Yvonne Bulimo left the United States for Kenya hoping to get a career in radio. Like many on the job hunt in this economy, she wasn’t too lucky, the radio stars weren’t aligning. Then just when she was about to give up and head back to the US, she got a job with KTN, one of Kenya’s leading TV stations.
She would be working as a co-host for the dating show Tujuane, which seeks to give single folks a chance at meeting someone they could possibly fall in love with.
Yvonne is just as bubbly and energetic as she appears on the show. She’s received quite a handful of critics for her accent and while she tries to tone it down to suit the audience, there are things she won’t tone down. Things like her individuality. Yvonne stands out. From the way she engages with people to how graceful she was for this feature, one can tell she’s not trying to be a replica of anyone else.
Yvonne tells me what life in the US really is like, how great she is at dancing and why people just need to chill out on this accent business.
Name: Yvonne Damary Bulimo
Occupation: I am a television presenter, bridal boutique owner, and lifestyle blogger.
22 years in the US, do you have the slightest memories of your first days there?
Unfortunately, no I don’t have memories of my first days. But I do remember being very social and wanting to make friends with almost everyone. I was a girls’ scout during primary school and loved going for summer camp.
When you were old enough to comprehend things, say, at the age of 10, what did you imagine Kenya was like?
To be honest, I left Kenya at 4, so I didn’t really imagine any other place except for America. When I was a bit older, say 15 to really understand life, I imagined Kenya to look like America with a few twists. Like when I saw pictures of Maasai Mara, I imagined Kenya being this beautiful place with lots of green fields and big trees, and I was right!
What are some of the stories you’d heard about your motherland?
That it gets very hot, but in my opinion Nairobi is COLD! Except for the few months where it gets hot. But no, Nairobi is not as tropical as I imagined it to be.
The first time you got back to Kenya, was the culture shock brutal?
Ha! Yes ma’am! I was not used to seeing so many people with my skin complexion and us being a majority. I grew up in such a diverse nation, where you saw just about every race in the world. Coming to Kenya really shocked me when I saw nothing but black people! Hahaha. Read more The Unwritten With: YVONNE BULIMO – THE ACCENT, THE FAME & THE HATERS