The Reverend Dad alias Mlami Mwitu or Mzae is now a common figure on social media especially on Tik Tok because of his comic Swahili videos.
Mlami Mwitu, whose real name is Elliot Berry, is popular because of his fluency in the language as well as Sheng‘ and mostly because of how he speaks with the Luhya accent.
Recently, blogs claimed that his mother sent him to Kenya as punishment because he was so stubborn but in an interview with Mungai Eve, he clarified that by saying, “I was so stubborn at home and my mom sent me here, I did not say it was a punishment. My mom loves Kenya so much, she comes here.”
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Mlami Mwitu was born and raised in the United Kingdom. He came to Kenya for the first time in 2009 when he was 19 years old and then settled in the country when he was about 21.
” I usually say that I was tricked. The first time, I didn’t agree to come to Kenya. Mum was so tired of me, I was so stubborn at home but she knew people who were running a children’s home in Kenya so she asked me to come and stay with them for like 3 months,” he said in a previous interview.
Within 3 months of staying in the country, Mlami Mwitu felt at home. After going back home, he trained for psychological counseling. He did not wait for graduation but just came to Kenya because he loved it here. Within two years, he was already good in Swahili, which he never went to study in any class.
Before coming to Kenya, he had traveled to other African countries like South Africa but the country did not favor him because after 6 weeks, he was already feeling home sick.
Back in the UK, the counselor was a model and retired at the age of 19 years.
“I retired from modeling at the age of 19. There are different stages of modeling especially when it comes to high-end modeling. The people you see on the catwalk are slim and have no muscles. When you get to a certain age you progress to a certain part (modeling lingerie and boxers). I said no to that, That is what pushed me away from modeling,” Mlami Mwitu said
At times, people gossip about him in Swahili and Sheng without knowing that he understands them.
His favorite Kenyan dish is Ugali Dondo specifically from Kibandaski. According to him, ugali is sweet when it has been made from flour from posho mills and not the packed flour.
Mlami Mwitu runs an organization, The Noah Initiative, that is focused on empowering the boy child. He calls himself reverend not because of comedy but he was ordained as one.