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Suzanna Owiyo

About

Suzanna Owíyo is an award-winning musician whose message cuts across borders. She's shared the stage with some of the world's renowned personalities like Oprah Winfrey, Cyndi Lauper, Andrea Bocelli amongst others. In 2008, she's performed at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday concert in London. Find out more in Suzanna Owiyo's biography.

Personal Life

Suzanna Adhiambo Owiyo was born on 10 May 1976 in Kasaye Village, Nyakack in Kisumu but grew up in Thika. Her grandfather introduced her to music as he played the Nyatiti, a musical instrument with five strings mostly associated with the Luo. Suzzana Owiyo has 14 siblings and is the only musician.

Schooling

During her schooling days at Rae Girls High School in Kisumu County, Suzanna participated in drama competitions. Suzanna studied music at the Kenya Conservatoire of Music.

Career

Suzanna Owiyo started her career in 1998 as a backup vocalist to Sally Oyugi. Two years later, she joined the Bora Bora band based in Nairobi but later went back to Kisumu. Suzanna got her first guitar from an admirer who bought it for her to continue making music.

In 2002, Suzanna was tasked with the responsibility of composing the theme song for the centennial celebration of Kisumu. She then worked with music producer Ted Josiah and produced the single 'Sandore'

In 2003, Suzanna represented the country in the Kenya Festival in France as well as East Africa at the Pan African Music Festival. In 2004, she flew to the Netherlands where she performed at the World Festival as well as the Nobel Peace Prize alongside A-list celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Cyndi Lauper, Andrea Bocelli amongst others.

In 2005, Suzanna entertained guests at the Corporate Council on Africa Summit in Maryland. In 2007, Suzanna shared the stage with the late Achieng Abura, Mercy Myra and Princess Jully. In the same year, she composed the theme song for the Kenya Tourist Board. In 2008, Suzanna Owiyo was one of the performers at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert in London.    

Songs

One of Suzanna Owiyo’s biggest songs is 'Kisumu 100', a song that talks about the city and people of Kisumu. Suzanna majorly sings in her native Luo but her 'Kisumu 100' was enjoyed by everyone regardless of tribe and class. 'Wamiel' which means lets dance is another club banger that the songstress released. Her other songs include ‘Usife Moyo’, ‘Uyie’, ‘Minwa Mary’, ‘Tumekata’, ‘Mama Africa’, ‘Wachna’. 

Her albums include ‘Anyango’, ‘Sandore’, ‘Kisumu’, ‘Ngata Gi Mare’, ‘Anyango’.

Relationship

Suzanna Owiyo is the second wife to her husband Eric Ounga Oguda. The two got married in 2006 and in 2022, they will be celebrating their 16th year in marriage. 

Suzanna Owiyo and Ounga have a daughter named Nadia who turned 18 in 2020.

Controversy

Suzanna Owiyo stirred debate when she suggested that African women are those who have “a hilly behind”. This was an interpretation from a piece of advice she gave about how girls should conduct themselves when looking for men. She suggested that they should think but at the same time not forget “their hilly behind.” Some online users faulted her as they argued that not every lady has a “hilly behind”.

Suzzana Owiyo was also the subject of discussion when some bloggers reported her death. Suzzana refuted those claims through her social media accounts.

Car

In 2017, Suzanna Owiyo was driving her Range Rover Sport when she was involved in a car accident along Lang'ata road. Fortunately, she escaped unhurt.  

Net Worth

Suzanna Owiyo’s net worth has not been shared in the public domain.

Awards & Recognition

2011: Order of the Grand Warrior conferred by the president of Kenya

2007: Nominated in the Best Kenyan Artist Category at the Pearl of Africa Music Awards

2003: Nominated for the Most Promising Female Artist at the Kisima Awards  

2002: Nominated for the Most Promising Female Artist at the Kora Awards

Social Media

Suzzana Owiyo’s Instagram: @SuzzanaOwiyo 

Suzzana Owiyo’s Twitter: @SuzzanaOwiyo 

Suzzana Owiyo’s Facebook: Suzzana Owiyo 

Suzzana Owiyo’s YouTube: Suzzana Owiyo

Birthday:
10 May 1976
Nationality:
Kenyan
Star sign:
Taurus
Birth place:
Kasaye Village, Nyakach

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Suzanna Owiyo
Birthday:
10 May 1976
Nationality:
Kenyan
Star sign:
Taurus
Birth place:
Kasaye Village, Nyakach

About

Suzanna Owíyo is an award-winning musician whose message cuts across borders. She's shared the stage with some of the world's renowned personalities like Oprah Winfrey, Cyndi Lauper, Andrea Bocelli amongst others. In 2008, she's performed at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday concert in London. Find out more in Suzanna Owiyo's biography.

Personal Life

Suzanna Adhiambo Owiyo was born on 10 May 1976 in Kasaye Village, Nyakack in Kisumu but grew up in Thika. Her grandfather introduced her to music as he played the Nyatiti, a musical instrument with five strings mostly associated with the Luo. Suzzana Owiyo has 14 siblings and is the only musician.

Schooling

During her schooling days at Rae Girls High School in Kisumu County, Suzanna participated in drama competitions. Suzanna studied music at the Kenya Conservatoire of Music.

Career

Suzanna Owiyo started her career in 1998 as a backup vocalist to Sally Oyugi. Two years later, she joined the Bora Bora band based in Nairobi but later went back to Kisumu. Suzanna got her first guitar from an admirer who bought it for her to continue making music.

In 2002, Suzanna was tasked with the responsibility of composing the theme song for the centennial celebration of Kisumu. She then worked with music producer Ted Josiah and produced the single 'Sandore'

In 2003, Suzanna represented the country in the Kenya Festival in France as well as East Africa at the Pan African Music Festival. In 2004, she flew to the Netherlands where she performed at the World Festival as well as the Nobel Peace Prize alongside A-list celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Cyndi Lauper, Andrea Bocelli amongst others.

In 2005, Suzanna entertained guests at the Corporate Council on Africa Summit in Maryland. In 2007, Suzanna shared the stage with the late Achieng Abura, Mercy Myra and Princess Jully. In the same year, she composed the theme song for the Kenya Tourist Board. In 2008, Suzanna Owiyo was one of the performers at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert in London.    

Songs

One of Suzanna Owiyo’s biggest songs is 'Kisumu 100', a song that talks about the city and people of Kisumu. Suzanna majorly sings in her native Luo but her 'Kisumu 100' was enjoyed by everyone regardless of tribe and class. 'Wamiel' which means lets dance is another club banger that the songstress released. Her other songs include ‘Usife Moyo’, ‘Uyie’, ‘Minwa Mary’, ‘Tumekata’, ‘Mama Africa’, ‘Wachna’. 

Her albums include ‘Anyango’, ‘Sandore’, ‘Kisumu’, ‘Ngata Gi Mare’, ‘Anyango’.

Relationship

Suzanna Owiyo is the second wife to her husband Eric Ounga Oguda. The two got married in 2006 and in 2022, they will be celebrating their 16th year in marriage. 

Suzanna Owiyo and Ounga have a daughter named Nadia who turned 18 in 2020.

Controversy

Suzanna Owiyo stirred debate when she suggested that African women are those who have “a hilly behind”. This was an interpretation from a piece of advice she gave about how girls should conduct themselves when looking for men. She suggested that they should think but at the same time not forget “their hilly behind.” Some online users faulted her as they argued that not every lady has a “hilly behind”.

Suzzana Owiyo was also the subject of discussion when some bloggers reported her death. Suzzana refuted those claims through her social media accounts.

Car

In 2017, Suzanna Owiyo was driving her Range Rover Sport when she was involved in a car accident along Lang'ata road. Fortunately, she escaped unhurt.  

Net Worth

Suzanna Owiyo’s net worth has not been shared in the public domain.

Awards & Recognition

2011: Order of the Grand Warrior conferred by the president of Kenya

2007: Nominated in the Best Kenyan Artist Category at the Pearl of Africa Music Awards

2003: Nominated for the Most Promising Female Artist at the Kisima Awards  

2002: Nominated for the Most Promising Female Artist at the Kora Awards

Social Media

Suzzana Owiyo’s Instagram: @SuzzanaOwiyo 

Suzzana Owiyo’s Twitter: @SuzzanaOwiyo 

Suzzana Owiyo’s Facebook: Suzzana Owiyo 

Suzzana Owiyo’s YouTube: Suzzana Owiyo