KUNLE KUTI ON EDUCATION, FELA, KALAKUTA MUSEUM, & CREATING A LEGACY
For my season finale of 2022, I spoke with Kunle Anikulapo-Kuti, manager of Kalakuta Museum – former home of the legendary musician and activist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
We spoke about his background, the infamous Kalakuta Republic raids, the intersection of education, politics, and history in Nigeria, and the importance (or not) of wills.
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ELLA CHIKEZIE ON FILMMAKING, CLIMATE CHANGE, “CROSS LINE” AND “CHOKE”
Ella Chikezie is an emerging, multi-award-winning filmmaker, writer, and creative producer based in Lagos, Nigeria.
She spoke with me about her filmmaking journey, receiving validation from Michelle Dede, climate change, her latest movie “Choke”, and tips for people on the continent looking to become filmmakers.
LAWRENCE MEJU ON MENTAL HEALTH, ART & ARCHITECTURE, AND CREATIVITY
Lawrence Meju is a visual artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. His works have been exhibited at the 2022 Adidas flagship London with Creative Debuts, “The Ties that bind us” a virtual group exhibition with The Cowrie Culture, and recently at the “Desire Lines” exhibition with Affinity Art Gallery.
I spoke with him about his journey to becoming a visual artist, telling stories through various mediums, mental health, and his recent work “An Ode to Self“.
ROSALYN ANINYEI ON AFRICLASSICALMUSIC, LAGOS OPERA HOUSE, & EXPORTING AFRICAN CULTURE
Rosalyn Aninyei is a violinist and social entrepreneur based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the founder of Vesta Violins, Nigeria’s first violin repair workshop, and The Vesta Orchestra, an independent Nigerian-based orchestra dedicated to the promotion of music by classical composers of African descent.
She joined me to discuss The Vesta Orchestra, getting fired from the bank of Brazil, music education in Nigeria, Africlassical music, exporting African culture, and setting up an opera house in Lagos.
MUSIC CONTRACTS, SPLIT SHEETS, BUILDING LEVERAGE AND LEGACY PLANNING WITH TEMITOPE SALAMI
I spoke with Temitope Salami, one of the leading entertainment lawyers in Nigeria, about music contracts, split sheets issues, copyright battles across Africa’s music industry, and building a legacy through wills and estate planning.
CHUKWUKA OSAKWE ON NAVIGATING NOLLYWOOD, BTS FILM PHOTOGRAPHY & TREATMENT OF FILM PRODUCTION CREWS IN NIGERIA
Pause and take a quick second to think about how you generally get to know about an upcoming film. Is it through the trailer or film still?
For a lot of people in Nigeria, their first exposure is most likely usually through the trailer. Film stills generally come second or even third. Why is that?
I spoke to Chukwuka Osakwe, an emerging Photographer, filmmaker and director based in Lagos, Nigeria, to explain the need for more unit photographers in Nollywood movies and why stills are critical to the success of a film.
ANIMATION, SOCIAL MEDIA ALGORITHMS, AFRICAN NARRATIVES, & MONEY WITH ISRAEL OBASOLA
Israel Obasola is a self-taught animator and illustrator based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is committed to creating digital animated content on various topics and sharing them with a global audience. His skits on TikTok currently have 60.4 million views and 4 million likes.
I spoke to him about African narratives, understanding social media algorithms, and tips for young people on the African continent looking to become animators.
FESO ADENIJI ON POLE DANCING & BURLESQUE IN NIGERIA, STEREOTYPES, AND VIRTUAL REALITY FITNESS
Last week, I spoke to Feso Adeniji, founder and manager of Red Caramel Dance and Fitness, an exotic dance and fitness studio based in Lagos, Nigeria.
We discssed running a dance and fitness studio, misconceptions and stereotypes about pole dancing and burlesque, as well as the evolving nature of virtual reality fitness.
JAJ DA MECCADON: A QUICK CHAT WITH ONE OF AFRICA’S PIONEERING BROADCASTERS
Jacob Akinyemi-Johnson, popularly known as JAJ DA MECCADON, is one of Africa’s most influential broadcasters.
He has been credited with launching the careers of many Nigerian artistes including 2face and Modenine, and is arguably your favorite Nigerian OAP’s, favorite OAP.
He is Chief Creative Officer at Silverbird Group and host of the music countdown show, “Top 7 Jams at 7 with JAJ The Mecca Don”, which airs on Rhythm 93.7 FM.
I had a quick chat with him about the evolution of music countdown shows, growing as a voiceover artist and radio presenter, and career transitions.
DIMEJI BASH EYIOWUAWI ON MONETIZING HIS LOVE OF PLANTAIN THROUGH DODO GANG
At one point in our lives, we’ve heard the advice “just because you’re good at something or passionate about something doesn’t mean you should monetize it.”
Dimeji ‘Bash Aleee’ Eyiowuawi doesn’t quite subscribe to that school of thought. He is a creative entrepreneur based in Lagos, Nigeria and the CEO of Dodo Gang, a platform he uses to express his creativity and unite plantain lovers through food, fashion, art, and events.
He spoke to us about his journey as an entrepreneur, World Plantain Day, Caller Ring Back Tunes, and turning his love of fried plantain into a business.
NKIRU BALONWU ON HARNESSING AFRICA’S CREATIVE AND KNOWLEDGE INDUSTRIES
Nkiru Balonwu, one of Africa’s leading strategic communication and stakeholder engagement experts, discusses her work in communicating Africa forward, her time at Spinlet Group, The Africa Soft Power Project, and networking tips.
FRAGILE DOGUBO: ON POETRY & PREPARING FOR YOUR LIMELIGHT
In celebration of Poetry Month, Nigerian spoken word poet, multiple poetry slam champion, and writer Fragile Dogubo joined me to discuss misconceptions about poetry, her stint as a rapper, and earning a living as a poet in Nigeria.
OLUGBEMIRO ARINOSO ON ART COLLECTION, EXHIBITIONS & THE GROWTH OF NFT ART
Olugbemiro Arinoso is Founder of Affinity Art Gallery and an experienced African art collector and dealer.
We dove into a number of topics including the process of setting up his gallery in Lagos, Nigeria, curating exhibitions, tips for emerging visual artists on the African continent, and the growth of NFT art.
DJ KLEM: MUSIC PRODUCER, SOUND DESIGNER & COMPOSER
My first episode of the year is with Nigerian music producer, sound designer, and composer, DJ Klem.
We’re talking his journey into music production and sound design, the evolution of audio post-production in Nollywood, as well as his approach to scoring tv shows.