Jina langu ni Farhana Oberson
Your name and what do you do?
My name is Farhana Oberson and I am a Kenyan YouTuber. I love making YouTube videos that aim at spreading love and happiness because I genuinely feel the world needs so much more of it.
Why did you start Vlogging?
My passion for vlogging comes from a long and deep story, let’s just say, through vlogging I found a way to make and meet lots of new friends <3
What do you find most challenging about vlogging?
Most challenging is facing the stares I get when I vlog in public. It needs some getting used to. Also the editing can be timely and tiring at times. But I still love it all.
From all your Vlogs on your Youtube channel, which is your favorite Vlog and why?
I absolutely love the “Best Places to Eat in Mombasa” video because the idea literally came to mind when I was in the shower one day, and I could never have imagined that the video would be such a huge success.
Being a hijabi, do you find critics from the society even though you are covered?
Yes, I find a lot of critics, some saying that it is not Islamic enough to put myself all over the Internet. But i don’t blame them. Our society tends to mix culture and religion together. Personally I am using the social media platform to inspire others and spread love and happiness, which i feel is a good and positive cause that is not disregarded in our religion.
How do you feel your YouTube Channel contributes to your dreams and goals of this life?
My dream and goal in life is to really inspire people, especially inspire Muslim girls that we can really do anything we want. Just because we wear a head scarf doesn’t mean that we can’t be YouTube influencers, or take up any career. Our society strongly believes that being a Muslim pulls us back from the modern world, but to the contrary I feel that being a Muslim I can still do everything that I want. Therefore, YouTube as a platform, helps me achieve this.
Coast region has not embraced blogging/Vlogging as much as other parts of Kenya and the world, what do you think could be the reason?
The reason is because there just isn’t anyone doing it here. If there were many vloggers and bloggers around, then it would be a norm and no one would really take much notice. But because it is something completely new then people have no idea about it, they don’t know what vlogging and blogging is, and most certainly do not know its influence and impact on crowds. Therefore, when you are unaware of something and how it works, then you are definitely going to be skeptical to accepting it, as well as be unwilling to even make an effort to explore its benefits and popularity. This is why it has not been embraced yet.
What are your future goals about your YouTube channel?
My goal for now is to reach 10,000 subscribers. Slowly but surely I will reach the milestone.
What advice would you give young hijabi’s who would also like to start their own blog?
I would say just go for it! For as long as your parents are ok with it, then don’t think about what the society will think. Just do it and be a pioneer for others to follow. The girls in our society believe that being a hijabi pulls you back from doing many things, but on the contrary, I strongly believe that we as hijabis can do anything and everything as long as we set our pure minds to it.
Just do it and do it with dignity, honour and perseverance.
Strive to be different rafikis!
Join me in my adventures on my social media platforms:
YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/FarhanaOberson
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I have watched her blogs, very interesting and inspiring. MashaAllah!!
I have watched her Vlogs. Very Interesting and inspiring. MashaAllah!!
Thank you so much Fardosa <3
Thank you so much for the feature! It is an honour to be a part of your blog
Farhana seems like a nice all-round person. Keep it up.
Very amazing person.
Aww this is so sweet. thank you so much Dreday :D
mashallah i know am a fan ,but every thing she said was true .congrats again just be you
Thank you so much swiry <3 you are not a fan, you are my rafikiiii !! lots of love xx
I watch your videos on YouTube and follow you on Snapchat and Instagram as well.. I must say that you really doing a great job with your work MashAllah and most importantly being brave on taking this step in a small town like Mombasa where people can be quite judgmental most of the times. Lol i noticed the stares in the latest video you have up but just keep going, someone has to break the culture norms and barriers we have in our small town and i must say MashAllah i see more and more hijabis doing that now and it is really inspiring to think girls are creating their own platform and paving the way forward for the younger generation coming up..
Thank you for being one among the many to come..
Hi Hawaa, Oh my, your all round support is so touching. You are so sweet and kind. I am so happy to know that you enjoy watching my videos. My aim is to inspire others as well as break the stereotypes that eludes in our society. Thank you so so so much for your support. I am so grateful to have amazing people like you rooting for me.
Lots of love xxx <3
Stumbled upon the youtube videos and man its made me so nostalgic… having grown up in Mombasa.. definitely will keep the restaurants in mind when am next there.. Keep up the good work and keep on spreading the love.. xoxox