‘Dee­jay­ing’ al­lows me ex­press my­self with­out words –Peter Oko­dugha

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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.”

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