Fly Guy: Nic Wang’ondu
Name: Nic Wang’ondu
Occupation: Actor, TV presenter and producer
Tell us about some of your best moments in the Big Brother House?
My best moment in Big Brother Amplified House was the day I walked onto the stage for the first time and was introduced to Africa. It was an amazing experience walking onto stage and being seen for the first time on a Pan African platform. It really hits you that you’re on Big Brother, when you walk into the house and see all the cameras pointed at you.
Are there any misconceptions about you since leaving BBA?
There are a few misconceptions that I am not a serious individual and that I am often portrayed as a ‘playa’ or a ‘clown’. Most people expect me to do something funny or say something funny to get a quick laugh. That really isn’t me. I can be funny at times but can also be serious for those that know me well. As for the whole ‘playa’ thing, that’s just people being bored and wanting to spread rumours about me.
What advice do you have for people who would like to join Big Brother?
So many people ask me that, thinking that there is a formula to getting onto the show. The sad reality is that there is no formula. You just have to be yourself. You need to look at it from a TV Producers point of view. What entertainment value will you bring to the show? What makes you unique? What will make a TV station want to air your character on a dedicated channel 24 hours a day seven days a week? If you can honestly answer all these questions in a positive light, then GO FOR IT! Life is too short to think of whether or not you can or cannot make it onto the show. I took a chance and got it.
How has life changed since you got back?
Big Brother really opened doors for me when I got back from South Africa. Before going to South Africa, no one really knew of a Nic Wang’ondu in the Kenyan Media sector. I feel blessed that when I go for an audition or meet people in the Industry and they feel like they know me to a certain extent, and feel like they can relate to me much easier than others. This has helped me in so many ways that not many would understand.
What are you up to now?
I host a Travel Diaries, a travel Show on KTN with Eve D’souza every Thursday at 7:40pm. We are currently done with Season One, but we have hot new destinations lined up for Season Two. I also recently started hosting a new show called Mashariki Mix which focuses on entertainment, fashion, lifestyle, celebrities and new technology around East Africa. I am an actor on Mali and also run a Production company with my brother Chris Kamau (Formerly of 5 Alive) called Scriptease S3 Productions.
Are you dating?
I am not in a relationship at the moment and have not been in one for the past seven years. I would personally, God willing, like to retire by the age of 35 and find it a little bit hard handling a relationship right now with the work am involved in. I do go out on the occasional date but try really hard not to get into anything serious. I miss being in a relationship and having someone you can talk to into the wee hours of the morning though. Maybe one day, I will find that special person.
What do you look for in a partner?
I would ideally want someone who is a hustler. Someone who can think outside the box. See an opportunity and grab it by the horns. Someone who knows what they want in life and are working towards it. An individual who has an opinion, but is also willing to listen to others. Most importantly, someone who can ‘kalia’ me, I am a bit of a loose canon and needs someone to tie me down. Looks are important, but if all the above match up, looks can be an option.
Words: Silvia Njoki
Photo: courtesy/Abraham Ali
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