Octopizzo whose real name is Henry Ohanga, he is a hip hop artist and a youth activist from Kibera. He is the founder of Octopizzo Foundation, founder of Refugee Art programmee dubbed “Artist for Refugee” with UNHRC , Ambassador for Awareness on violence against women and girls and also an actor.
He did a computer course in Mombasa but later moved to Nairobi where he took a course of an electrician, he worked in a juakali based garage for 3yrs before join music fulltime.
He did a course of an electrician
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Student at St. Mary’s Changamwe College in Mombasa, Basic computer soft studies
Secondary school student at Kibera Glory Secondary School.
Primary School student at Mashimoni primary school.
At a very young age Octopizzo was first and foremost shaped by his life in Kibera, but was musically influenced by artists such as Jay Z,Nas,Biggie,Pac and many more.
He has perfomed in amajor events all across the world; Shambala Festival in UK, Spoken World In Berlin,Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar,Kenyan Night in Dubai,Reepabhan festival Hamburg,Coca cola world cup tour,Safaricom Live just to mention a few
He has recorded 3 mix-tapes: S.O.N. (Strugglers of Nairobi)2008, Y.G.B. (Young Gifted and Black)2009, and The White Shadow 2010. In 2008 S.O.N. was the best selling mixtape in Kenyan hip hop history. He has 2 studio albums Chocolate City and LDPC all available on iTunes,Amazon,Google Play,Spotify and Deezer.
Apart from music, he is also the C.E.O of Chocolate City (Kibera) Tours and Founder and Exucutive Director at Octopizzo Foundation:OF believes in untying young people from the shackles of desperation through the uniting ingredients of Creativity, Art, Music and Sports.
We all know that humanity has no boundaries; that being born poor or becoming poor does not make one less human. Though man has drawn lines that seem to separate us by race, nationality or social class, fundamentally we are all the same. People marginalized in slums and refugee camps have aspirations too.
OF aspires to give wings to young people who exist on the margins of society. We support them to recognize the richness that resides in them, and then nurture their transformation towards realizing their potential. more on Octopizzo.org website
Octopizzo as an Actor
Octopizzo was an actor for Shuga season 2 on MTV.
He was also chosen to participate on Guiness MADE OF BLACK campaign(Advert).
octo was also nominated as BEST Male Artist of the year during the 2012 Coastal Nzumari Awards, which he Won, and Best Hip hop artist 2015 which he also won.
Octopizzo does alot of work with communities helping to impact the lives of less fortunate.
His 2nd Album LDPC is now doing Great on iTunes and other online selling platforms.
- Something for You
- Ivo Ivo
- Jump PYDU
- Could Be Us
- Salute Me
- Vile Inafaa
- Heart of Lion
- Biz ni Biz
- They Love It
- Voices of Kibera
- Bila Mic Remix
- Black Star
- Bila Mic
- Twende Butere
- All Black Everything
- On Top
- Tony Montana
- Let Me Know
- Who Knew
Octo was also nominated as BEST Male Artist of the year during the 2012 Coastal Nzumari Awards, which he Won.
Octopizzo – Deals
Octopizzo also has a number of major deals in Kenya from Coca Cola, Safaricom, Sprite and Nescafe. He has also performed outside Kenya in Cities like Dubai and Manchester. Last but not least, Octopizzo does alot of work with communities helping to impact the lives of the less fortunate. Project such as the art center at Kakuma refuge camp, Power Womens’ Group for supporting women with HIV in Kibera and Youth Gifted & Black that deals with Youth empowerment programmes are some of the projects he is very passionate about.
He is the first-born in a family of four and is also a proud Daddy to two Lovely daughters Tracy and Zara
Phone: 0722 624 226