Jane Muthoni is a popular Kikuyu musician known for hits such as ‘Materetha’ (Tribulation) and ‘twarana nanii’ (walk with me).
Like many stars in the world, Jane Muthoni did not have a smooth life while growing up.
“When growing up, I always wanted to be an artist. “I was born into biting poverty, burdened with no secure place to call home,” she says in interview conducted by Jeremy Damaris on a US-based TV Station (Kikuyu Diaspora), as she starts the chronology of her life.
She was brought up by a single mother. At the age of seven, she started formal education at Gachoka Primary School in Gatundu, Thika District. She later dropped out due to lack of school fees but joined another school after two years where she did not manage to complete high school.
“I came to Nairobi and I was employed as a house girl in Jogoo road, taking care of children and doing all house hold work.
My employee was not so bad, which I always thank God for. The most challenging thing is that those days house helps were paid so little. I was paid sh300 per month despite doing alot of work in that house. I did not lose my vision of becoming an artist so I kept trying.
When I asked my employee to increase my salary, she added me sh20, that added upto sh320 per month.
I also worked as a waitress in Gatundu where I was earning a thousand per month.”
Because she always wanted to be a musician, in 1996, Muthoni’s life inspired her to write music. Using her hard-earned money and topping it with borrowed money, she released her first album Giagai na Hinya (Be Strong), which became a hit and the album sold out.