#CreatePreneurAfrica Tanzania’s Wilson Nkya :Digital Content Creation ,Capturing Africa’s authenticity

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.

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#CreatepreneurAfrica, award-winning television presenter Uganda’s Kityamuweesi Herbert aka Crysto Panda

Multi-brand ambassador, recording artist, MC, and award-winning TV host CRYSTO PANDA sets forth leaving no stars unturned in sparkling beyond glory........

Born in Kabonera, Msaka, he attended St Jude Primary School, Young Christian Najjanankumbi, St John Kabuwoko, and Datamine Technical Business School before launching his music career in 2017 with Sagala Manya where he featured Da Agent

 

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He then featured in Asht with The Ben from Rwanda

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Meet CreatePreneurAfrica Crysto Panda

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

Crysto Panda is a guy who was born in a poor local village family down in southern Uganda in Kabonera, Masaka district……..My late mum used to be a bartender and she gave birth to me when she was 16years old after dropping out of school. She never studied because she wanted to give me life

Many of her friends advised her to abort me but she never did so, my mum fought so hard for me to study. Unfortunately, I lost my dad when I was 10years old and mum had to raise money for me to study. She passed on in 2011 leaving me with 3 younger brothers to take care of.

The struggle I saw my late mum endure so that I can be who I am today is my still driving force. My true passion in life is to be the best TV presenter, actor, artist and Emcee in Uganda, Africa and worldwide.

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How did you find your passion and how old were you?

When I was 9 years old I always told my mum that I wanted to be a doctor one day.  My poverty-stricken life meant cleaning school toilets to raise my school fees.

My school performance became poor in high school  and after a few years my mum passed on when I completed high school

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I was 20 years old and failed to join a university when mum passed on and I had no sponsors. I realized I could be a good tv presenter, and strived to perfect my language skills in English  like listening to  BBC news and  picking out a few words I didn’t know, noting  them down and then check for the meanings in the dictionary

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I familiarised myself with western music mostly hip-hop music and it took me 3 years as try seeking for an opportunity to work on NTV.

I never gave up trying, then after 4 years they gave me a chance after a seasonal show I did on WBSTV.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Everything ……..because I hustled for who I am today

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The first Pan African talent agency.
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 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The promises I made to my mum before she passed on kept on pushing me and also my siblings. The love of finishing my studies since all my late mum wanted was  for me to finish up my studies and also cater for my siblings.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

After being given a chance to host Tnation on NTVUganda in April 2015 I was put on probation for a full year without being paid any single penny.

Then in April 2016, I was given my contract where I was being paid 700,000 shillings which I used to pay for my tuition and my siblings too.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

Crysto Panda motivates me because I look up to myself and every time I reflect back and see how I used to sleep hungry, walk miles and miles to go to school. Trust me I feel like am not yet there so I get to work so hard because my dream is to represent Uganda on big international entertainment channels like BET and MTVBase

Look at me NOW am a living testimony that dreams come true and its never your problem to be born in a poor family but it will be your problem to die poor

Be you, do you, never give up, patience and persistence are key in life, never give up on your education because it’s the key to success.

If I never finished up my studies trust me I wouldn’t be here, I took myself back to school, paid for myself then am a graduate now and am still studying.

One last thing, be versatile and NEVER FORGET GOD because he has a reason as to why you’re still alive.

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