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Many celebrities often take up ‘stage names’ for various reasons; perhaps their real names are considered dull, unattractive, unintentionally amusing, difficult to pronounce or spell, have been used by other notable persons or project an undesired image.

You may have never heard of Abubakar Radido or Nyamari Ogengu in the showbiz circles but you’ve definitely heard of Willy Paul and Nyashinski. We all know them by their stage names, but it is amusing that most people don’t know the names of their favourite musicians.

Nadia Mukami:  She was born in Nairobi, Pumwani Hospital, as Nadia Mukami Mwendo. Nadia started out as a radio host ‘Saturday Hip-hop Count’ at Equator FM. She would later leave media to kick start her career in music. She was formerly known as Nadia Xclusive. Her birthday is on November 9. She comes from a staunch Christian family and is the fourth born in their family. Nadia won the coveted Best Female Artist, Pulse Music Video awards last year.

Khaligraph Jones: The 30-year-old multi-award-winning self-proclaimed best rapper in Africa, Brian Robert Ouko, is the founder and CEO of Blu Ink. He made his debut in 2004 as a gospel singer. They were a duo with singer Hopekid from Kayole. He was only 13 years old but four years down the line the duo split and he went as a solo artiste into the murky world of secular music. Papa Jones was born in 1990 and his birthday is on June 12, in Kayole.

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Ringtone: This gospel singer is known as Alex Apoko and was born in May 1989, in Kisii County. He is believed to be among the richest musicians in Kenya as he lives in one of the most affluent neighborhoods and drives big cars.  He also comes from a very humble family.

Noti Flow: The actress-cum-singer can be dramatic but is bold, beautiful and naughty. She coined her stage name from her birth name Natalie Florence Kutoto. She was born in 1994. At the age of 14 Natalie relocated to Ohio with her parents and became a cheerleader. Despite her busy schedule, she still plays badminton and table tennis from time to time.

Swat: Also known by the name Mtoto wa Eunice, the 23-year-old is a member of the famed boy-group Ethic. He literally thrives in vulgarity and has attracted a fair share of controversies so far. His government name is Boniface Mwangi and was born on April 18, 1997.

Kristoff: Popularly known as Mluhya wa Busia, Christopher Barton Namwaya was born in Nairobi but his family hails from Busia. He was born on March 4, 1989.

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Huddah Monroe: This beautiful Instagram star was born on October 10, 1991. Her parents saw it fit to call her Alhuda Sonie Njoroge. Huddah started working at the tender age of 16 as a secretary in an architecture company. Thereafter she starred in several music videos as well as TV ads. Huddah runs a successful cosmetic and makeup company. 

Guardian Angel:  Audiphaxad Peter Omwaka, started from a humble background as a street boy in his native Butere town and later Nairobi. He was once arrested and spent a month in juvenile prison where he was later sent to an approved school. While in prison he got saved and started singing. In high school music festivals he once wrote history as the first Kenyan student to scoop10 awards in national music festivals. He was born in 1989.

Naiboi: Michael Kennedy Claver wears many hats. He is a singer, songwriter, recording artiste and music producer. He originally went by the moniker Rapdamu. He began his career as a producer before becoming a singer. He was also known as Nairobi Boy, which was later shortened to Naiboi. He is married and a father of one.

Miracle Baby: Peter Njuguna is a member of Sailors Gang. Before starting out, he was a Kikuyu stand-up comedian. Growing up life was not easy so to make ends meet he worked as a mortuary attendant at some point.

Rue Baby: Known as Celine Dion Okello, Rue is one of the most talked-about models in the scene right now. Rue is 22-years-old as she was born on February 20, 1998.

Brown Mauzo: The fresh-faced prince of the south coast has been in the headlines lately for his video with Timmy Tdat, which was deemed inappropriate by many. He is known as Fredrick Mtinda. Mauzo was born on December 31.