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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Joy Doreen Biira co-presents the Morning Show with Shawn Kimuli on NBS TV and works with Capital FM. She told Dennis D. Muhumuza how she juggles both and wards off overt attention from men

What are your New Year’s resolutions?
Hahaha…those can be tricky! Though, I’m carrying out a SWOT analysis on my life i.e. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats if any (did I just say if any) hahahaha, but yes, threats too and prototype resolutions. Okay, now I’m sounding strategic, but seriously, this year I need to venture deep into the media with God’s guidance.

Which is harder between working on radio and television?
I would say with TV, body language, dress-code, good health and eloquence plus research are of great importance. Radio is but the same though you can dress down (casual look). Putting the two on jig-saw, TV is harder. It’s not an easy task to wake up every morning looking fresh like yesterday was ideal. A lot goes on in the day and one has to put all that aside and smile to the audience, because hey, you’re being watched, which radio would hide!

You did IT at university; does that make you a geek?
By geek you’re saying I’m an obsessive enthusiast….haha! I’m not a computer freak but I think IT and the media are cousins; they both boost each other, so maybe I am!
You recently intimated on Facebook that you are working on a song with Shawn, is it for real?
Lol! Sounds like a mirage, huh? Look at the brighter picture; Shawn is a recording artiste, I’m a bathroom singer. Do you think a record is possible? If you think so then it will happen.

When were you happiest?
I think my first day in nursery school. The excitement of going to school with my brothers and sister altogether was great; I was tired of being left home alone.

What is your greatest fear?
Failure. In my dreams, everyday life and goals, I ask God to favour my endeavours. You know, sometimes it’s not about how many times you fall but how many times you rise and stand on your feet again. You weren’t born walking; you crawled first and fell many times but never gave up. “We fall down, but we get up!”

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Arrogance and impersonation. Both don’t yield a thing.

And what do you most dislike about your appearance?
Well, God’s creation can’t be taken back. I’m not complaining but having a very light complexion can at times give one unnecessary attention especially when it’s uncalled for. I’ve learnt to deal with it.

Talking of attention, especially from men, how do you deal with it?
Principle is vital when given attention, regardless of gender. Being down-to-‘soil’(earth) works for me; these two sayings guide me; “Better be kind because the people you meet on your way up might be the exact ones you meet on your way down” and “Love many, trust a few.” And hey, politeness costs no penny!

What is your favourite scent?
The natural scent of flowers, especially daisies and roses.

What do you owe your parents?
I owe my lovely Rwenzururu parents my success. The values they instilled in me have made me who I am.

When did you last cry, and why?
Just December 24, 2009 – they were tears of laughter! A man doing karaoke at Alleygators sang and threw the whole crowd into laughter at his rugged voice; but I guess that’s what karaoke is about. Before that, I cried when DJ Ronnie passed on.

Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
Not yet so far. That’s a heavy but light phrase, it can cost when you don’t mean it.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
A “good friend” I regarded close but was the reverse. I learned my lessons. Don’t mind a disappointment, it always comes in handy. What goes around comes around.

Let’s end with you telling us a joke.
You don’t want me starting on that else you get goose bumps! Your ribs will contract instead of cracking, ha ha ha!

--Sunday Monitor, January 17, 2010