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ONEXTRA: Wahura Kabutha

Sunday April 14 2019

Wahura Kabutha.

Wahura Kabutha. PHOTO | COURTESY 

KAREN  MURIUKI
By KAREN MURIUKI
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Who is Wahura?

Wow. That’s a deep question. She’s an aspiring PhD student, an entrepreneur and philanthropist. She likes to give back to the society through charity and labour.

 

What’s your favourite childhood memory?

I’ve never answered this question even on previous videos because I cannot remember. (Laughs). But thinking about it now, we used to go to Splash Water World on our (my brother and I) birthdays together with our cousins. I loved swimming especially. I like being in water – controlled water. (Laughs).

 

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Do you remember the time you recorded your first video?

Oh, yes. I had been thinking about it for months. Finally, in my second year of school, I figured I could balance both YouTube and studies. I remember telling my mum to expect a lot of curse words prior to recording it. (Laughs). I wanted it to be really raw and authentic. I finally recorded it one afternoon. It was the ‘Where that accent from’ video who’s idea came right after watching Nairobi Diaries. (Laughs). I learnt how to edit and posted the video all on the same day. Thank God for the internet these days because no one had to teach me how to edit videos.

 

What would you say sets you apart from other YouTubers?

The rawness and authenticity, and this is also based on what other people have told me. At times, I feel like I’m giving away too much information when I’m recording. I like my videos relating to me. I am exactly the same in real life.

 

Has the cursing been part of you for a long time?

Since Year 10.

 

Has it ever landed you in trouble?

No, actually. Funny enough, I never cursed at home. I still don’t. (Laughs).

 

How are your story times inspired?

My life experiences. I don’t know whether I attract funny experiences, or I just happen to be there when they are occurring. I always look back and think of how I could have avoided some situations. Now, I feel like they happen for a reason – the story times.

 

Have you been a natural story teller all through your life?

Yes, I’d like to think so. I like spicing things up. The good thing about recording YouTube videos is that I am able to express myself completely without anyone speaking back.

 

Do you plan on doing more with your channel? Vlogs, for example?

Not really. What I like most about my videos is that I record, edit and post, all in the same place. With vlogging, I’ll have to carry my camera around and capture everything happening. I like living in the moment, which is probably why I do not post anything on my Instagram until the day is done. There are people who enjoy doing it, however, but that’s for them.

 

What do you want to pursue for your doctorate?

I want to specialise in social media marketing, and hopefully discover a theory. The dream is to have someone say, ‘according to the Wahura Kabutha theory….’ (Laughs). I have also not heard of many young people going after PhDs. I want to show others that it’s possible. I want to enjoy the benefits of my education now.

 

Future plans for the channel?

Consistency, collaborations and spreading the happiness across the continent and world.

 

Who are your favourite YouTubers?

Internationally, HeyParis and Jackie Aina. HeyParis is the one who inspired me to create story times. I watch her videos all the time. Locally, I watch a number of YouTubers. Njugush, Kate Kendy, Good Vibes Kenya, Kate Kabi, Yasmin Af, Great Day Channel, Chantelle Petit, Sincerely Didi, Natalie Tewa, Sharon Mwangi, Yummy Mummy, Joy Kendi, Valerie Ndolo, Wanjiru Njiru, Queen Nita, Kylie Achie, Joanna Kinuthia, East Meets West, Wabosha Maxine, Over Twenty Five and Hope Hajir.

 

Greatest advice you’ve ever received?

My dad always tells me to do what I love and that the money will come later. I’m still waiting for the money. (Laughs). But I’m doing something I love. It’s not hard to come up with content when you do.

What’s your biggest motivation?

To be better than yesterday’s Wahura. I am always trying to beat the old me and to see how far I can push myself. I attribute this to seeing how hard people work. Tiffany Haddish has been in the film and entertainment industry for years, yet most of us didn’t know her until recently. Most people don’t see the hard work she has put in for those years. Seeing this makes me work harder now so that I can enjoy much later.

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