ɪnəˈveɪʃ(ə)n     1. the action or process of doing new things

I had a huge misconception of imagination,creativity and innovation.So I did some research. Innovation takes both creativity and imagination further, focusing on existing systems or ideas that can be evolved naturally. Innovation uses imagination and the power of creativity to measurable improve on what exists today.If you’re trying to improve a process or idea at work or school, you should focus on thinking with innovation in mind. Innovation is the way to see how something might work in the future.

In other words, Creativity=Ideas Innovation=Ideas+Action

I believe that scientific and artistic insights both stem from imaginative consciousness. Where does that imagination come from though?In our society,it seems like we neglect one side of our brain. Art. Intellect. These two words come from opposite sides of the brain.When combined,in my opinon gives innovation.Children have a wide imagination.They keep asking why? And it seems like their inquisitive thoughts cannot be quenched.

As our imagination builds up towards the stage of our youth,we battle translating the thoughts into reality.We fail to innovate because we create assumptions,theories and inhibitors that stop us from achieving.

I often wonder how Apple is still successful even though Jobs is dead.He must have laid a solid foundation.So how does that relate?One’s dreams and ideas are the foundation.Innovation is building the first floor and improving it as time goes by. Jobs is the Da Vinci of the 21st century.He sought to make things better(watch ‘Jobs’ if you don’t believe me)I always want to make things better.Whether it is as complex or as simple as education.It is why I took on a teaching job recently.I wanted to reform the system.I wanted to make education more practical and less theoretical. The starting point of an innovative new business or product is often a question. In December 1943, Edwin Land was on a family vacation in Santa Fe, N. Mex. He took a picture of his daughter, who asked why she couldn’t see it immediately. “Why not?” thought Land. “Why not design a picture that can be developed right away?” That was the genesis of the Polaroid camera. Clayton Christensen once said one’s ability to generate innovative ideas is not a merely a function of the mind,but also a function of behaviours. According to him,if we change our behaviours, we can improve our creative impact. Being innovative is a mindset that becomes a doing.

Innovative people don’t look for answers;they look for questions.They strive to change the status quo.

The people I interviewed have adopted not just perceptual or creative thinking but design thinking(thinking outside the box)

King Paul @KingPaul_

1.Making people laugh can be easy.But continuously,that can be difficult. What is your major source of inspiration? My inspiration is the feedback that I get from my fans. There’s days that I don’t feel like making a video at all but then may I come across  some comment under my post or @ me on Twitter saying “Please make a new video. All your videos make me laugh” and I’ll get up and make a video to please that person.

  1. At what point in your life,did you realize you were funny?

I realized I was funny early in life. In elementary school I always made people laugh. Adults and my peers. I’ve kept the laughs going ever since then

  1. Do you think innovation is important in our society.If yes,why?

Yes innovation is important in our society. It’s important because things will always need to be changed or improved somehow to suit people’s desires or needs.

  1. What do you do for fun?

I hang out with my friends or family for fun. I just like having a good time and making memories with people who are important to me.

Laila @LailaJohnson_

  1. How did you think of Our Vision NG and L Affairs?

Well, lets start with Life Affairs as I founded that before Our Vision NG. Initially, my partner and I had wanted to start up a site that people could come to for entertainment and information and we set up Life Affairs with that motive. However, during the process leading up to the launch of Life Affairs, I decided that we could make a lot more out of Life Affairs if we set is up as a youth platform that dealt with issues that we face in this generation, while showing a sincere appreciation for art and youth success stories. This was right down my street as that’s where my passion lies, but 9 months into running Life Affairs, I realised that the platform was not as effective as it could’ve been because the notion of Life Affairs was not clear enough. I spoke to my partner and said “Look, I want to start up a new youth organisation in Nigeria and I want you to come on board and found it with me” and so she did. Our Vision NG is the start of my future career and my future aspirations and in the space of almost three months, this organisation has been recognised not only nationally but also internationally. I am so proud of everyone who has dedicated a lot of time and effort towards Our Vision NG and I can honestly say that I can see this organisation going very far.

  1. Do you think innovation can be created?

Yes and no. No because some people generally have more creative minds than others, which is natural. However nurture allows us to open up peoples’ minds, which enhances innovation (as closed minds are not necessarily innovative), which is why I would say yes.

3.You have done a good job on your rape campaign. What is your major source of inspiration? Thank you very much. My major source of inspiration is definitely the anger that stems in me when prevalent issues in Nigeria are not addressed. I check the news every day and I cannot remember the last time I didn’t come across an article on sexual violence taking place and it is a huge problem that falls under security in Nigeria. As an individual, there is only so much I can do. As an organisation, there is only so much that Our Vision NG can do, but something is always better than nothing. We have already had a huge impact on several citizens because of our “Stop sexual violence” campaign, which keeps my motivation constant. The fact that I can address certain issues in Nigeria and have people tell me that I am a source of inspiration to them always reminds me that I cannot stop speaking up for those who are unfortunately silenced in Nigeria.

  1. How can youths of today be innovative?

The youths of today need to read more in order to become more innovative. Educate yourself and find knowledge within. Descartes once said that the most important things that he learnt in life came from within and if you open your minds up to opportunities and you find your passion in life, you will definitely become more innovative!

Cece Black @CeceIV

  1. What was your childhood like?Do you think your experiences in childhood have influenced how innovative you are as youth?

My childhood was very art based,my house was almost like a mini gallery to me and I’d say I’m very innovative because I always look for methods that are original even though there has been no design that hasn’t been replicated already so it’s basically drawing influence from everywhere.

  1. How did you think of blank space and UP?

I thought of blank space because I realised that all the creative people I knew had no direction so why not align the stars and come together to create something crazy and tangible.UP is a pop up store concept.It was inspired by Virgil Abloh who gave me the idea when we met in London.He gave me a lot of ideas and I’m forever indebted to him.

  1. Do you do anything to get inspiration?

I do some soul searching.For inspiration,I literally read so many books.I’m currently reading the Bible for “graphic design worlds/words”and its crazy.

  1. Why do you think innovation is important in this changing world?

Innovation is important because we need new things everyday,and hopefully we’re at the front end of it.

Aka Oguine @AkaOguine

  1. Innovation is taking existing, reliable systems and ideas and improving them. how can one be innovative musically?

To me, being musically innovative involves many things, such as listening to a varied selection of music from different genres and selecting the parts that inspire you the most. But emphasis on “varied” though. You can’t listen to rap, or to be more precise, say, Travis Scott’s discography only forever and decide you’re about to be an innovative musician, it can’t work because you’ve only drawn from the style of one artist. There are tons of wannabe Travis Scotts online who haven’t been signed and may never get signed because of all of the Travises, the only one that has changed the game, and continues to do so, is the original. You also need to ensure that today’s music doesn’t dictate your style. Don’t care about what everyone else is listening to, care about what you would listen to. Your opinion is all that matters when it comes to innovation. Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment. Most of the individual sounds i use when producing sound off initially, as well as some of my lines sounding a bit too far to me, but together, under the right conditions, they sound great, and they’re different.

  1. Dreamology and Beethoven are exceptional. How do you get your creative juices flowing?

Thanks.It took a great deal of effort from both of us. Most people would say they just listen to good music, which is part of my process, but i get most inspired by just going outside, playing FIFA with my friends, having a good time, reading articles, even the simple things like a phone call with someone you care about, a chat with someone you don’t like very much or something you saw on the street can inspire a great song. The goal is to experience things. Too many people my age don’t go out and do things so they are forced to lie about living the lives of the musicians they listen to in their “art” rather than discussing their own experiences and what inspires them personally, because they lack notable experiences. To get my creative juices flowing, i go out and experience the world and let it inspire me to inspire it.

  1. Who is your greatest influence and why?

Kanye West is definitely my greatest influence at this point for a lot of reasons, one being that he’s very real, which is a trait that many people in show business today lack severely, and I don’t mean that only in terms of his music, I mean by his actions. If almost everyone an audience full of people is clapping for someone they shouldn’t be clapping for and Kanye is in that audience, He’s not just going to smile and clap. He’s going to speak out and voice his opinion regardless of what everyone else in the industry thinks of him. I also love Kanye because of his versatility. He produces, raps, and has his own brand. Without Kanye, I’d probably have taken the easy route by having someone who doesn’t understand my vision make my beats which would make me sound like 90% of these up and comers, but I decided to take the Kanye route and now I have a self-produced album for which I designed the cover and tracklist, not to mention organised the features for dropping on the 21st, mainly because of Kanye’s versatility inspiring me.

  1. Have you ever felt enlightened by an event in the past that has given you a new perspective on life? If yes, please explain

There’s one significant one. When I was younger, i auditioned for a performance at school which ended up not going well and resulted in many people telling me I couldn’t rap and that I wasn’t going anywhere with music. That inspired to me to work even harder and a few years later I released Dreamology .I realized that some of the same people who weren’t feeling my stuff previously were now promoting it as if they had been fans of my music their whole lives, probably because of how good the song was and how well it did. From those two events I’ve learnt not to let what anyone tells me get to me and to keep the right type of friends. Those friends that supported me from the beginning;not the new ones that only started to like me when my records started buzzing.

Toby Olusanya @tobyolusanya

  1. October 2015 is proof of the creative and innovative youth. Enlighten us on what it is.

October 2015 is a collection created by Calvin Bassrai and I,we are just only showcasing our creations and minds.We hope we won’t disappoint.There are going to be four to six piecesin the collection which,at the moment,I cannot disclose.There will a preview released soon which should give an insight on the collection.

  1. What do you do besides designing?

Marketing and meeting new people.Calvin and I know numerous people who  don’t just design but make music and explore several mediums of art. The people you meet could help later in life.

  1. Fashion can be very competitive.How can one be innovative?

In terms of being innovative,just do your own thing.Don’t be shy to share your ideas.Be open to criticism because it will help improve yourself. Even with competition,there are no barriers holding you back if you put work on your creative ideas.

Tomisin Akins @Tomisin_Akins

  1. What are the relationships between learning, inspiration, imagination, creativity, and innovation?

I believe that through education we learn to broaden our horizons, think bigger and better and therefore acquire knowledge so we can inspire those around us, as well as think outside the box so our imagination can get as wild as possible and as free as it needs to be so we can innovate and create things that will change the world for the better.

2.What achievements thus far do you think has made you more innovative? Well, I wouldn’t say i’ve achieved anything that has made more innovative, as a designer i have to think on my feet and out of the box very often, i think my education and experiences have made me as innovative as I am today.

  1. You come up with interesting names: quality durex and lucid lemons.Could you explain how these names came about?

Hahaha Quality Durex, the name of my personal blog was a play on my dream to work as a product designer for Durex in the future and what Durex actually stands for; Durability, Reliability, and Excellence, rules i run my blog by. As for Lucid Lemons, find out on the website we launch today!!

4.Lucid Lemons has been helpful so far.What stemmed your desire to create it and why did you think of the #RaisetheSilence  hastag? Well, I felt I could do a pretty great job of presenting a platform for people to share their work and collaborate with other like minded individuals. LL has a pretty sad beginning but with the help of my incredible team it will be bigger than you can possibly imagine. I have big ideas for LL, bigger than my team can even imagine so watch out for us. #SayNoToSilence was brought to me by two member of my team, Sarah and Priceless, the campaign is to raise awareness of mental health issues especially in Nigeria, it really hit home and so without a doubt I decided LL was the best platform to push such an issue.

Chike  @Chike_Sid

  1. You have appeared on the radio several times.What for?

Well, I actually co-anchor on a radio show, 10-10:30 a.m. every Saturday morning, which I share with a woman named ChiChi Umeseaka who I see as my Godmother. I gave a speech at Oriental Hotel during the annual leadership academy which was highly competitive, she told me that my speech was the best out of the 10 other speakers there that day and that I reminded her of Ben Carson. She went on by saying that by the time I had finished the speech that she hadn’t known that she was still standing and clapping after everyone in the audience had sat back down. From that day she had decided that she was going to get me on her radio show, television programme (which is coming out later this summer) and magazine, especially due to the fact that I had registered my own company, Infination, by the age of 14. She had visited my school several times until our principal finally agreed to meet with her and she was told to send an official letter to my parents, and that is how I begun to anchor on her radio show, television show and magazine. My father is Chike Onyia who runs the radio show “Sharing Life Issues with Chaz B” on 93.7 rhythm f.m. from 5:30 – 7p.m. which has over 23 million listeners daily and brought me on the show to represent the children of Nigeria on children’s day. I will also soon be going to unilag f.m. to get interviewed and by NTA as well.

  1. At what point in your life,did you realize you were innovative?

I realized I was innovative once my mother gave me a wake-up call. This is what she told me, “Why are you sitting down there consuming other people’s products, you’re just watching them make money. When you can get up and make a product of your own and make your own money”. That totally eradicated my consumer mentality and made me productive, creative and innovative. So I decided, if I used to think like that, then the average teenager thinks like that as well. So I started a company that will do what my mom did for me, create young entrepreneurs, so the average Nigerian teenager won’t need to struggle to find employment when they’re older, they would’ve already created their own profit generating assets. This leads to so many other projects because now,I help teenagers implement their business ideas.

  1. Your Proverbs have inspired a lot.How did you think of doing them?

Through life experiences, my parents have taught me so much, they sit me down every weekend and educate me on the word of God and life principles. Also from books, especially motivational books and from inspirational icons like Martin Luther King Jr. and Obama where I have listened to their speeches time and time again. I just feel it’s unfair that many teenagers my age don’t have the opportunity of acquiring the mass amount of knowledge that I have, so I decided that I’m going to do my service to mankind and share my knowledge with the world. That’s wisdom for you, applying your knowledge, and I want everyone who comes across my proverbs to be able to do the same.

  1. How else do you channel your creative talents and how do you become innovative with time?

I recently started my own YouTube Channel as you may know, where I give advice on how to become a young entrepreneur. I code, build websites, write programs and make animations (virtual cartoons) in hope that one day it’ll aid me in getting accepted into my dream university Harvard doing the course of Computer Science. I also have a blogging site which is yet to be re-launched. I’ve teamed up with another teenager to build a shopping mall complex here in VI, teamed up with another to venture into agriculture and build a stadium and various other projects. And occasionally, if I’m feeling really inspired, I write bars in a notebook, some of my close people will tell you I’m mad on a mic haha.

Timothy @_TimmyT

  1. Your music has received positive views so far.What advice could you give any upcoming artiste?

Well I think people are just catching on to the sound im trying to create. Not everything has to be ‘pangolo’ music.Really glad people like the music. I really am still growing as an artiste as wellAnd my advice to upcoming musicians even though I’m still one myself. Be as creative as possible. Be innovative. Don’t allow yourself to be put in a box. Keep your listeners or fans wanting for more. Keep them entertained. Even if it takes a long ass time to make a song. That way, your listeners and you will be happy.

  1. How has social media helped you?

Well it’s really hard to get any buzz on social media nowadays because it seems everybody is a rapper or singer.Career wise, it hasn’t been easy for me on social networks. What it has done though is that it has kept my core fanbase up to date. But my manager ChubbyO and I are working a lot on our next releases which will drop on radio and professional blogs and all.

  1. Soundcloud is full of so many other artistes.What makes your music special?

Well SoundCloud is filled with a lot of artistes. Very dope ones. I say what sets me apart is I’m telling a different story.I record my songs in world class studios such as Chocolate City’s studio and I work with the best engineers Ever! Such as GPlus who mixed the whole of MI’s Chairman album.Producers like Temi XVL, Odunsi, Le Mav, and Reinhard have helped a great deal.They all have a song on my EP so lookout for those.

  1. Do you think innovation solves problems.If yes,why?

Of course! In anything in this life. Being innovative in music is especially important. An artiste needs innovation to break away from the fold of other artistes.Prayer is key as well.The greats were innovative. You look at the likes of Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Prince, Michael Jackson etc.


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