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“My 1st Producer DISCOURAGED Me And Told Me To Focus On FARMING” : Jemmimah Thiong’o

Jemmimah Thiong’o is an award winning gospel singer, a music legend to say the least as her music has cut across different jurisdictions occupied by both the youth and old. Jemmimah had been nominated for Kora Awards in 2004 and double nomination for Kisima Awards in 2007.

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She is a mentor and probably what many uprising artistes don’t know is that Jemmimah has gone through ups and downs to become who she is today. She had a dream and through the financial challenges she faced at first, Jemmimah never gave up but kept pushing and pushing to sing for GOD Almighty.

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Jemmimah Thiong’o spoke to Uliza Links and this is what she had to say :

“My mentor in music has been Mary Atieno. She is challenged as you know but she is a very strong woman, very strong, I would say she is 10 times stronger than most of us, prayerful and believes in faith. Evangelist Teresia Wairimu also lifts me up when am down, my husband, children and goodwill friends like R-Kay, J-Blessing, Reverend Kathy Kiuna, Pastor Mureithi, and Victor Mbuvi always encourage me by what I overcame earlier. God uses other people to raise others.”

”My first producer discouraged me.”, She revealed. Her first producer asked her about her tribe, occupation and encouraged her to continue farming instead of doing music because he thought she could not do it but her urge for music never faded. The second producer had a tendency of changing her rhythm and she hated it.

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Her friend called Sarah introduced her to R-Kay and that’s when her music just started moving. ”I recorded my first album in my  late thirties while R-Kay was in his early twenties (laughs) and the battles for ‘Mwenye Baraka was fought before it was even recorded. I received that song in a vision.”

“We used to walk with R-Kay from Nairobi’s CBD to Ngong road where he would escort me to Gishagi [rural] buses and he would later go back to Kencom for board a bus to go home and nobody never knew about it.  Nobody knows that story, nobody knows we did not have money,” she narrated.

She emphasized on serving God with passion and not being money driven since money comes and goes.

”Being rich is good and I love riches but have the passion to serve God, wherever God is success in not like pap, God is not like a microwave, I put very cold food in the fridge and in 5 minutes it is very hot and i’m taking it and i’m comfortable, no its a journey,” Jemmimah stated.

Jemimah will be having a live concert called “Inuka African Woman” at Michael Joseph center on 29th May 2015  from 6-9 pm and the entry fee will be Ksh. 1000/- .  She will be backed up by Zidi the band and Mary Atieno.

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ULIZA EXCLUSIVE : Jemmimah Thiong’o Speaks About Her JOURNEY And Pain of Losing THREE Siblings In A Row

It is one of the most awaited interviews I have ever had in my life. From the very first time I heard Jemmimah Thiong’o’s ‘Mwenye Baraka’ song, back in 2003, I wondered if one day I would get a moment to interview her.

On this beautiful Monday morning a minister has just arrived, Jemimah Thiong’o is at Uliza Links office and she is humble, happy, and smart on her pink outfit that has the feel of a real African woman.

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Accompanying her to the meeting room where the interview will take place is Macharia her personal assistant and as soon as they sit, we do a bit of introduction and fantastic ice breaking and off we start the interview.

“Who is Jemmimah?” I ask. “Jemmimah is a mother, wife, farmer, musician and a born again christian,” she begins.  She is the second last born in her family and does a lot of farm work and spear heads many women groups in her village.  She started singing in her local church and has recorded almost 40 songs though others have not yet been released.

Jemmimah came to the public limelight in March 2003 when she released her first album, ‘Alinitua’ and later released her 2nd album in 2004-2007 called Imani and finally she did Penya in 2010 with her biggest producer being Robert Kamanzi also known as R-Kay among others like Bosire Delmond and Dominic Khaemba.

Jemimah’s first hit song ‘Mwenye Baraka’ was released in 2003 but she performed it for the first time in a state function (10 years down the line) in the Presidential inauguration in 2013 after an invitation by the current President H.E Uhuru Kenyatta when he was being sworn in as president. It was done with a university choir who danced quite well as it all went down.

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Her family life has been kept private with many of her followers only knowing about her music but in this interview I try to get more information about her and she tells me more.

”My children are not known (laughs) but I have a son called Daniel another called Derrick and a girl named Ciku. Those are my biological children though I have many spiritual children. She is married to a very supportive husband who helped a lot in marketing her music at a time when they were still in form of cassettes.  “At that time, there were only 50 cassettes and when my husband reported to work, the cassettes were already sold by 9 am. Even his own copy was sold.”


Everyone who follows Jemmimah closely would think that her journey has been easy but sitting down with her, Jemmimah speaks of the challenges and pains she has faced as a Christian. 

During the release of her third ‘Penya’ album in 2010, Jemmimah was to go through a painful journey of losing her sister and she states that it was not easy. Jemmimah saw her sister die with her two eyes and she asked God to use her heart and penetrate her hence releasing “PENYA”.

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She recalls her prayer to GOD : ”I want to know you more because at that time there was a situation where I was telling people there is a GOD who heals and here my sister was dying.” 

She takes me back on how it all happened narrating how she faced all the pain from losing her first sibling in the year 1998.

“My first sibling passed in the year 1998, and my second sister was diagnosed with heart problem in 2007. We  did a fundraising for her and she was later to be operated at Nairobi hospital.” She remembers how they fasted in prayer and two days after the surgery her sister called her for prayers.

Later she had planned to travel and while on transit she received a call from the hospital requesting her presence at the hospital to allegedly sign a form for surgery of her sister. She states that once she hang up she didn’t feel like that call from the hospital was legit and smelt a rat while heading for the hospital. Jemmimah was later to confirm her doubts as the nurse on duty was tricking her to come to the hospital only for her to break the news that her sister was no more.

“That day I wept bitterly the whole night after the doctors had tricked me to come and sign for a surgery concerning my sister. That call, I felt was just a trick. On arrival at the hospital,  I knew that my sister was no more but the doctors did not want to shock me. My husband dropped me to the hospital and later I was to find out that Grace ( her sister’s name) was no more.”

”Grace was so close to me, we were close, my health deteriorated I felt discouraged and I didn’t even tell R-Kay that Grace died, even Mbuvi wondered where I disappeared to.”

The loss of Grace was heart breaking but Jemmimah was to be hit with another funeral during the month of  December when her brother who was older than Grace went to bed and didn’t wake up. He had left them after Grace and they buried him in January.


Even after losing her three siblings Jemmimah was to to go through others tests of Faith that made her to take a break and just submit to GOD. Probably others would have given up but Jemmimah decided to hold on to her faith and surrender more to GOD.

“I remember around February my brother in Murang’a got ill. I told God, this is enough, I cannot lose another person lest people ask where are you ?. Faithfully, my brother recovered from the illness and he is still alive but later in the same year my eldest sister than my brother who recovered, collapsed in the house. I was now finished.

I came to realize that it was my battle for faith, music and ministry.”

Jemmimah was later to see death at one point when shooting  ‘Penya’ video.  She had invited her friend Rose Jeffa from Burundi to feature in her video and Rose came with her little child and requested Jemmimah to be first in the shoot as she was to take her child somewhere.

She was with another lady and as soon as they finished shooting the video, Rose requested the lady she had come with to hold her baby as she concluded an issue with Jemmimah. ”I don’t know how the child slipped out of the hand of this lady and she was knocked and she died.”

“That is where now the real death in me came and i just went under and just told God it is you now, it will never be me anymore because everywhere i go i’m smelling death i’m seeing death i’m feeling death, God i just want to be in my house and just rest. Whether you believe in God or not, if your siblings are dead they are dead. Every temptation that comes my way, God knows about it.”

She says God’s time is the best. ”We stress  ourselves, we fail to do what God has called us to do because we want to be out there its all about God. To those who have lost loved ones, the only thing that will make them lose it completely is when they lose faith, just hold on to Jesus, everything that he does, he is right.”

Prison Ministry 

Jemimah got touched with Prison ministry after a lady who was helping her with farm work allegedly killed her child and was locked behind the bars. She used to pay her a visit but she couldn’t trace her anymore. Having sympathized with the pathetic situation in the prison at a time when it was filthy, she got the urge to minister to those in prison.

She was given a chance to shoot a video in the prison, for two songs ‘Mipango ya Mungu Ni ya Ajabu ‘Pendo la ajabu’ and it succeeded with friends contributions like sanitary towels, inner clothing and food. R-Kay and Victor Mbuvi contributed a lot, Manu Chandaria could give her tissue papers and Githunguri Dairies helped her ministry with long life milk.

Those two songs were done in the same day same night The major challenge she faced was prison warders being transferred to different places as well as lack of sponsors to enable her minister to outside prisons. She named the prison ministry as ”Inuka African Woman”, a call to every woman to do something for her nation instead of waiting for the government or foreigners to come and do something.

Upcoming event.

Jemimah will be having a live concert called “Inuka African Woman” at Michael Joseph center on 29th May 2015  from 6-9 pm and the entry fee will be Ksh. 1000/- .  She will be backed up by Zidi the band and Mary Atieno. Call 1511 to buy tickets

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Jemmimah Thiong’o Concert On 29th May At Michael Joseph Center [ CLICK TO GET TICKETS ]

Legendary gospel artiste Jemmimah Thiong’o is gearing to host a life changing event  on Friday May 29th at the Micheal Joseph Centre dubbed ‘Inuka African woman’.

The event that will be running from 6 Pm to 9 Pm, targets to attract people from all walks of life most importantly the African woman to rise up and do something in the community.This will be the first time that the renown singer behind famous worship songs like  ‘Mwenye baraka’, ‘Mganga’, ‘Penya’ among st others will raise funds for her great initiative .

“The event will be used to raise funds to be set aside for the ministry at the prisons and its also a call for every African woman to arise and do something wherever she might be,” Jemmimah said during an interview at the Uliza Links offices.

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The highlight of the night will be that this award-winning artiste will  perform live in concert for the very first time  backed up by the amazing  Zidi the band. Celebrated spiritual gospel singer Mary Atieno  will also be performing at the event among st  many other gospel artistes.

From the event,the mother of three expects to raise about Kshs. 250,000 that will help her spread her ministry to other parts of the country such as Meru, Nairobi , Kisumu and Isiolo .

Jemmimah who has 3 albums to her name is a wife,a farmer and born again Christian made her debut in the music industry in 2003 and she is relevant to date.

She is working on her Kikuyu album that is set to be released soon as well her ministry to the prisons where she has even shot the video to her song titled ‘Pendo la ajabu’. She also holds forums to empower women in her village.

The entry charges are 1000 shillings per head and the proceeds will go into funding her initiative to visit and donate food and toiletries among many other things  to prisoners in various prisons in the country.

Tickets to the event are available via M ticketing.

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Renown Kenyan Gospel Singer Jemmimah Thiong’o Has A New Video “Nakutafuta” (Watch)

The mother of many Kenyan gospel singers and add to that mentor/role model “Jemmimah Thiongo” has a new music video.

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After doing Mganga She now will be releasing her new video Nakutafuta which is one of the songs in her album “Penya”. 

Nakutafuta is the new song, a worship song in which she reiterates that she is “Searching for GOD and prays that GOD will not stay far from Her”.

Watch the new video teaser below and keep it locked as we will let you know when the whole clip is ready. Be Blessed Abundantly

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Lyrics Alert!! Mganga By Jemmimah Thiong’o

Lets  sing along to the lyrics of  Mganga (Healer) by Jemmimah Thiong’o



Nawatangazia mganga wangu Yesu, Ayeyeyeye

mganga wa kweli eh, njoni niwaonyeshe

Mimi nimemwona (mganga), nimemwona (mganga)

Nimemwona (Mganga wa waganga ni Yesu).

Verse 1:
Nasema nimemwona. Mganga wa waganga

Anayeinamiwa na waganga wote hata na wachawi pia

Wanaleta madawa yao hata na hirizi

Na wanatangaza maovu yote walotendea wanadamu

Huyu mganga, kazaliwa Bethlehemu

Kalelewa na  na zarati la ajabu ni mwana wa bikira


Verse 2:
Jina la huyu mganga, kwa kweli lanishangaza

Kwa maana linalo nguvu nyingi kama mganga mwenyewe

Lilipotajwa na Petero, Tabitha akafufuka

Kiwete njiani akatembea kwa ajili la hilo jina

Paulo na Sila wakasifu kwa hilo jina

Milango ya gereza ikafunguka kwa jina la mganga Yesu


Verse 3:
Nguo za huyu mganga, hata nazo zina nguvu

Mama aliyevuja damu alipenya katitati ya umati

Nguvu za upinde wa nguo, damu ikakatika

Yesu akamwambia imani yako ndiyo imekuponya

Baada ya kusulubiwa, nguo za huyu mganga

Hazingepasuliwa kwa bei yake ikapigiwa kura


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