by Helvine Achieng
March 9, 2021

Ivy Awino, popularly known as Poizon Ivy, prides herself as the first female DJ for the Dallas Mavericks and the first woman to DJ an NBA All-Star game.

Born in Nairobi, Poizon Ivy moved to Dallas when she was nine years old. This was back in 1999, late December. Poizon Ivy spoke to Standard about her journey, working in the NBA, and more. Talking about who she is, Ivy stated that,

“Ivy is a mother, daughter, sister, cousin and lover of music, while Poison Ivy is a performer, an ambassador and more passionate. My childhood was amazing. I was born and raised in Kenya. I grew up in Lang’ata, and some of my fondest life memories were created there. We later moved to the US when I was only nine years old. My mother was seeking greener pastures. Bet it was easy since I was an only child. I majored in corporate communication, with a minor in advertising at Marquette University.”

Asked how she ended up being a Dj, she had this to say.

“I learnt the art while I was in college. Some of my hood brothers were the best DJs in town, and they taught me the art. I wanted to be the first female commissioner of the NBA, an emergency room doctor, performing artist. The list is so long.

I was 12 when I started working at the National Basketball Association (NBA). Luckily, they mentor kids, and I landed a spot. It was amazing! I spent a lot of time at American Airlines, and I used to do my homework there. My job was to clean the floor and hand out flyers. I did the job with a lot of pride, and it is probably one of the best things I ever experienced in my life.”