Kenya’s music sensation Nyashinski, in an unprecedented move, has changed his official name.
The ‘Malaika’ singer, formerly known as Inyatta Nyamari Ongegu, now wishes to only be referred to as Nyamari Ongegu. Nyashinski made the announcement in a public gazette notice issued on November 1, having applied for a Deed Poll in April.
“Notice is given that by a deed poll dated the 10th April 2019 duly executed and registered in the registry of Documents at Nairobi.
“Formerly known as Inyatta Nyamari Ongegu formally and absolutely renounced and abandoned the use of his former name Inyatta Nyamari Ongegu, and in lieu thereof assumed and adopted the name Nyamari Ongegu, for all purposes and authorizes and requests all persons at all times to designate, describe and address him by his assumed name Nyamari Ongegu only,” the notice reads.
The former Kleptomaniax rap group member has however remained silent over the move.
This has led to speculation that the decision might have something to do with his recent traditional wedding ceremony with his longtime girlfriend Zippy Jepkemei Bett.
Whatever the case, if I was called Inyatta I would want to drop it too. No shade!
APPLYING FOR NAME CHANGE IN KENYA
According to Kenyan law, one must be at least 16 years of age in order to legally change his/her name. This is done by filling a Deed Poll at the Registrar Generals Department.
With a deed poll, an applicant can change their forenames and/or surname, add names, remove names or rearrange the existing names.
A person can change their name at any time and for any reason provided it is not to deceive or defraud or to avoid an obligation. A fee of Sh 500 is charged for the deed poll.
After the name change has been effected via a Gazette notice, an applicant can reflect the change in their identity card for a fee of Sh1000.
Prominent Kenyans who have changed their names include Governors Ferdinand Waititu and Mike Sonko.