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Celebrity Guest Week: Sophia Opens up About Normality in the Entertainment Industry vs. Significance, Talks Grand Plan

Today we are featuring another beautiful lady, her name is Sophia. When I say beautiful I’m talking about this speechless kind of beauty, something you will see that will get you stunned. I don’t want to exaggerate or anything but when you first see her, you have to pause for a bit, and begin to think of the exact words that can describe such. Chill and read on as you get to know more about her. The comment box is always open for opinions, suggestions and questions.

So Sophia how are you doing today?

I’m fine

Can you tell us a little about yourself for a start?

My name is Sophia Buba, popularly known as Jennifer. Am from Adamawa state, Gerei local government. I’m Bachama by tribe.

All of a sudden you want to be a model, what happen?

I’ve had passion for modelling since I was a kid. I love modelling. I see something great in modelling.

When you were younger, what did you think you were going to be in the future?

Well, I had two things in mind, I always wanted to be a model or a doctor.

Okay. Are you pursuing both?

Yes.

Through that, you want to see something changed, right?

In terms of modelling, I will try as much as possible to make people understand the significance of modelling, that modelling has to come from the inside.  Some people want to get into modelling because they want to be popular, to be known by many people. I will try and change this norm. In the aspect of being a doctor, I will try all my possible best to give a free medical care to the needy.

This kind of things sometimes, you need planning and support system from a lot of places, how would you achieve it? Do you think it is possible at all?

Which part?

Talking about the health-care sector.

There are many ways of achieving things these days. And you don’t need to depend on the government to start something great in the community. We have to stand up and do things for ourselves and by ourselves. I think starting small will make all the difference.

So who is your role-model?

Vivian Ibrahim, the current Miss Adamawa.

Randomly, what comes to your mind when you hear the word “beautiful?”

Well, to me beauty is not all about make-up or dressing, to me beauty is all about what is in the inside.

Do you have an addictive habit?

Some people call me parrot but I like that, because I’m good at making noise even though I don’t like people that make noise.

That’s one. What else?

I guess I’m very friendly to people. I easily adapt to new environment. I like people around me. I like to make new friends.

Okay, that’s a particular habit crucial to modelling. What do you do in your free time?

I love listening to music, dancing, and sometimes I like reading.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?

Anger. Am the kind of person that gets angry easily. Most especially when I say “no” and someone is still saying Yes. I can even get angry to an uncontrollable level, to the level that will make everyone around surprise.

WOW. WOW. I guess that’s something that needs to be changed.

I think I’ve exhausted my time? Do you have any message you want to send across?

Yes, and this one goes especially to parents. Some parents think that modelling is all about getting spoilt in the modern society, among children trying to make themselves popular. Some parents think that the aim is to get into the world of celebrities, whereby nothing positive comes out of. Even though some parents see the positive side of this, a lot more need to begin to see the positive side of the struggle.

So you want them to think in a certain way?

Yes, they should believe and have faith in their children, to see the bright side of their endeavours, regardless how reckless. Modelling is not a medium for bad influence or character, the good always outweighs the bad.

That’s a message. Thanks for being here.

My pleasure.

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PICTURE GALLERY: Swanky Released Stunning Photos – Celebrity Model of the Week Takes the Internet by Storm with Newly Released Photos

The beauty queen of the week, swanky takes the internet by storm with new studio pictures.

Swanky is from Adamawa state, Shelleng local government in particular. This elegant looking model is based in Yola, the capital of the state. While pursuing her career in the modeling industry, she’s also in the course of her first degree. Swanky is now on the top list of the most sought for models from the northern part of the country.

Celebrity Guest Week: Swanky “Yeshhy” Talks Motivation, Relationship and Glorious Modelling Career

Welcome to the special edition of our celebrity guest week, today I’m chilling with Swanky. You guys need to know this spontaneous, beautiful and high spirited sweetheart. When you talk about modelling or the representation of that elegant personality in the entertainment industry, this phenomenal lady should come first on your mind. Today we are having an interesting time after a long time of silence. And I’m blessed to kick-start this series once again with someone this intelligent.

Jdy: Now swanky, I know people will be eager to know at least a little about you, even briefly.

Swanky: First of all, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to be here. I’m Yeshhy Simon by name but my friends call me Swanky.  In summary, am from Adamawa state, Shelleng Local Government, Kanakuru by tribe.

Jdy: For how long have you been modelling?

Swanky: Let me just say I’m just starting, but modelling is a thing I always wanted.  I admire all the models, I love modelling, but this is my first time of modelling.

Jdy: Okay, what’s your moving-machine. Like, what made you choose this path in particular? What pushed you this time?

Swanky: I’ve been craving to be a model for a long time. I’ve been admiring models, and I want to be a part of a modelling agency in particular. I want to be a part of this movement that will provide for change in the local society and the world as a whole.

Jdy: I get that. That’s a particular motivation actually, a purpose-like motivation.

How do you feel about the controversy of the size 0 debate in the industry? Do you think being slim is totally necessary?

Swanky: I won’t say it’s necessary and I can’t say it’s not. Because sometimes you don’t have to be within the “size 0” limit, you don’t have to be that slim to be a model. Once you have the personality and motive to be a model, you can get there. You don’t even need to be perfect. Modeling is not about perfection, you walk towards perfection.

Jdy: I like that.

Let’s drift a bit. What did your parent first think of you being a model and were they supportive?

Swanky: {Chuckles} Okay, my parents are very cool, especially my mum. She’s my best friend. We talk heart to heart. I told her everything about me. She knows everything about me. So when I talk to her about this modeling stuff, she laughs first of all and said “You Yeshhy you want to model?” I said YES, she says okay, “I wish you all the best.” That’s what she said.

Jdy: So your parents are actually cool about it, right?

Swanky: Yes.

Jdy: Wow, so who’s your role model in the industry?

Swanky: Like in Adamawa state?

Jdy: Yes, let’s keep it simple.

Swanky: In Adamawa state my role model is Rheeta Gambiye, the former Miss Tourism Adamawa, also the New face of Nigeria models. I admire her a lot, she’s just wow.

Jdy: Definitely, she’s a kind of person with an admirable personality.

Swanky: Yes.

Jdy: Talking about modeling, some people tend to have limitations. Like the kind of clothing they are going to model with, what they are supposed to portray etc. Some models don’t like to go into everything. What would be your limitation? Would you model any kind of cloth?

Swanky: I’m very happy that you brought this up. You know, you don’t have to expose your body before you become a model. Especially in the African culture, you can dress decently and still kill it. We have this advantage and leverage of culture that you don’t need to expose every part of your body to become popular or get the attention of people. Even when you dress and cover your body, you can still be hot and people will admire your class. You can still promote African styles and culture. For example, African dresses. So exposing your body just in the name of being a model or a star… I don’t buy that idea.

Jdy: That’s refreshing.

Talking as a person, what’s your greatest weakness?

Swanky: My greatest weakness is when people don’t know how to approach heated situations. For example, a person did wrong, they don’t need to be approached or scolded in the public. Wrongs should be treated with humility and respect. Also, backbiting, and people talking behind your back, especially the ones I trust, makes me weak.

Jdy: In this case, how do you cope with pressure of being a model?

Swanky: Sometimes you just have to sacrifice some things. And in whatever you do, if you are not pressurized then you might not get the expected good from it. We just have to sacrifice some things you meet up with all expectations.

Jdy: I saw photo-shoots, the class, the beauty, everything was there. What was your feeling at your first photo-shoot as a model?

Swanky: During the photo-shoot session, there was the mixture of curiosity and anxiousness. When the pictures were sent to me, I was like wow, is this me? I showed my mom the pictures about ten times. She was like “See Yeshhy I’m tired of these pictures, could you stop showing me.” Because I can’t believe I was the one.

Jdy: Are you a narcissist?

Swanky: WOW, at some extent, yes. You know sometimes you just have to care about your looks.

Jdy: Looking at you from across, you are beautiful and all that. Would you ever date someone un-handsome or not handsome?

Swanky: First of all, love is a language.

Jdy: I can agree with that.

Swanky: For you to love somebody, that person doesn’t have to be handsome. Once that person has what you want then it’s okay. Some people only fall in love with physical looks, charisma and all that, but I don’t believe in that. Because there is a saying that goes “not all that glitters is gold.”  When you fall for someone that is just handsome, at the end of the day you may end up regretting. But once you fall in love with someone cool, with the characteristics you want, then it’s okay. That person doesn’t need to be handsome or ugly. Love conquers everything.

Jdy: WOW! I’d like to have a longer conversation but due to formal restraint we have to cut it short.

So Swanky, people would also like to know your grand goal as a model. What is your grand goal?

Swanky: I have so many goals but let me go straight to the point. My primary goal is to keep moving. I don’t want to stop here. I want to start from this level to the next, until I reach the peak of my ability.      

Jdy: So is there anything you would like to add? Just anything?

Swanky: I don’t have much to say. But I’d like to say that I love everyone, my fans, friends and everybody. Thanks for your support.

Jdy: Thank you for your time.

Swanky: Great to be here.

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#CeleWeekly Episode 4: “I Made ₦150K Last Month” Tutoring Becomes a Real Business with Young Female Graduate, Biola Adekunle

 

From Oyo, she came to Adamawa state in the year 2013 as a member of the national youth service corps (NYSC) but decided to stay back to explore new opportunities and businesses. Making around ₦150,000 monthly, now she’s living comfortably, expanding rapidly and have great plans for creating new academic ventures, uplifting education and women empowerment.

Welcome to the #CeleWeekly series once again…great people are featured here…dream chasers, time changers and selfless humanitarians.

Africa is a great place to explore almost everything. Africa is everything we got, and all we need to create the change we want to see. CeleWeekly series is my way of giving back to the streets; to showcase how young people with African nativity can do great things with their zeal, talents and acumen.

Biola Adekunle will tell us more about starting a business that don’t really look like business to many people.


Other episodes:

#CeleWeekly Episode 1: Miss Yola Opens Up On Being a Plus-Size Model, Talks High School and Future Plans

#CeleWeekly Episode Two: Martino Talks Best Music Moment, Influences, Unity Among Artists and More (Audio Inclusive)

#CeleWeekly Episode 3: MustyWhite – About Yola Carnival, New Music and Challenges Faced


Staying back after your service…did you plan this before coming to the North or you just discovered a treasure and decided you have to stay?

Actually, the North is a scary place for any Southerner who has never been here, especially a lady. We heard stories about horrible experiences and exaggerated statements about NYSC members being exposed to violence and hardship, which will scare anybody. The plan was to come, finish serving and just leave. There was no plan whatsoever to stay, but along the way things just changed. I don’t know of other states but people in Adamawa are very kind. They accept strangers as their friends and provide you with all support you need especially when they recognize you as a youth corps member. So, even after my service I decided I could stay and explore everything for a few months before I will finally leave.

Everything?

Yes, everything. From business, ways of life and even job opportunities. Because the most important thing after graduating is serving and then securing a good job. By the time a finished my service I was ready to start a new life in Adamawa if I could get a job.

Wow, your plan to stay wasn’t just about business, am I right?

You are right.

So, in the midst of other work or business options, how did you settle for tutoring jobs, since its more like freelancing?

I was posted to teach during my service just like many youth members, but I was able to start tutoring secondary school students in the evening and in the weekends for free. At that time, the aim was to help them become better in physics. Since I graduated from the faculty of pure science, other subjects such as chemistry and mathematics are also my specialty, so I started to combine them altogether. I didn’t charge students for the evening lessons during my service as a result of the time limits and the inconsistency of the whole thing. The parents did actually commend my efforts and the students begin to perform better.

So, I guess that was the motivation behind starting a tutoring job?

After I finish my service, I contemplated between staying back and leaving immediately, then I realize I could explore some job opportunities or even get the school to offer me a permanent job. That didn’t happen actually, so I decided to try to convince the parents of the students I’ve been tutoring that I’m starting anew, although it will cost them N3000 in a month. Considering the value I’m offering, 3k is too cheap for 3 subjects. Most of them agreed and by then I had about 7 serious students. That 3k times 7 was 21k, even higher that the NYSC Allawee I used to get.

How did you scale up? Like, how did it turn to 150k monthly?

It’s not 150k monthly. Averagely you can say 150k, considering my last month earnings. If I do my calculation well, the previous month was lower but things are getting better. Students began to increase in number; by the end of 2014 I had roughly about 20 students. Since I’m not operating a school, the numbers will keep fluctuating. Most of the students were ss2 and ss3 students, trying to graduate with good grades. As of now, I have around 27 to 30 consistent students, most of them ss2. But the main expansion is when I started home tutoring some particular students singly. The parents will demand that I teach them a specific subject like maths and we negotiate the price.

What is the price range?

The price ranges from 5 to 10k, sometimes even more. In this year I haven’t tutor a student singularly for less than 10k, I think that was my New Year resolution.  To sum up both the group tutoring and the home tutoring, I made 150k last month, roughly.

I’m an entrepreneur myself and I know how time affects income vs. productivity. With all these, how do you deal with time management?

Hmmm, time is very important to me. I usually weight the, money I make based on time and energy spent. Since I don’t have anything to do in the morning or afternoon, I use that time to rest, do other things I suppose to be doing in the evening, before the time for the lessons.

How about Saturdays?

Sometimes I postpone Friday lessons to Saturdays since most of my Muslim students would be going to Mosque and after, they may need to rest.

Have you ever thought of increasing your price for the group tutoring?

Yes, I once thought of that. But I realize that some of the parents tend to be hesitant with N3000. Increasing the money will be a disaster. So I just focus on increasing the number of people, not the price.

That’s good thinking. Quality + tolerable price = increased profit.

Correct.

Now, what is your plan? I mean, do you plan to just keep expanding the group tutor or what?

My plan is to expand, because the expansion hasn’t been much, although I give glory to God for the consistency. The people I’ve started with have graduated and the ones I currently tutor are new. So, growth seems to be steady. I plan to invest more in this business by employing tutors, while I explore new businesses. Also, I want to build school.

What? Just like that?

Yes, based on my budget I need 5 million naira to make this happen and it will happen in a few years.

I believe you.

How many years are we talking about?

Two or three, once I am able to employ someone to tutor for the students, I will concentrate on expanding the number of subjects we treat and the price will depend on the subjects. I also have plans to create an association that will promote women empowerment and female child education. Things are better than the past, but I don’t think female child education is taken really seriously especially in the rural areas.

Would you accept a government work today?

No. I think government work is a limitation. If I have to work, that means it has to pay me better than I’m making, and it won’t consume my whole day. In business you have power over the money you make even if you have to deal with uncertainties.

What other potential business or businesses would you consider as a form of contribution to the society?

There are many businesses out there, but I will consider agriculture as the best option if you want to contribute to the society. Most people ignore agriculture but there is still money in the farm. Nigeria made billions from agriculture before the focus was shifted to oil. In order to grow the society, we need to get back to agriculture. We need to start exploring our forgotten treasure.

Thank you. What advice would you give to fresh graduates and other youths businesswise?

My advice for youths is, they should stop depending on the government. Yes, some people have to work for the government but you may not be among. If you have a passion, make a research on how you can turn that passion into business. The internet has helped me understand the essence of good business planning. Business is not just about buying and selling, it is a continuous process of relating with people and making sure you provide the expected quality. So, you need to know your passion, develop the right skills and start doing something.

This is very inspiring!

Thank you.

Is there anything you want to add, anything at all?

The only thing I want to add is, to the young people, your beginning is not the future. We all have to start somewhere and we have to start humble. What you do for money should be carried on your shoulder like a price. You should be proud of your position, work toward achieving better and make plans to pursue greatness.

Thank you very much. I really appreciate you for being on the #celeweekly series.

Thank you. You rock.

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Stay tuned next Friday for another episode of the #CeleWeekly series. If you know someone doing great things in your community that deserves to be featured in this series, you can always use the “contact us” tab to let us know of this person.


Other episodes:

#CeleWeekly Episode 1: Miss Yola Opens Up On Being a Plus-Size Model, Talks High School and Future Plans

#CeleWeekly Episode Two: Martino Talks Best Music Moment, Influences, Unity Among Artists and More (Audio Inclusive)

#CeleWeekly Episode 3: MustyWhite – About Yola Carnival, New Music and Challenges Faced

#CeleWeekly Episode 3: MustyWhite – About Yola Carnival, New Music and Challenges Faced


Today I’m on the CeleWeekly with another young person from the music industry, MustyWhite. This is the #CeleWeekly series, featuring young zealous people every Friday for their contributions in the society, music, entrepreneurship, charity and the entertainment industry in general. MustyWhite has been singing for a while and recently released an unusual song which he named #Karyansu. We shall be talking about that and many more interesting details.


Other episodes of #CeleWeekly series:

#CeleWeek Episode 1: Miss Yola Opens Up On Being a Plus-Size Model, Talks High School and Future Plans

#CeleWeekly Episode Two: Martino Talks Best Music Moment, Influences, Unity Among Artists and More (Audio Inclusive)


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Due to formality, can you tell us a little about your music background?

 

I will like to introduce myself. My name is Mustafa Damilola Bakare. Better known by Mustywhite. I started recording music at age of 15 and managed to release collaborative songs with the glorious 5. In a group I and couple of school friends and street ghetto friends formed.

My family love and support music. And music is in my blood since when I was a kid. Fela Kuti, Shina peter, I k dairo, King Sunny Ade and Oyeka. This legends inspire me because I love listening to their songs.

 

We recently had the Yola carnival event which I happen to be among the key sponsors. Yola carnival was where the first Miss Yola was crowned, as a result made the event more significant this year compared to the past years. Can you talk a little bit about the event?

 

First of all Yola carnival is the biggest event in Adamawa which was discovered in the year 2013 with the aid of the many people out there the event stands to be a living soul.it all started like a play because many obstacles had being sustained regarding the progress of the event but I bless God and also my mum through her prayers obstacles happened to be knocked down in the years 2013.2014 and also 2016 progress was pushed and the most funniest aspect of that scenario is that those people that had unknown dispute and envy towards the event are the ones showing much interest to the event. And that’s what I always prayed for because when there are obstacles your problem are left undefined. So this year’s carnival happened to be an amazing thing to me due to the fact that many support was rendered. You know Adamawa entertainment industry was very low in the previous years but as the new platform of government takes over of which my unending commend and regards goes to our present governor in person of his excellence Governor Jibrilla Bindow, Adamawa culture and tourism, Miss Tourism, Stubbornboizrecord and also my team Sparkboiz. Adamawa is state of great integrity and good personalities but what baffles me a lot is when our cultural heritage is being taken for granted due to the white men’s ways and life practice. So Yola carnival serve as a reminder to our outdated culture and to our own life practice.

 

That’s great. Do you think the carnival will revolutionize the perception of music or art in the state at all, on the basis of value?

 

Yea most definitely because as far as the event goes on, much progress in the initial state of music and art will be attain in less time. All we need is support and when I said support I aint talking about that of capital am talking some other intentions that you wish to render the support. You know art and music goes hand in hand because the word art itself it originated from the gene of the entertainment we all drive pleasure from. And also unity moves the train to the safe station I guess you know what I mean bro. 

 

Sure.

You talked about challenges; what are the common challenges being faced when organizing such event?

 

There are a lot challenges which was attained but I will made mention of few because of our time factor. I guess the main stepped stone of the barrier was that of capital and like have told earlier things was hard in the previous years because of the lack of governmental support in the capital aspect. Carnival is an of the not for a specific local government area in the state and what I want you to understand is that government should provide the helping hand financially to the organizers to get things in order. And secondly, the lack of unity among we all individually in the state because if I should make exceptions things might not move according to our plan. We should learn to show some love by appreciating our own progress as the progress itself starts a single a day. You know the reason behind my proclamation towards this is because there are a lot dudes out there that might say a lot irrelevant things just in order to tarnish the reputation of the event as progress comes in. So it’s very obvious that we cannot sleep in the same bed because we dream different and that’s one of the claims that define our differences. I’ve got a lot to say on this topic but nevertheless I gats reserve some comment to be untold. As they are very confidential.

 

Okay, let’s drift to your music in particular. If I may ask, among your songs, what’s the song you’ve written that came out of nowhere? 

 

Am a kind of artist that do music to inspire people. And my music is all about passing a message. I have many songs. But I will like to choose this song that I drop last week #karyansu. 

 

It’s a nice song. By the way what was the message you intend to “pass” with Karyansu?

 

Karyansu simply mean lies people tell about people on some things that never happened. No matter how carefully you choose. Your word they will always end up being twisted by others. Gossip is just a tool to distract people.

 

Do you have any favorite artist from the north? 

 

Yeah bro am a singer.  Don’t be surprised if I say BOC and Classic. Those niggas are good. They are my favorite artist. For now.

 

Alright.

Traditionally, we ask featured individuals 2 to 3 random personal questions just pick their brains. Since we still have time, let’s get it.

 

What was the best advice ever given to you?

 

I have lot of best advice from many important people that I will never forget in my life but I will like to take my mum’s advice as the best advice ever. She said. “Son always remember where you are coming from everywhere you go and always give God the glory no matter what happens.”

 

Do you consider yourself an arithmetic or theory guy?

 

Nawa for you j d y. Let me go for theory.

 

I see that coming…

 What advice would you give someone just starting up in the music industry? 

 

My advice to young artist out there; Huna no how the stuff they be. The game isn’t easy at all. My advice is in fact part of your early years should be a geared toward hunting for opportunities to perform for free opportunities that just let you get your art out there to larger audience base you see no one will tell you the truth about their career. Beginning but the fact is they all went through a lot. Of them stuff only base on imagination when time are hard as a young. Musicians sleep in the studio and make music out of that hunger and pain and frustration. Believe me bro one day you will advise those young artists coming. Am not saying am at the top but am very sure very soon we will get there finally.

 

Okay, thank you.

Anything you want to add? 

 

Believe me brother one day you will advise those young artist coming and Am not saying a am the top but big sure day my mind that I will get there finally. It’s all about time. If God campaign for you even devil will vote for you.

 

Thanks for your time.


Other episodes of #CeleWeekly series:

#CeleWeek Episode 1: Miss Yola Opens Up On Being a Plus-Size Model, Talks High School and Future Plans

 

#CeleWeekly Episode Two: Martino Talks Best Music Moment, Influences, Unity Among Artists and More (Audio Inclusive)

See you next Friday.