Eric Wainaina Biography: Age, Wife, Career & Net Worth


Eric Wainaina (born 28 August 1973) is a Kenyan singer-songwriter. He launched his career with his debut album, Sawa Sawa, in 2001.

Eric Wainaina

Eric Wainaina Age

He was born on the 28th of August 1973 in Nairobi, Kenya. As of 2023, he is 50 years old and celebrates his birthday on August 28th every year.

Eric Wainaina Wife

On February 29, 2008, Wainaina wed Sheba Hirst, his five-year fiancée. They have two kids, Seben was born in April 2006, and Neo was born in October 2009.


Wainaina’s introduction to music came through the gospel a cappella ensemble Five Alive. Victor Seii, Bob Kioko, Chris Kamau, and David Mageria, who was later replaced by Joe Kiragu, made up Five Alive.

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They were influenced musically by Take 6 and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Five Alive, who ruled Kenya’s radios in 1995, released their debut album Five Alive in 1996 and even embarked on a European tour the same year.

Wainaina was inspired to pursue a professional music career by his time with the group. He played and made an appearance in the 1996 music video for the song “Get in the Driver’s Seat,” which was written by the UN Drug Control Program for a highly effective anti-drug campaign covering 20 countries.

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This not only prepared him for his eventual solo career but also encouraged him to become involved in the social activism and concern that permeates much of his songs.

After the band split up in 1997, Wainaina enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he eventually earned a music degree with a songwriting and record engineering emphasis. He received an honours degree.

Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $300,000 which he has earned as a singer and songwriter.


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