But that’s not all. She’s also beautiful and friendly with a wicked sense of humour. Her face is so spotless that I can’t resist asking about her beauty regime. She says it’s all natural. I’m jealous.
More than that, Sanaipei is sharp. She qualified to study Pharmacy at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) and even though she hasn’t yet completed the course, she is determined to go the distance.
Sanaipei burst onto the limelight with Kevin Waweru and Pamela Waithaka in 2004 when the trio were named Kenya’s Coca Cola Popstars – together they formed the group Sema. The group split up in 2005 with just one album to her credit.
According to Sanaipei, she left the group under the influence of a third party who plied her with money and gifts with the mention of disbanding the group.
As a result, Sanaipei went solo, recording songs like Kwaheri, Dhahabu, Najuta and Niokoe among others. She insists that the rumours about bad blood between herself and Pamela are false.
Sanaipei joined Kiss FM in 2006, after working with Eve D’Souza on Hits not Homework at Capital FM. She is on air from 10am to 3pm from Monday to Friday. Off air, she composes and writes her own music.” I always seek inspiration before writing a song,”says the young musician whose music has R&B and taarab influences.
“The songs I am compiling will one day make a beautiful album but I am in no hurry. I am very passionate about music so in the meantime I want to nurture young talent.”
She has performed alongside some of the country’s top artistes including Jua Cali, Nameless and Bigpin but her dream is to work with Sauti Sol, Beyonce and Eminem. That dream just may come true as she was once voted the hottest, sexiest, female artiste alive.
On the personal front, Sanaipei recently broke up with her long time boyfriend – meaning she is single but she makes it clear that she not ready to mingle. Not just yet.
“I am really sorry it had to come to this but now I have to move on,”
Sanaipei was born 25 years ago in Mombasa.The family moved to Matasia, in Ngong when she was a teenager. “Speaking my mind is something I learnt when I was young. My family is all about honesty and integrity.They are very supportive of me and I treasure them.” She has just one sibling, her elder brother Saimi. Naturally, they are very close. Together with mum Lucy and dad Manase, they are a tight knit family.
Sana – as she is known to family, friends and fans – speaks from the heart. She is well aware that press people can often quote celebrities out of context, and sometimes report outright falsehoods, but she was raised to tell it as it is.
“I don’t like it when the papers run false stories. People believe what they read and will judge you by what they believe. It used to bother me but these days, I don’t care.”