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Jalang'o's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationships, Family, Controversy, Car, House, Net Worth

About

Jalang'o is one of Kenya's celebrities who has been able to reinvent himself over time and remain relevant to his followers. Having come to the limelight as a comedian, he has thus far ventured into radio & television, gone into business and even established his own company, Arena Media. His rise to the top has literally been that of blood, sweat and tears.

Personal Life 

Jalang'o | Source: Instagram

Jalang’o is a Kenyan comedian, emcee, radio presenter, actor and recently turned politician. He was born on 27 April 1983 in Homa Bay, Kenya.

His parents were simple, hard-working farmers. Times were hard for the family and on certain days getting three square meals was considered a luxury. 

The comedian turned politician hails from a large family. He has five siblings - two brothers and three sisters.

He rose to fame with his name Jalang’o but his real name is Felix Odiwour. 

Jalang'o's Schooling

Jalang'o in his graduation gown | Source: Instagram

Jalang’o studied at Homa Bay primary school. He had to walk a long distance to get there on time and did it barefoot because his parents could not afford shoes. On his return back home, Jalang’o would not have anything to feed on. 

In spite of all these hardships, Jalang’o was an excellent student. He scored 427 marks out of a possible 500 in his Kenya Certificate and Primary Education (KCPE) exams and secured a seat at one of the top-performing national schools in Kenya, Maseno School. 

Unfortunately, the financial struggles in his family meant that he couldn't attend classes. His father struggled to scrape together the funds for his son’s education and thus sought help from friends and relatives. 

They raised money but it was a little too late as Jalango's spot had already been given to another student. They tried their luck at Bar Kanyango Secondary School in Siaya County but his father could not afford the school fee. 

Finally, Jalang’o was transferred to his brother’s school — Nyang’oma Secondary. He used the Maseno high school uniform as they couldn't afford to purchase a new set.

Soon after, the burden of paying fees wore down Jalang’o’s father. This led Jalango’s brother George to drop out of school and give Jalang’o a chance at education.   

Even then, the responsibility of paying fees was still heavy on his father. As a result, he supplied maize and firewood to the school, something his schoolmates teased him about and gave him a hard time. 

Despite all these, Jalang’o completed his secondary education but didn't further his studies. 

Fast forward, Jalang'o is now a graduate of Daystar University with a degree in Community Development. He has made a name for himself and was one of the highest-paid radio presenters in Kenya.

Jalang'o's Career 

Jalang'o on Kiss 100 FM | Source: Instagram

If anyone has worked his way from nothing to the top, it is Jalang’o. He worked hard in difficult and filthy conditions as a fisherman in Homabay to provide for his family. 

Later, Jalang’o moved to Embakasi, Nairobi, to visit an uncle. It was here that he was properly exposed to the arts and instantly fell in love with acting. 

He worked in construction sites, factories and even at car washes to help his uncle put food on the table. 

After a hard day’s work, Jalang’o would audition for various roles until he finally got a call at the Kenya National Theatre. 

For three years, Jalang’o worked was an understudy to the established actors until he finally landed some roles. 

After his stint in theatre, Jalang’o got an opportunity to interview for a spot on the radio station Kiss 100. 

Kamene Goro and Jalang'o on Kiss 100 | Source: Instagram

Needless to say, he passed the voice test and was hired, despite not having a degree at the time. Unfortunately for Jalang’o, his celebrations were short-lived as his father died on the same day. 

On his deathbed, Jalang’o’s father requested that he look after his siblings and his mother. 

Having received a job at Kiss 100 prior to his father's demise, Jalang’o worked on various radio shows and gradually began to build his wealth. 

He was able to fulfil his father’s dying wish and build a house for his mother and his siblings. With luxurious mansions worth millions in Nairobi and Siaya, Jalang’o's house list seems to be growing steadily.  

Apart from his radio shows, Jalang’o also owns a company, Area Media, from which he gains a substantial income. Jalang’o’s YouTube channel also grew in popularity over the years.

Jalang'o is now a politician 

Jalang'o is now a politician | Source: Instagram

Jalang'o dropped the mic for politics. In the recently concluded General elections, he won the member of parliament seat for the Lang'ata constituency and will now be one of the mheshimiwa's in parliament.

In the wake of his win, he gave his YouTube channel to his employees on the condition that they give him 20 per cent of what they make. He also vowed to start a new channel but didn't give away details of what the channel would be about.

Jalang'o opens a restaurant

He doesn't run out of ideas about what to do. This time, Jalang'o launched his new restaurant named Wapek Delicacies which means heavy and respectable.

The restaurant specialises in selling African food and he is in deliberations with his wife about selling alcoholic drinks.

Jalang'o's Relationships

Amina Chao and Jalang'o | Source: Instagram

Amina Chao, a Muslim woman from Mombasa County, is Jalang’o’s current wife. Amina works at Safaricom, in the department of General Trade Visibility and Events. 

Does Jalang’o have children?

Jalang’o has three children from two different women. His oldest daughter is from his first wife, Cheptoek, and her name is Salika. His younger daughter is from his second wife Amina, and her name is Amani. Jalang’o and Amina also have a son named Jamail Edward, who is the youngest of the three children.

Jalang’o's Journey in comedy

Jalang'o in his comedian attire | Source: Kenyan Moves

When Jalang’o first started as a comedian, he was barely getting by, living off small cheques. He lived in a small one-bedroom home in Mwiki. 

At this time Jalang’o was dating a young lady named Avril, who turned out to be incredibly materialistic. The girl was wealthy and came from a well-off family. 

She paid all his bills and things seemed to be going well for the two. But she did not like the poor conditions that Jalang’o lived in and dumped him. 

A few years later, when Jalang’o started doing well for himself, his ex came back and alleged that she has a baby with Jalang'o. At the time, the comedian was married to Cheptoek Boyo and had a gorgeous girl named Salika. 

She demanded child support payments. When Jalang’o asked to meet the boy, she refused outright and continued to demand money. Eventually, Jalang’o withdrew his support and demanded a DNA test to confirm his paternity. 

While his demand put an end to this saga, it had a devastating effect on Jalang’o’s relationship with Cheptoek, and the two broke up.

In 2019, Jalang’o married Amina Chao who comes from a staunch Muslim family. Amina and Jalang’o’s children are daughter Amani and son Jamail Edward. The son is so named to honour Amina’s Muslim heritage.

Unfortunately for Jalang’o, there were whispers about him being unfaithful to his lovely wife. 

Rumour has it that soon after the two tied the knot, Jalang’o rounded up some young women for a secret party where they were actually intended to be escorts. Many of the girls claim to have slept with Jalang’o multiple times, even after his second wedding. 

Controversial blogger Edgar Obare published these claims on his YouTube channel. Needless to say, this incident put Jalang’o’s relationship with Amina on the rocks. 

It was rumoured that she walked out on him after the news broke, but came back as she was not interested in divorce. She believed that it would negatively affect their children, who are both below the age of two. 

Jalang'o's Controversy

Jalango is one of the prominent people listed in the wash wash (money launderingexpose done by controversial blogger Edgar Obare. 

The long-time comedian, radio presenter and businessman denied the allegations and further listed his sources of income. 

He said he was getting bad press as he had just announced his bid to vie for the Parliamentary seat of Lang'ata constituency.

On another controversial note, Jalang’o has been accused of being a womanizer. Just two months after his wedding, he was rumoured to be having affairs with two other women. 

Despite this, his wife Amina Chao has been very clear about her decision to stay married to Jalang’o.

In another controversy, Jalang’o’s WhatsApp group chat, Boys club was exposed, again by Edgar Obare, for their conversations about their sexual escapades. 

The comedian came clean on the issue and admitted that he was indeed part of the group and that the conversation happened. 

At the same time, he stated that the group has been in existence for a long time, the members are close friends and that this was normal banter. 

He rubbished claims that he had been sent on compulsory leave as a result. Further, he issued no apology and said that the issue negatively impacted them greatly. 

Jalang'o's House

Jalango’s house is a luxurious multi-million mansion. He’s also invested in building a house in his rural home in Homabay.

Jalang'o's Cars

Jalang'o's car | Source: Instagram

Jalang'o BMW | Source: Instagram

It goes without saying that Jalang’o’s cars are rather expensive. In an interview with a local publication, Jalang'o revealed he owns six cars - V8, Overfinch (Range Rover), Mercedes SLK, Mercedes V-Class and a Discovery. 

Jalang'o's Net Worth

Jalang'o has really done well for himself. While the exact details of Jalang’o’s salary have never been disclosed, the radio star has been heard bragging about “pocketing a six-figure salary.” He recently revealed that his net worth is over Ksh 10 million. 

Awards & Recognition

Jalang’o won the Silver Button YouTube award in 2020.

He was also nominated for two awards in the inaugural 2020 Africa Digital Influencer Awards.

Social Media

Jalang’o's Instagram - @jalangoo AND @officialjalangotv

Jalang’o's Twitter - @jalango_tv

Jalang'o's Facebook - @MzeeJalangoMwenyewe

Q&A

What is Jalang’o’s real name?

Jalang’o’s real name is Felix Odiwour.

Where is Jalang’o from?

Jalang’o is from Homa Bay, Kenya.

Who is Jalang’o’s wife?

Amina Chao, a Muslim woman from Mombasa County, is Jalang’o’s current wife. Amina works at Safaricom, in the department of General Trade Visibility and Events. 

Does Jalang’o have children?

Jalang’o has three children from two different wives. His oldest daughter is from his first wife, Cheptoek, and her name is Salika. His younger daughter is from his second wife Amina, and her name is Amani. Jalang’o and Amina also have a son named Jamail Edward, who is the youngest of the three children.

Also known as:
Mzee Jalang’o, Jalas, Heavy J
Real name:
Felix Odiwour
Occupation:
Radio Presenter, Comedian, Politician and Actor
Birthday:
27 April 1983
Nationality:
Kenyan
Star sign:
Taurus
Birth place:
Homa Bay, Kenya
Height:
N/A
Children:
Salika, Amani, Jamail Edward
Net Worth:
over Ksh 10 million

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Jalang'o's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationships, Family, Controversy, Car, House, Net Worth
Also known as:
Mzee Jalang’o, Jalas, Heavy J
Real name:
Felix Odiwour
Occupation:
Radio Presenter, Comedian, Politician and Actor
Birthday:
27 April 1983
Nationality:
Kenyan
Star sign:
Taurus
Birth place:
Homa Bay, Kenya
Height:
N/A
Children:
Salika, Amani, Jamail Edward
Net Worth:
over Ksh 10 million

About

Jalang'o is one of Kenya's celebrities who has been able to reinvent himself over time and remain relevant to his followers. Having come to the limelight as a comedian, he has thus far ventured into radio & television, gone into business and even established his own company, Arena Media. His rise to the top has literally been that of blood, sweat and tears.

Personal Life 

Jalang'o | Source: Instagram

Jalang’o is a Kenyan comedian, emcee, radio presenter, actor and recently turned politician. He was born on 27 April 1983 in Homa Bay, Kenya.

His parents were simple, hard-working farmers. Times were hard for the family and on certain days getting three square meals was considered a luxury. 

The comedian turned politician hails from a large family. He has five siblings - two brothers and three sisters.

He rose to fame with his name Jalang’o but his real name is Felix Odiwour. 

Jalang'o's Schooling

Jalang'o in his graduation gown | Source: Instagram

Jalang’o studied at Homa Bay primary school. He had to walk a long distance to get there on time and did it barefoot because his parents could not afford shoes. On his return back home, Jalang’o would not have anything to feed on. 

In spite of all these hardships, Jalang’o was an excellent student. He scored 427 marks out of a possible 500 in his Kenya Certificate and Primary Education (KCPE) exams and secured a seat at one of the top-performing national schools in Kenya, Maseno School. 

Unfortunately, the financial struggles in his family meant that he couldn't attend classes. His father struggled to scrape together the funds for his son’s education and thus sought help from friends and relatives. 

They raised money but it was a little too late as Jalango's spot had already been given to another student. They tried their luck at Bar Kanyango Secondary School in Siaya County but his father could not afford the school fee. 

Finally, Jalang’o was transferred to his brother’s school — Nyang’oma Secondary. He used the Maseno high school uniform as they couldn't afford to purchase a new set.

Soon after, the burden of paying fees wore down Jalang’o’s father. This led Jalango’s brother George to drop out of school and give Jalang’o a chance at education.   

Even then, the responsibility of paying fees was still heavy on his father. As a result, he supplied maize and firewood to the school, something his schoolmates teased him about and gave him a hard time. 

Despite all these, Jalang’o completed his secondary education but didn't further his studies. 

Fast forward, Jalang'o is now a graduate of Daystar University with a degree in Community Development. He has made a name for himself and was one of the highest-paid radio presenters in Kenya.

Jalang'o's Career 

Jalang'o on Kiss 100 FM | Source: Instagram

If anyone has worked his way from nothing to the top, it is Jalang’o. He worked hard in difficult and filthy conditions as a fisherman in Homabay to provide for his family. 

Later, Jalang’o moved to Embakasi, Nairobi, to visit an uncle. It was here that he was properly exposed to the arts and instantly fell in love with acting. 

He worked in construction sites, factories and even at car washes to help his uncle put food on the table. 

After a hard day’s work, Jalang’o would audition for various roles until he finally got a call at the Kenya National Theatre. 

For three years, Jalang’o worked was an understudy to the established actors until he finally landed some roles. 

After his stint in theatre, Jalang’o got an opportunity to interview for a spot on the radio station Kiss 100. 

Kamene Goro and Jalang'o on Kiss 100 | Source: Instagram

Needless to say, he passed the voice test and was hired, despite not having a degree at the time. Unfortunately for Jalang’o, his celebrations were short-lived as his father died on the same day. 

On his deathbed, Jalang’o’s father requested that he look after his siblings and his mother. 

Having received a job at Kiss 100 prior to his father's demise, Jalang’o worked on various radio shows and gradually began to build his wealth. 

He was able to fulfil his father’s dying wish and build a house for his mother and his siblings. With luxurious mansions worth millions in Nairobi and Siaya, Jalang’o's house list seems to be growing steadily.  

Apart from his radio shows, Jalang’o also owns a company, Area Media, from which he gains a substantial income. Jalang’o’s YouTube channel also grew in popularity over the years.

Jalang'o is now a politician 

Jalang'o is now a politician | Source: Instagram

Jalang'o dropped the mic for politics. In the recently concluded General elections, he won the member of parliament seat for the Lang'ata constituency and will now be one of the mheshimiwa's in parliament.

In the wake of his win, he gave his YouTube channel to his employees on the condition that they give him 20 per cent of what they make. He also vowed to start a new channel but didn't give away details of what the channel would be about.

Jalang'o opens a restaurant

He doesn't run out of ideas about what to do. This time, Jalang'o launched his new restaurant named Wapek Delicacies which means heavy and respectable.

The restaurant specialises in selling African food and he is in deliberations with his wife about selling alcoholic drinks.

Jalang'o's Relationships

Amina Chao and Jalang'o | Source: Instagram

Amina Chao, a Muslim woman from Mombasa County, is Jalang’o’s current wife. Amina works at Safaricom, in the department of General Trade Visibility and Events. 

Does Jalang’o have children?

Jalang’o has three children from two different women. His oldest daughter is from his first wife, Cheptoek, and her name is Salika. His younger daughter is from his second wife Amina, and her name is Amani. Jalang’o and Amina also have a son named Jamail Edward, who is the youngest of the three children.

Jalang’o's Journey in comedy

Jalang'o in his comedian attire | Source: Kenyan Moves

When Jalang’o first started as a comedian, he was barely getting by, living off small cheques. He lived in a small one-bedroom home in Mwiki. 

At this time Jalang’o was dating a young lady named Avril, who turned out to be incredibly materialistic. The girl was wealthy and came from a well-off family. 

She paid all his bills and things seemed to be going well for the two. But she did not like the poor conditions that Jalang’o lived in and dumped him. 

A few years later, when Jalang’o started doing well for himself, his ex came back and alleged that she has a baby with Jalang'o. At the time, the comedian was married to Cheptoek Boyo and had a gorgeous girl named Salika. 

She demanded child support payments. When Jalang’o asked to meet the boy, she refused outright and continued to demand money. Eventually, Jalang’o withdrew his support and demanded a DNA test to confirm his paternity. 

While his demand put an end to this saga, it had a devastating effect on Jalang’o’s relationship with Cheptoek, and the two broke up.

In 2019, Jalang’o married Amina Chao who comes from a staunch Muslim family. Amina and Jalang’o’s children are daughter Amani and son Jamail Edward. The son is so named to honour Amina’s Muslim heritage.

Unfortunately for Jalang’o, there were whispers about him being unfaithful to his lovely wife. 

Rumour has it that soon after the two tied the knot, Jalang’o rounded up some young women for a secret party where they were actually intended to be escorts. Many of the girls claim to have slept with Jalang’o multiple times, even after his second wedding. 

Controversial blogger Edgar Obare published these claims on his YouTube channel. Needless to say, this incident put Jalang’o’s relationship with Amina on the rocks. 

It was rumoured that she walked out on him after the news broke, but came back as she was not interested in divorce. She believed that it would negatively affect their children, who are both below the age of two. 

Jalang'o's Controversy

Jalango is one of the prominent people listed in the wash wash (money launderingexpose done by controversial blogger Edgar Obare. 

The long-time comedian, radio presenter and businessman denied the allegations and further listed his sources of income. 

He said he was getting bad press as he had just announced his bid to vie for the Parliamentary seat of Lang'ata constituency.

On another controversial note, Jalang’o has been accused of being a womanizer. Just two months after his wedding, he was rumoured to be having affairs with two other women. 

Despite this, his wife Amina Chao has been very clear about her decision to stay married to Jalang’o.

In another controversy, Jalang’o’s WhatsApp group chat, Boys club was exposed, again by Edgar Obare, for their conversations about their sexual escapades. 

The comedian came clean on the issue and admitted that he was indeed part of the group and that the conversation happened. 

At the same time, he stated that the group has been in existence for a long time, the members are close friends and that this was normal banter. 

He rubbished claims that he had been sent on compulsory leave as a result. Further, he issued no apology and said that the issue negatively impacted them greatly. 

Jalang'o's House

Jalango’s house is a luxurious multi-million mansion. He’s also invested in building a house in his rural home in Homabay.

Jalang'o's Cars

Jalang'o's car | Source: Instagram

Jalang'o BMW | Source: Instagram

It goes without saying that Jalang’o’s cars are rather expensive. In an interview with a local publication, Jalang'o revealed he owns six cars - V8, Overfinch (Range Rover), Mercedes SLK, Mercedes V-Class and a Discovery. 

Jalang'o's Net Worth

Jalang'o has really done well for himself. While the exact details of Jalang’o’s salary have never been disclosed, the radio star has been heard bragging about “pocketing a six-figure salary.” He recently revealed that his net worth is over Ksh 10 million. 

Awards & Recognition

Jalang’o won the Silver Button YouTube award in 2020.

He was also nominated for two awards in the inaugural 2020 Africa Digital Influencer Awards.

Social Media

Jalang’o's Instagram - @jalangoo AND @officialjalangotv

Jalang’o's Twitter - @jalango_tv

Jalang'o's Facebook - @MzeeJalangoMwenyewe

Q&A

What is Jalang’o’s real name?

Jalang’o’s real name is Felix Odiwour.

Where is Jalang’o from?

Jalang’o is from Homa Bay, Kenya.

Who is Jalang’o’s wife?

Amina Chao, a Muslim woman from Mombasa County, is Jalang’o’s current wife. Amina works at Safaricom, in the department of General Trade Visibility and Events. 

Does Jalang’o have children?

Jalang’o has three children from two different wives. His oldest daughter is from his first wife, Cheptoek, and her name is Salika. His younger daughter is from his second wife Amina, and her name is Amani. Jalang’o and Amina also have a son named Jamail Edward, who is the youngest of the three children.