On October 20, 2016 – Kenyans’ Popular Afro-Jazz and Afro-fusion songtress Achieng Abura passed on while in Kenyatta National Hospital. According to different sources, the singer has been ill for some time and now. She has been posting messages online about her health mentioning that at one point she lost over 50 kgs.
Things you didn’t know about Achieng Abura Biography
What is Achieng Abura’s Educational background?
Lydia Achieng Abura attended Kenya High School and later joined Virginia Commonwealth University for her undergraduate in Chemistry and also had a Masters of Philosophy in Environmental Studies from Moi University.
Lydia Achieng Abura was a Music Artiste, Peace and Social Justice Advocate and Environmentalist and also the voice behind Crow from Tinga Tinga Tales.
Achieng Abura Music career history background?
Achieng Abura was an Afro-Jazz artiste in the music industry for 25 years now. She started in gospel with her hit song ‘I believe’ that got her regional recognition and released three gospel albums before embracing Afro-Jazz. She has released four albums including ‘Maisha’, ‘Spirit of a Warrior’, ‘Dhahabu Yangu’ and ‘Time for Change’. She has performed in many countries including England, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, France, Greece, USA, Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea, Senegal and South Africa.
Lydia Achieng was a strong advocate for social transformation and is an activist for peace, good governance, environment, women empowerment and child care. She was a Goodwill Ambassador for WWF Eastern Africa and is currently a Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP.
2004 – KORA All Africa Music Awards for Best Female Artiste East Africa.
2004 – Honoured by the President of Kenya with theOrder of the Grand Warrior (OGW) for her contribution to Arts and Culture in Kenya.
2012 – Recognition by the Jordan Foundation, USA, for her contribution to social change and development through music in Kenya.
Achieng loved music, dancing, reading, writing, swimming and traveling.
A music legend she was, empowering & mentoring young musicians. My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends.#RIPAchiengAbura
— Chris Kirubi (@CKirubi) October 20, 2016
A legend has left us. My prayers go out to family and friends of Achieng Abura. May God give you strength. #RIPAchiengAbura
— Mwalimu Rachel. (@MwalimuRachel) October 20, 2016
A Legend has left us. Goodbye Achieng Abura. You lived well. You laughed truly, you made us dance freely. Rest well #RIPAchiengAbura
— Dennis Itumbi (@OleItumbi) October 20, 2016
— Sakaja Johnson (@SakajaJohnson) October 20, 2016