The Strong, Passionate and Independent Radio Maestro, Seanice Kacungira, wound up her radio career last week on Sanyu FM in what was an emotional moment for her and her fans. We reached out to her to talk about radio, personal life (Fatboy, Nancy etc) and business. Check out the interview.
1. Seanice, how long have you been on radio and when did your interest start?
I started on radio at the age of 16 at a station called Clouds Fm in Tanzania in my s4 Vacation and I guess never looked back!!
2. How did working at Sanyu feel? How does it feel moving on?
I enjoyed working with Crystal immensely – she is so amazing and such a lovely person inside and out- Ismael Ssembatya is great too, DJ Pita – Hussein who used to do the sports, The receptionist Aisha and Nash and Timothy, Bright Baba, Emily who is now at power FM, Halimah and Peace Pearl in sales were and will always be my family!
Getting up every morning and speaking to Ugandan’s knowing how they feel- doing that show about secrets – felt so intimate and personal. The show has helped me through many difficult times in my life- it has taught me confidence and resilience- it was hard and sad to leave it really was- but it also felt like the right time!
3. Compare Kenya and Uganda in terms of radio. (audience and else)
I absolutely loved Working at CapitalFM Kenya and I really enjoyed working with my co-host Fareed Khimani – he is the best co-host I have ever had- funny, witty and very intelligent – we got on like a house on fire and understood each other very well- we could finish each others’ sentences! I feel like I was at my best on radio in Nairobi – completely uninhibited- I really enjoyed my time there!
Both audiences can be quite complex- I feel at home in both, as the stations I worked for targeted more or less the same listenership – I guess the major difference is that perhaps The Ugandan audience is slightly more participatory and slightly warmer! So each country has its pros!
4. How were you able to stay ahead in radio all this time?
First of all thank you for saying that- that is very kind! And if it is true that I have stayed ahead in radio the simple answer is because I NEVER ARRIVED. I never looked around and said – ‘yup I know it all now’ I continued to strive to keep learning.
5. Tell us about your relationship with Fatboy.
Fatboy can be such a pain – he thinks he knows everything under the sun and is forever on this high horse sneering down at people. However he can also be right some of the time and even though that is not often he needs to learn to be tolerant of other people’s views because he is just becoming obnoxious now. Anyway we made up after that fight we had where he was just disrespectful to Christians and we are all good now, deep down, way down inside of fat-boy is a nice person struggling to get out!
6. Nancy. There seems to be something special between you two. What is it?
TOTAL and utter acceptance of each other and of course LOVE – I would do anything for her- because she would do anything for me- she is the best parts of me and in many ways is my inspiration – people find our relationship very strange but when you have had to struggle through life with one person living on different continents even you realize that the bond is not just any kind bond – its also because we WORK at our relationship and we fight honestly and sincerely!
7. How have you been able to handle the tabloids?
It’s not been easy and I wish I could tell you that I am that strong strong woman who doesn’t care but the truth is much less glamorous – I just don’t read them and the people in my life know better than to bring such nonsense to me- one of my colleagues once brought me a newspaper with some malicious story about me and married men- my sister told him to get out of my office and not waste my precious time filling my head and eyes with rubbish!! Hahaah that is how I deal – I choose what to feed my brain- just like we choose what to feed our bodies!
8. Do you think Bebe Cool had a point. Are Ugandan Djs giving more prominence to Nigerians than their countrymen’s music?
Yes he had a point- it just got drowned out in all the fuss afterwards, the more pertinent question is why do Ugandan dj’s play more Nigerian music than their own country men?!
9. Your favourite book and artist?
They keep changing – right now my favourite artist is Nneka, I read so many books its hard to pick a favourite.
10. We had to ask about men. Anyone special?
You just HAD to!! Lol- well yes, let’s leave it at that shall we?!
11. How do you reconcile your work and your faith?
My work and my faith? Now there’s a question I don’t get every day! I don’t know if you are referring to secular music and me being Christian – I believe that I am a testament to my maker so I try to let my integrity and his spirit work through me. As for music – all music originates from GOD its mankind that adulterates it because we are flawed – I guess so I just take it back to the maker and try to feed my soul with what is uplifting and wholesome.
12. What are your plans after radio?
Radio will always be my first love! You know what they say about the 1st cut- lol! I have been doing it since I was 16! The main reason I feel I need to throw in the towel is that I am now going to be literally living between 3 countries Kenya Uganda and South Africa for work so it would be grossly unfair to short change my employer (when you are an employer yourself – you understand these dynamics more) and I have been getting 2-3 hours of sleep a night trying to juggle my agency, other business interests, and the radio show. The show needed consistency – I was unable to give that because I do love my other job too- so something had to give. It was a hard decision to make. I will focus now on Blu flamingo my experiential Digital Advertising Agency ..we count ourselves blessed to work with amazing top clients in Uganda Kenya and Now South Africa, So I think I need to focus on that fully
I also have shares in several business ventures, have SUQA, develop real estate- currently working on a project in Entebbe. My hands are a tad full.
13. A word for your fans who might lose their minds after you leave?
Awwwww yall know how to make a girl feel wanted. Thank you is what I would say – I don’t call you a fan – I call you a friend… and trust me better presenters will come along- but they can’t if I don’t leave room for them!