We all have a favourite affirmation and how it's influenced or shaped our lives, bolstered our faith and given us that much needed confidence. This is a podcast about the power of said words and mental fortitude. Hi, I'm Akin and thanks for stopping by.All the guests on the show have their own unique, personal journeys & stories and how they've overcome their trials in life with the help of a quote or two. My hope is that you can be enriched from their stories and their tips for living life and enjoying it. There will be stories about relationships, mental health & well being, education, decisions and choices, business ventures, immigration tales, film making & songwriting, banter, food, faith, sex: the list goes on. But, at it's core, we always gravitate towards the quotes and sayings that have had an impact on their lives. On a lighter note, I also have an unhealthy obsession with comics and bass guitars, so that may come up in a few of the episodes! Be well & Pax Vobiscum!
Episode #31 with Josh
"Identity is something that is needed to help ground people."
On today's episode, I chat with my 'brah', Josh, who describes himself, in his own words, as "South African, Jewish, flaming homosexual, ex-military, ex-banking, financier; confused from the get-go till I go to sleep!"
I talk to Josh about his upbringing in South Africa, to his time with the Special Forces in the IDF, and the injuries that came with the job. We also talk about his love for boxing and judo, his proud Jewish heritage, his sexuality, body aesthetics and the male gaze. We also chat challahs, brisket and who would come to his dinner party of people he has never met. We touch on why I call him 'Mr Happy', and whether he is obsessed with unicorns or not.
Josh also shares on the podcast his quote and why he refers back to it always.
Episode #30 with Ada Enechi
"The way the industry is changing, you are learning on the job!"
On today's episode, I talk with producer and podcaster Ada about her career in the media. We delve into soundtracks and tv shows, the female gaze, and one of her favourite movies: 'Rocks'. We chat about life and cultural heritage, and it goes without saying that Jollof rice comes into the equation, and how Ada feels strongly about Beyonce and Nigerian pepper soup.
We also talk about the tragic story behind the Grenfell Tower meme of Debora Ann Eden; racism, microaggressions within Britain, & black trauma. Ada also discusses her affirmation and how it continually inspires her.
Ada is a 27 year old Mancunian that is also senior producer at BuzzFeed UK, where she also leads a Black British brand called Seasoned. With her focus being mainly Black content, she is also one half on the Black focussed podcast Seasoned Sessions.
Episode #29 with MrGlen Wilkins
On today's episode, I chat with the lovely and soft-spoken Glen (or 'MrGlen', as he is popularly known) shares his wisdom from his career as an art director, and those who have influenced his work. We also chat about typefaces & fonts, magazine designs, photo-shoots, and what the difference is between an art director and designer. MrGlen also candidly talks about depression and anxiety, and how he uses art illustration as a therapeutic outlet. And of course, we look at the quotes that continually encourage him.
MrGlen is a multi-disciplinary designer and art director, as well as an illustrator, painter, photographer and new media artist. He studied at the London College of Printing in the mid-to-late 80s and has been working since in magazines and books and more recently digital solutions - web, apps and AR applications. MrGlen likes to look forward and in the past for inspiration and is constantly trying to find new directions, new ideas, new tools.
Episode #28 with Rani Moorthy
On today's episode, I chat with playwright and actress Rani Moorthy about her one-woman show performances and plays that are drawn from her lived migrant experience: born in Malaysia but due to the race riots of 1969, eventually getting to Singapore where she began her career before emigrating to the UK. We discuss the local influences and cultures that inspired her plays; her Tamil ancestry; diversity, the Migrant Experience as a brown woman, colonialism, and puja rituals.
We also discuss curries and whether she would actually cook in a sari, and of course, her approach to living life and a few of the philosophies and quotes that continually encourage her.
Rani Moorthy is artistic director of Rasa and has written 12 critically acclaimed and award nominated plays which have toured nationally and internationally. She wrote two BBC Radio 4 dramas and for television, BBC1's Doctors and 3 short films, one feature on ITV.
Episode #27 with Rosabella Gregory
On today's episode, I chat with musical storyteller & composer Rosabella Gregory about songwriting, composition, collaborations with Soumik Datta & Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Anoushka Shankar, Indian classical music, and being mentored by the legend, Bob James.
We also talk about her albums, her creative process, her current projects including writing the music for Broadway Records' 'My Marcello' with her twin, Dina, writing the lyrics, based on the book written by Tony award winner Corey Brunish; her heritage; mental health, alien facehuggers and daddy longlegs, and of course, her approach to living life and a few of the quotes and affirmations that continually encourage her.
Rosabella Gregory is an award winning songwriter and composer. She has
released three solo albums and performed her work throughout the UK and
internationally, at venues such as The Royal Festival Hall, Live at Zédel and in
support of the legendary Jools Holland on his Country House tour. Her
musicianship has led to collaborations with such luminaries as Bob James and
Árstíðir. Rosabella composes for theatre, television and opera, and her work has
been performed at such venues as Hoxton Hall, The Arcola and 59E59 NYC.
Collaborating with her twin Dina has given Rosabella her most rewarding
writing experiences, from writing a rock opera for the ENO Lillian Bayliss
programme at 16, to winning the Vivian Ellis prize at 21, right up to the present
day and their collaboration on a new adaptation of The Wind in the Willows for
Audible starring Jennifer Saunders and Harriet Walter. More recently Broadway
Records released a World Premiere Recording of their musical “My Marcello”
with an all-star cast including Santino Fontana, Laura Osnes and Terrence
Episode #26 with Akinola Davies Jr.
On today's episode, my guest is the multi-talented Akinola Davies Jr. We chat about his career in filmmaking, music and collaborations with other creatives. We talk about certain perspectives of the Black Experience, discussing projects that have included BBC's 'Black to Life' about the oft overlooked, and mostly forgotten stories of black British figures.
We also go in length about filming projects in Nigeria, namely his award winning Short Film, Lizard, and how the film came into existence; his shooting of the Durbar Festival in Nigeria; the 'Unity is Strength' project in collaboration with fellow artist Ruth Ossai in conjunction with Kenzo. We also talk about his approach of telling a different visual perspective of Fela Kuti in 'One Day go be One Day', via the stories of the people who knew the musical legend.
Akin and I discuss our cultural heritage of being Yoruba and Nigerian, and the influences it has on him as a visual storyteller; a particular historial figure he would invite for dinner; life anecdotes and it's ups and downs, but importantly, his approach to living life and a few of the quotes and affirmations that continually encourage him.
Akinola Davies is a BAFTA nominated and Sundance award-winning Filmmaker, Visual Artist, and Music Curator, whose work spans nations to explore themes of community, race, spirituality, identity and gender, telling stories that bridge the gap between traditional and millennial communities. His first narrative short film ‘Lizard’ premiered at the 2020 BFI London Film Festival and was selected for the Raindance Film Festival. As an individual Akinola was selected for the Berlinale Talents 2020 Collective and was named one of Screen Daily’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ alongside Emma Louis Corrin, Paul Mescal and more. Most recently, Akin won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in Short Film for ‘Lizard’ and the short is now nominated for a BAFTA. The film has since picked up the Best Narrative prize at Philadelphia’s prestigious Blackstar film festival. As part of Akinolas visual practice has had 2 solo art shows; his first at the 1.1 Gallery in Basel and at the Dupont underground in Washington D.C. Equally he participated in numerous group shows nameley Les Urbannes in Lausanne and Kunsthal Rotterdam. Akinola has become a go to creative in the fashion industry working with brands such as Gucci, Acne Studios, COS, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton and the like on multiple creative projects, in front of and behind the camera. Alongside his work in narrative film and fashion, Akin has directed music videos for the likes of Dev Hynes and Neneh Cherry.