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Amani: From “Bad Boy” to Gospel Singing

Born Cecilia Wairimu, better known by her stage name Amani, is an exceptional Kenyan singer and songwriter who has contributed immensely to the Kenyan music scene and has earned numerous recommendations alongside awards and accolades in appreciation for her excellent work done.

Early Life and Education

Amani, as she is preferably called was born on 28 November 1980, in Thika Kiambu in Kenya. She attained her secondary education at Bishop Gatimu Ngandu High School where she participated in singing. She was part of the Acapella Group Sobriety.

Right after graduating from high school she signed a record deal with Ogopa Deejays in 1999 for the music genres Pop, R&B, and African Pop. She furthered her college education in 2000 at the United States International University where she studied Business Administration.

Musical Career

This veteran singer later transitioned to the gospel music genre where she draws her audience closer to The Maker of the Universe with her cathy phrases and sweet self she has earned herself many proponents across the world. This was not the previous or ordinary Amani who would sing her soul out with her astonishing themes and bad girl lyric crafting spirit. Currently she is a changed person who has had a renewal of mind and has put on a new self in order to be without blemish.


  • Move On
  • Bad Boy ft Nyashinski
  • Tahidi
  • Papii
  • Ninanoki ft Nameless
  • Mising My Baby
  • Tonight
  • Kiboko Changu
  • Kizungu Zungu
  • Heart Breaker
  • Usiwe Mbali Nami ft AY

Awards and Achievements

  • Female Artist of the Year during the 2006 Kisima Music Awards
  • Collaboration of the Year on Bad Boy ft Nyashinski during the 2006 Kisima Music Awards
  • Favourite Female Artist CHAT Awards
  • Favourite Song CHAT Awards
  • Favourite Collaboration of the Year during CHAT Awards
  • Boomba Female during the 2007 Kisima Music Awards
  • Best Female Artist(Kenya) during the Pearl of Africa Music Awards

Amani has received a lot of recognition and applauses based on her influence in the music industry from secular songs to gospel music. As a result she received the Pure and Natural Most Inspiring Young Woman in 2010 followed by another award, Best Female Artist during the Pearl of Africa Music Awards the same year.

Amani is upheld as a musical icon in the Kenyan music scene. Although she might have had a reduction in admirers from her previous lifestyle and taste in music, she has gained more admirers as she metamorphosed into her current musical genre, gospel music, giving her a balanced count of proponents globally.

written by Ruth Ama Onumah


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