Ink Overflow: When did you decide to become a poet?
Shikkey: Around 2014, it was at a point in my life i wanted to break out of my cocoon and i wanted to do it through poetry.
IO: What is the most important part of performing for you?
S: Being one with my art and getting to share that with others. It’s a really beautiful feeling.
IO: What’s inspired the last thing you wrote?
S: I’m very passionate about women and championing for women’s rights and it’s something I constantly talk about be it through my pieces or even among my friends.
IO: How do you structure your rehearsal days?
S: I have two definite days for rehearsals That’s Tuesdays and Thursdays. On those practice days I practice the whole day and it depends with what exactly I want to achieve .If I have a gig coming up then I most probably will be practicing more that week.
IO: You were the 59th Slam Africa Queen, how did winning that title affect your career?
S: I got more recognition.
IO: What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?
S: That’s a tricky question, because if I was to change what I did then, then I wouldn’t be the person I am now and it’s those experiences that moulded me into who I am.
IO: What’s the best advice you ever received?
S: When you’re angry take deep breathes (it actually works).
IO: What is still your biggest challenge?
S: As an artist? Well I have social anxiety at times so meeting new people and socializing can be an issue at times. I remember when I was starting in the poetry scene I used to leave events early or hide backstage just to avoid human interaction but now I’m way better than how I was then.
IO: Is performing full time for you?
S:No it isn’t but I’d like to make it full time.
IO: What else do you do?
S: I’m a student at The University of Nairobi. I’m studying law.
IO: How has the Kenyan entertainment industry treated you so far?
S: The poetry scene is quite fair I really can’t complain. You just have to keep grinding and never give up.
IO: How do you deal with creative blocks?
S: I force myself to write…sometimes it works sometimes not really but it does help to constantly write.
IO: What advice do you have for other poets?
S: It’s okay to be different.
IO: What is your favorite quote?
S: Love conquers all (I’m not sure who said this).