Auntie Jemimah has made a name through comical stereotyping of the quintessential Kikuyu ‘Auntie’, with her hilarious antics and quick-witted skits garnering a formidable online following. The content creator, comedian and radio presenter took it a notch higher when, ten days ago, she took to stage with her first solo theatre performance of Maitũ Mũkabete.
So anticipated was it that tickets for the first show on August 4 were totally sold-out days before the performance, which took the producers to the drawing board for another show that was held last Friday, August 11.
According to sources involved in the planning, announcements for the ‘make-up’ show were made on Thursday but by Monday all tickets for the second show had again sold out.
Performed at the Kenya National Theatre, Maitũ Mũkabete is bare-it-all account by the mother of one showing a more solemn side to the comedienne, yet still told in characteristic hysterical fashion.
As the title suggests (Maitũ Mũkabete is Kikuyu for ‘Mother from Kabete’), the story is about her months-old journey into motherhood and how it has given her introspection into her own childhood, and the efforts her parents put in to bringing her up.
The one-woman stand-up show focuses on the ups and downs of everyday life, highlighting a Mother’s mettle in order to bring light to the plight of mothers while giving women a chance to speak, be seen, be heard and to uplift one, if not all. By unburdening herself, allowing herself to be vulnerable, Maitũ Mũkabete sees a woman speak freely about their struggles and triumphs without fear or judgment.
And for this journey, both Auntie Jemimah’s mother and father were present in the audience.
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