My career, my life and my love with Jua Cali
In the early 2000s, all other radio or TV songs were by Jua Cali.
There was Bidii Yangu in 2006, and Kiasi the same year. And in 2008, there was his hit Kwa Heri, where he featured RnB sensation, Sanaipei Tande. And these are just some of the most popular tracks he has released.
The hip-hop artist, born Paul Julius Nunda, is undoubtedly a legend in the Kenyan music scene.
When his wife, Lily Asigo talks about him, she blushes slightly. It is clear that she is still in love over 10 years into their relationship.
“His Instagram bio says ‘Proud Husband,'” she says.
“I feel like I’ve opened it up since I came into his life. And of course he did the same for me.
“We’ve been together for over 10 years and been through a lot.”
But before diving into her role as the legendary rapper’s life partner and wife, Asigo talks about her own passions and projects.
She has a weakness for the arts. Since primary school, she has been an actress, and in secondary school, she frequently participates in theater festivals.
Although she studied hospitality in college, Asigo’s career took a different path.
She transitioned completely into television, having starred in two Kenyan productions, the 2010 series Higher Learning and Noose of Gold around the same time.
Now she’s the executive producer of her own YouTube show; Fix it Safari with Lily Asigo.
“’Fix It Safari’ is a show where we let you tell your story and walk you through the healing process. So far it has changed me as a person because you find guests who have been through something similar to what you have been through,” Asigo says, adding, “I have cried with guests, I I had to go to therapy to better understand my guests.
She says she is passionate about the project, adding that it is a huge responsibility to hear people’s life stories and get them out to the world.
“It’s so expensive for me, and I take it seriously. I don’t want to mess with people’s lives or stories. We are literally holding your hand. We have professionals on board for the different needs of our customers It’ll be on YouTube, we’ve been shooting en masse since January.
Asigo is also an investor in the beauty industry, having founded an eponymous line of beauty products in December 2018.
She looks back on her school days with amusement, remembering that her love for beauty was evident even back then.
“When I was in elementary school, I shaved my eyebrows and drew them. Even in high school, I used makeup. One day, my biology teacher asked me if I was allowed to “paint” my face,” she says.
But aside from her various business and professional interests, Asigo is a mother of three children.
She describes herself as a fantastic and blessed mother.
“I love my boy Evans and my two daughters Doreen and Abby,” she says.
And before she was all that, Asigo was also a Jua Cali fan, just like the rest of us. In fact, she says it started that way and continued the same way, because she’s still her biggest fan.
“I’m always up front cheering him on. In fact, he says he gauges the mood of the crowd based on my reactions. If I’m excited, he knows it’s a great performance,” she said.
But it hasn’t always been easy – she says she wouldn’t want to paint a picture of roses as the couple, like any other, have been through ups and downs.
“Already, marriage has its tribulations, but it’s worse when you’re with a celebrity,” she says, adding, “It’s not easy to date a celebrity because you can’t do what you do. normal couples. It comes with the territory, so I understand.
Dealing with women who openly express their love for her husband is a skill she must have learned over the years.
Before she angrily confronts women, reminding them that Jua Cali is married, but nowadays she retreats from worry and anger and turns to prayer instead.
“I used to do that until I realized I’m not happy because my life revolves around my husband; what do people say to him? What is he doing?” Asigo said.
“I got to a point where I decided to focus on what I loved and my career. Then anything about my husband, I fight my battles on my knees.
The actress and entrepreneur says she prioritizes making her home a safe space, providing peace and comfort for her husband when he needs it.
When the lovebirds met, Asigo was working in a boutique while Jua Cali worked late nights at concerts.
“I would be night shifts and he would perform better – so my son was raised by so many domestic helpers, just because we were busy pursuing careers. I finally decided to quit to take care of our children” , she said, adding that her husband was supportive of her decisions and plans.
“He is very supportive. That’s why I don’t mind sitting down sometimes and letting him take the lead,” she says.