Miss JoJo: ‘I’m happy to be a Muslim’

  • By Grace Mugoya
  • October 31, 2012

OVER four years ago, Josiane Uwineza made a decision that changed her life: she converted to Islam.

The singer, known by her stage name Miss Jojo insists the decision was not hasty; she had been studying the Islamic religion for long and as a woman, she believed Islam offered the strongest values of any faith.

But as soon as she converted, everything around her changed. Most of her fans received the news with a lot of skepticism- accusing her to have converted to impress her manager/lover.

Yet the singer, who changed her name from Josiane to Iman, insists that choosing Islam is the best thing she has ever done.

“I don’t regret a thing,” she says. “Despite all the negativity I have faced since converting to Islam, my entire life has changed for the better. I have dealt with each stressful situation calmly and peacefully. 

I have found a new inner strength from my religion,” said Miss JoJo, 28.

The “Siwezi enda” star said it was her decision to convert and that her boyfriend only played a supporting role.

“Honestly, my boyfriend never asked me to convert but people will always say what they want to say,” said Miss JoJo. “The most important thing I am concerned about is the way I feel about my decision but not what people say about it.”

Born in Bugesera, Eastern Province, Miss JoJo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the National University of Rwanda.

She is a famous R&B artiste and has won prestigious local and regional music awards including the 2007 National University of Rwanda Rector Excellence Award 2007 -Best Female Artist and, PAM Awards 2008-Best Rwandan Female Artiste, among others.

In the world of music genres, Miss JoJo is looking forward to developing a new genre that combines both international rhythms and Rwandan style to come up with a purely Rwandan rhythm and context.

After the launch of her latest album-‘Woman’ early this year, Miss JoJo is now working on a project to use her music in fighting drug abuse and encouraging the youth to abstain from activities that can ruin their future.

“I am currently working on a project to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse among young people- as well as encouraging the public to participate in the national development programmes,” said Miss JoJo.

Besides her musical career, the singer is involved in humanitarian causes.

Submit your comment

Please type the answer What is : 3 + 2