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One-on-one with the one and only Prisca Anyolo

TV host Prisca Anyolo is a multi-faceted speaker and a thought leader in the media, public relations, cosmetology and journalism industry. She is also the co-founder and owner of Make Em Upp and a finalist in this year’s Miss Namibia. She chats to Biashara newspaper about her job, her business, some tried-and-true daily habits young women need to implement to cultivate success and last but not least her journey to Miss Namibia nomination.

Career Highlights

How would you describe yourself? Who is Prisca Anyolo?

I would describe Prisca Anyolo as a multifaceted, innovative creative who is passionate about life. I fought hard for my happiness and have cultivated a spirit of positivity which has molded me into the young woman I am today.

Who inspired you to get into the media industry?

Growing up I used to look up to Chi-Chi Muinjo (May her beautiful soul rest in peace), and whose talent and craft I still respect to this day. I used to watch her amazing talented self on my NBC screens and that’s when I realized, I want to be just like her. I hope I’m making her proud with the few strides I’ve made thus far. The person who inspired me to stay in the industry would definitely be Maria Nepembe. That woman can simply be described as a powerhouse who continues to put Namibia on the map for all the right reasons. I love how her mind works and the products she creates; I can only hope to attain that same level of success and more.

What are your professional strengths?

As an individual I believe Prisca Anyolo is a marketable and profitable brand, with extreme intuitiveness and creativity and most importantly, passion. You can have the most talent in the world but if it is not driven by passion, consistency and determination, it won’t get you far. Hence why I take pride in my presenting, modeling, acting, makeup artistry, social media navigation, media technology, journalistic writing, public relations, photography and videography skills, all of which I am qualified in. I also do a bit of webpage designing which I am yet to master, and I have just discovered a new passion for sewing which I am excited about and can’t wait to become an expert at.

What advice would you offer to young women aspiring to a career in the media industry?

First and foremost, put yourself out there. You are so lucky to be living in an era where the tools are available to you for free to make yourself better and make yourself known. Social media applications are there for your taking, pick at least two you can be consistent with and produce as much content as you can, and start with what you have. Just start.

Which female leaders do you admire?

Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie without a doubt. I used to read her books, papers and other published works with such zest and I am amazed at how brilliant her mind is. She is a pioneering, trail blazing author and public figure whose intelligence, beauty and confidence is admirable indeed. Another female leader I admire would be Priyanka Chopra Jonas who is an Indian actress, singer, and film producer. I have always been a fan of her work but it was only when I found out that she was crowned Miss World 2000 that I was drawn to her personal story which is inspiring indeed. She worked so hard to be where she is today and that inspires so many women around the world to do the same.

What does success mean to you?

Success to me means making a change in people’s lives for the better through whatever God-given skills you have, no matter how insignificant it may seem to others. At the end of the day if you are proud of what you were able to do then that should be enough.

What are your career plans for the next five years?

I truly cannot say because I may have a thousand and one ideas of how I want my life to pan out but in the end it is God who guides my steps so all I can say is I am excited to see where he leads me next and where I will be in the next five years.

What’s your career highlights?

My successful modeling career in South Africa which led to billboards of me being put up all over Africa for an Old Mutual campaign. That was the coolest thing that has ever happened to me and I am so grateful for that experience. Another highlight would be my supporting role in the infamous film “Katutura” playing the role of Isola, and weirdly enough, the first beauty pageant I had ever lost which was Miss Jozi 2018. I consider it a highlight because I was blessed to have competed with such worthy contenders and even though I didn’t win the crown, I got placed in the top 6 and I had so much fun throughout the journey. It was amazing.

Your business- Make Em Upp

Tell us about your business?

I run my own makeup artistry business called Make Em Upp which I started in 2017. I specialize in natural and glamorous makeup application, and am delighted at how my clientele base has grown over the years.

What’s your skincare routine?

I have three things to say here: African black soap, shear butter and coconut oil. Those three musketeers have saved my life! Adding a little tea tree oil and rose water will help a lot with acne and scaring as well.

What have been some of your best investment purchases?

My Canon camera, my ring light, my makeup equipment and my super soft pillow.

What’s the best thing about owning your own business?

The absolute best thing would be knowing that you have control over your own life and you live it according to your own terms and rules which is exceptionally liberating.

How do you achieve a work-life balance?

I honestly prioritize what is important first, and that which I can sacrifice I do without costing the other, if that makes sense. And bafwetu, rest. It’s important to allow some time outs to avoid burn outs.

What advice would you offer postulant entrepreneurs?

Think long and hard about what you want to venture in, and prepare yourself for some failures along the way. Do not change the dream, change the technique till you get it right. And never stop learning, there is power in knowledge and research.

Miss Namibia 2021 Nomination

How do you feel about making the cut into Miss Namibia 2021?

I feel grateful more than anything. This is a huge opportunity and a life-long dream of mine so I am extremely thankful for even being just a finalist. This year the competition is stiff and I love that, meaning we are all worthy contenders.

How did you get nominated?

I applied late last year and it was automatic admission. The main finalization will only happen this year.

What has your life journey taught you?

That what is meant for you will always be for you. That whatever God has blessed no man can curse. That as a young woman you better learn to establish yourself and make your own money.

What’s your definition of beauty?

Without a doubt it would be confidence. Beauty lies and culminates in confidence, and what is more beautiful than a healthy self-esteem? It makes you more beautiful and powerful.

Your beauty confession?

I feel my most beautiful when I have just stepped out of the shower with no makeup on. There is something about the way my skin glows that exudes ethereal beauty and I am in love with it. I know I am a makeup artist and I live and breathe makeup, but that is just another form of beauty I indulge in. Love yourself first before falling in love with extensions of yourself.

What’s your message to young Namibian women battling self-doubt?

Stop doubting yourself while so many people are threatened by your potential. Regardless, do it for yourself to prove whatever it is you need to prove, to yourself and no one else.

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