Julius Owino (Maji Maji): 5 facts about the Gidi Gidi Maji Maji star – Tuko.co.ke

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If you were of age during the 2002 presidential campaigns, you likely remember the slogan unbwogable, used by the then-popular party, NARC-Kenya, during its campaigns. The song was one of Kenya's most popular, sung by the vernacular-rapping duo, Gidi Gidi Maji Maji. These rappers are credited for revolutionizing local hip hop music by popularizing vernacular language instead of Swahili or Sheng. Where are they now? One of the group members, Julius Owino, is the Managing Director of Ghetto Radio, one of the popular radio stations in Kenya. How much do you know about him?
In 2002, Maji Maji and his other music group member, Gidi Gidi, were on top of their game. However, all things come to an end, and many people are wondering about his whereabouts.
Maji doesn't produce music any more, but he is active in the music industry in various ways. He asserts his influence through radio with his popular Ghetto Radio. Aside from this, what else do you know about him?
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It is implausible that the name Julius Owino rings a bell. The now renowned media mogul was, for long, known by his moniker, Maji Maji, and it is only recently that people have started connecting the dots. He has an interesting background and life story that most people do not know about.
Julius Ondijo Owino can now be legally referred to as Maji Maji. Thus, he joins the list of other famous personalities who adopted their monikers to advance their interests. Also, it is a reprieve for many Kenyans who were hardly familiar with Maji Maji's official names.
Julius made the name change through Ashioya Mogire and Nkatha advocates and publicly announced it in a gazette notice dated March 31, 2021. According to the notice, the former musician had abandoned his former name Julius Ondijo Owino and adopted Maji Maji Julius Ondijo Owino. The gazette notice read:
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Where did the name Maji Maji come from? The name originates from the Maji Maji rebellion (1905-1907). The rebellion was strong resistance in Tanzania, then called Tanganyika, when it was a German colony.
The name Maji Maji gained popularity after releasing various popular songs with his counterpart, Gidi Gidi, in the early 2000s.
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Many people have been wondering what happened to Maji Maji after they stopped releasing songs. However, the other group member is still popular as he hosts one of the country's most listened-to morning radio shows. Interestingly, the other unbwobagle singer is in the same profession but as a business owner.
People gradually came to know him as Maji Maji on Ghetto Radio and connected the dots. But it took some time before fans realized he was associated with the popular radio station that represents the youths and people in the ghetto.
Julius Owino is the Managing Director of Ghetto Radio, and he has held the position since February 2014 until today. The multitalented singer performs various roles at the go-to sheng station in Kenya.
The Ghetto Radio MD does brand development and profiles analysis of the radio station in Kenya. On top of this, he safeguards the current and evolving Ghetto Radio profile in the challenging Kenya and media industry. He also scouts for talent and ascertains that the radio station meets its corporate social responsibility.
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Julius Owino vied for the MCA seat in the 2017 general elections. Many celebrities supported his quest. Unfortunately, he lost. Even though he lost the MCA seat during the election, he didn't relinquish his political ambitions and still supports ordinary Kenyans in various ways.
In August 2020, the Ghetto Radio MD stormed parliament buildings and addressed the speaker, Kenneth Lusaka, regarding the division of revenue bill delay. Maji Maji couldn't hold back his anger and discontent with how the parliamentarians had dragged deliberating on the matter to develop a conclusive division of revenue formula.
According to his statement, many Kenyans were not aware of how the revenue stalemate would affect them personally. He urged people to follow up on civic education to learn more about their rights and how the senate and parliament affect their ordinary lives.
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Julius Owino is a married man. His wife is called Vilda Owino, and they have the most interesting and romantic meeting story.
The Ghetto Radio Managing Director stated, during a radio session, that he met his wife on the streets of Nairobi. They were all attending to family issues where each was trying to send money.
Since Vilda was sending money to a sick relative, Maji Maji allowed her to go first. It is the confidence that she expressed during their first interaction that made Julius Owino interested. They exchanged numbers, and the rest is history.
Julius Owino likes to support the community, which is the primary premise under which Ghetto Radio was established. During his run to become the MCA of Embakasi Ward, Ghetto Radio highlighted some things he had achieved so far in the region.
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Through various programs, Julius had already helped many people in the grassroots go to school and get proper healthcare. Also, he put in great effort to support youth groups and small traders across the ward, among many more.
Julius Owino, popularly referred to as Maji Maji, has established great roots in the radio industry since he stopped releasing songs. However, many people aren't familiar with his whereabouts as he kept a low profile for a long time after ending his music career. Today, he is famous as a politician and businessman.
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