Like the old saying goes, we never truly miss the waters till the well runs dry.
A phrase that remains inked in Sauti Sol’s Bien Aime Baraza’s mind forever after his family suddenly moved from grace to grass.
Bien Aime Baraza and his siblings grew up with a silver spoon for a better part of their childhood. Living a life that many would term ‘privilege’ in Nairobi’s lush neighborhood of Kilimani, rubbing shoulders with the who’s who, because that was their standard life.
Not until life hit them from a different angle.
Narrating his ordeal through their YouTube channel Bien recalled how his dad lost his job in 2000 and his mom got retrenched same time.
That translated into one thing; life was never going to be the same again.
Bien and his sister had to leave the posh school. The family had to move to a smaller house, change their diet and lifestyle because that was what his dad’s savings could afford them. It got to a point they could no longer afford to pay rent in their new house and had to move out to their unfinished building of a house, for shelter.
It came from the tasty recipes and dishes to an everyday menu of githeri. That never felt any good for Bien and his siblings.
Despite the numerous applications his parents would send out month in, month out, the responses were the same “we regret.”
It became a ritual until they stopped sending applications. His parents had given up. Bien’s once all adorable, breathtaking mother was reduced to a mom who would light the firewood to boil maize and beans for her family every evening. Life completely changed forever.
Despite the major blow, his overturned childhood has taught him lessons for life; to keep his circle small, to save every little coin, to love back those that love him and always to wake up before the sunrise to toil because he never wants to go back there again!