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Ringtone Apoko defends flashy lifestyle, credits fans for financial support

Gospel singer, Ringtone Apoko, has defended his opulent lifestyle and the source of the funds he uses to buy the luxurious houses and cars he frequently displays on social media.

In an interview with NTV, Apoko attributed his wealth to the support of his fans and credited them for his success in the industry.

“I am one of the most popular artistes in Kenya. My music is streamed everywhere and I have touched many lives. When I go live on social media, I get money from people who have been inspired by my music journey,” he explained.

When asked about the most significant amount he has received, Apoko mentioned a woman who was deeply inspired by his popular song ‘Pamella’.

“My wealth is the hand of God. I receive large sums of money from random people. For example, a female fan once sent me $10,000 (Sh1.3m). I didn’t follow up with her. Her name is Pamela and she said she was inspired by my song ‘Pamella’. She currently lives in the United States. Many others send me money as well,” he shared.

Speaking on the challenges in the music industry, Ringtone emphasised that everyone has a unique calling.

“Our biggest challenge is not understanding our calling. The first step is to discover who you are because we are all created differently and meant to serve a specific purpose,” he said.

Ringtone also recounted numerous instances of rejection throughout his career.

“When I started in music, I faced a lot of rejection from the gatekeepers of the industry, especially the Groove Awards cartel. Growing up on the streets gave me a different character that didn’t fit the mould of a traditional gospel musician. I was too loud and that’s why a lot of gospel musicians didn’t like me and rejected me.

He said he decided to become a motivational speaker.

“I had nothing to sustain me except my story of being a street kid with no parents. I told how I overcame that and visited high schools and colleges to inspire students, but also to escape the depression caused by industry rejection. There were favourites and I was not one of them. That rejection pushed me towards the purpose God had for me. How many people have I inspired? I think it’s millions. If I focus on one person, I am not fulfilling my purpose. I have been to schools all over Kenya and touched many lives. Out of ten people, eight will say that Ringtone came to their school and inspired them.”

Looking to the future, Apoko shared his aspirations:

“I believe I have served my purpose even if I were to die today. I dream bigger and want to make Africa my springboard. You can easily conquer Africa by working with Gen Z. In two years, I will be the biggest gospel artist in Africa.”

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