What influence do you feel your upbringing has had on your work?
I think, in weird way, having grown up in a Nigerian household and being constantly surrounded by other cultures has made me question why the things I see on posters and on screen don’t reflect the world that I know. As an adult, I feel I only know it exists because I’ve lived it. This is all the more reason to create work that tells the stories of those who aren’t always given a voice.
After graduating (or first starting out), what were your initial steps?
One of the best pieces of advice I got at uni, was that your degree is for your mum, but your portfolio is what will get you a job. Although I did get a first class (shout out mum), a lot of time was spent on crafting a portfolio that would help get us placements that could turn into jobs.
At the time I had a creative partner called Harriet Ronn. In our final year we entered competitions, which we did quite well with, so we could line-up placements to start once we’d finished uni. We did nearly a year of paid placements (I’m fully against free labour – jobs shouldn’t be for those who can afford to not get paid to work), mutually split up, I got a job at Work Club and she went to Saatchi.