE THE FAMILY UNIT BUT CIRCUMSTANCES FORCED ME TO. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF WE ARE NOT TOGETHER WITH BABY MAMA- THE CHILD DID NOTHING WRONG.”