Over the last one week, one meme has dominated the conversations across Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and tons of other social sites.
Arap Marindinch’s soiled face has become an international sensation with millions of social media users sharing his memes in tons of different circumstances to roaring laughters across the board.
Marindich, a Kenyan comedian from Bomet, was minding his business when, all of a sudden, thousands of memes bearing his comical face started doing rounds across the internet.
The meme-makers are juxtaposing a photo of an excited Marindich next to another photo of a disappointed Marindich to contrast the emotions that start with good news and then take an unexpected turn.
Born and raised in Bomet, Marindich says that lack of school fees saw him drop out of school and, unable to continue his high school education, had to join a driving school to carve a path for his future.
The comedian says that he plunged into the matatu world and became a tout before becoming a renown matatu driver, first in his village, Kaplong and then across the major Rift Valley towns.
Marindich would then move to Nairobi and settle in Ongata Rongai where, while in the line of duty, he met his mentor and comedic partner Kaptula, with whom he started a comedy group in 2016.
The funnyman says that he did not anticipate the kind of sudden fame he has gotten online and that it all came as a huge surprise to him.
The skit, done purely in the Kalenjin dialect, sees the two narrate the ordeals they underwent in the bushes as they rallied to beat their competitors and emerge top at the ‘Safari Rally.’
The same skit has spawned the meme that has made Marindich’s face a household fixture across millions of homes in the world.
The comic says that his love for driving is huge and that he aspires to, one day, actually participate in a real Safari Rally and to race in an actual Safari Rally car.
And on the matter of having his memes patented, as suggested by the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), Marindich’s comedy partner Kaptula says that plans are underway to ensure that big corporations pay for using his face in their online campaigns and activations.
Besides cracking jokes, taking longs drives and spending time with family, Marindich also likes to go swimming in ‘reserve places’ and hang out with friends.