Azziad Nasenya: Older people are bitter and jealous of my success
23-year-old social media sensation Azziad Nasenya believes older people are bitter and jealous of the success she attained at her age.
Speaking during a live radio interview with Mwende Macharia, the TikToker said this in light of the hate she is always getting when she celebrates her birthday and the things she has been able to do. She acknowledged that some people might look at her and see that she looks older for her age but to others, she is young and fits her age.
“I believe some people have limited thinking where they feel like if someone is 20-years-old, they are not supposed to have achieved a certain thing, its only people who are like above a certain age. And you will find people older than me have many more problems and they can’t understand how a ‘child’ has achieved all these things. I think it comes from a place of bitterness if you ask me. These people are jealous of me because how would you explain this?” Azziad told the Radio Maisha presenter.
Azziad gained fame in 2020 when she posted a clip of herself sensually whining her waist to a local hit song, Utawezana. With this spotlight, her looks and how she opted to be known- a sensual dancer, she was able to use the popularity to land brand deals, awards and jobs. In the interview, she revealed she is living her dream because while other kids wanted to be doctors and lawyers, she wanted to be a renowned star.
For those who thought she landed her radio job because of the social media fame, she said that she is a trained journalist by training and she auditioned for the role just like everyone else and was lucky to get shortlisted. Before going on air, she was trained for another three months before she went live on air.
Today, Azziad is the most followed female TikToker in Kenya and is especially known for this. In 2020, she revealed she made an average of Sh 100,000 a month when she went live. She, however, claims she is not a professional dancer but she knows how to and loves dancing as a hobby. She also swore she would never become a dancing video vixen.
This fame would play a role in her getting booted from the government’s Talanta Hela Council for creatives after many complained that she wasn’t selected based on merit but on fame; and that she is too young to hold that position over others who’ve been in the creative industry longer. At this same interview, when she was asked about she and her co-Council members being booted from the Talanta Hela programme following a court case, she walked out of the interview.