6 Kenyan YouTubers Share Their Success Tips

Confession time; I spend more time on YouTube than I probably should. I get to laugh, learn one or two things (like how to budget for a trip or travelling plans) and I also get to develop an interest in knowing some of these YouTube personalities and how they’ve managed to build sizeable audiences. Did you know the average Kenyan adult spends close to 6 hours a day consuming video content?

Kenya is yet to fully immerse itself into the gig and content creation economy but the world is fast moving in that direction. I reached out to these 6 Kenyan YouTubers to understand how they’re able to stay consistent despite the high competition. Building anything from scratch is no mean feat…ah, Thika Road was not built in a day, right? So I sought to know how they have managed to get subscribers as well as thousands of views.

Brian Kimani

He is on the leading edge as a travel and lifestyle YouTuber. He shares interesting places to visit in Kenya which many of us might overlook. Considering Valentine’s is almost here, you should check out his video on ‘Top 10 Affordable Things to do in Nairobi.’

What motivates you to keep uploading?

The art of creating and sharing my travel experiences around Kenya, motivates me… also comments and feedback from my subscribers and viewers motivate me to make more; that greatly impacts my content and ideas. The challenge of making a new vlog better than the last one is also something that motivates me.

What tips do you have for aspiring YouTubers?

Don’t worry about having the best of the best equipment/cameras start with what you have, that is a smartphone. Be consistent and grow into much bigger and better equipment.

Learn video editing by watching tutorials on YouTube. You’ll get better with every edit. Don’t compare your edits with other creators. They’ve been on the platform longer. With consistency, you’ll improve and have your own unique editing style that will resonate with your audience.

Try not to let negative comments or criticism affect you too much. Take in constructive criticism and use it to improve your content.

Most importantly create videos or vlogs that you like, don’t create videos you think people will like, you have to be passionate about your ideas first before anyone else.

Ahmed Khan

The Mombasa-based YouTuber who also calls himself ‘Dawizard’ gets over 30,000 views for his short skits. If you want to be left in stiches, this is your go-to YouTuber. If you want tips on how to win a girl, you need to check out this video below. There’s no need of being lonely.

What motivates you to keep uploading?

I’m motivated when some young kids and my fellow youth see me as their role model as they say because they see me working hard they also work hard to showcase their talents rather than sitting idle and engaging themselves in unnecessary things. It’s also encouraging when I read comments and messages from my subscribers and followers telling me how bad their day was but due to my videos, I make their day better.

That’s why I make interesting videos because I don’t want to discourage these people. Enabling someone a smiley face is my goal.

What tips do you have for aspiring YouTubers?

Social media comes with a lot of challenges but those challenges should not make you give up. You don’t have to worry about what people are going to say as long as you have something that makes you happy thus sharing it. People are there to support you. Don’t let anyone discourage you, show them that you can do it. Work hard, deliver quality content, do not worry about what equipment you have, trust yourself and never give up and always be consistent to grow because consistency is key!!!

Anita Nkatha

She runs a YouTube channel called IV Sisters. Her focus is on lifestyle points such as travel as well as having conversations that are aimed at exploring different perspectives. In the wake of #MeToo, we as men need to check on what toxic masculinity is. The video below is a refreshing take on things.

What motivates you to keep uploading?

Honestly, I’d just say having a tunnel vision. My sisters and I have a clear cut reason why we are posting the content that we are. We chose to do it and to always continue doing it regardless of whether we have 1 subscriber or 1 million.

What tips do you have for aspiring YouTubers?

Best advice, don’t compare your content to others unless it’s to help inspire your own ideas. Try to be consistent and most importantly if you have a creative block, it’s okay to take a break. Don’t be too hard on yourself, get back online when you’re at your best mentally.

Swahiligal

She is a digital content creator and when she started getting traction, people realized she never showed her face in her videos. She later explained her reason for doing so in one of her vlogs. And guess what, it all started on Snapchat. Her channel focuses on her travel and lifestyle experiences around the coastal region and especially Lamu. I reckon you should watch the video below on 7 things every YouTuber should know before starting out.

What tips do you have for aspiring YouTubers?

My advice to upcoming YouTubers is staying true to yourself. Your style, your focus and even your audience may change but you are the only constant in this entire thing so build the channel around you; what you stand for and what you believe. Everything else falls in place as you practice and improve.

Levis Ryan

He is one of the most charismatic and funny YouTubers focusing on quick-witted humour around different life experiences. He has managed to grow a sizeable audience with over 10,000 subscribers and I have to agree with him, I don’t like phone calls. More texting in 2019, please.

What motivates you to keep uploading?

What motivates me to keep uploading is my subscribers. They are the ones we do this for after all.

What tips do you have for aspiring YouTubers?

My advice to any new YouTuber is not to give up. Building up an audience can take time. Do YouTube for the right reasons and not for the vanity of being popular or getting rich quick because it’s going to disappoint you.

Evelyn Ngugi aka “Evelyn from The Internets” 

She has been featured on ManRepeller (remember me talking about that in a previous post?). She is based in Texas, USA and she’s one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet on the Interwebs.  If you’re struggling with your 2019 goals, I suggest you watch the following video.

 

What motivates you to keep uploading?

I decided to take YouTube more seriously when I realized it could help me achieve my goals elsewhere. When I realized I didn’t have to “be a YouTuber” in the stereotypical sense in order to make a little money from it or use it as a creative outlet. I’ve put my YouTube channel on my resume since I was in college 5+ years ago and I believe it’s always been an asset.

What tips do you have for aspiring YouTubers?
Find your voice – those qualities that make you unique will also help you cultivate a community that will root for you in all you do – not just YouTube.
Don’t stress out – this is just a website. There are more important things in your life than a website, right? Make sure you’re not losing sight of yourself and your relationships in the name of “consistent upload schedule” or “staying relevant”.

Are you opening a YouTube channel anytime soon? Do you already have one? Take some key points from our interviewees grow. You can also drop your YouTube link on our comment section.

This article was initially published on The Sauce.

About Anthony Mbugua

Blogger, writer and a millennial trying to figure it all out. I also like sharing the success of other millennials. Welcome to my world.

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