Nana Kagga Macpherson is not only a wife; but also, a mother, daughter and sister. She is a very inspirational figure in all of these people’s lives, as well as in the lives of many others across the world. Nana was born in Nairobi, Kenya, but later spent most of her time growing up in Uganda. Because of this, Uganda will always, and has always, held a very special place in Nana’s heart.
Coming from a family of engineers, Nana uprooted and spent some time in the UK at the University of Birmingham to study chemical engineering. Following that, she moved to the US, where she initially spent time as a process engineer on US military contracts. Being so close to California, Nana realized that it was necessary for her to take some time off of engineering and pursue a career path that has always been of the highest interest: performing arts. With a simple ease and immense passion, Nana quickly excelled.
As years progressed, Nana racked up many highly accredited titles and names to add to her performing arts résumé. Under the stage name “Nana Hill,” she was featured in many Hollywood films, commercials, music videos, etc. Some of the movie titles include: He is not that into you, Star Trek, A Good Day to be Black and Sexy, Cowboys and Indians, and Collision. As for television, she was also featured in: LIFE, Runway Stars, Uganda’s Jam Agenda, and many others. Nana also made appearances in the play Butterflies of Uganda, and music videos for Pink, Amy Winehouse, Sting, and Lenny Kravitz.
Anyone can see that she has achieved success while pursuing her passions. So, the big question is Why is Nana back to working as a Petroleum Engineer? And the answer to that is she followed her heart, which lead her back home to Uganda. Although still spending some time in the UK and writing scripts along with directing and producing films, Nana wants her home to remain in Uganda. Here she has two children: one at the age of five, and the other at the age of 11 months. In an interview with Muwado, Nana explains that even with her career rising steadily in the US, she simply wanted to be home again and prefers to be behind the camera and writing the stories.
Nana is such an inspirational figure to women of Uganda, as well as the rest of the world because she is the ultimate example of following one’s dreams. Even with a family that was pushing for an engineering job, and having spent so much time in school pursuing that career—Nana found that it was more important to give her dreams a chance. She proves that following dreams can lead to a happy and successful career path, as opposed to finding a job that appears optimal on paper. Not only that, but Nana also displays the ultimate love for her homeland. She represents Ugandan pride and staying faithful to one’s own dreams, as well as one’s country. Nana is the total package: smart; successful; loyal; a loving wife, mother, daughter, and sister; as well as a true Ugandan woman success story and inspirational #WomanoftheWeek.
“If you give yourself permission to dream, you will be amazed at what you can achieve. Impossible becomes just a word.” –Nana Kagga Macpherson
Written by Katelynn Rehmann, BR Blogger