- I bought my jumpsuit in Eastleigh like four months. The designer in charge of costume picked it as the first option from the many outfits that I had carried to Sauti Sol’s video shoot.
- I can’t believe that one video has brought so much inspiration and a new wave of appreciation from all over the world.
- Always believe in yourself; others will support your passion if you make them believe in what you do.
She is a dancer, choreographer and a costume manager at Sarakasi Trust. Her “Odi” dance and iconic jumpsuit on the “Short N Sweet” music video by Sauti Sol featuring Nyashinski has taken Kenya by storm. She spoke to BONIFACE NYAGA on life as a dance queen.
Your outfit has become very iconic with your rise to fame. Where did you get it and how much was it?
The designer in charge of costume picked it as the first option from the many outfits that I had carried to Sauti Sol’s video shoot. I bought it in Eastleigh like four months ago but that was the first time I actually wore it. I am glad it was a jumpsuit; it’s the right outfit that really flattered my body and complemented the dance.
When did you first realise that you were becoming a celebrity?
Well, I don't believe I am a celeb. I am just lucky that more Kenyans got to know about Aggie, even though she has been around for a long time. I call it God’s time.
How has your new-found fame changed your life?
People greet me more often now, which I love despite being a quiet person. I have more social media friends, so I am always online trying to chat with my fans, as I mentor some. My neighbours are a bit shocked to realise that I am the same chick who has been living next to them all this time.
However, I still buy sukuma or beans where I used to, go to Gikomba to buy fish, walk to work and board matatus. In fact, believe it or not, this has humbled me.
What is the weirdest thing that has happened to you since you became so famous?
I am just shocked how things escalated from a simple dance. I can’t believe that one video has brought so much inspiration and a new wave of appreciation from all over the world.
When did you first realise that you would do this (dance) as a career?
As a passion, it started a very long time ago. As a career I would say about six years ago. I did not go to any school, I was lucky to work at the best dance company in Africa, Sarakasi Trust. The persistent and relentless effort of my teachers Edu Ooro, choreographer Oscar Mwalo, Teacher Sly and Renee Githinji shaped me.
I am now working my way up to be one of the best dancers, trainers, and choreographers in Kenya. It has taken hard work, research, discipline, prayers, passion to be the fearless, fine dancer and choreographer that I am.
Which other projects have you been involved with?
I did Niko na Safaricom in 2013 and appeared in several videos. Outside the country, I have done cultural programmes in Holland, Phoenix Circus Theatre in France and a launch in Nigeria, just to mention a few. About two months ago I performed at Formula 1 in Bahrain, and as of Saturday I am now a certified Zumba instructor, so I will begin classes very soon.