MEET MEKA NWOKE! 

If you’ve ever wondered how best you could balance all spheres of your life and still be at the top of your game in each, this post is for you. As the person I’ll be introducing in a bit has tasted lots of success in that area. 

About a week ago..(there’s that line that made us all go nuts, just wondering does it still affect you?), I saw this on Twitter. 

   
 And I just had to thank him you know. Because I feel that the way the world is, anyone who contributes positive content has to be appreciated and supported.

“Who’s Meka Nwoke!?”, I wondered and I decided to lurk by his Twitter images. What i discovered was that He is a smart, active, intelligent young man who’s interested in making a difference in the society. I found out that he writes just like myself to and this was not just some wolfish cry. 

I decided to hit him up and I started speaking with him. You know there are some people you across and it’s like you’ve found gold, but when you start speaking with them you realize its more than just gold. I’ve struck platinum!! That was how I felt all the while I discussed with Meka! And meeting him is already part of the highlights of 2015 for me.

I realized we do have a lot in common. He is someone that wants to be heard. And not just by making noise, but by challenging youth to live and “think beyond the conventional way that our society has molded us to.”

He told me that he started speaking at gatherings while still in secondary school, and only started writing this year. Like you probably already know, such wasn’t an easy task but he kept at it because he knows what he’s doing can better the life of all who listen. From that experience and many others, he’s been able to develop the discipline one needs to do hard things. The discipline one needs to make and follow through one’s goals. Which is why he’s a trusted person to listen to as regard such.

He’s a very social person, and When asked how he’s able to balance, work, school and activities, he told me that’s one of the reason he’s itching to be heard. He wants people know that you can be hardworking, cool, have fun and still be academically successful. (something i can relate to as in my last year at high school I was deeply involved in sports, kept lots of friends and was still able to pull through.) “it’s all about discipline, proper time planning and goal setting, hard work, impeccable focus and of course some blood sweat and tears”, he says 

One of his tips to succeeding in your goals is that you have to want it badly, but not just that, you have to be prepared to put in the effort as wanting it is not just enough. And with his YouTube Channel, he’d be sharing more practical ways on how he does it and how you can as well. 
I asked him on his opinions on what of my favorite topics of all time, Nigeria and its current generation of youth. His alacrity shocked me! And his response was one of the most genuine, refreshing and coherently formed I’ve heard in a while. 

According to him, many look at advances in technology and immediately deduce the future is bright, but if the youth of today don’t wake up to their responsibilities, and think beyond the norm how then can we be sure of a brighter future? 

He says, ” we see youth talk about how corrupt our government is, but we still see corruption amongst the youths when put in positions of authority at their educational institutions and other places.” Our actions are a reflection of what we think and this just shows that there’s a lot of negativity in the minds of people. 

Then again, he believes that he can’t just sit idly and wait for change! He has to do something because he understands the principle, “all change begins with me.” 

And so that’s another major reason he’s doing this. 

I told him that I know and pray that with the actions of other people like himself and I, the positive we so direly need is not so farfetched.

Meka Nwoke, is someone to watch out for! His Twitter and Instagram handles are both @MekaYMG and be sure to follow him. Also, feel free to speak with him about what he does incase you’d like to know more. He’s very friendly and easy to talk to. 

His first video, on the impact of self discovery on academic success is right here https://youtu.be/wQKhC6ieaKY. 

Thank you for reading and do subscribe to his channel! 

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DEMOLA ‘DEMOLATHEDIRECTOR’ FALOMO. 

In my opinion, Director X, Clarence Peters and Demola Falomo have one major thing in common!

If you didn’t already know, it’s the fact that they’re all directors and have a deep love for what they do. 

For this post however, I would be focussing on my favorite of the three. Demola Falomo, or as we love to call him, demolathedirector.

Demola Falomo, is a young college student, an alumni of dansol high school and a budding director/cinematographer. 

According to him, it started close to 2 years ago, as a result of his love for audio and pictures. And even learnt and practiced both at a time. 

His urge to provide meaningful content and to pass helpful messages through his work pushed him even further. And that’s how he ended up in cinematography. Where he is blending his expertise in audio and pictures for our viewing pleasure.

His motivation include his knowledge of him being special and having something unique to offer, and his desire to be a positive influence to all around him. 

A major challenge he’s faced though, is shooting and editing in a short time frame because he loves perfection. In his words, “I like my things perfect. And trying to achieve perfection + time tight space = challenge” 

His advice to other young directors and cinematographers is to be patient. Both with yourself and your actors. Your actors especially. Because they won’t always get that scene or story exactly how you want it! But with patience and tolerance. 
Below, are the link to some of my favorite works of his. 

This one right here, is the first one I watched.

Here’s the latest, Afope a story of lost opportunity.

This here, is the link to his first short story. A scary morning. 

Youtu.be/jaAkgArrMNU

At the moment, he’s working on a new one, And I know it’ll be nothing short of good. 

Demola, I hope you never lose your zeal. I hope you pursue your dreams but not just for yourself this time, but also for those who’ll be expecting you to do great and those who your work you’ll influence. 

  
We believe in you. 

I want to end with the words of a popular young photographer, “get to know him now, or famz later”. 

It’s your choice. 

*yells cut! 

SANDRA EKPENISI; THE CLOTHE LINE.

 
For Sandra, what started out as a regular hobby has now metamorphosed into a clothesline. According to her, during her junior secondary school certificate examinations, she’d draw at the end of every paper. Not your regular doodles though. No. But clothing materials of various forms and styles.

She didn’t want her talent to go to waste and so she decided to put it to work, by designing for the next talent hunt event at Dansol High School. she shared it with her parents and the support she received is one of the things that keeps her going. 

She realized then that fashion was something she loved and wouldn’t mind giving her all into. When asked about her style, she comments that it is simple, unique and different. She also wants to go into catering, but fashion is her mains. 

Sandra is so serious about this that she’s doing something that most people don’t dare to do. She’s studying business in fashion in the university. Her dream would be to own her own fashion house and industry and then run the catering business by the side. 

When asked about what advice she had to give other young people who are considering doing something serious with their talents, she had this to say;

Don’t let your passion go to waste. Deep down you know what you love, why keep it wen the world needs it ? Even if you think it’s not worth it, you have not tried it that’s why you think that way. You are worth trying, changing and making a difference. Even if you think things are hard, God is always there to help. Everything big starts with something little. So believe in your self and do what you love. The world await to see what you have to offer. 

And with those words from Sandra, it’s a wrap. 

Late #featurefriday : Oluwalani Adebayo.

Like lil Wayne I’m sorry for the wait guys. I’m sorry this post is coming late but this week’s featurefriday article is on none other than Oluwalani “the laninator” Adebayo (@simply_lanny on Twitter and @laninator_ on ig. ) She’s a smart student, she goes to Dansol High School and she’s a young model on the rise. ( I know she’s going places ) yes I put student and model in the same sentence. 

She’s an interesting teen who loves to dance but not as much as she loves to model. Not a lot of people these days are reading books but she reads modeling material and watches television shows on modeling and is so excited that she’s starting early to model. 

Already she has modeled for a colleague at Dansol High School and at the last Dansol talent hunt she was the first runner up for the model of the year. 

She says the confidence she feels is amazing and would love to encourage people to embrace their unconventional talents. In her words, not everyone might have the talent of singing or drawing or might be cut out for engineering or law so embrace what it is that you have. People have bodies that can take them places ( I mean this in a very positive light ) and she intends to fully utilize what she has. 

You have my word for it that she’ll deliver a great performance when it comes to modeling your products. She can be reached at lannyadebayo2506@yahoo.com for more information on her services.  

Ps. My word of advice for those of you that already know her is that you get on her good side so when she’s gotten up there you’ll be remembered. 

Oh and andikan took the first two photos. 

photp credit : andikan .