After several years in Amsterdam with MTV, the boss of Question Mark Entertainment has fallen in love with Lagos. And he has no qualms whatsoever with the ubiquitous area boys.
Where do you live in Lagos and why?
I live in Parkview Estate, Ikoyi. It’s very comfortable and of course, you don’t have too many armed robbers.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in New York, Brooklyn. I was raised in Apapa.
What’s your earliest Lagos experience?
I came to Lagos in 1973 at the age of 3.
What do you like most about Lagos?
Lagos reminds me of New York, Amsterdam, London and any big city you can think about in the world. For the kind of work that I do, Lagos is definitely the place I’m supposed to be.
When you’re outside Lagos, what do you miss most about Lagos?
What I miss most about Lagos is my work because I’m a perfectionist. I love to be where my work is.
What do you hate about Lagos?
What I hate about Lagos is the beggars on the streets, cab drivers, they can frustrate you. Also, Lagos can sometimes be frustrating when you drive a car. The traffic.
What particular memories come to mind anytime you think about Lagos?
Area boys. I’m very friendly with them. There’s nowhere you go in Lagos you must find area boys. They can either be friends with you or not. But with me, they are always friendly. I’ve never had a bad experience with them.
Apart from Lagos, what other cities in the world are you attached to?
I’m attached to two other cities. Amsterdam and New York. Amsterdam is where I worked with MTV for six years and I speak the language. New York is the city where I was born and grew up and I still have contacts there. So, I’m attached to it. I also have in Ireland. So I’m attached to Ireland as well.
Where do you shop in Lagos?
I do my shopping in London. It’s cheaper for me.
What is your favourite Lagos hangout?
My favourite Lagos hangout is Da Grotto, on Etim Inyang. It’s a bar, very nice place to relax and listen to live band and all that.
(First published in 2005)