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Sheila is…?

Spirited. Gifted. Timeless.

Tell us the transition from singing to radio to AM live to Rembesha and You tubing.

Everything is about growth. I’m open to reinvention, and a firm believer in purpose. Everything we do births the opportunity, but you have to be ready to work on what you have, to evolve. God’s given me incredible opportunities, and each propelled me to the next. I’m working on Rembesha, because I used to dream about owning a magazine and what I wanted to achieve with it. Being in media gave me the tools to bring this dream to life. As for YouTube, I have always understood that part of what my calling is to pull others up. To give choice to those who need to be heard. Online is the frontier where everyone should be and it’s important to tell the stories that matter. I help people connect the dots, and in telling stories online, I am able to help many live, love and grow.

What’s next for Sheila?

Growth. Once you master something you have to grow. In many ways we are like onions. We are made up of so many layers. Don’t get caught up in one layer of life for too long and imagine there can be no other. At the moment, I’m focusing on my business, music, and perhaps another radio stint but on another level.

Did you forget to sing or do you still sing behind closed doors?

I always sing! I just haven’t been recording in a while. I always make music that means so much more than the moment and with all the busy-ness of life, I couldn’t give my music the attention it needed. I am back this January (2018) with lots of stories to tell as I have been writing tons for the past four years. The music will be full of gratitude for the many, many fans who always ask – where is the music?

About the controversial billboard you did, how did you move on from that? (My first thought – spectacular!)

That billboard was a wonderful success! It did everything it was supposed to do and more. I’m the kind of person who is 100% in my projects and this was fantastic. People still talk about it years from when it went up, and they probably still will. I moved on easily because it was a great campaign. If you can’t stir up the waters, then what’s the point?

I am curious what did you study in school now that you have gone through more than one career so far?

I studied at the University of Nairobi for my undergraduate and Master’s degree. I hold a BA in Sociology and German, and a MA in Medical Sociology. I shall return for a PhD when the business is not as time consuming as it is now.

How did your parents take it knowing African parents to be old school and not considerate of media as a real career?

My parents were always very progressive. They taught my brother and I to aspire to anything we wanted to. They were police officers at the Kenya Police Band, so a career in music or the media was not something they looked down on. They were supportive and walked with me all the way. I remember them showing up with my younger brother, to my first performance at Kalamashaka. I think they were the only parents in the gig that night, but I was so glad they were all there.

Is our media headed in the right direction?

Change in the right direction is crucial. But I wish there were more original ideas and voices. There’s too much copy pasting and I always feel like I’m listening to echoes of other established personalities. There is still so much room for compelling and entertaining viewing and listening. Carve out your place and your own place!

Your style is? Was it influenced by your parents?

My style is timeless. I’m not one of the trends as not every trend will go with my body type. It took a while to understand what works for me and once I did, I knew what to accentuate and what to play up. My mum encouraged me to find what works for me and not copy paste anything and everything.

What is your favorite color?

Black. And monochrome.

What is your favorite accessory?

I’m torn between earrings and necklaces but it always depends on the outfit.

What is your most prized possession in your wardrobe?

Oh dear Lord, I’m not sure where to start…

Where do you shop for your dresses?

I shop everywhere. Online, local designers, and malls when I travel, and the occasional vintage pieces.

If you were to travel anywhere in the world for a shopping spree, where would it be?

Paris and Milan.

Whose style do you admire most both locally and internationally?

I have always loved Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé’s style. Locally, my mum was my first style icon and she still does a mean job with her wardrobe.

What is your must have item?

Lip balm.

What is your personal style secret?

Work with what works for you, after all, it’s not the outfit that wears you, it is you who wears the outfit.