Joyce Omondi almost missed a chance to study in UK because she feared her dad would die before she returned home.
The gospel singer who is married to Citizen TV Waihiga Mwaura opened up about her childhood while speaking during an interview on Radio Citizen.
“My mum is Giriama and dad is Luo. I had curfew and she protected me. Just being raised well helped me, and that made me who I am today. My brothers would always get me into trouble. I had a toy piano and later my dad bought a piano at home and I started learning. By the time I was six, I would play piano so well,” she said.
Joyce Omondi also reflected on 1998 bombing of US embassy in Nairobi. She said her dad was a victim of the terror attack.
“He was in the hospital for very many years. By the time I was going to the university abroad, I had a mixed mind. I thought he would be dead when I’m coming back,” said Joyce Omondi.
Omondi’s father died 23 years later in June 2021 after surviving the terror attack. The gospel singer was completely devastated by her dad’s death that she took time off social media.
“When I did my song, ‘Naamini’, my dad did not live for six months. By the time I released ‘Jibu’, I was questioning God as to why he allowed it (dad’s death) to happen.
“I was very bitter and very upset. I had written the song while he was in the hospital, but I released it after his death,” she said.