Contrary to popular belief, Govi, also known as Malik Lemuel from the renowned TV show Machachari, did not have a privileged upbringing. Despite becoming a household name through Machachari, which aired for over a decade, Govi shared in a recent interview with Jalang’o on his YouTube Channel that he grew up in the challenging environments of Wangige and Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum in Imara Daima.
Born in 2000 at Kenyatta Hospital, a public facility, Govi experienced a childhood marked by constant moves and financial struggles. He recounted how his family faced difficulties, moving from Wangige to Imara Daima and finally settling in South B. The turning point came when his father went to work in the UAE, and the opportunity to join Machachari presented itself.
In a surprising revelation, Govi shared that at the tender age of five, he worked as a matatu tout in South B due to the economic challenges his family faced. He described his early years, stating, “I was a Makanga at South B at only five; we would come from school and hit the matatu stages to fill up matatus. My cousin was the one who was teaching me the ropes.”
During the interview, the former Machachari child-star opened up about his journey, highlighting his roles in Makutano Junction, Machachari, and other projects. He mentioned that his first gig was a voice-over at the age of two for Famila Uji. Govi emphasized that his life took a positive turn after his stint on Machachari, providing stability for his family.
Contrary to rumors, Govi clarified that he was not fired from the show but had chosen to leave. Now 22 and pursuing a degree in International Relations at campus, Govi has ventured into entrepreneurship. He established his real estate company, Dutch House Designers, specializing in house design and property sales. Additionally, he co-owns a tours and travel company called Dilip Tours and Travel.
While he hasn’t abandoned acting entirely, Govi has diversified his career, featuring in an educational teen TV series called Flash Squad on Akili Kids. His fortunes have risen significantly, and he revealed in another interview that he earns upwards of Ksh5 million per year, showcasing a successful and fulfilling life.