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.
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
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.
Anyway, 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 ….
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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