Avril Nyambura Biography
Avril Nyambura whose real name is Judith Nyambura Mwangi, was born on 30th April 1986 in Nakuru, Kenya. She is a Kenyan singer, songwriter and actress.
Avril Nyambura Education Background
2006- 2009: Undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi, Degree in Art and Design, Graphic and Product design
2001 – 2005: Secondary school student at St. Joseph’s Girls Nsambya in Uganda
Avril Nyambura Music Career
Avril Nyambura started music at an early age. In primary school she participated in a variety of talent competitions.
In 2005, Avril Nyambura took part in the Jaza Lorry initiative and met talent manager Emmanuel Banda of Ogopa Deejays Production.
Although Banda tried convincing her to venture into music, Avril remained hesitant at the time. During her second year at UoN, she changed her mind about music and recorded her first single (“Mama”) after signing a record deal with Ogopa DJ’s.
In 2007 she recorded her first single ‘mama’ after signing to ogopa but ‘mama’ was not released until 2009 when she was in 3rd year after working on it a couple of times as she continued to grow in terms of vocals. ‘mama’ got good airplay and it encouraged her to do more.
Avril began to gain prominence following her collaboration with A.Y on his 2010 single “Leo Remix”.
Avril Nyambura Songs
- Mtaani dot com (Colonel Mustapha featuring Avril)
- Leo Remix (AY featuring Avril)
- Chokoza (Marya featuring Avril)
- Kitu Kimoja
- Hakuna Yule
- Piga Kengele (Boomba Boyz featuring Avril)
- Hello Baby (Avril featuring Ommy Dimpoz)
- Ninaweza(Avril featuring Rabbit-Kaka Sungura)
- No Stress
- Huyo Dame
- Najivunia with Trapee
- Changes with LAM from Sudan
Avril Nyambura Acting Career
2011–20 12: Shuga: Love, Sex, Money
She featured in the second season of the television soap opera, Shuga. She played the character Miss B’Have, a vicenarian celebrity singer who is a firm believer in monogamous relationships.
She also played Belinda, a minor character.
2013–14:Noose of Gold (Season 5)
In February 2013, Laura Walubengo of Africa Magic reported that Avril joined the cast of M-Net’s Noose of Gold. She played the role of Corrine, a drug trafficker.
She has also featured in Mali that was aired on NTV
Sumu La Penzi (DSTV’s Africa Magic Swahili)
Avril Kenya Nomination and Award
- In 2010 Avril Nyambura was nominated for the Channel O Music Video Awards in the Category of Most Gifted East Video for her song “Mama”.
- In 2010 she was nominated for the Museke Online Africa Music Awards in the Category of Best African Collaboration for her “Leo Remix” with AY.
- In 2010 she won the Nzumari Awards in the Category of Best Female Artist
- In 2011 she won the Chaguo La Teeniez Awards in the Category of Best Female Artist
- In 2011 she won the Golden Mic Awards in the Category of Most Promising Artist
- In 2011 she won the Teen Choice Awards in the Category of Best Female Artist
- In 2011 she was nominated for the Pearl of Africa Music Awards in the Category of Best Female Artist
- In 2011 she was nominated for the Nzumari Awards in the Category of Best Female Artist
- In 2012 she won the Kisima Music Awards in the Category of Best Boomba Artist
- In 2012 she won the Chaguo La Teeniez Awards in the Category of Best Female Artist
- In 2015 she won the Pulse Music Video Awards in the Category of Best Female Artist of the Year
Avril Nyambura Philanthropy
Member of Chagua Amani Peace Campaign and Kenya Land Alliance.
Appointed as one of East Africa’s ambassadors for Oriflame Sweden and AMREF’s Save an African Mother Campaign
Avril Nyambura Boyfriend
Avril Nyambura had a South African boyfriend called Tinashe Leslie Mugadza, famously called Muga. They later broke up after the death of Avril’s dad and she says after her father’s death she felt she needed to distant herself from emotional relationships.
Rumors has it that Avril is pregnant with music producer J
Blessings who dismissed the rumor. In January 2018 she was
rumored to have been spotted twice at the ‘Motherand Child’
clinic at the Aga Khan Hospital. She had previously rebutted
reports that she was pregnant. In December 2016 she pranked her
instagram followers by posting a photo of her with a baby bump
Avril Nyambura Interview
SDE: Tell us about the break up with your South African fiancée on Valentine’s Day, what happened?
Avril Nyambura: That is a chapter which I do not wish to dwell on since it is in the past now. However, all I can say is that I got engaged to Leslie Mugadza on February 13, which meant a lot for me than the Valentine Day itself.
An innocent picture of him was taken hanging out with Namibian Dillish Mathews and began doing rounds on social media besides being blown out of proportion becoming a big deal. In the long run I had to I had to apologise to him on behalf of my country.
SDE: Going back to your fiancée how did the two of you meet?
Avril Nyambura: He is an amazing guy who was referred to me by a friend with the aim of assisting him on venture capitalism pertaining to local entertainment. At the time he was in South Africa and I in Nairobi. With time got deeper to the point of having chemistry- owing to his intelligence.
The moment he came to Kenya to pay me a visit I was fascinated by him. His warm heart and down to earth personality was a plus. One thing led to another and before we knew it we were already engaged to be married after interacting with both families who were okay with it.
SDE: Of late many feel that our female celebrities are opting for guys from West Africa, South Africa, not to mention Europeans, is it that our Kenyan men are not good enough?
Avril Nyambura: Not really. On the contrary I believe that despite Kenyan men being the best in the whole continent owing to their realness but for some reason I never had an opportunity for a Kenyan to pop up the big question. Besides I do not understand why people choose to be agitated Kenyan women dating or getting married to foreigners.
SDE: Why do local female celebrities choose to keep their affairs a secret?
Avril Nyambura: I do not keep my affairs a secret but rather private. My relationships have always been calm and collective because for crying out loud going public about it does not mean that everyone will be happy for me. I like being private because my personal life is private and my family loves it that way.
SDE: Why the name Avril and who are you?
Avril Nyambura: I was born in the month of April which in French is Avril and hence my stage name Avril which I adopted while in school. With time it became a part of me to the point that I felt people would associate with.
Despite Avril having been in existence close to several years now – but Nyambura was born and raised in Nakuru. She moved to Nairobi in a bid to pursue a degree in Art and Design in University of Nairobi. Prior to that I studied briefly in Uganda Kampala.
SDE: What of the blonde hair, what does it symbolise?
Avril Nyambura: It is my signature look and style. I strongly believe that gold colours look better in me besides bringing out the youthfulness in me than any other. This resonates well with my target audience who are mainly the youth. Besides I have always believed that blondes have more fans.
SDE: What are you up to at the moment that would be of interest to us?
Avril Nyambura: Well, I am working on a number of music projects that should be out with given time. I am one person who believes in taking time to observe the evolving industry before coming up with something that will be able to appeal to my fans.
SDE: Has music been a big part of your life?
Avril Nyambura: I began my music career as a second year student in campus. Prior to this producer Lucas Bikedo of Ogopa Deejays called me and told me he would like to hear my voice on record and capitalize on it.
Which I did in singer Trapeez’s music. By the time I was in campus I already had a feel of local music.
Although at the beginning I did it for fun but upon releasing Mama – it elevated me into the limelight. It was at that point that several established artistes among them Tanzanian Ay called to have me featured in his song. Getting a support from the industry itself was amazing.
SDE: Other than music?
Avril Nyambura: I use my degree on a daily life basis more so when I make other things among them fabrics applied more specifically with corporate in a bid to market my brand as Avril. This aside I also featured in a number of local soaps
SDE: Does music in Kenya pay?
Avril Nyambura: For me music pays – I live off my music besides catering for other family members including other people. For those who think that music does not pay locally could be either because they are not in the industry and don’t understand how it works and they are not serious about it.
Or perhaps they are not patient enough thinking it is an overnight thing. Truth is, just like any other business music takes time to build.
SDE: Have you ever been stalked – your most weird encounter?
Avril Nyambura: Yeah, several times. But there is this one incident when a car kept following me into town and before I knew it a young girl aged about 7, who was with her mother kept on shouting my name and even requested that I cut a strand of my hair and give it to her as a souvenir.
It’s exciting. I never knew I would amass the kind of recognition
SDE: Who is Avril off the stage?
Avril Nyambura: I am not into clubbing. In other words, I don’t have time for lots of other things. If I must have fun then it would be with people who make a change in my life tomorrow. I also I don’t like people getting into my personal life. The moment I step into my house I do away with the Avril act passé
Source: Standard Digital Entertainment.
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