we delve into Munene Onesmus; Kirinyaga Champ's journey, exploring the origins of his dual career, the challenges he has faced, and the impact of his work both as a police officer and an artist.

In this exclusive interview, we delve into Munene Onesmus; Kirinyaga Champ’s journey, exploring the origins of his dual career, the challenges he has faced, and the impact of his work both as a police officer and an artist. Join us as we uncover the story of a man who has become a beacon of positivity and change through his dedication and harmonious voice.  

Pachagazine: Can you tell us a little about your background and how you decided to join the police force?

Onesmus I am the firstborn in a family of three siblings. I was born and raised in Kerugoya, Kirinyaga County. Joining the police force has always been a passion of mine since I was young. Each time I’d watch the men in uniform march with pride during public holidays, I dreamed of being in their position. And here I am, living my dream.

Pachagazine: What inspired you to pursue music alongside your career in law enforcement?

Onesmus Music is a gift from God, and it came before the uniform. I realized I could write music back in 2013 when I would wake up with tunes ringing in my mind. I approached my mum about it, and she encouraged me. She is one of the reasons I am where I am musically. In 2016, my career in law enforcement met my artistic side, and it has been an amazing combination. Who doesn’t love to see men in uniform, right? Haha.

Pachagazine: How do you balance the demands of being a police officer with your passion for music?

Onesmus Passion and determination drive my success. Music and being in uniform are my two passions, so doing them daily is my dream. I work for six hours a day, which leaves me plenty of time to focus on my music and personal life. If I have a show to perform, my boss supports me. God’s favor plays a significant role in helping me balance both demands.

Pachagazine: What genres of music do you primarily focus on, and who are your musical influences?

Onesmus I primarily focus on Kapuka, but I’m a versatile artist and have explored almost every genre of music. My musical influences are Nyashinski and Rick Ross.

Pachagazine: Can you share the story behind your stage name, “Kirinyaga Champ”?

Onesmus Haha, I love this question. I’ve changed my stage name three times. When I first stepped into a recording studio in 2015, I was “The Uptown Kid.” My day one fans know me by that name. In 2018, I changed it to “The Kirinyaga Kid” to honor my hometown, Kerugoya. Finally, in 2020, my manager Essy suggested “The Kirinyaga Champ,” and it stuck.

Pachagazine: What themes or messages do you aim to convey through your music?

Onesmus My music is all about motivating, inspiring, and focusing on Great Vibes Only. Life is challenging, and everyone is going through something. My music aims to touch and lift spirits. I want to be a living legacy.

Pachagazine: How has your music been received by your colleagues in the police force and the wider community?

Onesmus Positively. The love out there is real. My fans recognize me more in uniform than in civilian clothes, which is a great way to camouflage and have some me-time, haha. It shows the impact of the uniform.

Pachagazine: What challenges have you faced in pursuing a dual career in law enforcement and music?

Onesmus As an artist, you interact with many different people, and being in uniform adds more responsibilities. Discipline is key, and it’s challenging to make fans understand the limitations of my role in uniform.

Pachagazine: What has been your most rewarding experience as a musician?

Onesmus After nine years in music, I became an award-winning artist this year as the Best Music and Performing Arts Creator. It’s a milestone I’ve always dreamt of achieving, and I am proud of it.

Pachagazine: Have you received any recognition or awards for your contributions to music?

Onesmus Yes, I have.

Pachagazine: What are your future goals and aspirations in your music career?

Onesmus I want to be one of the best in the world and lift souls through my music. I aim to leave a positive impact on everyone who hears my name. I may not be the best to all, but I believe I am the best of all.

Pachagazine: Are there any upcoming projects or initiatives you’re excited about that you can share with us?

Onesmus Yes, I am planning to drop my first album soon, titled “THE MAD(E) IN LOVE ALBUM.” I have been working on it since September 2021. I am very optimistic about this project, and many more solo and collaborative projects will be dropping soon.

Pachagazine: How do you stay motivated and inspired in both of your roles?

Onesmus Day-to-day growth and impact motivate me. In my line of duty, a “thank you” from clients motivates me to do better. In my musical path, increasing numbers and positive feedback inspire me to go harder on the mic.

Pachagazine: Looking back on your journey, is there anything you would have done differently?

Onesmus Haha, yes. I would have put more effort into my studies. If my current grade is doing wonders, imagine what a higher grade could have achieved.

Pachagazine: What legacy do you hope to leave behind through your work and music?

Onesmus No man is limited. You can achieve anything you wish for with faith and determination.

Pachagazine: How do you envision the future of community policing and the role of cultural activities like music in it?

Onesmus I believe we will solve many societal problems. Music can unite people and bridge the gap between civilians and law enforcement. It’s not just about force; music can also unite people.

Pachagazine: What advice would you give to young people who aspire to follow a similar path in balancing multiple passions?

Onesmus Let passion drive you, not money, fame, or material gain. Focus on long-term goals and always keep God first. With faith and determination, nothing is impossible.

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