We had the good fortune of connecting with O Ewola and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi O, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
My end goal is the same as my current goal, which is to be in a constant state of learning and growth. I want be able to look back on my career and say that I gave it my all. Of course, I want the luxuries of life (money, cars, etc), because in this life I MUST enjoy, but I also want to say that I used all my God given gifts and talents. The impact I make on my generation and community through a legacy of great music, bold fashion, and community empowerment is the end goal too.
By the end of my career, I will have created a multi-million dollar ecosystem that represents my culture and my perspective as a Nigerian-American through my music, fashion, film, and community service. However, musically, I see myself writing and producing platinum hits for myself and other innovative recording artists. I see myself having an extensive catalog of timeless music. I’m talking about music that takes people back to a moment in time, a specific memory even. I also envision myself inspiring and creating opportunities for the next generation of innovative thinkers and culture shakers within the diaspora. Just as the late Nipsey Hussle said, “The highest human act is to inspire,” therefore, I aspire to inspire.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I want the world to know that a child of Nigerian immigrants living in New York City took his cultural experiences, made them his own and created his own lane with it. A lane that can not be imitated nor duplicated.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A week in NYC?! I would make sure my best friend has a LIT experience.
Right now it’s winter time, so outdoor activities are quite limited, other than ice skating, sightseeing the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and such, but there’s always stuff going on in the city.
First, we would hit up a few really good food spots. There’s Caribbean Soul in Queens, Angel of Harlem, Sylvia’s, Lighthouse Seafood and Lagos Lounge in Manhattan, and Imani Restaurant in Brooklyn to name a few. Also, on Sundays, Afrobeats and Brunch is a nice vibe. I’d also include some nightlife parties at Schimanski and see if there’s a concert happening too.
Then, we would visit some museums such as the Brooklyn Museum, The MET, Guggenheim Museum, and this experience called SUMMIT One. Running around the city can get tiring, so I’d definitely make sure the last day is a chill day at Sojo Spa (it’s close to the city in NJ).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my family and friends. They keep me grounded. I also want to show love to the middle school children I work with at P.S. 270 in Queens, NY. They are the next generation of innovators that add to my overall ‘why.’
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