TV girl opens up about her shisha and miraa escapades


TV girl opens up about her shisha and miraa escapades

Social media celebrity and former KBC TV girl Elizabeth Irungu has revealed that she used to blow nearly Ksh40, 000 a month on miraa and shisha.

In a lengthy social media post, Irungu revealed before salvation, she used to ‘chop her money’ on the two drugs – a habit that saw her rack up debt of close to Ksh17, 000 at her local miraa den.

“Back when I was lost and used to spend about Ksh10, 000 every week (and sometimes even much more) on shisha and miraa only! Thank you Jesus for finding me! Thanks be to God because for sure this life would have killed me!” she wrote.

The light-skinned beauty narrated how she used to spend her weekends on “veve rides” with her miraa-loving posse – a crew that she dubbed ‘Miraa community of Kenya’.

“My crew had strictly friends who chewed miraa. We would all contribute some money and we always made sure that the car’s tank was full. Our work was to drive to different boarders,” Irungu posted.

This thrill-chasing lifestyle took a toll on her, and Irungu stopped taking care of herself. When she got back on the straight and narrow, the change was visible.

Hata nimerudi kuwa msupuu juzi juzi tu! I swear because I never even used to take care of my hair or make-up or buy myself dresses, pesa zangu zote zilikuwa za veve!” she confessed.

At the end of her post, the now changed Elizabeth Irungu dished out some advice to miraa lovers: I am not saying shisha & miraa is bad…for users: please control it – don’t let it control you, simple message!”

Below is her full post:

“Back when I was lost and used to spend about Ksh10, 000 every week (and sometimes even much more) on shisha and miraa only! Thank you Jesus for finding me! Thanks be to God because for sure this life would have killed me.

My dad would always yell at me like,”sweetie kama maisha ni hii,ujue utakufa ukiwa mdogo sana wewe! Kama maisha ni hii yako ya hepi tu, forget about a steady career & family life!!!” And I would just laugh & giggle!

I was so far off the mark! Hata nimerudi kuwa msupuu juzi juzi tu! I swear because I never even used to take care of my hair or make-up or buy myself dresses, pesa zangu zote zilikuwa za veve! Veve was my mother, my father, my mini-god, my boyfriend and my sister; veve was just everything to me!!!

It had reached a point nilikuwa na chamaa yangu! “Miraa Community of Kenya” comprised of strictly chewing friends who were my crew no matter what.

Tunachangaa doh za hepi, kazi yetu ilikuwa kuweka gari full-tank and drive to borders! (e.g from Nairobi to Uganda border, from Nairobi to Tanzania border, from Nairobi to Somalia border, from Nairobi to Mombasa etc. ). All just so we can go on “veve ridesaluta continua, tunachana miraa siku tatu zimefwatana from Thursday-Sunday hakuna kulala ni “Veve-marathon!’ tu!

Ukilala you get fined 5k and I was always “last man standing” lol! Mpaka naiitwa “Sweetie-stero” sijawai kuwa fined mimi! Mpaka wanaume wanalemewa na miraa mbele yangu, after 24 hours they are passed out in the car, they are too tired! But mimi 48 hours later niko rada tu bado ma’aarkhan, handas kuruka!!! mechi-mechi!)

Aki no wonder no man wanted to date me on a serious note because let’s face it; no man wants to be associated with that kind of a lady.

I mean I would leave the office at 5pm and go straight kwa mumeru! Vaiteh morume! Utadhani vaiteh ni Mungu wangu! Chew from 5.30pm till 1am and yet kesho tena niko job!

Deni yangu ya vaiteh kwa duka would hit upto 17k {or more} sometimes (giza makilo kila weekend,mogoka kila day na njugu,soda,maji,big G etc. madeni tu!!!) and the moment I received my salary that was my first stop, kwa morume! To clear my debt and start a new one! Utadhani vaiteh ni wetu!!! Sijui hawa wameru walikuwa wamenifika wapi aki mimi!

It was one vicious cycle! Sunday when I should be relaxing at home and refreshing my mind in readiness for a new week at work, niko malaba boarder na wasomali veve kuruka! Imetushika! Takhsin moja mama yao kwa mdomo! And we will drive back to Nairobi in time for office hours. Pathetic life indeed! Straining my body beyond its limits and unnecessarily so.

When I stopped chewing, I finished building my house in Njiru! On miraa, I just used to fuel people’s cars since I don’t own a car myself.

I am glad my dad refused to help me complete it (the house)! He was always tough on me like, “Nyumba ni yako hio! Project ukiaanza maliza mwenyewe! Don’t involve me! It is your future –not mine! Shauri yako. Ikikushinda kuunua isimame as a house, wacha ikae hivyo!”

That tough love ni muhimu sometimes. Thank God huko nilitoka mie! Pheew!

*p/s I am not saying shisha & miraa is bad. I know it is a source of income for many youth in Kenya! I respect your hustle and I also realize it is not an illegal trade.  I do respect the trade but as for users: please control it – don’t let it control you, simple message! Enough said!”

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