is art in nigeria elitist?

and to answer the question that made you click the link to this post, i am still unsure.

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what i am certain of is that art in nigeria needs to be more accessible to the poor. i may or may not write about this in my next post, simply because i still need to do more research.

i am still looking for an answer to this question but in the meantime i am exploring the possibilities of it being elitist and challenging the notion that it isn’t.

what i desire most is a solution. a solution or solutions rather, that will increase the accessibility of art to the masses.

my second visit to tate modern allowed me to question what were random thoughts in my head.

i watched this art documentary yesterday which i highly recommend you watch too – http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/tateshots-meschac-gaba

meschac gaba, a contemporary artist from cotonou said these words:

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for a long time i never really questioned how elitist art can be.
it is open to many but not always accessible to the poor.

in nigeria, for instance, most of our art galleries are located in affluent areas.

a conversation with my friend on this opened my eyes. he mentioned that this could be an institutional problem- better electricity, for instance, was present in these areas. he added that unlike london, for instance, where transportation was cheaper, in relative terms and easier, in  lagos, travelling to these art galleries(most of which are located on the island) are expensive and time consuming.

however, this should not be an excuse. or should it?should one social class deserve certain privileges?

for a long time i never really questioned how elitist art can be.
it is open to many but not always accessible to the poor.

is it necessarily bad if some people are educated? ; if some part of the population is enlightened by the works of great artists; if some eyes are open’d.

or is it?

perhaps it is time pressing political and social issues which are channeled through various forms of art are exhibited elsewhere.

perhaps we need to start calling the phone numbers of artists whose sculptures and murals and paintings of politicians and celebrities are displayed on the roadside.perhaps they need to be encouraged too.

i am aware that solving this issue, that is if art in nigeria is elitist is  easier said than done but i think more people need to be aware that art is important.people other than you and i who can afford to visit galleries and take pictures of themselves with art.if art in nigeria is indeed elitist, how can we encourage more people to take up art(broadly speaking )if they are not exposed to any at all?

would love to hear your comments.

please email me on lanaireaderemi@gmail.com or mention/message me on my twitter @lanairea

innovation

innovation

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 lucidlemons.com 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.

creativity

creativity
ˌkriːeɪˈtɪvɪti/
  1. the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.


Creativity is intelligence having fun.This statement is what stemmed my desire to have this segment.A few years back I had a tunnel-visioned mindset.I had this because although i was intelligent,I did not want to open my mind.If you are wondering how creativity is linked to this,I believe creative endeavors often stem from emotions and experiences but most of all,your imagination.Some might argue that people learn creativity while others believe creativity is a gift given to people.

Picasso once said “There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun”In my opinion,the second half of the statement is for creative people.

In primary school,creative writing was my favourite subject. I was told the stories with the best lies received the highest scores.This was the genesis of my creative journey.I doubted my ability to a large extent at some point in my life.It took my Maths teacher who saw the potential i had to motivate me.The truth is,although,it worked, I realised the painter has the universe in his mind and hands.

You might not know them,you might.There is this inner fire,a god feeling one has when he or she creates.I believe the people i have chosen for this segment have had it at some point in their lives.They all share one thing in common;they have done something productive about the ideas they thought of.


Adesoji Tejuoso -Designer/Stylist/Model @adextej

1.What is creativity to you?

To me, creativity is expression in its purest forms, creativity is being able to take the fact that you are a living being with a unique set of experiences and being able to express those experiences, through whatever medium; art, music, dance, whatever, to make someone else experience something new, to help people learn from each other.

2.Have you ever felt enlightened by an event in the past that has given you a new perspective on life?

I’m enlightened by new things every day, everything I see or fell shapes my perspective on life at any point in time. In terms of a recent event i’ve recently been thinking about life, what it means, why we have it, what happens next. It’s changed my perspective on life because i’ve come to realise we’re here for a limited amount of time, from what we know anyway, each and everyone of us. So now when I make decisions I do whatever makes me happy, because time is the only luxury and I don’t have any to waste on things I don’t want to do.

3.Do you think that creativity is part of human nature or is it something that must be nurtured and learned?

Definitely a part of human nature, you can’t learn to be creative. What you can learn is how to push apart all the things stopping you from being creative; there are a lot of barriers between people and creativity in the modern world, expression is looked down on a lot, from parents killing dreams because they feel studying Art at university wouldn’t result in a well paying job to society generally looking down on nudity as a form of self expression. We’re all creative, we all have ideas we want to let out of our heads, the difference is that some of us are willing to try to express these ideas but others die with them in their heads.

  1. Certain creative people (for example, Van Gogh and Wagner) have been thought to have had psychological problems, although not everybody agrees with this. Do you think that there is any link between psychological problems and creativity?

I think we all have psychological problems, whether we choose to to admit or not. Of course we experience and handle them in different ways, and to different extents of severity. Although with that being said I think since we were naturally made to make, that sometimes having ideas you can’t let out frustrates the brain to the point were psychological problems are worsened.

5.How are your designs unique?

I assume you’re speaking about the Fayded Clothing designs, Creative direction is handled by me and a friend who both own the clothing line, we want to create to express the inspiration we’ve gathered from the world around us, and give back to the world around us.

I try to express and create through as many mediums as I can; apart from designing clothes i do a lot of artwork and a few things i’m going to attempt to accomplish from a musical standpoint very soon.

OG Caesar(Bankole Jibowu)Artiste @OGCaesar_

1.Does spirituality and culture play a role in your creativity?Explain

Spirituality and culture plays a massive role in my creativity.Well,i understand myself on a deeper level, spiritual, not fully but in more depth than the average man, so in knowing myself I control more in life as much as i can.Culture, music is a big part of our culture, so is art.All forms of expression.And i’m a very passionate person, so if its not music or art, i have issues;words aren’t enough, music is like transcribing the awkward rambling of your soul.

  1. What point in your life did you realize that you had creative talent?

I was told I was special from a young age by people around me.I realized by myself I was talented when I turned ten or so.

  1. What do you think keeps your imagination from conforming to mainstream society? Please explain.

My imagination is beyond mainstream society

  1. Do you endeavor to convey your emotions through your creativity? If so, explain how you do this.

I don’t endeavor to do so but if I’m in the mood and I know it’ll help someone get through a bad time then yeah

5.Who is your greatest influence?

God.You can only really understand that if you think for some time.

Oshogwe Ugbome-Writer @DaddyTheFatherr

  1.  Do you create hidden meanings/messages in your work?

Well I wouldn’t really say I create hidden messages in my work, because I normally leave everything straight forward and easy to grasp whilst maintaining my initial train of thought which might be slightly complex even for me, but nevertheless, I don’t create hidden messages in my work

2.Are you a fan of cartoons?If so,what is your favorite?

Hell yeah, I’m a huge fan of cartoons, been watching cartoons for as long as I remember, cartoons played an important part in my growing up.
Right now my faves have to be over the garden wall (it’s this new show on Cartoon Network, I watched the marathon earlier this year, it’s very lovely and weird), Adventure time, because it’s so insightful, Steven Universe because it’s super awesome and female characters rock

3. What is the ultimate message in your creative expressions?

Well, the ultimate message in my creative expression is just love, peace, oneness and some other aspects I can’t seem to remember, basically my mind is still very conscious and I just want to remind everyone that such ideas and concepts still exist in this world of constant negativity, there is still light, there will always be hope as long as you believe and never give up

4. Besides writing,are there any other creative channels you use to express yourself?

Yeah, through speaking, usually one on one conversations with people where I’m able to mix minds with the person in particular. It’s truly a lovely thing. Also there’s this thing where I make silly banter, for instance, the whole meatpie phenomenon I started a few years back, I’m not obsessed or in love with the snack, I just like it and channeled a banterous element through my likeness of it, this opening a new door of self expression for me.

Ifechi Tamara Uzoka-Poet and Writer @Yokohanu

1.Do you think that creativity involves putting your heart and soul into your work? Or is it more like letting your mind flow freely to witness the surprising results of your actions.

Well I think it’s a mixture of both to be honest, you can let your mind flow freely to see how far and how much you can surprise yourself but you can’t really go all the way if you don’t put your mind and heart into it.

2.What is your favourite colour and does it describe you as a person?

My favourite color is orange, it doesn’t really describe me as a person, it’s just a color I’d prefer to paint onto anything I could.

3.Is there a particular place where you feel most creative?

This might be weird but most of my creative energy flows in the bathroom while I’m showering and listening to music, that’s when I really start listening as every word from the lyrics sinks into my head and I start to understand the lyrics and can get inspired to write things up from there.

Seunfunmi E. Tinubu (@TinubuTweets) – Writer/Founder of ‘fvdedcollective’

  1. Do you do anything special to get your “creative juices” flowing?

To get my creative juices flowing I usually just listen to music to get me into a vibe for my writing. Rap helps me get my flows right within the poetry because I like my pieces to have a nice flow to it when you’re reading it. When it comes to stories, I just get an idea and I run with it. I don’t have to do anything too specific for a story.

  1. What is the ultimate message in your creative expressions?

The ultimate message…I don’t even know really. Lately I’ve been writing poetry from a personal perspective so I try and do it in a way that people can identify with. I think my ultimate message for my personal pieces is that I’m just trying to figure myself out and figure out life. My stories usually analyse a problem people face everyday like struggling with your demons, facing racism, things like that. I want people to be able to identify with what I write. That’s my end goal.

  1. How did you think of fvdedcollective?

fvdedcollective actually came about with the help of a friend, Tomisin Akinwunmi. She came to me with an idea about a site where we and some other writer friends of ours would operate a joint blog. So I took that idea and flipped it into a place where young writers can submit their stuff and have it viewed by lovers of literature, then it expanded to photography and music. Got some of my other friends on board with it and we just kind of ran with the idea.

  1. What effect (if any) do you think your childhood has had on the creativity you display as an adult?

My childhood didn’t really have any effect. I wrote my first poem when I was 10 years old for Kyra Jackson, this girl I thought I loved. She laughed at me with her friends and I cried. Didn’t pick up poetry again until January, 2014 and short stories in October of the same year so things just flowed from there. The last two or three years have had a much bigger impact on the creativity I display more than anything because I’ve learned a lot about myself in that time and its manifested in my work.

  1. What is your prime motivation to be unique?

My prime motivation to be unique is that I don’t want to end up like the type of people I dislike. There are a lot of shallow people that are more interested in following trends and being seen following these trends than doing something that really comes from their heart and is worthwhile. I don’t force myself to be different or do different shit, it just happens naturally. I’m not sitting down thinking “damn, I gotta be the most original guy out here. My work’s gotta be the most unique.” I literally just go with what feels right to me without stressing over what other people are doing. I don’t ever want to force it, I like the feeling of doing these things organically and being able to stand out like that.

6.Have you ever felt enlightened by an event in the past that has given you a new perspective on life? Please explain.

An event from the past…not one specific event to be honest. My whole 2014 was like a super crazy growing experience. Life kicked my ass a lot but I learned a lot and it helped to develop how I think and approach situations and relationships as well as how I write. There were times when I doubted myself seriously in terms of writing, but some people told me I inspired them to start writing though. That was a “wow” moment for me. I never set out to inspire people but something like that let me know I was on the right path, got my confidence up again. Haven’t looked back since.

6.Have you ever felt enlightened by an event in the past that has given you a new perspective on life? Please explain.

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Femi Ajayi-Artist @femiajayi_

  1. You could become one of your characters/works of art, which one would you choose? Why

i would be the piece ‘ creation’ because although i love my present self i long to recreate myself but with physical features i never had.

  1. How would you define creativity? explain how you go about deciding that something is creative.

Creativity to me can be defined as the ability of one to fabricate something amazing through the use of ones imagination and the ability for one to visualise ones observations.There’s no definite way to decide if something is creative,if the piece is indeed creative,the spectator/observer can recognize and feel the originality of ones work cause that’s what separates us from each other.

  1. If you had the chance to live during a different artistic movement other than now, which one would you choose?

I would live in the baroque period because the amount of emotion, drama and tension expressed the artists is far greater than any other that i’ve ever observed.

  1. If you could interview a creative person (past or present), who would that person be? Please explain your choice.

I would interview Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso .Well because the expression in all of his pieces  makes one think the way he expressed his creativity in them is like no other artists.His pieces are quite unique;every single one of them different from the other. I  would like to get his own personal perspective and insight on them.

 David-Writer @alakhumeee

  1. Do you think there is a driving force that inspires you?explain

Yeah. I get inspired by a lot of things and that’s what makes me write but my greatest inspiration is I want people to look at me in awe and say I want to be like that guy I want to achieve what he has achieved.

2.If you knew that you had only one last opportunity to express yourself creatively, what message would you want to convey to others?

It might seem cliche now but my message would be you can be anything you want. And you might fail but go for it anyways. Everyone is scared of failing because life is body but I feel like if you live that way you back yourself into a corner and try to ‘make something of yourself’ when Infact you could be something greater.

  1. What other person(s) do you consider to be creative and why?

I consider a lot of people to be creative. I think I consider everyone to be a little creative. I’d have to say most of my new friends though. They’re all very talented and try to use it in the most expressive and creative way they can.

  1. From where does your creativity stem?

My creativity stems from a lot of things. Sometimes from the weather or music. But most of the time it’s from my thoughts.

Isaac Umoren- Viner @issac_umoren

  1. How are you able to convey a message in six seconds?

Well for one thing,it’s really hard.I come up with loads of ideas but trying to fit it In 6 seconds takes a lot of effort and time.

2.     Do you think creativity is innate or learned?

Innate. This is because my mum always told me even as I was a baby I did some abstract things that hardly anyone could explain. My teachers classified me as gifted and special as well.

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

Well, for a start, my name means laughter .Erm, when I used to make my family laugh at the age of 7.

 Zurum Okereke- Designer @Zurum

 

  1. What is Zone District to you?

Zone District is for the shakers and movers. For those who are not looking to join the norm but be the norm. Zone District is for those who want to express who they are. We are now about exclusiveness, there is no special brand, there is no special clothing, who ever says that isn’t being completely honest. Instead it’s the people that are special or the stories they tell that make them special. With Zone District each design is meant to have a story attached to it; life is not only about what we do for stories but the lessons and ourselves we pass on to others. This is why Zone District doesn’t spew out design after design, each design has to have a meaning behind it. Zone District is one step in my goal to leave an overarching impacting on the world

  1. How or when did you feel success?

In relation to Zone District I don’t think I’m fully successful. There have been various achievements such as media interviews and fashion shows, but I have felt success and will continue to feel successful when I can have different kids come up to say that what I have been able to achieve is an inspiration to them. I don’t need to be recognized worldwide to feel successful.

  1. You are incredibly innovative, and creativity and innovation work hand in hand. What are some of your strategies?

The goal is to try and be a game changer. Set standards for you, not others, it will down the line. I’m constantly looking to break barriers and prove to others and myself that I can achieve my goals, my way. I have really grown to appreciate the world around me. I cannot forget my Nigerian background even though I live in America. Business wise, I try to be diverse in my ventures. I aim to be have varied and highly specific undertakings; whether it’s non-profit or for-profit, or in entertainment and media, or scientific, financial or something with evolving infrastructure. Creativity and innovation is not necessarily about starting something new, rather, you can also look at what has already been done and find ways to make the whole experience better. Also, staying in touch with older, more experienced professionals is very important. Lastly if you are not truly invested in your idea, it might not turn out as successful as you desire.

UP!

I had been anticipating this event for months.
The first being because I was finally going to have some fun in summer and the second being I would meet new people and find my twitter friends/acquaintances.I support any creative venture that has or would have a positive impact on lives.We find it hard translating our ideas as youths because sometimes we are caught in between childhood and adulthood.Childhood because sometimes,you want to be your immature self with the ‘you only live once’mentality.That isn’t bad since time is a slut as John Green said.Sometimes,you’re tempted to jump on bouncy castles with crazy long slides.When the childish hour passes by swiftly which tends to happen  quite naturally,we switch to adulthood.Serious minded and slightly uptight.A lot of times,quite subconsciously,we are given stereotypes.The most common phrases in our society being “teenagers of today” and the impulsive response being”times have changed”
I walked into the event with an open mind.I wasn’t going to be intimidated by no one and I was not going to intimidate anyone.The art piece was the first thing I saw.Her brush strokes were neat and the painting received loads of “wows”(credits to Bunmi)I was welcomed with open arms by a kind person,I got to realize was the talented rapper Kash.After a few minutes of waiting,my friends and I decided to socialize.I was pleasantly surprised that as more people came in and that happened quicker than I thought,less people were clung onto their phones.People were actually talking to each other.After taking a few walks back and forth,I visited the pop up store area.I circumnavigated the little area admiring the amazing designs by clothing lines such as Re-Dor,Renoir,V & F Clothing brought forth and the entrepreneurial skills many of us youths possess.I particularly liked the strategy SHUV used -giving badges out to those who bought their shirts.Needless to say,there were creatives pieces out there.I wish I had loads of money .
The party kicked off at 8ish. Rappers like OG Caesar and $B made the atmosphere live.Upcoming rappers like Grim Youth and Lord Loki wowed the audience.Savage was incredibly energetic and Papi had a way of grabbing everyone’s attention with his popular song Ridin.SV was good as well and had quite a number of people dressed in black shirts with his name(fonts were really cool by the way) Al-Kay was great to have on stage entertaining us with songs off Dreamology.Kash was amazing and the DJ did incredibly well playing songs everyone could dance to.Olugbenga was a fantastic host and I cannot forget the hype men at the back who motivated the performers and the audience.The strobe lights and smoke credits to Kitan Ariyo were creative additions to the night and although I thought I had epilepsy after dancing there for a while,it weared off when the performers came in.
We all made it live.Cece’s brilliant idea was put into reality with an amazing team.Although there were a few mishaps like stolen phones and the frequent ‘hold up’ by a few rappers;the night was beautiful and  unforgettable.From the cool clothing lines to the array of clothes displayed and promoted  to the great music and friendly people I met;UP was the definition of youths coming together to achieve one goal-showcasing talents.
And yes “times have changed”