Hubert Mbuku Nakitare (born 2 October 1982), commonly known by his stage name Nonini, is a Kenyan rapper and former radio presenter. He is often referred to as the Godfather because he is very well known.[1]

Birth nameHubert Mbuku Nakitare
Also known asNonini
Born (1982-10-02) 2 October 1982 (age 41)
Nairobi, Kenya
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • radio personality
Years active2002–present
LabelsProhabo Entertainment



Hubert Nakitare, alias Nonini, attended Kawethei Secondary School in Machakos County.[2]

Personal life


Nonini (Hubert Nakitare) was born in October 1982 in California Estate in the Kamukunji constituency of Nairobi, Kenya.[3] He is of Luhya origin.[4] Nonini became a dad to a baby boy in late 2012.



Nonini was originally signed to Calif Records but later joined Homeboyz Productions. He was introduced to the Kenyan urban music scene through his debut single "Nonini ni Nani?" He achieved national and regional recognition with his 2002 track "Manzi wa Nairobi," a song which praised the beauty of Kenyan women and a follow-up single "Weh Kamu". He went on to release his debut album Hanyaring Game in late 2004, which included the hit "Keroro," a Kenyan slang (sheng) term for alcohol. Nonini is famed for releasing the first Genge hits early in his career.[5]

He runs a video production company named "Pro Habo" which successfully gave rise to P Unit. He is also a radio presenter.

Nonini also owns a clothing apparel line "Mgenge 2RU".[6]

Collaborations and affiliated acts


Later, Nani Mwenza, his collaboration track with Tanzanian musician Juma Nature, became a regional hit. In addition, he has collaborated with local artiste Nameless to create a Friday anthem appropriately titled "furahi-day". Both songs are on his second album Mwisho Ya Mawazo, released in 2007. The album features several guest musicians, including Nyota Ndogo, Mercy Myra, Professor Jay and Q-Chief.[7]



He is the founder of P-Unit (Pro-Habo Unit), which consists of rappers Bonnie, Frasha, Gabu and himself. The crew has produced several songs, most notably "Si Lazima", a Swahili phrase which literally translates to "It's not a must." The song talks of times in a relationship when a couple does not need to have sex – they can just go home and relax. People have found the song quite contradictory to the messages he communicated in previous songs. At the 2007 Kisima Music Awards, P-Unit won the Boomba Group category.[8] It was the first time Nonini won a Kisima Award. Their second single is known as "Kushoto-Kulia"; meaning "Left-Right". Both songs are on Nonini's "Mwisho ya Mawazo" album.[7]

Recognition and awards


In August 2007, Nonini was selected as one of the 100 most influential Kenyans by The Standard newspaper.[9][10] In 2009 he was named International Lifestyle Ambassador by the Limkokwing University in Malaysia.[11]

Noni was honored with the MCSK 2012 Cross Over Artiste Award and won Best Hip-Hop Song and Best Director of a Music Video, both for Colour Kwa Face, at the 2012 Kisima Awards.

Nonini has been a two-time Top Earner MCSK Royalties Artiste.

In 2013 Nonini was elected as a director representing the Audio Visual Sector at the Performance Rights Society of Kenya (PRSK), where he expects to help in consolidating efforts towards royalties' collections and represent the plight of artistes in the entertainment industry.




  • Hanyaring Game (2004)
  • Mwisho ya Mawazo (2007)
  • Godfather (2009)






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  4. ^ The Standard, Pulse Magazine, 18 June 2009: Nonini: Toto to Genge godpapa
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  6. ^ Ikahu, Susan (20 October 2021). "Kenyan Musician Nonini Launches Own Sneakers Retailing For Ksh.26,000". Citizen Digital.
  7. ^ a b Mwisho ya Mawazo liner notes
  8. ^ a b "Kisima Awards winners 2007". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  9. ^ The Standard, 21 August 2007: 100 most influential Kenyans
  10. ^ The East African Standard, 21 August 2007: 100 most influential Kenyans – Entertainment
  11. ^ The Standard, 19 November 2009: Nonini honoured
  12. ^ a b Nonini – Biography
  13. ^ a b The Standard, Pulse Magazine, 20 June 2008: "Chaguo La Teeniez" awards
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  19. ^ PAM Awards
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