Ugandan actress Natasha Sinayobye opened up on her career as a dancer, actress, model, and on the perks of being a farmer as well, as she covers Ugandan Satisfashion magazine.
The mother of one rose to fame in 2001 when she emerged the second runner up at the Miss Uganda pageant and was crowned Miss MTN Uganda. She then began exploring modelling with the topmost agencies in Uganda. She also ventured into performing arts (dance) in 2002 where she did various performances and theatrical productions, and in 2010 she began singing professionally. Her video Butunda won the most exceptional video in the 2011 Diva Awards.
She, however, added the farming business to her lists of money sources in 2012. In an exclusive interview she had with Satisfashion, she opened up how she had started the farming business and her motivation. “I had to get into the soil. The fact that people underestimated me, made me so aggressive“, she noted.
She further revealed what the experience like and how she had grown in the business. “It wasn’t like dancing which is mostly creative. Farming is very practical. You have to know what you’re doing. I went in green. I only knew how to grow tomatoes because my mum used to deal in them. I didn’t know things like; if you have planted your maize and the dudus (pests) attack one side, how do you prevent them from crossing to the other?
So many things that I had no idea about. Farming looks like the easiest thing to do but it’s so hard. Of course I have bad seasons just like all the farmers in Uganda. It’s not like it only rains or shines on Tasha’s farm. No there’s no exception, it affects everyone and all of us. We all go through it. I went through a whole other thing and I almost gave up but I said NO, this is the plan.
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I farm maize and watermelon. You have to have a plan. Have the market from the beginning. I looked for people, looked for middlemen, looked for everyone. Many young people under look farming-we live in a generation where we must look cool; farming is not Instagram cool. But you have to get down and dirty if you want to prosper. In the economy of Uganda, you can’t survive on one job. You have to do something. You have to do some things“, she explained.
When asked why she has decided to keep her farm life away from the public, Natasha said, “You decide to separate your life from your job. You don’t have to do things just because…just cos I’m a celeb, I must do things that celebs do. You forget that you are who you are not what you do. My name is Natasha Sinayobye, once in a while, I’m a celebrity. It’s not my life. As much as the media can find you even if you have not called them, you pull them to you. You have to have a method to this chaos that is our world“.
She went further to query the way people use social media, revealing all their day to day activities on the platforms. “But it still goes back to what content you are putting up. Why would you share your whole day on Snapchat? There is also a safety issue. You need to look at it from the other angle-don’t only look at the advantages. Yes you’re getting followers but among these followers, the ones you call ‘my followers’ who looks out for you? Most people just can’t wait to see you fail. When, when? When is she failing?”