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What does it take to be a great event host? Or rather, what attributes would make the perfect emcee?
I can think of a charming attitude, an attractive personality, a social nature, a good sense of humor, good communication, an up-to-date-with-the-current-affairs personality and a smiley face! Well, at least those are the attributes I can draw from Monique Mwangi’s personality.
So if you ever get time to chat with an event host or an emcee with all these attributes and she tells you about her journey, then you wouldn’t want the day to end! I mean, just as everyone at any event is usually so impressed when the emcee around is so awesome, so will you be.
Well, today on the blog, we are blessed to have Monique Mwangi ,an event host cum emcee. She shares her experiences in the field of emceeing and mind you, you’ll love here even more since we already love her signature style in bowties and blazers,right?
1.Who is Monique Mwangi?
Monique Mwangi is a faithful witness of Jesus Christ, a daughter, sister, friend, future wife and mom. Professionally, I am a journalist and currently doing events hosting, or rather, emceeing.
I am passionate about art, music and sports while at the same time, I love adventure, traveling and exploring new places. My friends even call me a tourist.
2.You have been an emcee at so many events; corporate and fashion related, right? Can you please tell us what being an emcee entails?
Being an emcee doesn’t necessarily mean you supposed to do most of the talking. Your job is to keep things moving and put attention on those the event is recognizing. Making sure you are clear on the overall objective of the event.
3.You were a Radio Presenter sometime back, right? Would you please tell us why you decided to break away from Media and get into emceeing and hosting events? And more so how was your journey been ever since.
Yes I was. Actually I did not break out from media my contract ended and couldn’t renew. Even though, I’m working on something that will hopefully come out soon.
Good thing is that my journey as an emcee has been very interesting. With an open mind, I get to learn more on the job daily.
4.So how did you get into Emceeing?
It was actually very weird. I recall of this day when I received a call from a client who was once on my radio show. Apparently, the client had organized this event but unfortunately, the emcee had pulled out just at the last minute so I was to stand in.
I had never emceed before but I agreed and here we are! That opened the door for many more events. Well, the power of ‘YES’, right?
5.You were one of the Emcees at the FOYA Awards 2018. Would you please tell us how was it and could you tell us what it was all about?
Basically, the Founder of the Year Awards (FOYA) Awards celebrates and awards every young founder impacting our nation through entrepreneurship. It is a platform that hugely appreciates entrepreneurial minds so definitely, I was honored to emcee the event.
Yes! Hosting the Founder of the Year Awards (Foya) alongside Lotan Salapei was such an exciting experience. I got to meet beautiful souls who have been part of my growth as an emcee/events host. Hosting my first ever award ceremony really got to push me out of my comfort zone. Loved every second of it!
6.Just the other day you landed this big gig with Safaricom more so you are a face behind their Beatz App campaign. This is terrific Monique since you are up there on Billboards. Would you want to tell us how it went down? I mean how you got the opportunity and how it felt to actually work with them?
Haha!(smiling happily) Thank you.
And ooh yes! It felt so good seeing my face on a billboard. It is something I really wanted for a long time and I am very grateful. How it came about; well, there was an audition call sometime back that I attended. So many people were eyeing the opportunity that I actually didn’t think I would make it but I did! And I thank God!
Working with the Safaricom brand has been great since it has also stirred my aspiration of being a brand ambassador. #BrandAmbassor in the making.
7.Ivix Dennis Ikoi is also a reknown Kenyan fashion and corporate Emcee who has a huge crush for all things blazers just like you. And many admire he’s style just like they admire yours. Would you tell us what is your to go online resource for your inspiration and why?
Ooh My! I just try you know… Apparently I dress myself so I have no specific online source. Inspiration has to be the theme of the event.
8.Tell us about your best moment.
My best moment has to be when I got a call back then for the advert with Safaricom on their Beatz campaign and seeing my face on several Billboards. Ever imagined waking up to see your face up there? It does feel awesome!
As well, it is always a good moment whenever a client is happy about the job well done during the event.
9.What about your worst moment in the field of emceeing and how you handled it?
During one of the fashion events that I was emceeing, a guest who was drunk came on stage and was really annoying. I had to figure out something before the guest could ruin the moment! Ha! I then called the DJ on stage who dragged him out of stage. Ooops!
10.Share with us your quick fix? What can you say transforms your look instantly.
I tend to dress for the type of the event and the theme of the event; For Company Launches, Fashion events, Awards ceremonies or Dinner parties, the dressing will vary so I just prefer being well put before-hand.
Quick fixes wouldn’t look great if you never dressed up well from the start no matter how much you try to spice up everything. And you might even ruin everything…
(I agree on that 100%)
11.Your 5 must haves? Any your signature style?
My Notebook, Diary, Pen, Phone and Purse.
And since people associate me more with the bow-tie look, I can prefer that one for my signature style even though I am diverse.
12.Being an Emcee requires an outgoing soul. From how to pitch brands to the point of actually working with them. Thus, what would you advice an upcoming Emcee who would want to work with brands? It’s obvious to see many holding back just because they don’t know their first move.
There is no perfect time so just start. A large part of the learning process about emceeing can only be learnt live on stage. Just like learning how to drive or ride a bike you have to be on it to get better. So for beginners you must start getting on stage may it be on small groups or gathering just start you never know who might be watching!
13.What is your Future aspiration?
I wanna host B.E.T Awards someday!
But right now, I am working on going back to the radio if not on television!
(I can’t wait to see your face on TV or even your voice on radio Monique. And B.E.T Awards too lol!)
14.Who inspires you?
Mmmh…there are a couple of people who inspire me. Bonang Matheba ,the South African media personality, Tracee Ellis Ross and our very own Anita Nderu, just to name a few.
15.What would advise upcoming emcees?
With so many people trying to get in the Emceeing field, competition definitely builds up.
Thus, always be very specific on what you want. Package yourself right and focus on a niche. There are so many avenues in the field of emceeing so know what you are good at and perfect in it, rather than being the emcee that does everything.
Again document yourself working! Thanks to social media, it is easier to gain exposure- So use your social media to market yourself. Let people come to your page and know what you are about.
16.Any last words?
First of all, you will not be young forever so save time! No dream is too big and the pool is never too crowded, just unlock your mind and break barriers. You can have everything you want, if you believe you are worth it and willing to work and be patient. Dreams take time but never forget the true value of hard work.
WOW!We are inspired,right? They say that your passion will determine your success and clearly, even as Monique speaks, she exudes too much passion for her work.
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So what do you think about the interview with Monique?
Do you appreciate being an emcee?
And do you love her style too?
Please speak to us in the comments section below…