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Willy Paul's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationship, Family, Controversy, Car, House, Net Worth

About

It's either you adore Willy Paul or you dislike him. It's difficult to be on the fence about him. He has been at the centre of many controversies but one thing remains clear. He has mastered his musical craft really well. From his days singing Sitolia to now releasing secular music, this Willy Paul biography tells how he shot to the top of the entertainment industry.

Personal Life

Willy Paul whose real name is Wilson Abubakar Radido was born on 1 September 1993 to Salome and Paul Opondo Radido. 

Though he has managed to amass wealth through his music career, Willy Paul’s family lived in dire poverty and his parents were constantly struggling to make ends meet. 

In an interview with Citizen TV, Willy states that they often starved for days or ate only twice a week. 

In 2010, Willy’s father Paul Opondo passed away leaving his mother as the sole breadwinner. 

Unfortunately, the family could not scrape together the finances to provide a proper funeral and thus settled for a coffin with holes.

What language does WIlly Paul speak?

Willy Paul’s father is of Ugandan descent and his mother is an immigrant from Tanzania. Even so, his language of choice is English although he is a native Swahili speaker. His songs and social media posts feature a combination of both languages.

Willy Paul's Schooling

Willy Paul dropped out of high school in form three while at Brainhouse School in Mathare due to poverty. 

His father had just passed on and his mum could not afford to pay his school fee. Consequently, Willy Paul did menial jobs to support his mother. 

He has since gone back and done his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

Will Paul's Career

Willy Paul got his first big break in music in 2010 after he co-authored the hit song “Sitolia” along with his mentor Gloria Muliro. 

The song reflected the story of his life struggles and the hardships he faced growing up in the slums and God's faithfulness in the most trying times.

What was WIlly Paul’s early work?

In 2013, Willy Paul launched his first album “You Never Know”, during a ceremony at the KICC. 

Big name artists like Daddy Owen, Ben Githae, Gloria Muliro, DK Kwenye Beat, Ben Bahati, Bahati, Men Of God (MOG), Size 8, Mr Seed, Shiru Wa GP, Betty Bayo, Danny Gift, DJ Sadic and DJ Mo graced the event. 

Afterwards, Willy Paul toured the United States of America courtesy of the Talanta Awards who organised his trip. He performed in 12 states.

During his days in the Gospel scene, Willy Paul released some of the biggest hits like Tam Tam with Size 8, Vigelegele, Kitanzi, and Lala Salama

His recent songs include Lenga with size 8, Mashallah featuring Miss P, Ogopa Wasanii amongst others.

Willy left the Gospel industry and launched the next phase of his career in secular music. He is still doing well and has released popular songs like Jigi Jigi, Liar and Chocolate among others.

Willy Paul's Relationships

Willy Paul has longed for a perfect wife and companion for a long time. His struggle to find “Miss Right” has been portrayed in one of his songs. 

Willy is rumoured to have dated famous socialite Pendo. However, he denies these rumours and claimed that nothing happened between him and Pendo.

Willy Paul also dated a lady by the name of Abigael. Soon after that, there was also talk of Willy Paul having “tied the knot” with Jamaican reggae artist Alaine Laughton. 

According to Instagram posts, the two were quite close, but suddenly Willy announced that the reggae artist had blocked him and was no longer answering his calls. 

In 2017, the world of social media was shaken to its core when Willy Paul claimed that he had tied the knot with Alaine. It was later confirmed not to be true. 

The two did not get married and Alaine is not Willy Paul’s real wife. The post was merely a publicity stunt to promote their music video “I Do"

The two went on to make five more songs together, one of which was leaked without their consent. 

In 2019, Willy Paul was dating an unknown Arabic woman with who he has a child with, a baby boy, named King Damian. 

Later in 2020, Willy Paul’s Instagram feed hinted that he was dating a beautiful Mzungu lady. She delivered a baby girl in December 2020 whom they named Sonya. 

Willy Paul has also dated video vixen Michelle Dyer and Tanzanian musician Nandy but remains unmarried.

Does Willy Paul have any children?

Willy Paul is a proud father of two children from two different mothers. He has a son named King Damian and a daughter named Sonya. 

Willy Paul's Controversy

Diana Marua's rape allegations

Bahat's wife Diana Marua alleged that the singer sexually abused her after she turned down his advances. The incident happened at an unidentified apartment when she lived in Syokimau. 

She revealed details of the incident on her YouTube channel. Willy Paul denied the allegations and claimed that he was being framed by the Bahati's.

Exiting the Gospel industry

Willy Paul said that hate from fellow DJs and Gospel artists drove him away from the industry. He received backlash after he announced his switch to secular music. However, he states that he wanted to do things the right way and "stop fooling God".

Does Willy Paul have children other than his two?

A young woman named Ruth Kerubo claimed on social media that Willy Paul impregnated her and abandoned her. 

Willy Paul refuted these claims. Later on, Ruth admitted that she lied despite her giving birth to a baby boy. Whether or not Willy Paul is the father remains unclear.

Did Willy Paul Plagiarize Bahati’s music?

This is just one of Willy Paul's and Bahati's feuds.

Gospel musician Bahati accused him of plagiarizing one of his songs. Bahati’s fans went crazy on social media with criticisms and allegations, all of which Willy denied. 

During the 10th Annual Groove Awards nominations, Willy and Bahati were encouraged to end their feud and pray over it. 

The two went on to have quite a good friendship and have jokingly posted questionable pictures of each other all over Instagram.

Willy Paul's Car 

Willy Paul’s car is a Mercedes Benz S-class. In an interview with Alex Mwakideu, Willy said that the car cost him Ksh 6.5 million. 

Willy Paul's House

Willy Paul’s house is a luxurious mansion located in Syokimau. It cost him 13 million and he recently showed it off in a recent YouTube video. 

Will Paul's Net Worth

Willy Paul has done well for himself. However, he started as a gospel musician and later went to secular music. As of now, Willy Paul’s net worth is estimated to be between $100,000 and $1 million. 

Awards & Recognitions

  • In 2017, he was the winner of the Pulse Music Awards for Male Video of the year and most viewed video. He also won the award for most downloaded single and most downloaded gospel artist that same year.

  • In 2016, he won the Mwafaka Awards for the male artist of the year.

  • In 2016, Willy Paul won the AFRIMMA Awards for Best gospel act, Africa.

  • In 2015, Willy Paul won the Mwafaka Awards for collabo of the year for the song Tam Tam featuring Size 8.

  • In 2014, he was the Talanta Award winner for the Best performer, the Mwafaka Awards for Male Artist of the year and collabo of the year.

  • In 2013, he won the Groove Awards for male artists of the year.

  • In 2012, Willy Paul won the Groove Awards for the best new act.

Social Media

Willy Paul Instagram: @willy.paul.msafi

Willy Paul Twitter: @WillyPaulMusic

Willy Paul Facebook: Willy Paul Msafi

Q&A

What is Willy Paul’s real name?

Willy Paul’s real name is Wilson Abubakar Radido.

Is Willy Paul married?

Willy Paul is not married. However, he is the proud father of two lovely children from two different women.

How much is Willy Paul worth?

Willy Paul’s estimated net worth is between $100,000 and $1 million. Judging by his cars and the recent YouTube video of his brand-new house, it appears that the young musician is doing very well for himself.

Also known as:
Willis Paulson, Abu, Willy Paul Msafi, Willy Pozze
Real name:
Wilson Abubakar Radido
Occupation:
Recording artist and songwriter
Birthday:
1 September 1993
Nationality:
Kenyan
Star sign:
Virgo
Birth place:
Nairobi
Height:
N/A
Children:
Sonya and King Damian
Net Worth:
$100,000 and $1 million or Ksh 12 million or Ksh 119.5 million

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Willy Paul's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationship, Family, Controversy, Car, House, Net Worth
Also known as:
Willis Paulson, Abu, Willy Paul Msafi, Willy Pozze
Real name:
Wilson Abubakar Radido
Occupation:
Recording artist and songwriter
Birthday:
1 September 1993
Nationality:
Kenyan
Star sign:
Virgo
Birth place:
Nairobi
Height:
N/A
Children:
Sonya and King Damian
Net Worth:
$100,000 and $1 million or Ksh 12 million or Ksh 119.5 million

About

It's either you adore Willy Paul or you dislike him. It's difficult to be on the fence about him. He has been at the centre of many controversies but one thing remains clear. He has mastered his musical craft really well. From his days singing Sitolia to now releasing secular music, this Willy Paul biography tells how he shot to the top of the entertainment industry.

Personal Life

Willy Paul whose real name is Wilson Abubakar Radido was born on 1 September 1993 to Salome and Paul Opondo Radido. 

Though he has managed to amass wealth through his music career, Willy Paul’s family lived in dire poverty and his parents were constantly struggling to make ends meet. 

In an interview with Citizen TV, Willy states that they often starved for days or ate only twice a week. 

In 2010, Willy’s father Paul Opondo passed away leaving his mother as the sole breadwinner. 

Unfortunately, the family could not scrape together the finances to provide a proper funeral and thus settled for a coffin with holes.

What language does WIlly Paul speak?

Willy Paul’s father is of Ugandan descent and his mother is an immigrant from Tanzania. Even so, his language of choice is English although he is a native Swahili speaker. His songs and social media posts feature a combination of both languages.

Willy Paul's Schooling

Willy Paul dropped out of high school in form three while at Brainhouse School in Mathare due to poverty. 

His father had just passed on and his mum could not afford to pay his school fee. Consequently, Willy Paul did menial jobs to support his mother. 

He has since gone back and done his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

Will Paul's Career

Willy Paul got his first big break in music in 2010 after he co-authored the hit song “Sitolia” along with his mentor Gloria Muliro. 

The song reflected the story of his life struggles and the hardships he faced growing up in the slums and God's faithfulness in the most trying times.

What was WIlly Paul’s early work?

In 2013, Willy Paul launched his first album “You Never Know”, during a ceremony at the KICC. 

Big name artists like Daddy Owen, Ben Githae, Gloria Muliro, DK Kwenye Beat, Ben Bahati, Bahati, Men Of God (MOG), Size 8, Mr Seed, Shiru Wa GP, Betty Bayo, Danny Gift, DJ Sadic and DJ Mo graced the event. 

Afterwards, Willy Paul toured the United States of America courtesy of the Talanta Awards who organised his trip. He performed in 12 states.

During his days in the Gospel scene, Willy Paul released some of the biggest hits like Tam Tam with Size 8, Vigelegele, Kitanzi, and Lala Salama

His recent songs include Lenga with size 8, Mashallah featuring Miss P, Ogopa Wasanii amongst others.

Willy left the Gospel industry and launched the next phase of his career in secular music. He is still doing well and has released popular songs like Jigi Jigi, Liar and Chocolate among others.

Willy Paul's Relationships

Willy Paul has longed for a perfect wife and companion for a long time. His struggle to find “Miss Right” has been portrayed in one of his songs. 

Willy is rumoured to have dated famous socialite Pendo. However, he denies these rumours and claimed that nothing happened between him and Pendo.

Willy Paul also dated a lady by the name of Abigael. Soon after that, there was also talk of Willy Paul having “tied the knot” with Jamaican reggae artist Alaine Laughton. 

According to Instagram posts, the two were quite close, but suddenly Willy announced that the reggae artist had blocked him and was no longer answering his calls. 

In 2017, the world of social media was shaken to its core when Willy Paul claimed that he had tied the knot with Alaine. It was later confirmed not to be true. 

The two did not get married and Alaine is not Willy Paul’s real wife. The post was merely a publicity stunt to promote their music video “I Do"

The two went on to make five more songs together, one of which was leaked without their consent. 

In 2019, Willy Paul was dating an unknown Arabic woman with who he has a child with, a baby boy, named King Damian. 

Later in 2020, Willy Paul’s Instagram feed hinted that he was dating a beautiful Mzungu lady. She delivered a baby girl in December 2020 whom they named Sonya. 

Willy Paul has also dated video vixen Michelle Dyer and Tanzanian musician Nandy but remains unmarried.

Does Willy Paul have any children?

Willy Paul is a proud father of two children from two different mothers. He has a son named King Damian and a daughter named Sonya. 

Willy Paul's Controversy

Diana Marua's rape allegations

Bahat's wife Diana Marua alleged that the singer sexually abused her after she turned down his advances. The incident happened at an unidentified apartment when she lived in Syokimau. 

She revealed details of the incident on her YouTube channel. Willy Paul denied the allegations and claimed that he was being framed by the Bahati's.

Exiting the Gospel industry

Willy Paul said that hate from fellow DJs and Gospel artists drove him away from the industry. He received backlash after he announced his switch to secular music. However, he states that he wanted to do things the right way and "stop fooling God".

Does Willy Paul have children other than his two?

A young woman named Ruth Kerubo claimed on social media that Willy Paul impregnated her and abandoned her. 

Willy Paul refuted these claims. Later on, Ruth admitted that she lied despite her giving birth to a baby boy. Whether or not Willy Paul is the father remains unclear.

Did Willy Paul Plagiarize Bahati’s music?

This is just one of Willy Paul's and Bahati's feuds.

Gospel musician Bahati accused him of plagiarizing one of his songs. Bahati’s fans went crazy on social media with criticisms and allegations, all of which Willy denied. 

During the 10th Annual Groove Awards nominations, Willy and Bahati were encouraged to end their feud and pray over it. 

The two went on to have quite a good friendship and have jokingly posted questionable pictures of each other all over Instagram.

Willy Paul's Car 

Willy Paul’s car is a Mercedes Benz S-class. In an interview with Alex Mwakideu, Willy said that the car cost him Ksh 6.5 million. 

Willy Paul's House

Willy Paul’s house is a luxurious mansion located in Syokimau. It cost him 13 million and he recently showed it off in a recent YouTube video. 

Will Paul's Net Worth

Willy Paul has done well for himself. However, he started as a gospel musician and later went to secular music. As of now, Willy Paul’s net worth is estimated to be between $100,000 and $1 million. 

Awards & Recognitions

  • In 2017, he was the winner of the Pulse Music Awards for Male Video of the year and most viewed video. He also won the award for most downloaded single and most downloaded gospel artist that same year.

  • In 2016, he won the Mwafaka Awards for the male artist of the year.

  • In 2016, Willy Paul won the AFRIMMA Awards for Best gospel act, Africa.

  • In 2015, Willy Paul won the Mwafaka Awards for collabo of the year for the song Tam Tam featuring Size 8.

  • In 2014, he was the Talanta Award winner for the Best performer, the Mwafaka Awards for Male Artist of the year and collabo of the year.

  • In 2013, he won the Groove Awards for male artists of the year.

  • In 2012, Willy Paul won the Groove Awards for the best new act.

Social Media

Willy Paul Instagram: @willy.paul.msafi

Willy Paul Twitter: @WillyPaulMusic

Willy Paul Facebook: Willy Paul Msafi

Q&A

What is Willy Paul’s real name?

Willy Paul’s real name is Wilson Abubakar Radido.

Is Willy Paul married?

Willy Paul is not married. However, he is the proud father of two lovely children from two different women.

How much is Willy Paul worth?

Willy Paul’s estimated net worth is between $100,000 and $1 million. Judging by his cars and the recent YouTube video of his brand-new house, it appears that the young musician is doing very well for himself.