These rising stars have shaken Kenya, and the world too
They are multi-award winning personalities, chief executive officers and movers and shakers in their various fields. Without doubt, these young achievers are forces to reckon with. Arguably, 2016 was a prodigious year for them as they were honoured and awarded for their exemplary exploits, shaking the country, and for some, the world too.
They have taken into modelling, film, music and entrepreneurship with the verve of duck to water. They are driven by insatiable appetite for success, their consistency keeps them grounded in their quests, while their copious desire to revolutionise their industries has seen them cheat odds and achieve what is otherwise viewed as impossible for young people.
While they believe that the job market still has attractive jobs for graduates, they hold a collective view that the solution of unemployment among the Kenyan youth ultimately lies in entrepreneurship. They also have a conviction that exceptional talent and arts industry makes an equally fulfilling career.READ MORE
Occupation: Model, (Miss World Kenya) and a student (Interior Design and Information Technology) University: Maseno
What was your first reaction when you emerged among the top five beauties in the world?
I was greatly overjoyed because I had made history for my country. Also because I knew I had made my dad and mum proud.
To who or what do you owe this great victory?
I owe this victory to God’s unfailing love and amazing grace, hard work and humility.
From interior design to pageantry. Describe your journey in modelling….
I started out with my university’s beauty pageantry while a fresh woman. My first stab though was unsuccessful. Later, I tried enrolling at an agency which demanded for money, which I couldn’t afford. When the search for Miss World Kenya Kiambu County began, I was prepared. And that would be the beginning of my journey to being crowned Miss World Africa.
Do you want to pursue modelling as a fulltime career?
Not really. But I love modelling especially because I get to champion causes that uplift others. I wish to model on a part-time basis because I already have my eyes trained on interior design.
What lessons did you draw from your participation in the Miss World beauty pageantry?
I learnt that the world can be a better place if we all used our voices not to discourage or tear others down, but to amplify the issues that face those in need. Again, it’s good to seize the moment when one knocks at your door as it might never come again.
How do you navigate the balance between your private life and life in the public glare?
I live everyday just as I would if no one was watching.
Have you won any other recognitions and awards?
My proudest moment was being mentioned among the top five out of 118 other Beauty with a Purpose projects at Miss World 2016. It will be an honour hosting the reigning Miss World in Kenya courtesy of the project I spearheaded.
What’s the way forward after this win? How do you wish to transform this success?
I plan to continue with anti-female genital mutilation campaigns together with the Anti FGM Board of Kenya. Our sole intention is to promote girls’ education. I also intend to be a role model, whom young girls can look up to for inspiration, motivation and mentorship.
Do you have any other interests outside modelling? How do you unwind?
I love swimming. Apart from that, I find dancing quite relaxing. I also unwind with a movie (preferably a James Bond one) or a medieval series (Game of Thrones or Reign). And you would still catch me watching fairy tale movies!
What’s your advice to young men and women who want to pursue modelling as an occupation?
Be•You•Tiful. Be sure of yourself and stick to who you are, because that’s where your greatest treasure lies. Don’t lose hope either with just one attempt at something you love, keep at it and doors will open for you.READ MORE