Willy Nkya, a landmark in the world of STORYTELLING IN AFRICA is purpose driven in several pathways.He is an actor,Radio/ Television host Production Designer, as well as a Film and Television Producer. Tanzania's visionary Digital Content Creator is set to ignite the spark in life pathways of creative youth.... transforming PASSION TO PROFESSION!
Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica, Tanzania’s visionary Wilson Nkya – Igniting the Creative Souls of Africa
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
My passion is showcasing the beauty and authenticity of my land and my people through captivating digital visual storytelling. That’s why I decided to be an African inspired filmmaker and entertainer.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
Ever since I was young, I wanted to hear and share different stories of people that have inspired me. When I joined College in 2014, I had just turned 20 years old, that’s when I decided to start following my passion.
I was majoring in logistics and Transport Management, but after classes, I would do some creative projects like theatre and later on in my second year I won a Tv Presenter competition and started a lifestyle and fashion Tv show titled “Fashion Voice” the show aimed at giving a voice and showcasing the different talents we have in Tanzanian lifestyle and fashion industry.
The show never saw the day of light since we had a challenge of funding. But when I finished college in 2017, I had an opportunity to study one year fully funded sponsorship at the Multichoice talent factory Academy in Nairobi, Kenya studying Film and Tv production. Hence I started adding value and skills to what I was passionate about and was able to transform my passion to a profession
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
Every time I get to hear a new story and share it, and every time I get feedback of how the stories I have made have impacted someone’s life.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
After seeing that the visual industry is growing hence I had to monetize my passion in order to survive and match the modern means of storytelling, Hence but first I had to transform my passion to a profession so it can make business sense and be commercialized. I was able to do this since in the Multichoice academy we learnt on the business of film and Tv
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
During college, I had an after school job as a lifestyle blogger and I would get paid through the articles I write, But currently, I get paid as an actor, Production Designer, Art director, Producer and Film &Tv consultant
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
Every time I felt like giving up, I would always look back how far I have come, and I would see how unfair to let all those sleepless nights, all those hurdles that I have jumped, all the blood, sweat and tears to just go to waste?? And I would get up and keep on moving
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
I believe every day is a new day to learn something new and be a better person today than you were yesterday. And somewhere out there, there is a boy who needs to hear my story and get inspired to do even greater things and reach their full potential.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I wanna say thank you…Because of them doubting me, I worked 10 times harder to just prove to myself that they don’t know what I am capable of.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
I would advise them to be confident and they should push themselves beyond their comfort zones, They have even greater potential than they imagine. Also, they should know that they aren’t getting any younger. START NOW !! With what you have. And yes the creative space can be tough, but it’s important to have multiple streams of income,.Personally I have an online business of selling African accessories across East Africa, I do art direction and production design, I act,I consult and I do Voiceovers too.