Rapper Octopizzo is arguably one of the most popular artistes in Kenya
He was born and raised in Kibera slums where he also discovered his music talent
Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa and Octopizzo has narrated how life is for many residennts
He says that in the slum there are great people who only need an opportunity and a chance
Octopizzo is arguably one of the most popular singers in Kenya and specifically in the hip hop industry in the country and beyond.
He has risen to fame thanks to his captivating music and the message it contains.
But his background, too, has helped to give mileage to the rapper, with his every song mention the largest slum in Africa, Kibera.
Kibera is situated in Nairobi and a fifth of the Kenyan capital’s population lives here. The mention of Kibera throws the word slum into anyone’s mind.
Yes, the residents of this slum are known to live below the poverty line, poor conditions and very little to smile about.
It is here that Octopizzo, the celebrated rapper, was born and bred and where his musical star was discovered.
Octopizzo has a sorry story of his past. He lost his parents at the age of 15 and life was never easy for him.
But luck came his way when he discovered his talent in music and made good use of it. He has gone ahead to release songs that have catapulted him to global fame. It is justifiable to say Octopizzo has mastered the art of doing good music.
The rapper spoke to CNN’s African Voices and revisited life in the slum and the problems facing children and their parents.
“Under these iron sheets, there’s babies, presidents, the next Octopizzo, everybody’s in here. Only if they meet the right person in their life. If they make the right choices,” Octopizzo says.
He goes ahead to reveal that he chose to mention Kibera in most of his songs, in fact all of them, so that kids in the slum can be motivated and be proud of identifying with the area.
“There is no song that doesn’t have the name Kibera, and it will remain like that… Coming here from experiencing the other side of life. It hurts. It hurts that some people can’t afford to have a better life,” the rapper says.
Octopizzo adds: “Growing up, I wanted to make ‘being’ from Kibera cool. That was my number one goal as a rapper. A kid that grows up here, can say, ‘Yeah, I’m from Kibera, man. I want to be a doctor’, and people would take him seriously.”