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Willy Paul: Life when my dad was alive was beyond ‘umaskini’

Gospel singer Willy Paul aka Willy Pozee is possibly one of the most criticised musician in Kenya, but unknown to many of the critics is the artiste’s humble beginnings.

In a rather emotional Instagram post on Friday, the Jigi Jigi hitmaker responded to the critics by recounting some of his struggles in life before fame and fortune came his way.

Willy Paul also narrated the passing on of his father after years ago and his family’s desperate efforts to give him a decent burial when they had no money to do so.

“The life I’m living today, only God can tell how appreciative of it I am,” wrote the artiste who has lately been the subject of criticism apparently for what many of his fans perceive to be a shift to secular songs in his most recent productions.


My story is really a story!! I don’t talk about my past because I’m not a sympathy seeker!! I get so hurt when people say hurtful things to me without thinking of the impact After!! I am a very strong young man. The life I lived before; when my late Dad ( Paul ) was still alive….. was beyond umaskini ( poverty) My dad was a carpenter in the slums of Mathare KENYA But when he died there was no money to buy his body casket!! We didn’t have money to pay for the mortuary .. we were forced to do unbelievable things just to get him a cheap casket of about 4500 kenya shillings!! A casket that even had holes.. .. .. I will tell you more soon when I gather the energy to! The life I’m living today, only God can tell how appreciative of it I am.

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