How Blogging Got Me A Dream Job Writing Political Skits

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So sometime last year I stumbled upon a series of videos by this crazy dude called Ikenna Azuike on youtube. The videos put a satirical spin on African political issues from corruption to the economy to our crazy dictators but in a funny yet serious way.

mqdefault (1)I would watch the videos and laugh but then after laughing I would go on the internet to find out more about what I had just watched. And soon found out I was learning new things about Africa. The name of the show was called Whats Up Africa which Ikenna would scream at the start of every video. I loved the show because of the creativity … one moment it was the African James Bond, the next moment it was Pastor Azuike and before you know it, it was Flying Super Senator Yerima with a Y across his chest.

I subscribed to the show on youtube, followed it on twitter, liked the page on facebook, joined them on instagram and nearly hi-fived them on Hi5 but turns out they did not a Hi5 account =(

Anyway early this year (2014), I found out that Ikenna Azuike was going to be in town for the Lagos Social Media Week. So I was like hey I have to meet this guy just to say whats up africa man.

So I headed to Four Points By Sheraton for one of the many Social Media Week events … and as I was stepping out of one of the events. I ran into none other than Pastor Ikenna Azuike himself. I was like “great show man, you are doing an awesome job. You are going to be the next Stephen Colbert of Africa, Yada yada and can we take a picture.”

So after paying him like N5000, he allowed me take a picture with him … below is the picture taken on February 18th and you can see the caption of what exactly I said.

wuaxAnyway, fast forward to a couple of weeks, I made a promise to myself to write everyday, which I talk about it in this article The Maya Angelou Quote That Made Me Write Everyday it was not like I made a grand announcement or threw an intellectually party. I just told myself and Bluebiro (one fine babe) that I was going to focus on my blog and write consistently. So I started writing … 

And then one day I watched the may 4th Presidential Media Chat and wrote an article which I titled My Unbiased Media Chat Analysis in which I analyzed the entire Media Chat from top to bottom. One area that really annoyed me with the whole interview was how the journalists invited felt privileged to be in the presence of the President. So rather than doing their jobs they were caught up in the moment, they asked no follow up questions and largely sat down nodding their head in agreement to whatever GEJ said. He could have said “I am going to kill all the first born’s of all journalists in Nigeria” and they would have still been nodding their heads. It was a farce in political journalism in my opinion.

In the days that followed the media chat … I kept on thinking about how badly the journalists performed. It really irked and bothered me and one day after work, while waiting on a ride home. I pulled out my jotter and penned a rough draft of what would eventually become one of my funniest (in my opinion) articles to date titled 10 Rules Every Journalist Must Know Before Interviewing A #Nigeria Politician the article was successful because it came from a place of pure frustration. Several years ago I would probably have put off the article, but because of my writing pact to write daily, I forced myself to get it out that same night.

People loved the article, shared the article and re-tweeted the article. And then I got a message in my twitter direct message box on May 14th the same day the article was released. If you don’t believe in witch-craft destiny then this might mess with your mind. It was from none other than Ikenna Azuike himself, he did not remember me from Four Points or any of the comments I had made on his youtube videos, he had seen the journalist article and liked the comedic angle so much that he sent me a DM. The message looked like this ….

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Talk about crazy awesome! Being asked by a show you admire for years to come and write for the show is quite a special feeling. Its like being called out of the blue by Genevieve Nnaji to come on a date. I was excited.

Its been approximately a month since I received that DM, we have worked on approximately 3 videos covering African political issues in Nigeria, Gambia and Sudan. It has been a lot of fun working with an amazing team (emphasis on the word team because its a lot of people involved) of writers and creatives in developing sketch ideas. And then seeing your work come to live. 

But what is more gratifying is being able to do something you love and getting rewarded for it. Now I don’t know the future, maybe I could get fired by WUA … lol … who knows. But what I do know is this …

If you dedicate yourself to your craft, execute your craft with excellence even when no one cares, stick at it long enough and do it consistently …. people will come looking for you. So for those people out there still writing original articles, still doing the unpopular job of writing about things not related to soft sell gossip … keep doing it. You never know where it might take you. 

PS: Please do check out some of the videos we have worked on since I joined the team and let us know what you think about it. And remember to subscribe to the WUA youtube page here! Be awesome ninjas!

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41 comments on “How Blogging Got Me A Dream Job Writing Political Skits

  1. Boy Oh Boy! Ofili you have been such an inspiration to me. Okechukwu Ofili and Seth Godin… Cazy. Guys that really helped me activate the cazy in me. I also pledge to write everyday. And consistently. I recently currently working on a start-up and the only thing that has kept me going is your OKADA BOOKS and HUGDUG by Seth Godin… I’d really love to give u a crazy hug. Like right now.
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  2. If you dedicate yourself to your craft, execute your craft with excellence even when no one cares, stick at it long enough and do it consistently …. people will come looking for you. #truth!

  3. You inspire people… I guess you already know that. Weldone! and congrats on the WUA stuff. I guess it won’t be a bad idea for you to work on comedy as he said. There’s always a touch of humour in all your articles and that’s super cute
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  4. The MTV cribs got me cranking up ril loud. reminds me of my NYSC
    Camp experience. it was a classroom turned into hostel with twenty bunks, meaning we were forty in the room. what a mess.! and shout out to you for landing yourself this gig. I shall go to the mountain so that they will not sack you, your butt shall be glued to the chair of WUA.( can I get an Amem) and I do hope to take a picture with ya too.

    • Lol…no yawa. I will charge you 50K sha to take picture with me =D

      But NYSC o my God. My room was fit for only 2 people max, we were in there like 20 deep. Plus the room was still under construction when we got there and somehow in less than 2 hours we arranged it and cleaned it all up and packed 20 human beings in there. O well…
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  5. Witness on said:

    “If you dedicate yourself to your craft, execute your craft with excellence even when no one cares, stick at it long enough and do it consistently …. people will come looking for you.”
    True words! Whatever your craft, not just writing.
    But eh….I’m a writer gone AWOL! I used to love to write. I used to write. But in years, I haven’t written except for mails, research, concept notes and the like. Now I wonder if that’s still my craft or I’m a hopeless case.

  6. Theodore Nwankwo on said:

    Nice job bruv…always a good read…SO you made me watch Ikenna Azuike’s shows; almost all of it.

  7. That was a nice read as usual. Thank you for doing what you know how to do first. Ofili, I’m wondering, did you really pay Ikenna to have that picture with him?

    If you did, I’m tempted to ask why. You could simply have told him you were a fan of his and would like to have some pics with him. I see the paying part as condescending and cheap on his part. Don’t get me wrong pls, I like the dude but I would like to know the angle from which you saw it. Why did you pay money just to have picture with Ikenna?
    Thank you.

  8. God bless you Ofili for this article,I promise to keep writing everyday,God helping me.I immediatly brough out my jotter and started writing even though,what I am writing down doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.Thanks for letting me know it is not only soft sells that sells…

  9. youknowwho on said:

    Mr Ofili, as usual I am stunned(good or bad), I shall find out shortly and let you know my thoughts.

  10. cynthia on said:

    just came across this now and I’m like *wow* very inspiring to me as a blogger. I thought I had been blogging all this while now I know I’m just begining. cool stuff

  11. This guy WUA is really giving us Africa the strokes, i like the satirical videos and very interesting how the videos drive a huge message home. Shame to African leaders, we v got a long way to go mehn.

  12. Let me say congratulations to you first on a dream turned reality and a good job at that.
    I also must state that the latter part of this post was directed at me. I’ve been blogging for a year now out of sheer passion and delight if touching lives. What I’ve found out over the years however is that Nigerians hardly love to read anything that is not gossiping or entertainment, which I find astonishing; a part I couldn’t take because I feel so much stories eating me up from my experience and life issues that I think the world can learn from. But with your story, I know someday people will appreciate my works and connect with it after reading your inspiring and encouraging words.

    Thank you.

  13. U are a man sent from God bro…keep doing what U do…Iron sharpens iron U sharpen me.
    P.s please how do I monitor my book published on okadabooks.com? Thanks.

  14. “If you dedicate yourself to your craft, execute your craft with excellence even when no one cares, stick at it long enough and do it consistently …. people will come looking for you. So for those people out there still writing original articles, still doing the unpopular job of writing about things not related to soft sell gossip … keep doing it. You never know where it might take you. ”

    those lines really got to me….it can be hard sometimes putting in one’s best effort and not getting noticed but then one never knows when the spotlight will find one…well done!
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  15. “If you dedicate yourself to your craft, execute your craft with excellence even when no one cares, stick at it long
    enough and do it consistently …. people will come looking for you. ”

    Profound words Okechukwu. Your blog is a real source of inspiration, I have a similar testimony. Cos I dared to be original, blogging gave me two wonderful packages just when I was about giving up.

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