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Mission praise – meet Shanah Serena Manjeru

Tell us about yourself

My name is Shanah Serena Manjeru. I am nine years old and the last-born in a family of three siblings. I go to Rose of Sharon Academy, Nairobi, and I’m also a gospel singer.

When did your interest in music start?

My interest in music began when I was three years old. I loved singing at home and one day, when my parents took me out to a restaurant, I decided to perform for the people that were there. Though my parents tried to stop me, I went ahead and sang anyway, and everyone was impressed. I have been singing ever since, with the support of my parents.

Which are some of the songs you have released?

I released my first music video last week. The song is titled Destiny, which means where one is headed to. I am working on two more songs, to be released later in the year.

Where do you perform?

Sometimes my parents organise concerts and invite people to come and see me perform. I also sing at weddings, funerals, church and in school. This year, I represented my school at the national music festival held in Kakamega and became number one. I got a big trophy for that.

Who helps you nurture your talent?

I practise consistently with the help of my mum and dad. I also get a lot of encouragement from my class teacher, Hellen.

Who are your role models?

My parents. They encourage me to sing and train me on how to do my music. I learn a lot from my dad, who has always been interested in music. In fact, some of my songs are written by him.

Apart from music, what else do you like doing?

Dancing. I am currently learning ballet dance. I also like doing gymnastics and crocheting my sister’s hair, flowers and scarfs.

What’s your favourite subject in school?

Science, because I enjoy the projects we learn during the lessons.

Which is your favourite holiday destination?

Dubai and America. The streets are clean and there is no traffic jam. I also loved their playgrounds and parks.

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