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The PERSPECTIVES of Kolamide Emmanuel by Smileys Africa


We’re excited to bring back the Perspectives. This will be the first Perspectives on our blog. 

Before we dive into the fun part, let’s answer the question What is “Perspectives”? Perspectives is a summary of our conversations with amazing people in different fields, talking about their perspectives on different topics. Sounds interesting right? Let’s dive in!

In this edition of Perspectives, we have one of your favorite entertainers Kolamide Emmanuel who is a Standup comedian, Host, and Voice Over Artist. He talks about the one moment that has defined who he is right now, the number one problem he thinks creatives face in Nigeria, and the solution to curb this.

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about life right now?

Kolamide: 8, life can be crazy but I’m optimistic.

What’s your wake-up ritual?/ What’s your bedtime ritual?

Kolamide: My wake-up ritual is to wake up at 6 am, or 6:15 if I’m being honest, that extra 15mins na something o. Go to the gym come back and have oats. Then start work or write jokes. 

My bedtime ritual is to read at least 20 pages of a book, check Twitter for bants and news, look at Snapchat baddies then pray before bed.

How do you have fun and keep yourself balanced?

Kolamide: Fun is important for creativity and ideas, so I try to relax and remind myself that even though “sapa” is around the corner it’s okay to enjoy things I like, things like watching football, watching comedy, hanging with friends, etc.

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What is important to you and why?

Kolamide: Money is important to me because I’ve always never been so money conscious, I mean everyone wants money but you need a certain dedication to getting it. Now I’m on that path.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten?

Kolamide: I wouldn’t say advice per se, but a quote, an Oprah Winfrey quote that I live by “You get out of life, what you have the courage to ask.”

As a creative in Nigeria, what would you say is the number one problem creatives face in this country and how do you think we can move forward?

Kolamide: The stereotype that a creative isn’t a serious job. One from other people; not taking you seriously, not wanting to pay for services. And two from ourselves, being a creative doesn’t mean you get to relax and chill, it’s serious work and dedication. If those two things are eradicated, we’ll be in a much better place maybe get compared to doctors and lawyers by Nigerian parents lol. 

What are the 3 items you can’t survive without?

Kolamide: My phone, My wallet, and my inhaler, I literally need this last one

What is your go-to song for inspiration/motivation?

Kolamide: Twitch – Happy, YKB- Wake Up, Reminisce ft Buju- Hustle


What movie or series are you watching right now?

Kolamide: House of dragons and Afrobeats Backstory

What are you looking forward to in the nearest future?

Kolamide: I’m looking forward to touring the world as a comedian, and building my company to a point of global success


I hope you enjoyed these conversations as much as we did. Follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our email list to be the first to read our next edition of Perspectives.

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