Gloria Owendi (born 1 April 1980) popularly known as Gloria Muliro, is a Kenyan Gospel musician and songwriter. In 2005, she released her first studio album, titled Omwami Aletsa (The Lord is Coming). As of 2013, Muliro had four albums to her name, the most successful being Kibali (Mandate), which has the popular song “Sitolia” (I Won’t Cry) featuring Willy Paul. The album earned her six Groove Awards nominations. She went on to receive the female artist of the year award at the eighth Groove Awards, an event that was attended by President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta.
Early life and career
Muliro sang with her mother and her siblings together in Sunday school and school choir. At Maranatha Faith Assemblies, Rolland Esese and the late Stanely Mtambo introduced her to live band music and walked her through the training.
She attended Emanyinya Primary School and completed her primary education in 1995. The following year, she joined St Theresa Girls in Nairobi and undertook her high school education until 2001, when she sat her final exam.After successfully graduating from High School, she joined International Teachers Training College (TTC), Dagoretti for a two year teaching course. However, due to financial constraints, her results were held by the institution, forcing her to work as a house help in Nairobi’s Eastlands area in order to raise the fee arrears she had at the college. At her work place, she earned 1,300 shillings, but managed to diligently save and pay the pending arrears. Shortly after clearing with the college, she managed to get a teaching job at Maranatha academy. She worked there until 2010 when she quit and focused on her music fully.
Gloria started singing back in 1997 when she was in High School. In an interview with Nation, she divulged that she ventured into singing after she got saved. “…Way back in 1997, when I was in Form Two at St Theresa Girls I got saved and I used to sing a lot in Praise and Worship. I never thought that it would bring me this far. I joined several singing groups and it was through them that I gained more confidence in my singing,” she said.
She dropped her first song ‘Mwami Aletsa’ in 2005, and later dropped her debut album ‘Mwami Aletsa’ the same year. The album did well in Western Kenya as most vernacular stations played her songs which were mostly in her native Luhya language.
Despite her first album not performing very well, she did not give up. Gloria continued singing, with her major breakthrough coming in 2010 when she dropped her second album ‘Ombi Langu’ which had one of her biggest songs ‘Sitolia’ featuring Willy Paul.
Since then, she has been releasing hit after hit and has worked with several top artists including; Kambua, Size 8, Pitson, Ruth Matete among others.
Muliro first came into the limelight in 2005 when she recorded her first album, Omwami Aletsa (My God will surely come), which received massive airplay especially on local radio stations. She has three more albums to her name.
Several of her single tracks have hit the airwaves in Kenya and beyond East Africa, including “Sitolia”, “Follow you”, “Kando”, “Msaidizi”, “Matokeo”, “Kitanzi”, and “NdiyoYako”.
Muliro has received great recognition and has won several awards and nominations in Kenya and Africa, as best female artist.
She was a 2016 Kora Awards nominee in the category of inspirational music.
Parents and family
Gloria Muliro parents are David Omale (father) and Esther Muliro (mother).
Gloria Muliro was born in Vihiga County in Western Kenya to her parents David Omale and Esther Muliro. She is the fourth child among seven siblings.
Muliro began Gloria Ministries in 2001. The group is involved in helping children through Gloria Children’s Home.
In 2016, Muliro founded Msaidizi Africa Initiatives, a group which aims to provide mentorship for up-and-coming gospel musicians.
Gloria recently remarried many years after divorcing he former husband. Her new husband, Evans Sabwami, is a pastor, an engineer and a philanthropist. He is a Kenyan with US citizenship. Gloria relocated to New York to be with her husband.
Musician Gloria Muliro got married to pastor Evans Sabwami, a divorcee on October 24, 2021 in New York, USA. The man of God has three kids.
In February 2023, Gloria Muliro welcomed her first child.
Gloria Muliro has an estimated net worth of around $500, 000 – $1 million.
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