Brian Ouko Omollo (born 12 June 1990) popularly known by his stage name Khaligraph Jones and often referred to as Papa Jones, is a Kenyan rapper known for his hit singles “Mazishi” and “Yego”. He released his debut full-length studio album Testimony 1990 in June 2018.
Early Life and Career
Jones was born and raised in Kayole, a neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya.
His mother gave him the name Ouko Robert in honor of the late Kenyan politician Dr. Robert Ouko, who was assassinated on 13 February 1990.
Khaligraph started his musical career while still in elementary school. He officially began his career in 2008 at a function called “Words And Pictures.”
He won Channel O Music Video Awards Emcee Africa in 2009, a highly visible competition that catapulted him to international acclaim almost instantly.
In June 2018, he released his debut full-length studio album dubbed “Testimony 1990”.
He was crowned “Best Rap Act of the Year” at the fifth Annual African Muzik Magazine Awards 2018 (Afrimma) held at House of Blues in Dallas, Texas in 2018.
He was named the best Hip Hop act at the Soundcity MVP Awards in January 2020. The ceremony took place at the Eko Convention Center in Lagos, Nigeria.
In 2020 he was nominated for the BET Awards. His nomination was for the Best International Flow category. He was up against South Africa’s Nasty C, Brazil’s DJonga, Ivorian Kaaris and eventual winner, grime rapper Stormzy from the UK. In May 2021 he was named the East African Rapper of the Year at MTN Uganda.
In 2021, Khaligraph partnered with Odibets, a sports betting company under their Odimtaani initiative to launch the ‘OdiNare’ rap challenge.
In January 2020, Papa Jones won the best Hip Hop act at Sound City MVP Awards that were held at Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.
In October, 2018, the Yego hit-maker was crowned Best Rap Act of the Year at the fifth edition of the Annual African Muzik Magazine Awards 2018 (Afrimma) that was held at House of Blues in Dallas, Texas.
In 2020, The Blue Ink CEO earned his first BET Hip Hop Awards Nomination in the Best International Flow category, unfortunately he lost the Award to UK’s Stormzy.
Parents and Family
He is the 4th out of seven siblings and very close to his to his mother. His mother named him Ouko Robert, after the late Kenyan politician Dr. Robert John Ouko who was assassinated on the 13th of February 1990.
Wife and Children
Khaligraph Jones is currently married to his lovely wife, Georgina Muteti and together they have two kids.
Khaligraph Jones’ daughter’s name is Amina Jones Ouko.
Khaligraph Jones’ net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $800, 000 – $3 million.
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