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THE CREATIVITY LOUNGE- SIMON GANDOSSI.

Author Interview with Simon Gandossi/Cecilia House

Hello Everyone, Today’s guest is Simon Gandossi, the author of Cecilia House.

1. Please tell us about yourself?

I was born in Fremantle, Australia and my family heritage is Italian. I live on a small farm 10 minutes from the ocean. I collect antiques, I love to cook, play tennis and soccer, read, learn new languages and I am a huge fan of classical music and music from the 1950s and 1960s. I also love metal detecting and over the years have formed a large collections of artifacts.

2. Why did you choose to write?
Writing was something I was also doing in school. I have a very large box filled with short stories from my youth. A few of them made the final of the young writers of the year competition and from then then on I knew I wanted to make it my career.

3. What is the story behind Cecilia House? What made you write it?
I don’t limit myself to one area of history, I bring different aspects of it to life for my readers. The subject matter within Cecilia House is unfortunately still relevant today. I watched a documentary about these disturbing abuse cases and one thing was common amongst the interviews with the survivors. Not many people cared back then. I wrote it because in the 1930s many records were destroyed and the extent of the abuse is not known. I wanted to be their voice and when someone watches the news and sees yet another arrest being made, I hope they will think about my book and know I am a small part of a large group of people seeking justice for those harmed.

4. How can you say writing has changed you?
It has been and continues to be a large part of my life. My life changed when I first decided to become a fulltime writer. I invested so much time and money and had no social life. I lived on basics and a holiday was just a dream. It made me realize what other authors sacrificed and in turn I now take nothing for granted.

5. What can you say is the role of writers in today’s society?
In my opinion as a historical fiction author, my role is to educate and hopefully spark a further interest in history for my readers.

6. Which scene or chapter in your book is your favorite? Why?
The first chapter I created a scene with a treehouse where the main character and her friends spent their time alone. This treehouse as mundane as it sounds has such a strong meaning throughout the book especially at the end in the epilogue.

7. What is the worst writing/publishing advice anyone ever gave you?
Another author once told me don’t write what I am passionate about, write what is popular.

8. What book are you currently reading?
I am currently reading a non-fiction book called On Radji Beach. A true story about the Australia nurses captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore during WW2.

9. What writing resources are most useful to you?
Resources that allow me to interview survivors and or their family members either locally or around the world. Hearing the stories firsthand really helps my writing immensely.

10. What would you advise a young writer on a writing journey similar to yours?
I always tell those wanting to become writers there are 3 things they need to know. The first is be in it for the long haul, nothing happens overnight. The second is being able to take a certain amount of criticism. Third never let doubt enter your mind despite how hard things might be, it can affect your writing.

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THE CREATIVITY LOUNGE– INNOCENT OKOCHIKWU.

Hello everyone, this is my first post this month. A lot has been going on and I’m realizing that being consistent is not as easy as the word sounds.

Well, my guest today is Mr. Innocent Okichukwu and this interview is highly insightful. Read on.

EBUBE: CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF?

INNOCENT: Well, I am Innocent Okochikwu nicknamed Innycredible. I’m from Benue state, idoma by tribe. I’m a graduate of mass communication from Benue state university, I’m currently serving in Osun state. I like reading prose, playing basketball and making new friends. I write poetry mostly romance and short stories.

EBUBE: WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

INNOCENT: Majorly life. I notice I feel things differently, I tend to put myself in every situation so I will become the story. Emotions are my pen and ink.

EBUBE: SO FAR, WHAT’S YOUR MAJOR PUBLICATION?

INNOCENT: I have some articles published at http://www.eDecentnews. an Australian blog, and I have also published poems and my ongoing book on http://www.ebonystory.com. for now, that’s all I have but I plan to strive for more.

EBUBE: WHAT ARE THE ISSUES YOU TEND TO ADDRESS WITH YOUR WRITING?

INNOCENT: The selfish ideology of we don’t need each other in life, to make the average believe that he/she is able of greatness because it is within them, and to correct the wrong stereotypes our culture and society has placed upon us.

EBUBE: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE COLLECTIVE ROLE OF WRITERS IN OUR CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY?

INNOCENT: To be a voice. Not just any voice, but a peculiar one. One that is not biased and does not hold it’s criticism of what should be and it’s not. We are not just to publish an array of beautiful words, but we should be able to build beautiful individuals by our fictional characters.

EBUBE: WHO ARE THE WRITERS YOU CAN SAY INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING.

INNOCENT: Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie, Myles Munroe, and largely my own thoughts and everybody I have met in life. They teach me a lesson.

EBUBE: LET US INTO YOUR WRITING PROCESS FOR A BIT, WHAT’S YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE? FROM THE CONCEPTION OF AN IDEA TO PUBLICATION OF YOUR STORY.

INNOCENT: It starts as you have said with an idea, then you have to build a story out of it. My favorite part is picking my characters, I study my friends, characters from other books, and match make them. I personally like writing in a narrative style. It’s a slow but befitting process but that is me giving you a glimpse. Maybe I could make you a character someday.

EBUBE: 😂 I’D LOVE THAT. WHAT INTRIGUES YOU ABOUT THE WORLD? AS A PERSON AND A CREATIVE WHAT MAKES YOU EXCITED TO BE AND EXIST?

INNOCENT: Wow, that’s deep. I will say, God. He is the master creator and he wants all his creation to be as beautiful as him. How? Through love, self development and knowledge to be and become.

EBUBE: SO FAR, HAVE YOU TAKEN TIME TO DEFINE WHAT SUCCESS WOULD MEAN TO YOU AT THE END OF THE DAY?

INNOCENT: Yea. Success is me being happy and remembered to have been of positive impact to the people I call my own.

EBUBE: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PUBLISHING IN NIGERIA?

INNOCENT: Well, it’s a known fact that Nigerian don’t read, so for me, it’s a struggling industry. We just use our passion to keep it alive.

EBUBE: SO HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU READ THIS YEAR? WHICH OF THEM REALLY STANDS OUT FOR YOU?

INNOCENT: Not less than 10 but could be more, can’t place a number on it. To the hilt by Francis Dick.

EBUBE: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY THAT MY QUESTION DIDN’T GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO SAY?

INNOCENT: And what I will say is people should not give up on each other, it’s the beauty of life.

EBUBE: Alright. INNOCENT, thank you so much for being my guest today.

You can reach him on social media via
Instagram: @Official_innycredible

Facebook: Godspower Innycredible John.

Facebook page: Diary of a melancholy.

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THE CREATIVITY LOUNGE — YAZARAH

British Asian novelist Yazarah is my guest today. She is the author of the fantasy novel “The Sickness.” and we have a lot to learn from her today.

EBUBE: PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

YAZARAH: I started writing when i was 12 but didn’t aim for writing a full novel until i was 14.
I am a psychology graduate and trainee counsellor, which is probably why I love exploring the darker places of the mind and human behaviour.

EBUBE: DOES WRITING ENERGIZE OR EXHAUST YOU?

YAZARAH: Definitely energise, i don’t force myself to write. It’s like a therapy for me.

EBUBE: CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR NOVEL “THE SICKNESS”? WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE IT?

YAZARAH: The Sickness is a YA fantasy in a world with Jinns, vampires and magic. Hiro is possessed by a vampire spirit and is in charge of cleaning up the messes left by the creatures of the secret world so as to keep it hidden from humans. But now there is a mysterious sickness that is infecting the creatures and turning them insane, causing them to go on a killing spree.
Many things inspired me to write, my past experiences, my mum, my religion, other writers like Darren Shan and J.K.Rowling.

EBUBE: ARE THERE CERTAIN ISSUES YOU FEEL INCLINED TO WRITE ABOUT?

YAZARAH: Definitely mental health and abuse, that’s because of I have helped many people (some close friends and family) overcome these issues themselves.

EBUBE: COOL. SO YOU WRITE FANTASY AND TO SOME THAT GENRE IS UNNECESSARY AND UNREASONABLE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THE WORLD STANDS TO BENEFIT FROM FANTASY FICTIONS?

YAZARAH: Imagination and escapism, it expands the mind and lets us dream of the impossible. I know it’s not for everyone but from a psychology stand point we need fantasy, it’s why children are so engrossed in their own worlds and have imaginary friends. It has so many benefits I could write a paper on it!

EBUBE: WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE?

YAZARAH: I wish i could say i have some kind of smart or elaborate system but actually its quite chaotic probably because my mind is a mess!
I just write and write to quieten my mind. A lot of what i get down is complete rubbish so i keep that in what I’ve dubbed my ‘trash’ story.
But for my actual novel most of the time I feel like my characters have control and i’m just trying to tell their story (wow does that sound crazy?!) When they’re done showing me their story I tear it to pieces in the editing! I often re-write the whole story or at least whole sections at least 10 times until it becomes comprehensible to an audience that’s not in my head.

EBUBE: WHAT IS THE MOST UNETHICAL PRACTICE YOU CAN FIND IN THE INDUSTRY?

YAZARAH: Authors Not getting paid enough 😂

EBUBE: WHAT ARE THE PITFALLS YOU FELL INTO WHILE TRYING TO GET PUBLISHED? WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY IF YOU COULD?

YAZARAH: Ah OK 100% regret not having beta readers to proof read my drafts. Feedback from readers is invaluable, especially for your first book!

EBUBE: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE BOOKS?

YAZARAH: Ooh this is hard!

1- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J Maas
2- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
3- Wicked Lovely by Malissa Marr
4- Dark Artificies by Cassandra Clare
5- Demons Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennon

EBUBE: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?

YAZARAH: Haha yes! It’s the bane of my existence.

EBUBE: DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF?

YAZARAH: No! I stay away from these things, I can’t stand it.

EBUBE: WHAT DOES SUCCESS AS A WRITER MEAN TO YOU?

YAZARAH: Just that my readers enjoy my book, they get strength from it and are encouraged to follow their dreams no matter their situation.

EBUBE: IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY THAT MY QUESTIONS DIDN’T GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY? ANYTHING AT ALL.

YAZARAH: Never let anyone say you can’t do something or you’re not good enough. If your passionate about something keep strong and don’t give up. But something everyone should always keep in mind is why they are writing- don’t let it be for sales or other people, do it for yourself.

EBUBE: Alright. Yazarah thank you so much for being my guest today.

You can reach her on social media via
Instagram: https://instagram.com/the_sickness_yazarah?r=nametag

Website: https://www.yazarah.com/

Thank you for reading this. Are you a creative seeking a platform to help publicise you and your work. Feel free to contact me by mail: ebubennenna@gmail.com. Much Love💜💜

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The Creativity Lounge — Imran Boe Khan

Poetry is the supreme fiction, madame...” Wallace Stevens said. Poetry is a gift to man as it exposes the treasures hidden in words in a divine manner. Today, my guest is one of the few that are using poetry to paint time. Mr Imran Boe Khan.

Ebube: Please can you tell us about yourself?

IBK: I am a poet and researcher based in Dorset, England. I live with my partner, our two children and two gerbils whose names have caused some argument within our household – their ‘official’ names are ‘Artemis’ and ‘Renfield’, but my ten year old daughter wants them to be called ‘Rocky’ and ‘Chip’. Meanwhile, my two year old son calls them ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ and ‘Dad’. Aside from trying to resolve these arguments and writing poetry, I work for Amnesty International where I give talks on creative activism around the world and injustice within British courts.

Ebube: What inspired you to start writing?

IBK: When I was about seven, I had a teacher at school called Mrs Gladwell. She was wonderful, and used to sit my class on the floor and sing us all silly rhymes. Whenever I felt anxious as a child, I used to remember her rhymes, and write some of my own. My sister talent-spotted me and commissioned me to write poems in her cards to her boyfriends in exchange for chocolate. I tasted my first rejection as a poet when I was nine. One Valentine’s Day, instead of using my poem (which I still think was one of my best) she copied lyrics from a Spice Girls song. As I grew older, I began distracting myself from anxieties by other means and I became addicted to things that damaged me physically and psychologically, and harmed the people around me. Writing became a way of distracting myself from those addictions, and something I immersed myself in. Ever since, I’ve found huge joy in being absorbed by the music of poetry, either when I’m writing or reading. I feel passionate about promoting poetry as an outlet for people suffering from mental illness – being creative is so important, especially for young people.

Ebube: So far, how many poetry works have you published? If you don’t mind sharing any short poem of yours.

IBK: I’m not sure of the exact number, but I’d say somewhere in the thirties. My partner joked a few days ago that I should have Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter collections because my style changes according to season. I prefer my poetry in the warmer months – In my experience, being tucked up in bed with gloves, a hot water bottle and my son’s ear muffs, and weeping desperately as I sip tomato soup in a forlorn attempt to stay warm, isn’t normally conducive to good writing. Sure, the poem I’ll share is titled ‘Body Squatters Caught Dancing’. It was first published by Juked earlier this year:

Body Squatters Caught Dancing

The knot homed in my lungs will scamper and fly,
depart through orchards of bone,
brushing whatever loneliness feeds my skin. It’ll dance
to the popping beats of my vessels
without even thinking of staying.
My grandma said that’s how you get old,
things come to stay.
She had a tumour squatting in her throat no one found,
said something doesn’t have to be real to be killing you.
Months later she was breathing laser light
and coughing up herself.
Decay was her wilderness, body her spring.
I sensed she was putting off telling me something which might have been important,
like how the vastness which would come between us will shrink to the size of a bee
and spread its hive through my lungs.

Ebube: That’s a very wonderful piece. Can you say writing has changed you? If yes, in what ways?

IBK: Aside from improving my mental health, writing full-time has been great for my little family. My little girl and I have always been best friends, but since she’s been part of the high points I’ve had along my career, she has really opened up to writing, and writes stories herself. I think she’s proud of me – a few months ago she found a black and white picture of a man with a suitcase. She proceeded to colour the man brown and said that was me holding a suitcase of poems. That picture lives dead centre of our lounge, right above the fireplace. As for my two year old son, I think he resents me for not being a pizza chef – the career he pursues. Often I catch him ripping the covers off my books and using them as ‘pizza bases’. He then places bits of soggy cereal on the base which, I believe, represent anchovies. I like to convince myself he’s just teasing me – often he cuddles up to me and asks “How is your poetry doing?”Writing has also made me think about the scenes I come across, just on my daily travels, in a deeper way. It’s taught me to imagine different perspectives and look for the poignant in images I’d otherwise pass by.

Ebube: What’s your writing process like?

IBK: I write when I can. My partner and I have two young children, so it can be tricky sometimes. Often, I find myself writing when the children are asleep. My little boy finds it difficult to sleep on his own, so normally I write in his bed as he tries to get to sleep. I type with one hand and cuddle him with the other. The problem is he can only get to sleep by pulling and digging his nails into my ear, and I’m defenceless because I’m balancing a laptop on one knee, so I can always tell how much I’ve been writing by the amount of physical pain I’m in and how bruised my left ear is. I haven’t been able to bring myself to look at it for the past few days and a small part of me wonders if it’s even there anymore.

Ebube: 😁 wow, okay. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

IBK: I think that, for most forms of creative writing, being able to empathise, and key into a particular emotion, is crucial. I’m in awe of Samuel Beckett for his ability to create wonderfully absurd plays that say a huge amount about us as human beings. Many of his characters are waiting – as we are – and it’s in that waiting that a lot of life takes place. As people, I think we respond to writing that we can relate to and emotional truth plays a big part in that.

Ebube: What does literary success look like to you?

IBK: Ah, this is tricky because it’s so subjective. Personally, I feel really satisfied when one of my poems or essays finds home in a publication that I enjoy reading. There are things that I aspire to – literary awards and book deals, but the most tender and acute urge I have is for my family to see me as a writer – and a good one. I want my children to look at their birth certificates when they’re showing their own kids, and for the word ‘writer’ to make sense beneath my name.

Ebube: Who are the writers you can say have had an impact on your own writing?

IBK: I love this question – there are so many but i’d pick Michelle Bitting, T.S Eliot, Samuel Beckett, Sharon Olds and Edward Albee as my top 5.

Ebube: What are you currently reading?

IBK: I’m worried my answer is going to be a bit of a let down – I’m doing a PhD at the moment and I’ve been reading ‘Beginnings’ by Edward Said. I did read a good bedtime story to my little boy a few nights ago though. The book’s called Jungle Jive and it’s about ten pages long (the pictures take up most of the space). I particularly recommend it to folks who like reading about what monkeys get up to on their birthdays. Not to give too much away, but an electric- guitar-playing elephant makes an entrance at the end and is quite possibly my favourite character of all time.

Ebube: What are the issues you try to address with your writing?

IBK: It’s rare that I sit down to write with the intention of confronting a particular issue, but it does happen. Usually it’s based on a human rights issue that I’m passionate about. Looking back at my poems, I’d say the key themes are obsession, intimacy, faith, paternal relationships and race.

Ebube: What should we expect from you, do you currently have a work in progress?

IBK: I’m hoping to get a chapbook out at some point next year. My daughter put some of my poems together in a folder as part of my last birthday present. It’s inspired me to have a little collection published.

Ebube: That’s so sweet of her. Alright. Mr Imran Boe Khan thank you so much for being my guest today.

You can reach him on social media via
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ImranBoeKhan/
LinkedIn: Imran Boe Khan.

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The Creativity Lounge — Abuh Monday Eneojo

Hello Everyone, I have been off for a while reviewing my plans for my blog. I’m glad to announce a change of name from The Daylight Series to The Creativity Lounge.

So in the spirit of a bigger and better comeback, Let me present the person under the spotlight on today’s episode of The Creativity Lounge, Mr Abuh Monday Eneojo.Ebube: Welcome Mr Monday. We would like to know more about you beyond your name so if you don’t mind, tell us more about yourself.

Monday: The only thing you’ll find behind my name is space.😁 Behind the name, Abuh Monday Eneojo, is a poet who loves mother nature and her children. This love has gotten to a point where I stare for minutes, sometimes hours, at things people overlook. I stare at insects, birds, the firmament, muddy planes, flowers etc because I am always dazed with awe of how they came to be. Well, this habit has earned me the nickname, Romantic writer.
I don’t only stare at them. I also take snapshots of sights I tag wonderful. So, if you go through my phone gallery you’ll find nature. I think this is where I State that nature is my Muse. Being a poet is the first. I’m what many would call ‘jack of all trades’ but mine comes with a mastery in one, poet.
I am also an on air personality at a campus radio station in Kogi State University. I started the whole talking on radio after the publication of my first anthology in 2018. The whole journey in broadcasting industry began after the launch of the book. A friend of mine, a broadcaster, walked up to me and said “You’re a very good poet and you write very well. Why don’t you reach out to other lovers of poetry via radio”.
It’s a move I still appreciate today because it has tackled to a great length the issue of being heard as a writer. I hail from a small Hamlet in the muddy planes of Agbeji-ologba in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State. That’s where my father says I’m from but the last time I checked I came out from the womb of my beloved mother in the ancient town of Ilorin.

Ebube: For what you referred to as “space”, that’s a whole lot .So how has your writing journey been so far?

Monday: Great. The beginning was not easy. I had to do what many would call strenuous just so I could gather money for my first publication.
I think all the hard work is starting to pay off.

Ebube: Let’s talk about publishing and marketing poetry in Nigeria, tell us a bit of your first publication experience.

Monday: Publishing in Nigeria is quite affordable when you have the resources but marketing is expensive and time consuming.
I took about 20 copies of my first book, The world within, to a local book shop few days after launching it in the confluence state. I was expecting a call from the book vendor but he never called.
Duty called and I had to visit his shop again. The meet was quite strange because he told me that no one reads poetry. All they want is prose or drama, he said.
I knew from the onset that people don’t appreciate the art of poetry anymore so I didn’t for any reason thought about sales. I just wanted people to read my book and let it’s content soothe their flaccid mind.
First experience was tough but it made me smile.

Ebube: To be a writer you must read, how often do you read other works of poetry? Can you say reading has influenced your writing?

Monday: Not too often. Yes! Reading has influenced my writing greatly. Recently, I observed that the aftermath of every literature I read was the birth of a poem. So, I practically write after reading. It helps me greatly.

Ebube: So tell us your top 5 works of literature? Maybe the best of all you’ve read this year.

Monday: 1. There was a country by Chinua Achebe
2. Emeka by Fredrick Forsyth
3. Moby Dick by Herman Merville
4. The wives’ revolt by J.P Clark
5. Yellow Yellow n Kaine Agary

Ebube: Name the authors you can say have influenced your own writing?

Monday: William Shakespeare, Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Ebube: What can you say is the role of writers in the Contemporary Nigerian Society?

Monday: Writers carry the burden of the society. It becomes heavy on them as they paint their pain in different genre and words.
The role of writers is somewhat large. Every writer takes the responsibility of correcting societal ills. Though it varies in our contemporary society today. Some writers especially performance poet, paint beauty.

Ebube: One of the poems in your collection is on rape and another on religion; what are other issues you write about and what inspired you to write about these things?

Monday: I have many female friends…and I most times go very intimate with most of them.
One of them walked up to me one day and told me how somehow, a relative, almost raped her.
The news shocked me.
Prior to that time, I read some news on the national dailies most of which gave account of rape victims. These events plunged my pen into the poem you read.
Religion. I was once religious, very religious. This state hunted me. It hunted me cos my personal belief about certain things restricted me to do some things. So, I was criticized when I started doing those things.
Writing for me is retroactive. So, inspiration is conditioned to situation.

Ebube: What do you hope to change with your writing?

Monday: Gender inequality, religious hypocrisy, Slavery, Violence, Rape and other societal ills.

Ebube: Now we know you, what should we expect from you in the coming writing seasons?

Monday: I’m currently working on the September edition of Piary (the e-book will be made available next month) and a drama. The drama is in memory of my late aunty who suffered greatly in the hands of culture.

Ebube: Do you outline what you write or do you just write the way it flows from your mind?

Monday: I write the way it flows. It’s better that way for me.

Ebube: What piece of advice are you willing to share with someone on a writing journey very much similar to yours?Monday: Write until you write!
Speak until you speak!
Imagine until you imagine!
Consistency makes for permanence. Talk people up with the words you want to engineer and they’ll never talk you down…Write what you feel the way you feel it.

Ebube: Alright. That would be all for now. Thank you for your time. You can connect with today’s guest via Facebook- Abuh Monday Eneojo
Twitter- MondayDpoet
LinkedIn- Abuh Monday Eneojo

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Daylight Series #3 with Tee_kuro.

These are the days you see people holding up their phones and laughing for hours. You wonder if there’s still a need for stand up comedy. Everyone is in search of happiness and joy, Whether it is short lived or it sticks forever, comedy acts are now more than ever within our reach and today’s guest happens to be one of the people that have taken up the responsibility to take sorrows away. We are on with Tee_kuro, a fast rising sensation.

Ebube: Anyone with an instagram account that says he hasn’t heard about the comedy wonder of tee_kuro definitely doesn’t know how to use IG.😒 With that said, can you tell us more about the guy behind the curtain?

TK: Lol😂..you might have hyped me a lil bit too much..Oh well, The guy behind the curtain is Kuro your average guy, definitely not as dramatic as what you see in the videos though, but i might be a little extra. I won’t say I’m regular because I’m not but I would say I’m just a guy taking life as it comes and chasing his dreams in the way he knows how, making myself & my family proud and living my life to Glorify God.

Ebube: Everyday records an increasing number of instagram comedians, what do you think makes you stand out?

TK: I think it’s my content. Of course almost any body with a smartphone can make a video and post on the internet, but I believe it’s the authenticity of my content that makes me stand out from other upcoming creators, the fact that people can watch my videos and see themselves through me, or their family members, or a friend, or that annoying neighbor or even remember something similar happening to them, it just gets people excited and leaves a feeling in them that other videos might not leave.

Ebube: Being popularly busy on social media comes along with attracting cyber bullying and trolls, have you experienced any? If yes, how did you deal with it?

TK: Haha, yes I have. Actually for a very long time, I never got any negative energy on my page, I even started getting worried, until one day Boom!!! someone blew up my comment section with insults on each of my videos, and I smiled and said to myself they have come, but regardless I didn’t reply. My fans were even the ones fighting with the troll, when everything got calm I deleted all the bad comments because i didn’t want people reading that kind of negativity on my page. I’ve understood that trolling is bound to happen, and when it comes I’ll embrace it & handle it because it’s just one of the cons of being in the public eye.

Ebube: Do you mind taking us through the journey of creating a skit from inception to uploading online?

TK: It’s an exciting & scary one, sometimes I have to do a lot of thinking before I get an idea and other times it just comes, It always feels awesome when the idea first hits me though, in the process of developing the idea, the doubts start setting in, if my idea is actually as amazing as I thought, but I still go ahead with it anyway because creativity & doubt work together… After hours or days of thinking, I finally try to film it, which is the very fun & stressful part, I do dozens of takes to get the perfect shot, I film alone so I have to tell myself when I’ve got it right, before I change for the next character and so on, sometimes things don’t go as planned, the clouds get dark, it rains or annoying loud environmental noises hinder me but I get through all that eventually, I then have to edit the footage, which I consider the most tedious part, usually takes me a day to edit approximately, I then show one or two friends/family members for feedback, if available, if not I use faith & post it😂

Ebube: Wow, that’s seems stressful indeed. Moving on, Some people believe that there’s no virtue in comedy, you end up making yourself look like a fool to others, people end up not taking you serious in life. Coming from a comedian, do you think there’s virtue in what you do?
What keeps you creating more? Impact or pleasure?

TK: First off, I don’t regard myself a comedian, I can’t do stand up or crack a joke for you. I take it that I am an ACTOR that is a “comic content creator”
And no, I don’t believe that’s true in the slightest way, no 1 comedy isn’t about making yourself look like a fool to others. It’s so sad that’s what Nigerians regard as comedy and I don’t blame them because a lot of comedians online believe foolishness is the new funny, although it pays sometimes, but what people don’t know is that it takes the smartest of people to make them laugh, and comedians are being underrated for that, Yes I believe there’s a lot of virtue in what I do.. I mean if I can brainstorm content consistently, film it, perform multiple characters and edit with complicated softwares, that’s a lotta brain work don’t you think? It’s like producing a 1 minute movie all by yourself difference is I’m my own cast & crew, and then someone would say they can’t take me seriously in life because I make them laugh. Well that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

Ebube: Talking about assuming comic content creation as a career, Do people around you support your choice of career?

TK: Surprisingly yes, my whole family, my friends, basically all the people important to me support me.

Ebube: Apart from what you’re known, what else are you into?

TK: Singing, Screenwriting, Event hosting, Public Speaking & Agriculture.

Ebube: I’m particulate about people using their platform to make things better for others, how do you see yourself doing that?

TK: I believe making people laugh is impact enough, people walk around everyday with aching thoughts, so the few minutes spent on my page putting smiles on faces is huge for me. With my videos and other posts, I also try to impact, educate & inform people my little way through my IG stories.

I believe making people laugh is impact enough, people walk around everyday with aching thoughts, so the few minutes spent on my page putting smiles on faces is huge for me. With my videos and other posts, I also try to impact, educate & inform people my little way. –Tee_kuro.

Ebube: That’s good to know. So a lot of people think that online comedians that wear female dresses are really not funny people. They need the extras to attract audience. Relating it to yourself, what do you think?

TK: I think people that say that are not very open minded.
Cross gender acting is not a new thing, it’s been happening since Shakespeare (400 years ago) Certainly there was a time when all roles were traditionally played by men. As the theater was no place for a woman. I’m just stating that as fact. Relating it to myself I’ve never dressed as a female with intentions to attract audience, I dress as a female to tell my stories, some skits need a mother, a daughter or an aunty supporting the male characters in the story, obviously I can’t be casting ladies to come and help me act the females part whenever I want to make a video when i know i have the talent & ability to interpret those roles perfectly. I’ve also done videos that didn’t require any female characters in it and people still thought it was funny & related to it so no it’s not the dresses that make me funny but my performance. I still have a lot of points on this motion though but let me stop here.

Ebube: On a light note, what kind of person are you?

Tea/Coffee

Movie / Book

Morning Person/Night Owl

City/Village.

Stand alone movies/ Series

Online Dating/ Offline Dating

Long Distance Relationship/ Short Distance Relationship.

TK: Tea
Movie
Night owl
City
Series
Offline dating
I’m yet to see a successful long distance relationship, but whatever works for the people involved

Ebube: Many upcoming comedians would be trying to reach out to you for mentorship, what do you have to say to those people out there looking up to you?

TK: I still see myself as an upcoming creator though, but my advice to other upcomings are to not pay too much attention on numbers yet, don’t stress about how many followers or views or likes your getting, channel that energy to yourself and content by making yourself better, Be so good they can’t ignore you, also remember to be inspired by colleagues & mentors but don’t copy! Everybody prefers original to photocopy. Above all, you want to create something your proud of.

Ebube: It’s been wonderful hearing your views, what’s your final word to everyone that comes across the blog and the whole world?

TK: Thanks for having me, to whoever is reading this JUST START. Whatever you desire to do just start doing it because starting is always the hardest part.

Ebube: You’ve heard the guy JUST start and every other thing will be alright. Don’t forget to follow my guest on Instagram @tee_kuro. Who knows he might just take your worry away. Goodbye for now, If it’s your first time stopping by, don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter. Feel free to reach out to me through my email: ebubennenna@gmail.com.

I’ll be back again soon. Much Love.💜💛💚💙❤

Blog Interview

Daylight Series #2 with Fireflamez.

A lot of musicians have answered the call to pursue their dreams while a lot more lack the boldness to do so. Today on daylight Series is a young man that is touching lives with the melody he creates and his on of a kind uplifting lyrics. He is here to stay. He is Fireflamez (readers cheering and clapping 👏 👏)Ebube: Now tell us, Who is Fireflamez and how long has he been in the industry?

Fireflamez: Fireflamez is a seasoned wordsmith,singer and Rastafarian. He started his Musical career professionally back in 2011 as a commercial/hardcore Rapper but never really dropped any song until 2013. From then he has a couple of recorded and yet to be recorded songs. Fireflamez was formerly known as Lee Whizzy. But during the wake of 2015,he received a Divine Inspiration that cut through every part of him touching his lifestyle,religion,genre and also a change of name. So from 2015,he became known as Fireflamez and so the process of rebranding was set on course. Right now he is a devoted member of the Rastafari Movement and a Conscious Rastaman. Fireflamez sobriquet is “Ur Neighborhood Rastaman“. He has 2 major hits at the moment,which can be found online by just one click. As we all know,rebranding is a process that takes time and a whole lot of practice especially when it has to do with a Rapper becoming a Singer and embracing Reggae Culture totally,so at the moment he is consciously working on a couple of majors(Singles and Collabos) that will be released very soon.

Ebube: How can you describe the journey so far?

Fireflamez: Well,to me the journey so far has been tough but fun all along. I have had my bad times,too many challenges but still I only had one thing in mind,which is to keep pressing and pushing on. The most important of all is that God has been good and gracious to me in the long run. The journey so far has a final destination and I won’t stop until am there.

Ebube: The Nigerian Music Industry has its ups and downs, what are the challenges that have surfaced so far?

Fireflamez: The challenges are too many but the most challenging of all is our geographical location on the Music Map. It’s really hard for an artiste from the South-South to power up and come out clean in the limelight. It is a must that u have to move over to the Western part of Nigeria to become something. That has been my number one challenge. Besides that,I have had the issue of finance, proper support and a good fan base. Labels signing u up and then letting u wrath behind the scenes also has been a challenge. Although, am still an unsigned act, I can now boast of a good fan base and many supportive listeners and lovers of my brand. But however I may put it,God isn’t left out of it because he has proven to me that He is God indeed. He has propelled and placed me where I can now receive some fresh air.
So now I want to use this medium to thank all those supporting the brand

Fireflamez. Pls keep supporting and recommending Fireflamez to ur friends because it will only take a little more push before we hit the limelight. And to my people out there,Never give up! Thank u so much. I am Fireflamez, Ur Neighborhood Rastaman.

Ebube: (smiles) Your song “INEVITABLE” is one of those songs that hits a listener in the chest and inspires her, what inspired you to write and sing that song?

Fireflamez: Inevitable is a part of the Divine Inspirations I had and as a matter of fact,there are still a whole lot of them to be unleashed. Inevitable was written out of my love for the street and the ordinary ghetto youth whose only aim is to be successful despite not having anything. So it’s a message of encouragement and perseverance not to give up on ur dreams and goals because ur success might just be at the corner.

Ebube: Let’s talk about “THROUGH MY WINDOW” which is my favourite of your songs, what made you write that song?

Fireflamez: Through My Window isn’t just as the name implies but it means a whole lot. It means to see things from my own perspective,to understand things the way I understand them. Through My Window carries a message of hope for a better tomorrow,the sweetness of life and the love of nature. It was inspired mainly by Jah because this days,there’s really no freedom of speech and so the only way to pass my message without obstruction was to pass it through the Music lane. That way,everybody gets a piece of it. Besides that,the lyrics itself is an irony. It has deeper things embedded in it.

Ebube: As a Nigerian artiste, you have a platform, how do you intend to make people’s lives better nationwide and globally?

Fireflamez: I don’t intend to make money from my music and then the people listening to me are being misled. I want to do songs that will inspire them,teach them and give them hope in every ramification. I want to inspire the world positively!

Ebube: To you, how important is music to the world?

Fireflamez: Music is highly spiritual be it secular or gospel. It has been in existence from the very foundation of the world. So to me,Music is very important to the world because its a part of us and it cuts through every aspect of life.Ebube: What genre of music does your songs fall under?

Fireflamez: As a Rastaman, my music naturally falls under the Reggae genre. But mind u,Reggae itself is a tree and every tree has branches. Under the Reggae genre,u have dub,reggae blues,roots and culture,dancehall and so on. So am an all round Reggae artiste,it only depends on the type of inspiration I get,that will determine the branch of Reggae that it falls under.

Ebube: What’s your word of advise to those JJC musicians looking up to you in the industry?

Fireflamez: The message is simple. Be positive and straightforward in ur dealings. Let ur No be No and ur Yes be Yes. That way,we’ll all lead a good life with peace and love.

Ebube: Finally, what should your fans, top notch supporters expect from you?

Fireflamez: Am a positive thinker so they should always expect something positive and sometimes,highly spiritual songs.Ebube: That would be all for now. Thanks for being on my blog.You can find Fireflamez onIG: @Iam_Fireflamez
Twitter: @Iam_Fireflamez
Facebook Page: FireflamezFor bookings: barrymoorefireflamezphilip@gmail.com