Kenyan musician Arrow Bwoy has revealed how he grew up in a family rocked by domestic violence.
Arrow Boy who was raised in Huruma, Nairobi, to a Ugandan mother and Kenyan father of Luhya descent, opened up to K24 Betty Kyalo on Up-Close with Betty Show where the singer shared how his parents often engaged in brawls.
“My mum and dad used to physically fight, a lot! Their fights were so bad, that other pupils in school would ridicule me, saying: Look, your father beats up your mother every day,” he said.
“Of course, living in such an environment affected my education and well-being.”
The musician, the last born in a family of three siblings recounted how one day he intervened when his parents were in a scuffle.
“I had just arrived home from school when I saw mum and dad fighting each other out in the open. I got so angry, but I did not have the physical strength to separate them. You know what I did? I picked up a very large stone, and when they had created a fairly big gap between them, I threw the stone in the space between them. The stone smashed against a wall, and they immediately stopped fighting. They, thereafter, looked at me, with each of them accusing me of wanting to hit him or her,” he said.
The Digi Digi hitmaker went on to advise couples to refrain from domestic violence.
“Marital problems or relationship wrangles cannot be solved through physical fights, never. I urge couples to sit down and amicably solve their differences without resorting to violence.”
The singer in the interview further revealed that his father had other women, who sired at least 21 children with.
Arrow Bwoy shared that he had a tough upbringing that saw him at a point drop out of secondary school to fend for himself.
He was first employed as an attendant at a butcher’s shop in Nairobi’s City Market in 2011, before venturing into music.