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Survival of the male nail polisher

05 March 2012, 12:50 Dennis Ochande

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Fred Muya did not allow the devil to turn his mind into a workshop.

With Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Section Three certificate, he was employed by an Asian in a shop.

He only describes the job as being very hard. So he quit and began to sell toothpaste, which to him were slow moving and had little profits.

“Hustling is the order of the day in Nairobi, so due to my creativity, I began my nail polishing,” he says.

To him, no huge capital is required since the tools he uses are not expensive. “Sweet language to persuade my customers; especially women, is a major requirement.” He stressed.

His customers are mainly women at the Country Bus station, but services are extended even to men!

Muya politely approaches his customers, displaying his beautiful looking polished nails and asks them if they would like to apply the same.

There are no fixed charges, as they vary according to the styles that interest the clients.

During the holidays, especially December, he attends to many customers because many are travelling upcountry.

Come rainy season, he finds the job very challenging because people wear closed shoes and it is hard to convince them to take them off. They also find it to be time wasting, because their nails take a long time to dry.

People’s perception that he is either gay or a male commercial sex worker is another challenge that he faces. To him, he does not care, provided that he does not beg or steal from somebody; he reaps what he sows.


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