Matriarch, Nikky is a mother of two, a fiancé, and a full-time vlogger. With so much on her plate, it is truly admirable how she is able to stay as humble as she is through it all. If you’re anything like me, you spend too much time watching families on YouTube but can you blame us? One of my favorite families to watch on the popular video streaming service is the Bafana family! Just a couple of years ago, I started a video of theres just off first glance and since then, I’ve been hooked! Join in as Sheen Magazine got to know Nikky and more about her family beyond the camera.
Tell us about yourself! How did the idea come about for you to create a channel and share the life of your family on YouTube?
My name is Nikky I’m 30 years old with two beautiful angels aged 6 and 3. I’m full-time vlogger and mum. I have been vlogging for about two years now. Initially it was just myself and the kids in the vlogs, it took some convincing for my fiancé to grasp the idea of us sharing our lives to the world, but eventually, he jumped on board.
Although I knew I wanted to start a YouTube channel, I was also very skeptical and nervous. Social media can either make you or break you, you definitely need tough skin to be on a platform like YouTube and I just wasn’t sure if I was ready for the ugly side.
Most of my friends were very supportive, we had a lot of people tell us that we inspire them as a family and that they looked up to us. People would’ve comment that there weren’t many black family vloggers on YouTube, this gave me the extra incentive to finally just start my channel. It still shocks me up until now how we are able to inspire and touch peoples lives just by being ourselves and keeping a positive energy on our channel
When I first started my channel, it was merely to document my family memories and so we could have a video diary to look back on in the future. Growing up, I barely saw pictures or videos of myself so I knew its definitely not the route I wanted to take when I had kids.
What started off as something innocent turned into a passion. I found myself learning more and more about the platform and I spent hours teaching myself how to edit, use different software I basically became obsessed.
My kids absolutely love YouTube. Nevaeh is my eldest, she’s six years old but sometimes I’m convinced she’s a teenager trapped in a child’s body. She is such a diva and loves the camera. She made a tutorial when she was four and it went viral with over 15 million views. She’s very creative and has all these also ideas, so she started her very own channel.
My second born is three years old, his name is Jordan but we call him granddad. When he was born he had a really bad receding hairline, so much so that he looked like someone’s granddad. Although his hair has fully grown in now, that nickname will stay with him forever, unfortunately.
Tell us about your children, has becoming a mother taught you anything about yourself?
Being a mum has taught me a lot about myself and life in general. Before having kids I used to be a big spender, now I’m a big saver. I have learned how to be more patient. Kids will be kids, they drive us crazy but they teach us to be patient. Most importantly, being a mum has taught me to live in the moment. Children grow up so fast it’s crazy. It feels like just yesterday we were teaching our son how to walk, now he outruns us all. It makes me realize just how often we don’t savor each moment, our babies will be grown up and gone before we know it, time waits for no one.
Has being online influencers challenged your relationship with your fiancé?
Being online influencers has changed my relationship with my fiancé but in a good way. It has definitely brought us closer together as a couple and as a family. We communicate more and spend more time together. We were scared at first that it may ruin our relationship, we didn’t want to fall victim to the “youtube couples curse” (where couples end up breaking up because of YouTube) We always said that if things got too much and we felt as though it’s hindering our relationship then we would step back and call it a day.
How are you able to stay consistent on your channel by promising three videos a week? Do you find yourself struggling with this?
Being a professional YouTuber can get overwhelming at times, I often find myself struggling to balance my family life with vlogging. With my fiancé working full time, I manage the channel alone. Editing can sometimes take hours and if I really want to be creative it can take me a day or two. We promise three videos a week, however, that promise has to be broken at times. I honestly don’t know how people put out content every single day, it can get can all get very stressful if you’re not careful. I always make sure I put my health and family first before anything.
Sheen Magazine is the Ultimate Beauty Guide for the Modern Day Woman, do you mind sharing your holy grail beauty products?
When it comes to makeup I don’t follow any so-called makeup rules, I simply do what I want and stick to what works for me. I’m really plain when it comes to makeup, I just can’t be bothered with contouring, eyeshadows and all the extra glam. I have a very simple makeup routine that I follow religiously every day. One of my favorite products is the L’Oréal Paris’ True Match, the coverage on that is amazing.
What can we expect to see from The Bafanas in the future?
Expect to see lots more from the Bafana family on YouTube and on TV! We have a few things up our sleeves but we can’t disclose that at this moment.
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