John Ongoa Matara: Biography, Age, Arrest, Murder case, and Net worth

John Ongoa Matara
John Ongoa Matara

John Ongoa Matara came into the limelight after he was linked to the brutal murder of Pastor Victor Kanyari’s younger sister, Starlet Wahu.  The 24-year-old lady was reportedly killed at an Airbnb in Nairobi’s South B on 3 January 2024. His alleged killer, John Matara, was later arrested at Mbagathi Hospital while receiving treatment for a leg injury.

John Ongoa Matara was a reggae artist going by the moniker Rebellious Monk. His notable songs include Time Has Proven, Look And You Shook, and System Dropout. He has also told the police he was a graphic designer.

Summary about John Ongoa Matara’s biography

  • Full name:  John Ongoa Matara
  • Age: 34
  • Date of birth: 1990
  • School:  Kisii High School, Butere Boys
  • Tribe: Kisii
  • Nationality: Kenyan
  • Profession: Former reggae artist
  • Net worth: $1 milion

John Ongoa Matara biography

John was born in Kisii County in 1990. The alleged killer of Kenyan socialite Starlet Wahu is 30 years old as of 2024. Details about  John Ongoa Matara’s parents and siblings are currently unavailable.

John Ongoa Matara’s education

He attended Kisii High School before moving to Butere Boys after he was expelled from the school in 2005 for engaging in fights with fellow students and teachers. However, his education at Butere Boys was cut short after he was again expelled from the institution in 2007.

John Ongoa Matara arrest

CCTV footage showing Starlet and John Matara at an Airbnb apartment where she is believed to have been murdered

Matara was recently arrested at Mbagathi Hospital together with his friend Anthony Nyongesa after being linked to the brutal murder of a socialite, Starlet Wahu, younger sister of city evangelist pastor Victor Kanyari.

Her body was discovered on 4 January 2024 in the morning on the fourth floor of an Airbnb in Nairobi’s South B. The owner of a building used a spare key to unlock the house, which had been locked from the outside, only to stumble on the lifeless body of Starlet Wahu.

Detectives found her body soaked in blood and had multiple bruises and a stab wound on the head near the left ear. There was also a deep cut on the right thigh and a human bite on the left arm.

Postmortem results showed pastor Victor Kanyari’s younger sister died as a result of haemorrhage,  the loss of blood from a damaged blood vessel.

Matara had reportedly fled the scene on Thursday morning wearing blood-stained clothes. After his arrest, he told the police that the deceased had attacked him, resulting in a fight that turned fatal.

Items found at the murder scene

Detectives recovered various items from the room, including a Samsung phone, HIV testing kits, a used condom, bhang, and a bottle of alcohol. They also discovered a blood-stained kitchen knife believed to have been used to kill the victim.

Broken glasses and splattered blood throughout the room suggested there was a fierce struggle in the room before Starlet Wahu met her death.

Why did John Ongoa Matara kill Starlet Wahu?

The motive of the murder is under probe. However, he is believed to be a serial killer who preys on young ladies through dating apps. Wahu was buried on 6 January 2024 at her parents’ home in Kamulu, Nairobi.

Where is John Ongoa Matara now?

The suspect is being held at the Industrial Area Police Station. The court has allowed the police to hold him for 21 days pending further investigation.

John Ongoa Matara net worth

His net worth is estimated at $1 million. He has mainly earned his wealth from extorting money from his female victims.


John Ongoa Matara is the main suspect in the murder of a 24-year-old Kenyan socialite, Starlet Wahu.  The victim was reportedly stabbed to death by John on 3 January 2024 in South B’ Airbnb. The suspect is currently being held at the Industrial Area Police Station.

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