This article will carefull take you through Eric Omondi earlier life, his achievements & his net worth.
Eric Omondi was born on 8th of March 1983. He turned 38 years this year (2021).
Before his parents took him to Lake Primary school, he finished his formative years in Kondele & was a pupil at current Kondele Primary school (form class 1 – class 3). The comedian said he used to suck his thumb & once peed on himself while in school. This dented his self-esteem prompting his parents to thrust him to Lake Primary school. In a past discussion, Fred Omondi expressed fondly of his brother’s mischief and how he would fiddle out of disciplinary crises by disarming his parents with a joke. He replicated a poem in school that was a hit with parents vamoosing no doubt that he was born to the big stage.
The funnyman lost his mom in mid-2004. His father passed from a heart attack while he was still a child. Eric Omondi disclosed early this year that his dad was a police inspector & OCS based in Kisumu. Death also stole the comedian his more aged brother Joseph Omondi. Questioned by The Standard journalist Rose Kwamboka if he worried death, he retorted:
“I do not fear dying. I have lost both loving parents, my grandparents and lately my brother. No one should fear dying, it occurs to all of us.”
His other siblings are fellow comic Fred Omondi, Rose Omondi, Irene Omondi & Pollate Omondi.
High School and University
Eric Omondi life was apparently confined in Kisumu. After finishing his (KCPE) Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination, the comedian was enrolled at Kisumu Boys. High school shaped and filed his skills as a comedian. His artistry was clear when he perfectly played a role of a woman, which he persists to do in his many skits on YouTube leaving his critic Cyprian Nyakundi challenging his sexuality. Omondi repositioned to Nairobi for the first time in early 2003 to join Daystar University for a 3 year course in Electronic Media. His power to charm audiences saw him take up the position of an emcee-albeit self-appointed. He graduated seven years later after the university granted him a full scholarship.
His journey to where he is currently is credited to Churchill’s father of standup comedy. The two encountered in 2006 and swapped numbers after Eric engraved in a gig he was performing. Two years after, Churchill called the ‘skinny’ comic to inform him of what revolved out to be an opportunity of a lifetime. His debut at the Churchill Show was not what he anticipated but he picked up fast & won the hearts of many.
Starring In His Personal Show
After attaining traction in Churchill Show, Eric chose he was fit enough to star in his show. ‘Hawayu’ happened. Kenyans were thrilled until the rubber hit the road. ‘Hawayu’ was a tragedy and before we understood it, KTN had canceled the show over poor ratings. He realized that it was indeed one of his worst decisions:
“It was one of the most destructive ideas because I was youthful and I wasn’t ready. So I think God gave me that chance intentionally to teach me a few stuffs. But it was one of the best fortes that ever happened to me because without it, I wouldn’t be where I’m currently.
It transformed everything and I learned a lot. I understood Kenyans, exhibition and comedy as a whole. It was a useful lesson…”
After his experimentation that took the fabled life of Simon Makonde came a cropper, Eric saw himself between a rock & hard financial place. No corporate liked to touch him. Shows ran dry & the small time gigs he got, expended him peanuts. His first car that was a Toyota Allion, was auctioned. He also had a 7 months’ rent arrears to be exact. But, like the prodigal son who had strolled to the unknown, Churchill was generous enough to take him back.
The ever-ambitious Eric left the Churchill once again. This time he was better set and the timing was right. He needed to give other acts and had grand plans after his exit. His show “Eric Omondi Untamed” was established at the Villa Rosa, targeting the high-end market. It seemingly passed out of a natural death as the comic has taken to act on his YouTube channel.
Endorsements & How Much He Was Paid
Eric has made millions in endorsements sole. His paycheck for the two Airtel ad ‘Kuhama’ brought him a cool kes1 million. But he says the most elevated amount he ever earned for a single ad was kes750,000 as it did not contain expense. He was also OLX’s (NOW jiji) representative and Kenya Wildlife Service Rhino ambassador. Eriko did another ad with Bonfire Safaris.
Eric Omondi has above 530,000 subscribers on YouTube and his videos have around 25 million views. However, his videos probably yield lower income because of copyrighted materials as he usually parody videos of famous songs.
He was designated the 9th funniest man in Africa in 2015. This year, the comedian bagged the most promising African Comedian at the African Entertainment Awards USA (AEAUSA) carried in New Jersey.
In an discussion on YoungRich, Eric Omondi set his net worth at kes30 million making him one of the wealthiest comedian in Kenya. That was 2013. Last year he was in the procedure of completing the building of his apartments in Kisumu.
Eric Omondi name is interchangeable with controversies. From staging arrests to lying about possessing a house, faking impregnating a superstar to hosting a show anointed wife material that got him in problem with former KFCB boss Ezekiel Mutua. But it is most current baby daddy drama that got Kenyans speaking.
Jacque Maribe accused Eric of being a deadbeat father after he posted a picture with a ‘pregnant’ Miss P captioned:
“I met this Attractive Woman 5 months ago in an occasion I was hosting. Whatever happened and I pledged her I would take every Responsibility. Children are a gift from God,.
The former Citizen TV news commentator who shares a son with the funnyman wondered what ‘duty’ he was talking about when he had ignored his own son.
What was supposed to be a publicity gag to promote Miss P’s new single turned unattractive when Omondi asked if he was the child’s father, stating he had only had a one-night stand with Maribe. He stated that Maribe was in a connection with fellow journalist Sammy Ogina at the time.
The comedian disclosed Radio Jambo Japanni Massawe that he had urged on a DNA test to ascertain the child’s paternity, but Maribe flatly denied. The problem was escalating fast, forcing Bonfire Adventure creator to intervene. The two have since made harmony with each other.