June 2, 2018 Zeta

For a very long time, my personal experiences were only known to me and a few other people. I was scared because sharing personal things is closely related to weakness, as well as leaving you open to all sorts of attack. Yet, for the first time, I spoke about my battle with mental health here. I also recently shared the sexual harassment experiences I’ve had in the video below. What is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is harassment (typically of a woman) in a workplace, or other professional or social situation, involving the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks….

May 27, 2018 Zeta 1Comment

Despite having access to a large network of the internet to personal contacts, the search for child stars in Nigeria proved to be an almost impossible task. Luckily, we stumbled on a few children on social media. Although we thought we had a break, getting across to the children proved a herculean task. But not for Shemiolre Eniola. The gospel musician based in Abuja who we contacted through her manager Matilda Duncan flew in with her to have the interview. She is popularly known as the kid behind the viral cover of Nathaniel Bassey’s Onise Iyanu. She sang in a…

May 23, 2018 Zeta 9Comment

The first time Tuebi told me she had anxiety issues. I didn’t understand, I’m also pretty sure I scrunched my nose up and thought to myself “What a butty thing to say”, probably said it out loud too. I was clueless about mental health and I was about to be schooled. The beginning In January 2018, I can’t remember when exactly but my heart started racing at an unusual rate. I hadn’t been running or doing anything physically tasking. I wasn’t thinking of anything mentally that made me anxious. Yet, my heart was racing and it was draining the strength…

May 12, 2018 Zeta

The first time I heard about An Abundance of Scorpions was at the 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta. Hadzia shared during a panel session that it was Lola Shoneyin (who I adore) who suggested the title of the novel. Best believe I had to read it! More than a Northern Woman In my adult life, I have mostly read of South-East and South-West female protagonists. Mostly, because the realities of the Northern woman is closely guarded and her life limited by religion and culture. Yet, Tambaya (the protagonist) shares a life than any woman in the country…

May 6, 2018 Zeta

An intimidating resume, a litany of national and international recognition, a creative oeuvre bursting at the seams and, when you throw in a humble disposition in spite of age and achievements into the mix, what you get is Tunde Kelani, or TK, a cinematographer whose work has become a benchmark for filmmakers in Nigeria. But filmmaking was not TK’s first love. He had picked up photography during his last year in primary school in Abeokuta, where he was staying with his grandparents in a large communal compound. By the time he was in secondary school, he had invested a lot…

April 26, 2018 Zeta 5Comment

“When they get tired of looking, everybody will keep doing their own thing and I’m going to be like this forever….” It is beyond encouraging to see a young woman go through such a life-changing experience and come out of it strong and optimistic the way Chioma did. Her lifestyle and essence is what made her boyfriend reach out to me when I put the word out on the I AM series. In his own words; I know I’m biased but as you’ll see in the pictures, she’s the most beautiful person (tall, dark skin, gorgeous smile) She had an…

April 22, 2018 Zeta

Often times in life, we have experiences that change our perspective totally. This fundamental truth rang true during this interview with Chude Jideonwo as he spoke about his work in the humanitarian sector. Dressed in simple blue native attire and a smile on his face, he didn’t look like someone who has over 17 years of experience in journalism. Save his humanitarian efforts, Jideonwo has done phenomenal work in the media space which includes running RED Media—a group of media companies aimed at inspiring youths to take action for themselves and their community comprising of brands like YNaija, Rubbin’ Minds and The Future…

April 16, 2018 Zeta 7Comment

“There is no childhood memory that made me feel unique until I got to the boarding house in secondary school, where I found out that I was exempted from duties. When I asked them, they told me that I was different….” – Tunji Ameen Growing up as an albino, Tunji was taunted with words like “oyibo pepper”. Seemingly harmless words sang and said by kids, sometimes with the intent to cement the notion that he was different from the rest of the kids because of his skin tone. Yet, Tunji is more than his skin tone. My first impression of…

April 15, 2018 Zeta

Stepping into the room at Lagos Continental Hotel for his photo shoot, John Boyega had a poise and elegance that was almost palpable. On closer observation, a hidden layer to his persona that I didn’t notice at first glance started to become more evident. This layer was humility. With all that he has achieved, John Boyega is a man that is very aware of where he is coming from and the steps that have led him to where he is now. This consciousness of his roots plays a major role in the decisions he has made throughout his career and…

April 11, 2018 Zeta

From setting up this website myself with no prior experience, to creating my first YouTube video, it’s been one great ride. When I decided to start this online journey, I mentally prepared myself for all the challenges I knew will come my way. In The Beginning…. “Just Do It!” – Nike. Thinking of all my limitations and it took me longer than I would have liked to make this video. I had no camera, no tripod and limited funds. Basically, I had the recipe for no video-making at all. Last week, I changed this mindset and decided to get everything I…