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Johnson Mwakazi


Johnson Mwakazi: Voice of Victory

JOHNSON:            Many Kenyans know my name; they know face, they know my voice, they know what I do. But to the rest of the world, let me introduce myself.  My name is Johnson Mwakazi. I am a television anchor here in Nairobi, Kenya, but my journey started here in Kibera.

(Swahili) “I was born in Kibera that’s where I have lived all my life.”

I grew up without a role model. My father was a drunkard. He lost his job and it was a tight moment especially for my mother, really trying to support the family at the same time working in town as a cleaner.

And living in a mud house, and of course no water – we had to buy. Just once a week –you take a bath once a week. When it came to washrooms or toilets, we had to go round and, of course, sometimes during the night it could be dangerous because you don’t know who you’re going to meet along the way, so you had to help yourself inside the house and probably in the morning try to sort it out.

I remember when I was 14, somebody introduced me to pornography and that whole sequence began of desiring a feeling of pursuing something that you really never get to satisfy. I remember there were days I would move from one movie to another just seeking for a movie, a pornographic movie, and it totally disoriented my thoughts or my understanding of really my worth.

My mother took me to All Saints Cathedral.  It’s a church located at the city center. And people would wonder, “How do you live in a slum and you go to church every Sunday at the city center?” Which basically meant you have to pay your fare. But when I went there I was challenged and I came to realize that there was a different world out there, not just Kibera for me.

I came to give my life to Jesus when I was in secondary school.  Now one thing changed in my life, when I was still in pornography and masturbation, it was basically a matter of, “I just hope nobody comes to the realization that I do this.”

But when I got saved I came to understand that it was wrong, that it was a sin against God and against my own body. And that prompted me to call upon God and really cry unto God, “God remove this, remove this from me.”

But God had to bring me to a moment of stillness. In my spirit I heard a very still, small voice saying, “I love you. I love you.” And that came as a powerful message into my life. And God was telling me, “I was with you every second of that life, I was with you. And even right now I am with you.”

I remember He told me, “Give it 3 months. It’s like fasting. Don’t go to certain places, don’t watch these things.” And most of the times I would go to church.  When it got to evening I would go home and I would be with my family.  Well, of course, later on there were times I went down again, but God didn’t come in like, you know, “What are you doing!”  It was a moment of, “Just get up, my son.  Let’s continue on with the race.” He was leading me on. And all the time when I felt I’m going to go down, I would say, “No, I can’t sin against my father who loves me.” It wasn’t like I can’t do this because I fear Him, but I can’t do this because He loves me.

There was this particular time I remember I was walking and I heard people making cheerful noises, and when I went there I realized it was a theater group, Kibera Community Youth Program, and so I joined it. And there was a time I was given a role, it was a skit I remember,  I was given a role as a narrator. So I narrated and after that, the facilitator of the program said, “Wow, you have a great voice.” And that really gave me that feeling that, “Hey, you have something to offer, something precious.” And that was actually the beginning.

God would wake me up at about 5:30 on a daily basis and I didn’t quite understand why. And He would cause me to sort of walk all the way up to this place. And when I got here, instead of working out my body, I would work on my voice.

Now I come — I’ve come to realize it was really at that process of fashioning me, because He knew where He was taking me. At that time I didn’t know, but now I look back and I see, “Wow, God was working with me.” God was working on my voice so that He would qualify me to occupy that space in the media world.

Anytime I think about where I came from, I look at myself putting on these good clothes, and I have this publicity when I walk down the streets people are saying, “Hey, Johnson. Hey!” Everybody now knows me. And I remember where God took me. It gives me an opportunity to humble myself, to humble myself. And just as Christ said, “If you humble yourself you will be lifted,” God will lift you up.  That opportunity to humble myself, God uses to teach me His ways. That at the end of the day when glory is given, I say, “Not unto me, oh Lord, but only to you.” And I realize my purpose, that I was created to reflect the Glory of God.


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31 Responses to “Johnson Mwakazi”

    mart says:
    March 16, 2011 at 6:20 am

    thanks to God.

      patrick says:
      June 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      wow quite an encouraging testimony. i also went through the same.ie ave been brought up in church everybody knows that am ‘SAVED’but desperatly hocked in porn and masturbation. Jesus delivered me two months ago and am ready to tell the whole world that there is hope. There is a deliverer who knows and loves them. just waiting for you to call Him.how can i patner with you in this?

    John says:
    March 17, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Let God be glorified, live the light

    Ugochukuwu says:
    March 18, 2011 at 3:55 am

    GOD is really a wonderful GOD indeed. May HIS name be praise. I thank HIM for seeing Mr. Johnson through and I know GOD who did it for Mr. Johnson will surely do the same thing to my beloved husband by HIS grace. AMEN.

    Adenike says:
    March 22, 2011 at 12:13 am

    God is miraculous. Am happy for Johnson – is like a begger that rides on the horse! Glory be to God in highest! Well done all!

    Dixon Ontita says:
    April 1, 2011 at 12:25 am

    God be glorified!.Johnson i admire u alot,you are my role model bro,GOD BE PRAISED 4being with us always Amen,thankyou.

      Molly says:
      May 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

      Thakns for the insight. It brings light into the dark!

    Dedan says:
    April 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

    It is a remarkable story which depicts what God can do when we put him in our lives.
    Praise Jah!

    Diana says:
    April 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    What an inspiring story. Thanks be to God

    joseph says:
    May 16, 2011 at 3:49 am

    THANKS to GOD johnson …….4 real it all starts with HIM…….UR SUCH A LIGHT…….

    Gladwell says:
    May 21, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Oh my!!!quite inspiring.
    I am encouraged to keep on running the good race.
    Kudos brother and May God expound your territories.

    winnie says:
    May 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    johnson you are a role model to many God mightily bless you

    holidave says:
    May 24, 2011 at 10:05 am

    every or my morning has become more inspirational to me since i started watching your program.some of the story are just so amazing that i just cant but tell someone about,they transform my view about the faith called ‘Christianity’.thanks alot for your tv show!keep it up

    Brian Mukuka says:
    May 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    The almight is great he did for johnson what marverous God.And praise God.

    ENOCK says:
    May 27, 2011 at 6:38 am

    GLORY B 2 GOD,AM JST LYK JOHNSON WEN HE WZ 14.I NID HELP.

    thomas were olando says:
    June 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    how can i link with jon

    ston mwakazi? my email is 2qoley@gmail.com

    CALEB says:
    June 11, 2011 at 1:07 am

    God is omnipotent and omnipresent. keep thanking him and trust him Johnson

    Winfred. says:
    June 13, 2011 at 12:19 am

    God can do really amazing things. He is faithful. I love your story.

    Winfred Ndagire says:
    June 13, 2011 at 12:22 am

    God can do really amazing things. He is faithful. I love your story Johnson

    Rachel says:
    June 23, 2011 at 3:32 am

    i was created to reflect the glory of God, that is awesome.

    Don says:
    June 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Awesome God does wonders. We happy we love watching you on teli and hear your powerful voice!

    Ngozi Oni says:
    June 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    i thank God for this. It’s a true testimony. God bless you.

    greg says:
    August 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    My friend, that was very powerful and encouraging. I’m happy for you my brother Johnson,I thank the Lord for using you to minister to other people in similar situations including me.

    liz says:
    September 9, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    i love your story johnson surelly God is great.truly when u humble yourself before him he will lift u up.mayGod increase u

    Alex Mutuku says:
    September 22, 2011 at 8:16 am

    God loves you so much Mwakazi. To live is not the long we live but the difference we make in living. You inspired me greatly and that day we sat together, made a positive change to my life. I since live with hope and humbled.

    Dorcas says:
    September 27, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Thanks too for this wonderful testimony. May you shine His light till He comes to take us home. Baraka

    Maina Chege says:
    October 10, 2011 at 11:08 am

    This is true. God knows us. He delivers us from bondages. He has a purpose for us. Thanks bro for the testimony. I attest to it

    October 25, 2011 at 3:29 am

    your a good man thanks for your song aim so very tarchaed with your song may the lord god bless you somarch dear mwakazi i request you to join your music aim pastor Joseph mugwanya from Kampala Uganda east Africa may the lord bless you so-march have been watch your music every day i love your music so-march may the-lord bless you may contact +256788669622

    samuel says:
    November 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    truly you are a child of GOD keep up with the humility for you are going to higher places.

    dan says:
    November 20, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Am 21yrs I have suffered With homosexuality for a long time I have prayed fasted cried. i have gone to counciling I have gone local churches for deliverance ..as if not e enough I have gone to churches in southafrica Nigeria, Benin. Ethiopia. e.t.c but I still come back the same..Johnson kindly help me.am dieing inside me slowly.

    newton says:
    December 8, 2011 at 4:55 am

    mr mwakazi your story is inspiring to many especially to the young generation faced by the same situation you were in besides johnson the same God who brought you to this far has given you a great voice to host special and powerful programes in citizen television.may the almighty God lift you even higher

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