Q&A Monday: Patricia Kihoro (@MissKihoro)

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Patricia Wangechi Kihoro

Patricia Wangechi Kihoro is a singer, actress, radio news anchor and sporadic blogger living and working in Nairobi. She loves to take pictures, long drives and is slowly making Bikram yoga a way of life. Slowly.

She dreams in HD, although she recently learnt that her dreams are actually astral travels, which she is trying to be more conscious and in control of.

She blogs here and here.

1. What was your first phone?

A Motorola T190. My dad bought it for me right after I finished high school in 2002. It was tiny, had a see through facing and I loved it. The first phone I bought myself was a Nokia 3250 in 2006. I saved up for that phone and had it for 4 years.

2. What do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter? Why?

I like Twitter because it’s more words. I like words. I like Facebook because there’s tons of pictures on there. I like pictures.

I sort of drift between the two.

3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I don’t know. My life hasn’t really turned out the way I had hoped it would so I tend to desist from such thoughts. I do hope to be in love, living by a beach somewhere, singing my heart out, taking pictures and with a couple of kids though.

4. Any question for us? We’ll publish our answer as well.

If you were a super hero, what would your hero alias be and what would be your power/skill?

  • It would be a Symbol, { } and the power would be invisibility

5. What would you do if you were president for a day?

Funny you should ask. This is something I have been fantasizing about since I was about 5. I have always been fixated on the idea that I would evacuate the country, totally remodel it into a fantastic place to live, with a sophisticated infrastructural system, shiny new buildings, amenities that were actually useful, and make it so that every single person in the country had food, a great place to live, and something to sustain their lifestyle. The image I had in my head at 5 is still the same today.

6. What’s your favourite book& movie?

So far, Book, Kafka By The Shore by Haruki Murakami. I only just read it a couple of months ago but I almost cried when I was done. I felt like I had lost a couple of good friends, the main characters. I’ve read through another Haruki book, and I’m on to another now, and will probably devour all his books before I can read another by a different author. I tried to but Haruki has me hooked.

Movie, I don’t know. I recently watched ‘The English Patient’ and was incredibly moved. Inception also blew me away. I like mind stuff. A psychology degree can do that to someone. (See how I casually threw that in there.) And then there’s The Sound of Music. I like silly movies, chic flicks, touching films, and exciting films….you get my drift? Anything goes.

7. Who/What inspired you to do what you do now?

Not sure. I feel like I always kind of, just went with the flow of things, and did what I felt was right to do at the time.

8. If you were to change jobs, what profession would you get into? Why?

I wouldn’t change jobs, just add on to what I do now. I would love to be a Top Gear host. I love driving. I dig cars. And Jeremy Clarkson is cool peeps to hang with. Also, I would love to be an incognito Hotel and Resort Critic.

9. If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Hearing people’s thoughts at will. And then messing with them.

10. If you were deserted on an abandoned island what 5 things would you want to have?

  • A man I love who loves me back.
  • A shitload of books and magazines.
  • A petabyte of music, series, movies loaded onto a laptop to watch them on.
  • A plane to fly back home in. (That I would fly myself).
  • My camera.

11. If you were a car, what car would you like to be? Why?

A 1999, Land Rover Discovery in Cherry Red with a Black interior running on diesel. It’s sturdy, unpretentious, can go anywhere, not too expensive to run, and still looks pretty.

12. If you could be in any band in the world, which one would you like to be in? Why?

Ben L’Oncle Soul’s band. Ben and his crew are French. They are plain eye candy, total eargasms, and a ton of silly fun. I’m sure Ben and I would also make lovely babies.

13. What sort of mindset does one need to have in order to survive and get ahead in the entertainment world?

Be ridiculously open minded, flexible, don’t take things too seriously and remember to find the fun and love in what it is you are doing. That way, it’s never a struggle because whether or not it supports you financially, it will never disappoint you.

14. Share something interesting about yourself with our readers.

I once woke up during abdominal surgery, and had to endure it while conscious because as much as my brain was awake, my body was still paralyzed, so I had no way to alert the surgeons. I listened to their conversation, felt them do their thing, and talked myself through the pain and fear to the end. Fortunately, I haven’t needed surgery again and I hope I never will.

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