Thursday, December 5, 2013

Youth On the Move – I BELIEVE I CAN FLY!

To make it in this crowded society more than one skill is required, and the best of all is to tap into your talent and what you are passion about. Today I had a small interview with one of my students who will be graduating next week as a web design and developer after the intensive course at Nairobits Trust where I’m a senior trainer and the training coordinator.

This interview presented itself after Kennedy came in late today and instead of reprimanding him to go home which to me isn’t always the way, I was empathic with him to understand more about the reasons of coming in late to school. Apparently for the last six months I didn’t know Kennedy  was a DJ and his story today has really inspired me and what we do at Wilsen Initiative (Wi) urging the youths to use their talents and skills to foster positive change which can be social, economical or political.

Here is part of the interview;

“My name is Kennedy Wanjohi better known as the Dj Cosmic the name means a free form of mixing. I live in Kayole. I started Dj in late 2012 though got connected to the professional circles  in 2013 where I started playing in clubs and events”.

What inspired you to be a DJ?
“I got the inspiration from renowned Dj’s Like Dj Kaytrixx and Dj Kaydee who have made a mark in the entertainment industry. I have grown in many skills and now one year down the line I have the privilege of playing on Clubs steps in Town, Viva Lounge in Kileleshwa and other events”.

Does it pay to be a DJ?
“I have been able to pay for my fare to school at Nairobits and also support my young siblings. My greatest challenge is getting good equipment which is too expensive to start my own business in Dj.  Besides being  a Dj I’m a student at Nairobist Trust majoring in web design and development and I’m happy next week (10th December 2013) I will be graduating.  I’m a passionate designer and Nairobits course has sharpened my skills to another greater stride and I’m ready to venture into the same field juggled with my passion for DJ on the side".

What is your future plans?
“My future plans are getting into radio and TV, and also buying my own equipment which will help me teach my fellow youths in my neighborhood. I  would like to share the skills acquired to  impact on other people’s live and  create networks that will promote young  talent".

Any best quote?
“Winners are losers who never quit”.

Personal  Logo – design at Nairobits
Kennedy Wanjohi AKA DJ Cosmic during one of the events in town.

1 comment:

  1. Here I would like to talk about Rajeev Chaba who is the inspiration for many people. He started as a normal engineering student but went on to become an able leader. He has done ME in Mechanical engineering from Madan Mohan Malviya Engineering College in Gorakhpur, to further increase his knowledge he pursued an MBA in Marketing from IIM Bangalore, which is yet another prestigious institutes of India. The knowledge he gained through his education was well spent and contribution to develop motor industry is remarkable.