“To say Azziad is the one who made ‘Utawezana’ big is a lie” Femi One

Kenyan rapper Femi One was the villain in the story for many after the emergence of Tik Tok star Azziad Nasenya who had become popular after dancing to the rapper’s famous “Utawezana” song.

Femi at the time of the song’s release, urged fans to participate in Utawezana Dance Challenge as a way of boosting its popularity.


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The song which featured rapper Mejja took a life of its own after Azziad’s wonderful viral video dancing to it became the biggest thing on East African social media.

The chicken and egg debate among many online was whether Femi should pay Azziad for boosting the song or Azziad should be grateful to Femi?

Some fans, who also supported the Tippy Toe singer, said that Azziad was also popular courtesy of the hit song while others thought the reverse was true.

‘The world was so cruel to an innocent soul like me’ Azziad reveals struggle after fame

Femi has finally spoken on the topic during an Interview with Massawe Japani on Radio Jambo, with the rapper saying she reached out to the influencer and thanked her for doing the challenge and even had her back when some people unfairly criticised her.

“To be honest, I started that challenge and anyone who participated in it, whether on the first or last day is very important to me. They helped build the song and the fans were free to choose who they liked the most and they chose Azziad. To say she is the one who made the song big is a lie as she did her challenge the fourth day after the song was already a hit,” she said.


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Femi observed that both her and Azziad had a big break through the song. “Azziad got famous, and I got more streams on my song,” Femi argued. She also mentioned that she reached out to Azziad and thanked and even tried to meet with her, but she told her she is swamped doing interviews.

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I lost the ability to wear heels – Janet Mbugua says after having two C-sections

Former news anchor Janet Mbugua was interviewed by Azziad Nasenya yesterday on the famous Tik Tok star’s game show, Shoe Game With Azziad.

During the interview, the mother of two said she owns around 40 pairs of shoes. “One of the very first pairs of shoes I wore as a news anchor in 2007 cost me KSh 11,000. I kept them around for a really long time and they served the purpose of news. They were of good quality had really high heels which helped with the posture for reading news,” she said.

Janet Mbugua – My children have been bringing me closer to God

The former Citizen TV anchor revealed that the least she has spent on shoes was KSh 400 for a pair of flats. “I do not look for pricey shoes. I try keeping the cost of my kicks below KSh 5,000.”

She also said that she had become a sneaker fanatic, an obsession she traced back to the birth of her children. “I had my firstborn child in 2015 and the second one in 2018. Both were born through Caesarean section and I lost the ability to wear heels, so I fell deeply in love with sneakers,” she said.

She also explained to Azziad that she was a private person and does not like sharing intimate matters. “I manage to keep a lot of things out of the public. I am a very private person living a public life,” said Janet.

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Classic105’s breakout stars of 2020

The year 2020 might go down as one many would like to forget. But there are some who flourished during this bleak economic times. These breakout stars are below:

Azziad Nasenya

Azziad Nasenya is a Kenyan actor, content creator, media host and social media personality. She is popularly known as Kenya’s TikTok Queen. She has been has active since 2019 and became well-known in April 2020, after a video of Azziad dancing to Femi One and Mejja’s Utawezana song went viral.

 

Flaqo Raz

The famous Flaqo Raz is one of the fastest upcoming Kenyan comedians of our time. He is the talented and funny Mama Otis that most people have seen rising from simple beginnings to big screens.

The creativity behind Flaqo’s hilarious clips is now on another level, thanks to his ability to play several characters.

Behind the success of those rib-cracking scenes on Flaqo Raz YouTube channel is a self-driven young man now making headlines.

King Kalala

Prudence Chepkirui Tonui aka King Kalala, who is only 22 years old, has always been referred to as the ‘female Andrew Kibe’ because of her strong and unfiltered, opinions regarding issues on sexuality, relationships and broke men.

Not to forget her deep voice which has turned many heads ever since her popularity on social media grew. The social media sensation is a student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and is in her final year.

Elsa Majimbo

Elsa Majimbo (born June 29, 2001) is an internet comedian whose satirical monologues usually feature her crunching potato crisps, leaning back to a pillow and using tiny 1990s sunglasses as a prop.

Elsa is a student of journalism from Strathmore University, Nairobi. She has been posting monologues from 2016 but had stopped until 2019. Her monologue videos went viral during the COVID-19 lockdown. Her monologues were featured on Comedy Central several times in June 2020.

She won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite African Social Star in 2020.

Crazy Kennar

Kennedy Odhiambo has become an internet sensation with his easy to relate hilarious videos. Crazy Kennar is currently a third year Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Sciences student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

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I would marry Dr. King’ori – Azziad Nasenya tells Nyce Wanjeri

Unlike most Kenyans, 20-year old Azziad Nasenya will look back on 2020 with nostalgia and longing. The entertainer who came onto the scene as probably the first Kenyan Tik Tok star, is now one of the most well-known influencers in the country.

As such her personal life has become a source of interest for the many Kenyans who follow her eagerly and watch her lip-synching videos.

She was recently interviewed on Nyce Wanjeri’s YouTube vlog, where she revealed that she was dating an undisclosed guy.

The happy-go-lucky lady spoke about many topics including; getting cyberbullied after fame, her rate card, her fashion, and acting aspirations.

‘The world was so cruel to an innocent soul like me’ Azziad reveals struggle after fame

But the part of the interview though that carried the cake was when Nyce asked Azziad the big question about dating several hot local male celebrities.

The question that has become a theme in many humourous interviews goes as such, “Marry, Smash and Show Off”. And who were the celebs that were attached to the question? Pascal Tokodi, Nick Mutuma and Sauti Sol’s Savara.

Miss Nasenya was at first uneasy with the question making Nyce have to calm her down by telling her unknown boyfriend that the question was purely hypothetical.

Miss Nasenya said that she,  Pascal and Nick Mutuma were like brothers to her and it would not feel nice, thinking about them beyond that.

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So she instead put up her own question putting comedian YY, Dr. King’ori and Savara. Her answer then went like this, “I’d smash and pass YY, marry Dr. King’ ori and show off with Savara.”

Check out the video below;

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‘The world was so cruel to an innocent soul like me’ Azziad reveals struggle after fame

Azziad Nasenya will have a 2020 that will be unlike most people in this Covid-19 affected world. Her star and brand has risen this year and at a rapid pace that has seen her Instagram presence increase at a phenomenal pace – she now has close to half a million followers.

Azziad became an overnight sensation after her TikTok video dancing to Femi One’s “Utawezana” song went viral. She is now hob-nobbing with stars like Pascal Tokodi and even gospel provocateur Ringtone.

Azziad Nasenya with Pascal Tokodi
Azziad Nasenya with Pascal Tokodi

While her life might have seen tremendous growth unlike most Kenyans, her experience becoming a celebrity instantaneously mirrors that of people who have done the same before her.

The 20-year-old revealed how hard it had been for her after she became so famous so fast. Using her Instagram pages, the star explained the names she had been abused with like “overrated”, “lacking talent”, “not up to the fight” as critics tried every means possible to see her give up on her dream, crumble and disappear in thin air.”

‘I love you to death’ Maina Kageni tells Ringtone and Azziad amid online drama

“I have never been a quitter..not that I am perfect, no. I am still struggling to find my right path..but one thing I was taught is to always be a fighter…and I believe that has helped me achieve the little success that is coming my way.. ‘She is overrated’, they say, ‘She ain’t talented’, they add. ‘She will wear off’, some pray, and many more that I may not be able to quote…”

Azziad Nasenya in blue
All this saw her ¨cry herself to sleep…tossing and turning each night asking the Almighty what she had done to deserve all this¨ she said.

¨At only 19 seeking and asking how cruel the world could be against an innocent soul…¨ she continued.

But she isn’t a wilting flower and decided to buckle up against all the hate and use it to fuel her desire to succeed;

“…but after several days of darkness and blaming myself and doubt..I wiped the tears and decided that it’s time to work.
Those same words that were thrown my way gave me motivation to work Harder and God Gave me the strength to push even further.”

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As a conclusion, the budding actress was upbeat that her future held brighter things and encouraged her fans to follow their dreams;

“I have not gotten there but my journey just started😍🙏🏽 Your dreams are valid don’t you ever give up.
Powerful words that I believe don´t need explaining. Words that speak of a lioness who was once bitten but arose amidst pitch darkness, with a light from within, determined to light up the world around her and for those that can´t take it, they can only pack up and leave. Because well, her territory has now been marked.”

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Femi One or Azziad? Kenyans argue about who made “Utawezana” song a success

I didn’t think this would end properly for Femi One and I was proven right. Femi recently spoke about the knock-on effect that Azziad Nasenya had on her huge hit, “Utawezana”.

Femi was asked whether she had paid Azziad any money considering the huge influence she had had in promoting the song, thus making it well-known among the masses.

Azziad Nasenya
Azziad Nasenya

Her standpoint was that Azziad was one of the people who had participated in the “Utawezana” challenge and in essence devaluing the huge contribution the Tik Tok star had made.

Femi’s viewpoint hasn’t been well-received by Kenyans on Twitter with many calling her out saying that they didn’t know about the song until they saw the viral clip of Azziad dancing to it.

Femi One posing
Femi One posing

To them, the campus student deserved to be paid or at least thanked for supporting local content and making Utawezana gain international recognition.

Will you pay TikTok star Azziad for promoting “Utawezana?” Femi One asked by fan

The concerned Kenyans cautioned Femi against being ungrateful and putting her pride ahead of everything else. They urged her to be thankful that Azziad’s famous waist and remarkable dancing skills drew men and women from all over the world to Kenyan content.

Femi One
Femi One

Even Twitter bigwig Bravin Yuri weighed in saying, “Fact is, whenever you start playing Utawezana, Azziad’s face will likely come to your mind and not Femi One’s. That is how you know who actually made the song big.”

Azziad Nasenya

Others had a different point of view saying that Femi deserves all the credit for the song’s success as she had put her blood, sweat and tears into the song and that Azziad was piggybacking on someone else’s hard work.

While I see the second point of view my question is can’t the two standpoints be mutually inclusive. That while Femi deserves credit for the song’s popularity, Azziad’s contribution shouldn’t be discounted.

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Will you pay TikTok star Azziad for promoting “Utawezana?” Femi One asked by fan

Femi One and Mejja’s song “Utawezana” will forever be remembered as the song that trended, whenever we reflect on quarantine times in the future.

The song was and is still a banger for some with the catchphrase, Utawezana being used in texts and hashtags online as people “tune” each other.

Femi One

One person that many attribute with the success and awareness of the song is Tik Tok star Azziad Nasenya. The petite 19-year-old burst onto the scene dancing to the song in a clip that went mega-viral.

The clip spawned many copycats in Kenya and abroad and popularised a song that had hitherto been an underground hit.

Azziad Nasenya smiling
Azziad Nasenya smiling

Now the song is a certified hit with Femi One revealing that it had crossed 5 million views on YouTube – a mean feat for a song that was released barely a month ago.

Azziad given a run for her money as Zari sings Femi One’s Utawezana flawlessly

Considering this, one curious fan asked the celeb whether she would be sharing in the profits of the song with Azziad considering what she had done? “I hope Azziad received some sort of payment for her efforts,” an Instagram user named Raphmckers wrote.

Femi One
Femi One

Femi’s answer was capitalistic to the core, replying that Azziad was a part of a group on TikTok who popularised the song while participating in the Utawezana challenge after coming across the hit on the app.

“The song was already trending on Tik Tok and that is why she did the challenge because she came across it,” Femi explained.

I disagree with Femi’s point and here’s why; Of all the people who participated in the Utawezana challenge, who else can Kenyans easily remember apart from Azziad?

Azziad’s influence in the popularity of the song cannot be overstated and while Femi might not want to admit it or pay her (she isn’t owed anything by law), at least the Tik Tok star didn’t walk away empty-handed from the deal.

Azziad Nasenya with blonde hair
Azziad Nasenya with blonde hair

Her Instagram page now has more than 321k followers,  a marked rise with the bubbly lady gaining nearly 300k followers in one month!

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AS Roma recognises Kenyan girl in viral dance video, “Utawezana”

In case you have been living under a rock, Kenyan girl, Azziad Nasenya has become a household name after her viral video dancing along to Mejja and Femi One’s song Utawezana.

Azziad Nasenya
Azziad Nasenya

The song has propelled her iconic face into the minds of many Kenyans with many wondering who she is and trying to dig deeper into her story.

And it appears that it isn’t only Kenyans who have noticed her but Italian club As Roma which has a Twitter channel in the Kiswahili language.

Azziad Nasenya

AS Roma’s Twitter Swahili account tweeted the name “Azziad” presumably after watching the video. They might have also identified her name, as she was the number one trending topic in Kenya on the morning of Monday, April 6.

From the comments section, many seemed excited by the tweet and wanted to know how the admin got to learn about the video.

Others believed the admin must have found the video of Azziad pretty impressive. Some of the comments are below:

Borrow Yeng Wau you have now qualified for group stage

KIRWA Huyu msee amechezea sana hii account..haha

Azziad Nasenya

King of Dry Jokes Aliambiwa ‘we want numbers’ Face with tears of joy Face with tears of joy so anacheza kama yeye.

Mboyinaire Admini umekunyw chai???au ndo pasi ndefu

Alberto JanuzajFlag of Kenya If u know u knowRolling on the floor laughingRolling on the floor laughing

ibrah tweve huyuu admin anawez akafany uhame team yako Face with tears of joyFace with tears of joyuanze ku fancy As Roma

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