| February 1st 2013
With one foot in Hollywood and the other in Nairobi, budding acting hunk and radio presenter Nick Mutuma talks about his sugar mummy rumours, his new music passion and new international plans, writes AUSTINE OKANDE
In a few words, how do you describe yourself?
N: I am a sponge. I am always trying to learn new things and I’m honest with myself. Most importantly, I try to keep it real all day, everyday.
P: How old are you?
N: I was born in 1988.
P: Last year, you had a good run in your acting career and word in the street has it that you have set your eyes on Hollywood...
N: I call 2013 my year of greatness. Good times are on the way. It is true that I have been fortunate enough to be shortlisted as one of the lead actors for a Hollywood project. I am not at liberty to give the details at this very early stage.
P: Can you give your fans snippets of the Hollywood deal?
P: You played a major role in the MTV drama series Shuga double episodes. Do the roles you played have anything to do with this new Hollywood vibe?
N: Consistence is a key to success. 2008 was my debut in professional acting with a role in the local series Tabasamu on Citizen TV. After that I featured in Changes, a TV drama show that went to Mnet on Dstv. Then came Shuga. It has been a steady and calculated progress to the top, I would say.
P: You are also recording your music besides hosting a radio show, right?
N: I am hosting a show called Chill Spot on 91.5FM. It targets the young urban class. It is also true that I am venturing into music.
P: What is your radio show all about?
N: It is about real issues affecting the youth. I talk about the hustle, partying and sex. My show revolves around my listeners. They tell me their issues and we go around trying to figure it out together.
P: So did you leave One FM?
N: No! One FM and 91.5 Hits are sister stations. I also double up as the head of events and public relations for both.
P: What was all that buzz about you getting duped by your ‘honey’ because you were dating a sugar mummy...
N: Remember back in high school when you would hear a story about yourself that was so far-fetched yet people still ended up believing it? Now imagine that situation amplified more than 10,000 times. That is the life of an entertainer. People always find something to talk about. It happened to be that — a hoax.
P: Are you still with your then girlfriend?
N: What do you mean?
P: Are you dating?
N: Well, In the wise words of Rihanna, that’s nobody’s business.
P: Going back to your new found passion, tell us about your new projects?
N: I have been a recording artiste for a little while now. I have recorded a lot of music, but I have only released one The 254 Anthem.
P: Are you really keen on music or this is just one of the pluses you want on your showbiz CV?
N: My music venture is a real deal. The reason I have taken my time is because I have been trying to find my voice and a producer who is willing to work with me for the long run. Music is not something you rush into. I am taking my time.
P: Who are some of the notable names in the local music scene that you have worked with?
N: I have worked with Ulopa Ngoma, Wawesh and Tim Rimbui aka Ennovator. I am currently working with a lot of new artistes on my new song.
P: You are involved in a lot of behavioral change and Hiv and Aids sensitisation programmes. What would be your advice to young Pulsers on sex issues?
N: Be in control of your life! Take control of your destiny. It is beautiful, yet scary how we (youth) live the moments.
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