Jaguar opens up about being deported from the U.S as an upcoming musician
Kenyan musician-turned-politician Charles ‘Jaguar’ Kanyi has revealed that he was once deported from the United States.
Speaking on Radio Citizen's Mambo Mseto show, Jaguar narrated that, as an upcoming musician back in the day, he got an invite from a friend to perform in Detroit, U.S.
He said that upon arriving at an airport in the U.S, security queried him about not having an ATM card for his financial transactions, ultimately sending him back to Kenya.
“Kufika Detroit nilikuwa na kiherehere nilikuwa nadhani mimi ni msanii mkubwa sana kwa sababu nilikuwa nimepata invite kutoka kwa rafiki yangu kwa sababu alikuwa anaskia mimi huimba, kufika kule ata sikuwa na ATM card yenye ina visa,” said the Starehe legislator.
“Sasa ma-askari wa kule wakaniuliza sema ukose mtu kwenye airport utatumia pesa gani na wakanirudisha mpaka Kenya.”
However, the legislator did not give up and went back to the embassy to get the proper documentation and everything he needed to go back to the U.S for his proper star moment.
“Nilirudi kwa embassy sababu sikuloose hope,” he stated.
In the U.S, the former entertainer realized that people did not know of him and hence started doing some manual labor to survive.
According to Jaguar, he converted the sore experience to his advantage resulting to him getting his first million which he then used to start a taxi business in Kenya and later a garage company.
“Kufika pale nikapata watu hawanijui, nilifanya kazi mingi kwa dollar store, kufagia, nilikuwa nafanya kazi eighteen hours sababu lazima ushikanishe ndio upate ile pesa… niliweza kusave na ivo ndio nilitengeneza my first million,” he recalled.
‘’Nilinunua taxi tatu, zilikuwa zinaitwa Jagz cabs, baadaye nikafungua garage.”
The former entertainer is well-known for his business savvy nature even before joining politics with several properties to his name.
Jaguar further revealed that he plans to defend his Starehe MP seat in the upcoming August general elections.