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Achieng Abura's legacy to live long in Kenyan's hearts

The passing away of Songstress Achieng Abura has left a deep void in Kenya’s entertainment scene that will be impossible to fill.

The popular afro-jazz musician had a huge impact not only through her music, but also through inspiring the lives of many in Kenya today.

The Master of Philosophy in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering had a long and illustrious career full of accolades as she scaled heights only a few have managed.

Apart from being a Music artiste for the past 25 years, Abura was also a peace and social justice advocate and an environmentalist.

She started with the gospel hit song ‘I believe’ that propelled her internationally.


She went on to produce three other gospel albums before embracing Afro-Jazz.

She performed in many countries, including England, Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, USA and South Africa among many others.

Social transformation

Her strong advocacy for social transformation saw her named as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as the World Wildlife Fund.

She was also a lead campaigner for the Global Call to Action Against Poverty.


Abura in 2004 won the Kora All Africa Music Awards for Best Female Artiste East Africa.

That same year she was honoured by retired President Mwai Kibaki with the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) for her contribution to Arts and Culture in Kenya.

She will be fondly remembered  as the encouraging Principal at the East African Tusker Project Fame where she coached budding artistes and mentored them.

In 2012 she was recognised by the Jordan Foundation, USA, for her contribution to social change and development through music in Kenya.

Abura had raised a son who has been suffering from sickle cell anaemia and a heart condition.


She was in the process of raising millions of shillings for her son's treatment through an online fund, The Prince Abura Sickle Fund.

The Ghafla team stands by Abura’s family and friends during this difficult time and may God rest her soul in peace.


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