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Omoye Uzams actingHello, 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.

Omoye Uzams acting

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!Omoye Acting

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.

Disclaimer:
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!”

Written by
Omoye Uzamere
(Performer, Creative Nut, Foodie!)

Instagram/Twitter: @OmoyeUzams

www.divaonlife.blogspot.com

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