Kenyan Hip hop devotee Henry Ohanga commonly known as “Octopizzo” is solitary of a particular. Hearing his story will tone your jawbones in disbelieve, rising from insignificance to take over Kenyan showbiz to a divergent level.
Raised in Kibera, attended both primary and secondary school there as well and growing in such environment would in a way deter one from achieving much in life, but to one Octopizzo it was a challenge that gave him the opportunity to prove that theory wrong.
He’s a compassionate daddy and also the first-born in a family of four. He got into music way back after college, and toiled as a mechanic for survival. He was swayed by global performers such as Eminem and Jay Z and through his hard-work he won numerous Freestyle competitions around the Nation including: G Pange Hip Hop Challenge, Hip Hop Halisi Freestyle Challenge, and Usanii Kona Hip Hop Challenge.
It was then he was noticed by one of the Kenyan pioneer DJs, well known as DJ Pinye who equipped him to a universal thespian. DJ Pinye took the responsibility of paying the studio time and video production, and he also a times paid Octos’ house rent. Octopizzo embraced microphone call successfully and within a year he was up for the task and big money kicked.
It was Last year his Money, Lyrics and some of his video clips won him Controversy in Kenyan showbiz and grossed insinuation of being illuminati, but this did not prevent him from riding high and instead he became more popular. It’s from this he encourages, you stay true to yourself and never let what others say distract you from achieving your goals.
There were also rumors he has beef with Kenyan Hip hop artists but he defaulted the rumor saying that he’s too busy for such occurrence.
He been on stage global musicians such as Dead Prezz (U.S.A.), Snoop Dogg(USA),M.i (Nigeria)King Sani Ade(Nigeria) to name a few.
Octopizzo has recorded 3 mix-tapes: S.O.N. (Strugglers of Nairobi), Y.G.B. (Young Gifted and Black), and The White Shadow. In 2008 S.O.N. was the best-selling mixtape in Kenyan hip hop history.
Away from Showbiz, Octopizzo is the C.E.O of Chocolate City (Kibera) Tours and Chairman/Founder of the youth group Y.G.B. (Young, Gifted, and Black), a Community Based Organization. He has served as Youth Ambassador for Film Aid International working with refugees from different countries and provisions them creatively. He also owns a fashion line “YGB WEAR”
He has performed in many occasions such as: - Interpreting Hip Hop (Goethe Institute), International Hip Hop Summit, Grand National Peace Concerts, Global Development of Peaceful Environments. He has also performed in various universities, charity, and HIV Awareness concerts.
His has attained much after winning a number of deals in Kenya and like most of Kenyan big artists he too has performed in Cities like Dubai and Manchester. He’s also privileged to work closely with communities, empowering lives of the less fortunate.