West Africans fell in love with her when she sang on West African Idols in 2007. OMAWAMI MAGBELE shares her journey with Shirley Genga
Did you think you would make it that far with the Idols?
I really did not think I would make it all the way, but I guess Godâs favour was with me.
How did the experience of being in the competition change your life?
When I entered, I was very green but being in the competition gave birth to an entertainer. I learnt how to make friends.
Had you done music professionally before joining Idols?
I had not done music professionally. I never ever thought that one day I would be a music star. I would sing in the shower and around the house though. My siblings and friends would watch Idols and say that I was better than the competitors and this encouraged me to try out.
How did winning the competition change your life?
People on the streets now know me. My income also changed because previously I had worked in a law firm but to me, things like wealth are superficial. What matters is that I still have people who love me just as I am.
Tell us a little something about your background?
I had a normal childhood. I was not raised on a silver platter. I am the 12th child in a family of 14; I have nine brothers and four sisters. I grew up in Warri, Delta State and was the typical girl next door with the usual dreams of becoming a lawyer. After clearing high school, I joined university and studied Law.
What are you doing in Kenya?