Rapper Juliani has clapped back at online critics who are trolling him that he is broke and cannot cater to his son’s needs.
This issue started on Wednesday morning after the Bahasha ya Ocampo hitmaker posted on social media pleading for help claiming that he is “broke” and would need funds to purchase his son’s diapers.
“Wase! Nikubaya niko broke! mtoi anahitaji pampers. Please send Mpesa… Chochote unaeza itasaidia. Yours truly, Struggling rapper/entrepreneur,”
His statement attracted the media’s attention from tweets to comments as some made fun of him.
Hours later, Juliani posted welcoming the trolls but cautioning the tweets from going overboard because “it is serious to him”.
Juliani explained that the reason he asked for funds is that he depleted his account on investments and set up events that rendered him broke.
He further noted that he has not enjoyed the luxury of spending quality time with his son, as he would like to since his personal engagements have been more demanding.
“I don’t mind trolls I actually find some of them funny. When my child was born I gave myself 3 to 6 months to just soak into this and help the mum and be present as a dad. But I couldn’t because earlier that month I did an event called Nairobi Startup Week, I put all my money into it and if you’ve noticed, for the last three years anything that I have done I put money into it,” he said.
“I don’t have sponsors, I don’t have investors, I don’t have nothing, I put my money into this stuff, my small money.”
Admitting that he is broke, Juliani clarified that he is “far from poor” and that he is not “your kind of broke” arguing that he still provides the basic needs for his family and he is “okay”.
“Yes you can be making fun of it and it’s funny but for me, it is serious because I am not spending enough time with my son, and everything I have ever done I have never go sponsors to it, I have never gone for investors I put my money to it. So yes I am broke but I’m far from poor,” said Juliani.
“And right now the reason why I had to put the pay bill number there is that you are calling me broke but I am not your kind of broke,” he continued.
“If you see me trying to run around I’m not just doing things for myself coz I am okay, I have a roof over my head, I can feed myself.”
The hardworking rapper remained optimistic that this will eventually fall into the right places and his situation will change.
“I have a dream for my community, provide 10,000 jobs, give artists loans based on their music, I want to release more music but I can’t because the money that I have been investing for the last five years hasn’t returned investments yet,” he said.
“I gave myself 10 years and it’s going to work but for me its a little bit serious so don’t minimize what I’m trying to do just because you want to make people laugh.”