Victoria Kimani Biography: Age, Early Life, Career, Fashionable Queen, Controversy, Relationships, Brand Endorsement, Net Worth

Victoria shows just how much fun she can be.

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Victoria Kimani is a Kenyan RnB and Afropop singer, songwriter and actress.
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Born in the United States of America to Kenyan missionaries, this is Victoria’s biography.

Here's Victoria's biography.

Victoria’s Age 

Victoria was born on 28 July 1985 in Los Angeles. She is 34 years old.
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Victoria Early Life

Her parents worked as missionaries which saw her move around a lot as a child.

Along with her two older brothers, Victoria and her family left America and settled in Nigeria’s Benin City for a while. 

At 16 years old the family returned to Kenya.

Her foundation of singing started as a member of the church choir, and Victoria also put pen to paper, writing her own music.

Victoria Career 

In 2010, Victoria came to the attention of a Nigerian record label, Chocolate City. This was after a performance of her covering one of the label’s superstars Ice Prince songs, Oleku, went viral.

Victoria was the first female artist to be signed to Chocolate City, and she releases her first single Mtoto through the label in 2013. 

She even travelled with her team to Los Angeles to film a music video for the song.

Since then, Victoria has released mixtapes and hit singles, including Oya, Heaven, HateMe, DoWhatYouWant, Show and Prokoto.

With her musical success, Victoria started collaborating with Africa’s biggest musicians, including Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, Ommy Dimpoz, Nigeria’s Ice Prince and South Africa’s Khuli Chana, where she paid homage to Angelique Kidjo on the track AllTheWay.

In 2015, Victoria had two of her biggest collaborations – an all-female collaboration with Cynthia Morgan and Emma Nyra on Vex, and an all African collaboration for the empowerment anthem of the ONE campaign.
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The song, One Girl, also featured Waje, Vanessa Mdee, Arielle T, Gabriela, Judith Sephuma and Blessing Nwafor. The music video features Nollywood A-list actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.

The following year, Victoria released her only album through Chocolate City. The album was titled Safari and it was released to glowing reviews, with collaborations with Sarkodie, Khuli Chana, Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince and Phyno.

In 2018, Victoria released an EP Afropolitan, and in 2019 she once again had major success with the release of her song Swalala.

And with her reality TV show Rise is the Queens, which aired on YouTube, she showed her fans exactly what goes on in her life. 

With the cameras following Victoria, she gave her glimpse into her life writing music, spending time in studio to record and how she prepares for TV and radio interviews.

The show culminated in her preparing to be one of Mary J Blige’s opening acts on tour. 

Victoria Awards and Nominations

In her career, she has managed to pick up the following awards:

2013 - Most Gifted Newcomer Video at the Channel O Music Video Awards
2013 - Most Gifted R&B Video at the Channel O Music Video Awards
2014 - Best Female Artist (East Africa) at the Afrika Music Magazine Awards
2015 - Best Female Artist at the Africa Musik Awards
2015 - Best International Female Artist African Entertainment Awards USA
2016 - Best Female Artist – East Africa at the Kora Awards
2017 - Best Female East Africa Award at the African Music Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA)
2018 - African Female Artist of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Award (Non Nigerian)

Victoria a Fashionable Queen 

With thousands of fans on her Instagram account, Victoria shows just how much fun she can be.

Whether it’s her fashion style which only works on her, or changing up her hair from braids to wigs, red hair to blonde, Victoria knows just how to entertain her fans. And they never know what she’ll change up next.
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Victoria Controversy

In early 2019, Victoria made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Taking part in one of the viral music challenges, the songbird released a song where she refers to a Nigerian female artist and insults her.

Although names are never mentioned, everyone assumed it was superstar Tiwa Savage.

Although Victoria said she never mentioned names, it didn’t take long for Tiwa to respond on Instagram. With Nigerian celebrities calling Victoria out, she did apologise, but by then the beef had already been sealed in Africa’s music industry. 

Victoria shared a video where she interviewed her parents on her Instagram account, where she asked them why they never spoke to her in Swahili.

Although she can’t speak the language, many have dragged for not using her mother tongue, but Victoria has made an effort to learn.

Victoria Relationship 

Although she’s been single for a while and has spoken out on what she would like in a partner, Victoria has had a few high-profile relationships.

She dated her music collaborator and Chocolate City signee Ice Prince for about two years from 2015 to 2017.
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She was also romantically linked to football star Victor Wanyama and was in a long-term relationship with Nigerian video director and producer, Stanley Obiamulu.

Victoria Brand Endorsements

Victoria made history when she became the first African artist to be signed as a brand ambassador for Maybelline New York in 2018.

She joined the likes of Gigi Hadid to work with the brand and this set her for greatness not only in Africa, but in the world. 

 “I am very excited to partner with Maybelline NY especially here in Kenya not only because of my love for Maybelline products but also for what Maybelline stands for. The brand has always shared my personal view and philosophy as it pertains to my goals to ‘Make it happen’.” she said

Victoria Philanthropy

Victoria is quite passionate about issues on women empowerment and along with other female African artists, they collaborated on a song, 'Strong Girl'.

The song was meant to spread a message of women empowerment right across the world. 

The song featured the likes of Selmor Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe, Judith Sephuma from South Africa, Yemi Alade from Nigeria and many more. 

Victoria Net Worth

Victoria is undoubtedly one of Kenya’s biggest stars. Her net worth is estimated at $5 million.

Her success isn’t just attributed to her music career – she’s also a TV personality and an actress, making her debut in the movie 7 Inch Curve.

Victoria’s star is on the rise, and her fans are in for a surprise and more entertainment from her.  

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