A list of Kenyan celebrities who were once street kids

Most people wish to grow up in a family setting with parents or guardians to take care of you.

Although some are born into families that support them until they’re old enough to cater for themselves, there are those who don’t enjoy these benefits. Some are forced into the streets while still young where they grow up not knowing about their origin.

What are the reasons why many end up being street kids?

Peer pressure, poor parenting, and running away, passing on of parents, discrimination or being seen as an outcast, poverty, being chased away and others do it out of their own wish.

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Kids who end up in the streets sometimes resort to robbery, drug abuse and in the end, some of them are killed while others get rescued by good Samaritans.

Well, in the local showbiz  industry we have several celebrities who grew up in the streets and we’re proud of them for transforming into great people in the society.

From multi-talented singer Guardian Angel to Radio Jambo’s Annita Raey, meet the celebrities who tasted the hard and bad street life.

Guardian Angel
The gospel singer whose songs are currently topping the music charts grew up in the streets. In past interviews, Guardian has always narrated his past sad life experience and how he ventured into music to inspire the youth.

“We happened to have gotten to a place where it was a bit hard for us to hold on because my mother had lost her job and life was just hard and me being that kajamaa who doesn’t want to look at his mother go through some stuff so that life goes on and couldn’t just watch so I decided to go my way and let my mum figure her way out. I got arrested when I was in the streets. I was on the streets and I think the President at that time said the streets should be cleared. So I was among those who were cleared from the streets.”


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His mother died when he was young, and was forced to the streets where growing up was tough.  He later went to ABC orphanage in Mathare slums and from there, he was nurtured into the man he is today.


Annitah Raey

The radio Jambo presenter, now a mother of two, is never afraid of sharing details of her past. She’s been through a lot and just like some, her life hasn’t been a smooth path. Annita went to the streets when she was 13-years-old.

“I was so rebellious because I was raised by a very harsh mother. I started running away from home at a very tender age of 13 years and started living in the streets. I lived in the streets of Nairobi with the worst people in the society. Those were my friends. They used to treat me like I am the baby in their crew. You are the one who carried the drugs for them,” she narrated.


“Then one day I was coming in with one of them, so we are at Moi Avenue, then someone hit me from the back, nkafikiri ni mwizi and I was like, anataka nini. I fell down and became unconscious. I did not have money but anyway I had drugs with me. They dragged us towards Jevanjee. They were two guys and both were from my tribe, I understood all what they were planning for me. So they raped me and that was the worst thing in my life.”

MCA Tricky

Self-proclaimed Member of Chokora Assembly joined the streets at the tender age of 12 after his peers convinced him to accompany them to Nairobi in search of greener pastures without the knowledge of his parents.

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“For three years, I experienced the vagaries of street life in Nairobi’s Saika estate, during which I worked as a vegetable errand boy to and from Gikomba market to survive,” he said in previous interviews.

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Paul Clement

The Tanzanian gospel artiste also went through hell while growing up. He stayed in the streets depending on borrowing and searching bins for food as it is a norm by street urchins.

“I was a street kid for 8 years, My father had always wanted me to pursue another career and not music. Nia yake ilikua niwe laywer kama yeye. Issue za familia ndio zilichangia niwe street child. Nmashukuru Mungu kwa sababu malengo yangu yalitimia na bado yanaendelea kutimia. Nilikiwa street niliandika nikiwa kwa situation ngumu wimbo unaitwa ‘Juu ya mataifa yote’ huo wakati nilikua bado naenda kanisani.”



The controversial gospel singer spent most of his time on the streets. And just like street urchins, he ate from the bins.

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In past interviews, Ringtone has always narrated that his mother dumped him at the doorstep of a bar in Nairobi’s Tom Mboya Street and left him at the mercy of the streets of Nairobi.

His uncle later found him and sent him to the village to stay with his grandmother who later passed away, leaving him once again at the mercy of the world.

He was forced to flee to the streets where he did everything urchins do because his family had allegedly rejected him until when he was rescued by a good Samaritan.

Papa Dennis

The flamboyant gospel singer also tasted the rough life of the streets.

In past interviews, Papa Dennis revealed that his parents passed away when he was very young and in Class 8, leaving behind three children. With no one to support or care for them, Denno had to turn to the streets to fend for himself and his siblings.

“I’ve been through a lot, and growing up an orphan really takes a toll on you. It affected me after primary school seeing other kids go to high school while I couldn’t. It hurt a lot. So I started taking on menial jobs to survive.”

He was later rescued by Sadat Muhindi, the CEO of Maliza Umaskini foundation that helps the needy and nurtures talent.  Papa Dennis celebrated his birthday yesterday.

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The late Papa Dennis ex-girlfriend Martha Wajero says she is still in shock over the death of her ex boyfriend, Papa Dennis.

Martha, a former actress at Machachari says they have been in touch and have been communicating on a daily basis.

“He kept on apologising and wanted us to meet,” she said.

The two have been friends for over five years and that is where the attachment started.

Even on the fateful night, Martha and Papa were on a conversation and promised to meet him after she was back to Nairobi.

“I am currently in Kisumu but I would have met him after I am back,” she said in an interview with Classic 105.

Papa Dennis was found dead on Saturday morning.

Martha says she is hurt and feels guilty that he passed on before they met.

“Maybe if I met him, I would have given him hope to be alive. That makes me feel sad because he always shared his problems with me,” she said.

Her tribute to Papa is that she will always miss him.

“I knew you for 5 years you have been a very loving caring and tender soul. You battled depression despite me being there. You have always been a shining star amongst many you had a bright future ahead of you because you were always hardworking and ambitious.
As you served God in your songs and touched many souls may God comfort your soul and may you rest in peace you have been a legend, a role model to many and a star. May you fly with angles I will always remember you and I will miss you,” she said.

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Papa Dennis with Martha Wajero

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Exclusive: ‘The world have lost a good soul,’ Petra mourns Papa Dennis

Late singer Papa Dennis had many friends among them singer Petra.

The two released a song together titled “Party” after which the two went on to do a media tour together.

Just like friends, family and fans, Petra was shocked by the death of her friend Papa Dennis and has described him as a good soul.

She said this morning in an exclusive interview with Classic 105,
“I found out about the death of papa Dennis through a friend at night.”

“He was a good soul, he was a very kind soul and the world has lost someone who had a very good soul.”

“I had so many memories with him and most of them I hold dear to my heart because they are private and I like mourning in private,” she said.

According to his other friends like Daddy Owen, he says he is saddened by the passing on of singer Papa Dennis.

Owen, who did a collabo Foundation with Papa Dennis has revealed that he rushed to the scene after news broke that the Makekes hitmaker was no more.

In an Instagram post, Owen wrote how he rushed to the scene immediately he was notified only to find a lifeless body.

Daddy Owen has promised to share more about the singer soon.

“When I first heard about his passing I rushed to the scene just to confirm its true.. reaching I found like only 4 people there and they pointed at a lifeless body which I had to confirm is Papa Dennis.. it was a very sad scene. Rest in Peace Papa Dennis. I will share more soon.🙏🙏🙏’ he wrote accompanied by photos below.

Daddy Owen

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Gospel artiste Papa Dennis’ death has left many questions in his fans hearts.

The cause of his death is not yet known but detectives are probing.

The 2018 Afrimma best male artiste of the year was found dead in the wee hours of Saturday morning near the Jubilee Headquarters in Pangani.

In a past interview, Papa wanted to move to Dalas, buy a house and settle there.

“There is no need of being buried in an expensive coffin while you lived poor…” he said

According to some of his friends, they were with him recently and he looked okay.

 lockey_fashion_trend wrote;” Aje nimekuwa na gathee juzi juzi.”

The singer was very social and his social media pages were always updated.

Sometimes towards the end of last year, Papa Dennis fell ill and took to social media to ask fans to pray for him although he didn’t say what was ailing him.

“Hi pray for me I’m sick,’ he posted.

In one of the posts he shared in December, he thanked God for the far he had brought him.

“Nashukuru Mungu kwa umbali amenitoa.”

Early this year, Papa promised to be more active and do more shows.

“New year things
I thank God for taking me this far…
May 2020 be full of Gods grace and blessings
#papa dennis
#more shows coming 🔥🔥😍’ He posted.”

His songs inspired many and advising anyone who felt hopeless he encouraged them to listen to music because it soothes broken souls.

“Muziki ni dawa.. . when u are down always fungulia redio yako then listen to your inspiring jam,” he wrote.

The cause of  death of the Mayaya hitmaker is yet to be known but witnesses say that Papa was in a studio session at Nairobi Records, owned by legendary producer Mash Mjukuu.

Papa is said to have stormed out of the room and fell from the 7th floor of the Ngara building and died immediately on impact.


Exclusive! Papa Dennis looked uneasy, Nairobi Records producer reveals details

Papa Dennis  looked uneasy before he met his death, Nairobi Records producer Luva has revealed.

Speaking to Classic 105 on phone, the producer said he asked him if he was okay after he seemed uneasy and Papa said he was okay.

“He did not show any sign that he was having a problem although he looked uneasy,” he said.

Papa Dennis passed on last night and his death was announced on social media by other celebrities at around midnight.

Terrence creative posted a photo of papa Dennis and captioned “Rest in Peace Papa Dennis. May God protect us, artists. It is so sad, yaani, something must be addressed.”

Luva when asked if they can explain what transpired, he said,

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“Nobody is able to explain what really happened even as per now we are figuring out what happened,” he said

adding that they had a session with him overnight and they were okay doing some recordings together.

“Maybe he had his own issues that were private but the detectives have not revealed what happened because to us we thought it was a road accident because he was found somewhere between a building and a the highway.

The detectives promised to come back and so we are waiting.

Luva and Papa had just parted ways when he was alerted through a phone call and went but found him lying there.

“I was in town when it happened and we had just parted ways with him like ten minutes ago then I was called after he fell down,” he said.

Papa Dennis has been recording with Nairobi records owned by legendary producer Mash Mjukuu and most of the times he has been in the studio

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Papa Dennis real name is Dennis Mwangi, was a hardworking artiste and he went ahead in working with international artistes.

He won the Best Male Artist Award at Mwafaka 2015 and in 2018, he won Afrimma Awards  together with Khaligraph Jones.

His dream was to bring the Grammy Awards.

“This award is big and although I have been working so hard, it encourages me to keep working hard. My dream is to bring the Grammy Award home,” he said in a past interview.

He was the last born of a family of five, Papa Denis was born and raised in Western Kenya.

His twin brother became his playmate and greatest confidant.

Together they attended Mtoni Primary school in Western Kenya.


He became famous after he did a song with Daddy Owen called Foundation.

Daddy Owen says he is yet to come to terms with is demise.

“We hope tutajua ukweli nini imemuua,” he said.

In another of his songs, Wabebe, Papa narrated his life story in his music.

It talks about the hardships people go through every day which he said it was a prayer to him. He talked about orphans and the challenges they go through since he was also an orphan.

Orphaned at a young age, Papa Dennis was forced to drop out of school and do menial jobs so as to fend for his siblings. He said,

“I used to sell charcoal, hawk groundnuts in bus terminus, plough for 10 bob, was employed as a cattle herder, and also used to harvest maize and got paid sh15 per sack,” he sang.

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He has also done with international artistes like Cecile, Chidimna, Ray C among others.

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Big Pin has every reason to be thankful after surviving a minor Cardiac arrest on Monday prompting for him to be rushed to Aga Khan Hospital.

Born Chrispin Mwangale, Big Pin collapsed at Hall mark Offices and was rushed to the hospital immediately for treatment.

Big Pin in the ambulance

Speaking to Mpasho, Big Pin’s brother Philip said,

“He was having a board meeting in Hallmark. Then he collapsed and was taken to Aga Khan. From there he was put on an ambulance and taken to the main Aga Khan hospital.”

Big Pin in the ambulance

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Medics termed his condition as a minor Cardiac arrest

On inquiring how a young person as Big Pin could suffer from the arrest, his brother pointed out that its a condition that runs in the family.

“It runs in the family. It is genetic.”

The musician has collaborated with musicians such as Amani, Patonee, Sanaipei Tande and even though he is no longer in the limelight his songs still remind of the good old days.

His cardiac arrest comes days after gospel artist Papa Dennis survived a grisly road accident which left his car completely damaged.

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Before then, music producer Dr Eddy survived an accident after he fell from the 4th floor of where he lives

Despite the horror of it all he has his life to thank God for. We wish Big Pin well as he recovers.

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Gospel artiste Papa Dennis involved in grisly road accident

Gospel artiste Papa Dennis has all reasons to celebrate after surviving a grisly road accident that left his car completely damaged.

The artiste took to his Instagram page to give thanks with a caption of the wreckage

Papa Dennis involved in a grisly road accident
Papa Dennis involved in a grisly road accident

This accident comes almost a week after local producer Dr Eddie fell from the 4th floor and sustained injuries forcing him to under go a surgery to correct the damage.

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Fans took their time to wish the artiste quick recovery as he recovers from this shocking incident;

clemmo254: Pole mzee….mungu mkubwa…pata hafueni ya haraka

rachael_wafula: SORRY GET WELL SOON PAPA

martyn_da_psalmist: @papadennis quick recovery bro…the devil is a liar

caterira: So sorry….get well soon …..My prayers are with you @realpapadennis

mikeobare: Pole sana kaka. Get well soon.

maleekarak: Amen bro thank God ya are safe

manevole: Glory be to God u r ok

idanjuguna: Quick recovery

jay_clause: Get well soon

bigboykoloe: Thank God for the gift of life and protection

kenyanallstar: Pole sana bro! God is great all the time

stom_almadusi: Wah! Pole sana kwa ajali. Thank God for sparing you. I hope no one was badly hurt.

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Gospel singer Papa Dennis and Ray C release collabo ‘Tornado’

Brand Maliza Umasikini is thrilled to announce the release of the latest
single from Papa Denis Featuring  Tanzanian songbird Ray which is available on you tube.
‘Tornado’, which is a love song, is a new genre for Papa Denis. It’s also the 1st collaborate that Ray C has done with the Kenyan singer and its and indication that Ray C is back to rule the airwaves after a long  break.
The song is produced by one of Kenya best producer Teddy B and Benny steel. The video was shot in South Africa by African renowned director GodFather.
They will be doing an East African Media tour to market the song.