|Real Name||Wilson Shikwekwe|
|Age||29 (As of 2022)|
|Place of Birth||Kenya|
|Year of Birth||1993|
Willy Paul or Pozze, actual name Wilson Shikwekwe Abubakar Radido, is an award-winning Kenyan gospel turned secular musician. He gained popularity after unleashing the hit single Sitolia, collaborating with gospel sensation Gloria Muliro. After that, the evergreen artist became a household name in East Africa with back-to-back hits. He has worked with such big titles like Size 8, Nandy from Tanzania, Cecil & Alaine from Jamaica & Yemi Alade from Nigeria.
Age and Background
Willy Paul was born on the 1st of September, 1993, in the slums of Mathare.
The artist’s dad was a carpenter while his mother was a hairstylist. Willy Paul is also the last born in a family of three juniors. His parents toiled to make ends meet and trouble hit the family when in 2010 his father died. He went to Brainhouse High School in Mathare, but he declined out and began doing irregular jobs due to financial difficulties. He later enroled for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Exams in the year 2013. The controversial artist has expressed his wish to study abroad.
Sitolia paddled the singer to fame but not luckily. The emotionally charged song was concerning the struggles he had experienced and because God knew his path he had stopped crying. The song acquired massive airplay amidst argument that he wasn’t earning much from it since all the ownership belonged to Gloria Muliro.
In December 2013, he founded his first album titled You Never Know at the Kenyatta International Conference Center. The takeoff was graced by big characters in the industry including Men of God, Size 8, Daddy Owen, DK Kwenye Beat, Shiru wa GP, the late Bishop Ben Bahati, Betty Bayo and DJ Mo. The album featured great songs, such as, Kitanzi, Mapenzi & Lala Salama.
People assumed the artist wholeheartedly and he evolved a major sensation both in the nation and internationally. In 2014, he got the chance to tour the United States where he functioned in 12 different States. The tour started on the 10th of March in Sacramento, California and completed on the 27th of April in Las Vegas Nevada. He then unleashed the song Tam Tam.
His songs began to take a turn to the more secular world, particularly after casting Bora Uhai featuring Khaligraph Jones &, I Do ft Alaine.
By the end of the year 2015, the then gospel singer had bagged numerous awards and had fired other hits, such as vigelegele, Mamangu & Hukuniacha.
Willy Paul is also the chief executive officer and originator of Saldido international entertainment.
In 2018, he left the gospel industry and began unleashing secular music. Since then he has cast major hits featuring a number of artists, including Kaligraph Jones, Rayvanny, Ommy Dimpoz, Ali Kiba & Miss P.
The artist has repeatedly been linked to several women, including Pendo. He, nevertheless, only admitted to having dated Abigail. At one point he almost made Kenyans think he was marrying Alaine after videos of them in wedding companies circulated online. However, it wasthen found to be a set for my song.
He then saw video vixen Michelle Dyer, who would say he was abusive and insecure, directing to their breakup.
A few days ago he unleashed a diss track called Mnikome/Gademit. In the song, he calls out musicians and tells them to stop talking trash about him. He also indicates he slept with Diana Marua and lamented it. He also teased Eric Omondi for not being grown enough to keep his ex-girlfriend Miss Chanty & says 75% of his Instagram stories are nonsense.
In the year 2013 Groove Awards winner for best male artist of the year.
In the year 2012 Kisima Awards winner nomination for best male artist of the year.
In the year 2014, Talanta awards winner for best performer & Mwafaka awards winner for collabo of the year for the song Kitanzi ft Gloria Muliro.
In the year2015, The song Tam Tam ft Size 8 won 2 Mdundo Awards for most downloaded gospel musicand most downloaded male single. It also won him a song of the year, collabo of the year, male artist of the year, and video of the year.
The song Jigi Jigi outdid charts in Kenya, including Mdundo Weekly Top 100, Local Top 20 Slams on Music Charts KE & the Top 40 singles chart.
In 2016 AFRIMMA awards won Best gospel act in Africa.
In 2017 Pulse Music Awards won both male video of the year & most viewed video for the song Jigi Jigi. He also won Mdundo Prizes for most downloaded single & most downloaded gospel artist.
Allegations of forcing himself on women
Willy Paul has often wooed controversy with abandon.
In the year 2015, Bahati accused his friend hinged nemesis of plagiarizing his song prompting a back & forth that played on social media podia. They later settled their trobles in an award ceremony where both were implored for.
Willy Paul has been also accused of being very pretentious by a Kenyan journalist.
His ex-lover Michelle Dyer blamed the artist of being controlling and abusive. According to the vixen, he was extremely insecure and did not comprehend the importance of her job. In addition, she accused him of being physically violent.
This year, he was charged by Miss P of sexual harassment. According to the musician, Willy Paul started making advances towards her at the beginning of their understanding. He even drove her to his home where they cruised to have unprotected sex.
“He propelled me to have sex with him, not onetime not twice,” she told Presenter Ali.
She then disclosed that they started dating but he was too controlling & condescending. Willy Paul as usual rejected these allegations.
Recently, Diana Bahati blamed him of sexually assaulting her. In a video where Diana is seen crying, she described how the artist attempted to rape her and is currently clout chasing and fibbing with her name. She stated that she had filed a case at a regional court. Willy Paul has vehemently rejected these allegations, saying they are produced in a bid to win public sympathy.
He said he was surprised by the defamatory allegations which have damaged his reputation as a parent, father & a public figure. The award winning singer said how D’s crocodile tears have suited their purpose and accepted the sympathy of the people. He concluded by saying he would never sexually attack a woman.