Joy Chime is our guest on the 15 QUESTIONS Series today! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you like to be a guest!
Joy Chime is a professional editor and proofreader, fashion designer, independent strategic creative and a spoken word artist.
She answers our HOT questions below!
If you were the President for one day and you have the power to fix one thing in Nigeria, what will it be and WHY?
This one is a little tough. I’ll go for education. I’ll effect the sort of change that will ensure that school curricula across all disciplines are upgraded regularly to reflect best global practices.
What is the most annoying thing you have heard people say about women in Nigeria?
Haha… I have heard quite a bit. Materialistic, greedy, proud, unsubmissive, lazy, chronic nags, and so on. But the one I do not find funny at all is hearing people say women (of this age/generation) cannot endure the sort of things that older women (have) endured in their homes. I think it’s a silly and insensitive thing to say, especially when you consider the fact that they are talking about enduring abuse, neglect and ill treatment.
What is the one most important thing about being a woman that you would want your daughter to know?
It’s sad that this still has to be said in this time and age, but I’d tell her, ‘Darling, you can do ANYTHING, be ANYTHING, because a woman is not synonymous with weak or less or inferior, and a capital W is shaped like a crown because Elizabeth is not the only queen in the world’.
Do you believe in gender equality? Why or Why not?
Gender equality… As equality means the fact of being equal, having the same value, yes, I do believe in it. That is, putting colour, wealth, position, titles, privileges, tribe, nationality and all other defining factors aside, and leaving only gender, it doesn’t get more basic than that. The only thing more basic than being male or female is being human.
If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old, which would you choose?
Hahaha! The body, please and thank you. Vanity, abi? Let me be vain. It’s only on this earth I can be vain, I can’t carry the vanity to heaven.
What is your opinion of the Nigerian woman?
Ayaiyaiyaiyai! There are not enough adjectives biko!
‘Still, like air, I [we] rise’.
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one special quality or ability, what would it be?
Patience. I consider that a superpower, especially in this Nigeria.
If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know? Why or why not?
Hmm! I’d like to know when Jesus will return.
Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item What would it be? Why?
Only one item? Ha, that one is hard o. I would have said my certificates, but I haven’t used any of them since I collected them. I’ll go for my phones. Almost everything on my laptop is on my phone, too, so…
If you don’t have to worry about making money, what would you do all day?
Edit and proofread. Read. Have meaningful conversations.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? What happened that year?
The only reason I will take up the offer to go back in time is if I can go knowing what I know now, and if I can change things. Then again, going back and changing things will affect things as they are now, so maybe I’ll just stay here.
How do you think your friends would describe you?
This one is easy. ‘Crazy’ would be the unanimous description.
Would you like to be famous? In what way?
Yes, I’d like to be famous for my spoken word poetry.
Is there something that you’ve dreamt of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
I’ve dreamt of talking to teenage girls, you know, SSS 2 and 3, about God, money, relationships and country.
Why I haven’t done it? I’m waiting for someone to do it with me. *sigh*
Would you be willing to have horrible nightmares for a year if you would be rewarded with extraordinary wealth for a life time? Why or Why not?
Horrible nightmares for a year! Hmm! A year is a long time o. I’ll pass, thanks. I have jerked awake from a few nightmares in my life, and I’ve hallucinated a couple of times while ill. They were really strenuous on my mind and my productivity. It’s not something I would willingly go through, regardless of the reward.