I got to chat with Melvo about the entertainment industry, what are some of the milestones he has crossed and the challenges. Get to know what motivates him to do what he does so passionately. Enjoy and Share.
- Tell us about you :
My name is Melvin Ondigi aka Melvo Hype – I am 30 years old, an Events Host & Hypeman for the past 8 years and CEO of 316 Entertainment that specializes in events and marketing.
I am a born again Christian – I worship and serve at Mavuno Church, Mashariki Campus under the leadership of Pastor Milton Jumba.
- Your best social media platform?
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. (All Three)
- What do you use social media for mostly?
I use them mostly for business networking, branding myself and research purposes on the latest trends in my field and to inspire the people who look up to me.
- What did you study?
I studied Web Design and Development at Computer Pride College.
- Tell us more about the events industry:
The events industry is taking great shape in our country and manage to give many young people livelihoods.
Corporate bodies should now partner more with event organizers in order to easily access their target audiences through the numerous events that happen every weekend.
- What does it take to be a MC?
You need first to have confidence and also have great communication skills and be as creative as you can just to make sure your audience are entertained.
- How is overall branding changing?
Social media is the new branding and advertising media – brand managers should shift their focus to social media because majority of people are now using social media on a daily basis.
- What can you say has been the defining moment of your career?
When I won an award for “Hypeman of the Year” and hosting the Break time Show alongside Comedian Oga Obinna, Actress Nice Githinji and Deejay Deeskul
Planning and organizing Czone Event that happens every April, August and December since 2016
Setting up my own company-316 Entertainment
- What are some of the challenges you face with clients?
Some clients give you a job but because you are not a “familiar face/name to them” they tend to have less trust in you until you execute your job so well to their satisfaction.
Some clients take time in paying for your services hence disrupting your planned budget.
- What is your take on mixing family or friendship with business?
YES-As long as you have set clear guidelines and goals that are strictly adhered to.
NO-Family/friends at times bring too much of your association with them hence service delivery is not taken with a lot of seriousness or some instances where jealousy and trust issues play the part hence the business starts going downhill.
- What are some of the challenges entrepreneurs face in Kenya?
- Funding-Too much interest in loans hence many defaulters ending up in hurting businesses
- Late payments for services done
- Competition from established entrepreneurs
- Corruption-You have to bribe your way to get a client(s)
- How do you manage to keep your private life off social media?
That is why it is called PRIVATE – the nature of my job is PUBLIC and I would love people to know more about Melvo Hype and not Melvin Ondigi but once in a while I do break my own rules and introduce the world to my loved one(s).
- Tell us something about Melvo that would surprise us:
I AM VERY RESERVED – I ENJOY MY OWN COMPANY SOMETIMES!
- Who are the Top 5 male entrepreneurs you look up to?
- Kevin Mulei- CEO, Mo Sound Events
- DJ Mo
- Patrick Quarckoo- CEO, Radio Africa Group
- What advice would you give young you?
Take it easy and give it to God always.
- If you could be the president of Kenya what would you do differently in terms of employment creation and creating a thriving environment for businesses?
I would urge for self-employment and give access to business loans at 0% interest with no security.
- Kindly tell us your parting shot in regards to both life and work:
Whatever you do, do it with your whole heart and God will bless the works of your hands.
His Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/melvohype/