Kemi Adetiba was the latest guest on CNN African Voices and there she talked about her dreams, career and her projects.
With her father playing a role in Nigeria’s advertising and broadcasting industry in the 1980s, as well as being in front of the camera since she was a child, it is no surprise that Kemi has a knack for the creative industry.
In 2001, she started as an on-air personality and then transitioned to TV, but Kemi wanted something that would take her career to the next level.
In 2007, while studying in the UK, her lecturer told her she was good at telling stories, so her journey into music videos began.
“I told him ‘thank you so much’ and he goes, ‘no, Kemi, I don’t want your thank you. Do you know how you wanna thank me? when you win your first Oscar, I want you to mention my name because you’re going to win an Oscar.”
“And I honestly think that time, winning an Oscar is gonna come very soon. I’m giving myself two to five years.”
On being the director of wedding party movie, Kemi said, it was an experience and she knew it would do well.
“The greatest thing you can do for yourself is every time you have the opportunity to handle someone’s project, knock it out the park, and that is what I live by every day,” she said, as regards her approach to work.
On the reason she did her project, King Women, Kemi said,
“I developed King Women is because I wanted women to see these women that they draw inspiration from, in their glory, but also understand that they have also gone through life and life for them was not easy…
There are so many things that you are going through right now that they also had to go through and they overcame it. People need to hear these stories, and I’m so grateful to everyone who gave me their time to make this series.