‘Your sexual health isn’t a laughing matter’
Yo! Straight Talk caught up with one of the Churchill Show’s funniest comedian, Jasper Murume, and we engaged him in an open but exciting and hearty convo about youth, sex, relationships, HIV/Aids and more! Check it out and share!
ST: Tell us about yourself:
JM: My name is Jasper Mwongera, an African from a remote Kenyan village in Meru County. People say I’m funny. So I’m a comedian at Churchill Show.
ST: When did you get into Comedy?
JM: Talent-wise, as long as i can remember. I’ve always had the illness. Professionally, in 2015.
ST: Who are some of the most fundamental artists you ever worked with?
JM: My current boss Daniel Ndambuki. I’ve learnt a lot from him on how he handles his brand and those of the rest of us. Churchill Show is full of superstars. I’m also proud to have worked with big names like Tricky, Shiti, Hamo, Butita and MC Jessy who shakes his tummy in front of women and children, something we need to address in our next Njuri Ncheke sitting!
ST: In your career as a comedian, have you ever seen people living with HIV AIDS?
JM: Yes. One day my college drama team took a trip to a flower plantation and one of the lady worker, who was openly living with HIV talked to us about staying healthy while positive, and shunning stigma. She implored on us to get tested ASAP, which we did afterwards.
ST: What do you feel has greatly propelled HIV in Kenya?
JM: Lack of information and carelessness
ST: So youths are irresponsible with social media?
JM: Yes. But you can’t blame them. Everything good given to humans should either be strictly regulated or come with equal teachings. Or both. Which is what we lack. Thats my opinion though.
ST: Did you ever attend sex education during your high school?
JM: Yes. Biology. The human reproduction chapter came with long sex education sessions. None of us winked for those 40 minutes
ST: How did you feel about the sex education classes?
JM: Those classes were in order. Because we definitely learnt a lot about this irresistible deed that had serious consequences if pertaken
ST: How has society propelled the spread of HIV AIDS?
JM: Infidelity has become a way of life. Some cultures have demonized the use of condoms. Sex education continues to be the number one taboo in most cultures in Africa so most kids might have no idea on how people contract HIV. Stigmatization discourages disclosure. Disclosure would help to stop the spreading of HIV.
ST: What suggestions would you pass?
More awareness, more education, harsh laws on infidelity and rape, more fight on stigmatisation.
ST: How should young people handle relationships?
JM: Concentrate more on things that matter like your education. Unhealthy relationships suck your energy
ST: What is your view in regards to safe sex?
JM: It should never be an option. If it’s not safe it’s irresponsible. You don’t want to try irresponsibility if you care about yourself
ST: If you had younger siblings what would you advice them in regards to HIV AIDS?
JM: To my younger brother, HIV is real. It really messes everything up. Stay sober and safe. Look at how tough life is when you are healthy. Now think about how much tougher it gets when you have a few health problems. Tough right? Exactly.