MembersThe Most Famous Israeli in Africa

Gilad Milo is without question the most popular Israeli in Kenya, and increasingly so in Tanzania, Uganda and neighboring Rwanda.

By Yossi Aloni |
Photo: Gilad Milo

Milo went to Africa 13 years ago to serve as deputy ambassador at the Israel Embassy in Nairobi. He has since become one of the top pop stars in Kenya and across the continent.

 

Milo, 45, has diplomacy in his blood. He is the son of former Israeli Ambassador Yehuda Milo, considered the architect of relations with Turkey. Like father like son. Gilad is also effectively promoting Israel, just in a different way.

 

Last year, a song he wrote and performed with Wendy Kimani, runner-up in East Africa’s largest televised singing competition in 2013, climbed to the top of the charts in Kenya and stayed there for seven weeks. The song was among the most played in East Africa for most of the year. Another tune telling the story of a wounded Kenyan soldier has been adopted as the military’s unofficial anthem.

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