Today we’d like to introduce you to Ogechi Ofodu.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started as a youth poet competing for local and international titles back in 2015 (S/O KC Poet Tree). I had found out about the local Kansas City poetry scene from being a frequent host and producer on KPRS Hot 103.3 Jamz’s ‘Generation RAP’ – within my first few months being there an alumni member had invited me to my first open mic and from there art took off (and my basketball career was put down for good).
By 2017, with Team Atlanta WordWorks, I had won 3rd in the world in youth poetry at Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in SanFran, CA. Shortly prior to going to the competition, I had been crowned Atlanta’s Youth Poet Laureate and had published my first manuscript.
It was that eventful 2017 spring/summer that I decided to make the full-time transition into music with my singles “A Lil Story” and “Blvck + Womvn”. Since then I have released 3 EPs, Intersectional Blvckness, Hip-Hoppa Schola, and Blvck & Roll; and also I have been blessed to be able to perform across the nation and do a festival run in my home country of Nigeria.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
If it was a smooth road, I wouldn’t want it! The main struggle is my current struggle of being a full-time artist while being a full-time film student at Georgia State University. Completing one of these tasks is already a career, so that combined with regular work and funding all my artistic endeavors is the hardest. Another is finding faithful and trusting individuals to be on my team and genuinely want to see me and my art prosper (and make some good money!). While I do have a loving choreographer and stylist, I have no manager, working booking agents, or publicist type personal so a lot always falls on me. I have been scammed, lied to, and abandoned by several people in this industry already, but it’s only made tougher and more cautious so I’m glad for it! And I’m ready for when somebody or bodies decide to match my energy and assist in making the superstar.
Ogechi – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
An overall term would be Entertainer. Most known for my music, dance, spoken/written and visual works. I’m most proud that I don’t try to encompass all these arts to be ‘that’ all around phenom artist, it all came naturally and I can only be appreciative to those above who made me this way. And it’s not just my skill sets, but my tenacity in constantly strengthening and evolving them.
What sets me apart is my eclectic-ness in genre, topic, and style. I don’t sound or look like anyone, although I have the chameleon ability to do so in vocalism, lyricism, and dancing. Also, the homage, research, and respect I always try to do and show to those that created and came before I did puts me in different space than most of my peers. I see it as if I’m in the makings of being a ‘Greatest’ in entertainment. I truly believe I am art in the flesh.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success in my definition is the continuous work at and accomplishment of your goals, small and large. For me also, to be truly successful is to be in a perpetual state of success.
- Website: www.ogechi.me
- Phone: (470) 231-8525
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/ceo_og
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealOgechi/
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/ceo_og
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EIHfWcGPPCdlr8I2jRBMs?si=WvmRy82LRGi6Yof3ol7Qmw
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