Henry Ohanga, commonly referred to by his stage name Octopizzo is an award winning, recording and performing artist, humanitarian and a budding entrepreneur. Born in the sprawling slums of Kibera, Nairobi (considered one of the largest slums in the world), his passion in music helped him move past his situation


Octopizzo currently has seven albums including “Refugeenius” which he collaborated with over 20 Refugees from Kakuma & Dadaab Refugee camps. He is globally recognized as an artist who has a strong passion for community outreach and youth empowerment.

His latest album Lamu Nights & Jungle Fever have both been Grammy considered for nominations.
He founded his not-for-profit the Octopizzo Foundation in 2015 which unites the ingredients of creativity, Art, Music, Culture and Sports to support vulnerable youths to realize their potential and be liberated from the cycle of desperation and dependency.


While his first love is music, he has a passion for philanthropy and has been involved in numerous humanitarian engagements, most notably with UNHCR through the “Artists for Refugees” and “Refugeenius” projects, which involve refugee and Kenyan youth in building their talents through music and the arts.

He has partnered with UNHCR to start a dynamic and powerful initiative – Artists for Refugees, which encompasses his love for music, the Arts and Culture with those of the refugees – it is through their shared love for Art that he has been able to raise the profile of refugee artists and talent in this country. He is indeed the first Kenyan artist to speak up on refugee matters consistently and in a timely fashion. He has been identified, both in 2014 and 2015 as one of the most influential personalities speaking on refugee matters on social media. In 2015, he ranked 16th globally as one of the top voices on refugee matters.
His work with United Nations, The American Embassy in Kenya and The British Council in Kenya has seen him attend most vital and global decision making forums on matters of youths and Arts.