Willy Paul is a Kenyan recording artist concentrating on secular music and was formerly of contemporary gospel music. He is also a dancer, songwriter, model, and CEO of Saldido Records. You have apparently caught the good, bad, unimaginable, and exciting traits about him.
But, the question is whether what you have caught or read is true or false? Positively, by reading this Willy Paul biography Kenya, you will get to understand who he is.
Willy Paul Real Name
Wilson Abubakar Radido is the real name of Willy Paul. He is also known as Wilson Shikwekwe Radido.
Willy Paul Age
Wilson Shikwekwe Radido was born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Radido in September 1993 in Mathare, Nairobi. How Old Is Willy Paul? He is 26 years old as of 2019.
Willy entered the Brainhouse school in the Mathare area for his high school qualification. Regrettably, due to poverty, he had to drop out of form three.
Notwithstanding, in 2013 Willy Paul determined to register for the KCSE exams. Willy used the help of tutors as he homeschooled.
After the results were out, Willy Paul revealed his desire to study overseas. Nevertheless, he is yet to say whether or not he registered or concluded his studies in the US.
In 1993 September, Wilson Shikwekwe Abubakar Radido was born to Salome and the late Paul Opondo Radido. He is the last born in a family of three.
Willy’s dad was a carpenter by occupation while his mum is a hairdresser. Developing up in Mathare area 3, Willy observed his dad fight to make ends meet.
In an interview with Citizen TV, Willy Paul recounted how they had to go starving or at times eat twice a week. In 2010, Willy Paul’s dad went to be with the Lord, and his mum became the sole provider.
What ensued was a period of misery and struggles. In an Instagram post, Willy lettered how his family had to struggle to raise cash for a coffin, and even with four thousand five hundred Kenyan shillings they could not accord his father a good send-off. He moreover stated that they had to conclude a coffin with holes. For Willy Paul, remembering his childhood can be a bit tough as some may think he is looking for sympathy.
His major breakthrough in music came in 2010 when he co-authored his first single Sitolia with Gloria Muliro, which is a reflection of his life history, portraying the struggles he had gone through but giving himself a renewed hope that God had been faithful enough to bring him to the publicity.
On Thursday 5 December 2013, he originated his first album which had songs like You never know, Lala Salama, Mpenzi, and Kitanzi at the KICC graced by musicians 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
He declared that he would be touring the USA where he would perform in various Churches in 12 states. The tour arranged by Talanta Awards was to commence on 8 March to April 2014. The tour nonetheless started on 10 March in Sacramento, California.
He performed beside artiste Polly Odotte at the House of Glory Church. He then went to Neema Gospel Church in Dallas, TX, and on 15 March, performed at St Louisiana, Missouri. On 29–30 March, Willy ministered to the audience at Neema Community Church in Overland Park, Kansas. He closed his tour on 27 April in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The much-gifted Willy Paul Msafi latterly found himself in controversy after his rival musician in the Gospel industry, Bahati, blamed him for plagiarizing his song. This saw Bahati’s fans pounce on Willy Paul with unrelenting criticism over social media, allegations he denied to have perpetrated.
Nevertheless, this stopped during the 10th annual Groove Awards Nominations which occurred on Wednesday 22 April 2015 held at the Nairobi Arboretum grounds. They were invited to reunite and were prayed for shortly after the event.
He ended up shoveling four nominations for the awards with his huge song [“Tam Tam”], a collaboration song with the dynamic songstress Size 8 published in 2014 awarding him; Collabo of the Year, Video of the Year, Song of the Year and then Male Artist of the Year.
Then came the 10th annual Groove Awards on Saturday 6 June 2015 which saw Willy Paul go home with no award opposite to Bahati who won four awards. Apart from this, Paul has made great progress in terms of making music, i.e., Tam Tam, Mamangu, Vigelegele, Mapenzi, and then his latest song Hukuniacha.
Willy Paul Wife
Willy has often dispensed his struggle to find a complete wife and even wrote a song about it. In the past, stories have associated him with several girls including Pendo, assertions that he dismissed, saying they never ‘happened’. He stated that he only dated Abigael for as long as he could remember.
In 2017 speculations were prevailing that Willy had tied the knot with Jamaican sensation Alaine. Nevertheless, this was just a scene in their song “I Do”. Currently, Willy Paul is not married.
He has dated video vixen Michelle Dyer who narrated to the Pulse the cause of their breakup. She said the music star was insecure and sometimes got physical. “He cheated on me and he wasn’t loyal.
We couldn’t get along as we had our differences. Him being a gospel artiste (he) did not appreciate and like my hustle like dancing and appearing in music videos,” Michelle told Pulse.
“Sometimes, he abused me by hitting me. The first time he did it because of my phone. I had a late-night message from work and when I told him I wanted to reply he got insecure,” she revealed. As of 2018, he is rumored to be dating another woman.
Willy Paul Awards and Recognition
2012- Groove Awards winner the best new act
2013- Groove Awards winner male Artist of the Year
2014- Talanta Awards winner Best performer
2014- Mwafaka Awards winner Male Artist of the Year
2014- Mwafaka Awards winner collabo of the Year (Kitanzi featuring Gloria Muliro)
2015- Mwafaka Awards winner collabo of the year (Tam Tam featuring size 8)
2016- Mwafaka Awards winner Male Artist of the Year
2016- AFRIMMA Awards winner Best gospel act, Africa
2017- Pulse Music Awards Winner Male Video of the Year
2017- Pulse Music Awards Winner Most Viewed Video (Jigi Jigi)
2017- Mdundo Awards winner Most downloaded single
2017- Mdundo Awards winner Most downloaded gospel artist
Willy Paul Secular Music Life
In the year 2018, Willy Paul ditched gospel music for secular music. Nobody knows why he decided likewise but maybe it is because of the huge paychecks associated with secular music. He has gone further and collaborated with secular musicians to release hit songs. They include Khaligraph Jones, Ommy Dimpoz, Alikiba, Rayvanny, Alaine, and Nandy. His message to fans cursing his change of music is “Stay calm, I got big surprises coming.”
Willy Paul’s Net Worth
How much is willy Paul’s net worth? Willy Paul’s net worth is estimated to be around Ksh 107 million.
Willy Paul Songs
- Shado mado ft Alaine
- Njiwa ft Nandy
- Hallelujah ft Nandy
- Lamba Nyonyo
- Nishiilie ft Alikiba and Ommy Dimpoz
- Mmmh ft Rayvanny
- I do ft Alaine
- Jigi jigi
- Tigawana ft Size 8
- Take it slow ft sauti sol
- Pili pili ft Harmonize
- Lala Salama
- Tam Tam ft Size 8
- Kitanzi ft Gloria Muliro
- Sijafika ft gloria muliro, kambua, size8
- Bora uhai ft Khaligraph jones
- Sikireti ft Cecile
- Kwa vile
Willy Paul contacts
Talk to Willy Paul on Instagram here
Watch willy paul’s music videos on youtube here