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Rising stars: Alvina Gachungu's big break as she represents Kenya in Nigeria

By Caroline Nyanga | Monday, Mar 7th 2016 at 15:02
Alvin Gachungu            Photo:Courtesy

Kenya’s actress cum queen of auditions Alvina Gachungu 23, is set to leave for Nigerian where she will be representing Kenya. She describes this as a  big break

Q: Who is Alvina?

My real names are Alvina Gachugu also known as femme fatale who bares ambition as her middle name. I am a woman of many faces – a never - say die actress, singer, songwriter, presenter, voice over artist, emcee and single mother of one

Q: What does representing Kenya in Nigeria mean to you?

I see it as a big break in both my acting and music career. It’s true that I have had to put in a lot of effort to reach where I am today. Thanks to my never say die attitude.

Q: Tell us about your latest song Doradora and what makes it different?

Doradora is a native Kikuyu language meaning Look at me. It is a self empowerment song – dedicated to dreamers who work hard and see their dreams materializing before their eyes – step by step. No matter their past failures in various aspects of life… until those challenges say: If you can’t beat them – join them..

Q: What of its video?

Its video officially released in February this year – mainly in Youtube where it has managed to garner more than 100,000 likes. Its beautiful launch was however, at club Tribeka. 

Q: You are one person who has been through nearly all Kenyan auditions and it appears there is no stopping you soon?

Thanks to my never say die personality, my role models Tyra Banks and Ellen, my mother who supported me all through – not to mention my adorable son Doremy whose name stems from my love for music (notes). 

Q: What are you up to at the moment?

I am thinking of starting my own show, titled “The Audition(s)” considering the numerous musical and acting auditions I have been through in vain… but still not willing to give up.  


Q: Let us in more on the auditions?

My first audition aimed at joining the school choir in 2008 was rejected but despite this I never gave up. A year later I tried again in vain…. and that is when I decided to form my own choir dubbed The French Choir which performed during major French days and got tremendous support from fans.

During the time I also sang two solo songs during drama festivals which tuned out huge. Thanks to my dance trainer Patrick Ngere who believed in me and offered me the opportunity. 

Q:  What of your television appearances?

My first screen appearance was in 2011 as a “choir director” for Mitaani choir on Kiss TV due to my guitar skills and vocals that I studied at Kamata Music School.

As the group’s director our renditions of popular songs saw us win the sum of Sh1 million. We also shot a video Amani Nchini found on YouTube.

Q: Tell us about your experience with Hapa Kule show?

I joined the show in June 2015.  My roles are diverse depending on the content of the script. For instance I have played the role of a mad woman to a reporter besides featuring in throw back times just to name a few.

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