Celebrated Kenyan DJ based in the US Ivy Awino popularly known as Poizon Ivy has over the years made headlines for having a successful career and giving a chance for Kenyan music to hit the global scene.
In a recent interview with a local blog, the phenomenal woman has opened up on how she landed the opportunity to work with NBA all-stars, the highs and lows of it, and how she has managed to thrive despite the challenges she encounters.
The Dj who was born in Nairobi relocated to Dallas at 9 and has since managed to build an admirable career life as well as family.
Speaking on her journey, Poison Ivy revealed that she studied corporate communication and later got to learn Deejaying skills from friends who were known as best Dj’s.
Although this might not have been her childhood dream, Poison Ivy says that learning the art opened her up to that career path.
Her first links with NBA was when she landed a mentorship program and got the chance to work there when she was just 12.
“I was 12 when I started working there. Luckily, they mentor kids and I landed a spot. It was amazing! I spent a lot of time at American Airlines and I used to do my homework there. My job was to clean the floor and hand out flyers. I did the job with a lot of pride and it is probably one of the best things I ever experienced in my life” she stated
After several failed attempts of applying for DJ jobs, an opportunity came knocking and that’s how she landed the NBA job.
“ I had tried applying for DJ positions, but I wasn’t successful. During the summer of 2016, I received a call from Mavericks asking if I was still interested in auditioning for the DJ position and that’s how I got the job.” She said
In regard to her experience, Ivy says that there are good and worst days but she has learnt to keep going considering the possibility that others wish to have such an opportunity.
On that platform, Ivy has on several occasions played Kenyan music but she insists that Kenyans need to support and believe in their art without necessarily seeking external validation.
Some of her greatest achievements include being the first female DJ for the Dallas Mavericks, the first woman to DJ an NBA All-Star game and a documentary on her life bagged an Emmy Award.
Besides her career, Ivy is a proud mother to a 7-year-old daughter whom she describes as brilliant and having her as the best thing to happen in her life.