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Emem Ema, My Lagos, ‘There’s always something to learn’

The Kush gal is a ‘homegirl’. But you can bump into her at the Silverbird Galleria…


Where do you live in Lagos and why?

Victoria Island. No choice of mine but I find it very serene and most of my friends are there.

What’s your earliest Lagos experience?

When we just moved to Lagos, coming in from the airport because my dad had just been transferred and then we went for this independence show. I think that was 1985 during IBB. It was a big experience for me seeing the Nigerian culture in such a diverse nature.

What do you like most about Lagos?

The hustle and bustle. It’s like a little America, different people. And there’s always something to learn.

What do you hate most about Lagos?

The traffic. It kills me. And then the potholes on the road, and beggars on the street. When something could be done about them.

What do you miss most when you’re outside Lagos?

My family and friends.

How do you move around Lagos?

Anyhow. A car and I walk if I have to.

Where do you shop in Lagos?

Anywhere. Depends on what I’m looking for.

What’s your favourite Lagos hangout?

M-Café, Jazz café, The Galleria or where my friends want me at any point. And then home. I’m a home person.

What are your hobbies?

Reading, meeting new people, brainstorming.

Who’s your favourite Lagos celebrity?

I don’t know.

What new projects are you working on?

An entertainment company with a couple of friends and partners. We’re looking for new and diverse ways to portray the Nigerian culture through entertainment. And a charity called Link a Child where we link orphanages with potentials sponsors.


(First published in 2005)



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