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Single Mom Superstars: 9 Celebs Who Defied Odds from Barrack Obama to Babu Owino

Single Mom Superstars: 9 Celebs Who Defied Odds from Barrack Obama to Babu Owino

Featuring a lineup ranging from Jeff Koinange to Mike Mondo, discover nine accomplished celebrities who were brought up by single mothers.

Several famous individuals lead luxurious lives, yet not all of them were born into such affluent backgrounds. Beyond the extravagant lifestyle and allure, numerous celebrities experienced difficult childhoods that might be unexpected for their followers.


Brought up by lone guardians, these famous individuals faced diverse challenges during their early years. Some went through the ordeal of their parents divorcing, while others endured the loss of their parents during their formative years. In certain instances, parents deserted their households, forcing these celebrities to maneuver through life without the support of one or both parents.

Here are a few famous individuals whose upbringing you might not be aware of – they were raised by single mothers.

Maina Kageni

Classic 105 Radio Presenter Maina Kageni

Maina Kageni, a well-known host on Classic 105, is considered one of Kenya’s most in-demand and well-compensated radio presenters.

Maina Kageni, the youngest among three siblings, was brought up by a single mother after his father’s untimely demise during his early childhood.

Jeff Koinange

Citizen TV Journalist Jeff Koinange

Jeff Koinange, the news anchor at Citizen TV, was brought up by a single mother after losing his father at the tender age of two.

Reflecting on his father’s death in a previous interview, Jeff expressed his sentiments, stating, “I don’t regret anything. I’m glad he wasn’t there in a way.”

He elaborated on the idea that if his father had been present during their upbringing, it could have resulted in them growing up as pampered individuals. He expressed gratitude that they did not turn out that way.

Babu Owino

Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino

Despite achieving success, Paul Ongili, also known as Babu Owino, who serves as the Member of Parliament for Embakasi East and formerly led the University of Nairobi student body, was brought up by his mother as a single parent.

Babu consistently conveys appreciation for his mother, who independently brought up him and his siblings in the Nyalenda slum of Kisumu.

Her ability to sustain and educate them hinged entirely on the earnings she derived from vending illegal beverages.

Mike Mondo

Classic 105 FM radio presenter Mike Mondo

Classic 105 radio host Mike Mondo revealed that he was brought up by four mothers after his father passed away when he was only 13 years old.

Mondo commended his mother as a strong and resilient woman who, on her own, raised four boys following the passing of their father.

He described the difficulties his mother encountered, highlighting her need to rejoin the workforce to provide for her family and ensure that each of her children could pursue education through university.

Rashid Abdala

Citizen TV News anchor Rashid Abdalla

In a past celebration of his own birthday, Rashid posted a nostalgic photograph showcasing himself alongside his mother.

He conveyed his appreciation to her for independently nurturing him after his father passed away many years ago.

“Thank you, my mother, for everything. I understand it hasn’t been easy for you to care for me alone after Dad’s passing, but you did your best,” Rashid wrote.

James Mwangi

Equity Bank executive chairperson James Mwangi

James Mwangi, the Chief Executive Officer of Equity Bank, originates from Kangema in Murang’a County, where he was both born and brought up.

In the midst of Kenya’s quest for independence, James’s father sadly became a casualty. The responsibility of raising James and his siblings alone fell upon his mother, Grace Wairimu Mwangi, who dedicated herself tirelessly to the task. Unfortunately, she is no longer alive.

Rue Baby

Akothee’s 2nd born daughter Rue Baby

Rue Baby, a model and the second of singer Akothee’s five children, admires her mother as the embodiment of resilience in the journey of single parenthood.

Rue consistently underscores that her mother, Akothee, has fearlessly faced numerous obstacles to ensure a dignified life for her offspring.

Diamond Platnumz

Award-winning Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz

Diamond Platnumz is not only renowned in Tanzania but is also celebrated throughout the continent of Africa.

Sandra Dangote gave birth to Diamond, who has successfully carved a niche for himself as both an artist and entrepreneur, overcoming the challenges of being raised by a single mother.

He has worked alongside global musicians like Neyo, Morgan Heritage, and Omarion.

Barack Obama

Former American President Barack Obama

Before he assumed residence in the White House, Barack Obama grew up in a single-parent household.

Born to Ann Dunham from Kansas and Barack Obama Senior from Kenya, his parents first met during a Russian language class in the 1960s while his father was an exchange student.

Their marriage occurred six months before their son’s birth. However, Obama’s parents eventually divorced, and his father returned to Kenya.

Single Mom Superstars: 9 Celebs Who Defied Odds from Barrack Obama to Babu Owino