Prince Indah’s story, from Mjengo Site to a Sensational Kenyan Musician

Prince Indah’s story is one of a kind, he has stood against all odds to become one of the most influential ohangla musicians in Kenya.

Several years ago, in the bustling city of Nairobi, a young man named Evans Ochieng Owino emerged from humble beginnings to become one of Kenya’s most influential musicians.

Prince Indah’s story begins in the informal settlement of Huruma within Nairobi City. Evans who later came to be known as Prince Indah, was born on 9th August 1994 and he is the third born of five children in the Owino family.

“I come from a small village in Ugunja, Siaya County. But I was born here in Nairobi, the informal settlement of Huruma. I studied at Daima Primary School – Huruma until class 3, and then after my dad’s death, we shifted back to the village,” Prince Idah shares.

His boyhood was split between the Nairobi neighborhood of Huruma and the small community of Oloma Murumba in Rambula North, Ugunja, Siaya County, where he migrated after his father, Meshack Owino, died.

Growing up in a poor home, Prince Indah’s life was filled with obstacles and tenacity.

“I, Winnie’s brother, grew raised in poverty. At a young age, hardship taught me a lot. “I, Indah, stayed with the elderly as a toddler,” Prince Indah sings in his song Mashabiki.

Prince Indah attended Oloma Murumba Primary School, which was located in the village on the family’s farm. Despite his difficulties, he completed his KCPE and received an outstanding 360 marks.

He later went to Ndovoini Mission School in Machakos for secondary education, where he discovered his talent for singing. Prince Indah’s musical skill bloomed when he became a praise and worship leader in high school.

Due to his mother’s illness, he was forced to drop out of school in Form 3 to support the family. He took up masonry work in Mathare while caring for his ailing mother, Caroline Achieng’, and handling their household affairs.

“I did not take my KCSE exams.” I dropped out of school because my mother grew ill and there was no one to care for her. I was supposed to start Form 4 in 2014, but I had to quit in Form 3. I returned to Mathare, where I was staying with my mother, and began doing mjengo,” the 29-year-old recalls.

The encounter with his uncle, Emma Jalamo, a singer famed for his performances in the local club scene, was a watershed moment in Prince Indah’s life. Prince Indah revealed his wish to follow in Jalamo’s footsteps after hearing his songs.

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His uncle, at first dubious, questioned his suitability for the music industry. Prince Indah’s determination and devotion, on the other hand, won over Jalamo, who eventually took him under his wing.