Emmy Kosgei is among Kenya’s most renowned female gospel artists. Emmy Kosgei was born on 22nd July, 1980. She hails from the former Rift Valley province, in Kelewa village. This is in Mogotio, Koibatek District. While she continues to hit headlines all over, most of her life has been rather a mystery to the public. She is one of those superstars who choose to remain silent about her life and let people keep guessing. Well, while that could be the case, below are ten things you might not have known about her.
10 Things You Should Know About Emmy Kosgei
Started Singing In Her Early Life
It is said that her journey in music started at a very tender age in her local church. By the time she was in high school, Emmy was recording collaborations with other artists. Emmy Kosgei also recorded songs with Maximum gospel singers, which further helped to sharpen her career in music.
Emmy was born to a strong Christian family. Her father, Bishop Jackson Kosgei is a highly acclaimed cleric. Her mum is equally a strong believer of Christian values and the two must have helped steer her where she is right now. Emmy has always attributed her triumphs in life to the only pillar in her life: God.
Miriam Makeba Inspired Emmy
No one can dispute the fact that Emmy Kosgei has had a very successful musical career. Much as she started it early, Emmy confesses that she got much of her inspiration from the late Miriam Makeba. The highly accomplished lady singer had a rich taste in music and her songs will live with us forever.
Evidently, Emmy took the same path. One does not need to be reminded of how unique and rich her songs are. Her richly African songs are an inspiration to her fans. Keke, Esther Wahome and Rebecca Malope are also some of the other artists who inspired her, besides her parents.
Emmy Kosgei Holds The HSC Award
If anyone doubts Emmy’s success in music, then they should ask themselves how she got the Head of State Commendation (HSC) award. Her flamboyant career in music earned her that award during the promulgation of the new constitution in Kenya. Emmy Kosgei also got to perform before high-profile guests and other fans during that occasion.
While many people choose to look at her as a musician, Emmy has her interests in other areas of life. For instance, a good number of people are amazed by her touch and class in life. While many artists go to designers to help them fashion, that is not the case with her. Emmy runs the Emmy K House of Fashion and label where she even makes most of her classic designs. You might want to stop by at her fashion house to see what she does.
Owns A School
While many artists choose to invest their money in buying flashy cars and latest fashion, Emmy Kosgei has proved to be a true patriot in her country. She operates a school known as Hope Academy, which has 40 students. Out of the entire student population, she is personally financing the education of 37 students. Many people do not know her philanthropic side. Emmy Kosgei chooses to walk the talk.
Emmy Kosgei Met Her Husband On A Christian Mission
Her marriage to Anselm has been trending the media for a long time. While many people have been talking about this marriage and expressing their thoughts, very few of them know how they met. Her music is celebrated world over and she had been invited abroad as a music minister. It so happened that Anselm had also been invited to preach in the same event. Well, the rest of the story is obvious.
She Has Step Children
Emmy’s marriage to Anselm must be one of the most controversial ones. People have found all sorts of things to comment about them. This is especially with the fact that Anselm was a married man before, with two children, Sandra and Velma Madubuko.
By their marriage, they officially became Emmy’s stepchildren.
Won The BEFTA Award
Emmy Kosgei is among the very few African musicians who won in this year’s Best International Gospel Act award. The awards were at the UK Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts awards.
Emmy’s Best Album
Emmy Kosgei started recording her initial album in 2005, which was known as “Katau Banda.” However, “Taunet” was her most successful album, with the song “Taunet Nelel” getting international recognition. Currently, she is one of the most successful gospel artists in Africa.