think it was at the age of six that I took interest in image. I saw a photograph of young African children playing soccer at
sunset. Something about the colors and the silhouettes.
wasn't so good at drawing or painting, I just practiced. I would do
anything from drawing cartoons off of scribbles of newspapers to
volunteering to draw geographical maps for social studies and history
classes. I began studying paintings, wax-art, masks, sculpture, and
writing, mostly on my own outside of school. I loved it! It was quite
intriguing, because through that process of self-education, you
quietly start to feed your imagination. And chances are you'll find your niche.
We moved around a lot. But it was while I was in quiet Norway
that I really began to paint pictures. I would often go to
public libraries to look at the works of so many painters. Then, you
know, I also started to do my thing. When people saw the work I
did, they would give me all their unwanted cardboard, paper, canvas,
wall paint, brushes etc. They were so kind that at times they would buy me paints. I was like, yeaaah man!
I have experimented with many styles such as cubism,
expressionism, surrealism, abstract etc, which I learned while in Art School. To be honest, there's no particular style I can identify myself with. It's like Bruce Lee says, "Be like water, my friend." It flows in all avenues.
After Art school,
I decided to work on creative writing and film-making. I had moved
around so many times that I was affected by so many experiences. So I thought that
this would be a great way to go because, to me, art was and still is about telling stories. And besides, I looove films! So, I attended Lillehammer University College to study film science. From there, I continued on a practical program at the then Mercantile Institute of Bergen. I decided to continue on a bachelor’s program at Columbia College in Chicago, and it was funnn!
I have written scripts, directed, line-produced, and edited. I've had
the wonderful privilege of working with not-for-profit organizations in
Chicago, New York, Arizona, and Bergen by promoting their cause through
video. I've also had the chance to act in some theatrical plays, one of
which was Lorraine Hansberry’s American classic, A Raisin in the Sun, as Asagai, directed by Kai Simone.
All in all, I'm very grateful for my family, friends, and teachers who keep helping along the way.
learned that having the right attitude towards people, no matter who
they are is a good thing. You learn something about yourself. It's a
quality that reflects in the actions of a well-disciplined individual.
Generally, our attitudes and how we communicate with each other will
tell the world something about who we are."
educative experience I've had on a project was while I was working on
One Step a Mile. It was a scratch in the head. No money, no crew, just
out there on a limb, sweating to make something happen out of nothing. I
had to make sure everything was scheduled perfectly well, but you know
how that goes when you get on set. However, the movie taught me some
serious patience. I have been tested in most areas of production. The
experience has brought me closer to know how it feels to be a
cinematographer in case I get to work with one, a producer in case I get
to work with one, an editor, an actor, lab technician, a grip, a
gaffer, a location scout etc. I think it was crucial for me to get a
feel of these areas at an early stage so that in case I get to work with
these folks, I can better understand their processes. But most
importantly, it has given me the awareness of why there are different
departments on a set, and that there has to be a great amount of respect
and trust for each field of labor."
is a personal establishment with the hope of working with different
people. It gives me reason to hope, to never give up, and to keep going.
The further you go, the more likely you are to discover new things.
Without a doubt, there are often hard times, but they must be viewed
only as an exercise of character. For the sole purpose of withstanding
the odds, no matter what they may be, I pay very close attention to the
subject matter of my work. I try to make an effort to develop works that
relate to the human condition and to show the world as I see it!
believe with my heart that the gifts we possess are undeniably by God’s
grace, and through His power, a blessing unto others.”