#Spotlight: An Interview With Abuja’s Social Mayor, @NNwigene…
“I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.”
Welcome back to another super exciting episode of #Spotlight, this is seriously becoming my favourite thing to do on the blog, interviews are awesome! If this is your first time encountering the series, don’t worry, I’ve got you! It’s never too late to start reading about interesting people. Read the first episode here.
I’m very excited about today’s guest. He is one of the geniuses who has brought back life into the federal capital territory of Nigeria, aka Abuja. We went to the same university, at the same time but we only ever saw each other in passing, I don’t even think we ever said hi. We officially got to know each other through social media and that’s how we discovered we were twin souls. In a nutshell, he is an awesome human being.
Nosike is the co-founder of Agon, the most anticipated event in the Abuja social calendar.
I schooled at the University of Abuja and I never stayed around after the exams to socialize or anything like that, because Abuja was the most laid back
boring city in the history of laid back cities. Oh my gosh, it was so boring(that’s just me) But life has returned to Abuja! This interview just had to be done because Nosike is one of the busiest social media humans I know, so I was curious to know the inner workings of the mind that created Agon and how he keeps his work-life balanced. Let me not give too much away, do enjoy…
When you’re not online, what do you do?
I’m rarely never online. It’s either researching or just distracting myself on several platforms from Quora to Twitter. I’m also addicted to my mail, there’s always something coming in or leaving there so yeah – addicted to the internet.
Answering the question “what do you do for a living” is one of the most complicated things I have to do but here it goes – I run, along with an amazing team, Agon. It’s one of Abuja’s most consistent and popular bi-annual gatherings that initially targeted the city’s social media community but has now grown out of that bubble to mainstream fun loving crowds. I’m also into Digital Marketing, focusing on Social Media for Business and creating solutions for organisations along those lines. Anything from strategy to content. It’s a budding career but I’ve had some successes, a lot of bad experiences. Regardless it is a field I love and immerse myself in the bid to improve and grow.
The part of my life I think I enjoy and do effortlessly is both contributing to various blogs/magazines over a range of topics and copywriting – my new found love.
What do you find yourself doing a lot these days?
What I enjoy doing the most these days? I think it’s immersing myself in the Ad world. I’m fascinated by the process it takes to create work that convinces people to part with their money for things they want but can do without.
What specific thing do you love the most about Abuja?
The calmness, compared to other cities I’ve lived in. The people are laid back. The bulk of my support system also either reside or used to here so I suppose that counts.
When do you feel the most creative?
I’m my most creative in the early hours of the morning. My life is wild but when I get home, I turn on my laptop, plug in my earphones and attack my to-do list (which always seems to be full). I find there are results although the disadvantage is that I find I wake up needing more sleep.
What inspired Agon?
Remember how I said Abuja is calm and the people laid back? It could also be misinterpreted to mean boring although that is not particularly the case. The people usually need someone to light a fire on their backsides and that’s what Agon is. I co-founded it with my friend Haq who I went to school with and at the time I honestly didn’t see it becoming what it is today. It was basically just our way of adding something to look forward to in the city’s social calendar and before we realised it we were getting calls from companies/organisations to partner with us. I think that’s when we knew this wasn’t play anymore. The team has grown since into an elaborate structure with different departments having their specialised functions. I’m glad I did it, I can point to Agon and say, “Hey, we grew that from scratch”
What is the best thing about the internet?
OMG there is no simple way to answer this. It provides an alternate reality that somehow syncs into your current reality. Provides information you couldn’t readily get a decade ago, connects you to people you ordinarily wouldn’t have met, keeps you in contact with friends you haven’t seen in years but makes it seem like you haven’t missed a beat – take Amyn for example, we never met while at school but we’ve haunted each other from Facebook to other collaborative projects. I haven’t met her physically but we’re friends. The internet did that.
What single message would you send to an advanced alien species?
“Please don’t kill me, I’ll be your representative on earth”
If you could bring any fictional character into YOUR world, who would it be?
Kay Scarpetta, Tyrion Lannister, Tony Stark, Voldemort (I hear you sayin’ huh), Wilson Fisk… The list is endless
What are your three favourite albums and why?
Usher’s 8701 ‘cos it was one of the first I ever bought with my money and I played it endlessly. Let’s face it Usher was the shxt at the time – Every Jay-Z album ever made because I’m bias like that and finally Asa’s first album. Quote me anywhere that album is a national treasure.
Who is your personal hero?
Elon Musk. Breaks boundaries, makes the outlandish become near possibilities. Uses his brain to bring solutions to problems that haven’t even arisen. I want to be his shadow so bad.
If you could change one event from history, what would it be?
I like to think I’m pragmatic. Everything that’s happened is why we’re here today. So I’m like yeah leave it, let’s learn from the negatives and improve on the positives. One thing though, what exactly do mosquitoes and houseflies gain from torturing me. Can we like go back in time and make sure they didn’t get into Noah’s ark? Can we?
If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
Another hard question. I’m just going to go with the skill to learn languages effortlessly.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
Herein lies the greatest ever to do it. He brought laughter and happiness to everyone and will be missed by his amazing wife and 6 kids.
What would you change about your life if you knew you would never die?
I wracked my brain and honestly couldn’t think of anything. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing either.
If you were invited to TEDx as a speaker, what would you talk about?
How Social Media could give your business a two year leap and I’d use Agon as a case study. Either that or I’d talk about how no man is an island and the people you meet in life either drag you or uplift you and how you should focus on the latter. I’ve been blessed with friends who look out for me and put me in a position to do better for myself. A lot of the narrative around tells you trust no one, be an island etc. Absolute B.S
What book has influenced you the most?
I’ve read several and they’ve all influenced me in different spheres of my life. Off the top of my head though I’d probably say Googled. Taught me that laws in business etc. are there to suppress new comers. Create disruptive technology/solutions and watch yourself creating the laws for the next generation.
Would rather see into the future or read people’s minds?
See into the future
What is your favourite song to belt out at the bar/ in the car/ for karaoke?
Shape of you – Ed Sheeran
What’s the best thing after sliced bread?
Why does quicksand work slowly?
I have no knowledge at all about quick sand or how it “works”
If you were the opposite sex for a day, who would you want to look like and what would you do?
It’s something I don’t even want to consider.
Is there anything you would like to add?
YES I’D LIKE TO ADD SOMETHING, #WengerOut
If you are in Abuja on May 21st, you do not want to miss Agon. Seriously, it will be social suicide if you’re not there. There will be lots of fun activities, food, drinks, you get to network and meet up with old friends that you wouldn’t normally see because of work. Seriously, you can’t miss it!
To keep up with this amazing human being, follow him on
Instagram: @nosike_ @agon_abj
Twitter: @nnwigene @agon_abj
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