Meet The Literati 05_ Ijeoma Aniebo

Introduce yourself

 My name is Ijeoma Aniebo, some people call me Declectic (the eclectic). I am an actress and TV presenter amongst other things.

What is Nigeria to you and what does it mean to be Nigerian?

 Nigeria is home. To me being Nigerian stands for an indefatigable hope, that even in the face of adversity, things will get better. Let me use the fuel subsidy riot of 2012 as an example. It was the first time in this democratic dispensation that I have seen Nigerians agree and implement the power that we all know lies with the people. I was so proud of my country and even more so of the young people that were involved.

How did you find your voice / confidence in your decision to pursue your chosen profession / how did you know you wanted to do what you do?

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 I started performing in my parent’s living room at the age of 4. As I grew older, other kids were settling into more ‘serious’ professions and I couldn’t decide which one to pick. I wanted to be all of them at once. When I turned 12, I said to myself “I might as well find a profession that allows me be all the other things I wanted to be.” I always knew I would perform, I just never thought it would be my first calling. As for the confidence, I have to keep finding that everyday. Some days are easier than others.

Walking the road less traveled is always glorious once you get to your destination, what do you find are the challenges walking that path especially doing so in Nigeria.

 Where do I begin? The constant need for acceptance, the lack of adequate financial compensation, infrastructure, etc. We are at a pivotal point in Nigeria where the film and entertainment industry is changing and in order to do that, everyone is really sacrificing. Back breaking work, literally, for almost little or no pay or recognition. The quick money avenues of the past aren’t available to us anymore so as an actor, you have to have multiple income streams to survive the overhaul. One day, I hope we can all make a comfortable living out of what we’re creating right now.

Tell us about a significant turning point in your life.

 My first professional stage performance in 2009. It was the first time that I could breathe in and take cognizance of what happened to me when I performed and I knew I was on the right path. I have never looked back since.

What keeps you going?

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God. It has to be him because there is no logical explanation. That being said, he’s surrounded me with the best people, friends and family alike and reminds me constantly that people, not money, make the world go round.

If you could go to the past and give your younger self advice what would it be?

 Pick another career. Just joking. Seriously I would probably remind myself of one of my favourite motto: ‘Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game’.

Of all the places in the world to visit, where would you like to be/visit at this very moment and why?

 South Africa. Because I didn’t get the chance to meet Madiba Mandela alive, I’d like to be able to say goodbye in person.

What would you rather, the front of Time magazine or Forbes? Why?

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 Time Magazine. I always imagine Time subjects to be people who have done something very impactful in the world. Money isn’t everything and as I said before, it is people that make the world go round. Money comes and it goes. It is the relationships we form in life that nourish us.

Favorite hip-hop lyric /music lyric / movie or play quote

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It’s from a Jay-Z’ Blueprint album, a song featuring Eminem. ‘Renegade, never been afraid to say what’s on my mind at any given time or day.’ I think the song title actually has a double meaning for me because Renegades was the name of a dance group I formed way back in my college days.

Imagine your child is reading this 15yrs from now, say something to them.

 I love you so much and just like my parents are there for me, I will be there for you every step of the way.

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Meet The Literati 04_Olumide Ayeni aka Ghost

Introduce yourself

Olumide Ayeni aka Ghost of showdemcamp (sdc)

What has been your favorite/defining moment since moving back to Nigeria?

I have daily trials, victories and defeats which I would interpret as self defining. Too difficult to categorize it into a single moment. They all mean something to me.

What is Nigeria to you and what does it mean to be Nigerian?

I call Nigeria a “beautiful mess”. In my opinion Nigeria is the product of the overall collective thought process of its people so to be Nigerian Is to be connected to that thought process in one way or another.

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How did you find your voice / confidence in your decision to pursue your chosen profession / how did you know you wanted to do what you do?

The voice has always been there but it took practice, time and dedication to express. The confidence comes from faith in God. Honestly I have wanted to do so much as long as it allows me to be creative. So you could say music is a creative backbone for other things to come.

Tell us about a significant turning point in your life.

When my daughter was born it most definitely changed my life. My sleeping habits for starters.

What keeps you going?

God, family, real friends and personal conviction.

If you could go to the past and give your younger self advice what would it be?

I would advise the younger Jedi to pray more, think positively and surround himself with people who are trying to do the same.

Of all the places in the world to visit, where would you like to be/visit at this very moment and why?

Apart from actually traveling round Nigeria and Certain places in Africa, i have always been fascinated with Asian culture. East Africa, Japan & China are definitely places I would like to visit.

What would you rather, the front of Time magazine or forbes? Why?

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Personally I would not like to be on the cover of either. I shy away from fame but welcome fortune.

 Favorite song lyric?

Andre 3K- ” The common denominator/ The n#gga numerator/ never know who the hater n#ggas cater to your ego “

 Imagine your child is reading this 15yrs from now, say something to them.

LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER. Find your purpose in life and pursue it with every fiber of your being. Keep your faith in God, your thoughts positive and your heart pure. Life is what you make it as well as how you take. Live, Love and laugh.

Editors Note : It was epic to see Styles P Annihilated in the video below ( From 3:30)

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Meet The Literati 03_Wale Davies

Introduce yourself

My names Tec,/ birth name Wale Davies/ Group name SDC Show Dem Camp

What has been your favorite/defining moment since moving back to Nigeria?

There have been a few defining moments but I think the most important one was when I decided to forge my own path and accept my gifts as a creative. That was in 2009 and is especially significant to me in an environment that does not support creativity.

What is Nigeria to you and what does it mean to be Nigerian?

Being Nigerian to me points at a higher calling. I feel change is vital for this country to progress. Change as well as enlightenment. Its a gift and a curse, yet whilst people may look at the curse part ie the stresses, the corrupt systems in place,  the injustices that go on daily. I look at it as an opportunity to be agents for change and enlightenment.  Due to the relative infancy of this country ( and by that I mean our de-colonization and adoption of the current global systems ie democracy, capitalism) there is an opportunity to really make a mark and be a trailblazer in your chosen field and this to me is an intriguing prospect.

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How did you find your voice / confidence in your decision to pursue your chosen profession / how did you know you wanted to do what you do?

This has been a difficult battle and one I truly came to grips with in 2013. I have been creating music for a while yet did not understand that whilst I was using thoughts to create art, I could also use thoughts to create and manifest life. So doubts have always been a part of my make up. Yet with growth you understand the importance of faith and conviction in whatever you do and this year was when I was fortunate enough to truly make this realization.

Tell us about a significant turning point in your life.

A significant turning point for me, was leaving the corporate world in Europe to return to Nigeria/Africa.  I think that decision significantly altered the direction of my life. I’m the only one of four siblings who lives here and its been crazy, frustrating, fun, insane yet an ultimately fulfilling experience

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What keeps you going?

What keeps me going is the belief that I can change and enlighten people through music and ultimately media. With the key message i am eager to spread being how to see and actualize abundance when lack and limitation have been deeply ingrained in our psyche as a race and a continent. I believe in creating opportunity and platforms for the younger generation to express their creativity so ultimately music is just one step in my journey up the ladder.  Lord willing

If you could go to the past and give your younger self advice what would it be?

I would go back and talk to my younger self about confidence,  believing and having total conviction in God and in yourself as we are made in His image. I would also tell him it is possible to be vocal about your talents without being arrogant or crass, which is something I’ve battled with over the years.

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Of all the places in the world to visit, where would you like to be/visit at this very moment and why?

Despite the craziness in that region, I would really like to visit Egypt, the pyramids, the river nile and also Ethiopia

What would you rather, the front of Time magazine or forbes? Why?

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I understand this question to mean legacy or wealth. I would choose legacy any day so Time. Legacy lives on…although don’t get me wrong o I want my wealth to be part of my legacy.

Favorite hip-hop song lyric?

Nas is like: freedom of jail clips inserted/ a baby’s being born/ the same time a man is murdered /the beginning and end

Nas Hate me now: People fear what they don’t understand/hate what they cant conquer/guess that’s just a theory how man became a monster

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Imagine your child is reading this 15yrs from now, say something to them

That life is filled with ups and downs and only God and the God given gifts we possess as humans can get us through it. Prayer is key, Positive thoughts, determination and conviction will get you far and whenever you are experiencing low points always know tomorrow will be better and with that knowledge, you can dig yourself out of any hole.

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