Your health is not a joke. Take it seriously. That was the illuminating advise from Churchill’s top comedian Jusper Murume when Straight Talk finally traced him and sat with him for a warm cup of coffee. We did not only leave the interview with aching ribs because of the laughter, but the highly talented comedian, who believes in focus and high level of self discipline for success had a lot wisdom to share with the young people.
Straight Talk (ST): Tell us about yourself:
Jusper Murume (JM): My name is Jusper Mwongera. An African male from a remote Kenyan village found in Meru County. People swear I’m funny. So I’m a comedian at the popular Churchill Show.
ST: When did you get into Comedy.
JM: Talent-wise, as long as i can remember. I’ve always had that funny bone and brilliant moments of creative madness. Professionally, in 2015.
ST: Who are some of the most fundamental creatives have you ever worked with?
JM: My current boss Daniel Dambuki aka Churchill. He doesn’t talk much, but I’ve learnt a lot from him on how he handles his brand and those of the rest of us. I’m also proud to have worked with big names like MC Tricky, Shiti, Prof Hamo, Butita and the crazy MC Jessy, who shakes his tummy in front of women and children, something we need to address in our next Njuri Ncheke sitting. Churchill Show is full of superstars. I have worked with super directors, Terence Mwangi, Allan Weku, Victor Ber, Eddie Butita, Benjamin Ondara, Elisha Otieno, and Washingtone Odiwuor among others
ST: In your career as an artiste, have you ever seen people living with HIV/AIDS?
JM: Yes. One day my college drama team had a learning trip to a flower plantation and we had an encounter with one of the lady workers who was openly living positively. She took us through the experience of living with HIV, and why we all should shun HIV related stigma to curb more infections. She insisted we get tested ASAP, which we did afterwards.
ST: What do you feel has greatly propelled HIV in Kenya?
JM: Infidelity, and failure to use protection. If only people could stay faithful to their partners…
ST: Did you ever attend sex education class during your high school?
JM: Yes. A Biology class. 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, pleasurable act that ensures our own human survival, but has great consequences if pertaken irresponsibly.
ST: How has society propelled the spread of HIV AIDS?
JM: Infidelity has become a way of life. Some cultures and faith have demonized the use of contraceptives. 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. Those living with HIV are being stigmatized, making it difficult for anyone living positively to disclose their status and seek services.
ST: What suggestions would you pass?
JM: More awareness, more education, punitive laws on sexual and gender based violence, more fight on stigmatisation.
ST: How should young people handle relationships?
JM: Religiously. Abstain. If you are sexually active, then enjoy yourself responsibly by using protection. Get both of you tested and stay faithful to each other.
ST: What is your view in regards to safe sex?
ST: If you had younger siblings what would you advice them in regards to HIV AIDS?
JM: To my younger brother, 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. Use condoms boss