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Listen: ‘In My 20s’ podcast helps millennials navigate journey of life

We chat to ‘In My 20s’ host and producer Rutendo Nyamuda about her ‘multimedia guide’ for millennials.

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Writer and content creator Nyamuda is the host and producer of the popular millennial-focused In My 20s podcast. 

For most of her twenties, Rutendo Nyamuda envisioned having a multimedia guide to help her navigate her most challenging moments. When she turned 27, she decided to make this guide a reality by creating a podcast as a platform to interview fellow 20-year-olds who are groundbreakers in their respective industries and have fascinating stories to tell about their personal victories.  

‘Relevant, realistic and engaging’ content

The Zimbabwean-born, South African-raised Nyamuda, who holds a BA degree in film and media production from the University of Cape Town, decided to use her media and journalism background to leverage her network base and bring content which is relevant, realistic and engaging to millennials. spoke to this dynamic 29-year-old about her journey.

What was most surprising about your journey from journalism to TV, PR and content creation? 

When I was younger, I wanted to work in the media and entertainment industry, but I didn’t know exactly where as I had so many interests. When I became older, I was told that I needed to focus on one aspect of the industry as it would be “impossible” to do it all.

That said, for me the most surprising thing in my journey is that I have managed to pursue all my passions within the media and entertainment space. 

My career started as an intern for the likes of Seventeen Magazine, ELLE and Destiny Connect. My first full-time job was at Forbes Africa where I went from intern to journalist in a few months.

I wrote two cover stories, as well as interviewed local and international prominent leaders, celebrities and entrepreneurs, including the likes of Stedman Graham, Donald Kaberuka, Chris Froome, Arianna Huffington and Thuli Madonsela.

 In 2018, I started my podcast as a side hustle. And then at the end of 2019, I started working for myself full-time. In addition to the In My 20s podcast, I also host and produce BizCommunity’s BizTakeouts podcast.

Throughout my career I have also had the opportunity to share my thoughts on certain topics as a contributor for Huffington Post and Thrive Global.

What influenced you to start a podcast for millennials?

I kept finding myself in the depths of beautiful conversations with friends and strangers as we discussed our life experiences and debated our views on topics. And I constantly found myself leaving those discussions thinking, “Why didn’t anyone record that?”

The “In My 20s” podcast has allowed me to not just have conversations, but also record the discussions on both the positive and heavy aspects of life. 

Each guest has a unique story which has shaped who they are and their opinions. The objective is to provide a platform for people to share their stories in the hopes that people can feel enlightened or feel that they’re not alone trying to navigate their way through their twenties. 

What was the biggest challenge you faced when you started your podcast? 

The biggest challenge when I started was managing sound levels, as well as the editing process. With each podcast episode I feel the sound has become more clear and the general editing process has become much smoother. I’ve been podcasting for 18 months and I’m still learning.

If I can offer any advice to anyone who wants to start a podcast – or anything for that matter – it’s just start. It’s not going to be perfect at the beginning, but you can’t perfect something you haven’t started. 

How did you overcome these challenges? 

Thank goodness for Google and YouTube…every time I’ve had an issue, I’ve looked up the solutions because there are countless people who have had similar issues and offer step-by-step guides on how to fix them. 

What was the experience like of creating a podcast from the ground up? 

Each episode always feels like an adventure. I learn something new from a technical perspective. And from a content perspective, I experience so many epiphany moments from my guests which I call “mind moments”.

Dreaming is easy and speaking about ideas and plans is so exciting. The difficult part is consistently doing it where the tiring work lies. 

What type of audience do you aim to attract and what do you want them to gain from your podcast? 

I’m hoping that people between 25 and 35 will listen to the podcast and feel that they’re not alone in their struggle.

We’re all trying to be adults. Sometimes we get it right and pay our bills on time and other times we mess up really big time. We’re just trying to figure ourselves out and on top of it all, trying to figure out other human millennial adults too. 

I want people to feel that although the struggle is real, they are not alone. 

Which episodes have resonated most with millennials? 

In 2019, the episodes that have received the most attention have been on white privilege, masculinity and depression. If I could recommend three episodes for people to listen to, they would be:

  1. Ep #33 Living with Depression – featuring Ondela Mlandu
  1. Ep #31 Xenophobia – featuring Rebecca Sibanda
  1. Ep #21 Why I Studied Abroad in China – featuring Nhlanhla Ngulube