Meet The Literati 02_Lynda Dunkwu

Introduce yourself.

I am Lynda Dunkwu. I belong to a family of four from Delta State Nigeria. I am also a young female practicing lawyer, specializing in the field of civil litigation and entertainment law.

What has been your favorite/defining moment living in Nigeria?

My favorite moment is definitely my child hood. I grew up in Festac Town of Lagos State; a small neighborhood where everyone was bound by friendship and love. As a child, I could say all I looked forward to was waking up to eat a different meal, play, and play some more. There was no fear of terrorism or criminality. Living was fun, relaxed and something to continually look forward to.

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

Nigeria to me is a home of diversity. The good, the bad and the ugly. A home that wakes me up with so much anxiety, frustration and concern, howbeit, a home that I cannot get enough of and I would much rather be in.

Being a Nigerian to me is the most exciting asset one can have. As a Nigerian, I believe one is naturally street smart, an extreme optimist, a diehard survivor and always motivated to achieve. Being a Nigerian is the exact opposite of being indolent or slow. It is being a self-motivated hard worker.

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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As I stated earlier, I am a legal practitioner. Like many, I was not always very certain of what I wanted to be or what career path to tread. I was thrust into the University to study law by my parents. However, unlike many, I acquired a great liking to the profession. For me what was most thrilling is the ability to take a theoretical framework and transform same into the practical daily lives of people and produce a solution. Law became very intriguing to me as I realized that it formed part of our daily life and was something that was impossible to avoid in human interactions. It was at this point I knew that the legal practice was something I personally wanted to do and this informed my confidence to own it, pursue it and fulfill it.

Tell us about a significant turning point in your life.

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A significant turning point in my life would be when I began my charity organization called project red focused at creating HIV awareness and championing the cause of preventing stigmatization and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS. This project brought me face to face with the reality of the disease and the continued discrimination and pain people living with HIV face. It was a significant point in my life because I believed it was a way to give my input into the society and make it a better place.

What keeps you going?

Hope. Hope keeps me going. The hope of a better life, the hope of having my own children, the hope of becoming a distinguishing professional, the hope of a better world, the hope of everything good to come keeps me going.

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

The advice would be to learn to be true to oneself and not live life to please anybody else.

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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?

I would say Seychelles. Because it is a beautiful island and I am certain it is a good place to have an amazing vacation.

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

This is a really tough question. I would say both. I do not want to be in Times magazine for my achievements alone, I would also want to be known for prosperity. However, if I must choose, I will go with forbes. Being there alone is an achievement. Hehehehe.

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Favorite hip-hop/music / song lyric?

Stay by John Legend. Beautiful!

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

Hello Child. (Smiles). If u are reading this, it means, I have done a good job raising you for fifteen (15) years. Now, there are many more years ahead to come, you have to do a better job than I did, achieve a million times more, so some day, your 15 year old child can be much more proud. Focus, self-determination and persistence is key

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Meet The Literati 01_DJ Obi

‘Meet the Literati’ is a feature that aims to highlight  and feature inspiring people and stories which happen to have the ” literati persona’ acquired not by riches and material possession but by wealth of knowledge combined with a curiosity to attain, understand and appreciate things inspired by words as well as a healthy dose of substance.

With that introduction meet DJ OBI.

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Introduce yourself

Hey everyone, I’m Obinna Ajuonuma aka  DJ OBI

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

Just being able to play along side my syndik8 family and recently djing for ice prince. Those have been major memorable moments.

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

Nigeria means hustle hard to me, you work hard and make your world what it is. being nigerian means you can’t carry last, you can’t be at the bottom and not know how to survive . Always hustling, that’s the nigerian way.

 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’ve always wanted to be a media person, i feel like it was something i was born with, being a dj is a stepping stone into that. it all just feels natural to me.

 Tell us about a significant turning point in your life.

A major turning point in my life happened june 3rd 2012, when i lost my dad in the dana air crash. it was a tough time, i had to become a full man overnight. It was a sad situation but God knows best,

What keeps you going?

The drive and the passion, the motivation to succeed is what keeps me going.

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

LOL. that’s a good question. I don’t know, i actually don’t know how to answer that.

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

TRINIDAD!!! i love the vibe on that island, it’s just a happy place.

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

Time magazine, for being the dj that was able to break the african music scene to the world.

 Favorite hip-hop/music / song lyric?

I don’t have any

 Imagine your child is reading this 15yrs from now, say something to him/her.

  Hey kiddo, daddy loves you, always remember you were born great so don”t stop chasing your dreams, you are destined to be blessed and favor shall always follow you. I love you forever and some more forever.

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The Hopeful Nigerian , Literati Linen Shorts and Literati Alhaji slipper.

Literati Opens First Store In Lagos

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The literati have opened their first store in lagos. Located at No 9b Akarigbere road , Eko Gym V.I Lagos.

Directions –

On Adeola odeku, turn right on to idejo street . Make the second right on to Akarigbere road  ( the turn is shortly after Lagoon hospital ). On Akarigbere drive down to the end and turn right in to Eko Gym. The Literati store is located on the first floor.

 

We look forward to your business.

 

Literati @ Lespace

Literati Showcased at Lespace an exclusive boutique store created as a portal for consumers to engage with Nigerian/ indigenous design brands. Located on Olosa street, VI lagos.

Exhibition @ The Wheatbaker

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Whitespace, in partnership with the Wheatbaker, is delighted to invite you to a private viewing to showcase Nigeria young creative artists.

The series will run within the ground floor of the hotel for one month, from October 20, 2012 to November 19, 2012.

The series showcases art as popular consumerism. The works are young, cutting edge, bold, sassy and each artist expresses their own unique vision of their Nigeria of today, cross layered, cross filtered, local, global and playful. We are presented with a generation, looking at its place in the traditional art world, hitting back with their own strong messages.

The series moves through the multi-layered mixed media works of Tayo Ogunbiyi, the referential pop consumer art of the Literati collective; and humorous illustrations of Karo Akpokiere to the hand drawing sketches of Mode, a trained illustrator/animator whose sketches have become the skins of phones, laptops and other consumer products.

Photography is expressed in the series through the black and white urban landscape photographs of Folarin Shasanya, the sculptured and morphed body images constructed by Hakeem Salaa. Whilst Toyosi Faridah Kekere-Ekun looks back beyond her generation, with a portrait series inspired by the wives of Fela Ransome Kuti.

Whitespace Lagos was founded by Papa Omotayo for the sole purpose of sharing the unbridled creative energy within Nigeria to the wider public with its dedicated ‘pop up’ space in Ikoyi, which has showcased everything from fashion boutiques, art installations to concept cafes.

The WW Series conceived by the ‘pop up’ concept venue, Whitespace Lagos, presents Nigeria’s young, avant-garde artists at the Wheatbaker to mark Nigeria’s 52nd anniversary celebration, as well as the 1 year anniversary of Nigeria’s leading art destination hotel.
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Literati Party 02

 

Held at villa angelia, a nice boutique hotel in ikoyi, It was an event to celebrate the support we have and still enjoy from our loyal fans. It was sponsored by Grey Goose .

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Held at reeds was an event to celebrate the support we have and still enjoy from our loyal fans.

It was sponsored by Grey Goose and was a fun night with the place lit up by literati tees and vodka bottles.

 

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Project Red 2011

Literati clothing showcased their summer 2011 collection at Project Red, A charity event held at the Oriental Hotel Lagos.

The collection explored irony and metaphors  in popular culture.