Sheila Munyiva made world headlines after her role as Ziki in the very first Kenyan feature film to be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival: Rafiki by Wanuti Kahiu . Starring together with Samantha Mugatsiashe , they received standing ovations and well deserved international recognition.. The crux of the film challenges societal convention,tackling taboo subjects.Rafiki was applauded internationally but banned locally in Kenya's web of colonial-era law structures in a paradigm of homophobia that condemned the film for promoting lesbianism.
Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica Kenya’s rising star- Sheila Munyiva
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
A friend of mine invited me to go on set as an extra for a TV series and when I walked on set, I was in awe. At that moment, a switch turned in my brain and I realized this was what I needed to do. I went back to college the next day and changed my course from Mass Communication (at the time, I was studying to be a news anchor) to TV and Video Production.
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What about your passion appeals to you the most?
What drove you to make money from your passions?
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
Looking back, I realize it might have appeared that the odds were indeed against me, but that was no reason to talk down and discourage me. What if you dimmed my light? There would be no Sheila Munyiva.
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What advice do you give to aspiring creative's who look up to you?