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Meet Maasai watchman turned gospel singer

By Metro Reporter
When Mike Ole Parsaoti disappeared from his village in Kajiado County for three years, his family and elders were in the dark on where he had vanished to. They thought he had gone to Nairobi and was enjoying life in the city not knowing he was on a mission to accomplish his life dream.

Ole Parsaoti says he had promised God he would never return home unless his project of coming up with an album to praise the Lord was fulfilled.
His family and friends spent sleepless night wondering where he had vanished to only to celebrate when the young and jovial gentleman re-appeared in the village after three years, with his first album titled “OUTU MATESEREM ENKERAI” (Come and Worship the Lord), in September 2010.
The joyful artist says his first album comprises eight songs both in Swahili and Maasai languages since he wanted not only people from his tribe to get the message but also those from across the borders and beyond.
In an interview with Metro Advertiser, the 30-year-old father of three says he has a reason to thank God for what he has done for him.
Though he passed through challenges and tribulations, they have not shuttered his will to achieve his dream.
He is the only child in the family to attain diploma level education.
Mike was brought up in a polygamous family. His late father, who was a chief, married eight wives with his late mother being the sixth wife.
His father died in 1982 when he was two years old while the mother passed on 1996 when he was 15 years.
 His elder, brother Stephen Ole Parsaoti took over the responsibility of taking care of his siblings.
The artist who hails from Konza in Kajiado Central District started schooling at Ilpolosat Primary School before proceeding to Mashuru Secondary School where he completed the four-year programme in 2001.
Due to the efforts of his brother, Mike was able to enroll for a certificate course in tourism and later a diploma in Environmental Management at the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute in Naivasha and completed the course in 2005.
At high school, the vibrant artist began composing secular music but did not have resources to record them.
“My brother (Nicholas Parsaoti) taught me how to sing. We would listen to music from our radio and practice singing the songs,” he says.
Mike got saved in 2006 after his college studies and the idea of coming up with an album flickered in his mind despite the fact that finance was a great challenge.
He joined his step-brother, Emmanuel Parsaoti who was then working at Jesus Celebrations Centre (JCC) church in Mombasa in the security department.
Here, he was introduced to a producer who was charging Sh16,000 per album. Since he was working with two other artists, the producer told him to make a down payment of Sh8,000 and settle the balance later.
This prompted the singer to look for a job and landed on his first job as a watchman in Mombasa. Here he was earning Sh4,000 per month.
 After four months, he left for a marketing job where he was selling Safaricom cards on commission basis.
But after six months the company collapsed and he was jobless for two months. Later, he secured a job with Morgan Security Company in Malindi where his pay was Sh9, 000 per month.
As a security guard, he was on night shift and got the opportunity to enroll for computer classes during the day.
He, however, could not achieve his dream due to the nature of his work and decided to resign.
Still hunting for a job, Mike moved to Bomet where he landed at Twigs Restaurant as a waiter and later joined Kericho Toyota Company as Environmental and Customer Relationship Manager.
In 2010 the contract with Kericho Toyota ended but he had saved enough money to help him realise his dream.
He recorded his first album “OUTU MATESEREM ENKERAI (Come and Worship the Lord) in September 2010. He then decided to go back home after being away for three years.
His second album “NABOISHO  (Unity)” calls on the community and the country to unite and live together as members of one family. It comprises ten worship, praise and advice songs in Maasai language.
“Osiligi  (Hope)” is one of the songs in his second album which speaks about God’s promises according to Isaiah 45:1.
 Mike is popularly known by his people as MOP - King of Olaleyio Omiyiana. 
“Before getting saved, people sing Olaleyio in ceremonies but mine is Olaleyio Omiyana, blessed to the almighty God,” he says.
Mike is planning to establish Olaleyio Omiyiana records to help upcoming artists nurture their talents.
In addition, he says he will institute a primary school to Mike is married to Esther Namunyak, a teacher at Lodokilani High School and they have two boys and a girl.


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