I met Soila back in 2017. We worked together as part of the press team for an international Model United Conference for which she was part of the organizing committee. One of the funniest memories I have of our first meeting was me telling her, “Wow, you must really love Kenya because you sign all your emails with the name Kenya after your name!” (LOL!) For some reason, it did not hit me that Kenya might actually be her name, and I always laugh when I remember this.
From working under the immense pressure of this press team, a lifelong friendship blossomed. When Soila started her bookstagram account last year, I really admired her account and was an avid follower of her content. She would ask me to join bookstagram every other time we talked and eventually, I did! I like to think it is one of the best decisions I made and it is all thanks to her!
I asked Soila three questions to shed more light on her love for books and this is what she had to say:
Why do you love books?
I love books because they transport me to all sorts of places. I really love imagining different scenery, people and things and books let me play freely in this mental playground. My eReader cover has this quote from Theodore Roosevelt that I really love. The quote is “I am a part of everything that I have read”. I really feel that with books.
Why do you bookstagram?
To curate my dark aesthetic page! I’m just kidding. On a more serious note, it is because I have always admired people who are part of an online community and have good friends that they have never met based on a hobby of theirs. I would see that and want it for myself. So I joined bookstagram and I have never looked back.
Could you share a random fact about yourself?
I am called Ifunanya! It is my third name. For all the Africans out there, you know that PSquare song right? (Dear international friends, here is a link to the song. We grew up listening and dancing to it!)
Soila is not kidding when she talks about curating her dark aesthetic page! You can check out her bookstagram account and attest for yourself. It is dark but beautifully tailored into something unique. Her content is always refreshing. Being a cosplay fan, I am quite sure her page will only get more interesting with time! Additionally, Soila is part of the small but growing Kenyan booktube community. You can check out her booktube channel for book reviews and other bookish discussions! As if all that is not enough, Soila also has a blog in which she shares tips on how best to maximize your career opportunities. She really shares some useful tips concerning scholarships, fellowships and so on. Give it a look!
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Soila Kenya. Follow her linked socials for amazing book content.