About My Name

Me at 2 yearsWambui [ Pronounced: WHAM BOO EE ], circa 1952 - Grandmother's house in Goldsboro, North Carolina

Wambui Bahati was not the name she was given at birth. Born as John Ann Washington, named after her father, Wambui navigated through life's many challenges and emerged stronger from her struggles with mental health. As she started to turn her life around, she felt reborn and desired a name that mirrored her transformation.

The name she chose, Wambui Bahati, is significant. In Swahili, 'Wambui' means 'singer of songs,' and 'Bahati' means 'my fortune is good.' Through her chosen name, Wambui Bahati beautifully encapsulates her journey and hopes for the future – a testament to her strength, resilience, and the joy she derives from her work as a performer and advocate for mental health and domestic violence.