In a recent interview on CNN’s African Voices, popular TikTok chef Dennis Ombachi spoke about his challenging journey to recovery after breaking his leg, an injury that sidelined him for a year.
During this time, Ombachi faced the magnitude of his injury and experienced dark moments that led to a suicide attempt.
He was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder, shedding light on the underlying cause of his struggles.
Despite the hardships, Ombachi found solace in his passion for cooking, which he discovered while playing rugby on the HSBC circuit, touring various countries each year.
My love of food is intertwined with playing rugby because it started when playing the HSBC legs.
You tour close to 18 countries a year, and all these countries have their own culture, languages and food. We used to eat different kinds of foods,”
I used to come back home and challenge myself to try and create some of the different dishes I had here and there. I think that’s how the passion grew.”Ombachi
Ombachi once gained hundreds of followers after cooking for street children.
From time to time, I cook plenty of food and then hand it out to the kids on the streets, so I shot a video one time of me doing the same. From that video alone, I managed to gain more than 300,000 followers
Ombachi talks to CNN’s Larry Madowo – Watch the interview HERE