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Born Rosemary Wahu Kagwi
(1980-03-22) 22 March 1980 (age 38)
Nairobi, Kenya
Residence Nairobi, Kenya
Other names Wahu Kagwi Mathenge
Alma mater University of Nairobi
Bacheor of Arts (Mathematics
& Communication)
  • singer
  • actress
  • songwriter
  • entertainer
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Nameless (m. 2006)
Children 2
Musical career
Labels Ogopa Deejays (former)
Associated acts
  • Nameless

Rosemary Wahu Kagwi (born 22 March 1980),[1] professionally known by her mononym Wahu, is a Kenyan singer-songwriter, former fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. She released her first single "Niangalie" which received positive reception all over Africa and the world at large. She is the inaugural recipient of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2008,[2] for Best Female Artist category. Moreover, she has won the Pearl of Africa Music Awards, Chaguo La Teeniez Awards and Kisima Music Awards.[3] In the acting industry, Wahu had a leading role in the television series Tazama.[4]


Wahu is a former model and University of Nairobi student, graduating in mathematics.[5] She started her musical career in 2000. Her first three singles were "Niangalie", "Esha" and "Liar".[6] Wahu released her first major hit, "Sitishiki" around 2005.[7] some of her music has been produced by the Ogopa DJ's.[8] Wahu has entertained audiences alongside many Kenyan and African Artistes like Kleptomaniacs, Fally Ipupa, Nonini, Nameless, Wyre, Qqu, and P-Unit.

She is married to Nameless, another award-winning Kenyan musician. They have 2 daughters,one of who whom she dedicated her biggest hit to date "Sweet Love".[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]




  1. ^ "Wahu Kagwi". Ghafla. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "MAMA Awards winners". Bella Naija. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kisima Awards Winners 2008/2009 announced!". I.fienipa. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "WAHU - AFRICAN MUSICIAN". Fieni Pal Lyrics. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  5. ^ The Standard, November 7, 2008: Unveiled: Kenya’s most influential celebrities[dead link]
  6. ^ True Blaq Entertainment: Featured Artist - Wahu Kagwi Archived 11 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b Daily Nation, Buzz Magazine, August 29, 2008: Despite lean season, Wahu bounces back
  8. ^ The Standard, September 19, 2008: Ogopa: Africa’s revered video stars[dead link]
  9. ^ BBC, November 23, 2008: Nigerians sweep MTV Africa awards
  10. ^ Museke: PAM Awards Winners 2008
  11. ^ Ecoimagekenya.com, June 20, 2008: The annual Chaguo La Teeniez awards Winners
  12. ^ Kisima Music Awards: 2008 Kisima Music Awards winners Archived 12 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ The Citizen: Newcomers ruling the roost 21 May 2010
  14. ^ Musicuganda.com: PAM 2006 nominees Archived 22 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Museke: MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) 2008 - the nominees
  16. ^ Museke: Nominees for MOBO Best African Act 2008
  17. ^ Museke: Kora All Africa Music Awards nominees 2008 - regional categories
  18. ^ Kilimanjaro Awards: Nominees 2009
  19. ^ Museke: MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) 2009 nominees
  20. ^ Museke: 2009 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards nominees
  21. ^ allAfrica.com: '20 Percent' Grabs Seven Kili Music Awards Nominations