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Gender Female
Age 42
Date of birth March 22,1980
Zodiac sign Aries
Born Nairobi
Spouse Nameless
Alma mater University of Nairobi
ChildrenNyakio Mathenge
Tumiso Nyakwea
ParentsGS Kagwi
Nyakio Kagwi
SiblingsCharity Kagwi
ListSweet LoveBest of Kenya Local Classics 8 · 2020
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Wahu Life story

Rosemary Wahu Kagwi, professionally known by her mononym Wahu, is a Kenyan singer-songwriter, former fashion model, actress and entrepreneur.

Rosemary Wahu Kagwi, professionally known by her mononym Wahu, is a Kenyan singer-songwriter, former fashion model, actress and entrepreneur.

Early life and education

She was born in the year 1980 in Nairobi. Wahu attended Hospital Hill Primary school and proceeded to Precious Blood High School which is located at Riruta. While in school, she wrote her first song. Wahu is a former model and University of Nairobi student, graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in mathematics & Communication.


She started her musical career in 2000. She released her first single "Niangalie" which received positive reception all over Africa and the world at large. Her first three singles were "Niangalie", "Esha" and "Liar". Wahu released her first major hit, "Sitishiki" around 2005. Some of her music has been produced by the Ogopa DJs.

Wahu has entertained audiences alongside many Kenyan and African Artistes like Kleptomaniacs, Fally Ipupa, Nonini, Nameless, Wyre, Qqu, and P-Unit. She is the inaugural recipient of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2008, for Best Female Artist category. Moreover, she has won the Pearl of Africa Music Awards, Chaguo La Teeniez Awards and Kisima Music Awards. In the acting industry, Wahu had a leading role in the television series Tazama. In 2017 she released a new gospel song "Sifa". In the year 2013 she opened her saloon business the Afrosiri salon which offers services such as spa, hair, manicure and pedicure services.

Personal life

She is married to David Mathenge alias Nameless, another award-winning Kenyan musician. They have 2 daughters named Tumiso and Nyakio. She dedicated her biggest hit to date "Sweet Love" to one of her daughters.

Awards and nominations


MTV Africa Music Awards 2008 – Best Female

2008 Pearl of Africa Music Awards – Best Female Artist (Kenya)

2008 CHAT Awards – Favourite Female Artiste

2008 Kisima Awards – Best Song ("Sweet Love") & Best Reggae Artiste/Group

2010 Tanzania music awards – Best Reggae Song ('Leo (Reggae remix)' with AY)


2006 Pearl of Africa Music Awards – Best Kenyan Female Artiste

MTV Africa Music Awards 2008 – Best Newcomer

2008 MOBO Awards – Best African Act

2008 Kora Awards – Best Artiste or Group from East Africa (not yet held)

2009 Tanzania Music Awards – Best East African Song ("Sweet Love")

2009 MTV Africa Music Awards – Best Video ("Little Things You Do" with Bobi Wine)

2009 Channel O Music Video Awards – Best African East & Best Ragga Dancehall Video ("Sweet Love")

2011 Tanzania Music Awards – Best Song and Best Collaboration Song ('Mkono Mmoja' with Chege & Temba)


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