Top Kenyan lifestyle and entertainment writer Harun Momanyi has just put Kenya on the global map. He is now the first African writer to work with top Hollywood director Hannah Lux Davis on a full blog feature.
The Los Angeles based director has worked with big names in the music industry, including Nick Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato and other highly acclaimed artistes. Her videos have been nominated for and won MTV Music Video Awards.
“I discovered Hannah back in 2013, when I was getting more serious with my writing. Back then I was struggling with finding stellar
people to interview. I knew it was not the right time so I had to wait. This year, it happened,” he said.
Hannah’s biggest project to date, according to the interview with Momanyi is the “Bang Bang” music video with Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, which she says was a “whirlwind”.
“It was my biggest job to date and there was a lot of pressure on the project to be killer. The song and the video were releasing the same day, which made the visual the first thing many people were going to associate the song with, which was super cool,” she said.
The music video has over 630 million views on Youtube at the time of this publication.
On being close friends with Nicki and Ariana and constantly texting with them, the gorgeous creative said that it is for organized communication purposes during video shoots, since the involved parties have tight schedules.
“But if you were to tell me I’d be texting with Nicki Minaj 4 years ago, I may not have believed you!”
This is not Harun’s first major project. He has previously worked with Sauti Sol, Vanessa Mdee, Yemi Alade, K.O, Eddy Kenzo and other top African artistes.
CNN’s digital newsdesk editor Faith Karimi, whom Harun Momanyi worked with before, says that he stands out because of his passion, ambition and love for his craft.
“Working with Hannah Lux Davis is a dream come true. I am hoping this project opens up more doors for me. I have a lot of dream celebrities I would love to collaborate with. She was so kind to me throughout our communication. The fact that she wants to work on a project in Africa shows that she is passionate in what she does,” the writer said.
The writer was a Haller Journalism Prize nominee in 2014.