Octopizzo - Biography,Songs,News, Awards and Contacts

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Octopizzo
Octopizzo - Musical Artist 


1.)Octopizzo Biography


Octopizzo real name Henry Ohanga, is a hip
hop artist and a youth activist from Kibera. He is the
founder of Octopizzo Foundation, founder of Refugee
Art programmee dubbed “Artist for Refugee” with
UNHRC , Ambassador for Awareness on violence against
women and girls and also an actor.

Early Life

He did a computer course in Mombasa but later moved
to Nairobi where he took a course of an electrician, he
worked in a juakali based garage for 3yrs before join
music fulltime.

Education Background


He did a course of an electrician
Student at St. Mary’s Changamwe College in Mombasa ,
Basic computer soft studies
Secondary school student at Kibera Glory Secondary
School.
Primary School student at Mashimoni primary school.

Music Career


At a very young age Octopizzo was first and foremost
shaped by his life in Kibera, but was musically
influenced by artists such as Jay Z,Nas,Biggie,Pac
and many more.
He has perfomed in amajor events all across the world;
Shambala Festival in UK, Spoken World In Berlin,Sauti
za Busara Festival in Zanzibar,Kenyan Night in
Dubai,Reepabhan festival Hamburg,Coca cola world cup
tour,Safaricom Live just to mention a few
He has recorded 3 mix-tapes: S.O.N. (Strugglers of
Nairobi)2008, Y.G.B. (Young Gifted and Black)2009,
and The White Shadow 2010. In 2008 S.O.N. was the
best selling mixtape in Kenyan hip hop history. He has
5 studio albums Chocolate City and LDPC all available
on iTunes,Amazon,Google Play,Spotify and Deezer.
Apart from music, he is also the C.E.O of Chocolate City
(Kibera) Tours and Founder and Exucutive Director at
Octopizzo Foundation:OF believes in untying young
people from the shackles of desperation through the
uniting ingredients of Creativity, Art, Music and
Sports.
We all know that humanity has no boundaries; that
being born poor or becoming poor does not make one
less human. Though man has drawn lines that seem to
separate us by race, nationality or social class,
fundamentally we are all the same. People
marginalized in slums and refugee camps have
aspirations too.
OF aspires to give wings to young people who exist on
the margins of society. We support them to recognize
the richness that resides in them, and then nurture
their transformation towards realizing their potential.
more on Octopizzo.org website

Octopizzo as an Actor


Octopizzo was an actor for Shuga season 2 on MTV.
He was also chosen to participate on Guiness MADE OF
BLACK campaign(Advert).
octo was also nominated as BEST Male Artist of the
year during the 2012 Coastal Nzumari Awards, which he
Won, and Best Hip hop artist 2015 which he also won.
Octopizzo does alot of work with communities helping to
impact the lives of less fortunate.
His 2nd Album LDPC Which did Great on iTunes and
other online selling platforms.

Songs


1.Something for You
2.Utanisho
3.Prezidential
4.Ivo Ivo
5.Jump PYDU
6.Could Be Us
7.Salute Me
8.Vile Inafaa
9.Heart of Lion
10.Wuoda
11.Biz ni Biz
12.They Love It
13.Voices of Kibera
14.Bila Mic Remix
15.Black Star
16.Bila Mic
17.Toboa
18.Twende Butere
19.All Black Everything
20.Bomaye
21.Vowels
22.Swag
23.Unanininokia
24.Mama
25.On Top
26.Tony Montana
27.WWY
28.Memories
29.Let Me Know
30.Who Knew
31.War

Awards


Octopizzo was also nominated as BEST Male Artist of the
year during the 2012 Coastal Nzumari Awards, which he
Won.

Octopizzo – Deals

Octopizzo also has a number of major deals in Kenya
from Coca Cola, Safaricom, Sprite and Nescafe. He has
also performed outside Kenya in Cities like Dubai and
Manchester. Last but not least, Octopizzo does alot of
work with communities helping to impact the lives of the
less fortunate. Project such as the art center at
Kakuma refuge camp, Power Womens’ Group for
supporting women with HIV in Kibera and Youth Gifted
& Black that deals with Youth empowerment
programmes are some of the projects he is very
passionate about.