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#MCM: Daddy Owen - From pickpocket to gospel music royalty

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Daddy Owen
 Owen Mwatia aka Daddy Owen   Photo:Facebook/DaddyOwen

By Sheila Kimani (@sheilakimm)

Over the years, Owen Mwatia a.k.a Daddy Owen has risen the ranks of ministry to become a most revered gospel artist despite a journey laden with hardship. For three years, he consecutively won the Groove Best Male artiste awards and has continued to make a mark in the industry.

Born and raised in Kakamega, Owen was born to a humble family of four brothers and sisters. With his elder brother Rufftone, who is also a musician, leading the pack, Owen often looked up to him. Their father ran an electronics shop where the brothers would help out. Occasionally, they sold lingala music which inspired them towards their musical careers.

Despite attending Eshihiru secondary school, Owen could not join tertiary level education due to financial constraints. As a result, he came to Nairobi in search of greener pastures.

His first job was on matatus across town where he doubled up as a tout and graffiti technician to sustain his livelihood. On days when business was bad, he would pickpocket unsuspecting people in town. This came to a stop after a mob lynched on him and at that time he thought his life would be over. After escaping the ordeal and getting treatment, he resolved to change his life.

That was when he gained interest in the gospel music and fortunately his elder brother Roughtone was there to guide him.

His determination and dedication within the gospel music led to hits like Haijalishi, System ya Kapungala, Defenders, Mbona and many other musical singles which saw him receive international awards such as the MTV awards for Anglophone song of the year. Locally he won the Groove Best male artiste consecutively since 2009- 2011.

Aside from the music, Dadddy Owen started the Malaika Tribute award which seeks to honor people with disabilities, the Macho Macho campaign aimed at providing medical attention to needy people with eye problems in Kakamega and the second chance campaign which gives moral and financial support to cancer victims in all parts of the country.

Quite the leader and role model, Daddy Owen has done much for himself and the society at large, It is for this reason that he is our MCM today.

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