when I started working in the country (with Lafarge). I’ve lived in
Nigeria since then; making it a total of four years.
first of my favourite fun spots is The (New Afrika) Shrine; its
ambience, its history, and the vibes (that reverberate) there (at the
Shrine) are just out of this planet. My second favourite fun spot is the
Bush Bar in Ikoyi (Lagos State). It is simple but it is a good joint to
watch football in a great atmosphere; sizzling, tasty suya and
good crowd. I like authentic places that tell a story and that you
cannot find anywhere else. The two spots perfectly portray that.
Tosyn and I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. (It is) not
because she is a Nigerian woman. But if I had to pick some of her traits
I love and that I admire in some other Nigerian women, I would point to
her independence, ambition, self-drive, entrepreneurial spirit,
strength, and energy.
football – that was before the Les Bleus (France national football
team) beat the Super Eagles easily to reach the quarter finals at the
2014 World Cup in Brazil.
generalisations or stereotypes. There is no such thing as a typical
Nigerian man or woman. How would you compare Gidi people (Lagosians)
with Ekiti people? How will you compare Calabar people with Kano people?
All I know is that I love Nigerians’ energy, optimism, liveliness and
the ambition to do better every day.
in my mind. Only a few artistes in history have managed to symbolise a
country, its culture and its society at some point in time (like Fela
did). Fela did not care about any code. He would not package
three-minute tracks but would instead do 20-minute songs with fabulous
introductions. He would use beats and instruments peculiar to Nigeria
but modernise them, making a great musical revolution while being very
acute in his lyrics, criticising his country’s leaders.
convey his messages to the masses. And in spite of all those Nigerian
‘ingredients,’ his music was a great export – my mum told me she
attended one of his concerts in France. It says a lot (about Fela).
songs; I like hitmakers like Falz TheBahdGuy, Reminisce, Phyno, and
Olamide. Similarly, I like alternative artistes like Temidollface,
Adekunle Gold, Simi, Saeon, and, of course Con.Tra.Diction. There’s so
much creativity in the Nigerian musical industry today; it’s impressive.
I wear the most is a simple, plain, black short-sleeved attire. It is
my perfect Friday wear.
transport in Nigeria and in many other parts of the planet. Meeting
people always makes travelling an experience and there’s no better way
to meet various kinds of people. I was surprised to discover kekes in Nigeria after travelling in many of their Indian equivalent, the rickshaws.
great history. You can go far back in time to see great kingdoms such as
the Benin Kingdom and the French Kingdom. Although not as spectacularly
(as in Nigeria), France used to be a melting pot of ethnic groups with
different languages and cultures put together in a country and
assimilated under one culture created over time and one lingua franca —
to bring everyone together.
two countries. They are on the map; they lead and influence their
continents, whether it is economically or by their culture. People
either love them (Nigeria and France) or hate them, but at least, no one
is indifferent to these two countries. There is a great national pride
on both sides, and also a tendency to criticise our leaders.
home-owners. So far, the journey has been great as we have had 20,000
beneficiaries in three years.
actually given to me by my company’s matron and people started calling
me that. She has now even adopted me as her ‘son.’ I gave myself Ajala
as I have been travelling a lot in Nigeria. I have travelled and worked
in 13 states in Nigeria.