Recently, Nyokabi Macharia embarked on a remarkable odyssey in the captivating realm of talent competitions where dreams are woven and destinies collide *wink*. Her soul-stirring performance and magnetic persona ignited hope in the hearts of many, as she set out to conquer the Africa Monologue Challenge in Accra, Ghana.
Amidst the intense competition, Nyokabi Macharia turned to her beloved Kenyans. In a raw and heartfelt plea, she poured her emotions onto her social pages, urging her compatriots to rally behind her. She yearned for their votes, not just to win but as a connection to her homeland. Nyokabi longed to belong, to feel the warmth of her people’s support, and to make them proud.
“Hello my darling Kenyans, I need y’all to help me catch up on the voting in the @africamonologue challenge as I catch up on the content for the competition. My votes are doing POORLY! I’m representing Kenya in the finals of the @africamonologue challenge in Accra, Ghana alongside the talented Stycie Waweru and I need your votes to win! Voting closes tomorrow morning [Friday] at 9am Kenyan time. Let’s bag this? It’s so quick and easy unlike all the other voting processes I have taken you guys through (haha)
Please help me share far & wide,” she posted.
Yet, despite her impassioned plea and the unwavering support of her fellow Kenyans, victory slipped through her fingers, leaving her with a bittersweet ache. She took to Instagram to express her gratitude for her fans and expressed that she had no hard feelings. She even plans to continue touring Ghana: “Hello hello my people! THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the support you gave me. Unfortunately, we didn’t bag it. The vote difference was big big! That said, for a last minute thing, WE DID GOOD! Congratulations to the winners & all the other contestants who are all so talented and spirited. It was an honour to share the stage with you. National Theatre, Ghana – DONE. What’s the next National Theatre we are conquering? That said, I nailed the performance and I look amazing! Now let’s enjoy Ghana!”
The Africa Monologue Challenge is designed to match the standard of performances in Hollywood with existing or emerging African talent [actors and actresses] and position them strategically for global roles by ensuring they are visible to casting directors, producers and directors globally. With collaboration from the African Chamber of Content Producers and the Nationality Film Authority, Ghana, the project is open to all Africans and Africans in the diaspora devoid of gender, colour, sexual orientation, religion or age.
There are a couple of things to note, Nyokabi joined the competition at the last minute and so the odds were stacked against her from the start as many others had been preparing for this moment for months. But Nyokabi, with her infectious enthusiasm and indomitable spirit, embraced the challenge head-on and ended up fifth in the competition. Despite the limited time for preparation, she embraced the mantra of Carpe Diem and embarked on a breath-taking journey. I know she will conquer many other fetes as she has done before. We are rooting for you Nyokabi!