Rosemary Wahu Kagwi,[1] professionally known by her mononym Wahu, is a Kenyan singer-songwriter, former fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. She is married to fellow artist David Mathenge aka "Nameless" since 2005 and together they have two girls. She released her first single "Niangalie" which received positive reception all over Africa and the world at large. She is the inaugural recipient of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2008,[2] for Best Female Artist category. Moreover, she has won the Pearl of Africa Music Awards, Chaguo La Teeniez Awards and Kisima Music Awards.[3] In the acting industry, Wahu had a leading role in the television series Tazama.[4] In 2017 she released a new gospel song "Sifa".

Rosemary Wahu Kagwi

Nairobi, Kenya
Other namesWahu Kagwi Mathenge
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi
Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics
& Communication)
  • singer
  • actress
  • songwriter
  • entertainer
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Nameless (m. 2004)
Musical career
LabelsOgopa Deejays (former)
Associated acts
  • Nameless


Wahu is a former model and University of Nairobi student, graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in mathematics & Communication.[5] She started her musical career in 2000. Her first three singles were "Niangalie", "Esha" and "Liar".[6] Wahu released her first major hit, "Sitishiki" around 2005.[7] Some of her music has been produced by the Ogopa DJs.[8] Wahu has entertained audiences alongside many Kenyan and African Artistes like Kleptomaniacs, Fally Ipupa, Nonini, Nameless, Wyre, Qqu, and P-Unit.

She is married to Nameless, another award-winning Kenyan musician. They have 2 daughters; she dedicated her biggest hit to date "Sweet Love" to one of her daughters.[7]

Awards and nominationsEdit




  1. ^ "Wahu Kagwi". Ghafla. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  2. ^ "MAMA Awards winners". Bella Naija. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Kisima Awards Winners 2008/2009 announced!". I.fienipa. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  4. ^ "WAHU - AFRICAN MUSICIAN". Fieni Pal Lyrics. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  5. ^ The Standard, 7 November 2008: Unveiled: Kenya’s most influential celebrities[dead link]
  6. ^ True Blaq Entertainment: Featured Artist - Wahu Kagwi Archived 11 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Daily Nation, Buzz Magazine, 29 August 2008: Despite lean season, Wahu bounces back
  8. ^ The Standard, 19 September 2008: Ogopa: Africa’s revered video stars[dead link]
  9. ^ BBC, 23 November 2008: Nigerians sweep MTV Africa awards
  10. ^ Museke: PAM Awards Winners 2008 Archived 18 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^, 20 June 2008: The annual Chaguo La Teeniez awards Winners
  12. ^ Kisima Music Awards: 2008 Kisima Music Awards winners Archived 12 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ The Citizen: Newcomers ruling the roost 21 May 2010
  14. ^ PAM 2006 nominees Archived 22 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Museke: MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) 2008 - the nominees Archived 14 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Museke: Nominees for MOBO Best African Act 2008
  17. ^ Museke: Kora All Africa Music Awards nominees 2008 - regional categories
  18. ^ Kilimanjaro Awards: Nominees 2009 Archived 30 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Museke: MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) 2009 nominees Archived 14 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Museke: 2009 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards nominees Archived 19 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ '20 Percent' Grabs Seven Kili Music Awards Nominations