Please give a small bio of yourself.
My name is Nick Ndeda. Not Ndenda. Not Denda. It’s not that hard to pronounce. I am 35 and I am artist. Started off as a stage actor, got a radio presenter job along the way, indulged in script writing soon thereafter, featured in 2 continental TV shows (MTV Shuga, Jacob’s Cross) played a lead role in an award winning movie (18 Hours) and most recently I began directing! I also got to hosting a reality TV show which is WILD!
The sum of my favorite things…which are all yet to be gathered and assembled.
How do you think people perceive you?
Nowadays I can’t really say and I also don’t pay it any mind. I do know that when I got into the acting industry back in 2005, a lot of people thought I was gay. Some people said I was “too expressive” with my hands, one lady I shared the stage with said I must be gay because I “nkt” like a girl. I didn’t even know clicks were gender sensitive!
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
Man I wish you were a real car! (I don’t own a car)
Tell us something we don’t know.
Aliens walk among us. But if you already knew this then good for you, see you at the apocalypse!
How many friendships have you ruined because you refused to play a game of Monopoly mercifully?
My brother and I had a heated exchange that led to me bombing his hotel (can you really do that in monopoly??) but since then we just pretend the game doesn’t exist. What a pal!
How long does it take you to scroll through Instagram before you eventually give up?
What gets me out of Instagram is information I have to verify like a link I have to click on. If there’s a new music video, or an article I want to read in full or “I wonder what happened to this celebrity”- of late I’ve been looking up the cast of 90s shows like Martin. Otherwise I’d stay on those IG streets. Have you seen the fries pages on there? Sooo good!
What do you think cats dream about?
Eating a big lunch and then sleeping. But also, how to open up an inter-dimensional portal that will bring rise to the cat mummies in Egypt but I feel that plan has been stalled a lot because they tend to sleep too much. One day perhaps.
If you were a Disney/ mythological character, who would you choose to be?
So I googled Disney Characters and I found that the Spiderverse lies there so I think I would be Venom. Something about an alternate personality that is an exaggeration of my normal self yet not completely out of my control that I find quite enticing. Is that weird?
You’ve got to give one up:
Why wouldn’t you give up the other?
Cheese is up there with fries fam! Top tier shit.
What do you think is completely overrated in this world?
The use of the word “literally”. Almost everyone in the world quite literally uses to literally NOT LITERALLY reference something and that literally pisses me off!
What series are you watching currently and would you recommend it to others?
Devilman: Crybaby and Tjovitjo. If you are into anime (and know how graphic they can be then it’s a hell yes for Devilman: Crybaby! Tjovitjo is a South African dance drama that features one of my favourite actors Warren Masemola. Its gritty, full of tear jerking moments and it can also double up as a 13 part “how to pantusla” instructional video. Win win win!
If you have no financial restrictions at all, what would be the one thing you would buy for yourself?
The Sonford Fish& Chips chain. Best fries in Nairobi (you can @ me!) and then I would eat a complimentary pack errrday!!
Do you ever compliment yourself? Do you acknowledge your success or the good job that you’re doing?
I hardly ever compliment myself. I usually acknowledge it for a brief moment like litrally a moment and then creeps in the feeling “so, what next?” and the anxiety/self-loathing/ work your ass off to prove you are the shit cycles begins all over again
Who applauds your success the most?
My wife Muthoni Gitau. And my mom.
Five worldly possessions you cannot live without.
Pen. Notebook. Phone. Chillies. Pants.
What’s your favourite holiday destination that you’ll go to again and again?
Watamu. The heat alone is worth the trip!!
What’s your honest opinion on family Whatsapp groups?
It’s a great way to find out who watches the most porn based on the “witty” jokes and videos they forward. I see you Uncle O!
Lastly, you’ve been gifted an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with it?
Then that would make me the 21st century elephant man-like LITERALLY! Ha!