The Star (Nairobi)

14 February 2013

Kenya: 5 Minute Interview - the Thought of a Snake Makes My Skin Crawl

Beryl Kawere is is the managing director at Ivoriah events. She is one of the most rated events organisers in Kenya.

I'm good at .......... mobilising people for a sensible meaning or event.

I'm bad at........ Keeping time and am so impatient, I don't like waiting. I hate sitting in one place for long.

The last book I enjoyed reading was............Steve Harvey's think like a man act like a woman.

A common misconception of me is......That I am rude. In my defence I think I'm more frank than rude if i don't like something i will point it out.

The most surprising thing that happened to me.....the motherly instincts that just kicked in from nowhere after I gave birth. Babies don't come with a manual but it's amazing how you always know what to do and when to do it.

One of my worst childhood fears was.....reptiles,snakes to be exact . My skin fringes even to the thought of them.

I wish people would take more notice of.........The simple and little things that really matter in life other than technology, money and politics. We have totally done away with the human virtues.

My ideal night out is ............Any night I spend in good health with my two favourite people in the world. My husband (Musician Johnny Skani) and daughter Zoriah.

In moments of weakness I............ Pray. God is the ultimate redeemer.

In another life I would have been.......I would still want to be me. My success stories, my failures and down falls all those made me who I am.

The best part of my job is...... the fact that I get to influence a crowd of people to be where I am every particular day of the week is incredible. I love that they are able to come back each week longing for more and more.

In a nutshell my philosophy is........You must first be the change you want to see around you. Don't preach water while you drink wine. It always starts with you.

My idea of perfect happiness is...... waking up everyday and seeing my family and friends are fine and healthy.

Living leader I most admire is .........Nelson Mandela.

My greatest achievement is...........Having my own family and understanding its value.

My greatest regret is ............ None whatsoever. Every day in my life is a learning experience and there is no room and time for regrets. We are lucky we get chances to do things over and over again allowing us to rectify our errors.

My Favorite author is................John Gresham.

One thing that I would change about myself is ..........Nothing at all. I thank God for everything.

If I was to die in 5 minutes my last words would be........ It's been real. I had a ball. Try making the most of your life and learning to love and laugh.

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