Rapper Juliani has shed additional light on the reasons behind why he posted a fundraising Paybill number on social media and requested donations from his followers.
Juliani begins his explanation of how comments made about his financial situation by contentious media figure Andrew Kibe affected him in a recorded video that has since been removed from social media.
He said he had planned to have at least six months of uninterrupted time with his son after he was born.
He was, however, compelled to return to work as a result of prior obligations in order to raise money to complete some projects he had already begun.
“I do not mind trolls, I actually find some of them funny. Jana when Kibe mentioned my child I was like it’s funny but to me it was a little bit serious. When my child was born I gave myself three to six months to just spend and soak in all this, help the mum and just be present as a dad to my second child,” Juliani said.
“But I couldn’t because earlier that month I did an event called Nairobi start-up week. I put my money into it and if you notice throughout for the last three years anything I have done I have been putting my money into it.
I do not have sponsors or investors. So, I am not able to spend time with my son right now because I am running around trying to pay debts trying to achieve some of the things I told myself I want to achieve,” he said.
Juliani then says that while he is indeed broke, he is not poor. He claims that his money is currently being used to fund projects that have not yet generated income.
“So yes you can be making fun of it and it can be funny but the truth is for me it’s serious because I am not spending enough time with my son. So yes, I’m broke but I’m far from poor. Right now the reason I have to put the paybill number there because you are calling me broke but I’m not your kind of broke,” Juliani explained.
“If you see me running around I am not just trying to do things for myself because I am okay I have a roof over my head but I have a dream for my community, provide 10,000 jobs, give artistes loans based on their music, I want to release more music but I can’t because the money I have invested in the last five years has not returned investment yet and I gave myself 10 years and it is going to work,” he said.
Juliani had warned his followers not to believe everything they saw online in a coded message before sharing the video.
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“Please treat this message with contempt like the rest that keeps coming your way. Never believe what’s online,” he said.