We had the good fortune of connecting with Nyamekye “Nyam” Daniel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nyamekye “Nyam”, what’s your definition for success?
I used to think that success was having a paper to show your merit. Whether it was a degree, certificate or money, it would depict your worth or status. Although, I don’t devalue or discredit my awards or degrees because I worked hard to achieve them, I find that true success is measured by my happiness. If I can find peace, joy or satisfaction in my work then that’s an award.

Also as a parent, I want to provide stability and build a success ladder for my children. As an immigrant, I have to work harder to create some structures that would have otherwise been in place. I want my children to have an easier journey than I had. Every step that I build is a success in my book. This gives way to work ethic. Most days, I work 13 hours and even though it can be exhausting, when I close my eyes, I know I am doing my best to make sure my children will have a leg up.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a political writer for a digital news service. My work is republished on a variety of outlets. I cover politics in Georgia and North Carolina. I also contribute to Black media outlets and host a Soca Blaze on 103.9 FM, based in Palm Beach County.

I have started to pursue some entrepreneurial projects, as well. In August 2020, I created Dakari Media, a media and entertainment company. The company was created to build a new legacy for my son, Dakari, who was killed in 2005. I wanted to produce something positive from his name that would help structure that upward mobility ladder for my other children. Through it, I launched CaribbeanAmericaWeb.com, a digital platform dedicated to inspirational stories about Caribbean-American millennials. I have also help produce Caribbean entertainment events in South Florida including Touch of Class- Red Affair, Bashment Soca Saturdays and Soca Frenzy. Dakari Media also does social media management and talent management for others in the Caribbean Entertainment industry.

Using my skills as a media professional to dive into projects has been the best part of pursuing the venture. The challenge has been trying to find balance and accepting the trail and errors of entrepreneurship. I’ve learned that it takes a unique sense of resilience. Strong partnerships are also key, and I am looking forward to securing some.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I really appreciate everyone who encouraged or believed in me. My former editor Carolyn Guniss served as a mentor to me. She never held back about the challenges of being a Black, female journalist, and she pushed me to take some risks in my work that I wouldn’t have done otherwise. I appreciate people speaking up and telling when I am going about things the right or wrong way. One of my heroes is the late Majorie Daniels. Majorie was supposed to be my mother-in-law before her son’s untimely death. She stood by me at my lowest and showed me unconditional love. She also exhibited the most resilience I’ve ever seen in a person. Her example and support have always kept me going.

Website: Caribbeanamericaweb.com

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