Princess Okoh Talks Life, Music, And #WomanEP + Visuals


In preparation for her new EP, I caught up with Princess Okoh—the 19-year old singer who officially debuted in 2015 with the soulful hit “Heartless” and then launched her well received EP Dear Cupid—to get to know more about the person behind the music, the girl behind the words, the woman behind the voice. We spoke about a variety of topics, ranging from the deeply personal, to the somewhat irrelevant.


Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Princess Onyinye Okoh. I am a 19 year old Nigerian singer and writer  from Delta State but I grew up in Lagos. I am a law student at the University of Nottingham in my final year.


Who is your life inspiration?

My mother.


How would you describe the relationship of your parents with your music?

My dad was extremely supportive of my music and I’m sure he’d have been so proud of what I’m doing now. My mum has always been a bit reluctant because she didn’t want me to be distracted or lose focus, but she’s slowly catching on.


Who is your music inspiration?

I have SO many, like the list is endless. But I’d say Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Omawumi, Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys, Banky W, and Emeli Sande.


Your last compilation was Dear Cupid, tell us a bit about that.

Dear Cupid was a collaborative EP with Moyo Fuga. It was made up of 3 songs which were about different things relating to love and relationships, hence the title. We literally recorded the whole thing in a weekend, it was absolutely amazing to create and I really enjoyed working with Moyo. Even though the reception wasn’t like what I had hoped, I was really happy that people enjoyed it.


In what ways have you grown since then?

I’ve grown immensely since then, in terms of my sound and lyrics. I’ve become very experimental with the music I make and I’m really excited for you guys to hear it!


Tell us about the forthcoming project, and how this growth ties in.

“Woman” is my first solo EP and I’ve been working on it for about two years. It’s been the most wonderful, stressful, exhausting and hands down hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life but I’m certain it’ll be worth it. Woman has been a personal stretch for me, I’ve had to explore genres and speak on issues I usually wouldn’t but it’s been an enjoyable process and I’m very sure the listeners will appreciate the growth and the effort put into it.


What do you aim to achieve with this project, both musically and commercially?

Really and truly, at the very top of my list, I aim to inspire someone. Putting out “Woman” is such a bold step for me, it’s almost like giving people a preview to my life and my experiences, so I really want people to be able to relate to the songs and feel what I was feeling when I created it. I also hope that the EP will bring my highest number of plays, but as long as people are inspired, I’m fulfilled.


What are your thoughts on the new age of Nigerian creatives? How do you think we can rise from a catchphrase to the main event?

I’m a huge supporter of the “New Age” movement. Although I feel the phrase is used a bit too much and mostly out of place, but I’m 100% here for supporting creatives of all sort. To be honest, nothing comes easy and overnight, creatives just need to keep doing what they do, one day it’ll be their turn to be in the limelight.


You have the power to change one thing about the music industry, to make it better, what change would you consider the most effective to make?

The pressure put on artistes by labels and fans to release music ever so often. I really hate that and it’s one of my biggest fears for when I “blow”. I know how inconsistent my creative process and how hard it’ll be for me to put out “quality” music ever so often, and the truth is, a lot of the big artistes out there are just like me.


Now for the big question, did you like Daddy Yo? and bigger still, Davido or Wizkid?

Daddy Yo didn’t really catch on me at first, but after a few listens – Issa JAM!. Wizkid all the way, I’m offended you’d even compare.


50 years from now, you look back at your life, what’s your greatest achievement?

50 years, wow. I want to be a living legend. I want to be one of the biggest people in the entertainment industry, reaping the fruits of my labour and receiving lifetime accomplishment awards.


What’s been your greatest achievement so far?

I actually haven’t thought about this, probably having my song starred on the Nigerian series “My Best Friend’s Wedding”.


What’s been your lowest moment?

I’ve had many, but losing my dad was probably the lowest one.


On those bad days where the strength to carry on making music is almost nonexistent? How do you get through it.

Days like that are horrible. I always get through it by reminding myself why I started and how therapeutic it is for me to express myself through my music. Talking to friends and supporters of my music also helps me.


If your life was a movie, which would it be?

I actually can’t say. I’m not really a movie person.


In high school, where did you fit in?

I had different stages to be honest. Most of junior secondary school, I was just loud and bitter, so I wasn’t really part of the “popular” people. But moving schools towards the end of my senior year, I began to care less about being ‘popular’ or ‘cool’ and I started to really discover myself and, ironically, that’s when I started getting popular.


If there was no applause, no criticism, no fear of poverty, who would you be?

Honestly, I would just keep being who I am and doing the things I do.


I’m looking forward to the Woman EP which drops soon.

Below are visuals which give a little more insight on what to expect from Princess’ EP, please check it out:

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Time Of Our Lives 2017 ( #theTOOLevent )

Games x Food x Music
Due to non-stop questions and huge demand…
TOOL17 is here for the biggest summer event ever!We are excited to announce…
The Perfect EXCUSE for a break this summer…
– & much much more…SATURDAY 12 AUGUST 2017, FROSTYZ , BODIJA, IBADAN
TICKETS ON SALE NOW (& Selling Out FAST!!!!)
Time of our life ’17 is an event you don’t wanna miss.It is going to be epic, features a lot of games, music to vibe to, food and lots of drinks, it’s going to be a time to chill, connect with old friends. There’s not much we can say about it now.just come see for yourself
#theTOOLevent #tool17 #timeofourlives17
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The Sublime: A Short Film by Ajay Abalaka

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Solitude is myself and the sublime,

in the sublime,

where you hear my heart cry

This is the first short film by Ajay Abalaka, a budding Filmmaker, Photographer and Writer. She captures not only what it means to be introverted, but also adds to the beauty of it. The Sublime, starring Tracy Adjei and voice over by Colleen Laurent,  is a capsule of aesthetics and poetry- an aid and companion to the viewer as we join our protagonist on her search for a safe place to an unexpected end.

The film feels slow, a drawn out journey that is undoubtedly a reflection of our character’s experience, and the title is befitting of its ambience. The narration is our guide and we are offered a range of emotions she goes through, coupled with a broken heart. We are given an inkling of where she is coming from and what she is seeking. Something further highlighted by the Director in her note:

“I have tried to narrate what it feels like living in utopia and also, one of the many things that come with trying to find a safe place in a bittersweet world, where there seems to be no hope for emotional recovery.”

There is a delight to be found in the colourful imagery as the simplicity of it all overshadows an otherwise complex situation. This seems to be a reflection of Ajay herself or her style, as one goes through her Instagram. Ajay is a great photographer with a gifted eye for finding beauty in simplicity, which she has incorporated into his filmmaking. ‘The Sublime’ is a promise of what is to come and we look forward to seeing more of her work soon.

Sublime, this is what I live for

Ocean blue, make me full

Still water, calm my soul

Waves make me think out loud, but slow.

Watch ‘The Sublime’ below.

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The Traveller Series (UNO)

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Ever heard of Port Harcourt in Nigeria? 

What are your first thoughts? 

Black soot. Kidnappings. Tales of strife and stagnation. You rarely hear about the beauty of my Port Harcourt. 

She is beautiful. Picturesque if I might add, red roofs, abandoned colonial buildings, washed out brick walls, palm trees and the infamous meal of boli and fish. The stuff of dreams. My dream!

My Port Harcourt is the pulse and oil of Nigeria (pun intended). Finding creative minds here seems to be almost impossible, and that is not for the lack of but simply because of the migration most have had to go through to keep their heads above water. But we did it! We started The Journey of a Traveller – a creative series to highlight the beauty of this city as well as talents within through fashion and beautiful places.

The Journey of a Traveller (UNO). A collaborative shoot between Enefa, (@enefa_a) travel and documentary photographer) and House of ZETA model Tosin.



As she walked down the stairs of a thousand memories, she looks towards the blue skies hoping it had answers for the journey ahead.


She thinks of the life she had before, almost as if they lived at the top of the stairs. Her family, work, lover, everything seemed to blur out as she set out on this journey. She is scared of what it holds but uncertainty looks like the propelling force she desperately needs.

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To move or not to move. To stay and fight or find bliss in the lands unknown? Ever believed in your heart how you will definitely be happy anywhere but where you are currently? The windows as she looked out have always helped in the past. For her, in a building, the window was another portal to the world outside, another possibility on the life that lies ahead.


Brick wall, shattered ceilings and unhinged doors – they seem to be the order of her day. But as she takes in the scenery of what used to constitute her life, she becomes certain of the road less travelled is the road she must go on.


This marks the beginning of The Traveller.



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Peter Piper Official Video


D-O presents the first official single from his EP, Everything Pretty. The record, ‘Peter Piper‘ was produced by HOD. The mellow dance hall record has been gaining rave reviews online & radio. With a visual representation, D-O continues to establish his brand will refreshing aesthetics bringing his unique defined style to the Nigerian Music scene.



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Codename 1.0

Codename 1.0 follows the story of a young girl being hunted by a shadow organization called the Oculus, this action packed film is the first release of a 3 episode franchise title “Codename: Codename”. The film features two actors, one which casted in Marvel’s Doctor strange & the other from The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  My company’s (5th DMNSN) vision is to start a new era of indie filmmaking, lots of people tell me to come take over Nollywood but that’s not the case. I want to teach Nigerians how to make better films, they think its all about hitting the record button but fail to understand that film is art, its more about creating than shooting. I’m very lucky because not every Nigerian parent would allow their child live his non-academic dream.  In a few years I’d be at Warner Bros, so my future is looking set already. In 3 years I want to make sure Nigerians will be noted as producing Hollywood standard content.

Hope I didn’t bore you lol!

– Kuddi

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The Escape with Ose Adeniyi

Ose for #GraphicLemons

I’m really blessed to be doing what I’m doing.
I doubted if my articles or interviews were enough or if they mattered but something can’t be explained they just need you to act.
I’ve been around the culture and I’ll always praise it cause Africa is changing and we’re the ones making it happen. This is God’s dream, we’re becoming better than we’ve ever, we all have to keep the faith.
These articles are about exposing minds, some friends of mine, some random people I’ve met on social media or around me cause they are proof that we are gradually becoming our own nation with our own culture.

The arts document change, that’s what they were created for, to artistically express what we are, how we’re reacting, what’s in our mind. Artists bring them demons and angles into reality, they paint a heaven or hell. We’ve taken them up a notch and they’ve become “graphic designers”, digital age Picassos creating from tools provided by the internet. They are bringing their piece together using manipulation, skill, creativity and maximum expression.
They are so many of them in the new age, they need to be free to show what they see and art was created for just that.

The GraphicLemons series means a lot to me, it’s something that’s needed to show more beauty through our new artists creating for our time. This edition was with Ose Adeniyi, a young chap I met in college who’s become a close friend. He’s the C/O of Creative & Innovative Hub/Foundation, Codelo and he’s a product designer at the conglomerate “Baroque Age”. Being one of the most distinct minds I’ve met, he creates with a view of broken distinctions.
He’s taking whatever and making them show meaning. A need he feels to bring things together to become perfect in their destruction, a feeling we can relate to creating in Africa. We push the limits in the new age with our own will, faith, hard work and exposure from the internet, maybe Ose’s art is that. A rendition of something not really understood but yet you feel it make sense. Our discussion was brief as Ose hit the guns hard with his words as usual, disjointed but articulate. It’s incredible having this job, taking us on each journey through the arts of different minds. We see reflections of ourselves in their words and craft, it draws us nearer to the history we’re creating for ourselves.

AL: Explain art in your perspective and why you create?

Ose Adeniyi: Art in my perspective is everything, the embodiment of an idea/skill. A channeling of the universe to create another universe if you will. “A viewpoint; whether yours, one you’d like to have, how you see another person’s viewpoint, and other infinite combinations of viewpoints; taking that and expressing it”. I create cause it’s the only thing I can do, the only thing I know how to do; no matter what I’m doing, I’m creating, constantly. And because I want to create other things, and get inspired while creating; I just keep going, guess I forgot where the brakes are.

AL: Your art is quite abstract and has layers to it with a lot of forms, is that your world? Break down your art view to us.

Ose Adeniyi: Tough to explain, but let’s just say I tend to get lost in it, in the message, the details; I’m very particular about detail. I fuck with a lot of geometry cause that’s the basis of everything visual, there are shapes in everything with physical form, even “formless” things. And a lot of times, those basic shapes and lines really stand out when I’m looking at stuff. And colors too, I don’t use a lot most times cause too many colors tend to be distracting for me, especially when they’re conflicting. Like how light and bright things make my eyes hurt after a while; I prefer working with darker palettes.

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AL: What would you say is an element of your art that surrounds what you see in the world?

Ose Adeniyi: Geometry and Colors.

AL: How do the lines and geometry help give your art a narrative?

Ose Adeniyi: That’s a result of my viewpoint, how I see it, is how I can tell it; that’s how we as humans know to communicate; how we perceive it from our viewpoint, the same viewpoints are what our interpretations operate on and what we then express from that. The art I produce is just a function of that.

AL: What impact do you think art has had on the new age of Africa?
And how do you reflect this in your art?

Ose Adeniyi: Art has always been a driving force, inspiration, communication across the earth, it’s just time for another era, a better one we’d like to build and everyone that wants that better world is using whatever medium they can, art is one out of many. I think that things can always be better, even in the best case possible, I think that better state is what we should all work to achieve; that what I put into a lot of the art I put out.

AL: What stands unique to the African art scene which is growing and gaining more recognition?

Ose Adeniyi: Well, truly I don’t believe in borders, we’ve always been speaking, they’re just listening to us more now cause we have the internet now, infinity.

AL: You’re the creative director of a brand called Codelo, tell us about that?

Ose Adeniyi: For someone who wants to create through multiple mediums and an architectural firm doesn’t cut it, you want to direct camera angles on videos too, all while developing new technology and writing songs; a place for undefined fields, I think of everyone as a creative director and working together is how we can achieve things. We have to keep building a better existence. That’s what Codelo is about.


AL: You’re centered a lot around freedom to express, to create without borders.
Coming from Nigeria which limits such freedom, how important is it for structures like Codelo, Bantu and others to help change this narrative?

Ose Adeniyi: Everyplace has its limits, you know, I just happen to be in Nigeria. But I’d like to show people those limits aren’t there, you set your own limits.

AL: How do you wanna show this?

Ose Adeniyi: Belief is the first step of making something happen. Then working towards this belief, and we don’t always get to work and get the results we want, not every time. Sometimes, we get different results, those ones we can use to keep working at the result we want. I think to believe in the example and the only things that last are ideas, and the best way to describe an idea most times is by example.

AL: Will this be enough for a change?

Ose Adeniyi: Change always has to happen, it’s inevitable, but the pace and direction we can affect. If I want things to change and I’m not doing anything about it or waiting on someone else who isn’t ready, or I want to change someone’s viewpoint and I’m not showing them how to change or that change even exists; then I’m wasting time and energy.

AL: Does art bring understanding?

Ose Adeniyi: Not necessarily, communication does, at a level the audience can relate/understand. And that’s the difficulty most times, different levels of communication.

AL: So different layers of art bring different forms of conversation?

Ose Adeniyi: Not so, I could use different layers to illustrate the same point.

AL: A few words to the kids creating out there?

Ose Adeniyi: I’ve come to learn more about art through life actually than the other way.
If you’re creating, don’t stop and if you’re not, please start; in any way, you can. And not just copy and paste. A lot of times we have to remember to create to solve problems in our time. We can’t always create the best things on our own, even the best things can be better; that’s why collaborations are important, most people don’t get that, I wouldn’t say especially Nigerians although that’s what I have in mind but that’s stereotyping, I hate that. But I see nothing wrong in 2/3 filmmakers or directors coming together; but ego is a big problem we all still have, no matter how small.

It was a lovely conversation, seemed brief but a lot can be learned in the mind of an artist. I’ve noticed the seem to express less, they’d rather show you but sometimes they explore words too and we capture their pain more precisely, this was a little of that.
It’s magical cause I learned some new things, that’s what these interviews are to me.
A way to help share more of our hearts through a conversion.
The new age can’t stop believing there’s something incredible happening, cause there is. This will be a big showcase, it will be the greatest shift in humanity.
Africa is on a journey going forward.

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Captain Calabar

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The comic is designed to deliver hard graphic action, comic humour, and a touch of the satirical, whilst showcasing the beauty and artsy nature of Nigeria and Africa one issue at a time.

Three dynamic creators, Timehin Akinde, Abasido Akpan, and Joshua Akpan are responsible for CC. As architecture students, they were obsessed with creating something to showcase Nigeria’s artsy settings to the world. Looking at the vastly underdeveloped comic industry in Africa, they found application for design and devised a means to infuse beauty into the story. “Heroes that speak our language!” While both Akpans handled the art, Timehin worked as the chief writer for the series. Art meets storytelling!

Methodically, Akbar Comics plans to unfold a Comicverse laden with heroes of varying cultures and nationalities. Captain Calabar isn’t just a comic, it’s a movement. The goal at Akbar Comics is to create a lasting African comic book universe made by Africans and to redefine the art form whilst opening doors for fellow African creatives.

Issue #1 – Page 2

The first issue of Captain Calabar is already COMPLETE! Comedy, action, art, colours, letters and mild perversion are already on the page and ready to go! However, funding is required for production costs associated with making issues #2 onwards.

Issue #1 – Page 18

To pledge and find out exactly what your funds would be used for visit the link below

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Graphic Lemons Interview with RO

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AL: Tell us about RO?
RO: Basically RO is my kid self-trying to create art differently from when I started.
Well, as kids we make little paintings, drawings and all. Somewhere along the line of the secondary school, I was kind of hindered from making are in most forms (I still secretly made in school by the way ). I went through different fazes of creation and branding (some worse than others), RO was my final step as an artist.
RO was my artistic rebirth by discovering myself as who I am and who I was born to be.
I’m constantly working on expanding my art forms but the real target is to establish my own unique style and visual presence.
AL: Why is art your forte?
RO: Honestly it’s the only expression I have. I write some times, just things from the heart but I don’t feel happy about it. I feel shy about it. Art is the only way I show what I’m feeling when I’m feeling it.
Visual art was the one thing I felt connected to. Writing just feels cliché when I do it, but designing a simple peace about that same write-up/letter makes me feel complete.
I guess what I’m trying to say is visual art is part of me. It is a part of my being and it picked me and me it.
AL: What does art mean to you as a social force for change?
RO: Art is an expression. To me, that expression in different forms can change the way people look at things. For every idea or project I create my art, I allow people see my perception of living and that goes for every other artist. We can use that ability we have to change how things are seen and done and in that, it is a major social force and tool.
AL: How do you balance your life and art as a young African in the new age?
RO: It’s all about pacing. At this point in my life everything is almost about getting through school and when I’m not on that, over summers, I’m working. So I pace myself. Some days I dedicate to just school and some I dedicate to art only.
There’s no perfect balance but one has to try and maintain even the slightest form of a balance.
AL: What do you think about the new age arts scene and how do you identify as “RO” the brand within it?
RO: The new age art scene is actually the only art scene I’ve ever known. When I just started, the only artists I knew were Duks Arts and later on, Duro arts. Right now, the art scene is on fire and it’s just beautiful. There’s no competition just artists being the best they can be, supporting each other. Duks still has one of the heaviest influences in the art scene and it’s really just great.
This New Age art scene is going to be the best ever. We’re really all doing the most. All the styles are different, from illustrators to Digital artists to designers. They’re all amazing. We’re all amazing.
With the likes of Niyi Okeowo, Gabriel Esu, Taiwo Ayodeji, TSE, Kechie The Photographer, Ose, Bensodo, SDQ. I mean the list goes on and on and on!
Honestly, I’m shocked we haven’t all been displayed around the world together, we’re amazing.
The art scene right now is history and the future.
As RO, I always use this tag “The Visualist”. I see the brand as a plug. An art and idea plug. A factory of creations. The brand is a brain child of art driven ideas. Nothing but that.
AL: How would you describe your art style?
RO: Honestly, between you and me, I don’t know. I don’t even believe I have a specific style that can easily be identified. I’ve been told I have a unique style but I don’t know if I believe it. My most recent projects make use of minimalism and glitch art. Also trying to use colours/gradients.
So my art style right now is pretty colourful, wavy(glitchy) and minimal.
AL: How much influence do you feel art has on pushing narratives and cultures forward in our generation?
RO: I’d say it almost influences the most. Narratives are presented perceptions. Art portrays that perception and displays it in the clearest form possible. Today, the culture isn’t about history, it’s about who the people are now and the one true way to move that forward is through the art.
Art is open to interpretation but is also idea driven. The ideas of the people of the culture through their art, move us forward, move the culture forward and move the idea of us as Africans/Nigerians forward because nobody can tell us how to be. We tell the world how we are and it’s through our art.
AL: What impact would you want your art to have in this new age?
RO: Inspiration. Purely inspiration. I want to be to the new age what other artists are to me. I’m inspired by a lot of creators of different creative fields and I want to be to every creator of this new age what they are to me. I want to inspire people to create to the best of their ability. I want my art to speak to my fellow artists and non-artists. RO visual art should encourage, inspire and excite people. Forever. That’s the impact I want my art to have.
AL: What dreams do you have for your craft moving forward?
RO: Growth. I want someday to have a larger set of ideas, much larger spectator/viewer base, larger network. I dream of growing beyond the graphic design & photography discipline and into architecture, but including all of them to create art. I dream of releasing projects in the future that will entail enjoying an experience like galleries and museums. Kind of like virtual reality. I dream of being more than I am now. People change, dreams evolve, directions become different. But right now, that’s my dream, Growth.
AL: is art love?
RO: Not to me, Art is soul and mind in my opinion. Capable of showing love but not love in itself.
AL: How do you navigate your world with the constant challenge of being a creative in a third world nation?
RO: Well, first things first, I don’t even believe I’m in a third world nation because that implies we’re under developed which we really aren’t. I mean, there’s a lot going on and a lot of terrible things happening but after going to different countries you realise that as bad as things are for us, we make a lot of it work. I work my mind to see the positives or the solutions in situations and in thought, I’ve realised that we are in a “Work in Progress” type of state. We have a lot of facilities and means that most nations simply don’t and we also lack a lot of structures and facilities that others do. So, to navigate I tell my self only one truth, I belong to a blessed country with a lot of problems. Problems with solutions. As a creator, I might be able to help solve some of those. How can I help?, by looking for what problems I can solve with my art. It may be selling art and investing in the country with anything I can, it’s something I’ll eventually think about. But, my navigation dictates that I see the positives and build on them.
AL: Anyway way you plan on helping to make sure your art endorses this positive you see?
RO: Yes, but I can’t go into to much detail because it is in the planning faze and I don’t want to spoil it. But I’ve noticed that a lot of the young ones right now are eager to work. Not just for the money but a lot of them/us have the passion. I say us because well, I’m not even in my 20s yet so I’m one of them. Right now, a lot of teens are making music, art, a lot even have a passion for science as little as 10 and want to be doctors and inventors. I mean I wasn’t even that sure of what I wanted at 10. Point is, they’re the ones that will change things. We’re just here to spark the flame. I want to channel their passion. For those in the field I’m studying now that’s computer interested kids. I want to change how they’re taught computer in school. I believe it’s just not right. So aside from being an artist, I want to use the money I make out of it to change their ways of learning computer and from there expand to helping those interested in art stay in tune with their passion for visuals. I really just want to make things better for the ones coming.  They’re the positives. They’re energetic and enthusiastic and they don’t see all the bad things happening around us.
AL: Kindly explain your idea and angle for the poster you’d be making for Lucid Lemons?
RO: I’m happy you asked. I completed the idea this morning and I’ll be creating in very soon.
It’s called “within”.
It’s going to be two blending silhouettes of a child in an adult’s body. It portrays myself and how I believe every person is, an inner child making creations in their adult body.
AL: Last words of expression to every dreamer?
RO: No matter how long it takes, no matter who doesn’t believe in you. You can do it.
Raymond Ohikhuare Okhidievbie From Lagos, Nigeria. The Visualist of the New Age shares his views.
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