Hello, my name is Omoyemwense Omoze Uzamere, and I am a bit of a weirdo.
Don’t try to pronounce my first name ‘correctly’ and no, I do not have an English name and no, the short form is not Omo (that’s another person’s name entirely). An abbreviation? Well, that’s what most of you know me by – Omoye… Omoye Uzams ?.
Pronounced [AWE-MORE-YEAH!], there is no gratuitous “n” either in spelling or pronunciation; thank you dear alphabet Santa, I must most gracefully decline your generous offer.
So… one day, a long time ago, there was a little girl who always wanted to be an actor – nay, entertainer. She would stage plays for guests at home, join the children’s drama and choir groups and even produce plays for her paper dolls to feature in.
When as a pre teenager, she was told she would not be allowed to study Theatre (So no acting), she chose Law because it appeared “cool”. In university, she performed with a theatre group and worked as a presenter and producer of a TV show, which was amazing because she was on two TV channels, in six states!! But after doing that for three years in South-South Nigeria, the (not so) little (anymore) girl wanted more.
I’m sitting at my 9-5 desk one day, contemplating the many ways my life is about to change irreversibly. I make a phone call. Two weeks after, I quit my job and make the classic dream chaser move – hopped on a bus to Lagos with my green suitcase and a hundred dollars (it wasn’t N.425 – $1 back then oh) and I haven’t looked back.
Since then I have worked on several film, television, radio and theatre projects and my life has been coloured by my passion. I have discovered family, made friends and I’m living this amazing creative journey, finding expression for my gifts – performing, planning and coordinating, writing, acting and others that I will discover soon. I am not where I want to be, but I’m far from where I was. I am walking the path I was created to tread.
Well, that’s that about me!
Now, the Accelerate team has asked me to deliver two articles every month. This means I must always have something to say, right? So, here are some things you can expect from me on this column:
– I will share a bit about myself and some (usually) mundane observations about life from a creative person’s perspective.
– I will talk about my work, my creative journey and I will share some lessons from my failures and successes.
– I will attempt to analyze events in the creative industry – theatre, film, television, radio, dance, and visual art… I should just say visual and performance arts! There is so much happening in Lagos and I want to be the one to tell you how much you need to get involved.
But don’t expect me to say something simply for its profundity. Honesty is my Achilles’ heel, so I will speak straight from my heart, with a dash of diplomacy for flavour.
I will be real, I will be fun, I might be introspective, I might be random and mundane… and sometimes I will be all of these things. This means that you may not always agree with what I say, but you certainly will identify with it in some way.
Because I love meeting people and social media has made it possible to make friends without actual physical contact, the best part of writing this column, for me, is interaction. I hope my writing sparks conversation in your circle and that you involve me in those conversations. So share your thoughts!
Welcome to the start of a brand new relationship between us. I hope we grow old together *wink!
Welcome to “ACTING OUT LIFE!”
Omoye Uzamere (Performer, Creative Nut, Foodie!)