Esther Akothee Biography
Akothee (Esther Akoth) born and bread in the Lakeside city of Kisumu, she is a musician and a business woman who is based in Mombasa. She has won the Best Female East Africa AFRIMA Award 2016.
She was rumored to be 35 years old as of 2017.
When Akothee cleared school, she joined her husband who had then landed a job in Nairobi. Their life was a humble one, the singer reveals. Akothee recalls friends giving them simple household items such as mwikos, sufurias, and mattresses. Sadly, her husband left her for another woman when he started getting wealthy.
“Maybe I am not a romantic woman, and so he got bored with me on October 6, 2006 and dumped me with our three kids,” said Akothee.
Esther Akothee has three daughters and two sons from different marriages. Akothee had four daughters from her first marriage and bore three children between the ages of 14 to 16. One of her kids died because she could not afford to take her to hospital. She later gave birth to her fourth daughter in the year 2000. Her sons are from her second marriage with a white man who she claims was only interested in having children with her but not marriage. In 2016, she got pregnant with twins but unfortunately she lost the twins when she collapsed in Switzerland.
Esther Akothee is regarded as one of the wealthiest female musicians in Kenya. She shops in Europe, drives expensive cars, and has four luxurious homes in North Coast, Mombasa, Nairobi and Rakwaro in Migori County. In addition to her lavish homes in in Kenya, she has a four-bedroomed house in Zurich, Switzerland.
Akothee was married at 14
Akothee was born to a county administrator father and politician mother. The singer, who grew up in Migori, is the first daughter in her family. Though her mother was very loving, Akothee went through a rebellious phase in high school which led to her early marriage.
“I was in form two at Nyabisawa Girls, I decided to rebel. When I was 14 I fell in love with a guy who was studying in the neighbouring boys’ school. He used to write me letters that drove me crazy. I can even remember he used to write on blue foolscap,”Akothee recounted nostalgically. Her teenage love affair became serious and she decided to run away with her boyfriend, “Love overwhelmed me and so I eloped with him. My parents tried to get me back home, but I refused. Once a Luo has made up her mind, who will say no?”
Akothee was a ‘house girl’ for seven years
After running away from home, she went to live with her mother-in-law at Awendo in Migori County.
“I served as a house girl to my mum-in-law for seven years. I was doing all the house chores at that tender age. All that time, my husband was in school learning. He cleared high school and even joined campus while I was still at his mum’s place,” she reveals.
She conceived and gave birth to her first born daughter at her parents-in-law’s houses. Their relationship went sour and she was sent packing by her in-laws in 2000.
Akothee had three kids by age 16
Akothee gave birth to her first born at the age of 14, second born at 15 and third born at 16. Her second born daughter later succumbed to illness because Akothee could not raise enough money to take her to hospital. She got her fourth born in the same marriage in 2000.
Akothee once sold omena to make a living
After she left her mum-in-law’s home, she went to live at Kanga where she started an omena business to raise money for her school fees and family upkeep. In 2003, her husband completed his university course. The two got back together and took care of their children as Akothee went back to school.
“I decided to go clear my fourth form at Kanyasrega High school. I would drop the kids at kindergarten before proceeding to school. In the evening I would pick them up from the teacher’s house, take them home and go sell my omena for one hour,” the singer reveals.
Akothee was a taxi driver
When times became tough, Akothee persevered: “I am like a cat, throw me up and I land on my four feet; not my back.”
After splitting from her husband, Akothee decided to join her brother in Mombasa. At that time, he was running a taxi business and they would partner drive the taxi in turns. The little profit she got from the taxi business was spent on her young family. One day, while she was doing her rounds in Mombasa, she met a diplomat who was interested in knowing what could drive such a beautiful young woman into taxi work.
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That chance meeting was the beginning of a relationship that would dramatically change her life. The diplomat invited himself to Akothee’s home, and their relationship grew from there. Akothee later relocated with the man to Zurich, Switzerland. She conceived his child, but at nine months she realised that the man was only interested in getting a baby with her- not marriage. Angered, she took a flight back to Kenya where she started her music career.
Akothee got her own money
After hitting the ground running with music, she invested in real estate (Akothee Property) and expanded her transport business (Akothee Safaris). When she started working in the music industry, Akothee performed at high-end private parties where she could pocket well over a million shillings. She injected this cash into her businesses and further grew her property.
Akothee had enough of men
Akothee said she has permanently bowed out of the dating game.
“I have had enough of men, and I lost trust in them. It will take me years to fall in love again. The love I have now is for me and my children, because no man has plans for me. There is no man who can handle me because there’s no way I will fall into any man’s plans. I call the shots,” she said firmly.
The singer went further to say that she would be apprehensive about carrying another man’s pregnancy or funding a broke man.
“So when you want to come and fall in my plans and I already have five kids, and you have no child: Do you think I will be pregnant for you – no way! If you want to come to me bare-handed and you want me to be paying your bills, I am sorry it won’t happen”, asserted Akothee.
Having kids is Akothee hobby
When asked if she has closed the chapter of having more kids, she quickly interjects: “Hapana! Kid number six is loading! Having many kids is a hobby, and I wish I could fall pregnant again.”
Akothee got married at 14 and had to go back to school at 24 to finish her studies. She finished her high school in 2004 when she was already a mother of three and scored a mean grade of a C+. Unfortunately she was kicked out of her first marriage since she was supposedly boring, too hardheaded and unromantic.
Akothee Tax Business
With the little money she had saved up Akothee went to a driving school and became a matatu driver. She then later on moved to Mombasa where she became a taxi driver.
While on the Job she met a Swedish man who invited her back to his home country. Unfortunately as fate would have it, things didn’t work out as she had planned. The man kicked her out while she was 9 months pregnant and she had to come back to Kenya. However this time she had some money on her, enough to invest well in her taxi business.
While still going about her business as usual she met a French man who was then the French ambassador to Djibouti. This was the turning point of her life as she had hit the jackpot. The man was truly loaded and showered her with lavish gifts and colossal amounts of money. The man once gifted her with a brand new Prado on her birthday and sent her KSH 80 million to put a roof over her growing family. The French man is the father of her last born, however they are now separated.
Akothee Safaris and Other Business
During her hustling life and by her hard work and God’s grace she is now a proud owner of over 15 vehicles comprising of two 27-seater buses, mini-buses and 5 tour land cruiser vans.
She got involved in a lot of business pursuits that saw her setup a slew of business interests as evidenced in Akotheesafaris a flourishing Tours and Travel Company, Morning Star Diani, an establishment that seeks to provide 5 star accommodations at 3 star rates and Akothe & Properties a real estate venture.
Esther Akothee is more popular for her flamboyant lifestyle than for her music. She shops in the most fashionable stores in Europe, drives flashy cars and is rumoured to be shopping for a jet. She has three homes in Mombasa, Nairobi and Nyanza. That is besides a luxury apartment complex in North Coast and a four-bedroomed pad in Zurich, Switzerland.
Regarded to as Kenya’s wealthiest female musician this singer is alleged to be worth ksh 300 million. While she has proved her capabilities in music , many have wondered about her source of wealth. The video to her song Djele Djele set her back ksh 1 million while her next Chengerere cost her ksh 4 million and was shot in South Africa.
Akothee got married at 14 and stayed there for 10 years. The man she married fell in love with another woman and kicked her without her three children. She started out as a matatu driver on route 108 that ply the Gachie before later moving to Mombasa. There she met a dutch man who took her to Holland and did a dancing gig that paid her ksh 300,000.
She then went back to her former husband and stole her children and started living with them. Fast forward to six years ago when she met a rich French man who was also an ambassador. This she says was her turn around as the man sent her ksh 80 million to build a house. He also recently gave her a Prado during her birthday.
Singer Akothee wants to cement her name in the list of high flying Kenyans by buying her own private jet.
For a while, Akothee has been hiring private choppers to facilitate her movement around the country but now it seems she is tired of traveling in someone else’s chopper. She was seen window shopping for planes and word quickly started spreading she wanted to buy her own private jet.
Many may doubt whether she has the cash to buy a private jet but then again Akothee has proved a couple of times she has the means to be a little extravagant. Buying a personal jet is not cheap, even top notch millionaires know that, actually only a few African celebrities like P Squire and Davido are known to actually own one.
She comes from a musical family and the musical spirit resonates quite strongly, and this has inevitably led her into the music scene with emotive hits such as Nimechoka, Pashe and Katika. She brings into the industry a distinctive refreshing African beat that we can all sing along and dance to. Akothee came back to Kenya determined to start her life afresh. That is when she began her music career, which she says was her first passion. Most of her music videos are trending on YouTube . She maintains that music was her first passion.
Her music that features heavy kanungo beats are also ruling the airwaves on local radio stations, besides a busy schedule of performances outside Kenya. The musician who singles out Yondo Sisters as her role model, can dance soukous, into which she blends chakacha with a heavy dose of twerking to guarantee an electrified audience.
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Akothee leads Kenyan entertainers in complaining over promoters
Kenyan entertainers were recently up in arms on social media to complain about local promoters who have been frustrating their careers.
Sparked by a clip posted by singer Akothee stating that promoters are too greedy while Kenyan entertainers don’t know their value, several entertainers re-posted the clip on their timelines airing their personal sentiments.
In the video, Akothee argues that promoters mistreat Kenyan artists and it’s time artists push back.
“Promoters, what’s wrong with you? said Akothee in the clip shot while lying in bed in pajamas.
“Why do you think you’d mistreat Kenyan artists and then give all the maximum respect to artists coming from outside? I don’t want to call them international artists coz also we are international artists.”
The singer went on to bash local promoters saying that they should give Kenyan artists their rightful due and, local artists should also stop settling for any amount dished at them by these promoters.
“So listen and listen very carefully,” she said.
“Don’t expect to treat me like a local. If you can’t afford me, Please don’t even ring my phone because I will embarrass you.”
Regarding younger upcoming artists and other Kenyan entertainers taking any offer thrown at them, Akothee seemed irritated.
“Kenyan artists, It’s high time you stop collecting these pocket pocket change just to be seen in each and every platform that is happening. It’s these…I don’t know whether to call them upcoming or..on coming or late coming or whatever they call themselves collecting Ksh 50, 000 and Ksh 100,000 in concerts while people come from other places and are given millions,” blasted the singer.
It has been a perennial song that older entertainers have retired singing and upcoming entertainers thoroughly prepared for while trying to make a name in the business; always be wary of promoters.
As expected, Akothee’s post resonated with many artists who were all quick to re-share. The promoter verses artists stalemate has been around for years now.
Artists have insisted promoters need to give them better deals in the cut-throat business, promoters in turn, have argued that artists need to up their value. Never have they really sat down together and looked at ways they can co-exists.
“You are missing the point, don’t blame promoters. A promoter is just a business person who wants profit at the end of his/her investment,” said a fan in the comment section.
“If you bring Harmonise of Tanzania and bring P-Unit of Kenya both in Nairobi but different venues, Tell me where people would go?”
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