In this weeks review, News 9 Kenya sits down with one of the most influential women in the field of public relations, to unravel the efforts and success she has in the field of communications. In a Q and A interview, Ms. Kiyeng explains her field of work, the ups and downs she has to put up with for success.
Who is Linda Kiyeng, tell us a bit about yourself?
Lindah Kiyeng is a 27-years-old woman, passionate about media and communication. I own and run a PR firm in Nairobi Kenya.
Tell us a bit about your background?
I was born to David Kiyeng and Rossy Keitany on 3rd September1992 and I am the first born in a family of three. I am also a mother of one beautiful daughter Leilani Bett who inspires me to the moon and back and who I love with all my heart.
How did you drive the passion for media and public relations?
I always knew I was born to be a communicator, and public relations and media has always been part of me. It is something that I have always loved since I was a young child.
When did it all start?
I believe it started in my early schooling life. I used to write songs and plays for the school drama club. It is a passion that emanates from deep within myself. In my world all I saw and all I can see now is art.
What would you advise young people who wish to venture into your field of work?
Make sure it is something that you love. Make sure it is something that is inside you that you live and breath because if you aren't passionate about it you won't be able to withstand the hurdles that comes with it.
What are some of the challenges that come with your career?
I believe at different stages you face different challenges but the beauty is that as you get better the challenges disappear.
What has been the highlight of your career?
Awareness –getting recognition for my work over the past few years, has been an honour to me and my business.
If you were able to advise your younger self what would you tell her?
Be strong, be courageous and all your dreams will come true and everything will work out.
How did you get into public relations?
I had just dropped out of Strathmore after I was dismissed from IT and I was so sad and lost for a while then I did some soul searching and realized that I wasn't born to do IT but public relations and media
How was the experience in public relations for you at first?
I have to admit when I started I had no idea what I was doing I learnt as I went on and I just moved on until I became good at it with time.
Who do you look up to?
I have to say my mum Rossy Jebet Keitany -she made everything possible for me and made my dreams come true.
Finally, where do you see yourself in the next 10 years from now?
I see myself having an international PR firm with offices all over the world. I also see myself at the helm of a media empire and with number one talk show.