‘Deejaying’ allows me express myself without words –Peter Okodugha
Disc jockey, singer and dancer, Peter Okodugha Jr, popularly known as DJ Expression, has said that his work as a DJ helps him to express himself without using words. In a chat with Sunday Scoop, he said, “Being a DJ was never and is not something I have ever considered as a business. ‘Deejaying’ is majorly a way for me to express myself when words cannot suffice. I am more than just a DJ. I have creativity. I also have knowledge in diverse musical background and production. I am basically trying to carve a niche for myself with positive expressions. I don’t compete and I don’t plan on doing so. I express, not impress.” Defining his style of music, Okodugha said, “My music style is very diverse. I infuse afrobeats with different genres such as kompa, soca and reggae, among others. I love music and listen to all kinds of imaginable sounds.”
Taking a stroll down memory lane, the entertainer recalled how he used his school fees to buy DJ equipment. He stated, “I got my first set of equipment in 2005, using funds meant to pay for my school fees. Though in retrospect, I realise it was a risky action I would never advise anyone to emulate, I don’t look back with regrets.”
The singer also stated that being an introvert initially took a toll on his career. He added, “My personality used to be a challenge. I have always been an introvert; thus, many people felt threatened because they could not really figure me out. But with time, I opened up more and didn’t just let my music do the talking.”
Veteran actor, Akin Lewis, has emphasised on the importance of training in the career of actors.
At a time when some people believe that actors are ‘born’, not ‘made’, Lewis insisted that for an actor to be truly successful, such a person must be well trained. He said, “I can boldly say that there is no alternative to training for any actor who wants to be successful. Even if you have the talent; it is raw and has to be refined. In every other profession, training is necessary, so what makes the arts different in that regard. I am highly trained. I graduated with a First Class in Dramatic Arts and I also have a Master’s degree in the same course. I was privileged to have
Singer and actress, Belcalis Almánzar, aka Cardi B, is apparently having the time of her life in Nigeria. She arrived in the country during the week to perform at a concert.
The 27-year-old mother of one who is recognised by Forbes as one of the most influential female rappers performed at the Livespot X Festival yesterday (Saturday) in Lagos, and will be heading to Ghana today (Sunday).
Cardi B was undoubtedly excited to be in Africa’s most populous nation and interesting photos and videos of her adventures in Lagos have been making the rounds on the Internet.
The Bodak Yellow rapper has been flooding her Instagram page with raunchy pictures and videos to the delight of her over 55.2million followers.
One of the highlights of her brief stay in Lagos was her visit to a strip club. The songwriter, who is also a former stripper, was in the company of Nigerian-american singer, Jidenna.
Not only did the strippers entertain her, Cardi B also sprayed them with wads of cash.
While in the club, the DJ repeatedly played Cardi’s songs as her fans jostled to get a ‘selfie’ with the acclaimed rap queen.
Before she left the country, the television personality was given a Nigerian name– Chioma B. Her visit will, no doubt, leave indelible memories in the minds of her numerous fans. been trained by professors and other great professionals.”
On the toughest role he has taken on in the course of his career, the Heroes and Zeroes actor said, “I wouldn’t really consider any particular role to be the toughest role that I’ve played. I love challenges and roles that task me. Some of the notable roles I’ve played are in movies such as Were Alaso, Madam Dearest and Borokini, among others.
“I have been in the industry for 46 years. I have been on the mountain top and it has been awesome. I have also been in the valley. I have been happy and I have been sad. I know the secret of plenty and I know the secret of small. That’s just the way life is.”
Aformer housemate of the 2019 Big Brother Naija reality show, Diane Yashim, popularly known as Diane Russet, was in the news during the week after she featured singer, Iyanya Mbuk, in her short film titled, The Therapist. In one of the scenes, the duo could be seen sharing a passionate kiss which sparked various reactions on social media.
In a chat with Diane described her experience shooting that particular scene. “As an actor, one’s job is to be the character and deliver it perfectly. We had so many takes on that scene and I am happy it came out just how we wanted it. So far, the reviews are amazing and encouraging,” she said.
Russet also insisted that filmmaking is her first love. She said, “Filmmaking has always been my first love and passion, asides from my business. Producing this short film is not only a dream come true, it is the realisation of the power of believing in oneself,”
The actress who became more popular after Bbnaija noted that life has been good after participating in the reality TV show. “Life has been good so far. I thank God for his mercies and grace. In all honesty, I didn’t expect to get this far, this quickly. Thanks to my management and my team for working with me to achieve these milestones. I always say it takes a village to see every outcome we put out to the world,” she said. On her weirdest experience with a fan, Russet said, “Just some days ago, I had a two-day pop-up sales tour in Festac, Lagos, with a cosmetic brand which I work with as a brand ambassador. When I was coming back from where I went to eat, a fan jumped on me and I almost fell down. It was a very weird experience. She literally stuck by my side the whole day. It is really humbling to experience such great love. The support my fans give me is indescribable. I am thankful to God for giving them to me. Without them, there is no me.” the male gender here. Ultimately, I got the inspiration from listening to victims in my mum’s office. My mum is a professional counselor. That was when I got the strong feeling to write something about it. I also acted in the film alongside Funsho Adeolu, Jumoke Odetola, Jide Awobona, Bukola Adeeyo, Mimisola Daniels and others.”
On how he has been able to combine his bank job with movie production, the young filmmaker confessed that it has not been easy. He said, “Everything actually depends on thorough planning though I must confess that it has not been. There have been several times that I had to stay up all night just to ensure that I did what needed to be done. Still, I would have to go to work the next day.”
However, Saint Moses ruled out the option of quitting either career any time soon. He added, “There is the place of passion and there is a place of getting one’s daily bread. For now, the banking job puts food on my table and I cannot bite the hand that feeds me. I am still loyal to the banking job and also pushing my acting career passionately.”