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From spotlight to spiritual light: 7 Kenyan celebrities who found faith

While the entertainment industry is typically synonymous with hedonistic lifestyles, late-night parties, and relentless pursuit of stardom, these courageous celebrities chose a road less travelled, embracing Christianity and the transformative power it brings.

In an industry where image is everything and personal branding often takes precedence over personal beliefs, the stories of these celebrities are both remarkable and inspiring. They’ve demonstrated that it’s possible to enjoy immense popularity and success yet still seek a deeper, more meaningful connection with their faith.

Whether it’s through gospel music, public declarations of faith, or integrating spirituality into their everyday lives, these Kenyan stars have illuminated the path to redemption, showing fans that true fulfilment often lies beyond the bright lights and adoring crowds.

From former secular music sensations who’ve swapped chart-topping hits for heartfelt hymns to comedians whose punchlines now carry a message of hope and redemption, these celebrities have redefined what it means to be a star.

They have shown that the faith journey is deeply personal yet incredibly powerful, capable of resonating with millions. Let’s dive into the inspiring journeys of some of Kenya’s most notable personalities who have given their lives to Christ.


Brenda Jons

Brenda Jons

In September 2022, content creator and actress Brendah Jons, also known as Mama Kingstone, testified that she was a born-again Christian.

In a detailed Instagram post, Jons talked about her journey with God and how she has severally lost track.

She said the first time she got saved was 13 years ago, although she didn’t know what it meant to be born again. Having formerly been a member of the LGBTQ community, Jons decided to walk away.

“That time of my life was a phase that I had to go through and I went through it and I’m no longer in that phase,” Jons said.

Tracey Waithera. PHOTO | COURTESY

Tracey Waithera

In April 2024, the content creator revealed a newfound approach to her health and wellness journey. Opening up about her past struggles, Waithera acknowledged facing challenges such as depression, anxiety, and emotional eating.

“Here I was, thick, depressed, anxiety, Drinking to numb my inner child, who wanted healing due to the childhood traumas, Eating food emotionally, lack of boundaries, disrespect to self in different situations,” she confessed, sharing a series of photos from her past.

However, Waithera’s journey took a new turn as she committed to her faith, forging a deeper relationship with God and relinquishing burdens such as “Black Tax” – a term referring to financial obligations to support extended family members.

Embracing a newfound understanding of rest and reliance on God’s provision, Waithera emphasised the importance of self-care and breaking unhealthy cycles.

“I’m learning that being busy is not productive…I was suffering from insomnia,” Waithera shared. Her journey to self-discovery also involved confronting her past, including struggles with unforgiveness and emotional turmoil. Through her faith and newfound perspective, she found the strength to overcome obstacles and embrace a positive mindset.

Michelle Ntalami. PHOTO: COURTESY

Michelle Ntalami

Marini Naturals CEO Michelle Ntalami now says she is born again. Ntalami, through a social media post, says she encountered God nine months ago.

“I have done my fair share of publicity for myself, others and brands. But today, I do it for The Lord Jesus Christ.I have received the greatest gift one could ever have! On the 21st of August 2023, I had a life-changing encounter with God Himself. As an astute businesswoman, life was beautiful. However, behind the success lay a heart that was deeply wounded by different human experiences along the journey of my life. Being an empath, the hurt began to take a toll, ” Ntalami narrated.

“Last year, I hit rock bottom. One night in total surrender, I cried out to God questioning His existence. In an instant, I felt the most overpowering rush of love and light engulf me! A thunderous, beautiful voice called my name “Michelle” 3 times. He blinded me and threw me to the floor. In that moment, knew I was in the presence of the Lord! Then God said; ‘Yes I am real. Yes, I have seen your pain and I have been there through it all. Yes, I AM.’ Then, for about an hour, God showed me visions and spoke to me about so many things in my life. The depth of this entire conversation and experience cannot be put into words. I will share in time. Then God isolated and sanctified me, to this day. Hence my absence on Social Media.” Ntalami said she isn’t perfect, adding that walking with Christ is a journey she looks forward to.

TV personality Tracy Wanjiru
TV personality Tracy Wanjiru

Tracy Wanjiru

While talking about her struggles embracing motherhood in 2023, the TV host also opened up about her spiritual journey and how she took months off social media to commune with God and build a stronger relationship with Him. The mother of one shared with her followers that she was struggling with motherhood unpreparedness, and that’s why she chose to keep her child a secret. The media personality has been creating content around spirituality and giving tips on “how to navigate lifestyle challenges.”

Singer turned preacher SIze 8. PHOTO| COURTESY

Size 8

Once the reigning queen of Kenyan secular music, Size 8 (real name Linet Munyali) was known for her electrifying performances and catchy hits. But in 2013, she shocked fans by announcing she had been born again. Trading in her sultry image for a more demure demeanour, Size 8 began her new life as a gospel artist. Today, she’s not just a singer but a preacher, inspiring many with her sermons and songs that celebrate her faith journey.


In case you were wondering what happened to Amani, she got saved. Born Cecilia Wairimu, Amani was a celebrated name in the Kenyan music industry, with a string of hits and numerous awards under her belt. However, in 2018, the singer announced her decision to give her life to Christ, a move that left many fans in awe. Amani’s music now reflects her spiritual journey. She is dedicated to using her voice to uplift and inspire. Her transformation has added a soulful depth to her already impressive career.

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