29 year old Fredrick Marwa alias Iam Marwa YouTube is travelling the world and taking his fans along.
This is what he has been doing for the last five years, documenting all his visits on his YouTube page.
Iam Marwa YouTube views himself as a serial world traveler, going to over 40 countries around the world.
These countries are mostly in Africa, Central America and South East Asia.
In an interview, Marwa linked all these to when he was a student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in 2016.
Back then, a friend who new all about his passion linked him to a job opportunity in Colombia where he would work as and English tutor.
Just after losing a job at a local bank, Marwa successfully applied for the position and the journey began.
Finally settled in Colombia, Marwa wanted to show his friends how life was in the new country, thus a YouTube channel.
He was eager to show other cultures that he had experienced while working as a tutor there.
“When I started YouTube, I didn’t know I would get paid. I was just making the videos to show my boys back home, the life I was living in Colombia. At the time, my friends used to ask me so many questions about Colombia,”
“Funny thing, when I started my YouTube channel, I was asked if I wanted to get paid as I created content. At the time, one didn’t have to get targets to get paid,” he stated.
Currently, the traveler has 271,000 subscribers and 88 million views on his YouTube page.
“At first, I wasn’t making so much money but it increased over time. One day I made 60 dollars, that is when I realised that this would be something,” Marwa disclosed.
Through his savings, he has managed to build a multi-million mansion for his parents.
Presently, he is building his glasshouse that will also have a helipad. Though incomplete, he has so far used Ksh10 million. He says that he is yet to construct a Jacuzzi, sauna and swimming pool.
Marwa advises the youth to always talk about their dreams, manifest them and they will come true.
“I met my dream through content creation. I strongly believe in it like it’s my cross. You can make it by believing in yourself and manifesting and in your dreams,” said Marwa
He also asks the government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to strengthen Kenya’s standing in the diplomatic community in order to improve the travel experience for Kenyans.
“I was once deported from Hong Kong and I wrote an email which the Kenyan embassy has never replied. Travelling with a Kenyan passport is a big challenge and there are many places where I have a rough time with immigration authorities so the government would do better to engage their counterparts,” he concluded.
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