Mr Rotimi Amaechi

INEC boss, Yakubu, is Wike’s “boy”, executing his electoral bidding in Rivers

A former Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, has jabbed the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for carrying out the political agenda...

Resign now, Pres. Buhari orders Amaechi, Ngige, others

President Muhammadu Buhari has given a marching order to ministers and other appointees running for elective offices to resign their appointments with immediate...

Resuming Abuja-Kaduna train services  without rescuing kidnapped passengers insensitive — family members

The families of the over 100 passengers kidnapped by terrorists who attacked the AK-9 train along the Abuja-Kaduna route, have urged the Nigerian...

l’m more qualified than Tinubu, Amaechi tells Gov. Sanwo-Olu, urges support for his presidential aspiration

Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Transportation Minister and Presidential aspirant of the All Progressive Congress (APC) says he represents the ideal candidate first as...

Koko’s London mortgage property: Much fuss, ado about nothing but mere muckraking

By Ademola Sobowale Out of the blues, the acquisition of a mortgage-financed property in London by Mr Mohammed Bello Koko, the Managing Director...

Kaduna tragic train attack: Tinubu, Amaechi disagree over casualty figures

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress leader and presidential aspirant and the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, have disagreed over the...

ICTN contract: Amaechi in trouble as Abuja Court orders contempt proceedings against him  

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has incurred the wrath of the law as a Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered...

Former NPA Boss Bala Usman cleared of fraud but indicted for insubordination, Amaechi’s panel reports

Hadiza Bala Usman, the former managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has been cleared of allegations of failing to remit N165...

Amaechi, another minister sued over alleged illegal award of N91.7bn rail contract without due process

    Another lawsuit has been slammed on the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi at a Federal High Court, Abuja, over...

Why is Amaechi still in office despite misleading the president and breeching oath of office?

  By Odunayo Ajala As I sit to write this piece, a wave of indignation is sweeping over me. As a stakeholder in...

Money left by Jonathan administration: Amaechi’s another embarrassing gaffe –Chidoka

  The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, is in the eye of the storm again as he claimed that the money left...

Multi-billion ICTN contract: Abuja court restrains Transport Minister Amaechi, Attorney General of the Federation, BPP, others

      Following whistleblowers reports and a suit slammed on the senior public officials involved in the fraudulently conceived multi-billion International Cargo...

Wike-Amaechi rivalry rekindled, blasts Transport Minister

  Transportation Minister Chibuike Amaechi at the weekend got a bashing from his erstwhile strong political ally and Governor of Rivers State Ezenwo...

A Chapter of Wike’s Play Book

  By Obiaruko Christie Ndukwe   He has been very much around in the political terrain. His political savvy and ability to meander...

FEC approves $11.17 bn rail projects to connect Nigeria’s coastal cities in six years

    The Federal Executive Council (FEC) at its Wednesday meeting in Abuja approved $11.17 billion rail projects to connect Nigeria’s coastal cities...

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I started creating content at age 9 – Layi Wasabi …….I felt I needed a tour guide for Anikulapo’s set- Layi Wasabi From making funny skits on Instagram to appearing in Kunle Afolayan’s blockbuster movie, Anikulapo, Olayiwola Isaac, popularly known as Layi Wasabi, is making efforts to keep exploring the entertainment industry. In this interview with DAVID ADEBAYO, Layi shares his journey into skit-making, acting, and more that should be expected from him. PSN: You became popular with skit making, and suddenly, you are in the face of everybody. Now everybody wants to see you beyond Instagram. You have transitioned into acting, and it seems you started on the right footing with Anikulapo. Does your quickness surprise you? Layi: Okay, let me describe the feeling like this: You know, when you’re a child and you put your leg into your father’s shoes, you know you will walk around in those shoes, feeling funny and wobbling. That was how being on the Anikulapo set felt to me. It was a huge leap. It also made me question whether I was prepared to tackle the show. For the longest time, I’ve always been a lover of theatre. I’ve always wanted to do movies, stage performances, and even stand-up comedy. I just wanted to entertain in every dramatic form. PSN: Did you ever think Anikulapo would bring you to the limelight? I didn’t think that Anikulapo would be one of my first movies as Layi Wasabi. So when I got the call from the director that I was part of the cast for Anikulapo, it was a thrilling experience. PSN: It is one thing that you’re called to be on the set of Anikulapo; it’s another thing to have the idea that it is being pushed by Netflix; what was that feeling like? Layi: For me, I think Netflix came as an afterthought. So I think the first thing that came to mind, aside from the sponsor, was the project itself. So, knowing that Netflix is there lets you know the level at which the production of this movie is going to be. And that, for me, is super amazing. You know that this is a large scale and a very hyper-genre. But for me, what struck me first as an actor was what I had to do to get the art form at its best. I knew Kunle Afolayan was someone who was very committed to art. Therefore, someone of Kunle Afolayan’s calibre would expect you to give your utmost interpretation in whatever role he assigns you. PSN: So you felt you had to bring your A-game into this? Layi: So first of all, I knew that I was on his set with Kunle Afolayan; that was the first thing on my mind. Then I told myself, Layi, you have to bring your A game to this thing. Then, as I was working on a Netflix project, it dawned on me that it was indeed a Netflix project. I thought, Okay, this is serious business, boy; you have to do what you’re doing right. Yeah, some people were expecting to see the green lace and the green cocktail, just like you do on Instagram. PSN: Were you overwhelmed at any point? Layi: It was simply a dream-like situation for me. That was how it felt. I felt like a kid in a museum. That’s how it feels. I remember the first time I saw Taiwo Hassan. He passed me, and I felt like I grew up watching the people I was on set with. I felt like I needed a tour guide on that set. It was a huge moment in my life. So it was a dreamlike experience, very humbling, and very inspiring. PSN: What do you think about the storyline that you played in? Layi:It was a role that was offered, but I kind of understood why the casting director would pick me for the role. You know, and the two other people that, cause, the role I was supposed to play was that of someone that was pestering Saro. So, I could understand why the casting director was picking me for the role. The casting director decided to pick people like Wasabi, Sisi Quadri, may God rest his soul, and Funmi Awelewa for that role because, if you’re familiar with things that we’ve done aside from this project, you know that we know how to lambast people with our words. PSN: You have been nominated for the African Magic Viewers Choice Award (AMVCA); how does it feel to be recognized for your creative work? Layi: I’m grateful to God for life. I’m also grateful to African Magic and MultiChoice for the opportunity and the recognition, as a lot of work goes into digital content creation, and it is gratifying to have my work listed as something worth this honour. PSN: Can you tell us about your journey as a content creator and how you got started in this field? Layi: My journey as a content creator has pretty much been jet fuel. Although I’ve been doing content creation since I was about 9–10, I’ve also been acting since I was 13. Content creation for the digital space started in 2021, and there were a few challenges here and there, but overall, it’s been an amazing experience. I was able to gather an audience quite quickly. It came with a few challenges, but the upsides are better than the downsides. PSN: What inspires you to create content, and where do you draw your creative inspiration from? Layi: What inspired me to create content was the opportunity to share jokes and ideas. I’ve always been someone who loves social gatherings for the opportunity to just tell stories and share jokes with friends. Creating content felt like a way to do that. PSN: What do you consider to be your unique style or niche as a content creator? Layi: I think I create content for different purposes. Some of the content I create is for entertainment, and some is for people to relate to. My shooting star, POP, features a single man in front of the camera, while the content behind the camera is a blend of various styles. I really don’t know if there’s a niche in the comedy genre. I just feel like I create content for a particular purpose, or one that I have in mind at the time. PSN:How do you stay motivated and overcome creative blocks or challenges in your work? Layi: What motivates me the most is my audience; it’s very motivating to see the pool of people who didn’t know you before or haven’t met in real life just rooting for you, hoping to see you win, and looking forward to what you want to do next. It’s a very motivating feeling, and I love how I overcome creative blocks; sometimes I just step back from the drawing board and just experience life a little bit. I might as well grab a book and read or watch a movie. That’s the process of overcoming creative blocks for me. PSN: Can you walk us through your creative process, from idea generation to final execution? Layi: I think it differs from idea to idea. Some ideas originate as complete concepts, encompassing the beginning of the concept and its intended conclusion. The only thing I would do as a creative sometimes is just build the dialogue and the acting it would require. For some ideas, it could take months or weeks to have a perfect ending to the beginning of the story. It differs. In situations like that, ideas that don’t come as finished thoughts have to focus on the ones that are almost complete or finished already. Sometimes I revisit the old ones that I’ve not completed. I don’t force it most of the time. PSN: What advice would you give to aspiring content creators who are looking to establish themselves in the industry? Layi: They should try out a number of things and stick to what they know how to do best and what they think will make their audience thrive. Do what you are most comfortable doing as a content creator, because at the end of the day, if you are not comfortable doing that kind of content, at some point you will feel the need to outgrow it. It is important for a content creator to have a niche in order to grow your audience more strategically. PSN: How do you use social media and online platforms to engage with your audience and grow your content creator brand? Layi: It’s important for a content creator to grow a significant amount of following, and not just that, but a following that you understand. If you understand how to navigate your audience and have amassed a significant amount of it, this is what builds your influence as a brand and a content creator. That’s how I try to leverage social media by understanding my audience and trying to expand the reach I have as a content creator. PSN: Do you see yourself winning the AMVCA Award? Layi: It’s a privilege to be nominated. I hope I’m able to win, and I also recognize the fact that I’m shortlisted among great people, but it will be a pleasure. I would lie if I said I had not pictured myself winning the award, but it’s a pleasure to be nominated and recognized for the honour of winning an AMVCA.