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Ruth Matete – I was raised in violent homes

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I was raised in violent homes – Ruth Matete

Gospel singer Ruth Matete has disclosed that she was brought up, in violent homes.

Speaking on Ebru TV, the Tusker Project Fame (TPF) 5 winner said that she stayed with her mother who was married to another man, for the first six or seven years of her life in Kakamega.

She narrated how her step father at the time was violent to them and would always beat her and her mother. Ms Matete added that the step father was a drunkard.


According to Ruth, her dad was married when she came to stay with him in Nairobi and six months later, her mother passed.

When I stayed with my mum, she went ahead and got married to another man and I was with this family for the six or seven years and later on, my mum now introduced me to my biological father and that’s when my dad took me. My dad had now finished school, he had come to Nairobi went to college and had a job and got married. So he took me and that’s when I came to Nairobi but all this while, I had never gone to school, I was just at home, I was mostly doing house chores and stuff. This my mother’s husband wasn’t good to us, both my mum and I, he’s a drunk till now, used to beat my mum a lot and myself but i think my mum kind of sensed it was almost time for her to go because she was always in and out of hospital and my dad tells me even when she was pregnant with me, she was ever sick,” said Ruth.

The Damu Yako singer stated that after she moved to stay with the dad, her step mother was also not very nice to her and she used to beat her every other time.

When I came to Nairobi my father was married and the lady as well was not good to me. From what I can remember, she wasn’t so nice, beating me every day, every time we had to solve issues and what I can remember is that the last time she beat me with a Mwiko until it broke, and the reason was that sijaoga,” she narrated.


Ruth Matete went on to talk about how her tough past had prepared her for who she is today and that she does not feel sorry for herself. She also opened up on other aspects of her life including her music journey.


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