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Judith Nyambura Mwangi (born 30 April 1986),[1][2] better known by her mononym Avril, is a Kenyan singer-songwriter, actress and entertainer. She was formerly signed to Ogopa Deejays, one of the leading music production and record labels in Kenya.[3] As a singer, she is popularly known for her singles "Mama", "Kitu Kimoja", "Chokoza" and "Hakuna Yule". As an actress, she is best known for playing Miss B'Have on Shuga: Love, Sex, Money (2012).[4] Avril's contribution to the Kenyan Entertainment Industry has earned her one Nzumari Award, one Kisima Music Award,[5] one Golden Mic Award[6] and two Chaguo La Teeniez Awards.

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Avril in 2013
Judith Nyambura Mwangi

(1986-04-30) 30 April 1986 (age 33)[1][2]
Nakuru, Kenya
ResidenceNairobi, Kenya
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi
  • Singer
  • actress
  • songwriter
  • entertainer
Years active2007–present
Musical career
LabelsUnsigned (current)
Ogopa Deejays (former)
Associated acts
  • Kenzo
  • A.Y
  • Colonel Mustapha
  • Lam
  • Marya
  • M.I

Life and careerEdit

Biography and music careerEdit

Avril was born and raised in Nakuru, the former capital of the Rift Valley Province.[7] She was very active in drama and music festivals whilst in high school. She later relocated to Nairobi to pursue an undergraduate education.[1] In 2005, she partook in the Jaza Lorry initiative and met talent manager Emmanuel Banda of Ogopa Deejays Production. Although Banda tried convincing her to venture into music, Avril remained hesitant at the time. She enrolled at the University of Nairobi in 2006 and studied design. She changed her mind about music during her second year at UoN and recorded her debut single "Mama" after signing a record deal with Ogopa.[1] The song was released in 2009 and sent to radio stations across Kenya. Avril was later featured on Colonel Mustapha's "Mtaani dot com" (sometimes stylized as ""). The music video for "Mtaani dot com" was released and uploaded onto YouTube on 15 October 2009.[8]

Avril began to gain prominence following her collaboration with A.Y on his 2010 single "Leo" (Remix). Her collaborative single with Sudanese singer Lam, titled "Changes", was released in Sudan.[1] In November 2010, she was featured on Marya's breakthrough single "Chokoza"; the song was released to critical acclaim and received numerous radio airplay. On 31 January 2012, Avril released her single "Kitu Kimoja". The music video for the song was shot at a resort on the Kenyan coast line.[9] In February 2013, Avril released "Hakuna Yule". Its music video was uploaded onto YouTube on 15 February 2013. In January 2014, Avril debunked rumors regarding her exit from Ogopa Deejays and said the relationship she has with Ogopa executives was built on understanding.[10] In March 2014, Avril was featured on the chorus of Boomba Boyz's 2014 single "Piga Kengele".[11] In July 2014, Avril performed at the Tusker Meru 7 After Party.[12]

Acting careerEdit

2011–12:Shuga: Love, Sex, MoneyEdit

Avril made her acting debut in the second season of the television soap opera, Shuga. She played the character Miss B'Have, a celebrity singer who is a firm believer in monogamous relationships.[4] She also played Belinda, a minor character. She was offered the roles after auditioning for the producers of the show.[1] In a 2012 interview with Capital Lifestyle, Avril said playing both characters was therapeutic. She also said starring in the series was an emotional rollcoaster due to the feelings she developed for her co-star Nick Mutuma. Moreover, she said starring in the series reminded her about the dangers of HIV/AIDS.[2]

2013–14:Noose of Gold (Season 5)Edit

In February 2013, Laura Walubengo of Africa Magic reported that Avril joined the cast of M-Net's Noose of Gold. She played the role of Corrine, a drug trafficker.[13][14]

Musical influences and humanitarian workEdit

Avril has cited Amani, Blu 3, Tiwa Savage, Liquideep, Alicia Keys and Beyoncé as musicians who inspired her. She also cited Michael Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Alicia keys and Beyoncé as her favourite artists. Her inspiration to write and record music stems from her life experiences, as well as from the experiences of her love ones.[1][15] Avril has been involved in several humanitarian campaigns, including the Chagua Amani Peace Campaign and Kenya Land Alliance.[16] In February 2015, she became one of East Africa's ambassadors for Oriflame Sweden,[17][18] and AMREF's Save an African Mother Campaign.[19]



Year Title Album Ref
2009 "Mama" Non album single
"Mtaani dot com" (Colonel Mustapha featuring Avril) [20]
2010 "Leo" (Remix) (AY featuring Avril) N/A [21]
"Chokoza" (Marya featuring Avril) Non album single [20]
2012 "Kitu Kimoja" TBA [22]
2013 "Hakuna Yule" [23]
2014 "Piga Kengele" (Boomba Boyz featuring Avril) [24]
"Nikimuona" [25]
2015 "Hello Baby"(Avril featuring Ommy Dimpoz) [26]
"Ninaweza"(Avril featuring Rabbit-Kaka Sungura) [27]
"No Stress" (Avril featuring AY) [28]



Year Title Role Notes Ref
TBA Behind The Veil TBA Produced by SpielWorks Media TBA
The Checklist


Year Title Role Notes Ref
2012 Mali Atiah Recurring role [29]
2013 Shuga Miss B'Have/Belinda Main cast

(Season 2)

2013–present Sumu la penzi Eva Main cast [30]
2014 Noose of Gold Corrine Recurring cast (Season 5) [31]
2015–16 Skandals Kibao Karen Main cast [32]
2017 Varshita Scarlet Guest role
2017 Auntie Boss! 1 episode

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Category Recipient Result Ref
2010 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted East Video "Mama" Nominated [33]
Museke Online Africa Music Awards Best African Collaboration "Leo" (Remix)
(AY featuring Avril)
Nominated [34]
Nzumari Awards Best Female Artiste Herself Won [35]
2011 Chaguo La Teeniez Awards Best Female Artiste Won
Golden Mic Awards Most Promising Artiste Won
Teen Choice Awards Best Female Artist Won [1]
Pearl of Africa Music Awards Nominated
Nzumari Awards Best Female Artiste Nominated
2012 Kisima Music Awards Best Boomba Artist Won [36]
Chaguo La Teeniez Awards Best Female Artiste Won [35]
2015 Pulse Music Video Awards Best Female Artist of the Year Won [37]
2016 Kora Awards Best Female Artist – East Africa N/A [38]
2018 Mdundo Awards Most Downloaded Afropop Nominated [39]


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  10. ^ Muchiri, John (24 January 2014). "Avril: I am not about to leave Ogopa". Daily Nation. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  11. ^ "'Piga Kengele' by Boomba Boyz feat Avril". Daily Nation. 23 March 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Hakuna Yule Singer, Avril's Electrifying Performance at the Meru 7s". 7 July 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
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  17. ^ "Avril: Up look-Coke Studio Africa". Coke Studio Africa. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
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  19. ^ Oduor, Martin (23 February 2015). "Avril Inks A Deal With AMREF". Ghafla. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  20. ^ a b "Artist Marya Unplugged". kenyanmagazines .com. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Leo remix". YouTube. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  22. ^ Ogopa Deejays. "Kitu Kimoja". YouTube. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  23. ^ Avril Nyambura. "Hakuna yule lyrics". Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  24. ^ "'Piga Kengele' by Boomba Boyz feat Avril". 23 March 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  25. ^ "Nikimwona". Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  26. ^ Avril (19 January 2015). "Hello Baby". YouTube. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  27. ^ "Photos from Avrils photo-shoot for Ninaweza". Niaje. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  28. ^ "SINGER AVRIL: I HAVE NO MORE STRESS". Standard Media. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  29. ^ "New TV drama promises to be the game changer". Daily Nation. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  30. ^ "SUMU LA PENZI". Spielworks Media. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
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  39. ^ "ONGEA! To Host Mdundo Awards 2018 – Here Is The Full List Of Nominees". Kenyan 5 February 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2019.

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