- Alex's viral sharp-edged roof attracts attention as he shares his journey from destitution to success in the construction industry
- With his drawing skills and hard work, Alex constructs his dream home and gains recognition for his craftsmanship
- Alex's perseverance leads to opportunities, including sculpting famous crocodiles and securing high-profile clients, while he emphasises the importance of faith and family
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At only 28 years, Alex David Manondu lives in his own mansion and has also achieved his dream of building his dear parents a beautiful house.
Roofs goes viral on Facebook, Twitter
In an interview with TUKO.co.ke, a chuckling Alex remembered the day his house went viral saying he received so many phone calls with everyone telling him that he was trending.
"I already had another roof on my mansion when I decided to install the famous sharp-edged roof .I was watching a European programme on TV one day when I saw the roof and loved it," he explained.
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"I immediately called my cousin who is a roofing expert and drew for him what I wanted. I have always been good at drawing since my primary school days and I even designed my house," said Alex.
Alex builds own house
Alex never entrusted anyone with building his house; he built it from scratch with his crew.
"I used to travel on Fridays, build my house on Saturday and Sunday, then go back to work," he said.
The two embarked on installing the roof and were done within a month.
The moulding expert disclosed that it took him and his construction crew two months to complete the sprawling mansion which is a far cry from their humble two-roomed abode that housed all ten of them while growing up.
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"Some of us used to sleep at the neighbours' houses and they also mistreated us. Sisi ndio tulijulikana wenye shida sana mtaa mzima," he said.
After high school, Alex went to join his father, who was a sculptor in Mombasa and although his dad didn't want him there, he pressed on and became a very good sculptor.
Some Indian businessmen loved his work and contracted him to craft the famous crocodiles outside the Mamba Village Restaurant in Mombasa.
After money from the lucrative contract was over, Alex found himself destitute once again and decided to go back home and plot on how to get his ducks in a row again.
Bad living conditions in Kitengela
He decided to move to Kitengela where his living conditions were so bad. A man he met at Club Nevada helped him by giving him odds jobs.
One day he arrived at a construction site and was chased away because there had been a spate of stealing incidences and his dishevelled state made him look like one of the thieves.
One day he met the building owner that was coming up and he told her about his moulding skills. She asked to see a sample, and he did a very one, earning him a job at the site.
Karen client hires Alex for a big job
"The job helped me move to my house, and I bought a banket , mattress the one that goes for KSh 350 and started life " he said.
When his client had a housewarming party for his new house he met another client who was also building a home in Karen and she gave him a job as well.
"Niliingiana na maneno ya kanisa and nikaanza kutithe, nikamuamini Mungu ndio maneno yangu iwe vizuri," he said.
Alex was very scared about posting his moulding work online because he thought people would laugh at him.
Ever since he was a poor young man, his self-esteem was so low that he never approached any girl for a relationship for fear of being rejected and that also prevented him from posting his work.
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Alex builds home for his parents
"In 2019, my company started picking and I achieved my Class Six dream of building a house for my parents. Watu walikua wanatuonesha madharau sana so nilijenga na nikwawaweka mahali pazuri sana," he said.
"Now they sleep in a KSh 65,000 bed just as I do in the city.
As Alex continues building bigger and more beautiful houses, he urges people to always believe in God and give their tithes and offerings.
"Mungu ndio anaweza kutoa kwa nyumba ya matope," he said while also urging people to take care of their parents.
"After the roof of my house went viral, clients started calling me for jobs and some were very good, and Iam working on all of them" he said.
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In another story Efo Banks left his job as a filmmaker in Ghana to become a labourer in Qatar after getting advised by a friend.
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He worked as an Occupational Health and Safety Officer and owns three apartments.
In an old interview with Zion Felix, Efo mentioned that there are labourers in Qatar who earn as much as GH₵6,000 per month.
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