Kenyan songbird Vivian has shared tidbits about some of the struggles she endured as a female artist trying to make it in a male-dominated industry.
In a bid to encourage other upcoming female musicians who are on the verge of giving up, Vivian took to social media to reveal that some industry gatekeepers took advantage of her.
The ‘Chum Chum’ hitmaker also disclosed that she once worked as a hawker to make ends meet. This was before she took up karaoke gigs that paid her Sh4,000 per month.
“Many female acts give up before time! Please kujeni kwa hii kona I need to tell you it’s not yet time to throw in that towel.. Bado masaa… Everyone who told you you’re not good enough will watch you living your best life. Mimi nilikuwa hawker,” wrote Vivian.
“I have been physically and sexually taken advantage of by influential men in this business but here I am stronger than I ever thought I could be,” she added.
While encouraging other female acts to remain steadfast, Vivian also thanked her fiancee Sam West for being her ‘rock’.
“I’m Still pushing and staying grateful all the while! And thanking God for my special man @samwestke. He surely is my rock. Kwa hivyo kila mtu ashikilie kabisa… Your future is brighter than you could ever know!” she wrote.