Monday, February 05, 2007
The Bold, the Cool and the Beautiful.
Went to the recording of Funmi Iyanda’s “New Dawn” today and cornered Funmi after, to appear in my new ‘blog-column’(See picture-funmi & laspapi). Funmi who had resolved not to do interviews this year couldn’t resist laspapi’s charms.
Where will you be in 10 years?
I’d like to have built a platform to powerfully tell the Nigerian story; stories out of Africa, told professionally and creatively. I’d also like to raise a platform to train girls in different parts of the media. I’d like to build a platform to engage a whole new generation and to develop practical strategy for a new society. It’s a long term goal.
It becomes clearer as the days go by that you must be in a position (politically) to make actual change. I don’t know how that will happen.
Have you ever loved?
Do you believe in true love?
There’s no such thing. There are no absolutes in life so why do we expect it in love? I think two people can meet at a particular time and deeply connect. If they wish to nurture the relationship, then it goes on.
Funmi and I played Words and Associations:
Sex………Ha! A bigger laugh.
Laspapi……………Aah. A big hug.
Who do you look up to?
I don’t look up to people, I have people I deeply respect and admire. I’d say my friend, Bose Afolabi (N.B. by laspapi- Bose is a gynaecologist, a lecturer at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and one of the best read people I know)
Your concept of God?
It’s very hard to imagine all I see in the universe has no design. There must be a superior intellect.
Favourite Clothes maker?
It depends on the look I’m trying to achieve.
A word for posterity?
My deepest desire is to exist in an environment where each and every person has a good chance if he or she wills, to become the best of their design-What they were uniquely created to be.
Can you see your unborn children in my eyes?
(She shakes her head in a firm “no”)