Rising from the ashes ­– Pambio Live

30 June 2021
Gospel artist Lydiah Maina shares her story.

Born-again Christian Lydiah Maina started singing at a tender age. The mother of one has since risen to become a minister of the gospel and a member of the praise and worship team at her local church in Eldoret, Destiny Calvary Church.

Maina’s journey was not easy. In fact, she describes her life as one of turmoil especially after her father lost his job. “I have lived on both sides of life. After our family lost everything, I had to move from a private school to a public one. My father fell into depression leaving my mother with no choice but to pick up the pieces and take care of us.”

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Later, her parents separated, and she struggled to afford her education. It took the help of the community and the local church to assist her complete her O Level.

After completing her fourth form, Maina could not go to university to allow her siblings to finish school. She got married and a year later had her first child. Soon thereafter her mother became ill and was confined to her bed for more than three years. Maina had to juggle between caring for a sick parent, a new baby, and a new marriage. It was during this time that she wrote the song ‘Nifunze’ but she didn’t have money to record it.


She then started selling secondhand clothes so that she could take care of her family's needs. During this time, she wrote ‘Imani’ and without much thought posted the audio on YouTube. It soon gained traction and attention from another artist who suggested they record a video of the song. And as they say, the rest is history.

Here’s how the audience reacted to her music:

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