Blog Interview

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.πŸ˜’ With that said, can you tell us more about the guy behind the curtain?

TK: LolπŸ˜‚..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 itπŸ˜‚

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.πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™β€

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 πŸ‘ πŸ‘)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

Blog Interview

Daylight Series #1 with Miss Faith Moyosore Agboola.

Never in any of the pre-existing epochs of Nigerian literature have a vast majority of people risen to answer the call to write and tell our stories. Out of the need to create a fun and encouraging platform for this rising league of writers to learn and connect, Miss Faith Moyosore Agboola started The African Writers platform on the 24th April 2016. She is a storyteller, inspirational writer and speaker, filmmaker and poet. I had the privilege of interviewing her and she has a lot to share with us.

Ebube: What inspired you told start The African Writers.

Faith: It’s a lot of things. But I recall that I was a young writer seeking for a home like ours. When I didn’t find one online, I searched for other means. Got an opportunity to intern at one of Nigeria’s leading newspapers and I learned so much. Once I was done I knew that not many young writers would be lucky to have such an experience. I then decided to create an online community that connects us with one another, shares information and features our works. I also knew that it needed to be fun and relatable hence the style. So it was basically born out of a personal need that I realized was a general problem.

Ebube: So far, do you think you have done a good job with your platform?

Faith: I think we have done well. There’s a whole lot more to be done. But I’m grateful for the progress so far. We are about 18,000 currently and we have organized two successful major writing events – African Writers Meet 2017 & 2018. We also get a lot of dms daily thanking us for existing. We are definitely making impact. I want to do more though and hopefully this 2019 would usher us to doing more. There’s is room for growth and improvement and we will not stop striving for more impact.

Ebube: What advice would you give a new writer on TWA, someone just starting out?

Faith: Don’t compare yourself to other writers that started before you. That is a recipe to failure. Let them motivate you but don’t let them make you lose faith in your ability. Everyone started out clueless and rough but with practice and learning we all grew. So trust in your work and allow it to bloom.

Ebube: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Faith: Honestly, not really. Wanted to be a TV presenter but reading a novel at age 11 and writing an episodic series on a book for the entertainment of my classmates kinda switched my mindset. I discovered I had a skill from the reception I got and I enjoyed creating the characters and the stories. It was beautiful and from that moment I decided that Ill do whatever it takes to become a worldwide bestselling author. Still on the journey.

Ebube: What book or author has most influenced your personal writing?

Faith: Hmmmm. To be honest, none. I love psychological thrillers, romantic suspense, romantic comedy and adventure. So maybe I’ll say the genre has influenced my personal writing. I’ve read diverse books across these genres. There has to be love, comedy and alarming stuff in my work. Its just what I like.

Ebube: How important do you think reading is to writers?

Faith: Honestly very very important. You CANNOT be an excellent writer without being a heavy reader. I have discovered that the more I read the better I get. If you want to be a poet read and listen to tons of poets. The same goes for all other genres. There’s no way around it. Read!

Ebube: Recommend three books people should get a hold of.

Faith: The Bible, The War Of Art & Steal Like An Artist.

Ebube: For you, which comes first, the plot or character?

Faith: The character. I think up characters and let them tell the story.

Ebube: You engaged TWA on a “warfare” against writers block last year. What was the outcome and what’s your take on Writer’s Block?

Faith: Lol, Warfare, I like. So I noticed a lot of writers tend to stop creating because they think they are suffering from writers block. For me writers block is a myth and a product of your mental state and emotions. The purpose of the challenge was to get them to write irrespective of how they felt. Write even about writers block. At the end of it, a large majority of the participants realized the truth it was just their mindset. So I can joyfully say it was successful.

Ebube: You just had The African Writers Meet-up, how was it for you? Did it end as expected?

Faith: It was everything in one. Stressful. Fun. Impactful. Tedious. Smooth. Rough. We surpassed our target number of attendees. We had amazing speakers deliver deep insights into the world of African literature and the digital space. The spoken word slam was also successful and the winner is currently recording his poetry EP. The anthology is in progress. We had some hitches most definitely and doing this is a huge learning curve for me. I am most convinced this year will be better and an improvement on all that happened. Grateful for the community that keeps cheering us on.

Ebube: On a light note, pick one of these: Tea/Coffee, Movie / Book, Morning Person/Night Owl, City/Village, Social Media / Book. Paperback/EBook.

Faith: Coffee! Both! Night Owl! City! Social media! Paperback!

Ebube: A final note to any writer struggling to make something useful out of a writing career.

Faith: To be a successful writer you have to be patient. Ensure that you are truly in love with the craft and that you are determined to give it your very best. Its a long journey of reading, practicing, putting in the work, sending out your manuscripts/articles and sharing online. But one work can change your life forever and make everything worth it. But what would be bad is if you gave up on the brink of such greatness. My advice: keep putting in the work. Keep trying, eventually your success would make up for all the time, energy and money invested.

You can find Miss Faith onInstagram: @storiesbyafmThe African Writers:Instagram: @africanwriters.Twitter: @WriteGrowBecome.Website: http://www.theafricanwriters.com.