Milka Wanja popularly known as Myles has been in Cellulant for 13 years as a Digital Content Lead in Kenya. Myles is responsible for growing the business by acquiring artists in partnership with other stakeholders to get their Music on the web and marketing their content to ensure it generates revenue for them as well as managing new and existing artists.
Myles describes herself as a diligent, patient and hardworking person.
In her free time, she loves listening to music, dancing Salsa/Zumba, as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Here is Myles’s Story;
What attracted you to Cellulant?
Music… Believe it or not! When I joined Cellulant over 10 years ago, we were selling ringtones.
Today I am part of the digital content team that essentially connects artists with products that grow artists by creating a revenue line as well as supporting artists to grow their content to generate revenue in the process.
What drives you?
Creating an impact through digital content. These days, there is also a lot of talk about impact. Millennials have become famous for wanting measurable and immediate impact from their jobs, and purchases. For me I love the fact that my job contributes towards transforming the digital content space and being part of a mission that works to deliver African homegrown solutions for it’s people.
What is something you wish you knew earlier in your life?
That failure is part of the journey. There may be many failures required to get to success.
Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. There’s usually a long journey to reaching success. That journey is where most people give up. Most often, it’s not because they don’t have what it takes, but rather it’s because of their fear of failure.
Failure Is Not An Option too often is interpreted as “Failure once or twice or three times is not an option.” What you want is “Ultimately, success is required.” You only learn through failing.
I’ve learned to embrace failure instead of fearing it. Applying this simple concept helped me so much in the past. It helped me approach life with a glass-half-full mentality rather than a half-empty. Any aspect of your life can benefit from this approach.
What achievement are you most proud of?
I am proud to have been part of the digital content team that did the foundational work at Cellulant. Before we launched our mobile banking solutions then, we were selling ringtones which was a big part of the foundation of Cellulant.
What is the best career advice you have received so far?
The best advice was not to avoid conflict. There is a popular saying I relate to that
“Don’t avoid conflict just because it feels icky or you think the person won’t like you. Stating your truth and being rejected is better than being loved for someone you’re not.”
What words of inspiration would you give to young women and girls who still feel that tech or certain professions are not for them?
As the Founder of Girls Night in Alisha Ramos said, “It’s not enough to be aware of the possibilities. You have to believe that your goals are attainable. “First, can you see yourself, and picture yourself as an engineer?
I strongly believe that believing in yourself stems from the belief in your role models.”
Describe Cellulant in one sentence
Cellulant is the make possible team.
I have been in this business for a good number of years and I have seen young brilliant people grow the company and grow themselves while revolutionising the payments space in Africa.