CURRENTLY serving as the Government Institution Pension Fund’s (GIPF) External Stakeholders’ Engagement Officer, Robyn Nakaambo (RN) is also a Master of Ceremonies (MC), TV and Radio presenter. In a recent tete-a-tete with Confidente’s Marianne Nghidengwa (MN), Robyn spoke passionately about her career as well as her love for cooking and working out.
MN: Who is Robyn Nakaambo?
RN: Driven by my inquisitive and extraverted character, I am an energetic well-spoken and well-articulated lady.
MN: Briefly tell us about your upbringing.
RN: I was brought up very opinionated, and for some reason I could hardly take no for an answer. Growing up I remember giving my folks headaches as I was such a busy body.
I am sure focusing solely on my studies would have brought them contentment, but unfortunately I took part in choirs, excelled in sports, was in the drum majorettes and took up most extra mural activities I could.
All these activities molded me into a confident woman, well-articulated, fearless, eager to learn and hard working. Also multi-tasking and exposing myself to many activities prepared me to manage and juggle the different activities I do today.
MN: Tell us about your journey at GIPF, what your job entails and key areas that enjoy your attention at the moment?
RN: I am currently an External Stakeholders’ Engagement Officer and my job is basically to be a liaison officer between internal and external stakeholders. The job entails me to improve stakeholders’ relations; maintain media relations; promote a good image and reputation of the Fund as well as to provide awareness of the Fund’s products and services.
MN: What do you do to stay relevant with the ever evolving PR industry?
RN: I read a lot to keep abreast with the latest trends in the industry and try to incorporate them in my day to day work. One needs to keep in mind that industry trends are forever changing, and if one wants to be the best at what they do, it is essential to read, seek advice or assistance where it is needed and to never stop learning.
MN: You are also an MC, TV and Radio presenter. What exactly is your passion?
RN: I am passionate about engaging with people and do not get me wrong, if you put me in a crowd and I will crumble with fear. But if you put me in front of a crowd then I will be in my element.
I love talking and my journey began on radio where I loved the fact that I could capture so many hearts with the power of my voice.
I always joke saying that being a radio or TV presenter one has to have some sort of level of craziness as they have to smile, laugh and talk to oneself in front of a mic or camera. But the passion and the means to capture a so many hearts through mass-media is priceless.
Another passion I started embracing three years ago is Brazilian hair, and I must say I have a habit of turning my passions into paychecks. I currently have a mobile shop which sells Brazilian weaves and closures in all textures, wigs and their accessories as well as Mink fur lashes. I call this baby of mine Superlative Virgin Hair.
MN: How has pursuing various roles shaped you as a woman and a professional?
RN: Pursing my passion has grown the hunger in me to work harder and achieve more, not for anyone else or in comparison to anyone else but to be a better person from what I was yesterday.
MN: What three tips would you offer someone starting out in PR?
RN: Three tips for a Public Relations Practitioner are;
1. Know the journalists on your organization’’s beat
2. Be Prompt, Reliable and Organized
3. Never stop learning
MN: What has life taught you that you wish to share with other women?
RN: Life has taught me that nothing worth having comes easy and with perseverance, patience, confidence, grace, faith and hard work it all makes success so much sweeter.
Having something you worked hard for makes it more worth having than something handed to you. The only limitations we set for ourselves as women are in our heads and once we break those chains of “I cannot” the world is our oyster.
MN: What do you do for a little fun?
RN: I love exercising and cooking and these two have become engraved in my daily routine that they have become a lifestyle. Besides that, time spent with my loved ones brings me so much joy.
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