Avril biography: age, real name, relationship, career, net worth, education

Avril, whose real name is Judith Nyambura Mwangi, is a Kenyan singer, songwriter, and actress known for her contributions to the Kenyan music industry. Born on April 30, 1986, in Nairobi, Kenya, Avril gained prominence in the mid-2000s and has since become a well-known figure in East African music. Her musical journey began with her captivating vocals and a knack for writing songs. Avril rose to fame with her debut single “Mama” in 2009, which resonated with audiences and showcased her vocal prowess and songwriting skills. She was part of the Ogopa DJs record label where she produced some of her best songs like ‘Kitu Kimoja’, “Chokoza,” and ‘Hakuna Yule’. Avril has also appeared in films such as Shuga and Sumu la Penzi.

Beyond music, Avril ventured into acting, showcasing her talent on screen in various TV series and films. Her versatility as an entertainer allowed her to explore different aspects of the entertainment industry, earning her recognition as both a singer and an actress.

Throughout her career, Avril has collaborated with several artists across East Africa, contributing her melodious voice to various musical projects and collaborations. Her ability to blend different genres and her captivating stage presence have made her performances memorable.

While she continues to evolve as an artist, Avril remains an influential figure in Kenyan music, admired for her musical talents, contributions to the entertainment industry, and her impact on East African pop culture. Her dedication to her craft and her versatility as a singer and actress continue to earn her acclaim and a devoted fan base in the region

  • Real name: Judith Nyambura Mwangi
  • Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
  • Birthday: 30 April 1986
  • Nationality: Kenyan
  • Star sign: Taurus
  • Birth place: Nakuru County
  • Height: N/A
  • Children: One child
  • Net Worth: $1 – $5 million

Avril’s schooling

Avril received her high school education at St. Joseph Girls Nsambya in Uganda between 2001 to 2005. In 2006, she joined the University of Nairobi where she graduated with a degree in product design from the school of arts and design.

Avril’s career

Most artists have a recollection of specific moments that led to a realisation of their talents but Avril cannot pinpoint anything specific.

She performed in school so for her it was almost a given that she’d get into the entertainment industry.

Avril’s career began in earnest when she was a second-year student on campus. Ogopa DJs finally landed her signature after their initial attempt failed.

She released her first song ‘Mama’ under the label in 2009. Her vocals which are easy to the ear endeared a lot of fans to her R&B music.

In the same year, Avril was featured in ‘Mtaani dot com’ a song done by Colonel Mustafa where she beautifully sang the chorus.

Still in ‘09, Avril was featured in the ‘Leo Remix’ song by Tanzanian singer A.Y. The song was produced by Hermy B, video done by Ogopa DJs and launched by MTV Base.

In 2010, Avril was featured on the hit ‘Chokoza’, an all-female collab with Marya. This song cautions men from thinking that women only go to clubs to look for sexual partners.

They are there because they want to have fun so next time you are in a club and see women, go slow on them.

In 2012, Avril released ‘Kitu Kimoja’, a song that celebrates the power of love. Poignantly, the song was shot at Swahili beach resort in Diani.

Then came ‘Hakuna Yule’(Missing You) in 2013 and it remains relevant. To all those whose loved ones are far away for whatever reasons, this is the song to listen to.

In 2013, Avril’s contract at Ogopa DJs ended, an occurrence she said was hard. The following year after that, she only released one song as she strategized her career.

In 2015, Kaka Empire took her under their wing but the label only provided her management services as she worked as an independent artist.

She released ‘Ninaweza’ featuring King Kaka, an encouraging song for everyone to believe in their abilities.

‘No stress’ also dropped in the same year and featured A.Y. This song has a different beat and feel to her other songs with a prominent fusion of beats, instrumentals and Avril’s voice.

It’s about a stress-free life and being at your happiest. In 2017, Avril released ‘Uko’, ‘Babiee’ amongst others.

In 2021, Avril released a new album ‘Spirit’ which carries 13 tracks. She worked with artists like Sauti Sol’s Savara, Khaligraph Jones, Python, and Mbithi.


Avril is also an actress. She made her debut with the role of Miss B in Shuga, a woman who believed in monogamous relationships. Avril also featured in Noose of Gold where she played Corrine, a drug criminal. You can catch Avril in Mali as Atiah, Sumu la Penzi as Eva, and Skandals Kibao as Karen.

Avril relationships

Like many public figures, Avril has maintained a level of privacy concerning her personal relationships, and specific details about her dating history might not have been widely disclosed or confirmed in the media.

Avril has chosen to keep her personal life relatively private, focusing more on her music, acting career, and other professional endeavors. While there might have been occasional rumors or speculations about her relationships, she has not publicly shared significant details or confirmed any specific romantic partnerships.

According to K24, there have been rumors linking Avril to Diamond Platnumz. However, Avril turned down the speculations saying that her relationship with Bongo Star was purely professional. Avril was featured in Diamond’s song Kesho as a video vixen.

Back in 2015, wedding bells rang for one Judith Nyambura Mwangi aka Avril. Avril Kenya’s South African boyfriend Tinashe Lesile Mugadza proposed to her but the wedding never happened.

That was the first time Avril opened up about her relationship. In 2018, there was another talk of a proposal but Avril never confirmed the rumours.

By this time, Avril had a baby but the baby daddy’s identity has never been revealed nor is she willing to make that public.

Still, in 2018, Avril was rumoured to be dating celebrated video director J Blessing, a claim both denied.

Is Avril married?

Judith Nyambura Mwangi alias Avril doesn’t have a husband. She was engaged to a South African man Tinashe Lesile Mugadza but their marriage never happened.

Avril’s Family

Avril keeps her life very private. Not much is known about Avril’s baby. She’s only shared photos of the back of her son and not even his name is known.

Avril’s controversy

Is Avril Kenya a lesbian?
Avril was forced to clear the air over nude photos that leaked online which raised suspicion over her sexuality. The photos showed two women, one of whom resembled the actress, making out.

The songstress denied being the woman in the photos and said that someone wanted her dropped from Ogopa DJs’ record label. She affirmed that she is a straight woman.

Avril Kenya without makeup
In 2020, Avril was accused of wearing too much makeup after she posted the results of her makeup routine. Well, that’s one side.

The other is that when she went barefaced, everyone talked about her acne whilst others celebrated her natural beauty.

Avril’s hairstyle has also come under scrutiny as she is known for covering her forehead.

Is Avril HIV positive?
In 2017, Avril went public with the results of her HIV status. I know you are itching to know what they were – all negative.

Some people didn’t understand the move as there was a lot of backlash behind her post but for her, it was a cool thing to do.

Don’t look up to me
Avril made it clear that she doesn’t want to be put on a pedestal and have people expect the world from her.

In an interview, she said she didn’t get into the industry to be your role model. She wants to live her life as she pleases and not have to explain anything to anyone so don’t look up to her.

Avril’s net worth

Avril Kenya’s net worth of approximately $1 – $5 million is made from her career as a singer, actress, and businesswoman.

Avril’s Car

In 2018, Avril was gifted a Ksh 3.5 million BMW Series 3 by video director J Blessing. She was also spotted with a Mercedez Benz in front of a double-storied house.

Awards & recognition

  • 2018: Nominated for Mdundo Awards in the Most Downloaded Afropop
  • 2015: Won Best Female Artist of the Year at the Pulse Music Video Awards
  • 2012: Won Best Female Artist at the Chaguo la Teeniz Awards
  • 2012: Won Best Boomba Artist at the Kisima Music Awards
  • 2011: Nominated for the Nzumari Awards in the Best Female Artist category
  • 2011: Nominated for the Pearl of Africa Music Awards in the Best Female Artist Category
  • 2011: Won Best Female Artist at the Teens Choice Awards
  • 2011: Won Most Promising Artist at the Golden Mic Awards
  • 2011: Won Best Female Artist at the Chaguo la Teeniz Awards
  • 2010: Won Best Female Artist at the Nzumari Awards
  • 2010: Nominated for the Museke Online Africa Music Awards in the Best Africa Collaboration category
  • 2010: Nominated for the Channel O’ Music Video Awards in the Most Gifted East Video Category

Social Media

Avril Kenya’s Instagram: @TheAvieWay 

Avril Kenya’s Twitter: @AvrilKenya 

Avril Kenya’s Facebook: Avril Kenya 

Avril Kenya’s YouTube: Avril Kenya


What is Avril Kenya’s net worth?

Avril Kenya’s net worth of approximately $1 – $5 million is made from her career as a singer, actress, and businesswoman.

Does Avril Kenya have kids?

Yes. Avril Kenya has a son whose name she has not revealed. She keeps her life as well as that of her son private.

How old is Avril from Kenya?

Born on 30 April 1986, Avril’s age is 36

Who is Avril’s baby daddy?

Avril is yet to reveal the identity of his baby daddy

Which tribe is Avril?

Avril comes from the Agikuyu tribe