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Kenyan DJ Poizon Ivy Named in Annual Forbes 30 Under 30

2019 has proven to be a great year for the first woman ever to DJ a National Basketball Association (NBA) all-star game, DJ Poizon Ivy.

This is after she was listed on December 3 in the annual edition of Forbes 30 Under 30 among the 2020 class of sports world’s brightest and youngest stars.

“I’m just here to make my mama and Kenya proud,” she captioned a photo of herself in celebration of the nod by Forbes while proudly donning a Dallas Mavericks jersey.

Also in the list; Seattle Seahawks line-backer Bobby Wagner, Ryan Bishara -Los Angeles football club VP of business and data strategy, Julie Blanc –Director of Corporate Development Drone Racing League and Team USA figure skater Nathan Chen among others.

Born in Kenya before relocating to the US at the age of nine, Poizon Ivy -real name Ivy Awino, started deejaying at the age of 19 while in university.

Poizon Ivy [Photo: Instagram @poizonivythedj]

She started out with the Mark Cuban owned professional basketball team as a ball kid before her love for music jumpstarted her stellar career at the Dallas based franchise to it’s official in-arena deejay.

“After I relocated to Dallas after college, I started working with the WNBA team and a friend advised that I ‘shoot my shot’ with the Mavs, who at the time had the position filled. A few months after my inquiry, the position became available and I got the call,” she told the Daily Nation.

In October 2019, the deejay walked away with the best DJ in East Africa award at the Afrika Muzik Magazine Awards held in Texas, USA.

An addition to her 2017 Emmy for her Faith and Fate biography courtesy of Fox journalist, Heather Hays.

“So Heather could not make it for the Emmy award show but she sent someone to pick the trophy. When I got the news I was overwhelmed. We later went for dinner to celebrate and she came with the trophy and I could t believe it. An Emmy trophy with my name,” she said at the time.


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