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Cheptoek Boyo’s journey: On set with Bobi Wine and Lupita Nyong’o

In a candid interview with Nairobi News, content creator and media personality Cheptoek Boyo shares her experience of being on set with Ugandan icon Bobi Wine for his music video “Little Things You Do” featuring Wahu, produced by Lupita Nyong’o.

She looks back on her experience on the set eight years ago.

At just 21, Boyo found herself thrust into the fast-paced world of music video production, captivated by the efficiency of the crew and the whirlwind atmosphere on set.

“I was fascinated by how things worked, how fast the set moved and how efficient the crew was. I was obsessed with how music videos are produced,” she recalls. Boyo’s role as the lead girl in the music video was unexpected, but she embraced the challenge wholeheartedly. “I wasn’t prepared at all… It was more like winging it,” she confessed.

Despite the lack of preparation, Boyo found support and guidance from Bobi Wine, who was “supportive and accommodating” throughout the shoot.

Reflecting on her interactions with the stars, Boyo shared her admiration for Wahu Kagwe’s music and her star-struck moment when she met her. But it was Lupita Nyong’o’s presence as a stylist on set which left a lasting impression.

“She had this commanding presence and boss vibe, like she knew what she was doing, which was inspiring to me,” Boyo recalls. Boyo’s journey as a video vixen came with challenges, especially navigating the expectations of her strict father while she was still in college. “I agreed to do the video knowing full well that my strict father would never approve of me doing it,” she revealed.

But because her scenes did not make it into the final cut, Boyo was spared the difficult questions.

Watching the finished music video for the first time brought a sense of relief to Boyo. “Some things you do in your early 20s, you don’t realise the impact until you’re older,” she reflected. Despite her brief stint as a video vixen, Boyo sees it as part of her journey, acknowledging the lessons she learned and the humility she gained.

Now a seasoned content creator with over a decade of experience in the media industry, Boyo’s journey continues to evolve. “It is a challenging yet fulfilling journey for me… I firmly believe that my purpose in this world is to tell people’s stories,” she shared, highlighting her dedication to her craft and unwavering passion for storytelling.