I will be writing a couple of short stories on my blog every week from today about people around me (those that will let me that is) and I did convince Miss Kahill, one of the most sought after Social Media consultants in Uganda to tell me her story.
If you have been around Miss Kahill, there would be one one word for this girl. Bubbly. Patricia Edith Nansamba Kahill is a rebel in her own way, when she got done with high school she decided to find a university that would put a lot of mileage between her and her Mom as much as possible. When I asked why she would do such a thing, Kahill (as everyone refers to her) plainly stated that she just wanted to see how she could thrive on her own without her Mother. Patricia applied to Mbarara University where she got admitted for a Degree in Developmental Studies contrary to what her family expected her to do (anything Scientific at Makerere University) and she was happy to pack up, head on straight to Mbarara to start a different stage in her life. At that age most teenagers want to rush to university but still rely heavily on their Parents; Kahill decided that she needed to make money and opened up something that you wouldn’t expect any girl to do in first year, a rolex stand. Of course when she told me that, I looked at her in disbelief and my mind was too busy wondering how I would handle doing that in first the first place, but she looked me straight in the eyes (she has that unnerving habit, when talking to you she will look straight at you unwavering) with a smile and with a tiny giggle said; “They used to call me Rolex girl, even asked me to run for class president.”
After that she opened up an ice cream parlor and in her words, made “a lot of money that I just blew through without thinking about it and soon I was too broke, my business ran bankrupt. I had to close shop after.”
When she graduated, Kahill moved back to Kampala and of course received the grandest of welcomes thrown by her Mother in form of a graduation party.
Being the business minded young girl that she was, Patricia noticed that everyone in her neighborhood kept traveling for a distance to find an internet cafe so she suggested to her Father to help her invest in one so that she could have something to do. The cafe was a hit and learning from her previous business mistakes, she said she had to be careful not to bring this one under like the ice cream parlour did.
I was mesmerized by Patu’s life story and of course I kept prying for more (I call all Patricias in my life Patu) then she told me about a dark time in her life that really tagged at my heart. Its a story most girls wouldn’t want to openly tell other people and even when she told me this, I could hear the pain and disappointment in her voice, I heard a tag of hurt when she paused to tell me about her past love life; ” I didn’t really think it would happen to me even if I knew he had a hit a girl before, I thought I was the special and one then he hit me. I packed my things that night and moved out. I haven’t really been able to trust men as easily as I did with him.”
Everything in life doesn’t come easily but when you work hard and learn to easily relate to everyone you meet, it becomes easy along the way and Patricia says that being humble helps you go further in life because its what has helped her get to where she is.
She is one of the leading Social Media “Influencers” in Uganda as of now and is always happy to dispense her knowledge to anyone that asks her for help. For a girl that has received a lot of trolling because of grammatical issues on Twitter, Patricia Kahill is a very positive thinker and after being around her for a while I realized she tries to see the bright side of everything. She has a lot of ideas about Social Media Marketing and Management that if you listen, you get to learn something and trust me, I have. She wants to start with her company Kahill Insights which is already registered and has been pretty busy with a media contracts here and there.
The Kahill name carries a couple of weights in the Media world and Patricia is building a brand that she hopes will continue to grow by the day, and also pass on what she is learning to everyone else that needs it.
You can follow Patricia;
@Pkahill on Twitter. ☺